What We Ride // Nate Straus’ Cilo Road Bike

Steel is Real

Welcome to the sixth chapter of “What We Ride”, a series featuring our employee’s bikes and the story behind them. The month, TPC Mechanic Department Manager, Nate Straus shows off his vintage bike with a modern spin!

Nate Kawa Cilo Road Bike

Name: Nate Straus

Position at TPC: Mechanic Department Manager

What you ride: Cilo Road Bike

Why you ride it: I built this bike to satisfy my love of classic road bikes but with the convenience of modern shifting.  I didn’t notice road bikes until the early 2000’s when the fixed gear craze brought many of these classic steeds out of the garage and onto the street.  To see what it was all about I put aside the mountain bike and started riding my dad’s old Raleigh Grand Prix.  Even though that Raleigh was a clunker I felt like I was flying!  At that point I was bitten by the bike bug and I haven’t looked back.  Since then, I’ve owned many road bikes but I have a hard time falling in love with the new stuff.  For me, what I ride is a big part of my enjoyment, and in the end, it’s fitness that makes you fast, not carbon fiber.  Finding the right vintage road bike can be hard, since you’ll have to hunt eBay and Craigslist to find one, but there’s a thrill in finding the right bike.  Buying a new high-end, lugged steel bike today will set you back thousands of dollars and it won’t have any history.  Every time I ride the Cilo I feel like I’m pulling a classic Ferrari out of the garage, it always feels special.

Fun facts about the bike: I replaced the original Dura Ace 7400 group with Campy Record which gives the the bike a modern feel but doesn’t look out of place.

Nate Kawa Cilo Road Bike

Cilo Road Bike Build Spec

Model:  Road (Swiss Made)

Size: 56cm

Year: 1986?

Frame Material: Columbus SLX Tubing

Fork: Cilo

Weight: 20 lbs with pedals

Headset: Campy Record

Front Derailleur: Campy Record

Rear Derailleur: Campy Record medium cage

Brakes: Campy Record

Shifters / Levers: Campy Record Carbon 10 Speed

Crankset: Campy Record

Cassette: Campy 12-30

Bottom Bracket: Campy Record

Chain: Campy

Handlebar: 3T

Stem: 3T

Seatpost: Campagnolo

Saddle: Selle San Marco

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