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Old 01-03-11, 03:34 PM
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Christmas was good to my son!

I'm sure some of you saw this when I first got it and after one attempt listing it on E-bay without a sale I decided on a different plan.

I had left it hanging in the garage for a couple months and then a couple weeks before Christmas I took it to wrk and told my son I had sold it, In fact I took it to my mothers house and stored in the rafters of her garage until Christmas eve when we gave it to him for Christmas.

I wasn't allowed to post this here until school started back up today since my sons teacher is a member here and he wanted to tell him in person.

My 12 year old son is now the proud owner of a Vitus 979













It's got a couple minor cosmetic issues but it's in beautiful shape otherwise and it should work for him for a very long time unless he outgrows it.

So now when we take a family ride three of us will be on vintage French steeds.
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Old 01-03-11, 04:21 PM
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Want to adopt me?
LOL, to be honest I'm a bit jealous of him myself as I think it's an absolutely goregeous bike but it's far too small for me.
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Almost forgot to add this most recent pic of it hanging on my Christmas present which is a Feedback bike repair stand.

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That's a beauty, he's a lucky boy. How do you like the Feedback stand, my LBS has one on sale and it looks pretty nice?
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Definitely a lucky boy!
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Hopefully the lad will ride it like Sean Kelley.
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Old 01-03-11, 05:58 PM
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He was so proud today at school, he was bursting!

As for Sean Kelley, that may work out, or maybe as an engineer for Apple computer.

Very talented lad you have there sir.
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Originally Posted by Capecodder
That's a beauty, he's a lucky boy. How do you like the Feedback stand, my LBS has one on sale and it looks pretty nice?
I've not done anything more than hang the Vitus from it so far but it seems VERY solid and well built and it folds down to a very easy to store size.

I can't wait for warmer weather to put it to good use.
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Originally Posted by gomango
He was so proud today at school, he was bursting!

As for Sean Kelley, that may work out, or maybe as an engineer for Apple computer.

Very talented lad you have there sir.
Thank you, He's a very, very lucky boy to have such a great teacher for his final year of elementary school!

I'm hoping that by the end of next summer I'll be struggling to keep up with him on our long rides.
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what a great present, your son must be very happy. I never knew Vitus had a charging Viking for a headbadge

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Originally Posted by FORDSVTPARTS
Thank you, He's a very, very lucky boy to have such a great teacher for his final year of elementary school!

I'm hoping that by the end of next summer I'll be struggling to keep up with him on our long rides.
Thank you so much!!!

You never know where these passions take our kids.

Bike building maybe?

Nice bike by the way.
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what a great present, your son must be very happy. I never knew Vitus had a charging Viking for a headbadge
I don't think it had a headbadge but I thought the sticker was kind of interesting so I left it on there, I'll leave it up to my son to decide if he wants to remove it.

It's also sort of appropriate since I've got a lot of Norwegian blood on my side of the family
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Originally Posted by gomango
Thank you so much!!!

You never know where these passions take our kids.

Bike building maybe?

Nice bike by the way.
I just want to see him get farther than I did and I want him to do something he loves to do.

I'm pretty sure the bike thing will stick with him, he's already planning on new pedals for the Vitus since it has those nasty plastic things on it right now.
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Holy carp. Gomango is FORDSVTPARTS' son's teacher.

Whoda thunk?
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Holy carp. Gomango is FORDSVTPARTS' son's teacher.

Whoda thunk?
Yeah, kind of bizarre. My son really didn't get along with his teacher last year (first time ever) and then this last year he and I really got in to biking and working on bikes and then when school starts he ends up with a great teacher who also turns out to be a bigger bike nut than I/we are.

Gomango has truly been a blessing in our sons life this year, he's really loving school again and enjoying himself.
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Originally Posted by FORDSVTPARTS
I don't think it had a headbadge but I thought the sticker was kind of interesting so I left it on there, I'll leave it up to my son to decide if he wants to remove it.

It's also sort of appropriate since I've got a lot of Norwegian blood on my side of the family
Knew there was a reason I liked you, aside from building up way cool bikes for your son.
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tell your son that it's not just the "old guys" that think it is a cool bike


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He was so proud today at school, he was bursting!

As for Sean Kelley, that may work out, or maybe as an engineer for Apple computer.

Very talented lad you have there sir.
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Holy carp. Gomango is FORDSVTPARTS' son's teacher.

Whoda thunk?
so you are a teacher

we should have a twin cities get together sometime. i have only met keith (khatfull) in person but look forward meeting/riding with more of you in the future.
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i know it may be a 1 in a million chance, but if i drooled on your svt cobra during a north st paul car show i am sorry.
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There goes my super secret identity!

Can't tell everyone I am a former F-1 driver anymore, now can I ?

Let's figure out what kind of pedals he wants on the Vitus. I probably only have a dozen sets around here.

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That's awesome! Is your son way into cycling?
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i dont want to undercut Grady, but i may have some like new mks sylvan lite pedals i dont need.

they were taken apart, greased, set, had power straps bolted to them, and were ridden like 20 miles.

(they are also currently in my fiances possession on the twin cities)

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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird
i dont want to undercut Grady, but i may have some like new mks sylvan lite pedals i dont need.

they were taken apart, greased, set, had power straps bolted to them, and were ridden like 20 miles.

(they are also currently in my fiances possession on the twin cities)

Can't beat that.

Those are super classy!

Mine are, shall we say, dusty!
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Can't beat that.

Those are super classy!

Mine are, shall we say, dusty!
the only consern may be my unwillingness to "give" them away, but i may be persuaded to let them go cheap.
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird
we should have a twin cities get together sometime. i have only met keith (khatfull) in person but look forward meeting/riding with more of you in the future.
That's a great idea.

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i know it may be a 1 in a million chance, but if i drooled on your svt cobra during a north st paul car show i am sorry.
I actually drive an SVT Focus and I work at a Ford dealer doing internet sales on OEM and Ford Racing parts, I use the same user name everywhere to keep myself sane.

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Let's figure out what kind of pedals he wants on the Vitus. I probably only have a dozen sets around here.
Thanks for the offer, that would be great!

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That's awesome! Is your son way into cycling?
He practically lived on his bike last summer and he really got me back into it last year as well, our longest rides so far have been about 26 miles on the Gateway trail up here but we're hoping to do the MS150 this summer.

You can see his list of bikes in my sig and that's not including two or three he sold last year to fund new bikes.

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the only consern may be my unwillingness to "give" them away, but i may be persuaded to let them go cheap.
I'll PM you, thanks very much for the offer.
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