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    Senior Member BruceHankins's Avatar
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    Do you still ride an old bike?

    I know there is a whole C&V section, but I was wondering how many people here who frequent the road cycling section still ride older bikes. 1995 and back, on a regular basis.

    My current bike is a '89 Kuwahara Newport with Exage Action and Cyclone RD. It's mid-entry level for its time, but it rides great and hasn't let me down yet. I picked it up for $10 in almost new condition, so it's a deal that's hard to beat. Do you still ride a classic/vintage road bike regularly? What do you think, would you keep riding it or drop $500+ on a new model if you had the extra money? Post pics if your old ride too!

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    Oh, this will be fun.

    I have a 1983 Raleigh Super Course,



    and a 1994 Nishiki Sport XRS that started life as a hybrid but I've put drop bars on it.



    (pic taken on my commute)
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    Older bikes are great. I was still riding an 88 Allez on club rides 2 years ago (granted I had put 9 speed Tiagra STI on it.)


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    I have a 1982 steel Homebrew 2.0 racing bike I ride from time to time, upgraded w/ modern Campy. A bit heavy by today's standards, but rides nicely.

    Last edited by Homebrew01; 05-29-13 at 10:22 AM.
    Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike

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    Vitus 979, going out this AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrycan42 View Post
    Older bikes are great. I was still riding an 88 Allez on club rides 2 years ago (granted I had put 9 speed Tiagra STI on it.)

    Love my 89 stumpy comp which I commute on. Same color scheme as the 88 allez, different bike, :
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    1990 Trek 1500. Now a bit of a Frankenbike as It has a mix of DuraAce, Deore, Tiagra, and RX100 components. Heavy at 24 pounds and change, but still rides nice. Some day it will be my Plan B bike but for now it suits me fine.
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    I just rode my 1982 Gazelle with modern Campagnolo/Dura Ace components 200km. Due to the flex I'm looking into a modern whip
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    86 Bianchi I ride early and late season but I don't ride it much the rest of the year. I did away with the original groupset in favour of 105. Other wise it is modern CF and Ti rides.

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    You Know!? For Kids! jsharr's Avatar
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    I have 3 road bikes in my stable. A 1983 Cannondale ST500, all original survivor bike, use it to ride around with the boys. Toying with the idea of turning it into a more of a hybrid / touring bike with flat bars, wider tires and racks. I love the ride quality and stability, but do not like the drivetrain and brakes. Would love to resto mod it with newer drive train.


    This is how it looked right after I brought it home from the garage sale. Paid $10. Just tossed the front wheel on for photo, nevermind the QR.

    I also have a 1980ish Falcon of England Europa. Reynolds 501 tubing, garage sale find for $10 also. Rebuilt it using the Alex wheels that came of my 2005 Trek 1200 and a new Shimano 105 drivetrain, Tektro levers, Shimano 105 brakes, new bars and saddle.



    It has a classic steel ride, very supple and forgiving. I split my longer road rides between it and my 2005 Trek 1200.

    I do not think I will ever drop big money on any bike. Have about $300 in the Falcon and about $900 in the Trek 1200.

    If I had to keep one bike, it would probably be the Falcon, due to better ride quality. The performance of the more modern drive train on the Trek would be my only reason to keep that bike, as it does not ride as nice as the Falcon.
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    I have a '92 Concorde Squadra TSX with da7400 on it. This bike gets just under a third of my riding time these days. The da group has about 250000km on it, the controls and front derailleur are shot. The bike itself has ~100000km on it.
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    A 1994 Eddy Merckx EX Titanium with full Dura Ace 7700 is my primary road bike. I've been putting in 100 - 150 miles per week on it so far this spring. It is an absolutely fantastic bike and I have no plans to replace it anytime soon.

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    This is what I'm riding these days. Frame/Fork/Stem/Bars from 1986...


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    I've got an early 90s Trek that is now relegated to the trainer and an occasional outdoor ride.
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    Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.

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    87 Schwinn Tempo/88 Schwinn Premis


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    Quote Originally Posted by BooneDog View Post
    This is what I'm riding these days. Frame/Fork/Stem/Bars from 1986...

    Sweet!!
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    It is all classic road bikes / customs here... I don't race.

    1954 Raleigh Sports (3 spd club bike), 1955 Raleigh Lenton (fixed gear), 1957 Peugeot PLX8, 1966 Moulton F, 1973 P20 custom, 1975 Ron Cooper, 1975 Garlatti (rando bike) and a 1990 Proctor.

    When I want to go faster...

    1990 Proctor with 8 speed Ultegra / 600... a great climber.



    1975 Ron Cooper w/ vintage 13-21 (7 speed)... a prairie rocket.



    Mind you... I did a sub hour 40 on my 1955 Lenton once.

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    1981 Lotus Unique that I bought new when I was 15. I must have bought it slightly big because the amazing thing is that with a longer stem that bike still fits me. Even with newer components it is heavy at >26 lbs with a powertap wheel.

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    KHS aero comp. great bike, has a new seat and one less ring up front now. No frnt derailluer.

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    Great looking rides! It's great to see so many steels still kicking day to day. On my usual ride I'm the only one not on a commuter with panniers or a cf monster I see.

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    Ok. This one is my fave, with the Serotta coming in a close second. Great bikes all around though!

    Quote Originally Posted by BooneDog View Post
    This is what I'm riding these days. Frame/Fork/Stem/Bars from 1986...


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    Thanks and I love that Serotta too. I've never owned one, but always like looking at them.

    Quote Originally Posted by jerrycan42 View Post
    Ok. This one is my fave, with the Serotta coming in a close second. Great bikes all around though!

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    Unfortunately I do cos I'm to poor for a new bike.

    But when I get a new bike I'll keep this for an indoor trainer / winter bike, as it dose ride nicely IMO...and its my first bike and not worth anything resale wise so will just keep it in the collection.

    Despite the fact I'd trade it any day for a modern bike I think its grown on me and I have a soft spot for it.

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    I rode my Tanguy today! That frame was built for me in 1976 or 1977. I put modern components on it about 2 years ago. On Sunday i took it down a steep winding hilll and it was exactly the same as it's maiden voyage down a steep winding hill! This is a good way to wind back the clock 40 years!
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