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    Yeah but do you RIDE it?

    I posted this over at CR, and got some
    interesting answers.
    At what point, do you NOT ride your classic,collectable
    vintage bike?
    Do you ride a Confente (only 135 made)?
    A mint 1967 Masi?
    A fully restored museum quality P10 Paramount?

    I'm really curious here. Of course we can add
    "historic" bikes (Fausto's 1952 TdF winning Bianchi)
    and really muddy the waters.

    Ok, whats your thought?

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    Bear in mind that I don't own a "classic".

    I think I would ride mine, but I have no interest in museum pieces. For me the kick comes from riding, not owning.

    I have noticed that both backpackers and cyclists tend travel in a "gear bubble" and imho pay too much attention to having the "right" bike or the "right" gear.

    I would much rather have an *.mart knockoff MTB that I could ride instead of a "classic" that I could only look at.

    All that being said, I have hopes of rehabilitating an old balloon tired cruiser and using it for a winter commuter this year. It will be a rehabilitation as opposed to a restoration because I plan to ride the thing. If I can't find an old one at a flea market or thrift shop, then I will buy a modern copy, but I would prefer the older one because the idea of reusing old "junk" appeals to me in an eccentric way.

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    I still ride my bianchi!

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    There is something about the ride of an older classic. I ride my 30 yr old Gios or my 25 yr old Pinarello and prefer them way over the hi-tech toys. Yeah, not as fast or nimble as the latest rice rocket, but it's kinda like floating along in your dad's (or grandad's--depending on your age) Buick. You can drain your account on a new ride, but I like the "paid for in the 70s" concept much better. Not knocking the new bikes, but the older I (and my two classics) get, the better we get.

    Any retro heads out there in Southeast Texas?

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    Ya, man, you darned right I ride my classics.

    That is a big part of the fun of collecting bikes. You can actually ride them!

    The most extravagant ride I will take to work is '70's vintage road bikes because they don't look that odd.

    However, if I am out for a ride with the kids or going to the ice cream shop, I hop on one of my fat tire cruisers with gas tank, lights, and all the trimmings.
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    I ride my "classics" as they are what Ive got , cant afford a "good" new one So I ride good old ones .I enjoy tinkering with them too.
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    I don't know if my bike is a vintage or classic bike or not. I ride everyday on a 84 Trek 660 with Suntour Superbe components. I was told the components are considered classics, but not sure about the frame. Maybe someone can help me figure that out.

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    Froze,

    Yeah, I'd say its a classic. So would the guy who
    runs the Vintage Trek site.
    and the CR folks will in a year (they have a 20 year
    limit on their discussions etc.).

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    I ride all of my bikes. If it was too nice to ride, I wouldnt buy it.

    Of course, it would have to be extreeeeemly rare, and NIB to keep me from buying and riding it... A brand new Hetchins that was hiding in someones attic for ages for instance. I'd still have to take it out for a 'test ride'
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    To quote Carroll Shelby, "I didn't build it to sit in some f**kin' museum!!"
    I can't ride and Frown!

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    One great quote, Roadie! My 26 year old Paramount still gets me from home to work and back in pretty good shape, so sure I ride it! Just like my shootin' irons, never had one that just hung on the wall, and doubt that I'll have a bike that does either! (Speaking of hanging one on the wall....when I need a little extra floor space in my room, the Paramount I'm not using does get hung on the wall! I got a couple metal household closet rod holders and mounted them high on the wall......works like a charm!)
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    If I own it I ride it. And when not in use my wonderful '87 Paramount is suspended off the edge of the library over the staircase. Have a set of pulleys with hooks mounted on an oak board attached to the ceiling and simply pull the bike up when not in use. Nice and dry and out of the way up there. And is a great piece of Americana art work looking from the library out the staircase window.

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    Thanks Lotec for that Trek site and your info. Sorry could not figure out who CR is, could you explain that and/or what is the web site address? Thanks

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    I think he's referring to Classic Rendezvous here
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    I took out my Horizon Sentenial Sunday. I guess I got it 30 years ago.
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    I did about half of my 4500 miles last year on my 63 Flying Scot. It's picked up a few scratches but hey that's what happens.

    It's like a guy I knew who's dad had an Aston Martin DB6. It had something like 800 miles on it since he bought it new. What was the point?
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

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    The only reason I haven't been riding my 80s vintage Basso (Campy SR and sew-ups) is that I gave into my "Campyphilism" and bought a pair of the old SGR clipless pedals awhile back NOS. It hurts to say it but they're not very good. 2 distinct movements to clip out and they're sort of ugly to boot. As soon as I find another set of Looks for the right $ it'll be sharing miles with my "semi-modern" Colnago MasterLite, (aka Master Olympic or Gilco Master amongst other names I've heard for the Master series before the contemporary MasterXL)
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    To address your question more directly Marty, there are some bikes I'd love to find and if I did would ride on rare occasions at best. For example I've kept an eye open for a true "English Racer" like the Raleigh Lenton on another thread. That bike or even better an older "Clubman" with a Sturmey Archer gear would make my year. I would ride it, but probably not much. Hang it on the wall (as if the wife would ever let THAT happen) and admire it while drinking a pint of Bass.

    If I ever find a early 70s Cinelli or Masi? Yeah I'd ride those, alot.
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    Hey I rode a 20 year old Religh 3 speed this weekend. It was different.

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    I use each of my bicycles regularly, because each has different characteristics which I value. I do not know whether having the Capo repainted will make me want to ride it more frequently, to show it off, or less frequently, to preserve it.
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    I have a 20 year old Univega 12 speed that I ride daily. My girlfriend has a 20 year old Schwinn 10 speed that she rides daily. She also has a 1960 Royce Union 3 speed that I recently acquired, and she'll ride that when I've finished restoring it.
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    It's like a guy I knew who's dad had an Aston Martin DB6. It had something like 800 miles on it since he bought it new. What was the point?

    DB6 or DB3? I thought the DB6 was my uncles fram tractor! Yes double over head cams and all!

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    My boss has a restored highwheeler,fiftysix inch wheel, that he still rides in parades. He recently did a Wright brothers celebration with it, but that was held indoors and he just walked around with it, in period costume. He also has a 30 plus year old Raleigh(I think Criterium) Full Campy, bought it brand new in the box. We pulled all the parts off and stored them. Then built up the frame with full Record. He rides that from time to time. He has a bunch, he can only ride any of them from time to time.
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    I'm of the mind that I wouldn't want a collector that I
    couldn't ride. Of course i'm not talking a Merckx ridden
    Molteni or a bike with serious historical importance.
    I don't know that I'd ever ride a highwheeler, old
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    I guess there will always be better preserved or restored examples of all my bikes out there, so the pleasure has to be in the riding and the memories, rather than in the ownership. If I had a really valuable bike in the stable, I'd start worrying about theft, insurance, depreciation....and generally start mothballing the thing. Not what I want to do. I run a '74 Flying Scot around town and a '76 Bob Jackson fixed wheel winter trainer. Each has curvy forks and slack angles, ideal for the purposes have in mind. Once I start seeing these bikes as investments, rather than pleasure vehicles, I think I should give them to someone who will enjoy lavishing care and attention on them as much as I have enjoyed using them. My buddy hangs a Hetchins on a wall in his house. It looks fine- and is a work of art by any definition- but when I look at it, I see a bike in need of wheels and a destination!

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