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    You rule man!

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    Here's a slideshow from my day at the barn yesterday.

    It shows Tom setting up my wheels, making final drive train adjustments, wrapping bars and handing off my new Spectrum. Great experience. About to take it out for its first ride. (Also ran into TT there picking up the bike in his surprise video. Very nice!)

    I'll add some photos of the bike to this gallery later.

    Mike
     

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    Good to met you Mike and your tolerant wife ;) Great bike, I love seeing simple purpose built rigs and that's a winner for sure. Sorry to run off. T.K. knocked the stuffing out of me on a bike ride that morning and still had to "setup" the surprise for Queen.

    Below a few pics. of our ride today in a mist with my better half. She is NUTS about the bike. This is a refinement on her Pegoretti which was a darn fine fit and is a great bike. You can see she is a bit leggy so slackening the STA and all of T.K.s amazing magic resulted in her looked even better on the bike. The old lady rides bikes. She is traditional and prefers non-nonsense race bikes with proper setback, healthy bar drop and stable handling. As always T.K. delivers the goods. Tom is rightfully regarded as one of the finest bicycle builders in the world. BTW he can paint a bike too yo. HOLY crow you should see how well he executed the pearl white and note the sharp details. Ouch. I really dislike top tube mounted frame pumps so I asked T.K. to add a Ti pump peg on the seatstay, works nice :)

    More pics. to come after the camera is charged.

    Way to go T.K. You rock.
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    beautiful bike. wow. and it's a better ride than a peg?? (which peg?) nice...
     

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    TT, Spectacular Spectrum, What tires are those?
     

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    To see TT and his queen pedaling off into the sunset together -- a beautiful sight.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by VA_MEL View Post
    Great photos, Mike. The one of the barn could be a postcard. And the one with Colby was particularly touching.
     

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    hell of a surprise, hell of a bike -- very classy. well done!

    also, i really like the bare 'spectrum' on the dt (was admiring it in fnl).
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhoff View Post
    TT, Spectacular Spectrum, What tires are those?
    Those are my last of a dwindling stash of NOS Vittoria Open Corsa cinchers. They USED to make them with skinwalls, what a whacky concept eh?
    FWIIW the wheels are velocity aerohead rims, new 28 hole DA hubs radial front and rear is radial and 2X. An tip of the hat to what we thought was cool back in the late 70's and 80's. Using the right spokes and the right rider it is a super comfortable build and plenty durable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drbdr View Post
    Call it a tool if you must.

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    Riding it for the first time was like being a kid again.

    Thank you, Tom and Jeff.
    Ben,
    That's one beauty!!! Great to see the finished bike.
     

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    So cool, maybe my favorite gallery post ever. Long live the Queen.

    And Ben. . .yes, brother.
     

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    Josh, Nice super surprise treat for one class gal!
     

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    Nice new Spectrum!
    Very sharp Spectrum graphics on forks, what kind are they?
    Looking forward to more detailed full-bike photographs.
     

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    Doing up this bike was a real treat for us. First, of course because it was going to be for Doreen. Second, because Josh is a hoot to work with any time. Third, for the surprise. Actually we do this sort of thing quite a lot. Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas, etc. Lots of excuses. Doing secret fittings can be difficult if not impossible. We have handled the secrecy issue a number of ways in the past ...

    - Like in Doreen's case, we can simply secretly observe the rider on an existing bike, take measurements from that bike on the sly, and work from there. Sleezy, I know, but it works.

    - We can do a "fitting" for the person getting the gift with the story that the fitting is only being done in an effort to improve the rider's comfort, efficiency, etc. on the existing bike. While taking all the information down that we will need to actually design and build a proper custom bike.

    - If all else fails, we will offer to make up a "gift certificate" for the recipient so that the giver can present them with something on their birthday, anniversary, etc. Then, the actual fitting comes after the surprise.

    I do think that it really is something special when someone gives a gift like this. Of course, buying a bike for someone, or for yourself is a great thing, but a gift is something else again. Thanks for the compliments, but Josh gets the credit on this one. I just don't get how he ended up with such a classy wife. Did he knock her out and drag her home one dark night?

    Below are a few shots of Doreen's frame during the finishing process. With the exception of the photo of the outlined Ti "M," all of these shots are at least a few steps before final clearing. A bit rough, but you get the idea. Actually, a pretty simple look. It was quite a bit of work, but the straight ahead look of it appeals to me and Doreen has no interest in candy five tone flame paint jobs with airbrushed frogs and daises. This is her look. Her beloved Peg and her Bedford are straight forward as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue Jays View Post
    Very sharp Spectrum graphics on forks, what kind are they?
    The lettering on the forks and on the seat stays are done with computer cut vinyl masks and Imron mixing base #544. The ones on the fork were straight forward since the shape of the fork is a simple curve. However on the seat stays, the curve is complex because of the die formed stays. Getting the masks to lay down was an exercise in creative flexing. The vinyl does not stretch enough to just force it down. I needed to slit the vinyl every 10-12mm and then mask over the slits. It worked, but it took more time than expected. Looks cool though. "Team Issue" Too bad there's no team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    During Va Spring Training Camp T.K. and I secretly plotted to spec. a custom super Ti for Queen. Everything came together yesterday when I pre-placed the finished bike at a pals house for Queen to "discover" ;)

    Excuse the cr@ptastic video, I was not very focused and trying to hide the camera! High quality pics. forthcoming.
    You are a wonderful and giving man.
     

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    Default Re: Suprise Custom Spectrum for Queen

    that last pic is perfect-that's why we ride bikes-that great smile says it all.
     

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    Some shots of my new Spectrum. Intended for club rides, centuries, etc. Force build with DA wheels and pedals that I brought over from another bike. Hope to get a long ride on it this weekend. From the short rides so far, I'm loving it.









     

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    What did you call that bike? A reverse Mullett? Looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    What did you call that bike? A reverse Mullett? Looks great.
    Thanks. Tom did a lovely job with the paint. I think it's attractive while also reserved. Just what I wanted. Now, the candy apple red bike that was in the barn while I was there was amazingly beautiful. The owner of that bike needs to be outgoing because it's an attention magnet. Yowza!
     

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