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After 6 Years...The Tete...is Done.

Old 07-27-10, 07:05 PM
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After 6 Years...The Tete...is Done.

6 years ago today, I delivered a Lemond Tete de Course frame to a local and very talented painter. The story of the delays and postponements became the stuff of legend here on BF and after 3 years, I stopped talking about it. Few here now will remember it.

Well, thanks to some persuasion and perseverance by my wonderful girlfriend Jan, I now have the completed frame. If I wasn't leaving for 10 days tomorrow, I would post photos...and the complete story. (Edit - photo on page 2)

At this point, I'm not sure what I am going to do with it. While it is VERY unique, it represents a completely different era in my cycling life...one that I have evolved and/or grown apart from.

I may build it or I may sell it. Or just keep it and do nothing for awhile. Maybe a long while. Regardless, I have it and I'm happy that the saga is complete.

FWIW...

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Old 07-27-10, 07:12 PM
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this probably justifies a national holiday
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I remember very vividly. I took 2 years off of the forums and recently returned. One of my first thoughts was wondering if I missed the pictures of your completed bike.

Glad that I did not miss the end of it.
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glad to hear it is finished and look forward to seeing some pics. We miss your insight around here!
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Wow, I remember the bike taking on some mythical status.. when people weren't joking about it. I guess it's good to get some sort of closure.
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10 days of suspense? fail! pics or it didn't happen.
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Rad, it's been forever since I've posted... but THIS is epic!

Congratulations, my friend!! :-)

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Old 07-27-10, 07:31 PM
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Well I am new so you will have to tell the whole story :-)
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I actually searched your posts yesterday to see if there was any update on the Tete. I'm glad to hear that you finally received it. So, would you recommend this painter.
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Old 07-27-10, 07:39 PM
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Holy. ****. I'm relatively new, at least well after this saga had started, and I'm surprised. I can't believe he actually finished the job.

Please at some point post the whole story, and give us some pictures!
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Well done for perservering with the saga. We will of course require pictures or it didn't happen.
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I only stayed around here to hear this. I can now leave these forums fulfilled.



Glad you got it. Way more patience that I would have ever had.
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Hang it on your wall.
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Jesus.
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Originally Posted by kergin View Post
Jesus.
What is it my son?
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I remember...well, Vinokurtov does anyway.

It sounds like things are looking up for you. Best wishes.
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Originally Posted by fordmanvt View Post
What is it my son?
How did Rad accomplish this? Is he not but merely a man?
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Oh excellent.

Imagine all the BikeForums members who have come and gone since that fateful day in 2004.
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People here don't get it.
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gawd. I may buy it or I may steal it...if you don't post some pictures.
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You know, after all this time I'm really more interested in seeing you post here than to see the bike. And the bike is gorgeous (I just know it is).
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I pop in here on occassion, glad I was here to catch this post. It's been a long time coming.
Well done, congrats!

I hope this doesn't mean the end of your participation on BFs (as some have implied in various post over the past couple of years).
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Originally Posted by racer ex View Post
i remember...well, vinokurtov does anyway.

It sounds like things are looking up for you. Best wishes.
lmfao
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6 years ago today, some of the regulars here weren't even born yet!
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Originally Posted by 55/Rad View Post
6 years ago today, I delivered a Lemond Tete de Course frame to a local and very talented painter. The story of the delays and postponements became the stuff of legend here on BF and after 3 years, I stopped talking about it. Few here now will remember it.

Well, thanks to some persuasion by my wonderful girlfriend, I now have the completed frame. If I wasn't leaving for 10 days tomorrow, I would post photos...and the complete story.

At this point, I'm not sure what I am going to do with it. While it is VERY unique, it represents a completely different era in my cycling life...one that I have evolved and/or grown apart from.

I may build it or I may sell it. Or just keep it and do nothing for awhile. Maybe a long while. Regardless, I have it and I'm happy that the saga is complete.

FWIW...

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55/Rad,

It is clear to me from looking at the bikes you've designed that you are an amazing artist. I can't wait for the day when I can afford to buy a "55/Rad" designed bike (and I am not kidding about that). I for one would love to see the pictures of the bike along with an explanation from you about the evolution of your design choices. It actually will be a very interesting glimpse into the early influences in your artwork and how it carries over to your current designs.

Looking forward to it!
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pics required.
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