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    For all you guys and gals with many bikes.

    So you own a bunch of bikes. Describe your bikes and how they ride plus why you like them.
    Aloha Mr. Hand

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    And also describe where you live. Street address etc.
    I need to upgrade

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    1981 Bianchi Campione d'Italia
    How it rides:
    Very fast, but a bit harsh and quite twitchy, particularly in a crosswind.
    Why I like it:
    Looks great with clean modern lines; lots of fun on climbs, sprints, and short, fast rides. Fits me.

    1960 Capo Sieger
    Very comfortable, but a bit spongy if one mashes on the pedals.
    Almost all-original "faded glory" Tour de France quality classic; ideal for long slow distance riding. Fits me. Rare.

    1959 Capo Modell Campagnolo
    See above.
    Nicely repainted, with updated components; ornate lugwork and impeccable craftsmanship. Fits me. Rare.

    1970 Peugeot UO-8
    Basic "bike boom" 10-speed, upgraded to Japanese derailleurs and aluminum components.
    Theft-resistant bike for transportation, rough roads, inclement weather, etc.

    1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10 Team Issue
    Classic old-school non-suspension mountain bike, great on fire roads and multitrack trails.
    Great Team USA red-white-and-blue factory paint job. Interesting history w/ Schwinn's sponsorship of Ned Overend. Limited production (1000 units/year for 2 years).
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
    Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
    Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
    Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
    Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069

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    Colnago SL (single-speed conversion) - Classic Italian Steel, rides beautifully. Every time I ride it I consider swapping the parts off the Eddy Merckx onto it. I bought it used in 1989 and had it repainted white with a pearl blue clearcoat. A week after I bought it the previous owner wanted to buy it back for more than I paid for it. I declined.

    Vitus Futural (Ultegra/Dura-Ace blend) - Extremely smooth. The bottom bracket is rather flexy, as I can get chain rub by just thinking about it. It has an interesting red white & blue fade paint job. Each tube is red white & blue longitudinally. The sides of the tubes are white, while the top/front is red & bottom/back is blue. A riding buddy of mine calls it the Bomb Pop.

    Eddy Merckx 7-Eleven Team Issue (Campagnolo blend - mostly Record) - Columbus TSX. Very stiff, yet very comfortable on long rides. Since the original owner (Tommy Matush) had crashed it, I had to get it repainted. I had the 7-Eleven paint job replicated. My brother gave me the frame.

    Catamount MFS (Deore LX) - Dual suspension MTB set up as a 1x8 road rig. The main triangle is red, the rear triangle is green.

    Top Image Neptune (awaiting parts) - Just bought it for $17 shipped. Still need parts for it to be able to ride it. It's bright red. I've stripped the decals off.
    198? Colnago Super (Campy Record) | 1989 Eddy Merckx 7-Eleven Team Issue (Dura Ace) | Catamount MFS (1x8) | Top Image Neptune (SS)

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    early 70's Gitane TdF - Campy NR. bought and restored it because this was the bike I wanted but couldn't afford back in '71.
    '84 Trek 760 - Suntour Superbe. An upgrade from the '86 Centurion I had at that time, and my first bike with tubulars. Rode it last night on my group ride. Nice 531c steel ride, quick steering, refurbished very close to original, but deserves better tires.
    '87 Bertoni - Campy 8s Chorus/Record. Bought this for my daughter, and after test riding it just had to strip the Shimano and put Campy on it. Good responsive SL steel frame.
    c80 unknown French - Bought it to make my first single speed. Steel frame but built it into a sub 17#. I need to gear it a little higher. Had fun with the gold / black scheme on this one.
    '94 Trek 1220 - $15 bid on ebay bought me an unexpected frame so I threw what I had in the parts bin onto it and added a SS freewheel and now have a second SS - running Vittoria EVO tubulars no less. Single speed fun and good for training. Took this one on my last Florida beach trip - who needs gears there?
    c95 DART - Campy 10s Chorus/Centaur. 650c / SL steel / cinelli angel aerobars. Just wanted to build a tri/tt bike to see what it was like. So far I've mostly found out my gut gets in the way. Need more time on this one.
    '02 Casati - my modern road bike. 10s Chorus/Record/Centaur. Stiff and fast, this is what I ride when I try to hang on with the big dogs.

