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Bridgestone racing bike(5 posts)

Bridgestone racing bikeBoo Radley
May 19, 2001 4:25 PM
Hello all,

I'm more of an off roader, but I do road ride often. I do have a road bike. But today . .

I was driving down the street and saw a rummage sale. Leaning up against a tree was a Bridgestone 200 road bike. Now, I hate seeing bikes being sold..especially ones that look like they haven't been ridden in ages. So I stopped. I'm not familiar with Bridgestone...other than the tires. But it's an older bike. I checked out the frame and could see no visible cracks or anything. It has a vetta saddle, and shimano and Suntour hardware.
And I"m just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on this bike or remembers anything about them. I know it's not a top of the line, I don't even know if it qualifies to fall in the line anywhere....but I got it for ten bucks.
So thoughts? Thanks
re: OK tig welded or lugged? Index shifting? What color is it?Spoke Wrench
May 19, 2001 8:57 PM
Bridgestone is one of those bicycle companies that I hate to see go by the wayside. I used to send for their catalogue every year just to read all of the extraneous stuff they printed in it.

I think their bikes were a good basic value, but they tended toward some rather quirky component picks. Things like mustache handlebars and bar end shifters are typical examples of Bridgestone components. Bridgestone owners, even today, tend to be zealously loyal to the brand. Consequently, the bikes still have a sort of special allure, but at a cost that appeals to people who can't afford classic Italian bikes for example.

Actually, that sounds to me like a perfect road bike, assuming of course that it fits, for a mountain biker who would like to do the occasional road ride but doesn't want to spend a lot of money on a road bike. I think that you made a really outstanding buy for 10 bucks.
re: OK tig welded or lugged? Index shifting? What color is it?boo radley
May 19, 2001 9:42 PM
It's cro moly 4130 tube. Straight gauge tube. the color is silver/gray. It has the number 200 painted on the seat tube...and just the name Bridgestone on the top tube...near the stem. Shifting is on the down tube (sorry..don't know all the technical names!)

I'm liking the looks of this bike. I need to breathe some life into it..but it doesn't look like it'll take much. I can afford to put some into it considering the EXTREMELY low price I paid for it.

thanks for your help
re: Straight gage 4130......JohnnyP
May 20, 2001 7:51 AM
....is generic chromo and a step above hi-ten and two steps above plumbers pipe. OK for a beater or comuter,but don't try spending your way into a silk purse with this pig.
You got a good deal--fix it and ride itRetro
May 21, 2001 10:33 AM
I was a big Bridgestone fan, too--it's one reason I bought an Atlantis, because Grant Petersen (who owns Rivendell) used to be the product manager for BStone.
The 200 was a lowish-line roadie, as several people have said. My wife still rides a 500, which was three steps up (or maybe down, I forget--some of Bstone's bikes got better as the numbers went up, and some got better as they went down). Sounds perfect for what you're going to do, especially for the price.
Just happened to think--I still have a bunch of those old Bstone catalogs somebody mentioned. If any of them have specs for the 200, I'll post them tomorrow for you.