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Old 12-25-11, 10:13 AM   #1
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Secret Christmas Bike Build Revealed

After weeks of sneaking around and diverting attention, I finally got to bring the bike I've been building for my son out into the open today. He has been riding the first road bike I built for him since he was 10 and it was a little too big until lately at 16 when it was clearly too small. With adjustments and stem swaps I had kept it reasonably well fitting, but it was definitely time for a larger bike.

I hid the bike in the laundry room last night, same as I had done with the old bike. When he found it, at first he thought I had just spruced up the old bike until I had him straddle it. Then he knew it was a new frame.


bike found by BluesDawg, on Flickr

The old bike was built on a cheap Nashbar aluminum frame which was surprisingly well designed and serviceable. When I saw that the new version of the same frame was on sale recently, I jumped and got it and a carbon fork for cheap. I took the old 105 8 speed brifters, front derailleur and brakes from the old bike as they still work very well. NOS Deore rear derailleur and 12-32 cassette came from my stash from earlier online bargains. I took the CXP-33/Ultegra wheels I have been using on my Salsa (giving me an excuse to build myself replacements). The stem, seat post and saddle were spare parts that came on the Salsa originally but had been replaced unused. Sugino crank, Look style pedals and bottle cages came from my demised Bridgestone, Ribby. New headset, chain, tires, bar tape, cables and housing came from the LBS, Oconee Outfitters, who let me use their tools and workstand to build up the bike.


bike1 by BluesDawg, on Flickr

I think it turned out very nicely. We'll try it out tomorrow on the club ride.

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Old 12-25-11, 10:36 AM   #2
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I like it. It has a "no nonsense" look to it.
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Old 12-25-11, 11:04 AM   #3
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Nice build. Also very cool your LBS was so helpful.
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Old 12-25-11, 11:05 AM   #4
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What a super gesture to build a bike for your son as a Christmas gift. Good show Blues Dawg!

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Old 12-25-11, 11:08 AM   #5
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Well done Sir.
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Old 12-25-11, 11:16 AM   #6
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Now thats a real christmas present from a real Dad
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Old 12-25-11, 11:30 AM   #7
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Wow! What a GREAT GIFT(yes, I know I'm shouting)!
Will you adopt me? I'd love a new bike for my birthday
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Old 12-25-11, 11:33 AM   #8
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you're a good dad. Well done.
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Old 12-25-11, 11:43 AM   #9
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Well done, [strike]Santa[/strike], BluesDawg, well done. Now that's a Christmas present your son will certainly remember. I hope he has many enjoyable miles on it.
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Old 12-25-11, 01:51 PM   #10
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It's beautiful! I can see from your son's expression that he thinks so, too! When is the first ride?
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Old 12-25-11, 02:35 PM   #11
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Awesome dad.
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I love that kind of project. I think that it's kind of like firewood.

Firewood warms you twice, once when you split it and once when you burn it. You also get to enjoy bike builds twice, once when you build it and once when you ride it.
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Old 12-25-11, 02:56 PM   #13
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Good Take--Hiding the bike in the one room your son will NEVER enter.

Good one for Santa.
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+1

Super cool!!
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Old 12-25-11, 03:07 PM   #15
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Fantastic present! I know that you have already received a request for adoption: would you take two?
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very cool.
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That should last many years and brings thousands of miles of enjoyment. Great!
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What a great present for your son Enjoy the ride.
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Wonderful Christmas present! Very clean looking bike.
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Your son is one lucky dude it seems*. Good on ya sport ......

*to have such an old man
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Old 12-25-11, 07:50 PM   #21
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Nothin' but class...all the way around.
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That looks really nice! What a great gift.



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Good Take--Hiding the bike in the one room your son will NEVER enter.
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Old 12-25-11, 09:21 PM   #23
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Excellent build Bluesdawg!

Keep the cycling in Christmas!

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Old 12-26-11, 12:03 AM   #24
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Bar tape ads a nice whimsical touch to the otherwise "no nonsense" build. I am never brave enough to go that route but it works pretty well for you.
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Old 12-26-11, 06:10 PM   #25
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I put precisely the same bar tape on my son's bike when I put the same (except blue) tape on my bike. Turned out not be the best move. While I might have made a different tape choice, it looks and sounds to be a wonderful present.
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