Re: [CR]Help ID Cross-Over Handlebar Tape on 70's Fuji

(Example: Production Builders)

Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2007 22:31:44 -0400
From: "Joseph Bender-Zanoni" <joebz@optonline.net>
Subject: Re: [CR]Help ID Cross-Over Handlebar Tape on 70's Fuji
In-reply-to: <a68df3270706051348m6a68736bhd2f3cca8988eb795@mail.gmail.com>
To: Daniel Dahlquist <daniel.dahlquist@gmail.com>
References:
cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org

Very strange. Does it continue under the hoods? Fuji used Fujita tape (also saddles) and it was the best tape I have ever seen. Not the best saddles, although well intentioned.

Joe Bender-Zanoni Great Notch, NJ

Daniel Dahlquist wrote:
> Hello Group,
> I have had a lot of fun recently with the five dollar purchase of an
> early
> 70's "Fuji Special Racer," similar to the Fuji S10-S, an entry-level
> "racer"
> that marked Fuji's first real success in the American market. The
> bike is
> all original with bright yellow paint, Maxy crankset, Nitto alloy stem,
> etc. I am quite certain that even the yellow handlebar tape is original.
> Here is my question: the handlebar tape begins at the end of one bar,
> travels up to the Nitto stem, and then crosses over the stem to the other
> side of the bar. My first instinct was to cut the tape and fix each
> cut end
> to the handlebars in the "correct" position, but then I thought again,
> and
> decided to leave this time capsule as is for the time being. Can anyone
> enlighten me on this curious style of taping the handlebars? Was this
> simply a time-saving measure at the factory? (I am sure this is not a
> job
> done at home). Thanks in advance.
>
> Daniel Dahlquist
> Galena, Illinois