Back in 97 I bought my De Rosa frame and built it up with a hotchpotch of the campag parts I had to hand - mostly Chorus and Athena.
By my wedding in 99, which I rode it halfway across Denmark to get to, it was all Chorus but with Dura-Ace brake calipers and SPD-Rs.
By 2002 I was starting to think that it would one day have classic status and maybe I should change everything to the last alloy-levered generation of Record.
By 2006 I'd pretty much got everything - but the cranks were 10-speed 172s and the front mech wasn't the right model. Tyres were also "wrong".
2008 I managed to get a Fizik Pave saddle with the right date stamp.
2010 I managed to get some suitably nice Conti GP3000s in the same grey colour as the frame. And the right 9-speed chainrings.
Last weekend I went out on a 150km ride and had to clean the bike.
YESTERDAY.... I fitted the final part of the puzzle - a correct 170mm 9-speed chainset with much nicer chainrings than the other one, that had arrived that morning. Elation!
While polishing it - I noticed - a 1cm tear in the rear tyre..... CRAP!!! Will this project EVER end? It's been going on longer than my marriage! And we've been married since 1999!
Completed: 94 Stumpjumper w. M733; ; 92 Dave Yates 731 ; 97 Parkpre Pro-Elite ; Pace RC200 F6 ; Pace RC300; 82 Gios Super Record ; 97-8 De Rosa Giro D´Italia; ; Banani SPX Track bike ; 89 Alan/Mavic Cross Bike ; 05 Focus Cross Team ; 90 Look MI-80 all-Mavic ; 12 Focus Izalco Team/custom build ; 11 Focus Thunder Custom build
Projects : , Brouwer all-Mavic
Stripped : Pace RC303
Gone : GT Karakoram
Stayed in the family: Kuota Kharma, 04 Stumpjumper FSR
Ceased to be : Dynatech MT3, killed by corroded seatstays.