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Old 04-24-07, 12:21 PM   #1
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Bike checks

Always wondered why this forum didn't have a stickied bike check thread, like most others. It'd be nice to see everyone's different bikes. I'm expecting a lot of commuter bikes, but maybe some surprises too, eh?

Would a mod please sticky this, if people are agreeable?
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Old 04-24-07, 12:22 PM   #2
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Coaster-brake conversion on a Raleigh Grand prix. Townie as hell.
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Old 04-24-07, 01:05 PM   #3
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Coaster-brake conversion on a Raleigh Grand prix. Townie as hell.
I miss my Raleigh Grand Prix. I rode it for 19 years until it was finally stolen. Blue just like yours.
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Old 04-24-07, 06:32 PM   #4
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Great Idea, kjohnny.

Your bike also resembles my current bike in a way


I just got my fenders in the mail but havent installed them yet. I also added a handlebag bag since this pic was taken. New pics soon to come!
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Yes! got to love the milk crate. Say, do you know any good way to make it easy to relese from the rack?
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I have a LOT of bikes, but here are my hauling rig, and my passenger carrying rig.


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I am with Sammyboy...I have lot's of bikes

Here is a picture of the "herd" I usually ride the Raleigh Superbe or the Staiger to the grocery store.

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Old 04-25-07, 07:22 AM   #8
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Do us all a favor and oil your chain. Poor thing.

Sammyboy, I can see the rest of your pile of bikes in the garage. How many do you have?
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Ok, you asked for it! Some of these are projects in progress, and this includes my g/f and sons bikes:






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That's most of the interesting ones. Here is my back room and garage (though both are now a bit fuller, since these pics were taken)


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Do us all a favor and oil your chain. Poor thing.

Sammyboy, I can see the rest of your pile of bikes in the garage. How many do you have?

*cough*

I read this as "can I see the rest of your bikes"! Ah well. I personally have about 8 or 10 (might be more), my son has 4, and my g/f has 2, plus the back half of the tandem. I generally have 5-6 bikes on the way through for business purposes though, plus one or two that I'm building for friends.
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Damn, sammyboy, save some bikes for the rest of us!

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Sammyboy is one of the founding members of the R.S.P.V.B. (Royal Society for the Protection of Vintage Bikes)!

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Geez, Sammy, how do you fit your car in the garage with all those bikes? ...hehe
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The real trouble is getting any but the front row of bikes out. I need a bigger house.....
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Okay, here is my beast:



I moved the bar a little since the photo was taken, and moved the rear light to off the back of the rack, the permanent method of attachment I am still working on, but it's held on with some 14 guage wire for now... I want to change the fork for a rigid one, the stem and the bars, but those are next years projects, unless I decide to pick up an old road bike, and work on that instead. I need to change out the saddle bag for a smaller one, and that I will do, probably this week. Since I will be down near the bike store, and I need a spare tube anyway....

*edit* I forgot something when I posted this, I might need to replace the crank, since it's possible I may run out of gears by the end of the summer....

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Sammyboy, I love that Gazelle. The yellow bar tape and bottle cage really make that bike look quite nice.
What do you use it for? Commuting? Fun rides? Tootling around the block?
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That's my fast road bike. It's got Campagnolo Chorus clipless pedals on there now, and I did 34 miles on it this morning. I work from home, so when I do commute by bike, it's to the station (the office is 157 miles away). I do that on the Raleigh 20, or on a beater Falcon that I don't mind locking up all day. I haul stuff on the Raleigh Royal tourer, with or without trailer (want to put a front rack on that). Rides with my g/f or son are on the tandem. Everything else you see is just for giggles.

As a measure of investment in this, the Gazelle only cost me 20. It's not the top 80's model, but the second in the range, and would've been a club racers bike in it's day. I haven't really got any investment in these bikes, because they're just things I've kept in the course of my (profitable) bike trading, but many of them were very cheap in terms of purchase price.
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The real trouble is getting any but the front row of bikes out. I need a bigger house.....
Could be worse, you could collect cars then you would need to live in an old Walmart
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Sammy boy, how does the fixed front cargo rack compare to a handle bar rack. I see the fixed front rack in photo2120012.jpg. When I was a paper boy a full load in the handlebar mounted basket made steering through loose sand feel funny.
I was thinking a fixed rack up front might be better. Do you have experience riding with 30 lbs or so up there?
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No - the BSA is my housemates bike, (I bought it for her - doing my bit for the Vintage Bike Revolution) and it's only a little tiny basket on there. I think it would be steadier, because whilst it can still affect the balance of the bike, it doesn't pull the steering around like a bar or fork mounted rack would. On the downside, you have to be careful that the bars can clear the basket, so you can't load it up the same.

One of my projects for the next year (if I can find space) is to get one of those old butchers bikes, with the really heeoowge baskets and the little front wheel, and build it up with good brakes, and a Nexus hub, make myself a cooler cargo bike.
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Do us all a favor and oil your chain. Poor thing.

Sammyboy, I can see the rest of your pile of bikes in the garage. How many do you have?
Yea, I've been hearing that lately. I just got the bike 2 months ago (first bike) and havent really had time to do much as far as learning to replace/clean/fix stuff. Hopefully it will happen soon!
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Yes! got to love the milk crate. Say, do you know any good way to make it easy to relese from the rack?

I have been thinking about some kinda quick release thing for it. haha right now its just tied on there with some rope. I did have it zip-tied on there but the zip-ties broke. I was thinking about just using a short piece of housing wire since it is my work/ grocery getting bike right now.
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