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Old 10-07-11, 06:55 PM   #1
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OK we've had plenty of eye candy, now let's see your C&V bikes that work for a living

All my bikes (exclusively C&V BTW) are in regular rotation for commuting and/or shopping duty and/or just plain going out for social occasions. In my life I haven't found much room or the need lately for going on a bike ride for its own sake. One exception is when my expected commuting miles fall short due to weather or other factors, then I'll do some catch up riding purely for exercise on the weekend.
Anyway, for me, my bikes are utilitarian appliances that I happen to enjoy, admire, and cherish as fine examples of refined machinery. But they are all required to work for a living, so while I ensure that they are always mechanically top-notch when being ridden, I don't spend a lot of effort trying to make them into museum pieces visually. With that preamble, here are my working C&V bikes, in the order that I acquired them.

78 Motobecane Grand JubilÚ - owned since new, my favorite ride for those occasional exercise runs


89 Peugeot Versailles - acquired 2009 to relieve GJ from the brunt of commuting duties


82 Univega Viva Touring - acquired 2010 as bare frame & fork, to assume the role of beater for sloppy weather riding, hauling heavy loads, and being left locked up/unattended in town


Cilo touring bike, unknown year, 531DB frame, total Frankenbike - unanticipated acquisition 2010, one of those CL finds, dontcha know? Built up with iconic 70's European components to satisify yearnings I developed as a teenager, heretofore unrealized. Very nice ride, second only to Versailles in cumulative commuting miles this year.


Looking forward to what my fellow C&Vers have to post on the topic of working C&V bikes. I'm fully expecting to see a slew of bikes from SixtyFiver, and several others.
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1977 Schwinn Le Tour II

I love this bike and use it for everything. the first two photo's are from my night ride a few weeks ago.
Top of the first big pass outside Pendleton OR about 6 p.m, I rode this 118 miles through the night for the thrill of it.

Racks 2 by Lucas James 78, on Flickr


This is after riding all night and it was so cold... when the sun peaked over the horizon I had to stop and photograph it as the greatest sight I had ever seen.

racks1 by Lucas James 78, on Flickr
You will notice in the photo's of the long ride I am using my 30 year old brooks saddle it is less pretty but much more comfortable!

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Oh, boy! Another opportunity to show off my workhorse. I bought this UO8 new in 1972. Been commuting on it this summer, a tri-modal commute car/train/bike.

The bike in repose:


Heading to work in the morning:


Waiting for the train:


Crossing the Blackstone River, halfway to work:


A recent upgrade to save weight, now it wears this crank:
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This is my work horse...and I must say it handles everything I throw at it with aplomb...



It's my rain bike, commuter, long distance bike and shopping bike. There's really nothing it can't do well thus far...it feels great, has terrific road manners and still retains a little pep for its weight.
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jimmuller - That is the essence of a working C&V bike!
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This one carries me to work rain or shine, panniers get loaded with tools sometimes too.
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Sweet! I am a utility oriented type of guy anyway.

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1972(?) Raleigh Sports Standard I have owned it since 1982.


1989 Giant Iguana owned since new, but it has changed hands a couple of times and come back home. Intended use is Fire roads and expedition tour. Currently being used as a backup grocery hauler.
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I don't have a massive fleet and bikes my size are hard to come by anyways, so here she is, my 1979 Super Grand Prix.

Bought the bike last year for $20.00 after it had been run over by a car and I pieced it back together, the saddle is actually older than the bike, it's a 1974 Belt Fujita off a Fuji.

It gets used for everything from commuting to weekend cruises.

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I can't pass a pile on the side of the road...

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I had this gaspipe for a commuter. Probably about 3,000 miles per year.

The seat tore.
I snapped a crank (steel).
Not enough chain wrap so there was plenty of chain skip.
BB needed facing caused a weird pedal stroke.
BB cups were not smooth.
Brakes didn't stop.

Sold it.

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Does an old work horse count? 32 years ago this was home for 6 months and 8500 miles. I'm now 100 lbs heavier and 60 years old starting to work my way back onto it.


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i put this one to work today:
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Traded a Schwinn Continental for this one a while back, and built it up as a grocery bike. I live two blocks from two different stores, and a ton of take out, so I use this one a lot. It's rather comfortable too.


