My son is 15, soon to be 16. The fact that he still wants to ride with his dad enthuses me to no end, so I have a tendency to go overboard when it comes to bikes and stuff. He's got 3 of his own: his BMX racing bike, his BMX street bike, and his road bike.
His road bike *was* a Nishiki Altron NFS: a triathlon bike. While it was set up road-bike style, it was too big for him, had weird geometry, 650c wheels, and downtube shifters which caused him to be less than stable while shifting at speed. Plus it was a standard double which made it tough for him to keep up with me and his uncle on the hills (which he found very discouraging.)
Recently I was fortunate enough to come into an EXCELLENT quality 2003 Trek 1000 frame and fork, with a slew of the original parts in a 50cm sized frame. That's just his size frame. So I set to dismantling his Nishiki Altron NFS and my Nishiki International fixie conversion to scrape up all the parts needed to put this bike together for him. A few trips to the bike store for additional supplies, and here's what I came up with:
Sorry the low quality pic; my good digital camera is out of commission right now.
Here's the parts list: 2003 Trek 1000 frame/forks, Alex AT-450 wheels, Suntour Superbe triple-chainring crankset, Shimano 105 SPD-SL pedals, Shimano Sora brifters/front derailleur/rear derailleur, Suntour Cyclone NOS single-pivot brake calipers, Bontrager seat/seatpost, generic stem (that's the stem I am replacing from a link in the "I need a stem" thread I started the other day), and Motobecane handlebars.
He absolutely LOVES this bike. It fits him SO MUCH better, and he feels and looks so much more confident, secure, and stable riding this bike. And it looks like a brand new bike.