am finally getting around to submitting one of my bikes, others
to follow. This is my commuter/touring/drop-bar MTB/whatever bike.
This started out as a 91 Bridgestone MB-4 that I acquired in about
96. I stripped off the chipped decals and put one some "Jean Alesi"
ones in their place (a now ex-F1 driver that I admired, not a "constructeur").
My goal was to make a Riv A/R type bike on a student budget. An
MB-T, if you will. I built it up with mostly NOS Suntour XC Pro
components that were being phased out at the time. A lot of those
parts have now been switched out to Shimano due to availability.
I've done a fair bit of loaded touring with it and tonnes of commuting.
In the 10 or so years I've had it I've put around 30,000kms on it,
probably more than any other of my "nicer" bikes. I recently outlined
the lugs in silver, so I will include a picture of that as well.
55cm 91 Bridgestone MB-4 Lugged, made in Japan, Ritchey Logic tubing
Crankset Suntour XC Pro Crankset 46-36-24
Shifters: Shimano Ultegra bar end 8 speed
Chain: Sachs PC51
Rear derailleur: Shimano XT
Front derailleur: Suntour XC Comp
Cassette: Shimano Hyperglide 12 - 32 8 speed
Rear: Shimano XT non-Paralax 36 hole hub, Sun Mistral polished rim,
Front: Shimano LX non-Paralax 32 hole hub, Matrix satin rim, DT
Tires: Ritchey Tom Slick 1.4
Brakes: Dia Compe XCM Kool Stop Salmon pads
Levers: Shimano Ultegra non-aero
Stem: Profile H2O removable faceplate
Seat Post: SR
Handlebars: Trek System 46 cm
Rear rack: Blackburn Expedition clone (MEC)
Fenders: ESGE (SKS) with Alex Wetmore inspired mud flaps.
Pedals: Shimano XT platform pedals
Saddle: Brooks B-17 in maroon
Bottle cages: Blackburn SS
Frame pump: Blackburn
Plus a neat old Japanese Al bell in found at the community bike