Welcome another first-time submitter, Matthew B. This is his 1973 Fuji Special Road Racer. More proof that you never really need a new bike.
As a new member, I thought that I would start out with my trusty 1973 Fuji Special Road Racer(SRR). Six years my senior, this bike was bought at a garage sale when I was about 13-14. At the time, it was pretty large for me, but I grew to fit it perfectly.
As a kid, I did absolutely no maintenance on this bike. It never got greased and I never wiped it down after it got wet. Regardless, it never failed me.
Now that we are both a bit older, I have since given the bike its deserved respect. As one can see from the pictures, I have swapped out the crank and derailers, though I purposely sought out some Fuji branded Suntour/Sugino parts to show my pride in the bike. Additionally, the bike received an overhaul and Brooks Flyer saddle.
Since I started riding this bike again, I decided to try some other vintage Fuji bikes. My collection has now grown to an America, Team, S10-S, Professional Super Record, and Opus III. While these bikes are considered to be higher end, they don’t come close to comparing to the comfort of my SRR.
The classic style of this bike certainly helps with my love of it. While the chrome seat/chain stays and fork crown/ends have their own charm, I always seem drawn to the relative uniqueness of the I-beam stem and that gorgeous dork disk.
Hopefully, this bike and I will have many more years of riding in store. I hope that you have enjoyed seeing it.
PS: Here is a link to the original catalog scan.