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50cm Bridgestone RB-1 conversion

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Bridgestone RB-1 / 50cm / 1993

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Cyclocross is going to be the new fixie.

I can see it now. Hipsters will be brazing cantilever bosses on their IRO's and Pista's. Cowbells will be the new messenger bags. Chainkeepers will be the new top tube pads. Mounting and dismounting contest will the new freestyle.

So in order to be bleeding edgey, I built this bike.


This RB-1 from Jitensha Studio, Berkeley in 1993. Rode it for about 2 years until I crashed it during a race.

Pulled it out of my basement after 14 years. Brazed on cantilever bosses. Had Dolce Velo, San Jose send it out for media blasting and powdercoating.

Parts are mostly from the parts bin. Brooks saddle and Dia Compe brakes were purchased through the 1st Rivendell catalogue. Sold the original fork in 1997, so I replaced it with a Surly Cross fork. Bought the Aksiums from a guy who thought they were too heavy and replace them for Ksyrium.

I know the bar is taped the wrong way, but I ripped the left side and didn't want to buy new tape.

The bike rides great; tracks true, turns great, components all work well together.

People who friended this bike Alvin Holbrook, van, osmium, risbusken, veggie, rburnham13

Cross rules

Sweet bike!! I also have been converting older steel bikes into 'cross machines. I love these frames and want to make one into a CX steed. What is the widest tire you have been able to fit?

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