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    1973 Schwinn Paramount P13 repainted by previous owner with original NR group (except clincher wheelset). It rides really really nice. American craftsmanship at (one of) its best. It is so pretty to look at. The headset is a little pitted so I haven't really ridden a lot compared to some of the others.

    1976 Schwinn Paramount P14 track bike currently setup in street trim with 50x19 gearing, bullhorns, and Phil Wood/Mavic MA3 wheelset with Conti Gatorskins. I rode it on Saturday in a local alleycat race, and realized one important thing. I am so out of shape. I don't know how many miles I rode, but it had to be 20+ miles up and down most of the hills in town. I think I will change the saddle to a Brooks and it should be good for some short to moderate rides (under 20-30 miles). It is setup brakeless of course

    85/85 Eddy Merckx Corsa with 7 speed Brifters and a mix of various Shimano parts (dura ace, 105, 600). For longer rides and/orh some elevation changes this is what I will pick. It is quick, responsive, and way to nice to be in the overweight hands of myself.

    86 Schwinn Peloton fixed gear conversion. I put the most miles on this bike last year than anything else. I have done longer rides and it is a joy to ride. The geometry is more racy, but is still comfortable for longer rides.

    80 Viner Track bike: weird mix of Campagnolo, Sugino, Dura Ace, Stronglight, Cinelli and SR (I know) parts. The geometry is super tight and steep. But, I haven't rode it yet. It needs some new tubies, and I haven't bought some yet. I might throw a spare clincher track wheelset on it just to get some time on it.

    Non-vintage rides:
    Surly Karate Monkey rigid SS: Steel frame+Carbon rigid fork+burly wheelset+fattest 29er tires available today. I take this to some of the local singletrack when I want to work for my fun a little harder. Rigid makes me pick the best lines, and like we all here know Steel is Real.

    Van Dessel Buzzbomb full suspension 29er with 27 gears. It has 4" of travel front and rear. I take this when I want to ride every part of the trail and just plow through everything and bomb the downhills. I actually got a compliment about my riding skills because of this bike.

    Van Dessel Buzzbomb rigid dropped bar fixed gear-dirt road rider. I take ride this around the dirt roads around my house. Steel fork and the Aluminum frame can be a bit harsh at times, but it isn't too bad.

    01 Fuji Track: nice parts on a low end steel track frame. I never planned to buy this frame on Ebay, but did. I am happy I did. I guess I consider this my "Beater" fixed gear because it doesn't have as much character as any of the other bikes.

    Have you noticed I like fixed gear and track bikes? One or more of the track bikes will get rode on the Bloomer Velodrome this summer I promise.

    Pics and specs of many of these can be seen by clicking my Velospace link in sig.

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    195? J A Holland Tourer - aka Tornado
    How it rides: Very smoothly, good handling - but I do have to ride it more often to get that saddle to conform.
    Why I like it: It's a very nicely made English bike made by a very good craftsman. It has it's original paint, and has clearly been enjoyed and cared for over the decades. I don't know of anyone else who has one either.

    1970 Raleigh Professional
    aka Shadowfax
    How it rides: Based on the very short test ride I gave it before shipping off to Dr.Deltron for painting, it rides like I'd expect a racing bike to - without being twitchy.
    Why I like it: My uncle owned a bicycle shop from the late 50's until his premature demise in the early 1980's. This model was the very best one he kept in his store during my formative years (nothing even came close until he started selling Frejus in the mid 70's). The craftsmanship on the frame is really top notch, and when I get it back from the good Dr. it will be better than new.

    1973 Fuji - "The Finest" aka Phantom
    How it rides: Like you're on a magic carpet. It takes a terribly bad road to feel any substantial vibrations. I've even run over a yearling groundhog on it (not intentionally), and it felt like I'd run over a thick rope.
    Why I like it: We've been through a lot together. It was my "A" ride for the past two years. It is also a very sharp-looking machine.

    1974 Raleigh Superbe

    How it rides: Kind of like a truck, but one with a bit of get-up-and-go
    Why I like it: It used to be my Uncle's. It reminds me of him and his style. He could have picked any of the speedy lightweights from his shop for his own, but that wouldn't have been him. The B72 saddle is super-comfortable, and I have it set up with folding wire baskets for grocery errands.

