Notices
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals. Use this subforum for all requests as to "How much is this vintage bike worth?"Do NOT try to sell it in here, use the Marketplaces.

1983? Bridgestone Aries

Old 06-18-13, 11:21 AM
  #1  
firbituga
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
firbituga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
1983? Bridgestone Aries

I have recently purchased a Bridgestone Aries ten speed bicycle and have had quite a bit of trouble finding any information on it. I have spent hours perusing the Sheldon Brown website, Google, and this forum, as well as visiting my LBS but no one seems to have any information about the Aries specifically. The few things I have found about Bridgestone bicycles are that they made bikes with star names in Japan in the 80's, and some carry a cult status. I am less concerned with the value of the bike than its history and quality as it seems to fit me well and I feel the $125 charge was reasonable for my area. I am assuming it is an 83' or 84' because those are the two years of catalog I cannot find for reference. The frame is Hi-Tensile/Hi-Carbon with SunTour 7GT rear derailleur, matching front derailleur, and SunTour stem shifters. I also have the serial number but I'm not sure if it is appropriate to post (please advise). Any information about this bike would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in Advance!

Attached Images
File Type: jpg
frame-logo.jpg (99.1 KB, 44 views)
File Type: jpg
frame-material.jpg (94.2 KB, 40 views)
File Type: jpg
front-derailleur.jpg (102.3 KB, 36 views)
File Type: jpg
full-bike.jpg (100.3 KB, 43 views)
File Type: jpg
rear-derailleur.jpg (103.5 KB, 37 views)
File Type: jpg
shifters.jpg (93.0 KB, 35 views)
firbituga is offline  
Old 06-18-13, 11:57 AM
  #2  
T-Mar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 20,621
Mentioned: 555 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3657 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1,066 Times in 798 Posts
It's definitely not a 1984, as that's the year they went to model numbers. I'm actually thinking this might be slightly older than 1982. It's quite similar to the Regulus but has has lower grade stamped dropouts and a hi-tensile main triangle. I'm thinking that the Aries my have be upgraded intot he Regulus. The serial number would be a big help, as it will tell us the exact year.
T-Mar is offline  
Old 06-18-13, 12:14 PM
  #3  
firbituga
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
firbituga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for your quick response. The serial on the bike is:
N382185
firbituga is offline  
Old 06-18-13, 12:21 PM
  #4  
T-Mar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 20,621
Mentioned: 555 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3657 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1,066 Times in 798 Posts
I was incorrect. Per the serial number it was manufactured in 1983 and just before they would have turned production over to the 1984 models.
T-Mar is offline  
Old 06-18-13, 12:40 PM
  #5  
firbituga
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
firbituga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks again for responding so quickly. In your opinion would this be considered a Grant Petersen era Bridgestone? I read that he started designing with them in the 80's and began marketing for his bikes in 83'. Also, do you feel that my $125 investment was wasted. With the vast amount of new and used bikes available it took me over a month to make a decision on my purchase. I feel confident given the comparison models available in the Houston area through CL and Ebay I just don't have enough experience to really tell.
firbituga is offline  
Old 06-19-13, 08:15 AM
  #6  
T-Mar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 20,621
Mentioned: 555 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3657 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1,066 Times in 798 Posts
That's a Technart frame with aluminum lugs that were die cast around the tubes and required an internally expanding seat post. The basic design goes back about a decade to the early 1970s bicycle boom models. While I'm not positive, I suspect that 1983 was the last year for these frames.

The Technart frames were the type of technology that Peterson typically detested. If he had been at Bridgestone during this period, it's the type of bicycle he would have tried to eliminate.
T-Mar is offline  
Old 03-16-16, 02:14 AM
  #7  
tatkin05
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
So did he waste his investment?
tatkin05 is offline  
Old 03-16-16, 06:45 AM
  #8  
cb400bill
Inoxidable Moderator
 
cb400bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kalamazoo MI
Posts: 18,804

Bikes: Fuji SL 2.1 Carbon, Cannondale Synapse Alloy, Trek 710 531 Steel

Mentioned: 41 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2190 Post(s)
Liked 2,148 Times in 1,338 Posts
Originally Posted by tatkin05 View Post
So did he waste his investment?
Do you have one? Or are you looking at one?
__________________
Be nice

cb400bill is offline  
Old 03-16-16, 07:25 AM
  #9  
tatkin05
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I have one
tatkin05 is offline  
Old 03-16-16, 07:37 AM
  #10  
himespau 
Senior Member
 
himespau's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Louisville, KY
Posts: 11,679
Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2418 Post(s)
Liked 998 Times in 583 Posts
As a rider if it's good to go, it's probably not the worst deal in the world, but I definitely wouldn't spend more than that and not even that for a flipper or if it needed any repairs.
himespau is online now  
Old 03-16-16, 08:32 AM
  #11  
T-Mar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 20,621
Mentioned: 555 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3657 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1,066 Times in 798 Posts
IMO, the only issue with the Technart frames is the aesthetics of the chunky lugs. It could probably be improved by eliminating the faux spear point embossing but then you wouldn't know it was a Technart. For me, the construction technology neither adds nor detracts from the FMV, as there is no history of reliability issues, unlike some other bonding technologies. These bicycles should be valued based on the tubing, components and condition, just like a standard, brazed lug technology bicycle.
T-Mar is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
BuckTheBeav
Classic & Vintage
4
04-08-16 10:03 AM
Demaq
Classic & Vintage
1
03-21-16 01:01 PM
maiello
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
7
08-23-15 11:04 AM
Leex
Classic & Vintage
2
08-29-13 07:27 PM
PeregrineA1
Classic & Vintage
3
09-11-12 09:07 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.