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Old 05-27-15, 07:54 AM
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Trying to identify my latest find and project!

Hey Guys,

I have a vintage 27 Bridgestone 10 speed road bike which has a lot of Shimano parts such as: brakes, positron II front and rear deraileur, it says Shimano on part of the crankshaft, SR Saeke Custom Road Champion racing handle bars, all in all not a bad bike. I've started to restore it, actually rode it a few times, back tire is a slightly off. Believe me, it did not look like this when I first found it. Anyways, on the frame it says "Star Shine", only found one other person who also found a similar bike with the same decal. Here are a few pics, any info or feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Frank from Brooklyn, N. Y.
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Old 05-27-15, 08:07 AM
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looks like you found yourself a 70's era bike boom bike, lots of steel bits and a cottered crank. A great place to cut your teeth if you haven't worked on bikes before. Start by replacing all consumables and making sure everything isn't stuck. Youtube and this site are great resources for any questions. Bridgestone was a pretty reputable brand back in the day, they had a bunch of decent models, however a lot of manufacturers made lower end models to accommodate the surge in bike riding in the early/mid 70s. I think this is the case with your bike, it does look like a great rider and has potential for nicer upgrades. All depends on you and how much money you want to put into it. good luck and safe riding
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Old 05-27-15, 08:13 AM
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When did Bridgestone start marketing under their own name and not Kabuki? This bike screams 70s but didn't the name change happen early 80s?
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Old 05-27-15, 08:25 AM
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I think the positron was 75-82. With the positron 2 77-82?
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Old 05-27-15, 09:22 AM
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That looks a LOT like a Kabuki Submariner with stainless 3 tubes. Even the striped stickers next to the lugs are the same. Perhaps it came from somewhere outside of the USA. The later Kabukis had Bridgestone name on them. Some even had Itoh, Bridgestone and Kabuki names on them. The frame is the "Techart" style. The lugs are die cast onto the 3 main tubes. I think they are great bikes. They are slightly heavy and there isn't much of a market for them. One in great condition will only go for a few hundred. Obviously those are not the original wheels.
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Old 05-27-15, 11:53 AM
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Brings back fond memories of growing up on Okinawa during the 70's. Bridgestone was the brand a lot of us rode. Some looked like yours, lots of black and silver colour schemes. Bright colours too like green,yellow ,blue and red.

Island was 67 miles long and could make it to the end with an overnight camp then back.

Happy childhood !

Still wish I could have gotten my Fathers BS touring bike but he let it go while I was away at college.

Enjoy your find and learning experience.
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Is that a steel, or an aluminum frame? Lugs like those (at least based on how it looks to me in the pictures), were sometimes used on bonded (glued together, rather than brazed) frames.
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Bridgestone was a Japanese company with an American sounding name. During the bike boom in the 1970s, when Japan was getting a reputation for high quality bikes that rivaled the Europeans, Bridgestone decided they needed a more Japanese sounding brand name, so they introduced Kabuki. When Bridgestone switched from the cast in place lugs to the more conventional brazed lugs, I think that is when they dropped the Kabuki name to draw a distinction from the old product. C. Itoh was a Bridgestone brand that was sold though department stores in the US. They were the same as Kabuki bikes of the era.
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Is that a steel, or an aluminum frame? Lugs like those (at least based on how it looks to me in the pictures), were sometimes used on bonded (glued together, rather than brazed) frames.
Probably a Bridgestone "Submariner" as modelmartin suggests. These had stainless steel tubes with aluminum lugs cast around the joints:

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Thanks for all the feedback guys. Well, I feel much better now that I have some more info on it. All in all, a good find. Maybe I should have kept the Vintage Kent Diplomat that I scooped up last week, that was a 27 also and the frame was much lighter. All I did was clean it up, put it on Craigslist and sold it the next day. I always seem to find something in this neighborhood. I can honestly say that in the last 12 years I have found 7 bikes and sold 5 of them. The nicest one was a Fuji Road bike in canary yellow which someone had put out with the garbage and it was in very good shape,just very dusty and dirty. Needed new tubes and tires, not much more than just a good tune up after that. I had that bike for about 2 days before it was gone, again Craigslist. For now I will stick with the Bridgestone or kabuki, I want to upgrade some more and probably change the rims.

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