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    Why I Love The Classics

    I read of the troubles with modern miracles of bicycle engineering with their hydraulic disc brakes, electronic shifting, hi-zoot BB's, ceramic bearings, brifters......none of that stuff will ever trouble me on my bikes.

    Ever.

    Simplicity ROCKS.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    One of the reasons I love bar end shifters...
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    Me too: Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix. Can't wait 'til March!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
    Simplicity ROCKS.
    Ride Fixed Gear on the road.

    You pedal it and it pedals you right back, fair is fair.

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    Last edited by Bandera; 02-06-15 at 06:53 PM. Reason: fair is fair
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
    Simplicity ROCKS.
    Don't get me started. As it happens I've just spent three (3!) hours trying to install my new TV. It now kinda works.

    Remember the times when you would just take it out of the box, plug it in, turn it on and you'd see Deputy Dog?
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    Maybe you could start a club
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    Quote Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
    Don't get me started. As it happens I've just spent three (3!) hours trying to install my new TV. It now kinda works.

    Remember the times when you would just take it out of the box, plug it in, turn it on and you'd see Deputy Dog?
    Another analog man living in a digital world.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
    Maybe you could start a club
    Already a member:

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    I love the classics too... especially Latin.
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    A big part of my love of biking is, they really are simple machines. With wheels. Gotta love what wheels can do for you.

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    Add the single speeds to the simple list. Push off and pedal,stop when you have too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJScaliger View Post
    I love the classics too... especially Latin.
    "Latin is a language, as dead as dead can be.
    First it killed the Romans, and now it's killing me."

    The classics, according to Lewis Carroll: "laughing and grief"
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    I went to old school...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJScaliger View Post
    I love the classics too... especially Latin.
    I wish I did more to keep my latin from getting rusty. I used to be fluent but now I'm at the point where I can read it and know what I'm reading, but writing in Latin takes some gears I haven't used in about 5 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
    Don't get me started. As it happens I've just spent three (3!) hours trying to install my new TV. It now kinda works.

    Remember the times when you would just take it out of the box, plug it in, turn it on and you'd see Deputy Dog?
    Deputy Dog??......Who's that??
    I saw Roger Ramjet...... Billy Laguna, Professor Krashcup and Leonardo on our Zenith, back in the schoolyard days, and the remote had no batteries and made a "TOINK!" sound......One thing for sure though, today's TVs are light as a feather........so they are easily stolen. So always park your nicest bikes next to the big flat screen in your house, as the thieves would most likely go for the TV, instead of the bike.....
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    I love 'em, 'cause they represent the pinnacle of bicycle design- when bikes were everything you needed- and nothing more. No unnecessary baggage; no needless complications. Simplicity; purity; directness.

    Stem shifters got the job done more efficiently and just as easily as brifters.
    Quill stems were better and more versatile than threadless.
    Simple bearings in races and cages...no need for a million different cartridges and standards....
    Square-taper BB? Nothing newer is as good- in fact, they're worse.
    Toe straps or clipless? I don't see any real difference, except the latter are much more expensive.
    Steel is real! (Real durable! Real comfortable!)

    Funny, but when people rode "real bikes", I don't recall them obsessing over millimeters and grams, or getting $250 "pro-fittings" from some teenager with 5 hours of training....

    The old, "real" bikes just FEEL GOOD! You get on one and ride! You don't have to be a fuss-budget. They may be a few poiunds heavier than today's best bikes...but they seemed faster. (And they were no heavier than today's mediocre bikes).

    I worry when on my CF bnike, every time I hear a new noise...a little click; or rattle..... I didn't do that on old steel bikes.

    One possible area of improvement today: Tires. -but of course, the martketing geniuses changed the standard, so that classic wheels are rendered largely obsolete.....

    A sad realization: I'll bet at least half of the people on these forums have never used downtube shifters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YouthxCrew View Post
    I wish I did more to keep my latin from getting rusty. I used to be fluent but now I'm at the point where I can read it and know what I'm reading, but writing in Latin takes some gears I haven't used in about 5 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stucky View Post
    A sad realization: I'll bet at least half of the people on these forums have never used downtube shifters.
    That's because we're still using these:


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    Quote Originally Posted by JJScaliger View Post
    I went to old school...
    I'm still going.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stucky View Post
    A sad realization: I'll bet at least half of the people on these forums have never used downtube shifters.
    I've explained the concept to a few people in recent years LOL

    I like working on older bikes, but I like the new-fangled tech. Granted, a lot of my new-fangled tech is 10 years old now.

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    Non-classic: I just set up 7-speed brifters on the Terry for my sweetie. Surprisingly, they actually work! But they go CLICK! They ain't genteel.
    Real cyclists use toe clips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
    Deputy Dog??......Who's that??
    Actually it's Deputy Dawg. I loved Roger Ramjet, BTW.
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    My top three reasons:
    1. Because I am a grumpy old man
    2. My outdated bike is my excuse for not being the fastest rider
    3. Because any bike without a horizontal top tube is horribly wrong
    I.C.

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    After using stemmies for a few years, which were actually very convenient , bought a newish bike with brifters and I really like them . As far as all that other stuff, I have no burning desire to go there.
    I ride because... I really enjoy it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Insidious C. View Post
    My top three reasons:
    1. Because I am a grumpy old man
    2. My outdated bike is my excuse for not being the fastest rider
    3. Because any bike without a horizontal top tube is horribly wrong
    +1
    1. Because I'm a grumpy old man who appreciates simplicity. All that is needed and nothing more - nothing added by the marketing folks.
    2. I no longer need an excuse for not being the fastest rider. I don't give a ........ Ride my own ride now
    3. Horizontal TT on a men's road bike seems the optimal design (just like the boxer engine seems like the optimal design). I can live with all the slopy stuff on step throughs, mountain bikes and mixtes but drop bar road bikes should have horizontal TTs.

    Soon enough all my ideas of 'just right' will be considered OBE and 'quaint' and 'how DID they ride such a thing?'

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