Readers’ Rides: TJ’s Shand Bahookie

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Some of you will have previously spotted this bike on the Forum, or possibly on Shand’s Instagram. But it’s such a beautiful bike with such a bittersweet tale behind it that we thought we’d give it the full Readers’ Rides treatment here. Over to TJ… The circumstances surrounding this bike purchase are shall we say – difficult. My partner of 42 years died in June 2021. We had just retired and amongst our plans for retirement was to undertake a long European tour on our tandem. After her death I needed something to look forward to and something to replace the plans we had. I had always liked Shand bikes, considering them both classic and beautiful. I first saw a Shand on a group ride organised by Ton of STW and through the Singletrack forum. I cannot remember the name of the chap whose bike it was I saw. I had some discussions on STW about alternatives but could find nothing I preferred to the Shand. Because I have particular needs and wants, no “off the peg” bike would do. It would either have to be a full custom build or buy a frame and build it with my choice of components. Factory freshPractical touches addedI had a chat with the guys at Shand and they could do what I wanted. No one on STW could come up with anything I preferred so Shand it was. It had to be their “Bahookie” as I wanted front suspension. I am a...

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  • Readers’ Rides: TJ’s Shand Bahookie
  • Premier Icon Bruce
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    A beautifull bike with a sad story. I hope TJ rides it for many years and it brings a smile to his face.

    Premier Icon P20
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    Beautiful

    Premier Icon Jay
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    A beautiful bike with such a meaningful story behind it. Great rationale behind some of the component selections and frame options.

    Have to say that I am surprised you are not wearing a helmet in any of the photos. 😉😁

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Just to say – I forgot to thank Paul Newman ( no not that one) for taking some decent pics of it.  My phone pics just were not good enough

    I have also rerouted the cables and put a shorter stem on it now

    Premier Icon adrian adams
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    Nice looking bike, hope you have many miles on it TJ

    Premier Icon Keith Macdonald
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    lovely story, bit dusty in here now.

    Premier Icon Jay
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    lovely story, bit dusty in here now.

    Same.

    Premier Icon Steve
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    Lovely, if sad, story, and a wonderful way to remember someone.

    I hope it brings you comfort and happiness, even if it takes some time.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Before Julie died she discovered that I would end up with a fair bit of money.  I told her I was going to buy an expensive bike with it ( she had previously told me N+1 did not count in our house)  Her reply?  ” I don’t care, I won’t be here!”  🙂

    Premier Icon slackboy
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    Lovely bike. I’m sure you’ll enjoy making more memories on it.

    Premier Icon ton
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    just a fantastic purposeful bike. just bloody ace.

    Premier Icon prettygreenparrot
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    Liking the color. Enjoy the many many rides Mr TJ.

    Premier Icon multibikestu
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    Great/not so great story behind it and really lovely seat tube graphic but do you mind if I ask why you have so many stem spacers on a custom built frame?
    Seems a little odd when you could have chosen a longer head tube?
    Sorry if this seems negative, it’s not meant to take any shine off something that is clearly more than just a bike.

    Premier Icon ampthill
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    Great to see this. Lovely bike. Post your stories from the road

    Premier Icon ampthill
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    But also very really sorry about his this came about

    Premier Icon jimdubleyou
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    Your lawn could do with a cut, and tidy up those leaves whilst you’re at it ;P

    Nice bike TJ.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    why you have so many stem spacers on a custom built frame?
    Seems a little odd when you could have chosen a longer head tube?

    Of course you can.  I’m an old man and not too flexible.  I also want to work out whats best before I cut the fork.  Its currently running 25mm of spacers not 40mm as in the pictures and a 60mm stemnot 100mm.  I might go lower.  Once i decide on stem ;length and height I will cut the steerer but if I got Shand to cut it too short then I can’t add more on.  They wouldn’t send it out the door with more than 40mmm 🙂   Its also the stock frame size.  Getting Shand to put 20mm on the head tube was more trouble than its worth

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    If I got Shand to cut it too short then I can’t add more on.

    Bit late now, but it is possible. RSF suspension can replace steerer tubes.

    Premier Icon Jason
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    Lovely bike TJ, loved the tribute.

