Bicycle Resurrection: Bridgestone XO-4 by Scot Hinkcley
Bicycle frame technology has been pretty much perfected for quite a long time. Sure, derailers are better now, chains last longer, and tires have become amazingly durable as of late. The frames, though, are still just triangles (most of them anyway). Steel was good, and it still is. Titanium, aluminum, carbon fiber, and bamboo seem to work pretty well too. Bicycle companies need to sell bikes, so they’ll come up with a reason for you to buy the new stuff every year, but no “good” bike has a lifespan that’s measured in months. Even if you race, I mean, come on. That’s why I thought I’d write about the build I recently did for my brother. I built his old bike up to be a really good bike, his only bike, but I think the topic is worthwhile to commuters who are getting ready to face winter and want a durable bike that’s not necessarily fast (I still think people, not bikes, are fast but maybe that’s just me), so they can leave their less hearty bike inside. In no way should this be considered a “beater” bike. It was good when its life started, but it needed some love after 18 years.