[CR]Pleasantly surprized at Velo '06

From: "John" <mrsummit@adelphia.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2006 20:47:03 -0700
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Subject: [CR]Pleasantly surprized at Velo '06

Greetings to all, especially the local SoCal "CR" gang,

Well, I don't know where to start, this was my 4th "VR", I have enjoyed each one more than the previous, they just keep getting better..... I do enjoy seeing our local "CR" crowd and especially the out of towner's, who I only get to see once or twice a year... I was very humbly surprised when Chuck said "bring your bike over" I really didn't expect anything, though to be honest, I had hope :-) This bike has been long in the process and had to come together in very short time, yikes!! But, Ed Litton sent it just in time and then to add more drama, the week before "Velo", we had planned our vacation, so I only had a week to pull it together....... I hadn't seen the parts tub in quite a while!! Geez, what's missing?, what needs polishing?, what needs to be re-chromed?? Well, the chrome was out for sure.... So, I furiously called and emailed a few listmembers to ask a bunch of "What's correct??" questions......
   I bought this bike as a project, a frame and a pile of parts, mostly all there..... I slowly collected what I needed and the frame had to be refinished, only the head panel and seat tube panel had been saved, I left the final decision as to how far to go, to Ed Litton's experienced eye... So, I have never seen it in one piece, until this past weekend, it was quite a learning process, a bit of trial and error.... but, in the end it worked, yippie!! Big thanks to Chuck and Sherry, your contribution to our small community, is great indeed. Many thanks to my "CR" friends, whose knowledge helped me finish this bike. C'ya on the road, I'll be the one learning to shift as smooth as Aldo :-) John Morrison, Anaheim Hills, So. California