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Old 03-16-08, 08:24 AM
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The Bridgestone Project

My 1992 X0-2 that I bought last month is tour-ready and I thought I would detail the expenses for anyone contemplating buying a used bike and outfitting it to tour.
Delivered costs;
Bike $360.00
Jannd Expedition Rear Rack-$59.00
OMM AC low rider front rack-$39.00
2 Pasela Tour 1.25 guard tires-$44.00
MTB Crankset-$47.00
Lone Peak Parley's front panniers-$65.00
Dueter Rack Pack II rear panniers-$91.00
Nashbar Trekking Bar-$19.00
Total-$729.00
As several people mentioned, the Expedition rear rack provided plenty of heel clearance
I'm still considering adding aero clip ons.
I'll be taking the rig out today for the first time fully loaded.
Bike+racks+panniers+camping gear+other stuff= 65 pounds
Thanks for all the helpful suggestions !!!
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Pictures, please.
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Old 03-30-08, 09:38 AM
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I've had the bike out 4-5 times fully loaded and it feels great !
Stable, but lively. A fun bike to ride.
Climbing was no problem with the MTB crankset (42x34x24), but spinning out was an issue.
Now,I'm back to the original crankset, but switched the granny down to a 27.
I just switched out the crankset (again), handlebars and tires a couple of days ago.
The combo of trekking bars,1.25 tires and higher gearing pretty much transformed the ride from a mountain bike to a road bike.
I was getting used to the mustache bars, but the trekking bars are allowing me to get more stretched out and I love all the different hand positions.
The 1.25 Touguards @ 90psi are not as comfy as the Tom Slick 1.4's @60PSI, but they sure seem to roll faster. I think for any tours that involve dirt or gravel, I'll change out to a 1.5-1.75.
I've also started to commute a couple times a week and much prefer the Bridgestone to my road bike even though it is 10 pounds heavier.
The plan is to gradually increase to weight to get into tour-condition.

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Originally Posted by foamy
Pictures, please.
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Old 03-30-08, 10:01 AM
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I'm kind of embarrassed to admit it, but I really don't know how to post a pic.
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Hi,
Glad you like it. I need to check the gearing on my Bridgestone X0-2 and see what it is. Pretty much still the original like the day I bought it. I'm getting it ready for commuting. Out of curiousity what size is yours. Mine is a 52cm and I kind of fit it like I would have a mountain bike. Me 5' 11'' with 32" inseam. It gives me a perfect upright seating position, but I like going down into the drops on the moustache handlebars. Anybody keeps their XO-2 stock and put handlebar tape on the drops?

Pics if you can please.

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Mine is a 58 or 59 (23").
Most of the XO pics I've seen still have the mustache bars, so people must like them.
I would have left mine on if I was just using the bike to commute.
My bike had rubber grips in the drops
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To upload a pic all you have to do is save the pic on your computer in JPEG format. To do this once you've resized the pic go to Save As and then at the bottom select JPEG format.

Then when you are replying to this thread(go to advanced reply) click on the Manage Attachments button, and click on the browse button and find the pic from your pictures folder and then click upload.
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or just get a flickr and post the link
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I hope 1-track-mind doesn't mind that totally I hijack the thread, but while we're on the subject of "Bridgestone Projects" I thought I'd share how my own in coming along. It's a '90 B'stone CB-Zip that I picked up a couple of months ago with the intention of building a 26" wheeled dirt/fire road/international tourer. My '83 Expedition is a fantastic tourer and I've taken it on some dirt, but I wanted something that was even more capable in those situations. Also, I'd like to do some touring outside of North America, so 26" wheels are also a plus.

Meanwhile, I have it set up as an all-rounder, but I have a Noodle bar for it, and am ordering some IRD racks (front and rear), and will change out the cassette, fully transforming her into what I believe will be a capable touring rig. I've put up some pics of the project thus far. Let me know what you think. Your feedback would be appreciated. (Pics are here).

Oh well, here's one pic just to see what I'm working with.

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Thanks for sharing the pics and info on your CB-0.
That's just a great-looking bike !
Hard to believe a frame in that kind of shape is 18 years old.
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Thanks for sharing the pics and info on your CB-0.
That's just a great-looking bike !
Hard to believe a frame in that kind of shape is 18 years old.
Thanks 1-track-mind. It really is a joy to ride even with the fatter tires. All that's really left is to have the rear triangle spread to 135 and build up a new set of wheels, install the Noodle bar, and put on some Jandd or IRD racks (front and rear)--I like having a platform on the front rack since I don't like using a handlebar bag. Then I'll have to decide which bike to take on tour this summer. What a terrible position to be in! I have some dirt/fire road options in Utah and Wyoming, so I'm tempted to take the Zip. I have another 6 weeks to sort it all out.

Meanwhile, everyone's really wanting to see some pics of your XO-2 build. I remember when you bought her. It sounds like you've made some excellent upgrades.

Thanks again,
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Your bike is stunning. Great job!
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Ted that CB-0 is awesome! I love Bridgestone bikes and had an RB-1 for several years. Thanks for sharing and let us know how it works.
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