Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
Reload this Page >

Value? 1989 Bridgestone RB-1 Exc. Cond. nearly all OEM.

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.

Value? 1989 Bridgestone RB-1 Exc. Cond. nearly all OEM.

Old 10-18-14, 03:34 PM
  #1  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Lansing, MI
Posts: 5

Bikes: Giant AnyRoad 1, Trek 7700FX, Bridgestone RB-1

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Value? 1989 Bridgestone RB-1 Exc. Cond. nearly all OEM.

Hi everyone,
Newbie to the forum and glad to find it.

CORRECTION: THIS IS A 1988, NOT 1989.
Thanks member wrk1101 for noticing my error.


I am the original owner and sole rider of this wonderful bike. It is not the only one I have owned so it doesn't have high mileage, probably about 1000-1500. Every mile I had a smile. The original chain remains tight and in use. Room also for 700x28s.

I would like to know your idea of the value and wonder if it is a 'collectible' or not. A range is fine and I understand value is a personal thing based on preferences,etc. All opinions appreciated. Jump in. I will try to answer any questions.

Photos taken yesterday and attached. No dents or cracks. A couple of tinier scratches in addition to what you see.
Al











Last edited by green.traveler; 10-19-14 at 12:05 PM. Reason: Correct Model Year
green.traveler is offline  
Old 10-18-14, 03:41 PM
  #2  
weapons-grade bolognium
 
thinktubes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Across the street from Chicago
Posts: 6,402

Bikes: Battaglin Cromor, Ciocc Designer 84, Schwinn Superior 1981

Liked 2,579 Times in 931 Posts
$400-$550.
thinktubes is offline  
Old 10-18-14, 06:27 PM
  #3  
Still learning
 
oddjob2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: North of Canada, Adirondacks
Posts: 11,527

Bikes: Still a garage full

Liked 67 Times in 45 Posts
Although the bike is low mileage, the paint is only in fair condition. I think 105 would hold down value as well. I am pretty much on the same page with [MENTION=150273]thinktubes[/MENTION] at a value as-is of $500 +/-.
oddjob2 is offline  
Old 10-18-14, 06:42 PM
  #4  
Senior Member
 
Chombi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 11,128

Bikes: 1986 Alan Record Carbonio, 1985 Vitus Plus Carbone 7, 1984 Peugeot PSV, 1972 Line Seeker, 1986(est.) Medici Aerodynamic (Project), 1985(est.) Peugeot PY10FC

Likes: 0
Liked 34 Times in 28 Posts
I'm a little bit more conservative at 400-450 bucks in its very good condition. It's a great bike and although the RB-1 has a good reputation amongst C&Vers, I think this particular one lacks the "bling" factor that people are looking for on a steel bike (chrome, fancy graphics, two tone paint...etc.) to get it to that 500 buck threshold...... It's just too plain looking, and the 105 group is just middling and the Biopace crank is a sort of acquired taste thing......
JMOs
Chombi is offline  
Old 10-18-14, 06:48 PM
  #5  
Fat Guy on a Little Bike
 
KonAaron Snake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 15,944

Bikes: Two wheeled ones

Liked 353 Times in 177 Posts
Honestly, with this gruppo...I was thinking 350.
KonAaron Snake is offline  
Old 10-18-14, 06:58 PM
  #6  
Still learning
 
oddjob2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: North of Canada, Adirondacks
Posts: 11,527

Bikes: Still a garage full

Liked 67 Times in 45 Posts
Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake
Honestly, with this gruppo...I was thinking 350.
Frame + fork in the popular sizes start at high $200's on ebay (sold comps of course).
oddjob2 is offline  
Old 10-18-14, 07:04 PM
  #7  
Fat Guy on a Little Bike
 
KonAaron Snake's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 15,944

Bikes: Two wheeled ones

Liked 353 Times in 177 Posts
If he was parting it out, or selling on eBay, I might agree. At the end of the day it's a Japanese 105 bike...add a little for the Bridgestone premium.
KonAaron Snake is offline  
Old 10-18-14, 08:31 PM
  #8  
Senior Member
 
inkandsilver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Utah
Posts: 781
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 4 Posts
FWIW: I sold one of these a couple years ago -- same year, same color, one size smaller -- condition was comparable, probably a bit rougher. $415. SLC is a decent market but nothing like Portland/SF/etc.
inkandsilver is offline  
Old 10-18-14, 08:33 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
inkandsilver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Utah
Posts: 781
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 4 Posts
Also: This earlier model doesn't get as high of a premium as the later ones do.
inkandsilver is offline  
Old 10-18-14, 08:56 PM
  #10  
aka: Dr. Cannondale
 
rccardr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 7,819
Liked 3,688 Times in 1,267 Posts
I recently purchased a late 80's RB1 in truly excellent & pretty much original condition for $450 plus shipping, and it was a red and white one. Never seen this particular color scheme before and agree that it's not as visually stimulating as some of the others. Regardless, in nice shape like that, I'd go with the $450-ish estimate, possibly slightly higher. And I'm a HUGE fan of 1050 series 105.
__________________
Hard at work in the Secret Underground Laboratory...
rccardr is offline  
Old 10-18-14, 09:17 PM
  #11  
Still learning
 
oddjob2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: North of Canada, Adirondacks
Posts: 11,527

Bikes: Still a garage full

Liked 67 Times in 45 Posts
I just noticed the MSU location and need to hedge my estimate above. I doubt that market would support $500 with winter around the corner, but you never know until you try. You may have better luck with CL in Ann Arbor. Just be extremely patient. Also complete the bike with bar tape.

RB-1's are scarce in SE Michigan, but I got a very good deal on an ebay local pickup in Ypsillanti earlier this year on a 1992 frame and fork. I have a Tri Color kit for it.


