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    Rogue Cyclist RaleighSport's Avatar
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    Your common love.

    I've noticed a lot of "high end" love around here, and a lot of bottom end love too... but most of the people with the entry level or mid older bikes don't tend to show them/boast about them... well I want to see them/read the stories attached. Is it your old 80's warhorse commuter? perhaps a bmx bike that cost sub 200 and you just can't part with? etc. etc.. now show me!
    "Seriously is what I want to be, so I put on spandex and show off my gear, my junk, my thing, yes my ding-a-ling."

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    I don't know if this is what you're going for, but I picked up this Panasonic DX-3000 a while back to flip, and it just rides so nice I decided not to part with it. Tange 2 frame, 105 bits. I have since swapped in some American Classic/Matrix wheels and some PB fenders. My only itty bitty complaint is there isn't a lot of tire clearance. 25 mm is about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
    I don't know if this is what you're going for, but I picked up this Panasonic DX-3000 a while back to flip, and it just rides so nice I decided not to part with it. Tange 2 frame, 105 bits. I have since swapped in some American Classic/Matrix wheels and some PB fenders. My only itty bitty complaint is there isn't a lot of tire clearance. 25 mm is about it.
    That may be a notch or two too nice for this, but you've got the right spirit! I like it..
    "Seriously is what I want to be, so I put on spandex and show off my gear, my junk, my thing, yes my ding-a-ling."

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    I'm still riding the Fuji 'Special Road Racer' I bought in college 36 years ago. I really don't see the need to replace it.



    We've ridden 30-40 thousand miles together over the years...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
    I'm still riding the Fuji 'Special Road Racer' I bought in college 36 years ago. I really don't see the need to replace it.



    We've ridden 30-40 thousand miles together over the years...
    Wow ever had to repaint her? And that's exactly what I'm talking about!
    "Seriously is what I want to be, so I put on spandex and show off my gear, my junk, my thing, yes my ding-a-ling."

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    And what we do together is none of your damn business....

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    Got this Mirage frame in trade with another forum member couple years ago.Has less than hundred miles on her as its too small for myself and too big for the kids.Only love for it is from Kitty-cottenheadedninymuggins.






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    Here is my '87 Bianchi Sport SX which not only rekindled my love of cycling from my teen years but also introduced me to my life long obsession with Bianchi bikes. I actually bought her new from the left over money from my '67 Beetle being 'totaled' in an accident. I bought a used replacement fender/taillight and with the rest of the $500 I bought this.

    A Tange DB SuperSet for Bianchi frame, Suntour Alpha 5000 components except for the brakelevers, Nitto B-115 bars on a specialized stem and QBP adaptor, Jagwire cables and Sheetz XL Hazelnut coffee. The first year I had it I rode her almost into the ground. I must have had a good 1000 miles by the end of the year, training, commuting, training races, real citizen races, a MS Ride. She is not exactly original now but very close and set up how I like it.




    Despite augmenting her with a Chorus festooned '88 Super Leggera the Sport SX and I continued to enjoy many sunny, rainy, cold and snowy commutes. I also had her set up and flatbar cross bike at one time. She got back at the Super L for pushing her aside by wearing the Super's cranks and calipers for a few years. We have seen alot of miles togather and I hope we will see many more.


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    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo SOLd, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis SOLD, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti SOLD, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe SOLD, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    7-speed doomsday prepper ThermionicScott's Avatar
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    ALL of my bikes are entry- to mid-level.
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    My current stable is all mid-level at best, and I don't care. I'm having my fun with my bikes, which are appropriate for the type of riding I do. If I were doing some competitive racing, or "A" level club rides, it would be a different story. I also still have my bike that I bought when I was in college.
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    Most of mine are low to mid-end also. Only a couple of exceptions and I don't really ride those much. When all else fails I more often than not grab the '84 Gitane Sprint (Vitus 788 tubing) that I purchased in 2008 to be my winter indoor trainer. It hasn't seen an indoor trainer since 2009.

    1984 Gitane Sprint; 1984 Gitane Tour de France;1982 Trek 610; 1980's Univega Supra Sport (fixie); 1975 Teledyne Titan;1984 Peugeot PSV10N; 1968 Peugeot PL8; ;1982 Nishiki Marina 12; 1972 Peugeot PX-10; 1987 Trek 800 Antelope (touring/commuting set up); 1981 Trek 510; 1993 Trek 950 mtb; 1996 Klein Pulse II mtb; 1997 Klein Pulse Comp mtb; 1989 Peugeot Limestone hybrid (for touring); 1989 Spectrum Titanium

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    My Coventry Eagle 'Commodore' - deliberately left 'Urban distressed' so I can lock it and leave it in town. Mid range bike from the late 1970's but built from Reynolds 453 tubing - seamed butted tubing that includes titanium in its steel alloy - great for touring.
    This one was a 'shed find' when helping a neighbour to clear an out house in one of his homes. Lucky me!









