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Old 06-02-12, 10:15 AM
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Original owner Bridgestone...take the leap?

Saw a 1986 Bridgestone 400 from original owner today.
In pretty good shape. Looks all original, except smaller crank than stock.
No rust. Looks rideable but needs tune up and probably some spoke tightening/truing.
Does it get any better than this for vintage buys? Original owner with original receipt.
Should I go for it?
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Old 06-02-12, 12:39 PM
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If it fits, buy it. I've been riding a 400 for the last ten years. They are good bikes and can be converted to 700c wheels. I'm considering a 650b conversion.
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Triple-butted cro-mo main tubes, straight ga. cro-mo stays and Hi-ten fork. Good stuff!
27" wheels mean 650b conversions will have brake reach problems.
650A conversions work fine with long reach brakes.
I love my (similar) 300.
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I am on my third, all either '85 or '86. I think they are a great value, seeing that this one has the history and documentation is even better.
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Long reach Weinmann or Dia-Comp centerpulls should work for a 650b conversion, in theory, but I haven't done the conversion yet.
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Whatsa good offer to make? Hes asking 150, or is that a steal already?
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BTW it is an '85 model 400 blue/blue. Just a few small scrapes is all I saw in the finifh.
Stood over it and pulled up - about 1-2" crotch clearance. Good fit?
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BTW it is an '85 model 400 blue/blue. Just a few small scrapes is all I saw in the finifh.
Stood over it and pulled up - about 1-2" crotch clearance. Good fit?
Did you get it? As for the standover clearance, 2" might be a little on the small side but it's definately doable as long as you dont have to extend the seat stem beyond safe reach to get a good seat to pedal height.

And yes, 150.00 isn't a bad deal at all. If you like it, nab it and ride it. Bridgestones have a good following here if you want bike specific info.
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1-2" till the bar hits the pubic bone, I mean.
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1-2" till the bar hits the pubic bone, I mean.
That is what we call "snug".
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