After my first wife died I used some of her life insurance money to buy a roadbike. It was the first bike I’d had with STI and has a New Zealand made Columbus steel frame. It wasn’t top spec but really good.
Over the years I’ve put a carbon fork on it, sandblasted and repainted the frame (done my own name and decals for it – one matches a tattoo I have) and turned it into a single speed training bike.
It’s as developed as it can be in that roll.
I’ll never sell it;
1/ it reminds me of Marianne
2/it’s a cool old singlespeed and great for training