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Bridgestone 500/550 (?)

Old 09-01-16, 11:10 AM
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Bridgestone 500/550 (?)

I am considering the purchase of the Bridgestone bike from a local used bikeshop. The bike is all tuned up and ready to go. However, the price is making me hesitate. They are asking $440 for it. Is it worth it or should I pass?

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I was told that the bike is a 1987 or '88 Bridgestone 500. But when I search through the Sheldon Brown catalogs, I don't find reference to a 500 model being sold those years. So, perhaps it is a 1986 model 500? Or an 87/88 550? The bike is bright pink - perhaps that can help someone place it.

In any event, I would appreciate any insights into the price and value of this bicycle for any of the above scenarios. Thank you!
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Since the bike is bight pink it is likely a 87 550, this would be easy to confirm because it would have Suntour accushift Alpha 5000 components which only came stock that year. These bikes were very nice budget racers with a nice ride quality. The price does seem a bit high for a 4130 chro-mo frame with just average mid level components similar bikes often sell for $250-300 in very good condition. The $150-200 tuned ready to ride bike shop premium is fairly typical for a mid level road bike. I think if you look around you should be able to find something similar in most markets for around $250 without the shop premium so I would probably pass on this one.
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Old 09-01-16, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
Since the bike is bight pink it is likely a 87 550, this would be easy to confirm because it would have Suntour accushift Alpha 5000 components which only came stock that year. These bikes were very nice budget racers with a nice ride quality. The price does seem a bit high for a 4130 chro-mo frame with just average mid level components similar bikes often sell for $250-300 in very good condition. The $150-200 tuned ready to ride bike shop premium is fairly typical for a mid level road bike. I think if you look around you should be able to find something similar in most markets for around $250 without the shop premium so I would probably pass on this one.
+1 ^

Yesterday, I sold an extremely clean Miyata 110 for $240, which is a comparable bike to the Bridgestone. New tires, hubs serviced, rear derailleur cable replaced, tuned and ready to ride. Shimano SIS. Photo is of bike when I bought it, not the refurbished bike.

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Old 09-01-16, 02:27 PM
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I sold this 550 for $280. That was after a complete overhaul and swapping the Alpha 5000 derailleurs and shifters for Shimano 600.

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I have a Bridgestone 400 which rides nice when toodling down the trail but lacks the nimble racing chops of my Schwinn Tempo or Centurion Ironman. The 550 is a slight notch up from the 400 and mostly in the component department. For $440, I'd expect something a little higher up the food chain.

That said, if your 30mph sprint days are long gone, the bike fits you and it's ready to ride as is, I could see stretching to $340. You can easily tally up this much in parts to make any bike fit and ready to ride.
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