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Old 05-17-12, 05:06 PM   #1
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Bridgestone XO-3 bikes suitable for touring?

Hi, I am on a tight budget and am trying to put touring bikes together for the whole family. My in-laws have two XO series Bridgestone bikes and I am wondering if these are suitable for touring. The bike that will be my wife's is an XO-3. Could she tour on this and if so what changes to the bike should I make if any?

I believe the second bike is an XO-3 too but I am not sure. It's blue and I think it might have mustache handlebars... My father in-law is 5'9'' and I am 6'2". Would this bike work for me if I changed the stem length and made other changes? If not for touring could I use it for a city bike or would be it just be too small? Note, I have a long upper body and shorter legs...

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Old 05-17-12, 05:29 PM   #2
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A lot of folks would love to tour on a Bridgestone X03 more so than even on a modern touring bike. I toured extensively on an MB1 which i would consider less of a touring bike than the X0 series. The main thing that matters in bike fit is TT length/reach so it's very possible the bike will work for you. A dirt drop or periscopa stem would certainly get the bars high enough and longer a 400mm seat post would raise the seat high enough as well but it's possible the existing one might already work. Anyway, consider yourself fortunate and post a photo or two if possible.
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People ride thru here on all sorts of bikes..

can you get up the next day and ride it for weeks on end?
is the Fit right, size wise..
Kit it out to carry your Stuff, and it's a touring bike.
Bene sugg: just to Overhaul it since it is an older bike
you may need to replace things, change some to make the fit better ,

and that is better at home, to replace worn stuff,
than having it break down 100 miles from Help.
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fit, do they fit.
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Thanks... I think the stem could be worked out but I am worried about heel strike. I have big-ish feet and the clearance doesn't look good. I am thinking by next summer the smaller Bridgestone might be a good fit for my son and my wife could ride the larger one... I'll try to post some pictures next week when I get the second bike.
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I used to have an XO2 ans the wife had an XO3.

They are a lot like touring bikes.

Her XO3 was small for her, and she could never get comfy on it.
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Thanks... I think the stem could be worked out but I am worried about heel strike. I have big-ish feet and the clearance doesn't look good. I am thinking by next summer the smaller Bridgestone might be a good fit for my son and my wife could ride the larger one... I'll try to post some pictures next week when I get the second bike.
I agree with the responses about fit being the first issue. Then you want to make sure that the parts are in good working order. The chain stays are not quite as long on the XO-3 as you would find on a full on touring bike so heel clearance might be an issue. Find a rack that allows you to scoot back the panniers a bit; some racks are better than others in that regard. I haven't been keeping up with racks but I believe Jandd (which by the way makes superlative panniers) makes a rack like that but ask around. But yeah, I'd tour on an XO-3 in a heartbeat. I have an old XO-2 that I plan on fixing up as a touring bike for my wife one of these days. . . .

Edit: I looked at Jandd's website and their expedition rack is 3 inches longer than their "conventional" rack. That should fix any heel strike problems you might have. Btw, that is a potential problem on any bike that lacks the longer seat stays (say 17 inches or so) that are found on true touring bikes. You don't need a true touring bike to go touring but you do need a bike that is set up correctly with comfortable gearing (use a triple) and stout tires and wheels (the XO-3 came stock with reasonable quality wheels).

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My friend has 2 XO-3's and his comment when we discussed touring on them was that they felt like a wet noodle with any significant cargo on them. He was a LHT owner in the past. I can't confirm on deny that, but I do know he is working on getting a new touring bike.

That doesn't mean you can't tour on an XO-3 - just that how you load it will be important and taking some time to get used to it will also be important.

If you can borrow a 2 wheeled trailer that might be a good way to get around a flexible frame.
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Thanks... I think the stem could be worked out but I am worried about heel strike. I have big-ish feet and the clearance doesn't look good. I am thinking by next summer the smaller Bridgestone might be a good fit for my son and my wife could ride the larger one... I'll try to post some pictures next week when I get the second bike.
It's not necessary to use large rear panniers or any rear panniers to carry a touring load. You can load front panniers on a top mount rack or low riders. Check out Jandd saddlebags for decent heel clearance, they aren't tall.
http://www.jandd.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=FSBP

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