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Old 05-16-04, 04:29 PM   #1
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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"

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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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Old 05-16-04, 04:31 PM   #2
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Coolest part of the whole bike:
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Old 05-16-04, 04:40 PM   #3
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Some more specific photos if anyone wants to see them
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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!

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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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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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