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$10 yard sale Bridgestone(20 posts)

$10 yard sale BridgestoneJS Haiku Shop
Oct 6, 2003 6:49 AM
on the way back from the saturday AM group ride, i discovered a bridgestone kabuki horizontal in the front yard of a garage sale. at first glance it appeared to be an older (20 yo?) bike somebody might have ridden there and left in the grass. aside from some wear & tear expected from its age, the bike looked to be in pretty good condition. $10 seemed like a steal, so i went for the car and came back to retrieve it.

front tube was flat, the frame was filthy, no brake cable or housing on the front, the hoods were crystallized, and the 6-speed freewheel doesn't always freewheel, but still a steal at $10. i think this thing is about a 60 or 61, with a relatively short tt. i ride a 56-58, and can stand astride the tt with zero standover, but the reach to the bars seemed ok. to get a somewhat dialed-in position, i'd have to drop the saddle to only 2-3 inches of seatpost showing.

shimano 600 rear derailleur, suntour everything else on the drivetrain, sekai cranks & etc., dia compe levers and brakes, shimano via hubs and araya 27" rims with apparently unused tires (no cracking or dry rot, and no signs of wear).

the frame has a few places where the paint was worn off, but without rust. there are a few spots where a dusting of rust appear around the lugs, but it's nothing that can't be removed with a little TLC, and nothing of concern.

the frame and fork have fender eyelets. the rear dropouts are vertical. the top tube decals were removed, so i'm not sure which model kabuki this is (there were several, so far as i can tell from a yahooo! search).

otherwise, i have no clue as to the history or background of this frame. the closest thing i could find on ebay went for about forty bucks, so i'm surely not sitting on a goldmine. i do however think it would make a fine brevet bike, with the right frame of mind.

any input?
front viewJS Haiku Shop
Oct 6, 2003 6:50 AM
rear viewJS Haiku Shop
Oct 6, 2003 6:50 AM
cranksJS Haiku Shop
Oct 6, 2003 6:51 AM
Sekai cranks? I would have guessed Sakae Ringyo(SR), Sugino, orbicyclerepairman
Oct 6, 2003 12:06 PM
Shimano.
dt shiftersJS Haiku Shop
Oct 6, 2003 6:52 AM
freewheelJS Haiku Shop
Oct 6, 2003 6:52 AM
hoods (yuck)JS Haiku Shop
Oct 6, 2003 6:53 AM
headtube badgeJS Haiku Shop
Oct 6, 2003 6:53 AM
what a steal :) [last pic]JS Haiku Shop
Oct 6, 2003 6:54 AM
what a steal :) [last pic]Rusty Coggs
Oct 6, 2003 7:03 AM
Not really. They often go from garage sale to thrift store to dumster.The frame could be Hi Ten or worse,with the best being generic DB cromo.Ok beaters if you have some old stuff lying around to replace the trashed junk.
No horizontal drop-outs?pmf1
Oct 6, 2003 7:24 AM
Bummer. I was going to suggest you build it into a fixed gear. I'm suprised a bike of that vintage has vertical drop-outs.

Input? Clean it up and sell it for $100 on e-bay.
Don't know about the bike...Spoke Wrench
Oct 6, 2003 7:53 AM
but that sure is a cool car it's leaning up against.
Umm, I think I've got that beattheBreeze
Oct 6, 2003 8:23 AM
Brought home a 1988 trek 360 last week, for a plate of brownies. Not nearly as old as the Bridgestone, but in pretty good shape. Everything works just fine. It's pretty cute I think.
Details;
True Temper RC 4130 chromoly tubing
Der's and shifters, Suntour alpha-4050, accushift indexed on rear
brakes, DiaComp 5000
cranks/chainwheels, Sugino VL 52/42
freewheel, Suntour 13-26
hubs, Maillard 500

Dropouts are horizontal enough I may eventually make it a fixed gear. Probably will convert to single speed in the meantime.

And no, aside from generous amounts of butter, sugar and dark chocolate the brownies were otherwise unadulterated.
re: $10 yard sale BridgestoneMrCelloBoy
Oct 6, 2003 8:24 AM
Post this on the "Classics" board!
re: Kabuki--what a great name. Wrasslin' fans remember...teoteoteo
Oct 6, 2003 8:39 AM
The Great Kabuki...he used to blow green smoke.

http://www.canadianbacon.org/~oww/bios/g/great-kabuki.html

Off the tangent though it's a cool $10 find.
Which Suntour group? Can't see in the pic. nmOldEdScott
Oct 6, 2003 10:22 AM
I've got the same one! (Actually 2!)RoadHazzardBuzz
Oct 6, 2003 2:34 PM
My wife and I bought a pair of these bikes about 22 years ago. We used them for a year or 2 before life (kids, work, etc) happened and they were forgotten and stored away. I got mine out and used pieces from hers (she has no desire to ride anymore) to make one decent bike. I rode it over 1800 miles last year. I upgraded to a Litespeed this spring. (Just a slight difference :-)) I use it now only as a commuting bike in crappy weather. I plan to hang onto it for a while, but I would like to get new hubs for the front and back.

Have fun with your 'antique'. I guess that makes me one too!
Buzz
Is yours the Altair, the Spica, or the Sirius?...nmbicyclerepairman
Oct 6, 2003 3:04 PM
Skyway 12 with Suntour VX...nmRoadHazzardBuzz
Oct 6, 2003 5:14 PM