The first bike on this blog will be a mid 1980s Fuji Del Rey that I picked up from an American friend in Paris. This was a bike he bought in New Orleans and had shipped over to Paris when he arrived. Unfortunately it spent most of its time in his damp basement and has suffered as a result…
No matter – this makes it a great candidate for a bit of TLC, and good blog fodder!
From what I have been able to glean, this was a mid-range steel framed road bike, most likely from 1985 (from the components). The bike is Japanese made (nice head badge showing Fuji-san, unfortunately damaged by corrosion) but Fujis seem to have been popular in the US. By contrast I have rarely seen old Fujis in Europe. Would be interested to hear if you have seen any around, and if so where and which models?
Some parts are original (e.g. Sugino crank, Suntour Le Pree front derailleur, Suntour shift levers, Nitto Olympiade 115 handle bars, Sugino seat post), others have been upgraded (Matrix Iso C aero rims, Dia Compe Royal Compe II brakes, Aero Compe brake levers, Matrix QR levers, Suntour Superbe Pro rear derailleur). All are in sound condition, but require cleaning, adjustment and lubrication. Other obvious bits need replacing (bar tape, tyres, cables…). 30 year old brake blocks must be pretty unwise, but finding replacements for these might be tricky…
Unfortunately I was not able to get a good shot of the whole bike, given the cramped basement space, so you will have to settle for small teaser shots of the components for now! Once it’s finished I promise to show it off!
Some interesting components include the Sugino seat post with built-in height adjustment indicatorand the Suntour Superbe Pro rear derailleur which seems very high-end for a mid-range bike.
The two main issues with the bike are corrosion on the forks (and a little bit everywhere…), and damaged paint/decals (which may be tricky to replace).
While I’m starting on the restoration I’d love to hear your thoughts!