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Old 07-02-16, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Chombi1
Totally agree with you!
For me the zenith of bicycle design/aesthetics happened right at the mid 80's. That's why my bikes are mostly from 84 and 85..... I feel really lucky that the mid 80's was when I also had the best cycling years of my life, because the bikes were so great!
Here's my 85 ALAN Record Carbonio:

My 1984 Peugeot PY10FC:

And my 1985 Vitus Plus Carbone 7:
Nice threesome! I think I like the Vitus the best.
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Old 07-02-16, 04:44 PM
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'84 Letour Luxe, as found, with an '85 paint job

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My 85's

The trek 760 in DA with winter pedals

Figaro (my Rossin) in Campy record/veloce kloodge

Let's call these 84 and 1/2's

Gazelle AB in 600/DA

Gitane TDF, shimergo'd
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Old 07-02-16, 06:33 PM
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My 979 COULD be an '85, no way to date it by serial #:

You know it's going to be a good day when the stem and seatpost come right out.

(looking for a picture and not seeing it? Thank the Photobucket fiasco.PM me and I'll link it up.)
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I love the mid-80s bikes. This Trek 760 has a 12/84 braze date and '86 Pro Series paint. Great years for Trek road racing.

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Being the owner of an '84, '86, '87 and '88, I disapprove of this thread!

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I wish I could have actually owned this in 1985, but what the heck, $200 at a garage sale 30 years later is almost as good.

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Old 07-02-16, 11:48 PM
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This is the bike I will never sell, my '85 Cinelli Supercorsa SPX with tight criterium geometry. Last edition ('85 etched cranks) Campy Super Record gruppo (with 2nd edition Ti BB and Ti Pedals), Campy Cobalto brake callipers, Campy 6 speed Ti 'corncob' freewheel, complete Cinelli VIP set, OMAS Ti upgrades, ICS enhanced Levers, TA alloy bidon cage - love it. For me, it doesn't get any better than 1985.

'85 Colnago Superissimo SLX with upgraded Precisa fork. 2nd gen. Campy C-Record gruppo, Campy Electra saddle.

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1985 Trek gotta represent, with the fancy-schmancy RD cable going through the chain stay and all...

Since the photo was taken, I've swapped out the modern 105 RD with a period-correct 6207, even though it's not quite as slick. It's good enough.

I've a couple of '85 mountain bikes (how did that happen?) but this is my only road bike of this vintage.
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You might enjoy reading an article in the August 2016 edition Road Bike Action magazine. Writer borrowed from the Pro's Closet, Davis Phinney's 7-11 team bike / Murray labeled made by Serotta (1984) and rode at Eroica. Interesting talk of the geometry and era of bikes.

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Here's my favorite '85.

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My Gan Permio. far from original though

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85 tempo.
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Robbie I agree, mid-80's are a sweet spot for race bikes. Great thread!

Here's my 1985 Eddy Merck Pro in Reynolds 753. C-Record group from same year.

My Francesco Moser, Columbus SL, for purposes of this thread, 1985, although maybe '86. It's panto'd with Moser's hour record time from 1984.

OK I know I need to get better pics of my bikes. It's on the project list!
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My 85 Ross Gran Tour, my mainstay commuter for when the weather is damp or threatens to be.

Significant mods include Shimano 600/Ultegra/Uniglide drivetrain, featuring Ultegra SIS barends; Sugino Signature compact triple crankset; and Van Schotthorst Saphir stainless rims, wheelset custom built by yours truly.

[since above photo was taken, brakes have been changed to Dia Compe N500, looking like this:

and rear brake is facing the right way around]
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Here my 85 flamingo team Fuji, I just love this color combo
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Sadly, no picture. I no longer own my '85 red Bridgestone 700. Really liked that bike. Wish I had kept it.
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Old 07-07-16, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by horatio
Here's my favorite '85.

Did you have that IN 1985? Must've had a good job.
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My 1985 Peugeot PH10LE. I myself missed the cutoff as a 1985 model year by 28 days
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The trend for bicycles to become standardized commodities picked up steam in the 70's and became a fait accompli by the mid 80's. Nothing wrong with the function and quality of the era, but I've owned a series of bicycles from the 80's, and without consciously considering the production decade, I have passed them all on.

Miyata 210, Trek Tri series, Trek 760, Bob Jackson, Schwinn Traveler, Panasonic (and no doubt a couple more that I am not remembering)... all gone for a variety of reasons. Maybe I'll have to start a competing 1976 thread.
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1985 Zeus Victoria, I'm the second owner... original owner bought it in Spain from the factory before he moved to the States.

Original Zeus seatpost, stem and bars.

Tiagra levers with DuraAce derailers and FSA crank. Chopped Brooks saddle that was damaged.

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Old 07-07-16, 09:53 PM
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As I'm into Touring bikes, you'll see 1985 is really the pinnacle of the flagship Grand Touring bikes- from then on out, touring bikes weren't the priority of the bike companies, nor the component companies. There were still glorious bikes made for touring, but they rarely (with the exception of Miyata) had top of the line parts and a feature laden, special frame.

My two 1985 bikes are my 1985 Trek 720- Trek's top of the line, brand flagship model tourer. It's theoretically made from Reynolds 531C tubing- I happen to think it's a special, touring specific, model of 531C. Pretty much everything on the bike, as stock, was about as top of the line as far as brands and their touring/ATB componentry. I've tweaked the bike- this is "about" how it is now; there's some changes here and there- but it's pretty much like this:

My other 1985 bike is the "little brother" to the 720- the 1985 Trek 620. The 1985 Trek 620 was a really special bike, unlike any other year of the 620, it was built to a really similar geometry and componentry as the 720. Most uniquely, the 47cm chainstays. I'd argue that the the 1985 Trek 620 would be pretty doggone close, if not better than many other makes' Class A bikes. The 620 had a 531CS frame, so the main tubes were 531, and the stays and fork were made of Reynolds CrMo- in any consideration- that's a really good bike. Thanks to ImageCrap for crapping out, I've got relatively few pix of this bike online right now. I've changed a few things here and there on my 620- the big changes are running 6 speed Suntour Command Shifters, a Suntour XC Comp RD, Nitto B177 bars, Nitto/Specialized Dirt Drop stem, and Avocet/Super Champion wheels. This bike rides so nicely- it's so nice, it's really hard to decide which bike is my "favorite." I've put more miles on this bike, probably than all my other bikes put together. It's a great, mighty bicycle.

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Like Robbie, I think that the mid-'80s was the pinnacle of bikes. I deal only in Japanese bikes, not European, so that is the limit of my opinion. Lugged steel was still in style, and so was friction shifting. Quality tube sets were triple-butted CrMo - and Miyata was even splined. I also like the look of Aero brake levers for how they clean up the cockpit - and then I go and make it worse since I prefer barcons!

Later on, when the Yen lost power, production shifted to Taiwan, and quality suffered. I don't like indexed shifting for the simple reason that there are just too many 'systems'. 7,8,9, and 10-speeds, SunTour, Shimano, and who knows who all else. Friction just works!
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Originally Posted by jefnvk
My 1985 Peugeot PH10LE. I myself missed the cutoff as a 1985 model year by 28 days
Your bike is 1985, but that awesome beard rocks 1885!
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The bike sports the Reynolds 50th Anniversary decals, so 85?

Gardin with later Sprint Accushift group. (terrible BG for pics, blech)

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