This beauty of a Bridgestone Mixte showed up recently at Pedal. It gave the owner many years of dutiful service but she was excited to donate it to the shop and see what magic we would cook up when we rebuilt it.
The frame looks to be an 86′ from the classic and much loved years of the Bridgestone bicycle era. Lugged steel construction and made in Japan for the American market, this bike was a balanced mix of utility and aesthetics. We, at Pedal Revolution do a fair amount of custom mixte rebuilds and they are well appreciated by our customers and tend to sell rather quickly. For this Bridgestone we opted to take a different route than the typical classic upright city bike that the step-though style of bikes end up as. Enter the Drop bar! Setting this bike up with a drop bar and bar-end shifters was motivated by Pedal mechanic and custom used bike builder Todd. The idea was to maintain the classic look and charm of the frame but update it to the performance and versatility of a more modern road/touring bike. Todd accomplished this by completely rebuilding the bike with new parts; a modern road wheel set allowed for a wider range rear cassette body of gears for easier climbing, matched to a compact range road crankset. Dual pivot brake calipers for stronger stopping power, Shimano 8 speed bar end shifters for reliable and streamlined shifting, and of course Pedal Rev favorites like a nice tall Nitto Technomic stem to get the Soma Highway 1 bar nice and level with the saddle, Panaracer Pasela tires in the “sweet-spot” 32mm width for comfy rolling on all road/non-road surfaces. This bike is quick handling, lightweight and rides wonderfully. It’s sized as a 52cm and would fit an individual between 5’2″ and 5’6″ very well. Why don’t they make bikes like this anymore!? Oh wait, they do at Pedal Rev!