Sadly, I just have not found the gumption to post with any consistency on here, as anyone out there who's following knows all too well. I think part of it is that I used bike projects as a major source of my material, and I just haven't had that many new bike projects or acquisitions lately.
But that just changed! I'm in several bike related Facebook groups, and a few weeks ago, a fellow posted photos of a "barn find" bike that he said he planned to sell once he cleaned it up. I immediately chimed in, saying I wanted to know about it when he was ready to sell. Well, it turns out I was the first to voice interest, so he offered it to me at what I consider a very fair price.
So what the heck kind of bicycle is this that I jumped at the mere mention that it might be for sale?
|1972 Fuji The Newest|
|"Richard's Bicycle Book", |
a classic of the 70s.
The author included a brief buying guide in one of the chapters, listing a few bikes at various price points that were well worth considering, and one of the entries in "good quality, high-cost bicycles" is the Fuji The Newest. As a teenager I couldn't afford one, given that it sold for close to $500 at the time, but in 1977, when I bought the first bike I bought with my own money, I selected a Fuji S-10S, one of Richard's entries in the "good quality, low-cost bicycles", and had many wonderful times with that bike. In fact, I still do, as you can see in "Fuji Finished and Fun!" and other posts here.
|Description from 1974 edition of "Richard's Bicycle Book." Slightly different from the 1972 model.|
One of the themes of my bike collecting as an adult is finding bikes I dreamed of in my youth, and the Newest was definitely on that list. Which brings us back to the bike in question, a 1972 Fuji The Newest, that arrived this past week, and which I unboxed as soon as I had a free moment. The seller did an amazing job of packing, basically double boxing the bike and padding everything with foam, as well as a layer of newspaper which prevented any nicks from cutting away the padding. I don't think I've ever received a bike so beautifully packed, and the bike made the journey from Montana to Virginia with not even the slightest damage, which is a big deal these days.
|Seamless Super YPC saddle.|
|Dia-Compe brakes, |
chrome fork crown.
|SunTour V derailleur,|
14-22 tooth SunTour freewheel.
|SunTour Power Ratchet shifters,|
Primus pump, sewup tires,
Fuji logo on fork.
|Every Onward slogan on right|
If you want to see more photos of the bike, check them out here: 1972 Fuji The Newest
|Left side 1972 Fuji The Newest.|
|Front right quarter 1972 Fuji The Newest.|
|Right rear quarter, 1972 Fuji The Newest.|