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    My Well loved bike. You have one?

    I figured i'd share something. he may be a bike whos name is Bob but no other bike will ever replace him. I ride it everywhere. 30k+ a day. never gives me problems aside from a flat tire. but you can ride normal speed on a flat on this ride. The tubes hold it up enough not to damage anything.

    Why I like my bike?

    It may be a lower end Raleigh thats not made in England but it's never let me down and helps me out greatly to get around and is fun to ride.

    It's also pretty!

    It eats tires fast I find. I don't like this part but it's only tires.

    It's what peewee would have if he had a canadian bike. lol i'm working on the spinny things on each side of hubs and neat saddle bags.

    Where it came from?

    All I know is it was ugly. beat up and hopeless when I found it. my dad told me where it was. there was like 14 bikes in a pile in the garbage, when I got there this guy was left. I walked away not wanting it but decided as I walked that I will accept him! I brought it home and after lots of riding and fixing.cleaning this is what it looks like, well theres a rear dyno 3 speed wheel it has. but the spokes exploded! due to potholes...


    Wanna share your loved bike picture and story? theres proberly threads here on it but why not post again!

    And here he is! Bob the Bike!

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    WOW 30k+ a day on a three spd (did I miread something?) how may miles a year?

    I love all my babies equally but if I had to chose it would be my '90 Bianchi Proto. she is the first bike I ever bought as a frame and built it up from there. aside from the wheels, shifters and rear derailuer she has not changed much since the day her keel was laid down. for me she is one of the best handling bikes I ever owned/rode
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '09 Motobecane SS, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    Thats a great bianchi you have. and no you read right. 30k+ is right sometimes it does way way more a day,as for how much per year. I really don't know. my old bike's computer kept resetting itself lol this one's spedo cable broke so I have no clue. it's not been keeping track. keep loving your bikes! I got four more today! they just keep comming!
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    Currently, I have 4 bikes:

    1971 Triumph Sportster (MaryAnn)
    1987 Basso Gap (Ginger)
    1990 Miyata 721A (Betty)
    2008 Specialized FSR xC Comp (Wilma)

    I look at them like my kids. I love them all, and for different reasons. I have different "relationships" with each.

    I ride the Miyata most, though. She has a particularly nice ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    WOW 30k+ a day on a three spd (did I miread something?) how may miles a year?

    I love all my babies equally but if I had to chose it would be my '90 Bianchi Proto. she is the first bike I ever bought as a frame and built it up from there. aside from the wheels, shifters and rear derailuer she has not changed much since the day her keel was laid down. for me she is one of the best handling bikes I ever owned/rode
    That looks new. Very obviously well cared for.

    I got this as a filthy, sandy mess after a failed eBay auction from a seller in Delaware a few years back. I spent many, many hours cleaning it up, and it was my main ride for a year or two. I loved it, but the 144 BCD crankset forced me to mash harder than the old legs could manage on a longer ride. I was seduced by a little Bob Jackson for a year, and then gave the LHT a shot. After getting a Sugino Mighty Touring crankset, and a huge range freewheel, Phantom is on her way back. I'm building new wheels for her this week, and will be getting mud guards, and a light, and a seat bag. My goal is to take her to Paris some day.

    Here's a recent picture of her. Heck, when you've run over a groundhog on a bike and remained upright, you have to love it.

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    GBreat love for bike Zorro. lol Yeah them groundhogs are a pain but dosn't beat the bird massicure 'however that words spelled. I was riding down a hill pretty fast and some stupid birl flew into my spokes lol
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    thank you sean but really 30,000 30K a day? am I missing something here?
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '09 Motobecane SS, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    I have many...
    Well???
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    Quote Originally Posted by HSean View Post
    GBreat love for bike Zorro. lol Yeah them groundhogs are a pain but dosn't beat the bird massicure 'however that words spelled. I was riding down a hill pretty fast and some stupid birl flew into my spokes lol
    It was a live, and moving groundhog - fortunately perpendicular to my wheels. The bird thing definitely sounds gross and messy though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HSean View Post
    ...the bird massicure 'however that words spelled
    massacre

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    I think he means 30 km. Makes more sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    Well???
    Is there any surprise ?

    Lover her from the day I saved her from the crusher... this simple 1974 UJ10 that I turned into my first fixed gear and rode until this spring.

    Her fork was ruined in an altercation with a big rut in the road so as soon as I replace that Brigette will roll again.

    One year I rode her 10,000 km and she has carried me for at least 20,000 km and probably 25,000 km with nary a problem.









    Just before the crash....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Is there any surprise ?

