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Old 01-03-22, 10:40 AM
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When you get old, badazz takes on a new meaning, lol...
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A brief comment for those thinking Bridgestone only ever made tires and gold balls: I have lived in Japan since 1993. Quite early on I learned that Bridgestone had a solid racing heritage, as well as building some very nice consumer sports machines. On another note, one of our shopping bikes that has sat in the weather for 27 years is a Bridgestone that gets ridden almost daily.
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I got a different 150mm stem of the modern variety and angled it down on the quill adapter. Now I can get the touring bars low enough to run them in the upright orientation and still get about the right amount of bar drop.

The other thing I will eventually try will be some gravel drop bars about this same 54 cm width and with a shallow drop.



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Originally Posted by Lenton58
A brief comment for those thinking Bridgestone only ever made tires and gold balls: I have lived in Japan since 1993. Quite early on I learned that Bridgestone had a solid racing heritage, as well as building some very nice consumer sports machines. On another note, one of our shopping bikes that has sat in the weather for 27 years is a Bridgestone that gets ridden almost daily.
I would wager that nearly everyone on the Bike Forums knows the illustrious history of Bridgestone bicycles. Grant Petersen, founder of Rivendell, designed some of their most interesting models in the 1980s and `90s. I have always admired their MB-X series of mountain bikes, especially the MB-Zip and MB-1 versions. Those are on my Grail list at the moment, but they remain just beyond reach, financially.

The one Bridgestone I have owned was built up into a city bike from one of their old, lower-end road bikes.



I built it up in the French tradition, with fenders, ornate chainguard, and internal gearing (Nexus 7). It rode beautifully in this configuration, even though it was quite heavy.
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It was built of high-tensile steel tubing joined by cast-on lugs, another Bridgestone innovation. Here is the last shot I took of it, after I highlighted those cast lugs in black, with gold lug-lining:



Recently, I traded it away for a couple of 1st generation mtbs. The new owner was thrilled with it.
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Originally Posted by BigJonny
Hey All,

I think of myself as a vintage cyclist, not an "old people bike rider"; so. . .

I'll be 75 in October, 2019, and am still very active restoring and riding classic bikes!

As a comedian in an old TV show used to quip - "Look that up in your Funk & Wagnalls!" [Youngsters - Goggle it!]

Be that as it may. . . here is my ride, a 1984 Motobecane Mirage Sport I recently restored that takes me for a wonderful 12 mile (19 km) morning ride every day at 0715.

Ride hard, ride safe.

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75 and still going strong!
hi!

what size of wheels do you have?
i have the same bike but i think that my wheels are not 700c so i cant find tyres for the bike.
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Originally Posted by DQRider

It was built of high-tensile steel tubing joined by cast-on lugs, another Bridgestone innovation. Here is the last shot I took of it, after I highlighted those cast lugs in black, with gold lug-lining:

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How did you do that to the lugs? Is it hand painted?
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Originally Posted by Alex1098
hi!

what size of wheels do you have?
i have the same bike but i think that my wheels are not 700c so i cant find tyres for the bike.
You might have 27 inch tires/rims. They are available. 27in Road Tires Cycling Products - BikeTiresDirect
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How did you do that to the lugs? Is it hand painted?
Yes it is.
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I have a 1983 Raleigh Prestige Grand Sport that I bought new at a bike shop that I worked at back in the day.
My preferred ride is one step below - 1983 Raleigh Competition that I found on Craig's for $130. Took it down to the frame for last years winter project and it seems to ride better for some reason. Perhaps it is the longer stem, or the 27" wheels/tires. It turned out to be a wonderful ride!

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Old 01-21-22, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Lenton58
A brief comment for those thinking Bridgestone only ever made tires and gold balls: I have lived in Japan since 1993. Quite early on I learned that Bridgestone had a solid racing heritage, as well as building some very nice consumer sports machines. On another note, one of our shopping bikes that has sat in the weather for 27 years is a Bridgestone that gets ridden almost daily.
And they made some really innovative bikes as well. The bikes below are mrs non-fixie's, because, well, she is Japanese-sized.

The Bridgestone Blouson, a city bike by Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro. I have owned a couple of his gorgeous 1960's Alfa Romeo designs, and was surprised to find this offered by a local bike flipper. Had to have it.

I applaud the Bridgestone management for not allowing the bean counters to cheapen the production version by using standard parts. Almost everything on this bike is bespoke:



This is one of my favorite bike designs ever. The Grandtech GR-27. A 700C folding bike that actually rides like its non-folding brethren. Designed by Bridgestone engineers Ritsuo Nishimura and Nobuaki Shimada. If only they had made a version in my size.

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Can’t remember if I have posted this ‘86 Bianchi Vittoria. Next one out of the project box. I like this shade of celeste, the bluer tone.


Hoping the color and Italianess of it will deliver me to cycling Nirvana , the everlasting hope.
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Hip replacement bikes

I dislocated my first hip replacement mounting my Triumph Bonneville to ride to physical therapy. Three more dislocations and a 'revision' later, the Triumph and the Electra Glide motorcycles were sold. Bought a Jamis Citizen 1, but the doc wanted me to wait to ride it. A few weeks after my second hip replacement, I bought a used Suzuki Burgman scooter with the last of my discretionary funds. It was great to be on two wheels again. When the pandemic hit, I realized I might not get another chance to get in shape, or another spring to start riding again, and began flogging the Citizen 1 all over town.

All my non-racing bikes share a common design feature:


Hip replacement bikes

I can ride the racing bike, but I need to lay it down and step over it to get on and off. Another thread here on BF has me thinking about a custom titanium step-through touring frame, with an old-style BB and headset, but otherwise more modern parts. No software, though. That's for speedometers!
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I dislocated my first hip replacement mounting my Triumph Bonneville to ride to physical therapy. Three more dislocations and a 'revision' later, the Triumph and the Electra Glide motorcycles were sold. Bought a Jamis Citizen 1, but the doc wanted me to wait to ride it. A few weeks after my second hip replacement, I bought a used Suzuki Burgman scooter with the last of my discretionary funds. It was great to be on two wheels again. When the pandemic hit, I realized I might not get another chance to get in shape, or another spring to start riding again, and began flogging the Citizen 1 all over town.

All my non-racing bikes share a common design feature:


Hip replacement bikes

I can ride the racing bike, but I need to lay it down and step over it to get on and off. Another thread here on BF has me thinking about a custom titanium step-through touring frame, with an old-style BB and headset, but otherwise more modern parts. No software, though. That's for speedometers!
So the Clem is just your junker?
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So the Clem is just your junker?
Not at all!

Actually, the Clem is my brother's, but mine to ride until he picks it up. He bought the frame last fall, and sent it to me to build. I really like it - it's almost as fast as my racing bike, but more confidence-inspiring. I built Clem's wheels up with light tires and tubes, with sealant. The Jamis is not really a junker - it's what I re-started riding on, but it is a slug in comparison now, with thorn-resistant tubes and department-store tires.
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Hi All, New member here from U.S. I can not post pics until I hit 10 posts....My current everyday ride is a Salsa Journeyman Apex-Gravel bike. Super fun to clock lots of miles on. Not the fastest bike but comfy to watch the miles tick by on. Lots of beautiful and funky pics here. Thanks for sharing.
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