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.