'85-'86 Bridgestone T700
I've been looking for a touring bike for my wife and came across a Bridgestone T700. Is anyone familiar with that model from '85-'86?
The search doesn't seem to be working and I haven't found a ton of info on it, but I did see the catalogs on Sheldon's site. Does anyone have any experience with them?
They seem to have all the braze-ons I've been looking for (double eyelets front and rear, cantilever brakes, third bottle mount, mid-fork rack eyelet, etc.), and being a Bridgestone I would think it would be a good bet.
DRF aka Thrifty Bill
To get search to work, be sure to select sort by "relevance". All the better Japanese touring bikes from the 80s are pretty nice, I have a Fuji and a Miyata right now, had a Univega before that.
So if it fits and you like the price, buy it. True touring bikes (canti brakes, the appropriate braze-ons, etc) hold their value very, very well.
if that t700 fits you, get it. it may still pay to get it if it doesn't fit-- use the thing as trade fodder for a bike that does fit you.
i had a similarly aged bridgestone 700-- i let the thing go and have been kicking myself ever since. such a lovely bike to ride.