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Old 08-11-15, 05:07 PM
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my bridgestone T500

Just about done with this build.
In pretty proud of it so i thought I'd share.
Its my first complete rebuild
Nothing on it is stock. Except the stem and headset.

Im pretty low on funds so this is how it will stay till mid September when i will get some new tires, saddle and a front rack. Still debating on fenders.

The build is:
Handlebars- sakae randnner
Brakes: dia compe non aero levers with cane creek hoods and 981 cantilevers.
Crankset- sugino GT 28-46-52
Derailleurs- shimano M700 deer head
Shifters- suntour barcons.( courtesy of a forum member)
Wheelset- araya rims laced to suntour sealed bearing hubs.
Bar wrap- velox cloth wrap

Took it out for a quick 6 mile ride.
I really liked the deer head RD. Shifted real smooth
Hubs spin like butter.
Needed some tweaking. Ill take care of that tonight.
i cant wait till the weekend to give it a real ride.


I took the pictures before i hooked up the brakes.
I ordered some kool stop pads but they sent me the threaded kind so i just installed the old pads. Only used the for 2 months so they should be good till i get the correct pads.

Had some trouble uploading pictures so i just linked them

https://flic.kr/p/wePJCC
https://flic.kr/p/wUn8xv
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Old 08-11-15, 05:41 PM
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Very nice,
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Looks great!


Bridgestone T500 by gerrr gerrrr, on Flickr
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Old 08-11-15, 07:07 PM
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Thanks.

I really like how it turned out.
Ive been having touring bike fever lately
And really want full tourer to work on
Hopefully by early next year.
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Originally Posted by MacGyverBurrito View Post
Thanks.

I really like how it turned out.
Ive been having touring bike fever lately
And really want full tourer to work on
Hopefully by early next year.
Super clean! Nice build!

Which Orange County? Assuming California from your handle?
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Super clean! Nice build!

Which Orange County? Assuming California from your handle?
Thanks. I thought it was going to take longer to build but the perfect donor bike popped up on craiglist last week.
All that came from my parts bin were the derailleurs and saddle. Shifters were traded here.

And yes. Orange county California. Specifically santa ana.
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Old 08-11-15, 10:50 PM
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A1 hot sauce 10/10 would ride again.
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Which deerhead RD? I had one with the Centeron arm and it shifted a 8-speed cassette like absolute garbage. I've always wondered whether the non-Centeron version shifted any better.
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Which deerhead RD? I had one with the Centeron arm and it shifted a 8-speed cassette like absolute garbage. I've always wondered whether the non-Centeron version shifted any better.
non centeron.
ive never tried the centeron or the superplate versions
but this one shifts really well
i was worried about going index since ive been using index all this year but i didnt miss a shift on the ride i took. even going up hill shifting was easy.
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Originally Posted by MacGyverBurrito View Post
Thanks. I thought it was going to take longer to build but the perfect donor bike popped up on craiglist last week.
All that came from my parts bin were the derailleurs and saddle. Shifters were traded here.

And yes. Orange county California. Specifically santa ana.
Spent the first 7 years of my life on a dairy farm off of Edinger (that was obviously a while ago!), not too far from Mile Square Park, which was a military base at the time. My oldest sister had a boyfriend named Guido (no kidding!) who used to come by on his bicycle, he taught me how to ride it. Way too tall for me, couldn't even sit on the saddle.
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Your Bridgestone T500 looks mint and I love that blue. Not a single part on my 400 is original, it's a great way to get exactly what you want.
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Old 08-12-15, 11:50 AM
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Beautiful bike! I worked in a shop that sold Bridgestones in 1984 and that is where I got my 400. The next year they came out with the T500 and T700 and I wanted one so bad but the shop had gone out of business. I tripled and did some upgrades on my 400 and did some tours on it.
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Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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Gugie- hard to imagine this area with farms around. Im young so the way it is now is pretty much how its been for a couple decades.

Kobe- overall the paint is in good condition. If you look close you will see the decals are cracking and a few scrapes. But definitely one of the nicer condition bikes ive had.


Badger_biker- thanks, ive been lusting over a T700 for a while now.

Golden boy. Thanks. I really like your touring bikes. Hopefully i can find something similar soon.
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