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    Gotta love this thread....
    "It's always darkest right before it goes completely black"

    Waste your money! Buy my comic book!

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    Waterford-made Riv:



    Franklin custom, made in Newark, Ohio:

    Last edited by Mercian Rider; 11-06-12 at 01:38 PM.
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    My only USA made bike now is my '80 Mclean


    I used to own this nice '89 Waterford Paramount
    1989 Schwinn Paramount OS
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    1983 Bianchi pista
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    "I've consulted my sources and I'm pretty sure your derailleur does not exist"

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    1990 Waterford built Paramount OS



    1985 Trek 620

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    Quote Originally Posted by ftwelder View Post
    this is the oldest american bike i have. 1900 nashua, 100% american made.
    wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    Too many to choose from....a few of the highlights:

    Slingshot made in Wisconsin:



    Steve
    That is the coolest mtb and coupled with American ingenuity and innovation! Congrats, Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercian Rider View Post
    Waterford-made Riv:



    Franklin custom, made in Newark, Ohio:

    I really dig these...so elegant.

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    1981 Ritchey



    1984 Ritchey

    1959 Hilton Wrigley Connoisseur (still my favorite!)
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    1971 Gitane Tour de France (The War Horse)
    1971 Gitane Super Corsa (The Garage Queen)
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    (replacing the stolen 1981 Tom Ritchey Everest custom)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jr59 View Post
    Well I have a couple;
    How long are the cranks on the Ellis. Look long to me, more than 175?
    '81 Austro Daimler Olympian, '87 DeRosa Professional, '91 Gary Fisher SuperCaliber, 1999 Calfee TetraPro, '03(?) Macalu Cirrus, '04 Tallerico, '97 Co-Motion Tandem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
    How long are the cranks on the Ellis. Look long to me, more than 175?
    I think they are 177.5, but please don't hold me to that.
    Gravity hates us all, but it hates me more than thin people!

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    Good Lord Plastic Man! Go go gadget legs?

    Really loving this thread...those Ritcheys above are exceptional.

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    Forgot to add my custom fixed gear, built here in Raleigh, NC. It currently has FSA compact road bars on it, which I like.
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    "I've consulted my sources and I'm pretty sure your derailleur does not exist"

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    I'm newly back into road cycling from a long break... and wanted to share my story...
    I'm sure everyone has one of those stories about "the one that got away"... or "if you love something, set it free"... blah blah blah. Whether it be a woman/man, a car, or anything else we once loved... there's always something in the back of your mind that you always wish you'd never let go.

    Well... I'm so excited I have to share with you all... sometimes those stories can have a happy ending.

    For my 16th birthday, my dad gave me a bicycle. Not just any bicycle... the best bicycle that my local shop had in stock. A brand new, 1985 Raleigh Competition. I can't even begin to guess how many miles I put on that bike. 15 miles each way to work, plus 100-150 miles every weekend. I was really attached to that bike. As long as there wasn't snow on the ground, my feet were on the pedals. I rode it in college, and after. When my son was born, I hitched a trailer to the back and started riding with him, until he was old enough to start riding beside me on his own bike.

    About 10 years ago, I moved to the beach in Florida. I kept seeing folks riding their fat-tire bikes on the beach, and thought... "Wow... wouldn't that be great." So I posted my old Raleigh in the classifieds, and it quickly sold and I bought a mountain bike. While it did as expected, and allowed me to ride on the beach... I missed my old road bike. I regretted letting it go.

    Then I moved away from the beach... I'm just a few blocks away from a nicely paved bike trail. The road bikes go whizzing by all the time. My regret depened. I finally resolved to buy another road bike.

    On Friday afternoon, I saw a little "old fashioned" local bike shop. (Northeast Cycles, for those near St Pete, FL) I stopped in and started chatting with the owner... telling him the above story. As I browsed through the store, one bike in the used section caught my eye. A mid 80s Raleigh Competition. On closer inspection, I saw that it was not just the same KIND of bike... it actually WAS my bike. It still had the "Criterium" sticker that I had put on it 20+ years ago.

    She's now back in my garage.


    Sadly, the Cinelli criterium bars and stem have been replaced, as well as the wheels that I had built with Superbe Pro hubs and Mavic MA40 rims, and the Superbe Pro brakeset. BUT... she'll be back better than ever in no time.



