These are pics of a Bridgestone 300 I found locked up to a fence and abandoned outside my office building in Baltimore. At some point the front wheel got kicked in or otherwise bent, and apparently the owner decided it was done for. After nagging security about it for months, they finally cut the lock on it, held it for the mandatory 30 days, and then let me take it.
Based on some digging around on the internet, I'm guessing this is probably a mid-80's bike. Does anyone know anything about this particular model of Bridgestone? If so, I'd be glad to hear it. Saw some general info on Sheldon Brown's site, but haven't had much luck otherwise.
I'm planning on having it powdercoated, buying some IRO hubs and building up the wheels myself, and getting a new chain and cog, bullhorn bars, and a seat. I'm hoping I can reuse the cranks, bottom bracket (iffy), inside chainring (42), stem, headset, front brake, and seatpost (iffy). I have some cheap clip pedals I think I can make do with for a while and some Performance kevlar tires.
Do the rear dropouts look long enough to adjust for chain tension?
The little screw and spring adjusters in the dropouts---are they worth keeping, or should I just get rid of them? (They're a little rusty anyway, so if I really wanted them, I might have to search for replacements.)
If I strip the paint off the frame myself, how much would it save me versus having the powdercoater do it? (little nervous about having them sandblast it, as I've heard that can weaken the tubes)
There are quite a few small rusty spots on the frame; I'm a little concerned about structural integrity, especially considering how many months this bike was left outside---any tips on determining whether there might be weak spots in the frame or rust on the inside of the tubes?