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Old 12-31-06, 06:48 PM   #1
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How many miles on your vintage bike(s) this year?

After not riding for nearly 20 years, I put a tad over 1300 miles on my '84 Raleigh Super Course this past year. I'm not obsessed with how many miles I do but I find it interesting that I never did a ride over 35 miles and certainly didn't ride everyday and I was still able to put on what, for me anyway, seems to be a decent amount of miles. Quite a few of those miles are from my measly 3.4 mile round-trip commute.

I'm planning on a few metric centuries in 2007. I'd like to do 30+ miles each weekend if the weather permits. I can't imagine not riding every couple of days. I had a sinus infection for 1.5 months late this year and I couldn't do much riding. It absolutely drove me crazy. My biggest disappointment is that I went for 20 years without riding.

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78 Paramount- 300
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Old 12-31-06, 07:53 PM   #4
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Nishiki Pro fixie conversion-390 miles since early Nov. of this year when I converted it. Prior to that it only hung in my garage as a geared bike. Gerry
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2000 on the '79 Schwinn Traveler (1/2 while mounted to the trainer during the winter months)
100 on the '66 Schwinn Collegiate (fun miles on a 5 speed)
150 on the '66 Schwinn Paramount (it didn't see asphalt until November 1)
400+ on modern stuff

I'll have a '62 Schwinn Continental and a very special '71 Varsity to add to the mix in 2007.
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Vintage mileage was around 2,500 this year - started the season on a UO-8 (about 500 miles) which has been off-the-road awaiting a BB and headset rebuild since the spring, then moved on to a '70s vintage Fontan Laser (comparable to a lower-end Peugeot of similar vintage - about 1,500 miles), then finished up the fall on a 70s Atala Grand Prix (about 500 miles). Additional winter mileage (about 500), was on a "new" 5-year Specialized Hardrock Comp (aluminum mountain bike) - not vintage, but another freebie from trash day!
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Old 01-01-07, 10:56 AM   #7
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Haven't got a clue as none of my bikes have computers/odometers etc.

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Same here. No odo's or computers. I find them more enjoyable that way,,,,BD
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2600 on a 1970 Falcon San Remo and a few hundred more on other vintage bikes. No miles on anything newer than 1978.
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Old 01-01-07, 01:16 PM   #10
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Haven't got a clue as none of my bikes have computers/odometers etc.

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I can certainly understand not wanting to put a computer on your bikes especially if they were made before bike computers were available. I bought an Avocet (I still have the Avocet and it still turns on but I don't have the mount or transmitter that fits on the fork) computer for my bike the day I bought the bike. My bike is an '84 so it isn't quite as vintage as many of the bikes owned by folks that frequent this site. Does anyone remember when cyclometers became available?

I do enjoy seeing the miles add up on the computer as I ride and keeping track of average speed over the same route gives me a chance to see how I'm improving. I want to do some TT races this summer (on my '84) so monitoring improvement is important to me.

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Don't get me wrong, I'm not such a luddite as to think that odo's and computers
are anathema, it's just that my one computer died, and when it did I found it
more enjoyable to ignore all of that.


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902 on the Schwinn Super Sport; 912 on the Nishiki Cascade.

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About 500km since I put on the odo, too many of them 25km grocery trips. Haven't the faintest how much before the odo.
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2,361 miles, all on my old Tommasini.
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Like some of the others, my vintage bike is for pure pleasure and I just can't bring myself to put a computer on it. I know I'd spend more time looking at the readout than the scenery.
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All of them; my newest bike is late '80s
837 miles split between the Triplecross and the Atala (they use the same computer), maybe half that on the Miyata 512 and about 180 on the Fuji Sunfire (both mid-summer builds).
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I use the original Avocet computer on my Nishiki. You know, the black one with the thin chrome outline on the face. It is approx of 1985 vintage so is about 12 yrs younger than my bike, but I like to know the elapsed mileage which helps me follow the cue sheets of our club rides. I also like to know the speed that I am bombing down a hill. So far I have pedalled like a hamster on speed on my 44X16 fixie drivetrain and hit 36mph!
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I use the original Avocet computer on my Nishiki. You know, the black one with the thin chrome outline on the face.
It sounds like the Avocet I have. Does yours have the two nearly dime sized buttons on it? I seem to remember that this thing cost nearly as much as a decent computer runs today.

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Old 01-01-07, 08:10 PM   #19
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Yup, same one. Gerry
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I also like to know the speed that I am bombing down a hill.
Me too!


This was a glorious year for me riding. I ventured off on my own every weekend up and down the great river road.

It was rainy September through November and I was upset at losing my conditioning. Thank goodness the weather lately has been rideable. It was 41 degrees here today - unheard of for New Years day - and I put in 15 miles to start the year.


I've put 2600 miles on my 1977 Fuji tourer and my 1979 Le Tour commuter (I share the comp between the two bikes) and 250 my Sakae Professional. The aluminum-lugged Sakae rides sweet, but it's so lightly built I picture it folding up like a beer can and can only bring myself to ride it on rare occasions. I crave STEEL.
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