Go Back  Bike Forums >
Reload this Page >

Bike Forums

Classic & Vintage

My first RB-1

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

My first RB-1

Old 09-11-22, 02:10 PM
  #1  
sloar 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Elwood Indiana
Posts: 7,325

Bikes: they change so much I'm tired of updating this

Mentioned: 165 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1131 Post(s)
Liked 904 Times in 339 Posts
My first RB-1

After all the years this is the first RB-1 Iíve had the opportunity to buy. Popped up this morning an hour away, but the price was so good I couldnít pass on it. Just finished overhauling it and looking forward to a ride tomorrow morning once this rain stops.

__________________
Semper fi
sloar is offline  
Old 09-11-22, 02:15 PM
  #2  
merziac
Senior Member
 
merziac's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: PDX
Posts: 12,068

Bikes: Merz x 5 + Specialized Merz Allez x 2, Strawberry/Newlands/DiNucci/Ti x3, Gordon, Fuso/Moulton x2, Bornstein, Paisley,1958-74 Paramounts x3, 3rensho, 74 Moto TC, 73-78 Raleigh Pro's x5, Marinoni x2, 1960 Cinelli SC, 1980 Bianchi SC, PX-10 X 2

Mentioned: 240 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3786 Post(s)
Liked 4,446 Times in 2,655 Posts
Flat crown, nice score.
merziac is offline  
Old 09-11-22, 04:53 PM
  #3  
cb400bill
Humble Administrator
 
cb400bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kalamazoo MI
Posts: 20,765

Bikes: Fuji SL2.1 Carbon Di2 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 4 Trek Checkpoint ALR gravel Viscount Aerospace Pro Colnago Classic Rabobank

Mentioned: 56 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2866 Post(s)
Liked 5,136 Times in 3,049 Posts
Beautiful bike. Love the color!
__________________
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Fenders protect you from tire splatter. Mudguards protect you from tyre splatter.







cb400bill is offline  
Old 09-11-22, 05:08 PM
  #4  
madpogue 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Madison, WI USA
Posts: 6,273
Mentioned: 44 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2122 Post(s)
Liked 1,275 Times in 917 Posts
Looks very original. One of my grail bikes.
madpogue is offline  
Old 09-11-22, 05:18 PM
  #5  
sloar 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Elwood Indiana
Posts: 7,325

Bikes: they change so much I'm tired of updating this

Mentioned: 165 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1131 Post(s)
Liked 904 Times in 339 Posts
Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
Looks very original. One of my grail bikes.

I changed the bar and stem, but when I got it everything was original except tires.
__________________
Semper fi
sloar is offline  
Old 09-11-22, 06:15 PM
  #6  
Classtime 
Senior Member
 
Classtime's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 3,951

Bikes: 82 Medici, 2011 Richard Sachs, 2011 Milwaukee Road

Mentioned: 46 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1575 Post(s)
Liked 1,264 Times in 753 Posts
Looks great. A classic. Flashback: I’m a starving grad student, avoiding my studies by flipping through a Bicycling Magazine: ther is an RB-1 on the cover and a glowing review inside. I’d like to ride one.
__________________
I don't do: disks, tubeless, e-shifting, or bead head nymphs.
Classtime is offline  
Likes For Classtime:
Old 09-11-22, 06:22 PM
  #7  
Triplecrank92
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Gulf Coast
Posts: 184

Bikes: '93 Cannondale R500; '88 Centurion Ironman Expert, '97 Cannondale R900, '95 Serotta CSI, '83 Trek 700, '97 Lemond Zurich, '89 Bianchi Giro, '87 Schwinn Prologue, '83 Fuji TSIV + one perturbed wife

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 64 Post(s)
Liked 123 Times in 49 Posts
What a coincidence! A '92 RB-1 popped up on FB last weekend and I picked it up having read about the "mystic" qualities of a Bridgestone. It still has the spec'ed bar end shifters which is taking some adjustment for me. My RB-1 is pretty close to spec but has had the crank, BB and rims swapped out to Campy. Never seen the rims before and can't find much online but they're labeled "Campy Munchen 72". While they are listed as 13.5-622, I'm having a hard time stretching a spare set of Panaracers 25-622 over them. I rode the RB-1 twice before tossing the dry rotting tires and hitting the Munchen impasse. The ride has a very light feel to it with the quad Ishiwata tubing and I broke my PR on a local hill climb. However, I haven't weighed it or the wheel set yet. The Munchen's look heavy and I still have a lot of tweaking to mine to get it dialed in.

Your's looks like it was better maintained than mine, which had quite a few paint scruffs and decal damage. What year is your RB-1?
Triplecrank92 is offline  
Old 09-12-22, 06:55 AM
  #8  
4funbikes 
Full Member
 
4funbikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Southeastern,VA
Posts: 309
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 35 Times in 19 Posts
Must be the week of RB-1's! I had a '92 model fall in to my lap last week as well.
4funbikes is offline  
Likes For 4funbikes:
Old 09-12-22, 11:03 AM
  #9  
bikingshearer 
Crawlin' up, flyin' down
 
bikingshearer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Democratic Peoples' Republic of Berkeley
Posts: 4,882

Bikes: 1967 Paramount; 1982-ish Ron Cooper; 1978 Eisentraut "A"; two mid-1960s Cinelli Speciale Corsas; and others in various stages of non-rideability.