    Here's another "common" bike from the same shed, that I've grown to love. I found that this frame and forks were from a 1993 Giant Allegre, once I'd cleaned all the grime and pigeon guano off the brush repainted frame. Stripped all that off and started from scratch rebuilding from a bare metal frame, using parts sourced cheaply off e-bay or given free by friends. I've got enough Campagnolo equipped bikes, but this makes a brilliant any time ride - It's really fun, responsive and accelerates well - and though I'd hate to drop it, it hasn't cost very much, so probably the best value bike I've got!
    Oldpeddaller - The older I get, the better I used to be !!!" ***** If at first you don't succeed - hit it with a hammer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
    Wow ever had to repaint her? And that's exactly what I'm talking about!
    Nope, original scratched/nicked/chipped paint. I couldn't stand the original screw-on-valvestem pump that came with the bike, so I've had the Zefal HP pump on it since '76... That and the cheap rack.... That orange thing is a USCG-approved Xenon strobe for early morning rides.

    Numerous wheelsets, three rear derailleurs, one front, new crankset, two freewheels, suspension seatpost... SunTour barends since 2-months old. Replacement cables, etc...Only original components are frame, fork, Dia-comp centerpulls, and believe it or not, the original Fujita Belt leather saddle! Now wearing my last set of original 'Number 1' handlebar tape.
    Last edited by Cougrrcj; 08-19-12 at 04:29 PM.

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    Michael, I want to steal your cat. And how small is that mixte?

    BG: As always, amazing.

    Scozim: I love stories like that! The bike that took over!

    Old: Those mostly look like sleepers not "common love"!

    This is great guys keep them coming!
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    This one is my current love a 74 Juenet 620. I originaly got from the scrap pile at the local bike coop with intentions of building it up to flip. Well I couldn't sell it for a good price the best bit of odd luck I have ever had on a bike if I had sold it would have regreted it and never realized how great it road, so I kept it and road it. The bike road so good that upgraded most of the parts and kept it as a daily rider. With the current 9 speed alpine gearing it rides better than bikes I have owned costing close to a $1000 and can handle almost anything including riding with 50lb roads or doing centuries with friends who have high modern carbon fiber bikes.





    Yes I do intend to redue the paint some day but that would mean I would have to stop riding it which I don't want to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
    Michael, I want to steal your cat. And how small is that mixte?
    Ha!When she has kittens your welcome to the whole litter. The Moto is 19 ".

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    This has been posted before, but here is it again. This was my first derailleur bike, 1972. When I bought this I didn't know anyone who owned such a bike, so I was going out on a limb. This pic is from about a year ago when I was using it as a commuter, 25 miles round trip. I rode this as my main ride for perhaps 15 years and have only recently opened my eyes to how a bike could be better. That says something about how good the UO8 really was.



    Since BianchiGirll has posted her Sport Six, I will post this also, a near-bottom-end Bianchi Brava. I built this up from a bare frame this past winter on a whim, and have been delighted with it ever since.

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    You can't get more "common" than this... I don't think even the U08 is more ubiquitous than the GP - and like its French cousin, it's a joy to ride.


    '73 Raleigh/Gazelle Grand Prix


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    Quote Originally Posted by michael k View Post
    Got this Mirage frame in trade with another forum member couple years ago.Has less than hundred miles on her as its too small for myself and too big for the kids.Only love for it is from Kitty-cottenheadedninymuggins.




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    My Franken-Le Tour has a few thousand on it, and it's a definite old entry level bike! I love it anyways, it's good fun, and it's comfortable. Handles loose gravel better than it has any right to!
    '81 Schwinn Le Tour, '74 Schwinn Continental

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    Zukahn: now that truly looks like an old friend.

    Jim: I've heard often enough the ride on those peugeot's are nice. Dunno about that bianchi.. looks a bit shiny for my liking.

    Auchen: I've got a 72 centurion lemans, (basically the same bike) and it's stayed with me forever. I think I understand that pair.

    Battle: Love it.
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    94 Schwinn Crosscut. I found her at a storage facility sale. I set it up as shown, and it was love after first ride. This one stays in the keeper fleet.


    2012-05-04 -001 by WNG555, on Flickr

    96 Diamondback Sorrento. Parts bin build as a utility-cruiser. It sports a mtb rack now, and serves as a beater.


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    Pretty much all of my bikes are low-to-mid-range models because that's all anyone ever throws out around here, or at least is still on the curb by the time I discover it.

    These two from 1980, my Sekine RM40 and my Wife's Mixte Sprite are my two favourites, though:

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    I think everything I have in my small stable is pretty common, but this is about as common as they get: Gitane Grand Sport de Luxe built from a beat-up bare frame with mostly scrounged or traded-for parts.


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    my cannondale rs600. great riding bike, its the one i can ride in bad weather or throw in the back of my jeep and not worry about scratches.
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