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Is my Bridgestone CB-0 a "classic?"

Old 09-19-05, 09:30 PM
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Is my Bridgestone CB-0 a "classic?"

I am really excited about my old CB-0. I bought in Georgetown (D.C.) in 1991, and used it for many months exploring the nation's capital. When I moved to the Philadelphia area in '93, it more or less went into mothballs in the basement. I got into mountain biking, and never seemed to find the time for my old friend. I recently have begun riding it to work, and then thought--hey, why not take it out for some early morning training rides or weekend trips downtown. I must admit that in the mid '90s, it seemed a little dated with its clunky above-bar shifters, Onza bar ends, and skinny 26" tires. But now, it is like a born-again-retro-classic to me. I love those old thumb shifters and 7 speed SIS. I had forgotten how FAST this bike is...

I think that a lot of today's riders are unfamiliar with the Bridgestone "story," as I feel like I'm sometimes getting strange looks when people see "Bridgestone" on the down-tube. But my question to the classic/vintage forum is this: If you were to see me tooling past on my cream-colored CB-zip, would you think, "Hey, check out that nice old Bridgestone!", or would it be, "Look at that doofus on that old P.O.S.!" ? Thanks for the input!
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Originally Posted by epicurean
.... If you were to see me tooling past on my cream-colored CB-zip, would you think, "Hey, check out that nice old Bridgestone!", or would it be, "Look at that doofus on that old P.O.S.!" ? Thanks for the input!
The latter....haha, just kidding, when I see someone riding a vintage BS I think the former
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Not my cup of tea, but it's a great bike for you.because you like it and you have fun riding it. What passers-by think doesn't matter. (And very, very few will think anything at all about it, truth be told.)

Ride the heck out of it. That'll make it an even better bike.
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The CB-0 was meant to be a "budget-y" bike. But just having the "Bridgestone" decals and the Grant Petersen connection automatically somehow connects it to the RB-1 and XO-1 and the MB Zip and Rivendell...

It's a city bike that makes sense without all the high priced components and the cachet of Grant-era Bridgestone.
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I'm a bridgestone fan. I have and ride an RB 1, an MB 1, and an XO 2. I love my '92 BB1 which is another B'stone commuter bike; very solid bike and makes a great commuter.

Here is the build thread on the bike, Heinz 57 Winter Commuter Build
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It looks just like an old MTB with urban tires. Most people wouldn’t notice you riding on it.
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Does it fit? Does it put a smile on your face when you ride it? if yes to those then every thing else is gravy. IMHO.
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As long as you enjoy riding it, it shouldn't matter what other people think of it.

I currently own a couple of acknowledged 'classic' (even rare) Bridgestones (and in the past had a much-loved RB-2-- replaced by my Soma ES, which has proven to be a worthy successor), but I ride them because I like riding them, not because of any mystical sheen attached to the Bridgestone name.

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At this point, anything with the Bridgestone name is gonna impress a certain group of bike enthusiasts. Namely the hipster adventure Radavist people. And I'm not ashamed (well maybe a little) to admit that I'm right there with all of them.
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The tone may have very well been different 13 years ago when the OP asked the original unanswered question...

It sounds like a nice bike to me!
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Originally Posted by DiegoFrogs
The tone may have very well been different 13 years ago when the OP asked the original unanswered question...

It sounds like a nice bike to me!
Hey the OP may be long gone but at least--over a decade later--people care about the question!
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Maybe we could say that it demonstrates the old axiom that life is as much about the questions asked as the answers received.

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13 years a Zombie? That may be a record. Longest I've seen here before was something like 11 years, I think?
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman
13 years a Zombie? That may be a record. Longest I've seen here before was something like 11 years, I think?
I'm notorious for waking up the zombies, still great responses from all of you vets
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I'd love to find a CB-Zip in my size. It would round out my BSUSA collection nicely.
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Originally Posted by spedrunr
I'm notorious for waking up the zombies
Everybody needs a hobby, I guess
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The CB-0 is the cult classic of all bridgestone cult classics. I also bought one new, Feb 1991, here in Austin texas. The fastest, best handling city bike ever.
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Yes, i realize that the XO-1 and XO-2 are the overall most coveted classic Bridgestones. The production run for the XO was a total of 2,000, for years 1992 and 1993. We dont know the number of tusk vs “construction pumpkin” or metallic purple, but we do know that the tusk (1992) and pumpkin (1993) are highly coveted...and cult classics. BUT, they are not city bikes. Nor are they hybrids, based on many quotes of G Petersen who really hated the word “hybrid”. The X0 was an everything bike, that could take a wide range of tires, saddles, bags, racks, fenders, bread baskets.... Could ride fast or with a third chainring be a slow and loaded touring bike.
The CB-0 on the other hand, the classic Tusk white, only made for 1991, was a pure city bike. Light, fast sprinter, good handling in tight spots. It was not a road bike, not a mountain bike, not a competition bike, not a saddle bike. It rolled fast on totally slick 32mm tires (1.25 in). To say that it was, and still is a joy to ride is an understatement.
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Iím not sure which is more timeless: the CB-0 or this here thread.
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I know a fellow that has done multiple fully loaded / self contained bike tours on his CB Zip
and it has performed well for him.
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And yet, not a single pic.
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CB-zip

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And yet, not a single pic.





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Just about every (pre-suspension, cro-mo) Bridgestone bicycle was exceptionally cool.

The sweet spot in the mountain bike line was the MB-2. Ritchey Tange Prestige (main triangle only), partial Deore XT kit, thumb shifters and super affordable at $899. MB-3 in purple was a dream bike but a pound heavier.

I could never bring myself to buy a Bridgestone though: Trek had brainwashed me into believing that steel bikes would look like a double triangled rusty nail after a couple of rides in the wet. :-/
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Bridgestone benefited from very clever marketing that elevated their bicycles to cult status but, IMO, it's unwarranted.
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Bridgestone benefited from very clever marketing that elevated their bicycles to cult status but, IMO, it's unwarranted.
Bridgestone didn't benefit much at all, as their exit from the US market shows.

Grant Petersen benefited from very clever marketing as it helped create a cult following of his contrarian ideas.
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