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Bridgestone RB-1

Old 11-25-16, 12:40 PM
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Bridgestone RB-1

I'm really trying to stop acquiring bikes, but this one is a special circumstance.

The bike: 1992 Bridgestone RB-1, 57.5(?) cm (I get 56.5 cm c-t-c on the seat tube, but 58cm c-t-c on the top tube), Ishiwata 022E
Condition: Ridden hard, put away wet. The frame is straight, no dents. But it's filthy (no worries) with some paint missing (e.g. ears on seat tube clamp) and decals abused. Some scratches on the components.
Components: Well, the brakes (Diacompe BRS-300) are original, maybe the pedals too. Derailleurs and brifters were upgraded to DA 7700, crankset is 105(?), wheelset is Mavic Aksium. Seatpost is wrong (27.2mm, should be 27.0), stem is Nitto Technomic, bars are Mavic something-or-other.



The top tube length is about my size - I prefer 59cm, but close enough. Seat tube is much too small - I prefer 60-61cm. The seat post height shown is about right for me (ignore the seat angle).

I have another bike with a complete 600 group / wheelset that could be swapped onto this frameset to return it to near original specs. I wouldn't mind using the Aksium wheelset for a 105 (5800) 11-speed upgrade on that bike, if the rear hub can take an 11-speed cassette.


About the special circumstance: It belongs to my next-door neighbor. It was his son's racing bike ~20 years ago (thus the upgraded drivetrain). The DA crankset cracked on the drive-side years ago, which is why the cranks are swapped. Wheelset was purchased about 4 years ago. Since I'm a notorious cheapskate, I'm turning the collective wisdom to figure out what a fair-market price would be, then decide if I should buy it or help him sell it.

The bike is actually hanging in my shed while I try to figure out the correct move.
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Old 11-25-16, 12:45 PM
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In decent shape with more or less original parts, I've seen these go for between $500-$600. This one is a mutt in terms of parts and condition. Plus the bike needs some TLC. I'd value it at $350-$400 as it sits. Looks like it will clean up nicely.
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Old 11-25-16, 12:53 PM
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Really cool bike and RB-1's will always hold value well because of the Bridgestone mystic. I do however agree with bikemig in regards to it's mixed matched components being an issue.

I'd say in CO at this time of the year you'd probably be able to get $250-$350 with $300 being about FMV.
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Old 11-25-16, 01:27 PM
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If I was looking for an RB-1 this is the color I want. The components wouldn't matter to me that much as long as I could sell them off for a fair price and then put a 10 or 11 speed drivetrain on it. So if it fit me and the price is fair I am on it.

You say you are really trying to stop acquiring bikes. How's that working out for you?
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Old 11-25-16, 04:04 PM
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I wouldn't keep it or mess with the components since the frame's too small. That's a lot of seatpost and stem showing!
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Old 11-25-16, 08:32 PM
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bridgestone rb-1 | eBay

If the frame is worth about $250-$300, the wheelset another $100, any offer less than $400 would not be in good faith IMHO. I'd let your neighbor make the opening offer and go from there. I have found in most cases, that ends up working to my advantage.
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Old 11-25-16, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by CO_Hoya View Post

The top tube length is about my size - I prefer 59cm, but close enough. Seat tube is much too small - I prefer 60-61cm. The seat post height shown is about right for me (ignore the seat angle).
Despite any deal you may get, I just don't see it being worth riding a frame that is this much too small for you. You'll have the seatpost and stem both jacked up--personally, the bikes that ride the best for me are not the ones where I have to make such compromises.
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Old 11-25-16, 09:26 PM
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Also, since it is noted that someone forced a 27.2 seatpost into a frame made for a 27.0, the post may well be stuck and the seat lug distorted to the point where it will not clamp a proper size post any longer. Given the info provided, I pass on this one.
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Old 11-26-16, 12:17 PM
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Thank you all for the input. I remeasured and it is indeed a 56cm seat tube, so clearly too small. I think the correct move is to take a pass.

I told him to wait until spring to sell to maximize his return.
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Originally Posted by CO_Hoya View Post
Thank you all for the input. I remeasured and it is indeed a 56cm seat tube, so clearly too small. I think the correct move is to take a pass.

I told him to wait until spring to sell to maximize his return.
But what if he needs the money to get presents for the orphaned boys and girls?
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Old 11-30-16, 10:02 AM
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No. Back away from the bike. If this is too smallish now no good deal will make it fit.
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If the top tube is the right size, it doesn't much matter what the seat tube is. A shorter seat tube is preferable to me, because you can get a larger saddle to bar drop.
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