A work in progress, this Bridgestone 400 is about to go through yet another alteration.

Let me back up some so you understand how this bicycle came to be. I'm an avid cyclist using most often my trusty Calfee for club and benefit rides, but a new challenge required a different bike. That challenge was the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnnee, known better as the D2R2. I needed a bike that could take me on dirt. I needed a bike that could speak to me, suit the occasion, if you will. I needed a bike that wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg since I'm in my college payment mode. That would be for my daughter.

So here you have it, not in exactly its D2R2 form but close enough. I begged, paid, and swindled my way to changing this bike from off the rack to a dirt dog. I just had to try a bike with a set of Nitto moustache bars and that went on first. The wheelset is Mavic Open Pro 8 speed with 32, 3-crossed, nonbutted spokes, fore and aft. Drivetrain: Stronglight compact 50/34, Deore long cage rear derailleur, 11-32 SRAM cassette, 9 spd SRAM chain., and Ultegra barend shifters. The saddle just had to be a Brooks B17 with the copper rivets and Velo-Orange came through with the banana bag. In the photo I have on the bike 32cm Panaracer Parselas and SKS fenders. During the D2R2 I ditched the fenders and installed a pair of Ritchey 32cm Speedmax instead. The bike took on a cool Mad Max look.

I'm switching out the 'staches for a Nitto Noodle bar. As much as I like the current look, conventional bars are what's needed for long hilly rides. I'll never be done with this bike, it's how I'm learning.

Thanks for looking. - Kevan




Bridgestone 400 - side view


Bridgestone 400 - hanging on the porch
Bridgestone 400 - saddle detail
Bridgestone 400 - side view
Bridgestone 400 - at the fence low angle




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