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    Senior Member wooljersey's Avatar
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    Clyde Ride - My Bridgestone RB-1 with S&S couplings (lots of pictures)

    I just got my Bridgestone RB-1 back from Bilenky Cycle Works. They added S&S couplers and re-powdercoated the frame. The bike is a 1991 Bridgestone RB-1 (originally green and white.) I used the retrofit as an opportunity to upgrade to Dura Ace brakes and a quill adapter for an Ahead Stem from Velo Orange. Since the stem and adapter were polished aluminum I also upgraded to a polished seat post. Since my old one was worn, I decided to add my NOS Selle Italia Turbo Special saddle. About the only change I am considering is switching to a White Silca Impero frame pump. Since I have resisted brifters (and the bike is still a seven speed) the Silca seems like it would fit.

    I have not actually traveled with the bike yet. But in the next few weeks, I will be in Memphis, San Francisco and Connecticut. I'll report back after 'First Flight'. You can read more about my bike adventures on my bike blog - http://www.abikelife.com.

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    1991 Bridgestone RB-1, 199? Specialized StumpJumper M2, 2007 RedLine 925
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    got the climbing bug jsigone's Avatar
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    sweet bike!! Are you going to put logos back on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone View Post
    sweet bike!! Are you going to put logos back on?
    I have thought about it. This was originally a green and white RB-1 but red was the other color in 1991. Probably not because the decals will be pretty fragile when traveling. I fly about 25 weeks a year so thaty's why I chose powdercoat over regular paint as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wooljersey View Post
    I have thought about it. This was originally a green and white RB-1 but red was the other color in 1991. Probably not because the decals will be pretty fragile when traveling. I fly about 25 weeks a year so thaty's why I chose powdercoat over regular paint as well.
    Beautiful bike! I'm always amazed at how distinctively good looking the couplers are--form following amazingly close to function!
    "I had this baby hand made in Tuscany, from titanium blessed by the pope. It weighs less than a fart, and costs more than a divorce..."

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    that is awesome... how much did it cost to get the couplers/paint done?
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    got the climbing bug jsigone's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by wooljersey View Post
    I have thought about it. This was originally a green and white RB-1 but red was the other color in 1991. Probably not because the decals will be pretty fragile when traveling. I fly about 25 weeks a year so thaty's why I chose powdercoat over regular paint as well.
    Totally under stanr if you're flying that often. I've been keeping a look out for a yellow rb1 in 56 but super rare I guess in that size cuz no one wants to give it up!

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    Senior Member wooljersey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson View Post
    that is awesome... how much did it cost to get the couplers/paint done?
    Total including return shipping S&S case and all the accessories about $1400 from Bilenky.
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    thats a big chunk of change... but reading over your blog I completely understand it... neat bike, thanks again for sharing it with us
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