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Old 12-23-15, 09:20 AM
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Show your best or favorite find for 2015

For me it's hard to narrow it down to one. I picked up quite a few bikes this year. A Gitane track bike and an Italvega that I've been after for a long time. But my favorite, even though I didn't keep due to size, was a Trek 959. I took a chance with a quick purchase not being 100% about it being the real deal. Worked out great for me and the happy new owner. I have to keep him happy, he has around 400 bikes, which I'm after around 20 of them.




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Old 12-23-15, 09:56 AM
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I have an item and a bike.

the item being a hub BH Racelite front which I had been looking for a long time.

Looking forward to wheel building this winter.

Bike is a future C&V, 2015 Soma Rush track

Gives me great joy to spend the day riding around and work off stress.
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Mine will have a separate thread when it arrives, but it's likely to arrive next year. And yes, I said the red Caffi/Carré was the last one for a while, but I was thinking about which frame to turn fixed gear, and this came up.

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Had a few quality bikes go through my hands this year but it's easily this:



Love it. Rode it more than I've probably ridden in the previous 3 years combined. Now I get to stare at it everyday on the wall this winter and look forward to when I get to get back on it.
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Originally Posted by MiloFrance View Post
Mine will have a separate thread when it arrives, but it's likely to arrive next year. And yes, I said the red Caffi/Carré was the last one for a while, but I was thinking about which frame to turn fixed gear, and this came up.

I look forward to this thread.
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Old 12-23-15, 11:44 AM
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My childhood bike! 1983 Huffy Pro Thunder. Here it is after getting it all fixed up. I normally ride road/mountain bikes, but this one is a lot of fun.....



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No photos yet, still hiding in the garage as it looks like luggage.....a Ritchey Break-Away Ti. It was too good of a deal to pass up.
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Really scaled down this year. I did pick this up, which should be fun! Still changing parts. Going to go with a Red, White and blue theme. New ring, different Levers, different wheels (white aero).
[IMG]P1030370, on Flickr[/IMG]
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rescued from a tip .... one day later, this would have been taken to a dump:




1920's Royal Enfield loop framed .... in pretty good condition and I will restore it in the new year
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Bought two bikes this year, the '84 Univega Gran Tourismo and '86 Miyata 710.

Haven't ridden either one much yet, and both will need some 'consumables' replaced, seats replaced, and downtube shifters changed over to barcons... Winter projects...

Speaking of barcons, my best deal of the year was getting a pair of SunTour barcons, complete with bare stainless cable housings and the double downtube cable stop for $12.50!
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Rene Herse frame for 51 euros

This is probably my once-in-a-lifetime find, so I should probably just stop looking for anything else right now. With all the lusting after Herses, I'm amazed that nobody else recognised this as a 1948-50 Herse Competition frameset. It closed at 51 euros with only two bids.
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Originally Posted by dim View Post
rescued from a tip .... one day later, this would have been taken to a dump:




1920's Royal Enfield loop framed .... in pretty good condition and I will restore it in the new year
That looks like it will clean right up. Great snag!
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Only two bikes in 2015, I bought zero in 2013 and 2014.

A 1974 Raleigh 23" Sprite, and a 1988 Schwinn Voyager.
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nice photo, @toavii.

2015 was my busiest and certainly best year refurbishing bikes, with 18 going through my hands. my nicest two were an '81 mondia super (531sl) and this '79 trek 930/938 with columbus sl.





one of the joys of doing this is passing on my love of vintage bikes to adults returning to cycling after decades removed from the sport/lifestyle (like myself not long ago). it's incredibly rewarding.
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still just a frame and the paint is trashed under the decals (and around them) but this is my most exciting find of 2015.

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Definitely my find of the year:

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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
For me it's hard to narrow it down to one. I picked up quite a few bikes this year. A Gitane track bike and an Italvega that I've been after for a long time. But my favorite, even though I didn't keep due to size, was a Trek 959. I took a chance with a quick purchase not being 100% about it being the real deal. Worked out great for me and the happy new owner. I have to keep him happy, he has around 400 bikes, which I'm after around 20 of them.
I hope your pole barn at the new house will be huge. What happened to the large Schwinn collection you were trying to help liquidate?
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Probably one of these, depending on your preferences.

Raleigh SB7475, hand-built by Raleigh's Ilkeston Specialist Bicycle Development Unit, led by Gerald O'Donovan:



Bridgestone Blouson, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro:



French 1940's mixte, probably made by Peugeot:

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Originally Posted by toavii View Post
Had a few quality bikes go through my hands this year but it's easily this:



Love it. Rode it more than I've probably ridden in the previous 3 years combined. Now I get to stare at it everyday on the wall this winter and look forward to when I get to get back on it.
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Probably one of these, depending on your preferences.


Bridgestone Blouson, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro:


Guigiaro, perhaps my favorite designer. I am sure it is labeled as such?

Ugly,but I would love to have one!
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still just a frame and the paint is trashed under the decals (and around them) but this is my most exciting find of 2015.

Nice, nice, nice!
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Originally Posted by Johnny Mullet View Post
My childhood bike! 1983 Huffy Pro Thunder. Here it is after getting it all fixed up. I normally ride road/mountain bikes, but this one is a lot of fun.....



I read your thread on the BMX section, and almost got a Diamond Back like I had. Definitely cool.
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Started with this and the matching fork;




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Started with this and the matching fork;




Nice. You are not alone with the flaking decals. I have a 1997 TDF Pinarello (same frame as Ullrich rode) that just started flaking. They all do eventually.
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Guigiaro, perhaps my favorite designer. I am sure it is labeled as such?

Ugly,but I would love to have one!
Mine too (I have owned a couple of his Alfas from his Bertone years, and the Iso Grifo's still on my bucket list) and no, it doesn't actually make any mention of the designer. However, anyone in the know should recognize it:


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