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Old 02-05-13, 01:39 PM
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My questions is... how do you ride out to an island?
Most of the islands large enough for bridges have them down here. It makes for some of the only climbing to be had.
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Oh, forgot- I bought the bike sans pedals for $230. Fair price?
Yes; $230 is a very fair price for an early nineties Series 3 Paramount.
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So we talked over coffee about how after the initial start-up cost, cycling would be a great low cost and healthy way to spend time together, how he wouldn't have to wear skin-tight clothes to be comfortable on a road bike, etc, etc. So he let me buy him an early birthday present.
I brought it home yesterday:





Now I want to know: was it wrong of me to have a bike in mind before we even went out for the ride?
What a wonderful story! May you two have many happy miles together...riding with my wife is the best thing ever.
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Thanks, guys. I knew you'd be supportive.

I love that color scheme, Thrifty Bill. Mr. Wompus's bike has the red splatter over the blue, so he and I are discussing what colors would look best for tape and tires, etc. I'm going to post better pictures in a new thread so you guys can give me some ideas.
The neon green bartape came from Nashbar, its their own brand. They call the color "radioactive green." The green housing came from Niagara (I buy it in 50 ft rolls), the red on the ends of the bar tape is red silicone tape.

I bought that neon green bar tape on a lark. Then my wife's hairdresser wanted a bike, her one request was that it be "pretty".

Since then I've used that bar tape on other bikes, like this black S12S. I rarely/never use black bar tape. I am actually right now working on my first rehab with black tape in about 500 bikes. Green is one of the contrast colors in the headbadge and on the seat tube stripes.

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I am a little afraid that she'll get the C&V bug herself though. She's an artist, craftsperson, builds cigar box guitars, frequently makes costumes for the entire cast of the HS play, has spun wool for weaving, basically can make anything she puts her mind to. If she gets it into her head to do wrenching, she will overwhelm me.

I like her already. Let her get into wrenching, convince her to think of tools as accessories, and you'll never want for a blue-handled tool again.

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The neon green bartape came from Nashbar, its their own brand. They call the color "radioactive green." The green housing came from Niagara (I buy it in 50 ft rolls), the red on the ends of the bar tape is red silicone tape.

I bought that neon green bar tape on a lark. Then my wife's hairdresser wanted a bike, her one request was that it be "pretty".

Since then I've used that bar tape on other bikes, like this black S12S. I rarely/never use black bar tape. I am actually right now working on my first rehab with black tape in about 500 bikes. Green is one of the contrast colors in the headbadge and on the seat tube stripes.


Niiiiiiice! That's it- I'm going outside for a proper photo session with the new steed. I want to see more pictures like that from everyone. MOAR!
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Originally Posted by Cattywompus View Post
So he let me buy him an early birthday present.
I brought it home yesterday:


Now I want to know: was it wrong of me to have a bike in mind before we even went out for the ride?
Sweet baby jesus, that's a nice first road bike. and for your question, no it's not wrong, not if it's a C&V Schwinn paramount.
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Originally Posted by puchfinnland View Post
I then bought Nelli her first roadbike...
Sorry, couldn't resist..
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Lady buys her man a $230 Paramount and has an EM ace-in-th-hole.
When he is ready to move up to a ______, she'll have a vintageMasi, DeRosa or Colnago (or something) waiting in the wings.

N+1 has nothing on CattyWompus.
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Lady buys her man a $230 Paramount and has an EM ace-in-th-hole.
When he is ready to move up to a ______, she'll have a vintageMasi, DeRosa or Colnago (or something) waiting in the wings.

N+1 has nothing on CattyWompus.


If anyone in the Heavens above is taking requests right now, please,PLEASE listen to Wildwood! coughDeRosa​cough
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Originally Posted by theEconomist View Post
Sorry, couldn't resist..
With those eyes? Who could say no?
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Wow, lots of great bike eye candy in this tread. Love the Paramount and the Merckx. You guys will have a great time on them. I'm still slowly working on my wife's Tommasini with the hopes that it will be done by Spring.
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If anyone in the Heavens above is taking requests right now, please,PLEASE listen to Wildwood! coughDeRosa​cough
The Pope rode Colnago, not sure if DeRosa requests get answered in Heaven. They ride Devilishly sweeet.
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Pictures, man! Tommasinis have great paint schemes- show it off!
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The Pope rode Colnago, not sure if DeRosa requests get answered in Heaven. They ride Devilishly sweeet.
Okay, so a St. Christopher headbadge for a Colnalgo, and a St. Michael headbadge for a DeRosa, right?
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Oh, forgot- I bought the bike sans pedals for $230. Fair price?
Not at all. It's a terribly unfair price, for the seller. Seriously, that's the deal of the year.

Are you and he the same size? That would be a lucky thing if you can swap bikes.
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Not at all. It's a terribly unfair price, for the seller. Seriously, that's the deal of the year.

Are you and he the same size? That would be a lucky thing if you can swap bikes.

We're actually pretty close in stride length. He's longer in the torso, though. But how cool would that be? Race out on one bike, switch at the turn-around, and race back! Oh, this is gonna get good!
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I hope you guys understand how competitive this might get. We've been beating the tar out of each other since before we started dating:
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That's typical. For a man and woman of the same height, the woman will have the longer legs.

My mother is 5'4" and I'm 5'9" yet we didn't have to move the driver's seat forward or back when we shared a car. I have unusually short legs for someone of my height.
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Originally Posted by Cattywompus View Post
I hope you guys understand how competitive this might get. We've been beating the tar out of each other since before we started dating:
OK, you earned your bragging rights here.

Don't be too tough on him. You know how delicate a man's ego can be.
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Not at all. It's a terribly unfair price, for the seller. Seriously, that's the deal of the year.
It gets better: the seller didn't want to make the deal on Sunday so he met me halfway yesterday. It saved me an hour of driving.

The man has seven kids and still has time to ride. I was impressed.
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Okay, so a St. Christopher headbadge for a Colnalgo, and a St. Michael headbadge for a DeRosa, right?
St Michael? (thanks Wiki).
I was thinking more like owning a bike that just makes you want to 'ride it like you stole it' - faster all the time.
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Pictures, man! Tommasinis have great paint schemes- show it off!
Did someone ask for Tommasini pics? OK, my Tommasini, with radioactive green bar tape and cable housing. Picked this one up off C/L last summer. It sat there for almost two weeks. Sure it had some challenges, but the price was right. Of course, it was 240 miles away, one way. Lots of nicer Tommasinis on this forum. But within my budget, this was a pretty nice find (mostly 8 speed DA 7400 STI, with some tricolor bits).


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A 'rule' in the screenwriting of romantic movies, esp rom-coms, is that whatever travails the couple must go through before the happy-ever-after ending, they must 'meet cute.'

You guys definitely have that handled. I hereby call dibs on your story, and am registering it with the Writers' Guild-West.

Now I just need to figure out how to write a screenplay.

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