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Old 08-02-15, 07:55 PM
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Very important question for the group

Well, not really, just something I've been wondering lately.

Who here has never owned anything other than steel?

Anyone owned aluminum?

Titanium?

Carbon?

My personal count is:

steel (2)
Aluminum (2)
Titanium (0)
Carbon(1)

I've been riding long enough that my first road bike carries c&v status now, but it was an aluminum cannondale. I just wondered if there is anyone here who has been exclusively on steel only.
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Old 08-02-15, 07:59 PM
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Two aluminum bikes and one carbon. Still have the carbon Cannondale.
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Not quite an answer, but I am fairly confident all future bike purchases will be steel. I would do aluminium on a mountain bike, but not a road bike again. I much prefer the way steel feels. I also like my carbon Fred sled, but to me steel is just more enjoyable
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Old 08-02-15, 08:04 PM
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I owned only steel (counting only the high-end Reynolds and Columbus bikes, not the '63 Raleigh Blue Streak) from 1964 to 2004.

Only aluminum since then. I won't bother with steel again; might consider carbon; no interest whatsoever in titanium.
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All all steel for 40+ years, with a singular exception of a titanium Litespeed Tuscany. I loved the comfort of the Tuscany, but it was too flexy.
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Old 08-02-15, 08:09 PM
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All my bikes have steel frames.
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They make bicycles out of something besides steel? Who knew....
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I've owned carbon fiber, aluminum, and steel. I sold off my modern carbon fiber bike. Aluminum was my "starter bike" and rode nice from what I recall. I'm all steel now.
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Great stuff, keep me coming!
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I used to have an aluminum Schwinn (PDG 564). Hated the thing, as it rode like a pogo stick. I sold it, but if I had to do it again, I might try it with a carbon fork.

All in the stable at present are all steel, but I might try a carbon fork with steel frame. Don't knock it 'til you try it, as they say.
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Right now:
2 steel, 1 frameset, 1 full bike
1 CF/steel, full bike
3 CF/Al, full bikes
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Originally Posted by TickDoc
Great stuff, keep me coming!
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I had 11 steel bike
1 aluminum
i prefer steel and steel is real!!!
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I have owned aluminum but sold them off because I can not handle the vibration (old back injury). I rode a Carbon bike that was a friends. Felt dead to me. I just enjoy steel.
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All steel, all the time.
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Originally Posted by thinktubes
Oops. Damn autocorrect

Keep EM coming, not me.
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Aluminum 6
Ti 4
CF 4

Aluminum were all fine. The ti were not all fine. The CF were superb.
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3 total aluminum but I sold 1 of them. The other got run over by the wife.

1 stainless steel.

5 steel.

Rented a carbon bike.

All are/were nice.
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One aluminum. Cannondale Killer V900 mountain bike. Never a road bike.
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Aluminum: 8 (2 Centurion Facets, Cannondale SC800, R800, Douglas Motive, Quintana Roo Tequilo, Marin Portofino, Trek 2300)
Carbon: 12 (3 Centurion Ironman, 2 Trek Y-Foils, a Trek OCLV 5500, a Giant MCR, 5 Kestrels)
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Most of those that didn't work out were simply beyond my capabilities to make right, at the time.
In other words, in the right hands, they'd have been awesome. I'm finding that out more and more.

I still don't know who or what can make the MCR into a rideable bike. I sure couldn't.

I also have no doubt I've forgotten a couple.

I will not buy another non-steel bike, modern or otherwise.
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Originally Posted by iab
The other got run over by the wife.



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Yeesh. Sounds like there could be a story there.
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Current stable:

2 steel (with another baby on the way!)
4 aluminum
1 carbon with another unbuilt carbon.

I like 'em all. Each has it's purpose and provides it's own enjoyment, that the others don't have.

Used to have a titanium (Airborne Valkyrie) which I liked but not ga-ga and sold it. If I had to pick one bike to ride the rest of my life it would be my carbon Colnago E1. I haven't had the urge to buy a new carbon bike in a long time and I don't keep track of all the different carbon types/layups, etc. Any new bikes for the near future will most likely be old steel.
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I've owned one aluminum mountain bike, now gone.

All the bikes I now own have steel frames, and I doubt I'll ever own a bike made of anything else.
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Just curious, what was not so fine about the ti?

Originally Posted by gomango
Aluminum 6
Ti 4
CF 4

Aluminum were all fine. The ti were not all fine. The CF were superb.
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Old 08-02-15, 09:58 PM
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I have owned all steel from 1972 or so, up to 2013 when I built up a Litespeed Classic TI bike.

Now, I 1 ti, and 2 steel.
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