My first good bike, a 1979 Univega Viva Sport. Sold it to a guy who didn't appreciate it or finish paying for it. I'd still have it. Sold a Gran Rally a few years back. When I saw the dude load it into his car I knew I'd screwed up.
My old Bridgestone 300 Sport Touring. It was terribly comfortable and fit me perfectly(that's how I remember it anyway). It had really nice condition paint, too. Obviously never ridden much before I got it. If I ever see one again, or even better yet - a frame-set in good condition, I'll grab it without a doubt and cover it in "out of place" Dura-Ace.
A c. 1973 Knight racer in '531'. No pics available — rare. But you can read about them here:
Me: I've learned a lot about cycling by my mistakes, and I can repeat them perfectly! My Bikes: Vitus-979, Simplon-4-Star, Gazelle-AB, Woodrup
My first full campy bike- a '71 Gitane Super Corsa- never appreciated it then and most of the campy ended up on the Colnago frame I bought a couple of years after and then wrapped around the front end of a Chevy in 1978- but I sold the gitane frame sometime about '75.
the 1974 Silver Paramount track bike my parents gave me for my 21st birthday- The great low drop steel bars didn't last a year before I wrapped them around a steel fence support at the Northbrook velodrome, in "the biggest pile-up anybody there had ever seen" I'd got caught up in, and I was with a frat brother who was also injured, so I ended up having to drive the 300 miles home all scarred up-
Here we are about 1980-
I sold it on consignment in a bike shop in Torrance in 1984 when I retired and knew I'd probably never hang onto it trying to live in L.A.
Last edited by harpon; 03-11-13 at 03:08 AM.
Not a bike, but had to sell this '88 Festiva a couple of summers ago when moving to Florida- 275,000 miles PLUS- and the most fun car to drive- the best maintenance free car I'd ever owned. The van I chose to take with me instead now has tranny troubles, but the '96 Aspire is still going strong.
I bought this for $700 in L.A. back in 1997 with 175,00 miles and drove it over another 100k with no major repairs or rebuild- still started right up when I had to let it go quickly for a mere $300- for some reason, the guy hasn't ever transferred the title.
We have had one of those^^ in the familiy for about 20 years. My father currently has it and I think it is his favorite car ever.
"Where you come from is gone;
where you are headed weren't never there;
and where you are ain't no good unless you can get away from it."
The bright yellow 71 Schwinn Speedster I rode to high school, nothing special, but a tough and endlessly dependable old bike.