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Old 01-29-18, 03:37 PM
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NOS 1993 Bridgestone RB-1

Howdy, haven't been on these forums in forever but looking to get some advice. I'm currently looking to buy an RB-1 and I came across this one eBay last night. I used to have one of these about 9 years ago when I was still bike commuting in Brooklyn. After awhile I started riding less and riding the train more, but I'm looking to get back into it.

Any idea what I should expect for this? I'm looking for a nicer weekend bike for the long term. For reference I sold mine back then for $600, but it was more of a daily rider in terms of condition (lots of scratches and wear, no dings).

https://www.ebay.com/itm/282825282191
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I'd guess that one will go for around eight hundred bucks
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If you're just in love with them, accept the fact that you'll have to pay the Bridgestone/Grant Peterson myth tax.
If you just want a nice riding, quality Japanese built bike, there are other choices that don't command such a premium.
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That one is red, plus has the cool fork. $$ If you want a rider, it probably isn't the best choice.
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Old 01-29-18, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by nesteel View Post
If you're just in love with them, accept the fact that you'll have to pay the Bridgestone/Grant Peterson myth tax.
If you just want a nice riding, quality Japanese built bike, there are other choices that don't command such a premium.
Yep. I sold an immaculate purple RB2 for $200 last year.
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It isn’t stock
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
It isn’t stock
I'm curious, why not? It looks fairly original.
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That is a wall hanger so it's going to demand more. If I were you and wanted a rider, I'd get a frame/fork and build it with newer components.
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I'm curious, why not? It looks fairly original.
Came with white bar tape?
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Old 01-29-18, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
snip . . . Came with white bar tape?
Good point so not stock but the parts otherwise look according to spec, right?
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Originally Posted by curbtender View Post
That is a wall hanger so it's going to demand more. If I were you and wanted a rider, I'd get a frame/fork and build it with newer components.
You're right, I guess I'm just partial since it's the same color/year/size as my old one

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Good point so not stock but the parts otherwise look according to spec, right?
From the description it looks like the stem and pedals are different as well
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Originally Posted by xepyt View Post
You're right, I guess I'm just partial since it's the same color/year/size as my old one



From the description it looks like the stem and pedals are different as well
I own a '93 RB 1 and worked in a shop that sold Bstones back in the day. Yes the stem is different but I don't believe the bike came with pedals.
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Bike is not NOS and should not be marketed as such. Extremely well preserved? Yes.

+10 If I was looking for a good rider, I would not be paying the Grant Peterson tax.

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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I'm curious, why not? It looks fairly original.
I thought they were all SuperBe Pro. Unless it has to be a Bridgestone, I’d look for a nice ‘90,91,92 Bianchi Virata or Alfana if you want a nice rider. Prestige Ultimate frames and either 600 Virata, or 105 Alfana
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It must have gotten a flat tire on the "has only been ridden a few miles after assembly for tuning" ride as the valve stems are different lengths.
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That is a wall hanger so it's going to demand more. If I were you and wanted a rider, I'd get a frame/fork and build it with newer components.
What's a Wall Hanger?
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What's a Wall Hanger?
A bike that you never want to ride because it is too nice. If you pay $1000 for this and ride it the first time you scratch it, bend a wheel, or break something the value of "VIRTUALLY" NOS never ridden, MORE THAN A FEW MILES is gone.

I paid a pretty penny for this but decided it was too nice to ride. After it hung in my flat for a year, and I hurt my back I decided I didn’t have room for a “wall hanger” no matter how nice.

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Also not stock but in good shape, red, and 53: https://lawrence.craigslist.org/bik/...472417480.html
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A bike that you never want to ride because it is too nice. If you pay $1000 for this and ride it the first time you scratch it, bend a wheel, or break something the value of NOS never ridden is gone.

I paid a pretty penny for this but decided it was too nice to ride. After it hung in my flat for a year, and I hurt my back I decided I didn’t have room for a “wall hanger” no matter how nice.
If you look at the Link the Bike is definately not NOS. Even if it was I would still ride it.

After all that's what their for. Isn't it?
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If you look at the Link the Bike is definately not NOS. Even if it was I would still ride it.

After all that's what their for. Isn't it?
Yes, that is what it is for. Unfortunately, true NOS sells for a substantial premium, which evaporates the moment you ride it. So you can save a lot of money by just getting one lightly used, and let the NOS collectors pay the premium. I personally prefer a clean bike with clean components, but one that looks its age. A brand new 25 year old bike has no appeal to me. And my bike budget does not allow for NOS purchases anyway.
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Yes, that is what it is for. Unfortunately, true NOS sells for a substantial premium, which evaporates the moment you ride it. So you can save a lot of money by just getting one lightly used, and let the NOS collectors pay the premium. I personally prefer a clean bike with clean components, but one that looks its age. A brand new 25 year old bike has no appeal to me. And my bike budget does not allow for NOS purchases anyway.
And I prefer moderately clean frames regardless of the condition of the parts because I'm one of those heathens that's going to strip the parts and replace them with modern components. I like the looks of lugs (and the price of older, not quite perfect, frames) but the performance of 10 speed indexed shifting.
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Originally Posted by Wileyone View Post
If you look at the Link the Bike is definately not NOS. Even if it was I would still ride it.

After all that's what their for. Isn't it?
I think a lot of people would regard this bike, because of its condition, an investment and buy it with the intention of not riding it. I find that somewhat absurd but people do odd things.
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Hmmmm, but I would say...not an investment bike. Would not be surprised to see it go for the $800-ish mentioned above, and even in today's market probably worth it. But five years from now? Probably still an $800-ish bike, less if ridden some.

Must admit that while Bridgestones of this era are nice, have never really understood the mythology around them. Not a huge fan of the mixed-component ones (like this one), and while the yellow '93 I had for a while with full Tricolor and the dual plane Ritchey style fork was very pretty, it wasn't particularly well finished & didn't ride or perform any better than a decent late 80's Tempo or Super Sport.

On the other hand, it did sell for around $1200, so there's that.
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