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Old bike---getting back into cycling.(15 posts)

Old bike---getting back into cycling.hughgene
Jan 23, 2002 1:37 PM
I quit riding for 4 years due to a health condition, and to start a family. I have been riding my MTB little, but want to get my 92' Bridgestone RB-1 (and myself) back into riding shape. My question is, besides the usual tune-up stuff (tires, drivetrain, brakes, etc.) are there any new technologies that I could use/purchase right away to make the transition easier??
you call that old?gtx
Jan 23, 2002 1:47 PM
probably doesn't need anything. Yeah, maybe new tires if they are cracked. I'd just give it a quick tune up/inspection and go ride!
Great bikeOldEdScott
Jan 23, 2002 2:21 PM
Tune and ride. If you don't have clipless pedals on it, you might consider that. Otherwise, bikes haven't improved much since the RB-1.
Welcome back!Elefantino
Jan 23, 2002 2:32 PM
The RB-1 was a good bike in its day and probably has a lot of life left in it still. Here are some things you might want to look at:

• A heart-rate monitor is a pretty good investment for any cyclist these days. They range from the simple and inexpensive to the complicated and pricey.

• A new saddle. They are much more comfortable now than they were four years ago. Try out a bunch and see what your butt likes best.

• Invest in a new pair of shorts. The newer chamoises are much better designed (no seams) and the fabrics are better.

• Get a new helmet if you haven't already. Two years is the usable life of the foam, used or not. The new ones are lighter and safer.

Have fun!
IMO, you can ride that thing forevercory
Jan 23, 2002 4:42 PM
The RB1 was a VERY nice bike, and Bstone has a kind of cult following these days. Other than tires and other stuff that ages whether you use it or not, I don't think I'd change a thing.
Mine's 30. Your's is a spring chicken ...Humma Hah
Jan 23, 2002 6:15 PM
Your bike is just getting nicely broken in. The racer types may think they need a new bike every couple of years, and a different bike for crits, races, touring, and for hills, but the recreational or fitness rider just needs maybe a good roadbike and a good MTB.

As for easier ... you doing this to get is shape? I do 80% of my riding on an old cruiser ... every time I consider getting an easier bike, I realize that my goal is exercise, and the cruiser is plenty of exercise.

Put some new rubber, new chain, maybe new cables on it, and come ride!
Get back into cycling!mr tornado head
Jan 23, 2002 7:21 PM
I'm with everyone else here (so why bother opening my big mouth?). New rubber, maybe new brakepads (may have hardened), lube it up and ride.

I wouldn't worry about STI or ErgoPower or 9 speeds or aerobars or about any of that unless you start really pounding the miles in and are looking to race.

Geez, my newest bike is older than that! Great bike (as every one else has stated). See ya on the road.
re: Old bike---getting back into cycling.bianchi boy
Jan 23, 2002 7:43 PM
I borrowed someone's RB-1 while on vacation in California last spring, and it was a great bike. Just put some new tires on it, adjust the gears, clean the chain, and you should be ready to go. Some decent clipless pedals would be nice, but not necessary if you've got cages.
I'm in the B'stone cult...Djudd
Jan 23, 2002 8:02 PM
If you decide not to ride sell me that RB-1. I'll give it a good home and it will have plenty of company. Please ride it though don't waste a great bike letting it collect dust.
the current crop of shorts is worth a mention nmnaff geezer
Jan 23, 2002 8:13 PM
Many say thatscottfree
Jan 24, 2002 5:54 AM
road bikes were perfected with the RB1, and all 'advances' since are mere glosses -- just as all American literature is a gloss on Mark Twain. I tend to agree. You have a lifetime bike there.

If it's been sitting for several years, you might want to consider an overhaul, where in addition to a normal tune-and-lube the bike is stripped to the frame, bearings replaced/repacked etc. Old grease that's sat for a long time can get pretty funky. A full overhaul shouldn't set you back more than $100-150, depending on where you live. Cheap at the price to get a bike of that quality back in tip-top shape.

I agree that clipless pedals are a worthwhile upgrade. A new Brooks saddle would be a nice (and appropriate) touch. And new bar tape would make it look like a million bucks.

Other than that, you already have a bike better than most on the road today. Enjoy!
Anyone have a pic of this model?Crankist
Jan 24, 2002 6:14 AM
pic and other bridgestone infoscottfree
Jan 24, 2002 6:59 AM
at this link:
Thanks you guys.hughgene
Jan 24, 2002 7:21 AM
I appreciate the input. I have had a few people offer to buy the bike over the last couple years, but something kept telling me to hang on to it. All I need now is some grip tape and I am hitting the road.
re: Old bike---getting back into cycling.gilligan
Jan 28, 2002 3:02 AM
epo seems to be the in thing. try that.