Bright Yellow Bridgestone
From 1985-1994 Bridgestone USA sold a series of bikes that were often considered the product of a retro-grouch, yet at the same time were some of the most useful and well thought out bikes made. Grant Peterson, who became the product manager for the bikes sold in the US, had strong opinions about bikes that were applied to create the unique line of bikes. Lugged frames, clearance for larger tires and fenders, and rack mounts on race bikes are all examples of Bridgestone features that many other companies did not (and do not) include.
In my opinion, the 1993 Bridgestone RB-1 was one of the best looking bike frames ever made. The combination of the yellow paint, the beautiful Tom Ritchey designed fork crown, and the utility of the bike, all play together to give the bike incredible character. In 1993, the RB-1 (Bridgestone's top of the line bike) was available in a 7 and 8-speed version. The 8-speed version came with Shimano integrated brake and shift levers and was available in yellow. The 7-speed version had Shimano down-tube shifters, single-pivot brakes, and was available in red. The 7-speed version was cheaper, lighter, and recommended by Grant. To me, the yellow frame just looked nicer. 1000 frames of each version were made.
After years of keeping my eyes open looking for a nice condition frame in my size, I finally found one in the summer of 2007. I build the bike with 9-speed Shimano components that I had collected over the years. It's now the bike that I take out when I'm on fun rides, and I'm not looking to go super fast (not that the bike can't go fast).
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