These days it seems everyone spends all their time trying to make their bike look “stealth” trying to get “clean lines”. PFFT! Forget that. If the bike already weighs 25 pounds, why not throw some goodies on it and get it well over the 30 pound mark. The rider, in turn, is more prepared for less than ideal conditions or circumstances, rides with relative comfort in foul weather, and the side-effect is the bike ends up looking really cool. While not fully outfitted with all the goodies, James’ 1981 Fuji S-12-S below has a pretty good start and already has the “cool” cornered.
This is a 1981 Fuji S-12-S . The frame and hubs were date stamped September 1980. This was the first year for the 18-speed version of the S-12-S, which logically should have been renamed the S-18-S. This one was in pristine, original condition when I received it. I added 45mm SKS commuter fenders, Pletscher rear rack, the Cannondale handlebar bag and a bell. I do 40 to 50 mile rides on it, and it is both smooth and solid. Love it!