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    Ride Fast and Ride Safe! gioscinelli's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaRaleigh View Post
    I'm newly back into road cycling from a long break... and wanted to share my story...
    I'm sure everyone has one of those stories about "the one that got away"... or "if you love something, set it free"... blah blah blah. Whether it be a woman/man, a car, or anything else we once loved... there's always something in the back of your mind that you always wish you'd never let go.

    Well... I'm so excited I have to share with you all... sometimes those stories can have a happy ending.

    For my 16th birthday, my dad gave me a bicycle. Not just any bicycle... the best bicycle that my local shop had in stock. A brand new, 1985 Raleigh Competition. I can't even begin to guess how many miles I put on that bike. 15 miles each way to work, plus 100-150 miles every weekend. I was really attached to that bike. As long as there wasn't snow on the ground, my feet were on the pedals. I rode it in college, and after. When my son was born, I hitched a trailer to the back and started riding with him, until he was old enough to start riding beside me on his own bike.

    About 10 years ago, I moved to the beach in Florida. I kept seeing folks riding their fat-tire bikes on the beach, and thought... "Wow... wouldn't that be great." So I posted my old Raleigh in the classifieds, and it quickly sold and I bought a mountain bike. While it did as expected, and allowed me to ride on the beach... I missed my old road bike. I regretted letting it go.

    Then I moved away from the beach... I'm just a few blocks away from a nicely paved bike trail. The road bikes go whizzing by all the time. My regret depened. I finally resolved to buy another road bike.

    On Friday afternoon, I saw a little "old fashioned" local bike shop. (Northeast Cycles, for those near St Pete, FL) I stopped in and started chatting with the owner... telling him the above story. As I browsed through the store, one bike in the used section caught my eye. A mid 80s Raleigh Competition. On closer inspection, I saw that it was not just the same KIND of bike... it actually WAS my bike. It still had the "Criterium" sticker that I had put on it 20+ years ago.

    She's now back in my garage.


    Sadly, the Cinelli criterium bars and stem have been replaced, as well as the wheels that I had built with Superbe Pro hubs and Mavic MA40 rims, and the Superbe Pro brakeset. BUT... she'll be back better than ever in no time.


    Fantastic story! Glad you found your lost prize and are happily reunited!
    Gios Pro Cinelli SC Colnago C50 Litespeed TI

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    1989 Trek 520 (too small for me so sold!)









    This frame was built in '96 by a friend who was a welder at Fat City back in the day, then he worked briefly for Indy Fab and currently Serotta (but now he works behind a desk instead of behind a torch). So I guess it is "Fat Indy-rotta".
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    Some REALLY nice bikes in this thread.

    Here's mine, it's not a classic or a road, touring or mountain bike but it is vintage and Made in the USA:

    Currently riding a 2013 Handsome Devil custom build and an 80's Takara Highlander (MTB built in the style of an 82-84 Stumpjumper).

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    Currently have:
    Bruce Gordon, Fat Chance Yo Eddy, Schwinn Paramount



    A great one I let go of: Merlin Extralight
    Best riding bike I ever owned. It would have been perfect (and still in my possession) if it were 2cm larger

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    Quote Originally Posted by northbend View Post
    A great one I let go of: Merlin Extralight
    Best riding bike I ever owned. It would have been perfect (and still in my possession) if it were 2cm larger
    Missing quite a few spokes though. Nowhere near enough spokes.
    Real cyclists use toe clips.
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    Suum Cuique, Jim. I can tell you that wheelset is still going strong. I still beat the crap out of those each spring and fall and they have been trouble free going on 5 years now. Can't say the same thing for my traditional 32 or 36 spoke 3x wheelsets...

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    Out on a test ride, 1978 Tom Ritchey touring bike. Waiting for a saddle and bar tape to arrive in the mail.

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    Mmmm, bicycles.

    I prefer emails to private messages - holiday76@gmail.com

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    Mmmm, bicycles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
    The Waterford and Kvale above would make my top 10 of this forum list.
    Thank you Aaron.

    Chris Kvale is definitely near the top of my list.

    Man, can he build a frameset.

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    1985 Trek 560


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    Quote Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
    I really dig these...so elegant.
    Thanks!
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