a 1994 Vitus 992.
not fair to call this a "project" bike, since it was really in great
shape to begin with. Minor items that were addressed before putting
it on the road were: complete cleaning, new tires/tubes, reset preload
on the headset bearings, light true-up on the wheels and lubed the
chain. Cosmetically it's perfect though I couldn't resist waxing
it; the anodized finish shines up beautifully. Since blue and yellow
are two of my favorite colors - I may have gone a bit overboard
on that theme by adding blue sidewall Serfas tires, the Bassano
Strike saddle, Ciussi cages in yellow and Cinelli blue/yellow bar
tape to tie it all together. Some details: it's a 54x52 frame, with:
54/42t front and 12-23t rear 8 speed. Except for the Shimano cassette
all else is Mavic components. It's light, ~20 LBf and very fast.
How I came to own it. Saw it on local craigslist, the ad photos
were rather poor, and the description very brief, it basically stated:
race bike for sale and the price. But, there was just something
that seemed special about it, so I called the owner and arranged
to go see it. Well, I show up and it turns out to be a former co-worker
of mine. Unfortunatly, he gave up riding around 7 years ago; which
is how long he stored it before he could bear to part it. Turns
out had a serious injury in car/bike accident while riding one of
his Gitane bikes. The deal included a box full of vintage parts,
NOS 9 speed Mavic cassette, Sachs 8 spd chain, oh, and the original
build sheet for the Vitus when he purchased it new from Colorado
Cyclist in Feb of 1994. Needless to say, I brought it all home!
thanks to Bruce.....