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Bridgestone MB5 in Red Worth Pursuing as a touring and commuting bike? Worth it?

Old 06-25-13, 12:16 PM
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Bridgestone MB5 in Red Worth Pursuing as a touring and commuting bike? Worth it?

I found a near new shape thumby shifter Bridgestone MB-5 MTB.

It is red. Is is very clean. Rides nice. I found the bars way too aggressive.

I am hoping to create a sitting position like my old Hard Rock Specialized Bike.

Would it be better to just get a Hard Rock or Stump Jumper? Will the head tube make it hard to change this one out to near equal sitting angles? It is hard to tell with the low bars if it is a simple change of stem and bars to create a Hard Rock - Like geometry. (I am speaking highly of my 92 Hard Rock from the past because it was comfortable for me, should not have sold it before moving). Oh well!

I wanted to add some Wald swept bars for commuting, or try out some Nashbar Trekking bars on it that I ordered, change out the stem. Touring would be my greatest interest, but if I could make it a comfy around towner.. that is great too.

It is not super inexpensive, $135. But Deore LX Thumb Shifters shift precisely enough, everything appears to be as new except the tires. I think these were middle of the road bikes from their time.
Regardless, I would need to likely add a beefier rear wheel, order a stem, rear rack, a few other items to make it touring/comfy riding ready.
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Old 06-25-13, 01:17 PM
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Bridgestone bikes were numbered backwards, the best models had the lowest number, RB-1, MB-1, XO-1, etc. But you have a nice clean MB-5 there, prepped by an LBS, for a very reasonable price. That's a long reach quill stem. You may want to try something like this stem, inexpensive and much more comfy reach.

https://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...-x-80mm-silver
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Agree with oddjob; this is a sturdy bike and a reasonable deal for $135 from an LBS.
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Old 06-26-13, 12:11 PM
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Big Difference in Frame with 1, 2 , 3, 4 models?

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Agree with oddjob; this is a sturdy bike and a reasonable deal for $135 from an LBS.

I thought the same.

I have some Nashbar Trekking Bars I considered putting on my Gary Fisher Hoo Koo Eekoo. Now I am thinking, put them on this Bridgestone. Make it a tourer/commuter.
Planned on taking it's front shock off and creating a touring bike out of it. Triple Butted Frame, equal shape, just about the condition of this one.

But lately, since the GF is in such nice shape, Judy Rock Shox in near perfect condition, I thought I should allow it to be a MTB.

Is the frame on the Bridgestone MB-5 a good touring frame? I imagine there is not any butted tubes. It is cromo steel, but maybe nothing spectacular? Lately, I have been using my 99 GT Nomad Hybrid as a touring bike, mostly nearby camping. It is steel, not sure if the Bridgestone will be a step-up. The GT has 700 Wheels and a upright sitting position with Bontrager swooped back bars now. I figured: "Bridgestone!" "Great sturdy bikes!" I also think the Deore Thumbies are fun to use.
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Originally Posted by djkenny View Post
Is the frame on the Bridgestone MB-5 a good touring frame?
Some of the late model Bridgestone's which this one looks to be had shorter chainstays. Shorter chainstays may lead to heel strike on panniers. Only one way to tell.
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Originally Posted by mparker326 View Post
Some of the late model Bridgestone's which this one looks to be had shorter chainstays. Shorter chainstays may lead to heel strike on panniers. Only one way to tell.
Mechanic responded that they were fairly long. I'll have to check, is there ideal lengths for MTB conversions for touring?

Figure could be a fun classic commuter, regardless
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Considering how clean the bike is and looks to be nicely shop set up with fenders. The $135 price is very good if it fits as said the stem could easlily changed to make the bike a little less agressive it is about a inch forward and half inch higher than what would be coprrect for this bike.
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Originally Posted by zukahn1 View Post
Considering how clean the bike is and looks to be nicely shop set up with fenders. The $135 price is very good if it fits as said the stem could easlily changed to make the bike a little less agressive it is about a inch forward and half inch higher than what would be coprrect for this bike.
Once I figure out a stem that with be both shorter and taller, I think I'll go with a style like these Velo Orange ones.
https://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...-22-2-dia.html
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Originally Posted by djkenny View Post
Mechanic responded that they were fairly long. I'll have to check, is there ideal lengths for MTB conversions for touring?

Figure could be a fun classic commuter, regardless
use a Surly LHT as a benchmark.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
use a Surly LHT as a benchmark.
Lust worthy handlebar set up. I think it's with my same long short stem (I doubt I could deal with how low it is). Those Surly bars DO look nifty. I'll likely go Avenir/Velo Orange copies, because they are $15. But these ARE cool.

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Sorry to bring back an old thread but its better than creating a new one for the same subject.

I found the same bike locally, maybe not a good condition for $80.
I was wondering was kind of clearance does this frame have?
(I'd like to run fairly wide tires, so max clearance I could run.)

I want to make it my winter bike. Don't like putting my Stumpy through the abuse anymore.
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If you're going to run fenders too, that will dictate the max width, probably around 2.35".
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
If you're going to run fenders too, that will dictate the max width, probably around 2.35".
I'll most likely be a using clip on/removable mud guards, or fabricate some for myself.
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Well for tire you can go about 2.25 with fenders I would recomend 2.00 higher quality with heavy all waether tread. With out fenders you can go 2.60 snow sand ballon tires fine maybe even a size larger.
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+1 on the 2.00 X 26 tires.

They were on my recent 1993 Raleigh Portage X100 and are a nice fit with the Planet Bike Cascadia ATB fenders I installed.

Seen here at our local Rail Trail last week.

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My first attempt at a build like this. I've got fenders and racks to add, plus new tires. Mine is a MB-6 but a well built frame.
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Just added 26X2.0 Bontrager Hardcase H2 road tires to my MB-3. (Yes, I bought another Bridgestone that I am having fun adding good too!). There is plenty of space. Added Bontrager fenders as well. Put my energy into adding goods to the MB-3 at this time mainly due to the high quality rear hub. The simple honey comb shifters on the MB-5 are awfully awesome though!
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