My folks are visiting Washington this summer to escape the heat of Arizona. My mom had a bike with her (an older Japanese Soma from the 80s), but my dad was out of luck. I happened to have a pretty good solution in the Miyata that I had relegated to “lunch ride” bike. The cockpit wasn’t going to work, however. Way too hunched over for a 72-year-old. The genius of Rivendell’s Bosco bars came to the rescue. I showed him an Albatross setup, as well, but he wanted the higher bars. After an interesting start launching off the driveway wall, he was underway. I lowered the seat a bit, but otherwise the bike fit him just right. Look at that upright position he’s able to get on a laid out ’88 downhill MTB large frame! Not bad!
I’ll miss this one this summer, but will make due with the alternates. I’m glad this bike is still finding a home with someone who will be able to enjoy it. It deserves to be ridden for a few more decades. Lugged steel!