Although, my Univega gets a lot of use for short rides, and the Focus is my fast bike, and for every 2 block ride for the fuji, the univega gets a 5 or 6 block ride, and then the focus gets a 10 mile ride.

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I work at home or "in the field," so I have no workhorses, just a steady rotation, which keeps the bikes looking decent. Each gets ridden a week, then has to wait 4-5 weeks to be ridden again.

Great thread, another slice of the cycling pie.
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[QUOTE=Perigee;13334954]Does an old work horse count? 32 years ago this was home for 6 months and 8500 miles. I'm now 100 lbs heavier and 60 years old starting to work my way back onto it.


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Looking forward to what my fellow C&Vers have to post on the topic of working C&V bikes. I'm fully expecting to see a slew of bikes from SixtyFiver, and several others.
I am still restoring my database on my server so don't have quite as many images to draw from (yet)...

I really love to see vintage bicycle getting used as they are practical and serve to provide a balance to all the new bikes which are a lot like new cars in that they all look the same while many of these older bikes have character that has been built over many decades.

Just built up this old AO8 to use as my rain bike and for light errands and am just waiting to track down a Peugeot rack so I can carry a little more... it is a simple set up with a Perry coaster hub and for what it lacks for in raw stopping power it makes up for in amazing smoothness and engagement.



My 1987 Kuwahara Shasta is my workhorse... commuter, grocery hauler, and tow vehicle and recently changed the drive to an 18 speed to give it the range it needed for pulling 50-100 pounds in the trailer.

The Twenty was a wedding gift and is also a great bike for short trips as my back does not often like the upright position for too long and serves as a nice loaner.



Was contacted by the folks at Momentum about doing an article on using old bicycles as daily transportation... all my bicycles get used whether that is for utilitarian or recreational purposes and it is a working collection.
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Old 10-07-11, 11:54 PM   #17
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Man, I've been commuting on my Super Course for several months now. We decided as a family that we could do the 1 car lifestyle. It's almost exactly 850 feet to the school where my wife works and all the kids learn. I work about a half a mile away ( though it's straight down a big hill and straight up the next.)
As soon as we sold the second car my wife ruptured her achilles tendon (I should know how to spell that by now). She's needed that car every day for every thing.
I've had this bike Super Course that I got out of the recycle pile for about 5 years now. It's a great riding bike. So I borrowed a milk crate and zip tied it to the rack and threw my tool bag in it (I do mantainance and odd jobs at a retirement community).
I need to take some recent pictures cause it looks as good as any old faithful dog who just won't quit. I put a new Wald paperboy rack on it last night. It carries my tools but the weight gets to wobbling back there and wags the dog, so to speak.
Anyway, I can't show you it because my daughters finally killed my camera. It was only 5 years old. I guess that's old for a digital. I have a box of 35-40 year old Pentax SLRs that got me through art school but they don't do internet. My wife gave me her spare camera but she doesn't know where the USB cable is so I've got a couple of months worth of pics that I can't share with anyone.
Maybe tomorrow I'll go to Best Buy and get a new cable cause my bike was made for this thread. I'll show you. You'll see.
Course, as soon as I pay too much for a new cable, the old one will be sitting there right on top of all the junk.
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Sekai 2500 she does everything except ride me around on the dirt trails.. and she gets a lot more use then my other vehicle in that picture. Switched the cheapy seat back to a 70's racer.. till I get it a brooks. Pic on next page.
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Touring in Denmark and rigged for children transport. And fast as a commuter.
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Twenty years now of commuting on this bike. I ride it rain or shine, and think it's homely enough to be able to lock anywhere without undue worries!

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My commuter and every road ride bike:


I'll soon have my Peugeot built up for winter commuting/New River Trail duties.
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Daily commuter, 50's/60's era RIH turned to commuter (campus) duty. Now with north road bars so I can actually some of the traffic ahead.
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Great bikes, great stories. Keep 'em coming! I love seeing vintage bikes that are getting "worked" as they were intended.
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[QUOTE=Perigee;13334954]Does an old work horse count? 32 years ago this was home for 6 months and 8500 miles. I'm now 100 lbs heavier and 60 years old starting to work my way back onto it.




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