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    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
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    Baby Grouch builds an illegal bike.

    My youngest son is going to pick up his new road bike frame today. It's a Felt Something-or-Other that weighs less than 2 pounds. He's hopeing to build it up to break the 15 pound barrier.

    He's planning to bring it by tonight and assemble it into a rider. I get to tape the handlebars. Next weekend he hopes to have the spokes and Stan's rims for me to lace onto a King hubset for a sub 1,300 gram wheelset.

    Ain't dat exciting!

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    sweet
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    Defying the laws of Gravity, you are asking for trouble!!! Congrats and remember that pictures make it real for us.

    I've always wondered if Helium in the tires would make any difference.
    I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!

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    I think a couple guys named the Wright Brothers fooled around with bicycles and trying to make something so light it would float through the air. Better be careful: Your kid's going to need a pilot's license.
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    Soooooooooo, how much is he paying you????

    Mowing the lawn for about 5 years ought to cover the principal.......LOL

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    Let's see, the last time I checked my rate chart, the rate for taping handlebars is that you get the second ride on the new build.
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    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
    Let's see, the last time I checked my rate chart, the rate for taping handlebars is that you get the second ride on the new build.
    That sounds fair to me but I'm going to hold out until after he gets the hand built, 1,300 gram wheelset.

    Years ago this same son bought himself a Gary Fisher Joshua full suspension mountain bike. I had a ride scheduled that Saturday and, before he even had a chance to ride it, he offered it to me to ride. I told him that I couldn't ride his bike before he did. "What if I wipe out and ding it up?" "Dad," He said, "It's a mountain bike. You're supposed to wipe out and ding it up."

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    Senior Member Garilia's Avatar
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    Sounds like a great kid Groucho!
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    just keep riding BluesDawg's Avatar
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    Who knew Retro Grouch was Weight Weenie's dad?

    Sounds like a great kid and I bet it will be a great bike. Please post pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
    Who knew Retro Grouch was Weight Weenie's dad?

    Sounds like a great kid and I bet it will be a great bike. Please post pics.
    Could it be that Grouch, Jr. has a much larger weenie than his dad?

    You know, Grouch, I think your kid loves you!
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    Senior Member Retro Grouch's Avatar
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    He got his bike put together but didn't have a 10-speed Shimano chain pin so it skips a little. It's not going to break 15 pounds even when the new wheelset gets built. Probably 16 1/2 or 17 pounds is a reasonable guess. That's still pretty light.

    I asked him what he planned to do with his old frame. He said he'd like to put some wider tires on it to use on gravel roads which, I'm guessing, is code for Katy Trail. I just dug through my parts stash and, as near as I can tell, we're only a pair of brake calipers and a set of tires away. Anybody have a lightly used pair of road brake calipers?

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    Keep up the good work.

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