Kyle’s Bridgestone MB-1 Singlespeed with White Industries

I’ll admit, this bike should have been shot with a Kleen Kanteen, not a Purist, but Kyle doesn’t like rules, at all, so it’s fine.

This MB-1 came into Golden Saddle Cyclery around the time Kyle sold his Saluki, regrettably. We’ve all been there before, you’re in a bind and you’ve gotta part ways with one bike to make ends meet, but luckily for Kyle, he kept in alignment with Grant Petersen‘s ideologies.

Bridgestone’s MB-1 hit at a unique time in mountain biking. Dirt drops were in and rigid was the (only) way. For Kyle, this bike became his around-town singlespeed, opting for White Industries components and Nitto’s Bullmoose bars. Topped off with Rubena Cityhopper tires.

  • Goog Smells

    Great looking ride! I have a late 80′s mountain bike with an ENO eccentric hub that is my SS commuter. I love the bike, but getting the chain properly tensioned without having the cantilevers brakes rubbing can be a real chore. Looks like the one on this bike is dialed in pretty nicely.

  • Matt Rumora

    Sweet Color scheme. I too have a late 80′s MTB I’d love to setup this way…. Single speed. It’s be nice to loose all that weight!

  • Wade Stevens

    sick ride – gives me flashbacks
    does he have the John Tesh album to go with it?
    (read the dirt drops PDF)

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      I love that article. Back when bicycle publications / journalists knew how to use a camera, not just ‘point and shoot’ from shoulder level…

  • Miles Away

    Can we please have a shot of the fork crown?

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Sorry! I thought I uploaded one… I added it to the set.

  • Brian Cottrell-Thompson

    Pretty bike. It makes me somewhat sad that I thrashed my ’86 MB-3 until the frame bent. It would have served this purpose well.

  • JLN

    Love it. Want one for summer cruising.

  • Ismaka Aneiros

    Amazing qualiality prints on that bell!

  • jack

    What are those brake levers?

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Dia Comp something

    • James Rollins

      I believe Velo Orange sells them.

  • http://www.neilbridge.co.uk/ Mr_Bridge

    The OG (Original Grandpasaurus) Golden Saddle shop ride.

  • Chuck Brad

    I grew up among hot rods, and something car guys seemed to understand more than custom bike fabricators/builders until recently was the overall “feel” of a bike. It’s a combination of parts that balance performance with looks, and a keen eye for the overall aesthetic of the machine. It can convey any message you want, but it must convey it clearly. There is no way to describe HOW to do it, or exactly what it is about the machine that says what. And you can’t teach it. You just have to put together a bunch of machines and make note of what you like or don’t, and why, and learn from it. My point is, more and more, I see bikes that say something, clearly and concisely. Firefly, Fastboy (rest in peace Ezra), and J.P. Weigle all come to mind, but there are many others out there now (which is an amazingly good thing). If you know those brands, you’ll know the message is different, but there’s no way to misinterpret what their bikes say, even if you can’t put it into words. I don’t know what this bike says exactly, in words, but it’s coming through loud and clear, and it’s fking awesome.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      All I have are hot rods… My Bishop, Geekhouse Cross, Geekhouse Tourer, Argo, Icarus track… All meet those “standards” you talk about!

  • kimbo305

    It’s Grant Petersen; no ‘o’.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Sorry, autocorrect got me.

      • kimbo305

        No prob, though I thought it’d be fixed by now.

  • Noah Doherty

    I seriously dig the Brooks leather/ black corkblend combination. Reminds me of my Peugeot conversion I have to sell.

  • Guest

    Here it is:

  • Victor_Tvrdy

    Uhm, what are those grips they look awesome!

  • DominicBruysPorter

    You and your waterbottle puritanism…