I never know from week to week what will pop up in my email inbox. Just this last week I heard from a Fuso owner living in British Columbia, Canada, he owns Fuso number 1000. He had bought it in 2008 from a friend who was the original owner.
It wasn’t until he sent pictures that the memory bank in my mind started to tick over, and I began to remember this one. It was a very special bike that was given some custom touches, like and all chrome front fork and rear triangle.
Built towards the end of 1986, that’s over 30 years ago and a long way to cast my memory back.
The first Fuso was built in 1984, I’m not sure what month, but a few months into the year.
The first frames were numbered 001, 002, 003, and so on. So up until frame number 999, it was always a three digit number.
So switching to a four digit number was an occasion. It also showed how successful the Fuso initially was as I had built a thousand of them in a little over two years.
In September every year I attended the Interbike Trade Show. I believe at that point it was still held in California. First in Long Beach, then Anaheim, before moving permanently to Las Vegas, Nevada in later years.
This 56 cm. bike was my center show piece for that year's Interbike, which is why I went all out with the special touches. It was essentially a Fuso LUX model, but on the rear end of the top tube where the “Fuso LUX” decal usually went, I put my signature, which was normally reserved for my custom frames only.
And on the front right side of the top tube it said, “1,000th Fuso.”
After the show the bike was sold to Los Angeles bike dealer, I. Martin Imports.
A few months later it was bought by the original owner, Brett Bandy, who later moved to British Columbia.
The current owner James Nicholls, still rides the bike. Here is a picture of James (Above left.) on this very same bike riding in the Vernon, BC Gran Fondo.
Thanks for the memory James.