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Old 10-23-15, 01:01 PM
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Looking for a new, used, bike.

Hello everyone,

This is my first post to BikeForums.

I'm a long time rider and ex-bike messenger. I'm looking to replace my old commuter (84 Raleigh USA Racing). Since I basically live on my bike I was thinking of a sport touring frame. I'm looking at a '87 Bridgestone T-700, it's mostly original for $350.

Does anyone have any input on this model?

1987 Bridgestone T700 59cm, Nitto, Ruffy Tuffy
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Old 10-23-15, 01:04 PM
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Why the crowd sourced decision making? you ride that size ?

for Seattle and Portland Its Cheap .
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Old 10-23-15, 01:06 PM
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No insecurity, just looking for opinions. Depending on the set-up I ride a 58 or 59.\

I've been lurking in the shadows of bikeforums for a while now and there are a lot of people who offer good opinions. I thought I'd ask since I've never owned a touring bike. I love my road bikes and I'd like to stay quick, but I'm sick of lugging a huge backpack around.

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Old 10-23-15, 01:16 PM
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Bridgestone Bicycle Catalogue 1987-22

That's a pretty great sport tourer. Not overbuilt for fully loaded touring.

And it's a good price for the bike in that condition, especially in that market. Although the T-700 predates Grant Petersen, it was very well built and still gets some of that Bridgestone-fan love.

If it fits you, buy it quick. I'd already be driving to meet the seller if it were local to me; I ride a 59cm Rivendell.

Some folks love the moustache bars, some don't. I had them on my Riv for about 6 months before I put drop bars back on. They're a legit Bridgestone touch, though.
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Thanks for your input, Tim_Iowa.

I thought it was a Grant Petersen bike... not that it matters.

I'm not sure how I feel about the mustache bars myself. I'm going to check it out tomorrow, if I buy it I'm sure I'll have to alter the cockpit.
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Grant started at Bridgestone in 1984, but the 700 was already in production then. He probably helped pick the components for the later years of the 700. He designed the MB bikes for '86, and the RB bikes for '89.

Like you said, not that it matters much for this bike; sport touring geometry was already well-established, and the 700 already had good tire clearance.

The moustache bars work best on a bike with a top tube that's a bit short for you, and that you want to ride a little upright. Which perfectly describes the bike he designed them for, the XO series for '92.

Page 31 of the '93 catalog has some pictures of the positions on moustache bars. The middle (main riding position) is pretty forward, unless you use a really short stem (like a Nitto Dirt Drop). The forward/aero position on the brake levers was pure superman for me. The inner position was useless for me, maybe that's why they added goofy faux levers there.
Mostly, I used the wide ends of the bars, which is a wonderful position for riding around semi-upright, like commuting. But I found that I wanted a lower, more aero position (that wasn't superman) so I swapped the moustache bars for Nitto B135 Randonneur drops.

Silver lining: I recently traded my moustache bar cockpit (with dirt drop stem and Dia Compe levers) for a custom front randonneur bag.
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I owned an '88 Bridgestone and it was my favorite of all time. If I hadn't wrecked it being stupid I would still be riding it. The bike was comfortable and bulletproof which is exactly what someone who lives on a bike would want, i would think.
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It looks like a good deal. The only thing I might worry about is the stem height. Hopefully you don't need it that extended. It might be above the max line right now.
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You can always change parts once its Yours ..
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Seems like a reasonable price for a desirable bike in that market. Hope it's still there for you tomorrow. Note seller includes original drop bars.
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@Tim_Iowa Ah, that makes sense. I remember a lot of my friends were salivating over the RBs and XOs. Looking at their prices on ebay and such, you can tell they're collector's items.

The upright position is really stylish now in Seattle. It looks ok, but I'm not going to build a bike around the bars. I have a bunch of old parts that I'll try first.

Rando bags sound cool, I'd be worried about forgetting them on my bike and having them jacked.
@StanSeven haha, yeah, that stem is out of control. The owner must be a lot taller than me.

Thanks for your input, everyone. I'm looking forward to a new project.

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If the drive train is in good shape & wheels spin true then, it's probably a fair price for that.
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