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I don't need this bike. Change my mind.

Old 07-23-22, 06:04 PM
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I don't need this bike. Change my mind.

It's a Bridgestone XO-2, close enough to my size, mostly original, with newer tires and Kool Stop pads, $100. But it's a project; there's rust EVERYWHERE; it's mostly light surface rust, but it's all over the paint (it looks like a brindled dog) and everything but the aluminum, the ss spokes, and the plastic dork disk. Seller is second owner.

I have project bikes; three, to be exact, in addition to the two I already ride. I don't need yet another project. But it's a Bridgestone XO-2. But I have enough bikes.

So, I come to this den of dirty rotten enablers to tell me I need another bike.








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Old 07-23-22, 06:08 PM
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You buy in to the Grant Petersen view or you don't.
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Old 07-23-22, 06:19 PM
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That stuff will all wipe off with a rag. We all only really need one bike and that hasn’t stopped any of us.
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meh. pass.
(i say after picking up a project frame today that i really, really, really, really didn't need)
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Ok i have a protable gen.i can plug my charger into and charge the batt while riding my bikeany body know what may happen
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Old 07-23-22, 06:25 PM
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"Close enough to my size" means it's not your size.
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Old 07-23-22, 06:30 PM
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Not quite iconic enough to spend the time and money to make it shine. Great winter beater as is.

Oh, you're in Norcal...
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Old 07-23-22, 06:30 PM
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Oof- the condition is just too rough to consider buying this one (at least at $100). Stay away!
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Old 07-23-22, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531 View Post
"Close enough to my size" means it's not your size.
The top tube hits me exactly where the Princess does, which is technically a tad too tall, but it's comfortable.
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Old 07-23-22, 06:38 PM
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Oof- the condition is just too rough to consider buying this one (at least at $100). Stay away!
I test rode it, and the Exage hubs and bb were smoooooth. Mostly it needs Evaporust and a saddle. And decent handlebars.
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Old 07-23-22, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
Not quite iconic enough to spend the time and money to make it shine. Great winter beater as is.

Oh, you're in Norcal...
Yes, our winters are wet.

I think your prices are from the Before Times; these days $100 for a nice steel bike that runs is excellent. And Bridgestones are iconic, especially one down from the top of their line.

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Old 07-23-22, 06:44 PM
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You deserve better...

This bike wasn't so great in its day. This particular one hasn't aged well.
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No quibble about price...$100 for a Bridgestone reminds of the Ikea "Start the Car!' ad. It's value as a useful bike is 100% intact. It's just for you to decide how much you want to alter it.
3 project bikes is chump change
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Heck-o-mighty, buy it for the Exage, will ya? 😁
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Old 07-23-22, 07:22 PM
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What a POS. It doesn't even have a seat. Just say "no."

(Did that help talk you out of it? I didn't think so.)
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Hey! Aren't those worth in the neighborhood or $1600 or something? Run, don't walk!

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  • the cost of restoring it will far exceed the value, dont buy it, unless you need a mountain bike/commuter
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
The top tube hits me exactly where the Princess does, which is technically a tad too tall, but it's comfortable.
But do they make them smaller? Anyway doesn't Riv recommend larger sizes? You can always buy it and if you don't like it you can move it on. If you don't buy it then you'll never know.
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
meh. pass.
(i say after picking up a project frame today that i really, really, really, really didn't need)
….same….only mine was 2 days ago….🙃
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Old 07-23-22, 08:23 PM
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Korina Not seeing the rust, only the possibilities.
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Korina,
This one ticks off way too many boxes for me to say it doesn't have a lot of value. Fenders, rack, the canti brakes and the full hand brake levers. Thumb shifters of the design that can be rebuilt and used again, and a nice group on it. I would recommend putting it aside and let it ferment for a while. If you choose to repaint it a good PC would bring it back to new condition. Give it some time and see if it grows on ya. Enabler, MH
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Old 07-23-22, 08:47 PM
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Have fun with your projects, but be aware of how many projects are stacking up and waiting for attention.

I have to actively say no to new projects because there are already a bunch waiting for attention and new problems/projects pop up from external sources. Honestly, it can be frustrating to see the various items that need some (or a lot of) work.

On the other hand, I did make time to get out and put 70 miles on the bike today. Gotta have priorities.

Steve in Peoria
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You've come to the wrong place to find people to talk you out of this.
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