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    bringing a bridgestone mb2 back to life

    So I have a bridgestone mb2 that I'd like to get back into a decent rideable condition. A little history, My dad bought it new in... I'm not sure what year. Is there a chart where i may find out the year? its kind of a blue metallic.

    its pretty beat up. the handlebars came loose on the weld and have been welded pretty rough. is there any where i can look for oem bars? or should i just go aftermarket?

    Anywho, anyone else on here with one of these old girls?

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    Itīs not hard to find the year based on color and spec. I am not a Bstone guy but i am sure someone will come up w/ expertise. Those are great bikes.
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    A good start would be to find what model year:

    https://www.sheldonbrown.com/bridgestone/1993/index.htm

    Is it a lugged frame (made in Japan) or non lugged (made in Taiwan with Ritchey Logic Tubing)?

    If you are near Seattle I am going to finally get rid of my 1990 MB-3--don't have the original fork--have a red and white RS Judy--and a few other parts have been replaced. I was just going to sell it cheap locally and donate the proceeds to Evergreen MTB Alliance.

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    A pic or two would definitely help. I built up an '87 years ago - very cool bikes!

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    I'll get some pics and try to post them later today. I'm thinking this was around 89 when he got it. I literally pulled it out of a barn yesterday. Its been in there for years.

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    Easy to find similar to spec bars and stems on ebay. If itīs a suntour drivetrain itīs hard to find cassettes... but not that hard. All i hear about Bstones is good. Worth fixing and riding. Always a cool bike.
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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    Here's a few pics after I just hosed it off...

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    Ok, it won't let me upload pics. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewadz3006 View Post
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    Cool oldie. Looks like 1985 in "Shadow Blue" to me:

    https://www.sheldonbrown.com/bridges...tone-mb-2.html
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    Id say work on getting the seat post out & the bullmoose bars. Once you can confirm those are not completely seized you can look for replacements.

    Quite a few bull moose bars on ebay in good shape.
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    Cool looking old sled, should be a fun project!
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    Cool oldie. Looks like 1985 in "Shadow Blue" to me:

    https://www.sheldonbrown.com/bridges...tone-mb-2.html
    Lots of potential there!

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    Wow! I didn't think it was that old. I think we bought it after that. It was a real small mom and pop bike shop, maybe it was a leftover. He also sold golden eagle bikes. My first big bike was a gold eagle. Don't remember the model.

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    Started disassembly. Where should I look for cables? And how do I know what I need? Measurements, sizes etc.

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    Pretty sure you can use any size cable housing you want. If I remember correctly you probably have 6mm housing for brakes and 5 or 6mm for shifting on there. If you want original size just measure.

    For example here is some older original Shimano brake cables. You can also search eBay, or here once you have measurements. Some people buy bulk and sell per foot.

    In terms of how much and how to cut the sections, just measure the old stuff. Brake and shifter cables will differ slightly in construction but are not the same so you will need housing for each. New cables will be fine, don't need to get vintage cables.

    Shimano Deore XT early heavy brake cable set - 2 sets the 6mm housing MT-092

    Also if you haven't derusted all your bolts and pieces a set of brass brushes and some dish soap works wonders. Easier to do it before putting it all back together https://www.amazon.com/TACBRO-Cleani...ateway&sr=8-24
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    I was wondering if you had to cut them or not. Is there any specific tools I need for that? Do the little caps press on?

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    And yes, everything will be derusted and cleaned. I work at a tool and die shop so I have access to anything I need pretty much. Thanks for the pointers

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewadz3006 View Post
    I was wondering if you had to cut them or not. Is there any specific tools I need for that? Do the little caps press on?
    Ive used large diagnol cutters(dikes), dremel cutoff wheel, small bolt cutters, cable cutters. Key is they are sharp, need a clean cut.
    The little caps for outer housing just slide on, the little aluminum ones for inner cable slide on and you crimp/squish them on, unless you get the trick locking ones.
    BTW be aware that a couple parts on bike are reverse thread, i always need to double check that, was it left pedal and right bottom bracket cup?

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    I've been slacking on the pics. It's All apart except the crank and stem now. I want to repaint it. I'm not sure if there's a code available or not. The local paint distributor has a paint scanner. I'm usually not impressed with it being a perfect match, it almost never matches correctly from my experiences. But I'll be painting the whole thing so it shouldn't be too much of an issue.


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    I would think about it some more before you paint it. That paint looks very nice as is. Match the paint so you can paint your "new" bars and maybe touch up any nicks but that is it. If it was mine, I would not re-paint.

    Very Cool Bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLASSTIMESAILER View Post
    I would think about it some more before you paint it. That paint looks very nice as is. Match the paint so you can paint your "new" bars and maybe touch up any nicks but that is it. If it was mine, I would not re-paint.

    Very Cool Bike.
    Definitely. No need to bother w/paint. I would focus on bringing apart everything, lubing, greasing and rebuilding. Bring the bike to fit your height and arm length. Thatīs all.
    WTB: Bomber Z2 1 1/8 steerer, in good to excellent shape OR bomber rebuild kit.

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