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Bridgestone road bikes???(4 posts)

Bridgestone road bikes???bm
Aug 15, 2001 6:00 PM
I'm looking for a cheap, simple road bike and I came across someone selling a Bridgestone. I don't think I've ever heard of it. Could someone give me advice and tell me whether or not these are good bikes? I think the model is a "Mile 112" and he's asking 100 bucks for it.
re: Bridgestone road bikes???Birddog
Aug 15, 2001 7:00 PM
I've never heard of that model, but RB1's and RB2's are fine road bikes, and enjoy a bit of a cult following. I wouldn't hesitate buying either of those if you scored one for a good price.
re: Bridgestone road bikes???jennyzue
Aug 16, 2001 6:46 AM
Ditto. Bridgestone went out of the bike business in the U.S. sometime in the 1990s mainly b/c of bad marketing. I have a 1989 RB-1 racing bike ($800 when I bought it, which seemed like a lot then), which has many, many miles on it and has always been a great ride. I actually prefer it to my much newer Trek with the carbon fiber frame. I'm not familiar with the particular Bridgestone model you mention, though.
If it fits, I'd snap it up at that pricecory
Aug 16, 2001 7:08 AM
Ditto pretty much what everybody else said. I still have some Bstones in the family (three mountain bikes and my wife's roadie). They were good value for the money, worked fine, and I was sorry when Bridgestone left the U.S. market (Grant Peterson, the product manager, later founded Rivendell, and that's the coolest company in the business).
I remember seeing the Mile 112 in a catalog but don't remember any details. I THINK (but I'm not sure) it was a high-end "century" kind of sport-racer. Grant favors traditional geometry and comfort over extreme angles and racer stuff. If you check the components, that would be a guide. Don't be scared off by Suntour--it worked well and I still have all the original components except I upgraded my wife's friction-shift 6-speed MB-2 to 7-speed indexed.