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    Goodwillfind: Kabuki by Bridgestone - now what to do!

    OK folks, give me some ideas for my latest $5.99 Goodwill find, a Bridgestone Kabuki. Has a very cool nameplate on the front and says "Bridgestone" on the down tube. Expander seatpost. SN: D981990. Anyone know if that tells the age?

    Has one sticker on the seat tube that says:
    "Kabuki - Tested Finest Bicycle - Precision Mechanism - Manufactured by Bridgestone - Tokyo Japan"

    A second sticker says:
    "Technart Frame & Fork - Hi Tensile"

    Componets:
    Araya rims, 27X1.25
    Suntour "Perfect" freewheel
    Suzue hub

    Suntour aRX (might be missing the first letter in the model) rear derailleur
    Suntour Vx front
    Shimano Altus clamp-on shifters

    SR 165mm cranks. Have "Bridgestone" cast-in on the outside. Cool looking.
    SR chainrings. 40 and 52.
    SR rat trap pedals
    Has duel eyelets on the rear dropouts and forks. I guess for fenders and racks.

    Well, what should I do with her? It the bike is probably a little small for me (19"), but I might be able to make it work. I haven't reseached her much, but Sheldon has some info and says the frame is made by casting aluminum lugs around the steel frame. Interesting. More photos to follow.

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    Pat
    1993 Specialized Globe 7 - main commuter, love this bike!!!
    1965-ish Firestone 3spd hunk of misc parts - winter beater
    1971 Jeunet - single speed French monstrosity
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    Coolest part of the whole bike:
    1993 Specialized Globe 7 - main commuter, love this bike!!!
    1965-ish Firestone 3spd hunk of misc parts - winter beater
    1971 Jeunet - single speed French monstrosity
    1973 John Deere 3spd - family ride

    Virginia Tech Hokie for life!

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    Senior Member PatLuc's Avatar
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    Some more specific photos if anyone wants to see them
    Pat
    1993 Specialized Globe 7 - main commuter, love this bike!!!
    1965-ish Firestone 3spd hunk of misc parts - winter beater
    1971 Jeunet - single speed French monstrosity
    1973 John Deere 3spd - family ride

    Virginia Tech Hokie for life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatLuc
    I haven't reseached her much, but Sheldon has some info and says the frame is made by casting aluminum lugs around the steel frame. Interesting. More photos to follow.

    Thanks,
    Pat

    i also own a similar bike using the cast alum lugs.

    its a c.itoh (kabuki) submariner that i found in a dumpster. it has unpainted stainless steel top, down and seat tubes. unfortunately it was in a head on collision and the top and down tubes are bulged where they meet the cast lugs. its a shame bc its a very nice looking bike. it was equipped with shimano 600. if you want i can snap a pic of the frame.

    i like the sticker on the seat tube of your bike, the cross-section of the lugging/construction is super cool. mine doesnt have the sticker on it, i wish it did!

    i really like your bike, its beautiful. take care of it, im sure it rides wonderfully!
    Last edited by legalize_it; 05-16-04 at 08:27 PM.

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    I just came across a similer c.Itoh, straight but rusty. The main tubes are so shiney compared to the rest. Looks to be an interesting winter project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clipped View Post
    I just came across a similer c.Itoh, straight but rusty. The main tubes are so shiney compared to the rest. Looks to be an interesting winter project.
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    I have a 1985 Bridgestone Carmel mixte with the same lug construction and tubing descrition and it came with the same rear derailleur. It is a 6 speed so there is no front. I don't remember the shifter that was on it. The lugs were at least used in 1980 from a bike I previouly sold. It is quite heavy. I saw someone say they chained their 50# bike to their car so the car couldn't be stolen. This could be 40#.

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