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Steve Bauer Boreas

Old 05-04-14, 09:04 PM
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Steve Bauer Boreas

It took quite a while to find the wife a suitable road bike in her size, especially at my price point(dirt cheap), but patience paid off. It needed to be lightweight and indexed, as this will be her first proper road bike, and I want her to be able to enjoy it thoroughly. I think Tange Infinity and Shimano 105 fit the bill pretty well, and the price was a song.
The bike seems to have been hanging in the basement for some years, but there is only minor cosmetic blemishes to take care of, the rest was protected by dust. I already took the fork off and cleaned/repacked the bearings, and cleaned up the front wheel. Bike is all original except for the rear rim, which the original O says was replaced shortly after purchasing due to defect.
We drove 40 minutes through a deluge to get it, that was the only downer. I was white-knuckeling the steering wheel, while stick behind semis in torrential downpour for more than half the way there. The only upgrade will be new brake cables and inline levers, and possibly a new seat, if this one does not clean up well. Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic, more will come...
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The early Steve Bauers were very nice Japanese produced bicycles. The finish and equipment were all you would expect from Japanese construction with the added bonus that Steve actually had input into the designs. The very top of the line racing bikes were Italian made to Steve's specification. From the photo, it looks as though you have one of the better early bikes before downspeccing to lower price points and Taiwanese production lowered the bikes' quality. I hope your wife enjoys her Bauer.
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