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Old 06-25-18, 02:15 PM
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Components on a 1986 Bruce Gordon BLT?

Just purchased a near-vintage 1986 Bruce Gordon BLT touring bike that has had obvious component change-outs. I've searched for info online at a variety of sites but have only found a catalog from 1981 in a previous BF thread. Does anyone have info on the component choices (wheels, drivetrain, brakes, headset and saddle) that Bruce Gordon offered on these bikes in 1986? I know that I could ask Bruce online but am pretty sure that he doesn't have the time to go looking through old catalogs or part lists.
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Bruce, now retired and closed his company, in the process,

would have built it with whatever you were willing to pay for ..


What ever Shimano offered in that era.... XTR 900? XT730?

Campag was getting out of the MTB sector back then..







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Dude sold the shop and mostly retired back in February. Should have plenty of time on his hands.
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I have a '94 BG Rock & Road frame with front and rear racks. For complete bikes of the BLT line I believe he used the standard 8-9 speed Shimano group that his site still specifies today in the 10 speed version. Maybe XT on the R&R, LX on the BLT? The BLT frame was imported from Asia, the R&R was built in Petaluma CA. Here's one list...

https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/...spx?item=84735

edit- I question the 1986 vintage of your purchase. Bruce Gordon did not open shop in CA until 1988. The BLTs did not come until later. Some history...


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Originally Posted by Flying G
Just purchased a near-vintage 1986 Bruce Gordon BLT touring bike that has had obvious component change-outs.
What makes you think its a 1986 BG BLT? I am unaware that frames are identifiable as to year without confirming serial number directly with Bruce. If you e-mail him he will respond as he is still running his on-line store (I had an exchange with him 2 months ago). You can find contact info at https://www.bgcycles.com/) ]https://www.bgcycles.com[/url]. Also, as I understand it, BLT's were made in Taiwan as a a lower cost version of the venerable Rock N' Road Tour. Not sure the dates (late 1990s through early 2000s?). SeeReview: Bruce Gordon Basic Loaded Touring | Bicycle Times Magazine If it is a 1986, it just as easily could have had SunTour components. SunTour was outselling Shimano at that time; it was later in the 1980s that Shimano overtook SunTour (and the Europeans).
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Old 06-27-18, 02:21 PM
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The serial number, using BG's code, indicates that my frame was the first frame of May, 1986. Stickers on the rack list BG's Eugene bike shop which would support the year given that he had not yet moved to Petaluma, CA. The frame is large with a 65cm seat tube c-c. Maybe this bike was built before BG started the BLT line. Pretty sure that it is not a Chinook.
Here is a quick summary of the components and (my guess) as to what may be original: FD - Shimano Deore LX (may be original), RD Deore XT (could be original), Cassette XTR8 (?), Shifters - Rivendell Silver Downtube (?), Stem - Nitto/Specialized (may be original), Headset - Specialized (?), BB - Shimano (?), Brake Levers - Tektro Aero (probably not original) and Brake Calipers - Tektro Long Reach (not original).
This is my first touring bike and as I rebuild it to my needs, I'm very curious as to what was a typical configuration for the BG touring bikes. I know that the 1981 catalogue and ordering info is a starting point but if anyone has more info on this model, I'd sure appreciate learning more.
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Don't believe Shimano was selling any parts labeled as LX in 1986. You can check out Shimano History to see what, from at least one source, Shimano was selling. Also, don't forget that in 1986 SunTour was still very much alive so the bike could have been equipped with SunTour parts, which were later stripped off because they weren't indexed or "in style".

Have you sent an e-mail to Bruce yet asking him? We will answer though it may not be what you want. Otherwise asking on a forum will probably only get you guesses.
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Further to your post, you might want to post your question in the "Classic and Vintage" forum. I found something from Bruce himself in 2013 on that very forum: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/869054-anybody-crack-bruce-gordon-serial-number-code.html?869054=#post15189892 Look at about the 8th or 9th post to see his response. Best of luck.
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Originally Posted by Eggman84
Don't believe Shimano was selling any parts labeled as LX in 1986. You can check out Shimano History to see what, from at least one source, Shimano was selling. Also, don't forget that in 1986 SunTour was still very much alive so the bike could have been equipped with SunTour parts, which were later stripped off because they weren't indexed or "in style"...
Right you are. LX was introduced in 1994 as a replacement for DX group. I have a fairly complete DX group (no headset) from a 1991 MTB I bought new and parted out twenty years later. DX cantilever brakes were flawed, with a plastic piece as part of the return spring assembly, susceptible to early failure - mine are broken on 3 of 4 brake arms from normal, moderate use.

OP, I wonder if your 65cm bike was once a frameset which set around unbuilt for years until a suitably tall individual bought and built it (or had the LBS build).
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Bruce was in Eugene Oregon for many years , I happened to meet him
on the SF end of the golden gate bridge ,
he needed directions on how to get thru town, southbound..

I had moved back to SF in the early 80s ..
from Eugene ..

Grew up in Napa ,,,remember some of the 60's, though last half from afar,
in the Navy.. 66~69.
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