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 619 Post(s)
Liked 1,137 Times in 558 Posts
Nice score. I had a '92 RB-1. It rode very nicely until I discovered a ginormous crack involving the seat tube, the down tube and the BB hanger, almost certainly the ultimate result of an earlier crash.

The RB-1 was not the best bike available BITD, but it was damn good and was the biggest-bang-for-the-buck bike out there. Good frame design and materials, good handling, smartly spec'd components. It was far more likely that the rider was holding the RB-1 back rather than the RB-1 holding the rider back.
__________________
"I'm in shape -- round is a shape." Andy Rooney
bikingshearer is offline  
Old 09-12-22, 08:40 PM
  #10  
mhespenheide 
Full Member
 
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Burien WA
Posts: 356

Bikes: Cannondale Synapse, LeMond Victoire, Bianchi Campione d'Italia, Kona Hei Hei, Ritchey Ultra, Schwinn "Paramount" PDG, '83 Trek 640

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 153 Post(s)
Liked 151 Times in 101 Posts
I missed out on one here about a month ago and I'm still a little disappointed.

That solid blue is a '90, maybe?
mhespenheide is offline  
Old 09-13-22, 06:01 AM
  #11  
sloar 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Elwood Indiana
Posts: 7,325

Bikes: they change so much I'm tired of updating this

Mentioned: 165 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1131 Post(s)
Liked 904 Times in 339 Posts
Originally Posted by mhespenheide View Post
I missed out on one here about a month ago and I'm still a little disappointed.

That solid blue is a '90, maybe?

Pretty sure itís 1988.
__________________
Semper fi
sloar is offline  
Old 09-13-22, 06:10 AM
  #12  
RB1-luvr
I don't know.
 
RB1-luvr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: South Meriden, CT
Posts: 1,456

Bikes: '90 B'stone RB-1, '92 B'stone RB-2, '89 SuperGo Access Comp, '03 Access 69er, '23 Trek 520, '14 Ritchey Road Logic, '09 Kestrel Evoke, '17 Surly Wednesday, '89 Centurion Accordo, '15 CruX, '17 Ridley X-Night

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 129 Post(s)
Liked 307 Times in 186 Posts
1990 had the sloping crown fork, correct? Very nice bike. I hope you have lots of enjoyable miles on it.
RB1-luvr is offline  
Old 09-13-22, 07:58 AM
  #13  
sloar 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Elwood Indiana
Posts: 7,325

Bikes: they change so much I'm tired of updating this

Mentioned: 165 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1131 Post(s)
Liked 904 Times in 339 Posts
Originally Posted by RB1-luvr View Post
1990 had the sloping crown fork, correct? Very nice bike. I hope you have lots of enjoyable miles on it.

Honestly Iím not sure. Just looking on the web pointed it to an 88. Iím just guessing, I usually donít pay attention to dating bikes.
__________________
Semper fi
sloar is offline  
Old 09-13-22, 08:30 AM
  #14  
Chuckk
Groupetto Dragon-Ass
 
Chuckk's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Lostin Austin, TX
Posts: 482

Bikes: https://mcaf.ee/hsm2z

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 371 Post(s)
Liked 497 Times in 280 Posts
My '91 is the only Japanese bike I have ridden that FELT Italian.

Frame and fork + shed parts
Chuckk is offline  
Likes For Chuckk:
Old 09-13-22, 08:44 AM
  #15  
sloar 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Elwood Indiana
Posts: 7,325

Bikes: they change so much I'm tired of updating this

Mentioned: 165 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1131 Post(s)
Liked 904 Times in 339 Posts
It’s a great riding bike, quick and very responsive. Reminds me of my Tommasini.




__________________
Semper fi
sloar is offline  
Old 09-13-22, 09:04 AM
  #16  
billytwosheds 
Senior Member
 
billytwosheds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Honolulu, HI
Posts: 1,129

Bikes: Peugeot, Legnano, Fuji, Zunow, De Rosa, Miyata, Bianchi, Pinarello, Specialized, Bridgestone, Cinelli

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 356 Post(s)
Liked 296 Times in 138 Posts
Originally Posted by sloar View Post
Pretty sure itís 1988.
Pretty sure that's correct.

billytwosheds is offline  
Old 09-13-22, 07:03 PM
  #17  
Triplecrank92
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Gulf Coast
Posts: 184

Bikes: '93 Cannondale R500; '88 Centurion Ironman Expert, '97 Cannondale R900, '95 Serotta CSI, '83 Trek 700, '97 Lemond Zurich, '89 Bianchi Giro, '87 Schwinn Prologue, '83 Fuji TSIV + one perturbed wife

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 64 Post(s)
Liked 123 Times in 49 Posts
'92 rb-1

Mine, as purchased... still have some work to do!

Triplecrank92 is offline  
Old 09-14-22, 05:44 AM
  #18  
RB1-luvr
I don't know.
 
RB1-luvr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: South Meriden, CT
Posts: 1,456

Bikes: '90 B'stone RB-1, '92 B'stone RB-2, '89 SuperGo Access Comp, '03 Access 69er, '23 Trek 520, '14 Ritchey Road Logic, '09 Kestrel Evoke, '17 Surly Wednesday, '89 Centurion Accordo, '15 CruX, '17 Ridley X-Night

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 129 Post(s)
Liked 307 Times in 186 Posts
I purchased my 1990 as a leftover in '91. I had it restofied as such in 2015:

RB1-luvr is offline  
Likes For RB1-luvr:

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


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.