This 42cm Bridgestone XO-1 is a 1992 model, with normal-reach sidepull caliper brakes for the 26inch wheels. These bikes were originally sold with moustache handlebars and double cranks, and they make splendid little road machines for shorter riders.

This bike has been reconfigured for "fast touring" with a 165mm triple crankset, drop bars, and 26x1.25 Pasela folding tires. The wide ratio drivetrain has 24/42/52 chainrings and a 12-28 cassette for low climbing efficiency, good cruising gears and high speed. The interrupter levers make it easy to brake from the top of the handlebar while enjoying the scenery. And the Berthoud Stainless steel fenders provide good coverage.

I purchased this bike several years ago, and I had been saving it for my daughters, but I now realize that it's better suited for a petit adult rider who can appreciate a fine road bike, and so the bike has found a new owner. This reconfiguration was something that I've had in mind for some time, and I wanted to see it implemented before it was sold.


Bridgestone XO-1 - nondrive view


Bridgestone XO-1 - drive side


Bridgestone XO-1 - rear quarter
Bridgestone XO-1 - driveside view

Bridgestone XO-1 - Sugino Crank detail

Bridgestone XO-1 - headset detail

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