my son decided to throw himself through a late model Ford windscreen the other week (well he must have, seeing how the P plate driver , when the police asked how fast he was traveling into my lad, said he was stopped by the time he hit him (huh! funny the first time i asked him before ambo and police arrived he said to me aw just
50kph, he said he didnt use the brakes as it happend too fast, he stopped after), i figure if he was stopped then the only way my lad could have went through the windshield with such force was if he jumped off his bike and threw himself into the passenger seat, via the windscreen of course!), quite amazingly seeing how much damage was done to the bonnet and smashed and caved in front windsheild, his busted helmet, my son was most happily (to me) up and walking around with barely a scratch and couple of bruises, thank goodness he wasnt hurt badly, young guys sure do bounce well
, he's always been like a piece of spaghetti, you should see him play footy or basketball!!!.
The bike he was riding was an unknown make (due to it having been repainted before we got it) 27incher, with some not bad bits of assorted years of running gear (dia comp brakes-suntour gears etc and some 105 cranks, undamaged nice looking mid 1990's light weight Sakae bars, exage motion brake grips etc etc), alloy rims and some shimano hubs w/skewers, a very nice ride overall (great geometry), one both my son and me like riding, it was nice even though i like riding some expensive carbon bikes.
also quite amazingly the bike didnt come off too bad either (a write off i guess but damage wise not too bad), the front rim totalled, the forks a mess but the frame is untouched and still very good, so i was looking at fixing it up for him but at home i only a have steel 27 inch wheel and the forks i had were too short in the head-tube length (replacement forks from ebay
cost around $30 del, an alloy rim seemed not so easy to get and might cost up to around $100 new with a pretty ordinary steel hub with no quick release, even then i was considering going ahead (better the devil you know and the frame size and geometry is just very nice and not easy to replace i found) but then i noticed the front derailer was broken as well. once i looked at ebay
for estimates what ppl were asking them ($30-$40) it starts to make looking for a new [old] bike a viable prospect again, perhaps another 27 icher for use or parts..i was considering just giving him back my 1991 repco RX-Elite that i have just finished getting back to tip top shape but, well i just didnt want to! i still dont think he has shown enough responsibility in maintaining a bike to safe reliable mechanical condition yet (different unrelated story) so i wasnt keen about giving him back my old ride just yet (he wrecked it in short time before)
so i went hunting for a replacement, i was thinking budget was going to keep us in ther 27 inch market with inflated prices for 700c lately but i came across this apparently nice and clean-ish looking Ricardo Elite for less than it would cost to repair the 27 incher (something in common with my Repco by name and also not my first bike, but the first bike i myself paid for
was a brand spanking new Ricardo in the mid-late 70's ,just after they used to be called Porche, did they really think they could get away with copyright infringement! even the logo was near the same!!~!), it was Gas pipe heavy (not that i thought that at the time as a kid) and cost me the princely sum of $176, loved that bike, took it everywhere and over everything, never let me down, i even raced it against much better competition-and won!! fond memories' hey
so i am pretty pleased, more importantly so is my son (i made him pay for it this time, i think maybe there's a chance that will help with him taking more ownership responsibility for maintenance, i hope so
so here's some pics for you to enjoy, i invite comments!! This bike sure is light, nothing like the gas pipe heavy Ricardo i owned when i was a kid, i havnt weighed it yet but i think its a fair guess it is lighter than the 1991 Repco elite, almost so light i am wondering how strong the Tange 900 double butted frame is compared to the Repco ..i date the Ricardo Elite a 1987 model and apart from prob tyres, bell and pathetic plastic pedels the cheapskate put on it, it looks original..unlike my Repco that has matching running gear the Ricardo is a blended mix (thought out blend!?) of gear. SR Sakae sx cranks, SR hubs, SR alloy bars, Shimano Light Action RD and FD and shifter Exage light action, which i must admit although i thought they had a smooth and streamlined look, i assumed they would be rubbish in practice (and since i have some spare RX-100 gear i thought i might replace them), however i dont mind saying they seem to work very well, perhaps not quite as good as RX100 but, why mess with it! i am still considering repainting (CAN DECALS BE HAD FOR THIS , EVEN JUST THE TANGE 900 DOUBLE BUTTED, THOU RICARDO DECALS WOULD BE GOOD TOO
sadly this late model doesnt have the South Australian Piper [Magpie] spread winged emblem, just that funny looking Partridge looking bird that makes you want to sing like David Cassidy and his mom on the TV show haha)) the bike, its not so bad that it looks untidy, pretty darn good infact for a ,what, 24 Yro bike, perhaps i am just itching to make something look brand new again