    1978 Raleigh Super Course
    aka Cyclone
    How it rides: Comfortably, but not exceptionally.
    Why I like it: The very first bike I purchased from my uncle (after a series of unfortunate thefts of entry-level bikes he had given me), was a gold, Raleigh Supercourse. Ironically, it was stolen after four years of blissful use when I was attempting to stop a theft of bicycles from my uncle's storage shed. (So I picked this up when I started back with cycling about 2-1/2 years ago). This isn't the lightest, the most carefully made, or rarest machine, but it is a very nice all-around bicycle that reminds me of the time when I could push 52-14 just about everywhere, practically all day long.

    1984 Trek 760
    I'll have to get back to you on this one. It is the lightest bike I own, and may become my first with a modern drivetrain. Haven't ridden it yet.

    1986 Miyata 210
    How it rides: This is easily the most stable bike at speed that I own. It tracks very smoothly. It's also about the heaviest bike I own, so it accelerates rather slowly.
    Why I like it: It's a touring bike. Very comfortable for prolonged periods of time. It also retains its stability with trunk rack and three water bottles.

    1986 Schwinn Le Tour

    I'll have to get back to you on this one too. It is destined to be my fixed gear bike.

    1990 Bob Jackson - Grand Prix aka - The Hornet
    How it rides: Very responsive.
    Why I like it: Thanks to my BF friend Jim, I was able to pick up this rocketship for an obscenely low price. I've only been riding it since the weather got warm, and I'm liking it more and more as I get in better riding shape. I don't think this would be my choice for all day rides, but there's nothing this bike prevents me from doing well.

    1994 Trek 830

    How it rides: This bike is technically a rigid mountain bike, but it handles the road like no other mountain bike I've ever ridden. It is basically a cross bike with really wide tires.
    Why I like it: I'm not a jumps, hops and rugged terrain kind of rider. This gives me something I can ride on trails, or off road, without having to tote a ponderous monstrosity around. If I can't go faster than I can run, I might as well leave the bike behind.

    I think I've got them all in here. I'm at saturation point with my bikes now, so if something incredible comes along - something will have to go.
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    The search for inner peace continues...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Kapaun
    And also describe where you live. Street address etc.
    I need to upgrade

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    198? faggin Columbus SPX 62cm, Campy super record, with mavic hubs and simplex retro friction shifters, cobalto brakes, cinelli stem and bars, tubulars nice weather rides

    1992 Marinoni special SP and SPX blend, 62cm 2005 Centaur grey group, road bike day rides, short rides long rides, when I want to go fast rides.

    1981 Marinoni Pista, 62cm, Columbus SP, for track, period record, tubulars

    1985 Nishiki International, Daily commuter/tourer, shimano 8 speed bar cons, specialised cranks, brooks saddle etc... cantilever brakes front and rear racks

    1984ish GIOS professional 50cm Nuovo record group with super record brakes... near show condition, my girlfriends road bike.

    199? Diamond back MTB 7 speed with 700c wheel conversion absolute POS, beater.

    In Progress (have parts but not time):

    1971 Corky Gulbransen, period nuovo record group, barcons, fiamme tubulars...62cm reynolds 531

    1975 Jeunet, 61cm reynolds 531, fixed conversion, with TA cranks, malliard hubs, flipped cruiser bars, campy brakes.

    1989 Marinoni Columbus SP/Cromor 62cm Super record, 185mm TA compact double. tubulars
    1 Super Record bike, 1 Nuovo Record bike, 1 Pista, 1 Road, 1 Cyclocross/Allrounder, 1 MTB, 1 Touring, 1 Fixed gear

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    Sorry Bill, not much in the way of upgrades here!!

    1994ish Vitus Brevet 53cm- all DuraAce STI 8 speed - just picked this one up at Christmas, a real nice climber, I haven't found it as flexy as I'd heard (maybe I don't mash enough) A really smooth ride for an aluminum frame (my first >$200 bike, frame was $220, wheelset $180)

    1996 Bianchi Premio 52cm- Campy 8 speed Ergo, Campy Atanta wheels. Paid $180 for it from a landfill recycling project. The bike seems like a pristine older mid range frame with high end components. Very nice ride!

    early 90's custom frame50cm - Campy mixed group with Croce D'Aune rear derailleur - The smoothest ride, but frame is just a tad small. Has a long top tube and almost fits.....

    early 90's Steve Bauer Boreas 52cm- indexed 105 6 speed, it's hot pink and black. My first good road bike, it was a great ride until the Campy and Dura Ace stuff came along...

    late 80's Pinarello 52cm- indexed 105 6 speed and Columbus Matrix frame. Just picked this one up for $50.

    mid 70's Mercier 300 fixed conversion 52cm - fished out of a scrap bin, Reynolds 531 frame makes for a nice ride, gearing is a bit tough on a windy day.

