Jack, one of the owners of the shop, called me later Thursday afternoon to let me know the Vitus was ready and looking very sharp. Headed over to Gila Hike & Bike and the Vitus was leaning against the counter with a guy looking admiringly at it. I gave him a brief history of the bike, where I bought it (Fairwheel Bikes, Cycling Boutique .. Ralph has moved up the ladder a bit since I bought the Vitus. At that time, it was just Fairwheel Bikes.) and that I had just finished cleaning up the frame, removing tons of decals, etc. Jack asked me who put the decals on the Vitus. When I told him that I had, he made a slapping motion like he was slapping my face...I then told him, hey, it was over 20yrs old and had led a pretty conservative life up to that point, so I thought a little pizzazz would be ok. But, Jack was right, it looks so much better without the decals.
So, on with some photos...
|In All Its Glory...The Vitus Ready To Go. Note the new, white, handlebar tape. I need help, I swear...|
|The Vitus 979 Decal on the down tube|
|Hollowtech II Cranks with Shimano Dura Ace pedals|
|The one and only..BROOKS Professional leather saddle. |
My nephew, John, gave this to me as a Christmas present quite a while ago.
It was pre-softened and rode like a champ from day one.
This was the saddle I used on my 2010 cross country trek.
Finally, a tune to head out with...for my nephew, John, for the saddle and for turning me on to The Clash doing "London Calling". Slainte!