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Old 04-30-08, 08:03 AM   #1
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I want to look older...

I really want to get a vintage looking bike, (ie classic paint job, nothing flashy, solid steel) and then add some acorn bags (acornbags.com). bascially, i would love a bike that was a beautiful, classic look, but was fairly new and had decent parts (things like sti style shifters).

Does anyone have a bike like that? I would love to see pictures. To me these are the most beautiful bikes to look at. Thanks!

Also, any suggestions for a bike of this style that won't kill me financially would be awesome!
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Old 04-30-08, 08:06 AM   #2
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How about asking in Classic and Vintage forum?
they will have more idea surely

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Old 04-30-08, 09:50 AM   #3
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New classic frame style bikes, or ones that have been extensively updated(ie, brifters) tend to be pricey- think rivendell, waterford. I would buy an older late 80's bike in good shape and ride it and see if you can adapt to bar end or downtube shifters if you do not have a large chunk of cash.
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Old 04-30-08, 09:58 AM   #4
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This is my mid 80's Bianchi Squadra. Originally downtube shifters and, but still all indexed.

it now has a mix of Shimano Rsx and Ultegra stuff on it. Brifters, triple, brooks saddle. It has Columbus tubing and is pretty light. I use it as my commuter, and weekend go fast bike. I love it.



I also have a 73 Raleigh Grand Prix that I've updated with cotterless cranks and some other stuff, still running simple friction shifters though.

You can get what you're looking for pretty cheap if you piece the components together and build it yourself.
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Old 04-30-08, 10:21 AM   #5
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I really want to get a vintage looking bike, (ie classic paint job, nothing flashy, solid steel) and then add some acorn bags (acornbags.com). bascially, i would love a bike that was a beautiful, classic look, but was fairly new and had decent parts (things like sti style shifters).

Does anyone have a bike like that? I would love to see pictures. To me these are the most beautiful bikes to look at. Thanks!

Also, any suggestions for a bike of this style that won't kill me financially would be awesome!
I don't know what your price range is, but you might want to check out Mercian Cycels and Bob Jackson, both in England. Bob Jackson has beautiful lugged steel framesets in a wide range of sizes for around $700-800. Mercian is a tad pricier, but I believe they are all custom sized.

http://www.bobjacksoncycles.co.uk/default.php?cPath=28

http://www.merciancycles.com/frame_king_mercia.asp

Or, of course, keep your eye on Craig's List and Ebay for a vintage ride.
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I think my 2008 Sherpa has that "classic" look. Reynolds 853 tubes and all. And thats one of the reasons I bought it. I also have three genuine vintage touring bikes.
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+1 on the Mercian suggestion. I'm loving mine.
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Hmm, the Brooks come in black don't they?

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Here's my ride, though I've added gold toe-clips and brown leather straps since this photo was taken (I'm also using my old faithful B17 instead of the Professional model that's mounted in this photo). Not any vintage equipment involved, but it might give you some ideas on style.


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Here's a thread on updated vintage bikes in C&V:

retro roadies- old frames with STI's or Ergos

My primary bike is a 1986 Schwinn Voyageur lugged Columbus Tenax steel with modern Shimano 105, 10 speed compact double.
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Here's my ride, though I've added gold toe-clips and brown leather straps since this photo was taken (I'm also using my old faithful B17 instead of the Professional model that's mounted in this photo). Not any vintage equipment involved, but it might give you some ideas on style.

Great looking rig! Any more pics?
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Here's my LHT...it's sporting a honey B-17 nowadays. The saddle shown is some funky San Marco Rolls I found at my old LBS in Italy.

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