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Bridgestone T700(6 posts)

Bridgestone T700shmoo
Oct 30, 2003 9:33 PM
My brother has a pair of Bridgestone T700 touring rigs rotting in his garage. Vintage mid-80s. Trash or treasure? Are these things worth fixing up? I can't find anything on these on the web. Thanks.
re: Bridgestone T700rwbadley
Oct 31, 2003 8:01 AM
I don't know about the frame, it's probably a pretty decent steel frame. The spec level should be ok too, they made a 400 and 500, so the 700 should be a bit higher up the food chain.

Take a good look, make sure they fit. Probably new tires and brake pads will be needed.

It's unlikely they're worth big bucks, but they should be worth saving.
re: Bridgestone T700collectorvelo
Oct 31, 2003 12:04 PM
very nice tourist bikes with a smooth ride
these would be hard to bring 'up-to-date'
but if you like barend shifters and traditional touring design they are nice
light for a tourist bike also (of course not race light) but light for loaded or semi loaded touring
re: Bridgestone T700bicyclerepairman
Oct 31, 2003 1:10 PM
Made from the mid 80's until ??, both the T-500 and the T-700 were nice bikes, although the T-500 was hindered by the stock freewheel (no thought was given to gear ratios vis-a-vis the front chainring tooth count - easy to fix by swapping with another). Both had downtube non-indexed shift levers (which I prefer). Unless they're rusting, could be treasure (if not treasure, certainly closer to treasure than trash). In other words, as nice a touring bike as could be had without going to a custom builder, where you might possibly wind up riding a frame with the same dimensions anyway.
re: Bridgestone T700Mootsie
Oct 31, 2003 1:30 PM
I bought the T700 new in 1985 for about $400 and I still use it today on my trainer. Its a classic 4130 Cromo lugged frame with a few interesting details that are rare (if used at all) on today's bikes. The rear wheel has 40 spokes. The chain stay protector is made out of two spare spokes. It even came with a rack, frame pump and 3 bottle cages. The components are early edition Deore, Sakae, and other Asian low/middle level parts. Though certainly not a "classic", its a respectable loaded touring bike. The frames are probably worth more on their own if used to build a cross, commuter or touring rig. I'd give it a shot by putting them on ebay. There are some Bridgestoners out there who would love to get their hands on one.
Thanks for the help, guys.shmoo
Nov 1, 2003 9:17 AM
It's been a few years since I've seen them, but I'll be seeing them this month. They should be in decent shape whithout much rust. Been stored in a California garage since they were bought new. Might be good commuters.