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Picked up a Bridgestone RB-2

Old 03-01-22, 08:59 PM
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Picked up a Bridgestone RB-2

Found this a few miles from me today listed for $100 so I went for it. Wasn't looking for a road bike but it's in great shape and I might see how big a tire I can get on this thing. Not much clearance at all with the brakes. Plan on keeping it but if I don't like it I'm sure i can at least get my money back for it.

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Really nice frames on these. Perhaps different brakes might provide more room??
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I have Bridgestone self centering calipers available for trade...have no clue if they have more clearance though.
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
I have Bridgestone self centering calipers available for trade...have no clue if they have more clearance though.
thanks, I'll keep this in mind. Not gonna have time to work on it for a bit and still trying to figure out exactly what i want to do with it.
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That's a nice lookin' bicycle.
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Question for those in the know: Is the little nub on the inside of the headtube for a frame pump? If not, what is it? If it is, what would i be looking for in getting the pump that fits here?
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Originally Posted by partyanimal View Post
Question for those in the know: Is the little nub on the inside of the headtube for a frame pump? If not, what is it? If it is, what would i be looking for in getting the pump that fits here?
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that is exactly what it is for frame pump

zefal HPx pump would fit great
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Originally Posted by squirtdad View Post
that is exactly what it is for frame pump

zefal HPx pump would fit great
Exactly what I though (and what I'm looking for) thanks!
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Originally Posted by partyanimal View Post
Question for those in the know: Is the little nub on the inside of the headtube for a frame pump? If not, what is it? If it is, what would i be looking for in getting the pump that fits here?
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that is exactly what it is for frame pump

zefal HPx pump would fit great
Yup, a Zefal HPX woul dbe my choice as well. They come in four lengths, called HPx-1 (shortest) to HPx-4 (longest) Measure from the base of the little nub to the seat tube along the the underside of the top tube. Here is one place (Crust) that sets out the pump sizes based on your measurement. Here is another (Rivendell) that does, too. You'll notice the two give close, but not identical, measurements. I'm guessing your' need an HPX-3 or, but measure and check the tables.

Zefals aren't exactly cheap, but they work very well, last a long time, and are the best anti-dog devices out there should you ever encounter a Fido that doesn't play well with others.

I'd say $100 for an RB-2 (looks like 1992-94 era) in good shape is a good deal. They are a tad heavy (I think they used seamed tubing, which always weigh a little bit more than seamless tubing such Reynolds 531 or Columbus SL) but not bad. Anyone I've talked with who has ridden one says they ride very nicely. Bridgestones of that era were some of the best bang-for-the-buck bikes out there, with the RB-2 very much in that category. Enjoy.
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
Yup, a Zefal HPX woul dbe my choice as well. They come in four lengths, called HPx-1 (shortest) to HPx-4 (longest) Measure from the base of the little nub to the seat tube along the the underside of the top tube. Here is one place (Crust) that sets out the pump sizes based on your measurement. Here is another (Rivendell) that does, too. You'll notice the two give close, but not identical, measurements. I'm guessing your' need an HPX-3 or, but measure and check the tables.

Zefals aren't exactly cheap, but they work very well, last a long time, and are the best anti-dog devices out there should you ever encounter a Fido that doesn't play well with others.

I'd say $100 for an RB-2 (looks like 1992-94 era) in good shape is a good deal. They are a tad heavy (I think they used seamed tubing, which always weigh a little bit more than seamless tubing such Reynolds 531 or Columbus SL) but not bad. Anyone I've talked with who has ridden one says they ride very nicely. Bridgestones of that era were some of the best bang-for-the-buck bikes out there, with the RB-2 very much in that category. Enjoy.
Thanks, been doing some research, scouring through the catalogs on Sheldon Brown's site and I'm pretty sure it's a 93. As for the weight - I've never owned a road bike, just some other steel MTB/Gravel/SS bikes so to me this thing is comedically light. I did see the pumps on the Crust site, I'll need to measure when I get a chance. Trying to decide if I want to change out the bars for something like the on-one Midge bars. Already got 2 drop bar bikes and I prefer wider bars.
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Old 03-02-22, 06:07 PM
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Love that colour!
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Old 03-02-22, 06:14 PM
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Trying to confirm the year, the serial number is H222915 which from my limited research put production at August of 1992 which I'm guessing makes it a 1993 model as I suspected. Finding limited info on the rest of the serial number. Any thoughts?
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Old 03-02-22, 06:58 PM
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I really wanted an RB1 in the worst way way back when. I had an MB1 and my brother in-law still has it.pretty cool bikes. I have some early brochures I will dig them up and try and post some photos when I get 10 posts.
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somebody pmed me I can't answer pms because I don't have enough posts but I am not in the market for one. thanks tho
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I refurbished an old RB-2 a while back. Super-interesting bike, and just FYI it was a smaller size than you have there, but I fit 700x35c commuter-type tires in there no problem. I've worked on a few Bridgestones at this point, and you really start to see the method to Grant Peterson's madness after a while. Always well-spec'd bikes, oddball parts working very well together, some really high-end stuff sprinkled in here and there where it counts. Enjoy!
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I refurbished an old RB-2 a while back. Super-interesting bike, and just FYI it was a smaller size than you have there, but I fit 700x35c commuter-type tires in there no problem. I've worked on a few Bridgestones at this point, and you really start to see the method to Grant Peterson's madness after a while. Always well-spec'd bikes, oddball parts working very well together, some really high-end stuff sprinkled in here and there where it counts. Enjoy!
Yeah after looking at it a bit more I figured i can fit something slightly bigger on there. Right now they have 23s.

Here's the page from 93 for this bike.
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I picked up an RB-2 for cheap on CL a few years back. Here's what it looked like when I got it:



And when I sold it:


I didn't do much more than test ride it after refurb, but it definitely felt really nice. If I didn't already have too many bikes, it would have definitely been a keeper.
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I picked up an RB-2 for cheap on CL a few years back. Here's what it looked like when I got it:



And when I sold it:


I didn't do much more than test ride it after refurb, but it definitely felt really nice. If I didn't already have too many bikes, it would have definitely been a keeper.
Nice. Man that spring seat looks terrible. Interesting you went from the barcons to the downtube shifters - was that just to make it more original? I like my barcons a lot on the bike i have, but i think I'll keep the current set up just to have something different.
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Looks like the one I posted in the "Looking..." thread a few days ago.
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Nice. Man that spring seat looks terrible. Interesting you went from the barcons to the downtube shifters - was that just to make it more original? I like my barcons a lot on the bike i have, but i think I'll keep the current set up just to have something different.
I was more concerned with functionality than originality--plus, those 8-speed Shimano bar-ends are much more useful for me to use on something else than downtube friction shifters.
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Originally Posted by partyanimal View Post
Found this a few miles from me today listed for $100 so I went for it. Wasn't looking for a road bike but it's in great shape and I might see how big a tire I can get on this thing. Not much clearance at all with the brakes. Plan on keeping it but if I don't like it I'm sure i can at least get my money back for it.

$100 for a decent quality road bike in the current pricing climate? If it fits you, I'd say you had a great find.
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