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Old 04-23-08, 07:48 AM   #1
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**** Help With A Bridgestone ****

Hey everyone. I need some help. I just picked up a Bridgestone Altair yesterday. I took out the stem and its stamped 80. So I am figuring the bike is probably a 1980 model. DOES ANYONE HAVE A 1980 Bridgestone bicycle catalog, so I can get the scoop on this ride? THANKS SO MUCH!

p.s. I know Sheldon has catalogs on his page, but, only starting from like 1985 or so.
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Old 04-23-08, 08:17 AM   #2
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Hey vgoose, great score!
lets see some pics!
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Old 04-23-08, 08:51 AM   #3
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KoKo, I can tell you know a thing or two about these older road bikes...I just took out the front fork and the metal is stamped (on the fork at least), TANGE OL MADE IN JAPAN. Does that mean anything?



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If you run this search

http://search.bikelist.org/?SearchSt...gestone+altair

you'll get a few hits. Looks like it was an early 80s model, and dating it by the derailleurs and crankset might work better than the stem. That 80 on the stem might refer to its reach (80mm).

For dating components, go to http://www.vintage-trek.com/component_dates.htm

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Old 04-23-08, 09:56 AM   #5
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Tange is one of the companies that produces the tubes used to build bicycles, along with Reynolds, Columbus, Ishiwata, etc. So your fork, and most likely the entire bike frame, was built with Tange tubing produced in Japan.
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Thanks Folks! I will start taking it apart more and go after dating some of the components. The components appear all to be Suntour (SL), except the rear derailer, a Shimano SIS (or 515) I cannot tell. Probably not original eh? Also, if TANGE is the company that made the tubing, any ideas of what kind of tubing it is??

THANKS IN ADVANCE!

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Old 04-23-08, 11:47 AM   #7
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Did you buy it off the Victoria Craigslist? I saw one here recently that was aluminum, the smaller tubed early style of aluminum construction.
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No. I did not buy it off the Craigslist. Thx.
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Just adding a pic for prosperity. I converted it to a single speed. It is awesome! Yeah, I know, blasphemy.

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stem

definelty looks like a 80mm sten,
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Nice color you found there! I'm looking at an '82 Altair right now and the guy has posted these measurements:

Dimensions
Top tube = 625, rear center = 417, front center = 654.9, wheel base 1062.2, BB height 273.5, off set = 45, head angle = 74˚, seat angle 74˚

Keep in mind, though, that the Altair I'm looking at is a whopping 68.5cm (27") frame!
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