I found another Bridgestone Bike I've always wanted:
The story of these model XO-1 bikes has been told again and again (short version: they are the early embryogenisis of what has become Rivendell Bicycles and specifically the Atlantis Model).
Basically they are early 90's made road bike geometry-ed, lugged steel bikes with large tire clearances and 26" wheels - actually a particularly popular trend right now with "low trail" bikes using 650b wheels and very similar to 26" wheeled versions of the Surly Long Haul Trucker.
This version differs from the more iconic 1993 Orange XO-1 in that it has regular caliper brakes (instead of cantilevers) and was also offered in two different colors: an awesome purple and a pearl tusk white.
The bike was purchased through an eBay auction. It was a interesting listing, because of the apparent eclectic non stock build pieces which included an old school suspension seat post (answer body/manitou suspension post), MTB handlebars on a riser stem w/ bar ends, a large squishy gel saddle, and grip shift shifters.
It was listed for a very high starting price then wouldn't sell and steadily lowered in price after each re-listing. I was surprised to actually have won the auction, after about 3 re-listings at lowered prices over the course of a month, considering how high these XO-1 auctions were going - especially the more highly coveted 1993 orange version easily into the $1,500 range.
This build is going to be a Christmas Present for my wife. The 48cm frame, and 26" wheels make for a lower stand over height that'll fit her 5'4" frame.
Upon arrival I stripped down the bike bare, inspected it, cleaned then applied frame saver (Boshield T-9). Aside from a couple nicks and chain ring rub everything looked great:
I then checked and cleaned all the components which were in great shape. The wheels were Shimano RX-100 hubs laced into araya rims, The headset was a shimano 600, Suginio GP 110 Cranks and Tange sealed BB, Nitto riser stem, Shimano 105 RD/FD. It still even had the original Toiga City Slicker Tires (old dry rotting but still inflatable).
I was psyched when the huge clunky gel saddle was actually just a gel seat cover shrouding the original Avocet R1 Racing saddle in mint condition underneath!
Basically it was all stock except for the stem/handlebars/seatpost/shifters.
I had a decision to make from that point. Would I strive to keep the bike stock and period correct or would I do a Retro roadies- old frames with STI's or Ergos build?