Compare the 1993 Bridgestone RB-2 to the RB-1 and you will find they used a different tube set and parts for the RB-2. The changes added one pound to the weight of the complete bicycle but dropped the price from approximately $1,200 for the RB-1 to $650 for the RB-2. Such smart choices. So smart that you think you’d see a million of these things rolling around, but I don’t think I have seen even one in the wild. The catalog helps explain their rarity–only 1,000 were produced. Head back to the entry for the RB-1 and you’ll find that in 1993 Bridgestone made two versions–a /7 and a /8. The /7 used bar end shifters and a 7-speed cassette. The /8 used brifters and an 8-speed cassette. Bridgestone made 1,000 of each of the /7 and the /8, for a total of 2,000.
I also just learned the RB-2 is fully vegan. The Avocet Racing saddle is covered in vinyl. The RB-1 came with an Avocet Racing-1 saddle covered in leather. Today I added MKS vegan toe straps, MKS Deep toeclips and Cinelli cork ribbon (twined to nearly match the frame paint). I will probably order Rivendell Ruffy-Tuffy tires for it, too. A little fatter and appropriately tan sidewalls.
That’s enough of that. Too much, really. I have to start selling bikes. If you know I have something you want, please be in touch. Letting go of any bicycle is difficult for me, but I need to learn how to do it.