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1986 Bridgestone T700 Touring Bicycle

Old 04-13-15, 08:55 PM
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1986 Bridgestone T700 Touring Bicycle

Hi, all! Here lately I've had an increased interest in cycling. I actually plan to [attempt] a cross-country ride some time later this year. I definitely don't have much money to spend on a touring bike, so I was hoping the more experienced members could offer me a bit of help. I just recently found this post on craigslist for a Bridgestone T700 Touring Bike(Bridgestone Touring Bike T700) and was hoping someone could tell me if this was a good deal/rig. Quick replies are definitely more than welcome. ;P

Also, I apologize if this is in the wrong part of the forum!!!

-Kevin T
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Old 04-14-15, 09:49 AM
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Are You 6'2" also? you will find a Whats it worth section up by Classics and vintage. haggle down from the asking price can always be tried ..

expect to do a full overhaul before heading out on any Big tour.
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Looks like a good bike to me. For the tour you would likely want front rack, fenders, will need pedals. You need to find a seat that you like, that is something that is of great importance. The brake levers look newer to me, not sure why he replaced them. The Sheldon Brown link indicated it is 27 inch tires. Those are now considered an odd size and hard to find. Thus, if you blew a tire, it could be hard to replace, might be best to carry a spare tire even though you probably would never need it. Am not sure but that might be half step gearing - that is not a bad thing on an older bike like that.
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Yes,that is a solid touring frame and 86 was the absolute heyday of the Japanese touring bike boom .I have an 86 Miyata 610 that I have put tens of thousands of miles on with an Arkel tailrider or expedition panniers.I don't use front panniers but that bike does have the desirable front lowrider eyelets.They have not really improved the frames since then just more modern components.Sounds like the bike is well maintained but since used you ought to be able to get a good price on it . Like said I would add a comfortable seat ,change that hideous bar tape and your good to go assuming your around 6'2".And,that would be an adjustable quill stem to fine tune the fit.
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