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Old 05-12-15, 12:25 PM
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How old is your bicycle?

How old is your bicycle? I've had mine for 25 years now and it continues to serve me well.
Feel free to mention yours.
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My favorite bike was custom built for me back in 1984. It still fits great. I've changed nearly every component on it over the years... but it is still a friction shifting freewheel bike... built like a truck. So it's 31 years old... and BTW it is steel.

I have bought newer bikes... back in 2007 I bought a Giant off road bike... it works, it's OK, but it's an "index shifter."
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My oldest is an 86 Gazelle Champion Mondial. My newest is a 2013 Ridley Excalibur. I suppose I ought to find a Luxembourgian bike to complete the Benelux trifecta.
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My oldest is 51, made in 1964, 14 years before I was born.

My girlfriend's bike is even older: 55 years old.

My newest bike was made in 2013.
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1935 Raleigh
1970 Robin Hood
1984 Ross
2013 Flying Pigeon
2014 Gazelle
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Old 05-12-15, 01:24 PM
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82 nishiki, but except for frame, fork and seat post all new parts
84 torpado original (some replacements, but true to original)
89 Miyata upgrade to 9 ultetra speed sti
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Old 05-12-15, 01:39 PM
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My oldest bike is my 1980 Schwinn Traveler, I got this new as my first "big-kid bike". We rebuilt it for my daughter when she started college; five years later, it's still her daily commuter:



I wish I had a better picture, but this bike is only at my house in the winter when she uses a winter-beater and lets dad clean up the old Schwinn.
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Old 05-12-15, 01:54 PM
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Originally Posted by powerhouse View Post
How old is your bicycle? I've had mine for 25 years now and it continues to serve me well.
Feel free to mention yours.
18 years. I built up a Litespeed after I got my first decent paying job. Still fits as well and rides as nice. I have replaced parts as things wore out, which took me from 8 cogs to 9 and then 10.
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Old 05-12-15, 03:01 PM
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Late 60's American Eagle roadster
'82 Univega Gran Turismo
'91 Shogun Prairie Breaker MTB.

Bikes last.
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Old 05-12-15, 03:26 PM
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I still have my 1976 Raleigh Super Course Mark II-about 60% original. I just put a 1955 Phillips 3 speed on the road.
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Old 05-12-15, 03:29 PM
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I still have and occasionally ride my first good road bike, which dates from 1967. OTOH my newest bike, which is the one I currently ride the most dates from 2001.
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Old 05-12-15, 05:12 PM
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Two bikes.

Location 1 (primary): 2010 Specialized Sirrus Comp; completely rebuilt 2011 to 'make it mine' -- unchanged since (save tires/chain as needed). Application(s): 2010 to present -- commuting (3 seasons); road riding medium/long distance.

Location 2 (summer months): 2005 Giant Rainier hardtail mtb (26er); completely rebuilt 2008 'to make it mine' -- unchanged since (save tires/chain as needed). Application(s): 2005 to 2010 commuting (3 seasons); road riding medium/long distance; singletrack (w/tire change). 2010 to present: mountain biking.

If I had to choose (lose one)? I'd keep the mtb, no question.
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Old 05-12-15, 05:57 PM
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Purchased my Schwinn in 1981. It will outlive me.
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Old 05-12-15, 06:50 PM
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I have 3 bikes...........

1989 Reflex ALX Carbon - all original and ridden over 700 miles so far in a year.
1995 Huffy Thunder Ridge - converted to a commuter and it's indestructable.
1988 Huffy Techtra Lite - awesome vintage steel road bike and rides like new.

Wifey's bike.......

2014 Huffy Rival - biggest POS I ever rode or worked on! Huge difference in quality between older American made Huffy and the new garbage from China.
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Old 05-12-15, 06:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Johnny Mullet View Post
1988 Huffy Techtra Lite - awesome vintage steel road bike and rides like new.
Johnny,

I'm sorry but vintage and 1988 can't be used in the same sentence. ---- yet. I'll leave open the question whether vintage and Huffy can be.
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Old 05-12-15, 07:00 PM
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Isn't vintage as much a spirit of the bike as year of manufacture? LOL
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Old 05-12-15, 07:31 PM
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My primary town bike is a '74 Schwinn Hollywood step-through. It was originally my mother's bike and was paired with another Schwinn that my father originally rode that I inherited and which eventually failed. It's got the biggest baskets you've ever seen. My secondary town bike was also originally my mother's, an '84 Stump Jumper. This one is mostly used when I am dragging our huge cart (sheets of plywood, lumber or just Costco runs). For fun rides, I mostly ride a two-year old custom Rodriguez tandem, but when I ride alone my go to bike is an '82 Trek 720. The 720 had a bi-lateral hip replacement a few years back (seat stay replacement; the seat stay/seat tube joint is notoriously weak in those frames).

Sometime in the next couple of years I intend to modify a Trek frame from the mid-70s that's similar to the 720 and set it up with some nice gearing, brakes and either 650B wheels or 26" wheels to take advantage of the superior tires available for those sizes for the rides and terrain that I prefer (long, chip-sealed, gravel or dirt). To complete the oddness, I'll add several carbon bits and make it electronic 11 speed. It would make more sense to just have a frame built up custom, but I've been rolling around on these old Trek steel frames for over half a million miles and I'm stuck in my ways.
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My daily commuter is a 1972 Raleigh Super Course. My newest bike is a 1983 Colnago Super. My newest non-bike is a 2010 Ice Sprint Trike (I still can't get the hang of indexed shifting though).
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Old 05-13-15, 11:42 AM
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you guys should really go buy a new bike with plastic stuff and disc brakes, they are so legit....

I ride steel, one 16 years old, one 39 years old. its a simple machine, the new plasticky versions gross me out. they are not designed at all with feel good aesthetics. they look like nascars
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I think mine is allowed to drink. Not really sure.
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Old 05-13-15, 02:31 PM
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I welded mine together 5 years ago. Plan to keep it...
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Johnny,

I'm sorry but vintage and 1988 can't be used in the same sentence. ---- yet. I'll leave open the question whether vintage and Huffy can be.
It can if you were 22 then and are almost 49. I have vintage cassette decks from 1989. Considering that the audio CD format is nearing it's ultimate commercial nadir, a 1997 multiple CD changer is definitely vintage.

With the advances in BMX even a 1988 model is OLD SCHOOL as well.

In 1988, Huffy was a United States company and producing a lot of bikes. That would stand to reason it was American vintage. Huffy/Huffman dates back to prewar and was an iconic company in the industry.

Even if you dislike them you can be thankful that they are still around when a fine company such as Murray stopped producing bikes, and Rollfast simply died.
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Up until this spring, my primary bike was a Colnago Super that I bought used in 1982, but probably dates back to 1968 or 1969.
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Originally Posted by Matariki View Post
My daily commuter is a 1972 Raleigh Super Course. My newest bike is a 1983 Colnago Super. My newest non-bike is a 2010 Ice Sprint Trike (I still can't get the hang of indexed shifting though).
need a pic of that trike (not enough bike pics in this thread)
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Old 05-14-15, 12:32 PM
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A month and a half, just getting back into biking, been about 35 years. Having a blast so far, bike is a Fuji Absolute 2.1, I had the 1.9 disk but turned out to be to big of a frame for me and I kinda like the cleaner look without the disc anyway.

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