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Old 03-30-16, 01:15 PM
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Which Bikes Gave the Most Enjoyable Rides?

In your own experience, which bikes were most enjoyable to ride?

If you were going out on a solo weekend recreational ride for a few hours (on pavement), which bike or bikes would you want, if you were looking for the best ride quality -- something exuberant, something that wakes you up and makes you feel like laughing it's so good?

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A Schwinn Stingray, banana seat, but no sissy bar, in red, white, and blue. In my defense, I was 8, and have been recapturing that feeling ever since.
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Back in 1986 it would be my panasonic dx 3000 black and yellow bumble bee. It gave me an almost indescribable feeling. It was my first real road bike. It was billed as a fast recreational bike and it was. Complete with pannier eyelets that never got used.
But nowadays it would me my 86 red and white classic Ironman, or my 87 Miami Vice Ironman, maybe my 88 purple haze Ironman. One of those now.

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Originally Posted by SloButWide View Post
A Schwinn Stingray, banana seat, but no sissy bar, in red, white, and blue. In my defense, I was 8, and have been recapturing that feeling ever since.
Ditto on this. Mine was a green one with a wide stick on the back. I was about ten back in 1970. Bought it used, had it about nine months till someone stole it. If you see it please let me know...
Looked kind of like this.
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Old 03-30-16, 01:55 PM
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Hard to beat my Raleigh Sports (3 speed) for some good, no frills riding. My Raleigh Competition GS is also quite a terrific ride. I've done a century on it and it was probably the best I had ever felt when I finished. My commuter (a carbolite Peugeot) is also a nice ride. I've just about gotten rid of the bikes that I don't really enjoy. I still have one that is up in the air that I haven't decided on yet, and one I haven't been able to ride yet (bought it with a broken crank and a few other problems, it's been torn down, had an oxalic acid bath with a frame saver treatment, just hasn't been built back up yet - though with Tange Prestige tubing and a full Dura Ace drivetrain, I expect quite a nice ride).
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Old 03-30-16, 01:58 PM
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As a kid I rode a bike, just like everone else in this country. Because I was too young for / couldn't afford anything with a motor. I only discovered it could be fun a few years ago (and yes, I can afford things with motors these days).

Having said that, the bike that feels most like it was made for me is my early seventies Gitane TdF:

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I feel like a kid with a new bike every time I ride this....

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For whatever reason, my most enjoyable bikes have always been race bikes.

My current fave is a 2004 Eddy Merckx Team SC. Fast, smooth, comfortable and fits me like a glove. One of those that just disappears under me. And it’s got that special “something” that just makes me want to go faster and further.

Definitely not Vintage, but a Classic in my mind.

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To the OP's original question, this is the bike I would take "If you were going out on a solo weekend recreational ride for a few hours (on pavement)" (or trails!)....



it is fun to ride, not too heavy, rolls well, goes anywhere, and it was rescued from the garbage so was free!
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Beautiful!
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Also awesome....
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what is the best flavor ice cream or best beer. Same thing personal taste, time and place.

my 3 current bikes are all different but each makes be smile

I would note that there is some intangible in my torpado that makes me smile a bit more........so give an italian a try
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I had the wheels on an old 3 speed rebuilt. Same spokes, hubs and rims, but the spokes crossed like on newer bikes (1980s and up, generally speaking at least). It makes all the difference when it comes to firm and resposive wheels. The frame was a classic gents', straight bar, rather up right position, Reynolds 531 tubing, lugged frame. When all bearings are cleaned, regreased and oil, it is the best experience :- ) I'm sure lots of different builds can be.
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Old 03-30-16, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by lightspree View Post
If you were going out on a solo weekend recreational ride for a few hours (on pavement), which bike or bikes would you want, if you were looking for the best ride quality -- something exuberant, something that wakes you up and makes you feel like laughing it's so good?
Are there bikes that don't make you feel like that? Really, almost anything with good tires and a comfortable saddle that fits me well meets those criteria. A bike that doesn't fit or has an uncomfortable saddle can be miserable to ride. Heavy tires can kill the joy of a ride. A heavy bike can take away some joy but can't really kill it. After that, the differentiators get to be pretty small. Geometry can make a difference, but which type of geometry is better might depend on my mood.

Sticking to my the C&V-ish bikes (which are all great fun to ride)...

This one dives into turns and is a real blast on windy roads.


This one flows through turns like they aren't even there. The effortless elegance of that is a joyous thing to experience.


This one seems to be a bit more stable than the others. It takes a little more encouragement when cornering but is maybe slightly easier going on straight roads.


