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Old 11-24-10, 02:21 PM   #1
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93 Bridgestone RB-1 -- Is this a fair price?

I'm just a looky loo, but this were 500, it would be mine. "they" say this a sweet bike, but I don't know much about it. What say ye?


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Old 11-24-10, 02:37 PM   #2
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not my cup of tea, but i think the price is fair.
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I agree, not a bad price for the shape/components. There was a CL deal here in Portland that started at $1,000 and eventually dropped to $700. The buyer still didn't get any bites so he popped it on eBay and after two auctions he eventually ended up with $699 for it.
Shops have overheads that they must clear and that's why I stay away from them when it comes to purchasing used bikes.
Keep watching, you'll find an RB-1 at a fair price ($500 is a pretty great price, in my opinion).
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I recently sold a '92 57cm with Dura-Ace 8-speed STI for $550. This is in SF Bay Area, and it lasted more than a week on CL. It did have a small dent on the top tube. Sold to the first person who came to test-ride it.
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$750 sounds a bit pricey to me, $600 sounds more like it to me. $500 would be a bargain, methinks.

As a former owner of a 1992 RB-1, I can tell you that the ride is first-rate. Others have disagreed with me, but I still think the RB-1, in its day, gave the most bang for the buck. Grant Peterson/Bridgestone had a very well designed frame and made very smart choices in kitting it out. It's a good bike, and a well-maintained or refurbed one would be a great rider, but it is not the be-all and end-all that some folks would have you believe it is, IMHO.
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This is an rb-1/8, which makes it more desirable to many folks, due to the modern rear spacing. It also has rebuilt wheels, with the original hubs and decent new rims. The co-op wouldn't rebuild the wheels if the originals weren't shot. Is this a great price for the bike? No. Is it a fair price for it? Absolutely, and i feel confident that they'll get that price for it if they're patient. I find it interesting that ppl on this forum think that we should mind our own business when it comes to shady sellers on CL, but who think that a non-profit trying to get top-dollar for a desirable bike is somewhat questionable. FWIW, the fact that this is being sold by a co-op (which may seem reputable to potential buyers) rather than some creep on CL or ebay will help them get their price.

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friend of mine in dallas just sold one on ebay for that number
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Wow - it's gorgeous, rare, proceeds going to a non-profit...I'd love to own it.

BUT: $750 can take you a long way in the bike world. I love vintage steel, but a lot has changed since 1993. Something to keep in mind.
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if it was my size I would buy it in a second.
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Gonna bump this thread up.

Found an 93 RB-1 in my size, and not sure how much this bike is worth as there is a slight dent in the top tube. The lowest seller is willing to go is at $550 + shipping. Is this a fair asking price? No rusts, just this slight dent



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I don't buy bikes with dents, for me it's a total deal breaker. Other folks on this forum feel differently, but hey, you asked.

I paid over $800 for a pretty much perfect 93 RB-1 frame with the dual plane Ritchey fork in my size. When finished and fully restored with tricolor Shimano and STI, when I eventually sell it the price will be over $1450. Remember, that's for about as perfect a 93 RB-1 as one might ever find.

So, if you're OK with the dent, it's your size, and needs nothing, the price seems very reasonable to me.
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thanks for the input rccardr. Any thoughts on what just the frame alone (no dents) would run?
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With the dent, this seems a bit high...I am like @rccardr in not liking dents in my bikes...but...as he says, if you do not mind the dent. But...again...with a dented frame, this sounds a bit high. I recently bought a similar RB-1, with very low level components...but a solid frame...for $400...in the Atlanta market...if that is any help...
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I paid $420 for a near perfect '92 RB-1. Not a scratch but there was some decal flaking and the tires were original.
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$750 is high but the seller did a lot of work on this bike with new wheels, headset, stem, cassette, saddle, chain, and saddle. This bike should be able to command that price in Seattle.
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I paid $420 for a near perfect '92 RB-1. Not a scratch but there was some decal flaking and the tires were original.
Bob paid more than me for a bike? I thought hell would freeze over first!
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I had a weak moment when I saw the bike on CL. I forgot to mention I had to have it shipped from Denver..It was on my bike bucket list.
BTW, it is starting to freeze in Minnesota.
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Thanks for all feedback. Bike does have 600 components, but I have decided to wait for a better frame!
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