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    You know your an old cyclist when:

    You know you're an OLD cyclist when you remember when :

    - you save to buy a bike for racing that weighs only 25 lbs

    - what is the tour de france ?

    - You wonder if an american will ever win the Tour de France and think 'no way'

    - You are amazed at 10 speeds - why would anyone need any more?

    - a mountain bike? What is that? Why would anyone ride a bike off road. Gravel roads are hard enough.

    - a long ride is over to yor neighbors house 4 miles away.

    - You forget to stop at a stop sign and your feet are in 'cages' locked in by a leather strap.

    - If on a long ride you need to bring a spare tire, a spare tube, a big pump.

    - If thirsty, just stop at a local creek, clear away the moss, and feel safe to drink all you want.

    - Drafting is coasting down hill.

    - everyone knows racing is done in relays, and teams. The most important member to recruit is one who has a nice bike.

    - your bike clothes are your regular clothes but you have a strap around your ankle that keeps your pants leg tight so it doesn't get caught in the chain.


    - A FRED is your best friend

    - all you need to be 'cool' is a baseball card and a clothes pin

    - your first bike was a 'gasp' girls bike that your aunt gave you. Worst you had to give her a kiss on the cheek in front of everyone. (a steep price for a 10 yr old)
    **Fate is a fickle thing, and in the end the true measure of a person is not fate itself, but how they master it**

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    -when you can remember butted aluminum as a new bike material
    -when you know how to adjust non-threaded cantilever brake posts on canti brakes
    -when your first suspension fork on a mtn.bike used elastomers for the suspension
    -when your first geared bike used a Sturmey-Archer hub

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    As an American shopping for your first road bicycle, you saw three types of wheelsets: 26 x 1-1/4" clinchers, 27 x 1-1/4" clinchers, and 700C tubulars.

    Your choice of saddles was tensioned leather Brooks, tensioned leather Ideale, tensioned leather Wrights, or a wide mattress thing.

    You did not leave the house for a long ride without spare spokes taped to your Silca pump and spare brake and gear cables in your saddle or handlebar bag.

    You and at least half of your friends had your water bottles on the handlebars instead of the frame tubes.

    A triple chainring was pretty special, and a 6-speed freewheel was downright rare.

    The 90-speed bike in Charlie Harding's shop just south of UCLA was quite a spectacle, as were the curly-stay Hetchins frames.
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
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    You know you're an OLD cyclist when you remember when :

    You keep reaching to the downtube when you want to shift.

    You remember coaster brakes.

    you wish you had a horn built into the tank on the top tube....beep beep!
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    ...You "soft pedal" during the act of shifting.

    You routinely brush or "wipe" your tyres with the leather palm of your crocheted cycling gloves...while riding.

    When you talk about the chamois in your shorts, you actually MEAN chamois.

    While riding, you constantly scan your surroundings for good places to empty your bladder.

    During rides, you think up good threads to start on BF 50+ when you get home...but always forget what they were.

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    ... you want to wear long-sleeve jerseys and pants to cover your arms and legs because you got too much sun exposure (and probably also damage) during your first 50 years.
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    You can remember when Schwinn introduced the Sting Ray.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    You can remember when Schwinn introduced the Sting Ray.
    ... and you can remember jumping it off the curb into the street... with playing cards pinned to the spokes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    You can remember when Schwinn introduced the Sting Ray.
    Now I do feel old

    I have kids old enough to remember this one. My son just had to have one.
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    You know you're an old cyclist when you know what Ashtabula means, and where it is;
    you remember that bike with the skinny tire as an "English Racer."
    When my feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says, "Oh, *****, she's awake!"

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    When all the girls had streamers in the white handlebar grips of their Rollfast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeranger View Post
    -when you can remember butted aluminum as a new bike material
    -when you know how to adjust non-threaded cantilever brake posts on canti brakes
    -when your first suspension fork on a mtn.bike used elastomers for the suspension
    -when your first geared bike used a Sturmey-Archer hub
    Never had cantilevers so Can't comment.

