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Old 11-17-08, 03:11 AM   #1
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Hi-10 bikes for life thread

hi. I know a lot of people ride hi ten conversions, with stamped dropouts, 5 (10?) extra lbs., and a lot of shame. But hi-ten bikes are great, and not just surplus stove pipes cobbled into crude imitations of bikes...my raleigh super grand prix is a hefty,elegant steed. i'd post pictures,but that's stupid. other people should though. I think hi-ten really is the new cro-mo. Who's with me?
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hi. I know a lot of people ride hi ten conversions, with stamped dropouts, 5 (10?) extra lbs., and a lot of shame. But hi-ten bikes are great, and not just surplus stove pipes cobbled into crude imitations of bikes...my raleigh super grand prix is a hefty,elegant steed. i'd post pictures,but that's stupid. other people should though. I think hi-ten really is the new cro-mo. Who's with me?
"hi-ten is the new cro-mo"

"pink is the new black"

"huffy is the new bianchi"

"fail is the new win"

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nice raleigh, i'll maybe post mine someday...those brits, bringing hi-ten to the level of a fine art. cro-mo. who needs it?
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Be sure and toss any Reynolds or Columbus frames my way and I'll bury you with all the hi-ten you ever wanted.
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Another ******* calling it stove pipe? Have you ever seen stove pipe? It's gas pipe, you fool!
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My SE draft. Hi-Ten, but love it. Bring it on haters...


With drops
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My SE draft. Hi-Ten, but love it. Bring it on haters...
Perfect street bike, IMO. Who wants to ride a $2000 bike over potholes and lock it up in front of the bar? Not I.
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Perfect street bike, IMO. Who wants to ride a $2000 bike over potholes and lock it up in front of the bar? Not I.
Exactly. Have a '09 lager frame on the way, but still gonna have this for those late night barhop rides home.
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Nice bikes, especially the white Raleigh.

You should really post your bikes on the "Showoff your Townies" thread : Showoff Your Townies

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Stove pipes make fine coal and wood burning bikes, imho. have you ever seen a gas pipe? This whole thread should be moved to another forum, probably...
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i feel dumb asking, but what is hi-ten?
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hi-ten = high tensile steel. Non chromoly, heavier, thicker tubing. Still can give a nice ride but many bikes from the 70's "Bike Boom" were nasty hi-ten and heavier than lead. I rescued a low-end Gitane out of the trash. Looked cool but the frame was very heavy, had a "dead" feel to it. Gave it to someone who gave it to someone who finally converted it to a fixed gear.

Schwinn Varsitys are the Kings of hi-ten, heavier than a tank, bicycles.
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did some changes to my newly named "stovepipe bike"



and the rear with a different fork (chrome looks better)


Whole she-bang, again, the fork was replaced with the Chrome one
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yeah, varsities are curious beasts. kind of resemble (very shoddy) road bikes, but weigh more than most downhill rigs. Handle less well too. Raleigh probably made the classiest looking hi-ten bikes, i think. Some records and grand prix are actually pretty easy on the eye. I also have a centurion with butted hi-ten, it actually does feel a little lighter than other hi-ten bikes i've had. For what its worth, i agree that very nice cro-mo (the nicest frame i've ever owned was made from tange 1, if that means anything) is obviously lighter than hi-ten, and rides better, but i think the difference is often greatly exaggerated
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Also, nice "stove pipe" draft. I don't think making new bikes out of hi-ten is a crime. looks sturdy enough. shame about that one piece crank though. Have you found it to be heavy and unmanageable, kind of like riding a boat anchor forged from pig iron? probably not, huh?
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lol.
why so funny? It gets me from a to b doesn't it?
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why so funny? It gets me from a to b doesn't it?
I think it was directed toward the Ourys on the road drops.
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I think it was directed toward the Ourys on the road drops.
Oh, I agree. Changed bars back to flats. But... Not Ourys. Specialized BG MTB grips
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