This is a 1996 Fuji Folding Bicycle in Red with Gold decals. It is a 18.5″ / 47cm / Small (center of bottom bracket to top of seat tube) welded Cro-Mo Steel frame with a steel fork. The stand over height is 28″ directly in front of the saddle.
There are 15 speeds available through the three ring crank with 170mm crank arms with folding pedals and the Shimano 5 gear freewheel.
The rear derailleur is a Shimano SIS and the front is also a Shimano. Shifting is through Shimano Indexed Thumb Shifters.
Both wheels are alloy rims drilled for Schrader valves laced to nutted black Formula hubs. Both wheels have 26″ x 1.75″ brand new black wall hybrid tires.
Braking is handled by front and rear Cantilevers.
The original black vinyl Velo saddle is mounted to a black seat post that moves freely in the seat tube. There is a small tear underneath the Velo name on the drive side of the saddle.
Alloy drop handlebars are mounted to a black stem with quick release.
There is a bottle cage on the down tube, eyelets for front and rear fenders and eyelets for a rear rack.
The bicycle rides, turns, stops and shifts through all of the gears and rings as it should.
This bicycle originally had a mountain bike style flat bar, but was converted to drop bars and fitted with more versatile tires. The tires have a raised, almost slick center for speed and a more aggressive tread pattern on the sides for when you leave smooth surfaces. When it was new, you could go to your local Fuji dealer, and for $330 (almost $600 in today’s dollars), ride out with this marvel of 90’s engineering. One great thing about this bicycle is that Non Suspension mountain bikes make for excellent urban commuters with their multitude of gears, upright riding position that let’s you see and be seen, and thick tires to absorb bumps from potholes and curbs. The coolest thing about this bicycle though, is that it is a full size bicycle that folds in half. Being a ‘normal’ bike that folds would be cool enough, because, let’s face it, it’s hard to actually look cool on a Dahon or Brompton, but the way it folds also makes it more difficult for someone else to make off with your bike. Open the quick release lever and remove the seat post and the bike folds in half. Once it’s folded in half, you can lock both wheels (which are attached with nuts, not quick releases) to the frame and to whatever immovable object is handy. If you take the seat post with you, you’ve made the bike unrideable and probably unpullable behind another bike. You don’t need a bike rack on your car either, because this will fit in the trunk, which makes your bike out of sight and out of other people’s minds. I’m not saying that the bike is un-stealable but, if someone who likes folding bikes even more than you has used the angle grinder that they just happened to be carrying around with them to cut your lock without also managing to cut the frame and/or wheels, they’ll have a bicycle that they’re going to have to walk off with and that is not nearly as quick of a get away as they might need.
For less than the price of a generic Bike Shaped Object that anyone might buy online or from a store that sells bicycles in the Toy Department, you could be riding this vintage bicycle with quality components. The fact that it is still rolling down the road is a testament to how well it was built.