XO-3 in its Natural Envrionment
This is attempt #4 at getting a real 4-seasons commuter bike dialed in, and I think this is the one that sticks. The first, a Gitane, was too small for me. The second, a Kabuki, had a seized seatpost. The third, my beautiful Fuji, was beautiful but has no room for wide tires, let alone fenders. I'm changing that to a racier bike now.
So when I saw this Bridgestone XO on eBay I snapped it up. Canti brakes, huge clearance, 700c wheels, and the right size. It fits perfect and zips along backroads, rutted city streets, and icy paths with ease. I've put a longer stem on it, fitted up my Nitto Moustache bars, and some fenders. I also swapped out the cantis for a nicer set I had laying around. The Ideale saddle and Velo-Orange croissant bag are the finishing touches, though I doubt I'll ride it to campus like that - too scared of getting them stolen. I plan on fitting up a wider pedal set in the future, and possibly adding a rear derailer and front rack for longer jaunts, like the DALMAC.
I may be cyclocrossing this as well, if my friends get their way. In that case, I'll need a knobbier set of tires.
By the way, according to Grant Petersen of Rivendell fame, the designer of these bikes, "XO" stands for "Hugs and Kisses," not crossover.