    ...
    Actually, I was expecting to see the other Peugeot - but perhaps you don't ride it quite as much.
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    Oops yeah I ment KM. I never look at the little km thingy so yeah. still plenty for this old guy. even the really old sports gets that on it. just not as offten as this one. sadly his life will end when mine does but hes going to a good place. he will sleep with me forever! I decided it will go to the grave with me. no clue if anyones ever did that but this bike has did alot for me and and has been through so much.

    And great to see everyones storys and bicycles. wish I had a picture of what happened to my last loved bike I had before I got this one, some idiot in one of those four wheeled thing crashed into the pole I locked it to. can you guess what happened?

    The bird thing was awefull. The poor bike...
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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    Actually, I was expecting to see the other Peugeot - but perhaps you don't ride it quite as much.
    I could part with the other Peugeot... there are other bikes I appreciate so much more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    I could part with the other Peugeot... there are other bikes I appreciate so much more.
    Obviously, I have no idea how it rides, but that's one of the coolest/funkiest bikes ever.
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    I've ridden many bikes for extended periods of time but my all time favorite is this old Merckx. It's an old pro's race bike but has quite relaxed geometry which makes it comfortable and predictable. Being a custom built Merckx it is super strong and well built. It's full of battle scars but very honest. It's almost like riding on auto-pilot when you get in the groove.



    It was originally Super Record when I commuted on it but I've since rebuilt it with Croce D'Aune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    Obviously, I have no idea how it rides, but that's one of the coolest/funkiest bikes ever.
    I think I will take her out on a date this weekend... and the ride is among the nicest I have ever experienced. She's not as laid back as a full on tourer and a little quicker than you would think on the flats and a very nice climber.

    She does look good for being 52...



    I guess I usually like the simpler girls and the bikes I have spent more time building and tuning up...

    This 1940 CCM was another rescue and I just fitted up the new reproduction fork a few weeks ago.

    I really love this bike... we have gotten into much mischief together.


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    Am I seeing things or is a long rear fork and/or relaxed seat angle a feature of most of the bikes shown so far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Fountain View Post
    Am I seeing things or is a long rear fork and/or relaxed seat angle a feature of most of the bikes shown so far?
    Well, I wouldn't say the Bianchi is, and the UJ10 isn't so much, but the others are.
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    No, the Bianchi isn't in that category but it is a Bianchi. They are well sorted out through many years of frame building history, as you undoubtedly know.

    I have an 80's Bianchi that is very nice to ride but there really is a ride quality difference between it and my Merckx. If I didn't have the Merckx I wouldn't hesitate in suggesting my Bianchi, ALAN (very comfortable) Olmo, Pinarello's or Colnago's as they all have great ride qualities and any one would or could be a favorite ride. The difference with my Merckx is that it is a custom build with relaxed angles and flat fork crown. It has noticably different ride characteristics. If I hadn't bought the Merckx I wouldn't have known any better.

    I bought the Merckx as a frame after about 4 years of tossing-up as to whether to buy it. The frame angles put me off. I'm really happy I did get it as it was a great commuter.
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    SixtyFiver; 10.000 km on one year!!!!!!!!! My average on one year is 2000-2500 km and I´m pretty eager! Where did you go - China and back???

    Anyhow, my most beloved bike must be the 10-speed Monark 318 from 1975. I ride it in races and in practice as often I can. I did a 150 km running last weekend (the pic; me in grey/black on the far left) and had a finish time 4 h. 38 min which means average speed 30-31 km. I clearly outrun the alu och carbon majority with their 16-20 gears! The speaker interviewed me afterwards and we spoke a lot about my bikes history. Old Monark race bikes are even very rare in Sweden.

    I can stand losing all my other belongings, but not this one!
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    Well, my Trek 720 counts. Here's a slightly older photo:
    Since the photo was taken, I have changed the fenders (these are 1940's Schwinn fenders; I changed them to Planet Bike plastic ones), the rack (originally I had Jim Blackburn racks front and back; but for a while, as shown here, I had something else; now it has the Jim Blackburns again), and the chain guard (Huffy, I think; I removed it about a month ago). Oh, I've also changed the funky spoke pattern on the back wheel.

    I've had it since 1983, when I bought it as a new frame. It has changed a lot over the years, and I have no idea how many miles I've ridden it.

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    I assume that it has 26 x 1 3/8 tires on it. What brand of tire are you running? There are some high quality ones available in that size that should give much better wear, and would likely ride better.

    Harris has a great Panaracer option and the Schwalbe Marathon
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/tires/590.html

    Here is a Continental option:
    http://www.biketiresdirect.com/pcocr...de_tire/pp.htm


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    It eats tires fast I find. I don't like this part but it's only tires.


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