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Old 08-30-09, 10:46 AM
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My new commuter... 1991 Bridgestone RB-T

Hi C&V... after falling into this Bridgestone, I figured I'd post a thread with a few pictures. Sure, these aren't as special as many (most?) of the rides I see here, but I'm very excited about it. I just became a student again, so for now I'm just putting on parts to get it up and running in a cheap way... eventually I may like to strip and powdercoat it and give it some nice shiny stuff.

I live in a condo so the outside wall will have to suffice vice a garage door.

All in all the bike is in great shape. There are a few scratches and rust spots here and there, but everything works well and all the equipment (even the tires!) appears to be original. There's even fresh grease on the seatpost, and I haven't found any seized threads (yet...).

All I've done is add some fenders (SKS Commuter model... not overly impressed), a Topeak Explorer rack I had lying around (this bike doesn't have rack braze-ons, kind of a surprise... I hate P-clips), and some cheap plastic toe cages while I wait for some stainless ones to arrive. I also put my B17 on, which I still don't love. I dunno.

To-dos:
- general cleaning, light rust removal in some areas, touch up a couple scratches
- new bar tape
- new stem. the bike's a little long for me right now, but a new stem is on the way and will give me a nice "french fit"
- maybe find a different rack that mounts to the brake bridge or something. we'll see how the p-clips hold up.
- repack hubs and lube freewheel (?) they seem to roll fine, but the rear hub is a little noisy and the freewheel is just slightly sticky

Any suggestions?




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Old 08-30-09, 07:07 PM
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Very nice ride, it should serve you well.

Have you shopped Rivendell or Velo Orange? Lots of nice french looking stuff if that interests you.

A rack like the Nitto M12 should fit your canti bosses. But they sure ain't cheap! You can actually find them for sale used frequently.

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Old 08-30-09, 07:43 PM
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So, if the "T" doesn't stand for Touring (which would mean it would have many rack eyelets) what DOES it stand for?
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Old 08-30-09, 07:45 PM
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My understanding is that the RB-T was more of a "sport touring" bicycle than a full-on touring bike.
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Hi Lambo, What did you end up doing for a rear rack? I also have an RB-T without the rear braze-ons and the bike came with a rack attached at the seat post quick release, but this is not the sturdiest setup. Just wondering if you had any luck finding a rack that doesn't use the P clips. Sweet bike though
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Originally Posted by sellwinerugs View Post
Hi Lambo, What did you end up doing for a rear rack? I also have an RB-T without the rear braze-ons and the bike came with a rack attached at the seat post quick release, but this is not the sturdiest setup. Just wondering if you had any luck finding a rack that doesn't use the P clips. Sweet bike though
I put the rack in the photo on using p-clips. It's a Topeak something-or-other. Recently though, I bought myself an early Christmas present: a Carradice Nelson Long Flap and a Bagman support rack. It's much more appropriate for my needs (and more attractive too!).

I'll see if I can get a couple good photos in the next few days. I've really grown fond of this bike.
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Old 12-28-09, 11:11 PM
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that mofu would hurt my back
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Old 12-29-09, 12:14 AM
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I like it...gorgeous bike and looks like a fun tourer. It almost has cx geometry.
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