Saturday, November 28, 2015

Could There be a Fuji in YOUR Future?


I love these old Fuji ads.  Usually I just feel manipulated by advertising.  For instance, I recently stayed in a hotel having booked just one night.  Right away I started receiving pop up ads on screen with the slogan, "One night is NEVER enough."  What is that!?  That is so blatant, and it just turns me off completely.  I'm already giving you money, and you just keep asking for more, more, more!

But read this ad.  It is not about money, in fact, they go in the opposite direction (sort of).  I mean, yes, Fuji wanted your money.  However, they were cooler, classier, about how they went about trying to get it from you.  You can tell from the first sentence they knew who their audience was.  The language is not manipulative sounding at all.  It sounds sincere, direct. This ad is full of confident words floating on a boat of integrity.  They're your friend, the business insider, helping you out.

And they knew the business.  They had it down pat.  By the time this ad was printed (1980?), I think they had probably been importing bicycles into the USA for at least 7 or 8 years.  This was near the end of the bicycle boom in this country, which had begun about the same time Fuji began importing their bicycles (1971?).  People here were into bikes in a big way for many different reasons.  Fuji could offer high quality at an affordable price that their competitors couldn't match.  In many ways, Fuji's quality even surpassed their competitors' as well.  This was a bicycle that couldn't be beat.  Their ads seem to tell the truth.

And so it remains today I think, for these old Fujis.  Many people bought them.  Some rode them like crazy.  Some are still riding that first Fuji.  Some are looking for that first Fuji they used to have.  And some just never got that attached, never really rode, and garaged that first Fuji.  They are being put up for sale, after all these years. 

That means that you still have a chance to experience the "remarkable handling ease and versatility" of a classic Fuji bicycle.  Being someone who has ridden quite a few different models of these vintage Fujis, I think you can believe them when they used to write in their catalogs, "Fuji starts with the top of the line in each use category and uses these top-performance characteristics to arrive at the lower-priced bikes.  The result is that a mid-priced bike from many manufacturers retains some of the 'feel' of their bottom-line bike, whereas a mid-price Fuji tends to retain the 'feel' of the top-line Fuji.  And, a Fuji never has a feature which is just there for show, or to make a model seem to be something it is not."

So if you're looking for a quality used bicycle, go find a vintage Fuji.  In my experience, I can attest to what they said in this ad, "We predict it will reward you with greater pleasure than any bicycle has before.

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