Some background. Yesterday, I posted my 1989 Bridgestone RB-1, "Orange Crush," for sale on the local Craig's List. Today I got an email from Nathan Kensley. Have a read; my response to him follows:
On Dec 10, 2010, at 2:57 PM, nathan kensley wrote:
as a bridgestone owner you are an asshole. glad your selling that bike for you do not deserve to own that bike. that is the worst slaughter job ever. rb-1 is not meant to be a fixed gear or to be modified it had a perfect balance orginial. i hope to god you are 18 for that is the only excusable way for you to get out of this.
listen up, "ilovekensley" Jackass,
You've got no idea who I am, nor the history of this frame. I purchased the frame + fork as you see it, from the original owner, who, when living in California, found himself riding a lot of mountainous gravel roads and so felt the cantilevers were a smart upgrade so as to be able to run wider tires. He had Dale Saso - a Bay Area frame builder do the mods, then had it painted Molteni Orange. (A color, I might add, made famous by a certain cyclist named Eddy Merckx. But since you're the apparent keeper of the Bridgestone flame, I doubt your nose goes much further than Grant Petersen's ass, and therefore may not know who Eddy Merckx is.)
Over the course of the past few years I've raced this bike in cyclocross events, and generally just enjoyed it's "perfect balance." It's a 1989 frame, though, and with the smaller diameter tubes, when compared to later models just doesn't have the overall stiffness and stability that I prefer in my bikes. I generally ride 80-100 mile training rides, primarily on rough gravel roads, several times a week, in case you were wondering, and this bike is not necessarily suited to that. You're damn right that the orange is a bit over the top; that's kind of the point. Orange is an iconic color, and if the stickers were removed from the rims, then it's actually pretty boss looking.
And since you had the nerve to write me with your attitude, Nathan K, right now I'm busy reassembling my 1993 Bridgestone XO-1, in the iconic Pumpkin Orange color. It has S&S couplers installed for traveling, I hope that is ok with you. I left the moustache bars, though, so you can rest easy tonight. My 1991 Bridgestone MB-2 mountain bike is bone stock, but I toy with the idea of adding a riser bar sometimes. If you need anymore proof of my Bridgestone pedigree, you can check with my business partner, Gene Oberpriller. He's been known to ride a few Bridgestones. Look it up.
By the way, your comprehension skills are stellar. The bike is not now, nor has it ever been set up as a fixed gear. Beyond that, what gives YOU the right to tell me or anyone else how to set up their personal bikes, anyway? Are you special agent for the Bike Snob, vetting out what you find repulsive, and then sending thinly veiled threats, –"the only excusable way to get out of this," –to the owners?
If you'd like to discuss this further, or call me an asshole to my face, I invite you to come on down to the shop and check out the RB-1, and all the other Bridgestones in the stable. I sure as hell hope you are over 18, though, because I'd hate to punch a minor in the face for being such an assumptive prick.
Fuck You Very Much,
*an addendum from the original owner:
Some further history of the bike:
It should be also noted that in 1993, when I had the mods done, Bridgestones weren’t collectors’ fodder. Yes, they were quirky, but Bridgestone was still in business!
Basically, I had an old steel frame that was seriously nicked up and a desire for something like a cyclocross bike at a time when cross frames were rare and pricey. Anyway, my friend was having a custom Saso built in Molteni orange and so that is how the paint color came to be (free!). Dale came up with the stylish bridge for the rear canti, and it was the perfect adventure bike. Took me on a lot of gravel roads in CA and 3 months all over France.