    Late 80's Nishiki International - my main commuter, has rack and fenders, put on 4000km in last 2 years, no problems. SunTour drivetrain has been flawless.

    Early 80's VeloSport Appalache 15 touring bike - my "nice weather" winter commuter

    mid 90's Norco Bigfoot SP - hardtail,my main ride for mtb'ing, I love it!

    early 90's Norco Katmandu - my main winter commuter with studs - SunTour indexed shifting stuff has never let me down.

    mid 80's Norco Bush Pilot - my shopping bike with foldout baskets

    I have a few more, but they don't get ridden much!!!
    ...!

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    I've been selling off a few, but here's what left of those I ride regularly:

    1991 Bridgestone CB-1: My live-under-a-tarp-in-the-backyard-grocery-store-beater bike. I have rear panniers and a front basket for maximum carriage. But I also used it to commute to work this week. It's set up as a 6-speed, enough gears for what I need to do and with Ritchie Tom Slick tires on 26" wheels.

    1949 Raleigh Clubman: I commuted to work on this bike yesterday and would be tempted to make it my only bicycle if I had to have just one. Incredibly comfortable ride. Very tolerant of bumps and whatnot with EA1 rims and Schwalbe tires. I have it set up with upright bars.

    1971 Raleigh Super Course: Set up as a 42x16 single speed with 700c wheels and Ruffy Tuffy tires, Nitto Albatross bars. I went on a long ride on this bike a few days ago and find it's ride amazingly comfortable. A good climber, too, with its relatively stiff frame.

    1960 Capo: Was set up as a 5-speed, but now set up as a single speed. My lightest bike at 21 lbs. Took it for a long ride last week (while it was still a 5-speed) and really like the way it feels.

    1979 Raleigh Competition GS: Set up with 650B wheels and Campy mechs, this is my long-distance rider, and I plan to ride a century on it later this month. It will be replaced, however, by a new bike that's designed for 650B wheels. Still to come.

    1966 all-chrome Raleigh Sports: This bike mainly lives in my dining room, but I take it out once in awhile for showy rides.

    1950s Raleigh RRA: I haven't ridden this one since I had it repainted, but it's a classic English club bike with a Sturmey FM hub though I have retrofitted it with 700c wheels. I'll likely take it for a ride today--very quick riding and relatively light weight.

    There are others in the stable that are in need of various fixes or rehabs before being ride-worthy, but these are the ones that are in regular use.

    Neal

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    I have a a bunch. But here is a short list:

    -Raleigh Record set up as a fixed gear. Pink with yellow bar tape. Nothing more needs to be said!
    -Trek 330. Used to be my main road bike. Now in mothballs while I work up the heart to sell it.
    -Sterling. New main road bike. Very light. Easy, forgiving ride for such a high-performance bike.
    -Autobike. (Yes, you read that right, Autobike). Funky auto stuff stripped off and now used around campus as my fixed gear that dares to be stolen.
    -Miyata 5000 fixed gear MTB. Looks very cool. Not sure why I have this bike, since it has been superceded as my around town bomber by...
    -Full Force MTB. No name bike set up as a fixed gear with slicks. I am ashamed to say I spend more time on this bike this Spring than any other. The Miyata is a better, lighter bike, but this one just feels right.
    -Bridgestone (Pre Peterson, Post Submariner, so it is totally generic) with North Road bars, lots of ugly racks, and low, fixed gear. I can carry enough groceries for a family of 8 on it.

    jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by nlerner
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    1960 Capo: Was set up as a 5-speed, but now set up as a single speed. My lightest bike at 21 lbs. Took it for a long ride last week (while it was still a 5-speed) and really like the way it feels.

    Neal
    I really enjoy the feel of my Capos, as well. They were engineered back when the TdF was still run over cobblestones and when your only suspension was your frameset and the air in your tires. They fall short in only two respects: 1) at 11kg, they are heavy by contemporary road racing bike standards; 2) they are too whippy and flexy for loaded touring or for pedal-stomping. However, on a long ride the comfort more than compensates for the small sacrifice in efficiency and climbing or sprinting performance.
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
    Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
    Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
    Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
    Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069

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    I have a friend who would make us all cry if he posted his list of bikes.

    http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/v/...Krugers-Bikes/
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro
    I have a friend who would make us all cry if he posted his list of bikes.

    http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/v/...Krugers-Bikes/
    Sadist!

