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Old 10-08-11, 05:59 AM
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Picked Up My First Touring Bike

I've been looking for a very long time for a nice touring bike, and after a 3 year search this is what I found..... My new to me 1985 Bridgestone T700. This bike looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor, and is absolutly perfect in every way. I am very excited to have found this bike in the hands of the original owner, who rode it once.



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Old 10-08-11, 06:15 AM
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Now that's the kind of curve I like in a fork blade
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Sweet find! You definitely have something special there.

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Sweet find! You definitely have something special there.

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I'm glad to know it's a good quality bike. It rides so smooth, and handles exceptioanally well. Is the curve of the fork really good or was that a joke?
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I'm glad to know it's a good quality bike. It rides so smooth, and handles exceptioanally well. Is the curve of the fork really good or was that a joke?
Not a joke, it's classically graceful. Because it sat unused for so long I think it would be a good idea to regrease the hubs, BB and the headset.

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Not a joke, it's classically graceful. Because it sat unused for so long I think it would be a good idea to regrease the hubs, BB and the headset.

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I serviced the BB, and HS already... The hubs are sealed cartridge bearings, so they are good to go.
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that is one beautiful bike is it 531 tubing ,anyway great find enjoy every mile.
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Very nice find indeed!
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Gorgeous find! I'm surprised one of the vintage hunters didn't snap it up first.
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I'm glad to know it's a good quality bike. It rides so smooth, and handles exceptioanally well. Is the curve of the fork really good or was that a joke?
Re: the fork blade, that is a classic look that has gone away. Most forks today are straight blade.

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Nice, very nice! Congrats Capecodder. Question; What is that just below the shifters on the downtube?
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What is that just below the shifters on the downtube?
That's a flickstand - keeps the front wheel from turning or rotating, thus stabilizes the bike. Very handy.

I use a nylon strap with a fastex buckle for that same purpose. Less convenient but compatible with fenders!
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Wow, the find of a lifetime! Very sweet bike---happy trails!
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"That's a flickstand - keeps the front wheel from turning or rotating, thus stabilizes the bike. Very handy."


Ok, I see now. Have not seen one of those before, cool gadget. Thanks Jim Kukula.

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It must be a thrill to find a vintage bike that has been preserved in condition like this.

Hope you have many happy miles of riding with it, Mike.
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nobody asked yet but how much did you pay for it.
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nobody asked yet but how much did you pay for it.
Before I tell, what would a fair price be for a bike like this?
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Before I tell, what would a fair price be for a bike like this?
Whatever you are willing to pay. A new LHT or Trek 520 (assuming they still make them?) is going to chew up around $1,000. If I were in the market and the bike were my size (and it looks to be pretty close) I would willing put out ~$500 for the one you bought. I am guessing that "fair" market value would be around $300 given the age. However, market pricing varies greatly by region. Bikes that you almost can't give away in one part of the country bring $500 prices in another. A great example is the Raleigh Twenty. In the UK they go for $60usd for a decent one, currently on US Ebay they are going for $300+ with several topping out at over $450.

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Love the Flickstand. I had one on my Miyata 1000(Grand Touring) back in 83.
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Whatever you are willing to pay. A new LHT or Trek 520 (assuming they still make them?) is going to chew up around $1,000. If I were in the market and the bike were my size (and it looks to be pretty close) I would willing put out ~$500 for the one you bought. I am guessing that "fair" market value would be around $300 given the age. However, market pricing varies greatly by region. Bikes that you almost can't give away in one part of the country bring $500 prices in another. A great example is the Raleigh Twenty. In the UK they go for $60usd for a decent one, currently on US Ebay they are going for $300+ with several topping out at over $450.

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I looked at some of the newer touring bikes, and the cost was way too much for what you get. This one cost me half of what you would be willing to put out.... I know I got a great deal, and this is a bike that will last a lifetime.

The funny thing is, I waited a whole week before going to look at it. Work kept getting in the way..... I noticed it for sale on a Satrurday and did not get there till the following Saturday. I was very fortunate no one else went to look at it. It was advertised with no picture, and that's why I think it had not sold.
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Beautiful bike!

But way too clean...you need to get out there and get it covered with road dirt
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Capecodder,

Ha! That is a funny story! Are you one of those guys that can fall in a pile of manure and come out smelling like a rose?

Again, excellent find!

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I remember that era Bridgestone. They made quality bikes. However, I don't know much about their tourer. What size tubing does it have? It looks light. I'm wondering how solid it will be when loaded. What kind of components did it come with?

I remember the Flickstand. What a great idea. Why don't them sell them anymore?

Anyway, that is a beautiful example of a classic bike. Nice find!
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I remember that era Bridgestone. They made quality bikes. However, I don't know much about their tourer. What size tubing does it have? It looks light. I'm wondering how solid it will be when loaded. What kind of components did it come with?

I remember the Flickstand. What a great idea. Why don't them sell them anymore?

Anyway, that is a beautiful example of a classic bike. Nice find!
I doubt it will have a problem when loaded, as it is a very sturdy, and stable bike. The components are Shimano XT derailleurs, Sugino LP crankset, Dia-Compe Canti's and levers along with Sansin cartridge bearing hubs. The tubing is standard diameter Cro-Mo....... Weight is about 27lbs.......
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I remember the Flickstand. What a great idea. Why don't them sell them anymore?!
Someone probably forgot to un-flick it, rode off and fell over, then decided to sue someone over it...
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