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Vintage Bicycles

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Stanford Guitar, Oct 19, 2020.

  1. Nightclub Dwight

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    Nice Ritchey! I used to covet those back in the 1980's.

    I have a collection of old Raleighs. My oldest roadster is a 1939 model. But the real prizes are a collection of four Raleigh Clubmans, the oldest being a 1948 model.

    I love vintage steel, especially Reynolds 531, which was originally developed for the Royal Air Force. When you "ping" Reynolds 531 with a fingernail the tone is remarkable and unique. Seriously, I'm not joking because we always talk about tone woods here.
     
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    I've got one! When I was working outside of Trenton, NJ I picked it up at a tire shop that often had old bikes out front for sale. Usually just cheap kids bikes. I saw the Brooks saddle on top of the distinctive white PX10 frame as I was driving past and did a quick u-turn. They wanted $60 for it and I couldn't get the money out of my wallet fast enough.
     
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    I have a Schwinn Continental 27 inch Frame and Wheels.
    I bought it when I was thirteen in 1971.
    It needs very little, tires, chain.
    It still has the original handle bar wrap.
    I'll get it out of the shed someday and give it a go.
     
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    Still miss my old Peugeot
     

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    Those old vintage bikes sure are nice, albeit a bit heavy compared to today's rides. The new bike culture certainly reveres them. The kids see them as amazing time capsules of a long-ago history, while us older dudes remember actually racing them.
     
  6. That Cal Webway

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  7. Nightclub Dwight

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    That was probably my best vintage bike score. Well that one, and the time I found an old Swedish Crescent frame at the dump with Campy parts from the '70s.
     
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    The way I see it, unless one is racing, a heavier bike is just more exercise. When I lived near the beach I used to ride 30 to 50 miles a day on my 1969 Raleigh 3 speed. There were minimal hills so it was no problem. I rode more than I drove, so I was in shape. I remember overtaking a guy on his triathalon bike, complete with him in his aero tuck. I called out "on your left" as I passed. I didn't turn to look, but I'm sure the expression on his face was priceless watching me disappear up the road ahead of him.

    Sadly, I'm not putting in those miles anymore, but I do retain my love for vintage bikes.
     
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    I still have a ProFlex 855 moutain bike which I've had since the mid-90s. Old for a mountain bike but maybe not "vintage". It's been fairly heavily modded, though. Both front and back suspension seized up so I replaced the front fork with a carbon fibre fork - left the back as is, so now it's a hardtail.
     
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    have an 85 Klein quantum, serial # 68, in the garage: with the permanently installed phil wood bb.

    best experienced on 19mm continentals inflated to 140psi.
     
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    I bought this guitar because I was never able to get the Schwinn Stingray I wanted as a child. I saw Reeves Gabrels talking about his Reverend Dirtbike guitar that was the color of his old Schwinn Stingray and I had to have it. It is with out a doubt the most fun guitar I’ve ever owned. 316B498E-F209-44D2-A162-EE99E9CE6460.jpeg 7425D63D-38EF-42FD-A0F9-2E5AA0D61EA9.jpeg
     
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    This old dude still riding 'em. Going fast is a distant memory though.
     
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    Nice, Campy parts!
     
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    What a great gift! Beautiful.

    I remember when this green Schwinn Varsity 10 speed was the only thing I wanted and the most beautiful thing in the world to my 11-12 year old self. I've had several better bikes since then but none that I loved more than this one.

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    Fillet brazed frame? Oh yeah!

    Nice ride. Take care of it!
     
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    That's gorgeous. When you said "vintage" I was thinking much older.
     
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    I have a 1987 Ritchey TimberWolf on my back porch but it's been rode hard and put up wet. Great bike, though.
     
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    Still got mine, got it for my 14th birthday in 1975, had to pay half of it myself out of my paper round money!
     
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    These ones are also interesting :

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    From the Grand-Bi to the mono-cycle, there's only one step... OK, this is rather a motorcycle variant than a bicycle ! :oops::oops::oops:

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    But it's Fonky ! Oh, I would like to go to work every day with this vintage engine... :cool::lol:;)

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    And last but not least, the bi-directional bicycle, for the perpetually undecided :D :

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    OK. I stop... ;)

    -tbln.
     
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