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My Wife’s New Road Bike; Ready For Asphalt (Even If The Weather Has Us Stuck Inside)


November 2022

My wife’s new road bike, a steel Assenmacher circa 2004-ish (Jess is doing the research with Matt to figure out what year, exactly), is done. New short reach handlebar, new bar tape, carbon bottle cages (which match the carbon on the rest of the bike), carbon bar-end plugs… and all cleaned up, ready for duty. The completed bike, with pedals, weighs in at a mere 18 pounds. Astonishingly light for a steel bike (that carbon fork and carbon crank make a huge difference).

The bike is stunningly beautiful and my wife couldn’t be happier to own and ride a bike hand built by a friend – and I couldn’t be happier for her that things worked out the way they did.

Good times, noodle salad.



  1. unironedman says:

    Nothing beats steel! 😉

    • bgddyjim says:

      I can’t believe that thing as light as it is… I’d have been a lot more receptive had I known you can have an 18 pound steel bike. Our tandem is steel and it’s fantastic.

  2. Dave Talsma says:

    Looks great, I love it!!!

  3. Ooh! Campag Record on a steel machine. Nice! Loving the carbon front derailleur cage too.

  4. niall says:

    Beautiful 😍 Health to enjoy to your lucky wife 👍

  5. Dan says:

    That thing is GORGEOUS!! Love the tastefully outlined lugs. As far as weight, that’s a misconception about steel bikes. They extrude the tubes to be thick at the lugs and thinner in the center. My 22 year old steel Waterford is only 21 pounds. I could cut that down a bunch with different wheels.

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