Last edited by oddjob2; 10-18-14 at 09:24 PM.
oddjob2 is offline  
Old 10-19-14, 06:47 AM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
bikemig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Middle Earth (aka IA)
Posts: 20,704

Bikes: A bunch of old bikes and a few new ones

Liked 3,857 Times in 2,227 Posts
I agree with Thrifty Bill on this. It's tough getting north of $300 on CL unless you live in a hot market. Plus the later RB-1s are more highly valued than this one. I've seen similar quality bikes rot at much lower prices on my local CL. Granted the S does not live too far from some major urban areas which will help with the price; but $400-$500 is a tough price on CL esp. with winter around the corner.
bikemig is offline  
Old 10-19-14, 07:29 AM
  #13  
Bianchi Goddess
 
Bianchigirll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Shady Pines Retirement Fort Wayne, In
Posts: 28,107

Bikes: Too many to list here check my signature.

Liked 3,246 Times in 1,641 Posts
Wouldn't an '88 or '89 have the dark 'Blue' 105 brake calipers? Nice looking bike.
__________________
One morning you wake up, the girl is gone, the bikes are gone, all that's left behind is a pair of old tires and a tube of tubular glue, all squeezed out"

Sugar "Kane" Kowalczyk
Bianchigirll is offline  
Old 10-19-14, 07:34 AM
  #14  
Still learning
 
oddjob2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: North of Canada, Adirondacks
Posts: 11,527

Bikes: Still a garage full

Liked 67 Times in 45 Posts
The Campy water bottles may fetch $150, but at $800 with an RB-1 attached, Dura Ace, it would have to be about 50% less for me to drive the two minutes check it out.

>>Bridgestone RB-1 Road Bike<<
oddjob2 is offline  
Old 10-19-14, 07:45 AM
  #15  
Senior Member
 
bikemig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Middle Earth (aka IA)
Posts: 20,704

Bikes: A bunch of old bikes and a few new ones

Liked 3,857 Times in 2,227 Posts
Originally Posted by oddjob2
The Campy water bottles may fetch $150, but at $800 with an RB-1 attached, Dura Ace, it would have to be about 50% less for me to drive the two minutes check it out.

>>Bridgestone RB-1 Road Bike<<
It's a fugly repaint; yuk.
bikemig is offline  
Old 10-19-14, 08:12 AM
  #16  
Senior Member
 
daf1009's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posts: 2,982

Bikes: LESS than I did a year ago!

Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by oddjob2
The Campy water bottles may fetch $150, but at $800 with an RB-1 attached, Dura Ace, it would have to be about 50% less for me to drive the two minutes check it out.

>>Bridgestone RB-1 Road Bike<<
Agree that they are nice water bottles...and...it is, of course, Dura Ace...but...as [MENTION=302603]bikemig[/MENTION] said, a fugly repaint...and...of course, the repaint takes down ANY collectible value of the RB-1...should also work on that first picture...the bike looks like a TT model in it!

Finally I love this part of the ad... "You can't find a bike with these upgrades for less than $2300"...uh...yeah...right...
daf1009 is offline  
Old 10-19-14, 11:08 AM
  #17  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Lansing, MI
Posts: 5

Bikes: Giant AnyRoad 1, Trek 7700FX, Bridgestone RB-1

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by oddjob2
I just noticed the MSU location and need to hedge my estimate above. I doubt that market would support $500 with winter around the corner, but you never know until you try. You may have better luck with CL in Ann Arbor. Just be extremely patient. Also complete the bike with bar tape.
Thanks oddjob2 for your comments and suggestions. But I don't understand the bar tape idea? It has the original silver-white tape, which is in very good condition and is quite soft and comfortable.
green.traveler is offline  
Old 10-19-14, 11:12 AM
  #18  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Lansing, MI
Posts: 5

Bikes: Giant AnyRoad 1, Trek 7700FX, Bridgestone RB-1

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by daf1009
Agree that they are nice water bottles...and...it is, of course, Dura Ace...but...as @bikemig said, a fugly repaint...and...of course, the repaint takes down ANY collectible value of the RB-1...should also work on that first picture...the bike looks like a TT model in it!

Finally I love this part of the ad... "You can't find a bike with these upgrades for less than $2300"...uh...yeah...right...
Okay, you guys lost me here with the campy water bottles and repaint job. Am I missing something???

EDIT: Never mind. I clicked on the link that I had not noticed.

Last edited by green.traveler; 10-19-14 at 11:40 AM.
green.traveler is offline  
Old 10-19-14, 11:15 AM
  #19  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Lansing, MI
Posts: 5

Bikes: Giant AnyRoad 1, Trek 7700FX, Bridgestone RB-1

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
Wouldn't an '88 or '89 have the dark 'Blue' 105 brake calipers? Nice looking bike.
Thanks for your nice comment. I don't know about the blue calipers, but I can confirm truthfully that these are the ones on the bike when I walked out the door of my LBS. The blue frame color is in the Bridgestone 89 catalog, but impossible to tell anything about caliper color there.
green.traveler is offline  
Old 10-19-14, 11:46 AM
  #20  
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Lansing, MI
Posts: 5

Bikes: Giant AnyRoad 1, Trek 7700FX, Bridgestone RB-1

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Just for kicks......what appears to be same model and year RB-1 near Seattle. Street bike, Bridgestone RB-1
green.traveler is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Hatchet
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
13
04-01-18 12:44 PM
ckindt
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
5
06-01-16 06:17 PM
rkop8520
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
5
03-30-13 07:15 PM
agexperts
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
8
07-23-11 12:24 PM
hamfoh
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
2
04-24-11 05:30 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
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.