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Old 04-24-11, 09:26 PM
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Bridgestone Kabuki Before and After

About three years back I was going through the Craigslist bike postings when I happened across a person who was moving to Japan. He said he could not take his bicycle with him, but would leave it outside of his house.. First person to pick it up keeps it. He kindly provided an address. The date was April 1st, mind you.. Seemed legit enough, still, so I made the drive.

The Bicycle was a Bridgestone Kabuki. I'm not sure the year or the model on it. It came with Suntour Seven derailleurs and Suntour stem shifters, Dia Compe center pull brakes, and a pretty nice crankset for an old steelo.. The rims were steel. it had simple lugs.. I'd read about Kabuki bikes using a quill seat post. This one was not.. It had a regular clamp bolt.

After riding around on it for some time, I got the urge to clean it up a bit. And.. The urge got a little out of hand. Not much remains of the Kabuki, save for the frame. I kept the wheels at 27 inches, and it is now a seven speed. 105 Derailleurs, Ultegra Bar end shifters. Shimano Levers.. Rival Crankset. Don't know if the frame is worth it. Had to cold set the rear triangle to fit a Tiagra hub. Kind of a Frankenstein, but it rides really nicely, and I love it.

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Old 04-24-11, 09:28 PM
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i hope you salvaged the awesome headbadge.
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Old 04-24-11, 10:21 PM
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Unfortunately, the auto body shop that repainted the frame lost the badge
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Originally Posted by chiroptile View Post
Unfortunately, the auto body shop that repainted the frame lost the badge
You ought to consider making a custom head badge for yourself. There are a lot of great ideas on the web - (Or you can just stick with the logo off your favorite beer can.) Anyway,the bike is already your creation - so why not customize the badge too?
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too bad about the badge - its the reason i snagged my kabuki in the first place - i look for headbadges on ebay but i have never seen a kabuki
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"Don't know if the frame is worth it...but it rides really, nice and I love it"

You already have the only answer about the bikes value that actually matters.
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The bike looks fantastic! You really brought that one back from the brink.
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That Kabuki looks great. It is good that you did all the work before asking here about what you should do. You might have been told it was not worth spending too much money on, and then you wouldn't have the bike that we see now. Somebody said that you can't make a pig into race horse, but you could end up with a pretty fast pig.
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As long as you ride it, it is worth it!
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That's an interesting idea.. Make my own head badge. Some sheet metal and a jeweler's saw.. Thank you. I think I'll try to make something. And.. heh. Fast pig.. Thank you, everyone.
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Super cool! I wouldn't go through the effort with this, but I'm glad there are people who do! Looks like a super nice ride though.
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Looks like a nice ride. Love the paint job.
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Somebody said that you can't make a pig into race horse, but you could end up with a pretty fast pig.
I'll have to try to remember that one.
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Yeah.. 125 bucks at a local auto body shop here in the Bronx. They did a great job. The color was inspired by this.


Always dug that color.
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