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Old 07-13-18, 09:48 PM
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A Grand Daughter's First Big Bike







This all started when I found this nice Fuji Mixte frame with a tange headset. Top tubes low enough my grand daughter could straddle, but big enough to grow into her adult bike some day.
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Next I found these very nice used Shimano 600 hubs with Mavic 700c rims.
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I new I needed long reach brakes and given a child's weaker hand's dual pivot to increase her grips force and found these Dia Compe dual pivot long reach. Interesting they did not come with a means to open the brake, so she will need to learn the art of wiggling tires in and out of the brakes but given her light weight air pressure should run very low to make things pretty easy. The Shimano brake levers allow adjustment for small hands so we can dial things in for her.
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A mix of Suntour derailleurs and shifters will handle the chain rings and freewheel. The thing of note are the stem shifters, these are quite long shift levers and for good reason, a child will have more leverage through these levers and thus needs less arm and hand strength to make shifts.
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Having leverage matters because she will be shifting a triple Specialized Flag crank with touring 46t 36t 26t chain rings. The latter really matters as she lives atop a ridge and must ride down and then up a quite steep grade, as well as to and from a river valley. That 26t will get much use.
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Finally lucked out on a Terry seat on sale whose colors are a very nice match with the bike's frame color and a set of Nitto swept back handlebars to make up for the reach she will grow into ( I will include a drop bar for the day she outgrows these pull back bars).

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So there is my first Grand Daughter bike (there will be three more to follow for her younger sisters and then the two grandsons-Grandparenting it's not a job-it's an adventure) ready to be boxed and then shipped off to France. I will remove the toe clips and include some VO half clips, but both can wait for the day she is ready and has mastered her first real bike. Can't wait to see her face when she opens the bike shipping box in late October.
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Thats such an amazing and thoughtful gift. You have a very lucky granddaughter!
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Thanks thisisapita I can't believe she just turned 8 time passes so fast, but Skype is a miracle of sorts to see and visit each week with her and her sisters. While this is an assembly of parts and odds and ends, it will always have some of me in it. I think she will know that.

I have a lovely Nishiki Competition loop frame step through waiting for her next sister, in two years time I will start its restoration for her.
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Oh, almost forgot a pair of vintage MKS Sylvan Pedals, once they were serviced with new grease they spin very smooth.
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Double Oops, forgot the SR Laprade fluted seat post. The only thing I worry about with this kind of post is riding in the rain with it all the way or close to all the way down the flutes can allow rain to pass through them like channels letting water into the seat tube and bottom bracket, never a good idea, have to ask how other's solve this issue. Suggestions?
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They don't have bicycles in France?


Seriously, despite your extremely generous gesture I'd expect that domestic market to have a much broader variety of bikes for young riders.
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They don't have bicycles in France?
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