Classic & Vintage - If you could have 1 vintage bike....
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One bike period or one vintage bike? If it's one bike period I'm afraid it's gonna have to be a hardtail mountian bike of some kind. If I can still have a modern bike or two, I'd want a highwheeler.
To admire, anything ridden by Major Taylor.
But to ride on the road, a curly Hetchins.
03-22-07, 10:30 PM
I want the early 70's Columbia Tourist my Dad bought for my Mom, sometime in the mid 70's. Before you crap all over it, let me say this bike was a nickel plated frame. I have never seen one since, or knew anyone who has either. Maybe it was a dealer reward bike like the Raleighs, not sure. All I remember is that it looked like chrome, but never rusted. It sort of had that silver gold nickel patina to it. I would LOVE to find another one. It was stolen about 22 years ago, sigh.....BD
Looked like this bike but in nickel. Yep, had the factory decals on it too, so it probably wasn't a custom job.
03-23-07, 06:53 AM
Don't knock a Columbia. No, they weren't Schwinn's or Raleigh's, but for someone who was realistically an occasional rider and on a budget, they were decent bikes. There was definitely one heck of a quality gap between Columbia and the next bikes lower on the food chain.
Well, no. :D
I dunno.. Looking at period advertisements it sure looks like cantilevered seat posts were very popular for some reason. I agree it looks "wrong".
That is the correct seat positioning for that era. Slack seat angles, steep seat angles, large frames, small frames - fashion is a wonderful thing.
My vintage dream bike is actually fairly modest, and not very vintage: A 1991 Bridgestone RB-1.
Or maybe a Miyata 1000.
03-24-07, 06:10 PM
I've discovered that I'm a bit of an Italian freak - Italian made bikes of the 50's to 90's eras and Campagnolo parts. Bianchi - definately, Olmo - yes, Benotto - yes and to a lesser extent Colnago but my favourite Italian bike would be a 50'/60's Cinelli - beautiful.
But, with all that self analysis in mind, I would have to say that the bike I would wish for is a Colnago built EDDY MERCKX. An orange coloured Molteni team bike with Eddy's image on the head and down tube decals and in my size (59cm c to c).
To me the holy grail is the original Merlin Newsboy from the early 90's with the rear brake on the chain stays. Maybe not vintage, however it modeled after vintage bikes. The timess look/design of old cruisers cannot be beat in my mind!!!
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