My daughter and I finished up her 1993 Bridgestone RB-2 refurb project this weekend. There are still a few small tweaks to make, but she took it out for a long training ride yesterday and the report is two thumbs up. She’ll be using the bike for on-road training with her mountain bike racing team as well as for general getting around town when she doesn’t have a big load to carry.
The bike was in such good shape that the project was pretty straightforward. We stripped it to the frame, cleaned everything up, repacked the bearings with fresh grease, trued the wheels, obtained the parts that needed to be replaced, and put it all back together. We used the original parts where we could. Here’s a list of the new replacement parts we used in the project:
- SRAM Chain
- Shimano Dura-Ace Downtube Shifters
- Planet Bike Cages
- Michelin Pro 3 Tires
- Schwalbe Tubes
- Jagwire Cables and Housing
- Soma Saddle
- Soma Saddle Bag
- Fizik Bar Tape
The weak link with the bike as it sits is the single-pivot caliper brakes. I need to replace the pads, so we’ll try that first, but a set of modern dual-pivot calipers may be in order. Otherwise she’s doing fine with the stock 2×6 drivetrain and downtube shifters.
We had a blast with the project and it makes me think I should keep an eye out for a utility/commuter refurb as a fun summer project.