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro
    I have a friend who would make us all cry if he posted his list of bikes.

    http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/v/...Krugers-Bikes/
    Speaking of collections that would make us cry, here's a guy from MTBR.com who has some really nice vintage track bikes.
    198? Colnago Super (Campy Record) | 1989 Eddy Merckx 7-Eleven Team Issue (Dura Ace) | Catamount MFS (1x8) | Top Image Neptune (SS)

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    Current bike list:

    1958 Raleigh Lenton Gran Prix - Reynolds 531 main tubes. Never ridden, looking forward to it tho. Mike Swantak working on decals.
    1962 Falcon - First (and only) "store-bought" bike, got it for Christmas in (you guessed it, 1962). Rode the heck out of it until about 1979, put it away, got it back out and had it repainted to original color by CycleArt in 1995 or so. Nicest riding bike I have had, smooth and silky.
    1960's Bianchi "Gran Sport". Kind of gas pipe but cool chrome lugs with integral bearing races in the head tube lugs. Ride very nice, solid, but a bit small.
    1970(?) A.Bertin - Durifort tubing. Nice rider, long wheelbase
    1974(?) A. Bertin - Durifort tubing. Recent acquisition. Too tall for me on paper, but rides excellent, and I like tall bikes anyway.
    1974 Crescent - Fast and light, but not very comfortable to ride all day, short wheelbase, kind of twitchy!
    1972 Raleigh Supercourse - Current ride to work bike. OK but no great shakes.
    1974 Raleigh Pro - First (and worst) ebay buy. Rides ok, seems a bit heavy, not that comfortable
    1974 Raleigh International - Rides as nice as the Falcon, but lighter in weight. Perhaps the "one bike I would keep, if I had to choose" (other than the Falcon!)
    1975 Raleigh Competition - Have not rode it yet, still collecting parts and paint options. Typical black paint and half chrome stays/forks.
    1975 Peugeot PN10 - Reynolds 531 main tubes. Thrift store buy. Have not ridden, on the "to do" list
    1977 Peugeot (model??). Carbolite frame, touring setup, alloy wheels, crank (stronglight), etc. All french, but fairly heavy frame. Rides very nice and stable, 27x1 3/8 original tires still good!
    1979 Peugeot CFX-10 - Dumpster find. Came with all-Galli groupo. Have not ridden it, needs repaint, then ride.
    1979 Trek 760 "pro" - Reynolds 531c. Yard sale bike. Too small for me, rode it once, seemed to work, then tweaked the forks trying to get stuck stem out. Finally got the stem out, forks still tweaked!
    1980 (or maybe earlier) Colnago Super - Daily rider for a long time. Great bike! Not the most comfortable I ever rode, but fast, goes up hills good, and looks cool to other riders! After a long ride, you feel like you have been out riding a real bike!
    1970's Libertas - Reynolds 531 throughout. Daughter's bike. 50cm. Rides ok but steering seems really "stiff". Has Stronglight A9 headset, maybe something wrong there?
    1970's Flying Dutchman - Reynolds 531 throughout - Daughters former bike (50cm) when she did races as a youth rider. Rides good, she liked it.
    1970's or early 80's Fuji Absolute - Valite 1 tubing. Got it free, will give it away free!
    Early 80's (?) Panasonic DX-4000. Too tall, but got it cheap. Nice looking bike, rides ok
    1980 something Motobecane Jubilee Sport - Columbus tubing, "inexternal" lugs (internal type). Really tall for me (62cm or so) but rides nice and solid.
    Unknown Black Frame - Essentially a NOS frame with absolutely no identifying characteristics such as serial number, wierd lugs, seatstay attachment, or whatever. Someone did a horrible rattlecan black paint job. Real mystery. Only thing I can say is it has Suntour dropouts with rear derailler hanger. Currently in process of building it up as perhaps a daily rider, once I get a suitable fork (probably chrome Tange tubing)
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    winning magazine junkie lofter's Avatar
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    http://upload6.postimage.org/374252/photo_hosting.html

    heres six, all ride sweet, cause i collect gitanes

    also have a 86 hinault look , vitus degribaldy,86vitus carbon, murray serotta,and a 81 melton
    "dont worry charlie ,ive got an angle!!"