    First Aluminium frame was a 92 GT Pantera and boy did that thing climb hills. Took a lot of effort to get a 32lb Lightweight Mountain bike up the hills though. I must be missing out on something because my Bianchi still has a set of 95 Rockshox Judy's fitted- still a fantastic fork. And I was annoyed when my Dad Bought me my first Geared bike in 1960. A Raleigh Trent tourist. I wanted a Raleigh blue Streak with drop handlebars and 5 gears.
    Last edited by stapfam; 02-29-08 at 11:58 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HopedaleHills View Post
    When all the girls had streamers in the white handlebar grips of their Rollfast.
    None of the girls I knew had a Rollfast. In fact I was the only person in my neighborhood who did not have a Schwinn. I was the odd kid with a Fleetwing.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    You can remember when Schwinn introduced the Sting Ray.
    Nobody on my side of town had a real Sting Ray. Everyone had a Spider from J.C. Penney.
    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shifty View Post
    ... You keep reaching to the downtube when you want to shift. ...
    Well, that's where my gear levers are!
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    ...when you know first hand the pain associated with the Sting Ray's
    5-spd. "n**buster".

    ...when you miss pulling the chain for the siren.

    ...when you still check for the load in the rear baskets whenever you hear a rattling
    sound back there.

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    Gosh! everyone, even I, forgot about the generator on the tyre for the light!
    And yea I had bar end streamers for a very short time.
    **Fate is a fickle thing, and in the end the true measure of a person is not fate itself, but how they master it**

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    [QUOTE=Red Baron;6253084]You know you're an OLD cyclist when you remember when :

    When Sturmey Archer gears were all the rage, because now you had three speeds, not just one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John E View Post
    As an American shopping for your first road bicycle, you saw three types of wheelsets: 26 x 1-1/4" clinchers, 27 x 1-1/4" clinchers, and 700C tubulars.

    Your choice of saddles was tensioned leather Brooks, tensioned leather Ideale, tensioned leather Wrights, or a wide mattress thing.

    You did not leave the house for a long ride without spare spokes taped to your Silca pump and spare brake and gear cables in your saddle or handlebar bag.

    You and at least half of your friends had your water bottles on the handlebars instead of the frame tubes.

    A triple chainring was pretty special, and a 6-speed freewheel was downright rare.

    The 90-speed bike in Charlie Harding's shop just south of UCLA was quite a spectacle, as were the curly-stay Hetchins frames.
    I recall this version. I have a silca in my violin shop now on a shelf. Nobody notices, yet! I never saw a 6 speed freewheel when I started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louis View Post


    While riding, you constantly scan your surroundings for good places to empty your bladder.
    They're really hard to find this time of year....no corn fields
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    Quote Originally Posted by John E View Post
    Well, that's where my gear levers are!
    Yup, I still have one as well. When I switch to the down tube bike I reach for the brifters, when I go back to the newer one I reach for the down tube
    Those voices in your head aren't real, but they have some great ideas

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    When you remember an actual dial to go with the dial tone. Nothing to do with biking but at least I didn't talk about party lines.

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    I still keep reaching for the down tubes. Plus! I keep forgetting that my bike has more than 10 speeds, so I forget I can shift up on the hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freeranger View Post
    -when you can remember butted aluminum as a new bike material
    -when you know how to adjust non-threaded cantilever brake posts on canti brakes
    -when your first suspension fork on a mtn.bike used elastomers for the suspension
    -when your first geared bike used a Sturmey-Archer hub
    Worse yet a 2-speed Bendix hub on a massive 26" cruiser!

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    You want a bike with cotterless cranks

    You think, I can buy my friend's 25 inch frame Grand Prix, I'll just jump sideways when I stop

    You look at cantilevers and wonder what's really wrong with centerpulls

    You're building your first brifter bike and wonder if you can remember where to go for the shifters

    You wonder if a hydration system can be made to work in reverse so you don't have to stop so often, after all, we went to the moon, right?

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