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Old 01-07-14, 09:03 PM
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Bridgestone MB 5 Ehh

I know, it's not a top of the line, but outside of being dirty it's in nice shape will clean up. Thumb shifters, maybe a 92'. $25. Something else to screw with I guess.
How come the numbers on bikes are usually never the right numbers.
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Old 01-07-14, 09:08 PM
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With Bridgestone, the lower the number, the better the bike.

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Old 01-07-14, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
With Bridestone, the lower the number, the better the bike.
That's what I meant by the right numbers.
I also have not purchased the bike. But I think I can get at least $100 for it cleaned up on CL. My area is pretty good for flips like this.
I just am on the fence about bothering with it this time of year.
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Old 01-07-14, 09:28 PM
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The high volume guys here typically don't pursue projects without at least a $100 profit after expenses.
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Any pics? Had a '91 MB-5 that I overhauled a few years ago. Overall performance was way better than I expected. Sold it because I didn't like the paint scheme and graphics--and kicked myself repeatedly afterward.
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Any pics? Had a '91 MB-5 that I overhauled a few years ago. Overall performance was way better than I expected. Sold it because I didn't like the paint scheme and graphics--and kicked myself repeatedly afterward.
No pics. I like the color. It's green. Yes, no awful colors. Again just dirty. Just tough to flip this time of year. Then again.
It just seemed to clunky to me.
There was a time I could have got a bike like this for $10, and flipped for $75 real quick. Not much of a money difference but for this? Again, ehh.
I might get it.
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With Bridgestone, the lower the number, the better the bike.

hmmm. good to know.
found an mb-4 within reach in fact. was almost pulling the trigger last wk, waited for more research.
it's '91, japanese made lugged version—unlike most TIG mb-4s made in T out there.
Ritchey Logic Tange tubing. short chainstays.
problem #1 : 18" frame while my target is around 17". being close to more like a touring/road geometry, it could compensate i guess?
problem #2 : no fork. meaning being cheap is not really cheap.
should it be pursued? hard to make a choice.
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IIRC, mine had a 20.5" frame which fit me perfectly at 5'10.5". I'd prolly pass if I couldn't source a correct replacement fork ahead of time.
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Originally Posted by orangeology View Post
hmmm. good to know.
found an mb-4 within reach in fact. was almost pulling the trigger last wk, waited for more research.
it's '91, japanese made lugged version—unlike most TIG mb-4s made in T out there.
Ritchey Logic Tange tubing. short chainstays.
problem #1 : 18" frame while my target is around 17". being close to more like a touring/road geometry, it could compensate i guess?
problem #2 : no fork. meaning being cheap is not really cheap.
should it be pursued? hard to make a choice.
A suitable and affordable fork shouldn't be too difficult to come by, though the paint may contrast.
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it's 30 + ship, frame alone. red, bad paint. i might pass.

still have some really good options from good friends here in BF and,
the more i think, the closelier i lean toward a complete bike than a bare frameset.
long winter...
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I got my paws on an MB-5 a few years ago for about that price, if it hadn't been too small for me I might have kept it and it would have been a nice enough bike for trail riding with friends who aren't hardcore or particularly fit. There wasn't anything particular exciting about that model, but the frame geometry seemed pretty good and the components were all the sort likely to keep right on working for decades to come.
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I have an MB-5 that I came across, and it rides very nice. I would really fix it up and ride it more if it was a small, but its a medium and is a little too big for me. $25 sounds like a good deal if its not too bad.
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Hong, I am delinquent, but this POLAR VORTEX has backed up my whole schedule this week, plus I have a water heater I have to replace, and it is kind of outdoors, off a porch closet.
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Hong, I am delinquent, but this POLAR VORTEX has backed up my whole schedule this week, plus I have a water heater I have to replace, and it is kind of outdoors, off a porch closet.
i figured it'd be something w this extreme weather. and it's not a problem at all, my friend
still mumbling around the options, so please take your time and let me know whenever you are on track. winter is long.
good luck with the heater fix. hopefully temperature started going up this evening here...(although not sure in the great lake area)
thanks, David!

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Some young kid bought it tonight. Good. Just wasn't worth it to me. I am to picky at this point.
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Mine is probably my favorite bike, the one that I couldn't live without. She's seen several front racks and cranksets over the years, but the overall drivetrain has stayed the same. Drops with barcons connected to a rapid-rise rear derailleur. Perfection.

Mine was spec'd out with the correct MB5 build, but the frame sticker shows the MB4's triple butted Tange tubing. Comparing my bare frame to another '5 leads me to believe the tubing sticker is correct.



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Mine is probably my favorite bike, the one that I couldn't live without. She's seen several front racks and cranksets over the years, but the overall drivetrain has stayed the same. Drops with barcons connected to a rapid-rise rear derailleur. Perfection.

Mine was spec'd out with the correct MB5 build, but the frame sticker shows the MB4's triple butted Tange tubing. Comparing my bare frame to another '5 leads me to believe the tubing sticker is correct.
really nice. love utilitarian touches. and stickers!
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I picked up an MB6. Surprisingly nice bike to ride, worked beautifully. A guy bought it for his dad fast with no questions after riding it. $100 profit.
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