    Premier Icon Munro Biker
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    ” I don’t care, I won’t be here!” 🙂

    Ha! I can well imagine the forthrightness with which that was said!

    Premier Icon elshalimo
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    Is TJ smiling or breaking wind in those photos?
    😜

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    Trying ( an obviously failing) not to look like a grinning loon 🙂

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    Premier Icon ajantom
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    Lovely bike, and a lovely (if sad) story.
    My friend Joe has a blue Bahookie, also with Middleburns and a Rohloff, and I have long lusted after it 🙂

    My only point would be to say, please, please put something more substantial than the supplied clear tape under the Mudhugger. One gritty, wet ride and it will have rubbed through the tape and the paint on the seat-stays.
    A wrap of self-amalgamating tape works well in my experience – doesn’t look as nice, but it saves your paint!

    Premier Icon gaidong
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    Congratulations on a gorgeous bike Mr TJ. May you have many happy miles and memories on it.

    Premier Icon Kayak23
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    Beautiful bike TJ and a heart breaking back story.
    Such a lovely tribute and reminder. ❤

    Premier Icon zbonty
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    A build with purpose and meaning. Lovely thing all round

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    You are all being very kind and nice.  I am surprised the polished stuff / plain look is not more controversial or are you just being nice to me given the story?  🙂

    With all the salt recently on the roads and bike paths I have hardly been able to ride it.  Hopefully spring is here now and I will dare to take it out

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    I do like that red colour TJ.

    Many happy miles to ride. See you on the trail sometime.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Lovely bike, very sad story.

    Premier Icon martymac
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    I quite like the silver tbh. Spokes always best in silver imho.

    Premier Icon Munro Biker
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    You are all being very kind and nice. I am surprised the polished stuff / plain look is not more controversial or are you just being nice to me given the story? 🙂

    I’ll be as honest with you as you would with me TJ- it’s not to my taste at all (there’s not one part of that bike I’d want on my own!) but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad bike for you.

    Premier Icon ScotRoutes
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    Silver/polished components look great on the right bike. They go very well with that frame colour too. As Luke says, there are lots of individual bits I’d not have but that doesn’t invalidate your choices. I just hope you’ve got that stem fixed before I see it in person 😂

    Premier Icon Adam
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    I think the story and idea benhind the bike are great, and the little finishing touche of the message on the seat post is very nice and give a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

    But I’m with Munrobiker on the look of the bike itself. Not for me at all. I have a personal hatred for silver rims, actually all non black rims, which is strange as I love silver hubs and like a good bit of anodising of other parts as well!

    You like it though and that is all that counts. If it gives you the happiness you want from it then it’s a massive thumbs up from me!

    👍

    Premier Icon doomanic
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    I think the story and idea behind the bike are great

    This

    it’s not to my taste at all

    And this

    If it gives you the happiness you want from it then it’s a massive thumbs up from me!

    But most definitely this.

    I hesitated to post my opinion of the bike given the circumstances as Julie clearly meant an awful lot to you and I wish you many happy miles riding it and remembering the good times you spent together.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    I just hope you’ve got that stem fixed before I see it in person

    Already done – running a shorter stem with 25mm of spacers.  Once I decide on the right length / height I’ll buy a posh one.  gear cables shortened by 6″ as well and run more neatly.

    Premier Icon stanfree
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    Fantastic TJ , I hope you have many adventures on her. The wee tribute is brilliant . Good work Teej you deserve It.

    Premier Icon tjagain
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    So you all were being polite.  Very nice of you 🙂  I thought it wouldn’t really be STW taste but I am more than happy with it.  Its classic looking and better IRL

    Ta for the nice words even if some of you had to bite your tongues a bit 🙂

    Premier Icon reluctantjumper
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    I really like the look of the whole thing regardless of the meaning behind it, a refreshing look compared to modern stuff. I’d have personally gone for a higher tier fork as I find the better dampers are good for keeping my wrists fresh even on smooth terrain, but that’s easily solved without altering anything else and can fully see your reasoning for the choice.

    Love the red though, really suits it.

    Premier Icon ScotRoutes
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    So you all were being polite.

    IIRC my first comment on it (can’t recall if it was here or Facebook) was – “couldn’t you get one to fit you?”

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