my Bridgestone RB-2, from 1992 I believe. Absolutely nothing is
stock, since I obtained it as a frame only. The idea was to build
it as a mostly free bike with parts I had lying around, but keep
with a mish-mash, thrity and reliable spirit of the GP-era RB-2.
Granted, I have a much more extensive parts bin than most since
I help manage a bike a shop and obtain choice bits from time to
time. The parts are also not so much "free" as much as they are
things I forgot the price to because they may have been pieces of
old projects, etc.
attached a generic lugged touring fork (with some creative filing
and grinding to accept the headset crown race). The wheelset is
Wheelsmith- built 105 hubs to Mavic CXP 23 rims, covered with Conti
Ultra 2000 700X25 tires. I used SKS fenders even though it doesn't
rain here much. I like the look and the few times a year it does
rain riding is so pleasureable.
wise, I have Ultegra 8 speed barcons shifting a vintage XT rear
derailleur and even older 600 front derailleur. The cassette is
a 12-32 and the front crankset is a 600 with 42/52 rings. The chain
is a cheap SRAM PC-58. I haven't really experimented with using
a mountain cassette on a road bike but I like the range of gears
I get mixed with a standardish double. The braking is done with
Tiagra level Shimano levers. The front brake is an old Dura Ace
long reach, the rear an old Shimano 600.
cockpit is a Kalloy post with a Regal saddle (favorite all time).
The stem is a short Specialized with an ITM Pista handlebar. Pedals
are currently Time ATAC, but I play around with these.
have outfitted the bike with charmingly toussled array of accessories:
Jandd bag, Blackburn frame pump, and a Planet Bike Alias 10W light
(not pictured) when I have to ride home late from closing shop here
in Orange County, California. This bike is mostly a short distance
daily driver. Once I add a longer Nitto Tecno stem and Noodle bar
it may get used for mellow club rides.
from Huntington Beach, CA