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Old 02-17-14, 07:41 AM   #1
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It's 1986 or '87 or '88. What production road bike would you buy?

Enter the Way-back machine and go to 1986, 1987 or 1988. It's a great time for production road bikes. Campagnolo, Suntour and Shimano had great components and Reynolds, Columbus, Tange and others were producing a wide range of high quality tubesets. Downtube shifters kepts cost moderate and bike shops carried multiple brands from around the world.

What production road bike would you buy and why? "Production" is defined as produced in annual quantities greater than 250 units and distribution of the product made local purchases in 10 major markets possible.
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Just because I don't have one in my stable, Centurion Ironman or a Schwinn Prologue... Good call on the title change, that was a little before.
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One "production bike" I would consider is a Bianchi Mondiale.
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I'd buy one from the early 70's
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I don't think be means "used" production bike, or I'd be there with you.
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That would be another thread. ;-)
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Oh, man. 1986-88 I was in my mid-late 20's. Making a decent living. But, there were very few good bikes shops nearby. So my choices would have to be pretty mainstream. I know, not über cool, but its what was available to me.

Touring - 1988 Miyata 1000. Triple butted goodness with Deore.
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Oh, man. 1986-88 I was in my mid-late 20's. Making a decent living. But, there were very few good bikes shops nearby. So my choices would have to be pretty mainstream. I know, not über cool, but its what was available to me.

Touring - 1988 Miyata 1000. Triple butted goodness with Deore.
Racing - 1986 Trek 770. Reynolds 531 with Super Record.
My thoughts also. I had a 14 year old Paramount in 1988, but really should have added a better fitting bike for fitness use.
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I wouldn't buy a road bike, I'd buy an 1988 Diamondback Axis



if forced to buy a road bike I'd buy an 88 Centurion Ironman Master with purple haze.. it would match the Axis too
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I would buy a dozen Cannondale Black Lightnings in each of those years. I could be shopping for beachfront property on Lake Michigan today.
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Just because I don't have one in my stable, Centurion Ironman or a Schwinn Prologue... Good call on the title change, that was a little before.
I consider myself lucky, I've got both.
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if forced to buy a road bike I'd buy an 88 Centurion Ironman Master with purple haze.. it would match the Axis too
What really fascinates me in that spread is the electronic shifting...

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I consider myself lucky, I've got both.
I've got an 84 Turbo, so not hurting for either.. but given the years for the criteria, definitely the short list is those two.
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I've got two 87 Preludes. Wonderful bikes.
The 86 model was full Suntour Cyclone, and in 87 they had Shimano light action, friction, or indexed.
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Are we talking budget too? And is this with today's knowledge or with what we knew back in '87, '88, or '89?

I have '87 bikes that I really, really like. Why didn't I buy one back in '87? A. I didn't know. 2. I didn't have the budget.
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Several. But being of modest means, I'd be thinking Japanese - nothing exotic. Just a very good quality mid-upper bike. Lugged steel. I'll leave the high-end imports to those who would or could appreciate the differences between my choices and those expensive European Uber-bikes.

In '86 I have my 11 yr-old Fuji S-10S with all of the upgrades, but I think I'd like something a bit newer to tour on. Maybe a Fuji Touring IV or V, Miyata 610 or 1000, or Schwinn Voyageur. My budget would probably favor the IV or 610

For strictly faster pace club rides and such, probably a Club Fuji, Pro Miyata or 710, Schwinn Prelude - Note: again not the top of the line models.

I had never even heard of Univega until a couple of years ago, but if I found a LBS back in the day that carried the full line, I might be intrigued to the equivalent grade models to my other choices.
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Cool thread!

It really depends on how many bikes I have/can have. If I'm getting a roadie, and could afford it, this:



If I need an all arounder, probably something like this:

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Are we talking budget too? And is this with today's knowledge or with what we knew back in '87, '88, or '89?

I have '87 bikes that I really, really like. Why didn't I buy one back in '87? A. I didn't know. 2. I didn't have the budget.
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Are we talking 1987 or 1887?

If we mean 1987 I might have bought the Bianchi Brava I have today.
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It was '86, and I bought a Cannondale SR400. It was the best I could afford as a college Freshman. Upgraded a few times, I'm still riding it. I've since bought a Peugeot from that era, I've always admired the MAVIC gruppo. There were tons of great choices in the late 80's!
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The last production year of the ultra classic Campagnolo Super Record. The perfect combo for me would be that group on a Somec or Pinarello Montello.
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I think it would be a Paramount, Peloton, or Prologue.
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I think it would be a Paramount, Peloton, or Prologue.
The Paramount and Peloton would be in my top 5, too. Did they have the same frame?
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Well, I love Italian bikes and I'm in love with my 86 Basso Gap, so yeah, that would be my choice.

The geometry combined with the SL frame is very racy and makes for a fast, nimble ride. I'd love to have Campy Super Record on it to. Basso's had some great two and three tone paint jobs that I'm fond of also. And the best part of the Basso is it's affordability compared to other Italian brands...
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I don't think be means "used" production bike, or I'd be there with you.
Oh. Right. Faced with this same question in 1986, that's exactly what I did. Bought a used bike. Current production bikes from the period?
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