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I am retiring at the end of the year and I would appreciate.(19 posts)

I am retiring at the end of the year and I would appreciate.John-d
Nov 14, 2001 7:21 AM
some help.

My company has indicated that it would buy me a going away present. What I would like please, is some suggestions of what to buy for around £400 ($600).

I have considered a flight deck computer for my 105 setup, but maybe it would stretch to a trainer or maybe some sort of workshop kit?

Any and all suggestions would be welcome, so if you can help I would be most grateful.


Forget stuff, take a trip. nmMB1
Nov 14, 2001 7:24 AM
Yes, come to DC anthrax capital of the world! nmMB1
Nov 14, 2001 7:25 AM
Quite right, we are doing that as well..John-d
Nov 14, 2001 7:48 AM
First to Madeira and then to Vicenza. This would be an extra. Good eh!
Gift certificate...DINOSAUR
Nov 14, 2001 7:38 AM
How about a gift certificate? When I retired I received a gift certificate for and I was able to pick a choose what I wanted. You could receive a certificate for an LBS or an online bicycling catalog.
that would buy 200 six packs of pabst blue ribbon. nmJs Haiku Shop
Nov 14, 2001 7:56 AM
Or 400 six packs of Keystone NMDINOSAUR
Nov 14, 2001 8:34 AM
keystone=so cheap i can't find it in 6-ers, only 12-packs. nmJs Haiku Shop
Nov 14, 2001 10:31 AM
ps: seeking "beer"--white can, black letters, bar code nmJs Haiku Shop
Nov 14, 2001 10:32 AM
used to drink "beer" all the timeColnagoFE
Nov 14, 2001 2:52 PM
When I lived in Seattle and had no money. It wasn't half bad as far as cheap beer goes. Locals said it was made by Ranier brewing co. Another really cheap beer I used to drink was Stag. Cost about $3-4 a 12 pack. Drinking a number of these did numbers on your stomach the next day though.
"stag" warehouse and distributer...Js Haiku Shop
Nov 15, 2001 6:02 AM
in the little town where my grandparents lived when i was growing up (10-14 y/o). they left the doors unlocked.
If you like these people...mr_spin
Nov 14, 2001 8:01 AM
If you want to remember these people fondly, get something that will last a long time, like a good set of tools.

On the other hand, if you want to forget about them and this is just an obligation they think they need to do for retirees, get a good set of wheels. That way, you can metaphorically run them over all the time.
I second that. Get something that lasts, like tools.vanzutas
Nov 14, 2001 8:11 AM
Most bike parts are disposible (flight deck, components, wheels). Get a work stand and have a little brass plate put on it comemorating all of your hard work (or time spent on RBR chatting). Plus you can get a nice set of tools. The rest of the money can be spent on Beer and women.

Nov 14, 2001 12:51 PM
Absolutely nice tools. An Ultimate Repair Stand with all the goodies (we gave one as a wedding present once) and a nice Park professional truing stand would be an excellent start and will last a lifetime - well at least the rest of yours ;-) Even if you just use it for cleaning, storage and display - it is a very sweet design.

What would be more fitting that as you pursue your hobby in retirement than to have a nice daily reminder. Bikes come and go and computers crap out all the time - get something that will last and won't break or go out of fashion. Putting the plate on it would be very nice. Travell cases would also work, but they'll get beat up and battered.
Hey what's up with the good honest advice given here?Sintesi
Nov 14, 2001 12:59 PM
You people are embarrassing me. : )
How about...muncher
Nov 14, 2001 8:23 AM
1) All the shares in Marconi (you could then retire as CEO and have a golden handshake of £4m or so - then you could buy TWO tool sets)

2) All the shares in Railtrack - that way you would have to leave the country for good - spend your life cycle touring.

3) Failing that, buy some wheel building kit and have a nice sideline making top-quality wheels for people.
Let's see. . .Sintesi
Nov 14, 2001 9:42 AM
I suggest the $500.00 Cinelli Ram stem/handlebar combo at World Cycling Productions. It'll look just great with the 105 stuff trust me. Sure you can get it for much less or even get a top-notch regular bar and stem for much much less, but those World Cycling Production guys are starving over there and need the money really bad. So do it it'll make you feel good trust me. After shipping costs you should have just enough left over for can of Endurox and a Powerbar. You're all set! : )
I knew you would'nt let me down, I have decided to buy...John-d
Nov 15, 2001 1:10 AM
this web site.

I really liked the wheels idea.
Buy the website.Sintesi
Nov 15, 2001 11:54 AM
and you'll still have plenty left over. Ok Here's my legit suggestion: Custom wheelset - Chris King hubs, DT Revolution spokes, Mavic CXP 33 rims. Lighter than Ksyriums and almost as aero. Can't beat that. $5-600.00 American.