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Old 04-03-2009, 04:46 PM
tuscanyswe tuscanyswe is offline
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A bike for dad

Finally got this build together for my 70 year old dad. Hoping it will inspire him to get the extra exercise that we all need, esp at his age.

Whats even more fun to me with this build, is that hes never had a modern quality bike. So the usuall agony of selecting the parts (okay, i enjoy it) and waiting for them to arrive was all worth it when i saw him smiling in that special way you only do when you are truly happily suprised.

The change from a poor serviced, non shifting, squeeling 15 kg noname citybike was obvious and written all over his face.

Im glad i now got another bikenut in the family to share my interest with to some extent atleast. He was actually interested in talking wheels with me

Still need to change the velo-orange stem as i think it was abit chunky looking and abit to silver for this bike. So anyone got a ti stem in 90 or a 100mm pm me pls

Other than that the bike runs great with a snappy racing feel to it. In dads words "this is my Ferrari"

Tiarrow frame
Alpha fork
Complete veloce with stronglite chainrings (veloce rings dident look that nice)
Nitto 177 bars
Salsa cross levers
Handlebra wrap (thanks ahneida ride) Feels great!
Record silver hubs laced to open pros (thank dekonick)
Sefal clip on fenders
Brooks swallow record post etc.

Sry for crappy pics, ill get some new ones on the field when we go riding together

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Old 04-03-2009, 06:10 PM
legacysti888 legacysti888 is offline
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If he doesn't ride or like it, can I have it?

That's one cool rig!

Awesome job!
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:40 PM
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nice build, nice story too ...i'll bet dad feels like a kid again
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:42 PM
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Very nice!

Ask him if he can touch his toes. If not, consider flipping the stem.
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Old 04-03-2009, 06:52 PM
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Thanks

Legacy- i feel confident enough to say YES. If he doesent like it its yours

BidD- He looked like a kid on xmas, awsome, cant remember when i saw him like that

TimD- You r right, its in the works but i have tried 3 different stems allrdy and i dident like either of them (im cursed with the picky gene). Dad prolly wouldent c the difference so that part is more about pleasing me i guess. If i cant find a nice ti stem im going with a 90mm thomson. That will shave more than 2 cm reach and a sore back. Both me and dad have pretty long torsos so its not really that much of a drop today.
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Old 04-03-2009, 07:04 PM
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Very nice gift. Can't wait for the ride report with pics. Great that your dad is game.
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:12 PM
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Very nice gift. Can't wait for the ride report with pics. Great that your dad is game.
Gift is free so cant call it a gift i guess. But the price was a give away.
My time invested was wellspent, he loves it. Last night when they were going to the movies, they were to late to book tickets online and dad says il ride and get em. Unheard of !
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:30 PM
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wow

that is a brilliant build... it is inspirational.
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Old 10-08-2022, 11:04 AM
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13 years later and dad now 85. Bike still appreciated as is the lifetime service and repair program it came with. Todays fix was a puncture that turned out not to be a puncture.. But at least he now got a spare tube for future imaginary punctures .)

Now wrocking some campy flatbar levers and a more prostate friendly saddle to better suit the age bracket.
I testrode it a bit and i must say i really like it. Light and nimble and surprisingly comfortable. Pity it wont take large tires as i think he would enjoy that quite a bit better but no go with anything larger than 25s. Bit jealous of that campy ti post as i currently dont own one (how can this be??) . Mostly im thankfull my dad is in such good health so he can use and enjoy to ride his bike down town for errands and the like at his age. I hope im as agile as him at this age.





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Old 10-08-2022, 11:09 AM
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Old 10-08-2022, 11:28 AM
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Outstanding! I will strive follow your dad’s example.
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Old 10-08-2022, 05:11 PM
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This is awesome, great update!
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Old 10-08-2022, 10:54 PM
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Your dad is my inspiration. I believe bicycling is the real fountain of youth. Looking forward to seeing the next update in 5 years!
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