I started the Dave Moulton Registry in 2010, to list and account for the many frames I built, to preserve those left for people wishing to own one. The Registry will be five years old later this years. I have just counted the number of Fuso frames listed. Roughly 250. That is only about 10% of the approximately 2,500 built between 1984 and 1993.
It leaves me wondering, where are the other 90%, they can’t have all been wrecked, rusted away, or thrown out as trash. I have a feeling I will continue adding to the list for a number of years to come.
There is hardly a week goes by when at least two or three appear on eBay. Just this week a beautiful 50cm. Fuso Lux with custom paint, and fully Campagnolo equipped, went for $735. (Picture above.)
Often they are sold and bought on eBay and Craig’s List and I never hear of them again. I don’t feel inclined to list frames that appear on eBay, I need a contact from an owner. It is possible the new owner doesn’t want it listed.
Looking over the frames listed on the Registry, I find it highly satisfying that many are owned by the original owners, having bought them new in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Most of the frames listed have original paint. The cost of a re-paint is often far more than the frame is worth. I would suggest if you own one that is a little beat up and shabby, that you keep your eye open for one that has had less use.
The reason 90% of the frames I built are unaccounted for, could be because many are sitting in basements, garages, and attics. Some having had little use, with beautiful paint hidden under a coat of dust.
Recent interesting additions to the Registry include the one pictured above. It a UK built custom frame that lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1976 I built a number of frames for a Richard Scho, who owned a bike shop in Copenhagen.
So when I got an email from the bike’s owner Carl Pedersen, I felt sure it was one of those that went to Copenhagen in 1976. Strangely, when Carl provided the number, it was built in 1975 and was originally sold in England. It is a mystery how it made its way across the North Sea to Denmark.
The one pictured above is an early 1st. Generation Fuso, (#190) with a special red, and blue paint. This paint scheme was done exclusively for a bike store called “Two Wheel Transit Authority.” They were located in Huntington Beach, California. Those who lived in Orange County, just south of Los Angeles, in the 1980s will remember this store.
It was a huge store, opened in a premises that was formally a Bowling Alley. Doing about 4 million in sales each year, they ordered a lot of both custom ‘dave moulton’ frames and Fuso. They ordered enough that they had their own Fuso paint colors.
The one above was further customized for Two Wheel Transit’s owner, Paul Moore, and had white stars added to the blue lower section of the frame. Two Wheel Transit went out of business in 1990.
My thanks to Richard Salinas, of Ontario, CA for the above Fuso pictures. And thanks to all those who have registered their bikes, your interest and support is much appreciated.
If you ever meet someone on the road riding one of my bikes. Please make them aware of the Registry (If they don’t already know.) so the Registry may continue to grow. If you have a frame to register, email me the relivant info. davesbikeblog[AT]gmail[DOT]com
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