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Old 01-08-12, 10:29 AM   #1
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Using a C&V bike for daily road use

We have a great River Trail here in Little Rock thats paved and follows the river for 20 or 30 miles in both directions and loops around in using various bridges connection ting the two sides and other parks and even a peninsula. Most riders on the trail are in carbonfiber, lightweight, higher end stuff. Then you have me. I ride an '81 Fuji Royale. Man do I get some interesting looks. Especially when they get pasted by a guy on a bike with chrome. Usually when passing riders I notice that my bike turns heads. Probably no so much for its great looks but simply because there aren't many, if any other I've ever seen, out in the trail on anything vintage. Do any of you get this same reaction from your C&V rigs?

I would really like to start a C&V riding club here, I just don't thank there's enough of us here to do it.
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Old 01-08-12, 12:55 PM   #2
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Happens all the time.
I rode New Year's Day, as I've done for a few years, with a larger group in the next town.
Again, I had the only steel bike.

There's only one other person in that group with a steel bike.
A Pinarello Montello.

He's converted it to a fixie.
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My most memorable was being "ghosted' by a police car, after a mile or so, he pulled and started asking about the bike. But more often than not, other cyclist refer to my bikes as "old" which seems to have a negative conotation.
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I usually get a "cool bike" as the carbon riding crowd goes by. I also get "looks like you ride a lot" which to me is the ultimate compliment as I ride very little.

I ran into a friend while out riding yesterday. He rides a steel early 90's Simoncini thats totally cool. I was on my Reynolds. It felt great riding with someone who rides a classic. We rode together for about 5 miles that just flew by.

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If so, who cares? There are quite a few steel framed retro styled bikes that have shown up over the last few years. There must be a reason for it.
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C & V is all I have. Usually the roadies think I am some newbie out for the first time on an old garage sale bike. They are always offering suggestions about getting a newer bike, clipless pedals, etc.


I think the funniest thing is that most new bikes seem to all be some form of red, white and black color scheme. So they look at you like you are a heretic because you are riding a frame with some color and chrome on it.

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Big chainring,

Is that some electrical tape helping keep the RD cable in place? That is a good idea.
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When you do run into another person on a nice old frame, it can give you an automatic riding buddy for at least a while. On one big group ride I did, there was a girl on a Pinerello, absolutely gorgeous bike, on loan from her mother. Had to keep reminding myself that it would be creepy to say something like "nice lugs", so I managed to just admire it a little from a distance.
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A couple of the local LBS mechanics are impressed w/ everything I ride. When I attended a RAAM launch a couple of years ago, one chap commented, "A Capo -- cool."
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My favorite group ride story: I passed our English ride leader, saying, "You need Italian steel." Less than a minute later a bloke on an early 1970s Raleigh International passed us both, and my friend retorted, "YOU need BRITISH steel."
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My favorite group ride story: I passed our English ride leader, saying, "You need Italian steel." Less than a minute later a bloke on an early 1970s Raleigh International passed us both, and my friend retorted, "YOU need BRITISH steel."
I like that one, but personally I tend to rock japanese steel I get "cool bike", but usually from kids walking not really from other cyclists... but it's not about what they think, it's about enjoying the ride.
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I commute on a '42 Roadmaster and sometimes I take it for a joy ride down by the river where all of the carbon fiber guys ride in big groups. No one has ever said a thing to me except for this one lady at work.
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Big chainring,

Is that some electrical tape helping keep the RD cable in place? That is a good idea.
Yeah, one of the cable guides just disintegrated when I was setting up the rear derailleur. Literally it just sort of turned to powder. It had a double stop on the chainstay so I have taped the cable to give it some integrity.
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Man do I get some interesting looks. Especially when they get pasted by a guy on a bike with chrome. Usually when passing riders I notice that my bike turns heads. Probably no so much for its great looks but simply because there aren't many, if any other I've ever seen, out in the trail on anything vintage. Do any of you get this same reaction from your C&V rigs?
The short answer: all the time. C&V is all I ride. The chrome catches the eye of other riders. The fenders get head shakes. I've had my share of experiences where I outride or out-climb the guys on newer, space age-looking rigs and I've had my share of getting blown out too. I find some small satisfaction when someone else shows appreciation for my bikes, but the thing is that I really love 'em - and that is what's important to me.
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