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Old 04-07-16, 10:58 AM
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Build a bike

I just picked up a Colossi Rambler mixte and some polished tb14's for a birthday gift for my girlfriend.



I have a pair of 70's drilled and polished sugino cranks for it and a plain jane silver seat post that I'd be tempted to replace with a Miche supertype.

maybe???

I'm having trouble finishing the build though.Pasela gumwalls or something all black? Cork grips on risers or something with a low key backwards swoop? Add some color in the front brake line? Stems other than Thomas that still look good in silver.
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Old 04-07-16, 02:28 PM
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Gumwalls. I think you have the right idea for handlebars as well. VO Stem. White cable(s) would like nice, or ones that match the paint.
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Old 04-07-16, 03:18 PM
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Nah, needs track drops.
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Definitely gumwalls. I'm not sure I'd do the Supertype, I'd stick with a more traditional silver post for the mixte frame. I think white on the brake cable housing and bars with some backsweep, cork grips should look perfect. Should be a great-looking build.
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Did you ask her what she wants on the bike?
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Old 04-08-16, 04:26 AM
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Did you ask her what she wants on the bike?
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This isn't about her.

This is just a chance to build a sw8 fixte.
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Old 04-08-16, 09:31 AM
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he mentioned it being a bday gift. kinda hard to say "say girl...what kind of handlebars you want on this bike I'm surprising you with?!"
use a bar like the soma Oxford or similar. it'll put her in a comfy riding position and look good with a mixte frame.
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Old 04-08-16, 12:27 PM
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I'm really excited to see this finished.
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Lmao with some of the replies. Oh, and gumwalls.
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Gumwalls for sure, and perhaps something like Noah's Arcs for the bars
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Originally Posted by johnnytheboy View Post
he mentioned it being a bday gift. kinda hard to say "say girl...what kind of handlebars you want on this bike I'm surprising you with?!"
use a bar like the soma Oxford or similar. it'll put her in a comfy riding position and look good with a mixte frame.
Tried this before. Surprises when it comes to bikes rarely work out when we are dealing with most females. The best thing I have found out was to find out what they like and want, and go from there.
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
Tried this before. Surprises when it comes to bikes rarely work out when we are dealing with most females. The best thing I have found out was to find out what they like and want, and go from there.
Maybe my wife isn't like "most females" but if I were to build her a nice bike for her birthday she would just be thrilled that I built her a bike for her birthday. I find it hard to believe that his girlfriend would be like "Those are some nice gumwalls, but wtf is up with the jank seat post and handlebars?". I agree with the Oxford-esque handlebar suggestion though!

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Velo Orange Tourist bars are real nice. I put one on my GF's bike and she loves it. It's a pretty good all around bar that fits the look for a more relaxed style bike.

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Originally Posted by johnnytheboy View Post
he mentioned it being a bday gift. kinda hard to say "say girl...what kind of handlebars you want on this bike I'm surprising you with?!"
Assuming TenSpeedV2 is a straight male, and his girlfriend built him a bike based on the input from strangers—without anyone involved knowing the intricate details of his aesthetic preferences—he would have a bike with gumwall tires.

Had his girlfriend said to him: “Happy birthday! I’ve gotten almost everything we need to build you a gorgeous bicycle—look at how beautiful this frame is—though there are a few things I wanted to get your opinion on, so let’s go to the shop right now to finish this thing up!”—he would have a bicycle without gumwall tires.

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If she didn't reply to this thread, she probably doesn't care as much as any of us do.
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(Nixed. I can't believe I fell for the bait in 2016.)

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Originally Posted by ethet View Post
Assuming TenSpeedV2 is a straight male, and his girlfriend built him a bike based on the input from strangers—without anyone involved knowing the intricate details of his aesthetic preferences—he would have a bike with gumwall tires.

Had his girlfriend said to him: “Happy birthday! I’ve gotten almost everything we need to build you a gorgeous bicycle—look at how beautiful this frame is—though there are a few things I wanted to get your opinion on, so let’s go to the shop right now to finish this thing up!”—he would have a bicycle without gumwall tires.
I heart this. And yes, straight male. Girlfriend status is currently on hiatus. Timeline unknown.
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She is just getting into cycling. Really enjoying it but always has to borrow a bike. I know her tastes pretty well and dropped some questions inconspicuously. The color frame is what it is; ex-display frame so a bit of a sale, buying a Colossi living in the US at all was pretty tough, especially given that I only left myself ~2 weeks before her birthday. If as she rides it she decides to change a couple parts that's cool; I'd be happy to add anything I bought for this bike to my parts bin.

And for reals, I'm giving her like a $900 birthday gift, she can deal with it. It's going to have cheap ugly practical pedals for now until/if she decides on clips and straps or clipless, you guys can deal with that.
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Old 04-24-16, 10:52 PM
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That bike is hella dope. A+
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I see you don't like her enough to put brakes on her bike.
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Old 04-26-16, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
I see you don't like her enough to put brakes on her bike.
Like all great well thought out bike builds I ran out of money before buying one. We went to a lbs a few days ago and she picked one out, as seen in the big pic thread.
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