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    Currently in the garage at Chez Syke:

    1969 Magneet Sprint: Soft comfortable example of what later became the "bike boom special". For a bottom line bike, it's very comfortable on 50 mile days, so it got mudguards, racks, wider rear cluster and is my long haul bike.

    1971 Gitane Tour de France: Birthday gift from the wife, I jumped on it just for the memories of 35 years ago. Nothing spectacular, but fast on a straight. A nice morning workout bike while the coffee brews. Relatively soft, easy, but still light and fast.

    1986 Raleigh Seneca: Built for two reasons: 1. After the abject failure of a mountain bike to impress me (Trek 930), I wondered what a non-suspension frame would feel like as a tourer. 2. There are a lot of roads that I won't take the Magneet's high pressure tyres on. Despite being a proper mtb sized frame for me (which means it's one size too small for predominantly road use), the experiment was an absolute success. I rode this all winter as my only bike for early season training. It now sits at work as my lunch time workout and errand runner. It's incredibly good in traffic. Set up identical to the Magneet, mudguards, racks, wide gearing - and big, fat tyres!

    1988 Rossin RL: The killer bike, which finally explained to me why people go ga-ga over Italian frames. Riding this one gives me delusions that I could actually win a stage in the Giro, well, maybe a local amateur race, anyway. Fast, twitchy, prone to inspiring the kind of lunacy that I won't do on a motorcycle anymore.

    1993 Bianchi Nyala: Successor to the Raleigh, second time's the charm. One frame size bigger is making all the difference. Built up as a mirror to the Raleigh. This July, we'll be out on the Chesapeake Canal Trail in MD. I'm starting to feel guilty with all this riding straight bars, having grown up always knowing that real road bikes had drop bars.

    2003 Fuji Finest: My learning experience, to bring me up to speed for what I've missed in my 28 year absence from the sport. Built it up 9-speed Ultegra, my other road burner along with the Rossin. Am fairly impressed with what a low line bike can do nowdays. Makes me wonder what it'll be like if I ever get something modern and exotic. I think it's a harsh ride, but then again I've never ridden anything but steel.

    2004 Schwinn Ranger 2.6: A freebie for doing a bunch of bike work for a co-worker, low end bike shop/high end Dick's Sporting Goods mtb, turned out to be a pretty good lunchtime commuter. Replaced by the Raleigh at work, it's now facing Craigslist, but I put real off-road tyres and SPD pedals on it last weekend. I think I'll give mountain biking one last shot before I give up on it completely. It'll still hit Craigslist eventually, for if I like mountain biking, said buddy has a hard nose/tail Specialized I'd love to get.

    Not on the road at the moment: 1964 Raleigh Gran Sport - torn down and in the attic. It'll get a full, money wasting to the point that I'd never get my money back, restoration someday, just because it's the bike that got me riding again. I tend to be loyal to my vehicles.

    70's something Raleigh Sports - black, Malaysian made under license. That's the next project once I finish up my spring motorcycle projects. Slow, easy, comfortable, just the way I remember my white commuter from 1972.

    Oh yeah, if you'd like to see pictures just go to:

    http://s132.photobucket.com/albums/q10/sykerocker/
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    Syke

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    I am a bit like Neal in that I have too many bikes...last count was 26...but I think a few may have bred since then I am going to list a few of my favorites.

    The crown jewel of my collection is a 1972 Raleigh Superbe. It has always been my dream bike and a fellow BF member was gracious enough to sell me one he had in my size. It rides like it was built, very solid and steady, and always ready to ride. Second bike to get grabbed and ridden is my 200? Staiger it is a Aluminum framed German commuter bike. The riding position is very similar to the Raleigh, it is the bike of choice for grocery store runs and the like. It will most likely get an xtracycle upgrade later this year. Third bike in the grab and ride category is my 2006 Redline 9.2.5 it is normally kept in fixie mode, it is usually the one I grab for a quick weekend ride in town. Fourth is my 1968 Raleigh Compact RSW folder that I take on the road with me for a quick ride around the motel area, it is a spastic little bike but still fun to ride. I plan on getting a Brompton sometime in the future. For more on the bike collection...

    Aaron
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    ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

    "Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
    RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
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    Aluminum: barely a hundred
    Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
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