Friday, November 27, 2015

1992 Klein Adroit

People often ask me whether it's hard to let go of some of the bikes I build. For a myriad of reasons more often than not the answer is no. However, in this particular case it was a bit hard. This is the bike that is solely responsible for getting me back into the vintage bike scene. It happened back in 2008 or so when a good friend of mine living in Australia emailed me and asked me if I could pick up a bike for him locally. One thing led to another and I was shortly heading home with a nice Adroit complete with the correct rigid fork. I ended up buying the bike from my buddy and getting it cleaned up and running.

This is more or less how I got the bike. The frame was pretty worked over, but the fork was removed early one and was in nearly mint condition.

I rode the bike for about 4-5 years before getting a 21" MC2 Adroit which bumped old faithful out of the rider lineup.

The bike was a solid rider, but another good friend who had been looking for an Adroit for a while asked me if I would restore it for him. So, after some cajoling we struck a deal and the bike got a makeover. The paint was performed by Spectrum Powderworks and is really a top notch effort!

I firmly believe in keeping Klein builds simple and letting the frame do all the talking. Shimano M900 may be played out, but it works damn well and looks spectacular on a bike like this. Blue Ringle skewers offer up a little bit of flash.

Must have been a killer sight looking over your shoulder in a race and seeing Tinker power up behind you on this bright yellow machine!

The brightness of the Gator Linear Fade paintjob is difficult to capture in photos. It is one of the most popular colors for a very good reason!

Nothing at all wrong with this picture

Refurbished M900 cranks turned out really well, I end up using these in a lot of my restorations.

Blue Ringle Quick Releases are not very common and provide a nice little upgrade and uniqueness to the otherwise factory spec.

I never get tired of seeing these dropouts. M900 rear derailleur isn't shabby either.

I really think Spectrum did an amazing job on this bike, the fade points are smooth and subtle and the colors are spot on!

The Adroit fork is a real piece of art, it's basically looks like fillet brazed Aluminum 

I hope Marco enjoys this bike for a long time to come!!

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