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Which is better: 85 Bridgestone 400 or 81 Miyata 710?

Old 05-11-10, 12:28 PM
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Which is better: 85 Bridgestone 400 or 81 Miyata 710?

I am trying to find a decent used road bike in Portland, OR (where the used bike values are through the roof).

I am going to see both of these bikes today:

https://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/bik/1734298676.html

https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/1734409223.html

I know the price is kinda steep, but trying to find a 'good' deal on a used bike in Portland seems to require not having a job and spending all day looking at craigslist. I would be curious to know if anyone has any advice on which bike is nicer, or if I should just keep looking.

Thanks for your time and help.
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Old 05-11-10, 12:36 PM
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Either one should do fine, they are both nice bikes. Check the tires, brake pads, cables, etc and bargain on any thing that looks like it will need replacing soon. Ride them around a bit and see how they fit and feel. Subtle differences not visible to the eye can make a bike ride quite differently and you won't know that until you try them out.
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Here is the catalog page for the '85 Bridgestone 400:




and here are the specs of the 1982 Miyata 710

Kind of a wash, imo. Get the one that is in better shape and fits you better.
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From my experience the Bridgestones tend to have a longer top tube than most bikes. So if you are more torso it might be a better fit than the Miyata.

If they both feel good and condition is the same I would try negotiating with the Miyata owner first, just because of the lower asking price.
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If you know your way around a bike, or know someone who does who is willing to help; the cheapest one would be the way that I'd go. More then likely, your going to have to out 'some' money into to get it riding safely. Try them both and look at the following: grab one of the cranks and tug on it, it should not more at all, if it does, it will need an adjustment at minimum. Grab the wheel and hold onto the frame, pull the rim from side to side. There should be no play at all. Do it to both wheels. Spin both wheels to check for true. Grab the top tube with one hand and the handle bars with the other and jerk on it. It should feel as one with the frame. Ride them and check for braking power. I'd take the one that felt the tightest in these areas, or the Bridgestone because it is newer.
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Same difference. Taking that into consideration the Miyata is 20% less expensive. Which fits better? Do they both need the same amount of work? i.e. tires, cables, bar tape etc?
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Thanks for the help

Thanks guys! I ended up not getting either. The Miyata needed a lot of work (new cables and housing thoughout, new brake levers, new bartape, new rear wheel... probably needs a new chain as well) and the Bridgestone was nice, but not that nice (it had a bent spoke and was missing a cog, and was pretty beat up looking). I already have a project bike, so I want something that is going to be rideable with out too much work/cash.

Neither owner was willing to budge much on price. I still might pick up the Bridgestone if I don't find anything better soon, but I had a feeling that something better would come along...

Then I saw this:

https://portland.craigslist.org/wsc/bik/1736279931.html

A 1990 Bridgestone RB-1 with lots of upgrades, running a 9 speed rear. Since my long term plans for the bike was to upgrade it to modern components, I am OK with the higher price- I would be a lot cheaper than what I would do with the other Bridgestone.

The size is bigger than the other bikes I have ridden, but the owner has the same height and inseam as me, so it is worth a test ride to see if it works.
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$450 is pretty reasonable for that RB-1, especially with all the Ultegra bits thrown good. Upgrading parts gets expensive really fast unless you find a nice donor.
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I ended up getting the RB-1. It went from a good deal to a screaming deal once he through in the original 600 derailer and Suntour ARX crank and BB.
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