I think the LeMond is my favorite right now, but all three of them leave me feeling like I want to ride them again as soon as I'm done riding.
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what is the best flavor ice cream or best beer.
The best flavor of ice cream is Banofee Pie from Scottish Highland Creamery in Oxford, MD, and the best beer is Flemish Kiss from The Commons Brewery in Portland, OR.

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In your own experience, which bikes were most enjoyable to ride?
The Sting-Ray guy beat me to it, but a banana bike with the high bars, a baseball glove looped over one side, downhill, with your friends, on a summer day when you have enough guys for two full teams at the local vacant lot, an extra ball, and some other dude is bringing your favorite bat. The Cubs will be on the AM radio, at home at Wrigley, you don't have to be home until 6, the hay's not ready to mow, and it's a sunny and warm Wisconsin June day.

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If you were going out on a solo weekend recreational ride for a few hours (on pavement), which bike or bikes would you want, if you were looking for the best ride quality -- something exuberant, something that wakes you up and makes you feel like laughing it's so good?
Any dialed-in Ironman with the wheels true and ready, a well-lubed chain, $5 in my jersey pocket, no cell phone, tires worn in a bit, everything just right, and no place else to be. And since we're showing pics:
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Also awesome....
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Well - riding each brings a smile, but the Colnago takes the cake so far. I'm sure it doesn't hurt that it's only ridden on the best of days. Beyond the pomp and circumstance it fits very well, the geometry works for me and it's just an extra bit special to me for other reasons.

Edit: Considering the title is in the past tense, the BMX combined with undeveloped lots on my street were a great time bitd. Plenty of blood sweat and grins. Still have the bike, not so much for the dirt jumping skills.

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My 1982/3, pearl white, Peugeot PH10s......
Tht bike "sang" on the road like a jet under me and rewarded me with a quick whoosh forward when I stood on the pedals to sprint.
My present high line bikes just do not seem to have the same consistenly lively riding character as that humble Carbolite 103 framed bike, and that includes my 84 PSV.....
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All my other bikes work for a living, but here are my two bikes that I ride strictly for pleasure:

1978 Moto GJ (owned since new; many period correct/plausible mods, or at least nothing jarringly too-new)



1976 Raleigh GS, the bike I really lusted for in my youth but couldn't afford at the time - some period correct mods, most significant being Rigida 1320 700C wheelset with correct Normandy high flange hubs (original Weinmann 27" wheelset in storage)



Photos are not quite up to date, so Moto now has matching black anodized Rigida 1320 front rim with low flange Maillard hub.

Both are ridden regularly in rotation on weekend rides, when I need to make up missed commuting miles during the week, due to weather or travel.

Eventually to be added to my pleasure fleet is this 1976 Empire Professional, identical to the one I settled for back in the day, except one size larger frame. It was my first double-butted frame, all alloy-equipped 10-speed, and I had many hours and miles of riding it for pleasure before I outgrew the frame, and acquired the Moto GJ as a replacement. The below photo is as-received condition; currently it is completely stripped and awaiting repainting, then full restoration.

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My '87 Raleigh Mountain Tour Teton. It was my first decent bike and I knew nothing about bike fit or repair when I bought it, but luckily it turned out to be the most reliable and comfortable bike I own. Here's an old overexposed picture of it:

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Most of my bikes are pretty light and agile but one of the most enjoyable rides I've had was the first time I rode this old clunker. No brakes, no gears, it was like being a kid again

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I guess again my Pinarello Trevisio is the most fun but the bike I grab to ride is my non vintage Surly CC because I can bomb down gravel roads, hop curbs, annoy the Peloton and essentially do anything I need to with it. And, while I love the CC it is replaceable, the Pinarello or several other bikes I have are not.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
The best flavor of ice cream is Banofee Pie from Scottish Highland Creamery in Oxford, MD
I will have to try that. I'm about 1.5 hrs away now on the DE coast. We used to have a boat on the Cheaspeake when I lived in Alexandria. Oxford was my favorite port and a fun day trip. But that was long before that ice cream place existed. We would walk to an old general store that sold homemade hsnd dipped ice cream. Between that and the restaurant inn where James Mitchner said had the best crab cakes in the world, Oxford couldn't be beat.
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Most of my bikes are pretty light and agile but one of the most enjoyable rides I've had was the first time I rode this old clunker. No brakes, no gears, it was like being a kid again

If the issue is comfort in being enjoyable, Roadsters definitely do that. Most of these bikes are very nice but this one above is truly unique and nice looking. Matted repaint? Or?

I have a roadster, it would need some work but I think I could get it going, it works well enough in winter as well. Did Sheldon or was it someone else, who said, those Roadsters, Raleighs could survive a nuclear explosion.

Sometimes 3 speeds, the like are even called Comfort Bikes I think.

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