|Resurrected 1994 Bridgestone RB-T|
|1994 Bridgestone Catalog Page (from Sheldonbrown.com)|
I subsequently moved to Atlanta for grad school and I brought the Rock Hopper rather than the RB-T. I didn't ride much while I lived there as that city is so car-centric. Were I to live there now I would ride, but at the time it just wasn't part of my plan.
I moved back to Boston in 2006, settling into life in JP. I began riding regularly within 6 months-or-so and I retrieved the Bridgestone from the basement and it became my primary ride for a while. The wheels were screwed up and I bought some Ritchey deep-section wheels with bladed spokes from Nashbar that ultimately looked ridiculous on it. I then built up a fixed-gear and that became my primary ride during my blossoming bike obsession over the following 5 years.
|A Beauty Reborn|
The pictures here are of the completed project. It is the first bike that I have ever built entirely by myself from the ground up (not including the frame (obviously) and the wheels which I had built for me). It was an amazingly fun activity, and was all the more rewarding considering that I rode this bike across the country so there is obviously some sentimental attachment. While this might be heresy for some who think that bikes like this should be restored with period perfect parts: I actually think the bike is more beautiful than it was the day it was new, and any parts that I have added (as opposed to reusing) are certainly superior to the original equipment.
So here is the part-by-part breakdown of my rebuild:
|Tange double butted tubing on the RB-T. The paint is in remarkably good condition considering that the bike is almost 20 years old.|
|Mavic A319 rims are new. Double-butted stainless steel spokes with brass nipples laced to...|
|Ultegra 32H front hub laced 3X, and...|
|Ultegra 32H rear hub laced 3X. These wheels were hand-built by www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com. I would have preferred to have them built locally, but I saved a ton of money on these and I was already spending too much money as it was. I still need to cut the fender stays.|
|American made Paul Components Touring Canti with polished finish up front. Another serious upgrade from the original brakes. Front fender is a 52mm Velo Orange Zeppelin. The headset is original, mainly because it seems like it is in decent shape, I serviced it with the help of Broadway Bicycle School a number of years ago, and I don't have the proper tools to remove it myself. If this one ever needs replacing, I'll put a Chris King in there.|
|Paul Components Touring Canti with polished finish in the rear too. Same VO 52mm Zeppelin fender. Paul gives you a pair of salmon Kool Stop pads when you buy their brakes. It's the least they can do considering how expensive they are...|
|Brooks B17 saddle. This is much better than the Avocet saddle that the bike came with. That thing made it hurt to pee!|
|A little Japanese flair: an NJS stamped Nitto Jaguar SP-72 27.0mm seatpost that I ordered off Ebay from a guy that sells used Kerin gear. You know you are a bike dork when you get excited about a seatpost, and this one is a beauty. I have a Jaguar on my Iglehart (in 27.2mm guise) too and it is much more appropriate for this bike than a Thompson IMHO. The original seatpost was an ugly cheapo giveaway. All parts that I did not reuse that were still functional were given to Bikes Not Bombs. The brake cable hanger is original. The kitty sticker is not.|
|I used 3 of the screws that typically go on a presta valve and some of the extra leather washers I had. This is rock solid so far, and looks pretty killer if you ask me.|
|From the front|
|From the back|
|I couldn't be more pleased! See you on the road.|