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Old 07-02-16, 09:52 AM
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How about (only) 1985?

It's occurred to me in moments of sobriety that perhaps 1985 was one of the best years for road bikes, across the brands, across the road/racing/touring band. Tons of competition, and it seems like everyone was bringing their "A" game.

So, if you have an '85, let's see it. If not, no biggie, but let's drop back 31 years and see what a buyer could get?

I'll start with my only '85 at the moment, a 1985 Raleigh Racing USA Competition. Raleigh 555 SL tubing, came with Suntour 7sp components and 700c wheels. Next?

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Old 07-02-16, 09:55 AM
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My closest are a 1981 and a 1986, both of which are far superior to 1985s.
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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:

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Old 07-02-16, 11:25 AM
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1985 Fuji Del Rey, 12 speed, Suntour components, etc... Still going strong after 31 years and is in amazing condition!


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Old 07-02-16, 11:33 AM
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Wow Robbie, as always working your magic. Especially selecting the rarely seen Suntour GPX stuff. All business, it works ~ Suntour silk. That ride has one cool looking headtube too having the heron riveted against the chrome. Love it.

I agree on the mid-80's. Poised and confident carvers. Across the mid to upper lineup by many makers of that era, seem to follow the shorter chainstay's, wheelbase, nearly identical seat and headtube angles. 700c was becoming the trend. Great selection and bargain to be had tubing availability. How the mass producers worked with mixed tubing, figuring out how to make less flexy bottom ends with a ride that delivers. Bang for the buck today.

Will be some time before I get around to it, but looking forward to setting up an '84 or '85 Basso in spumoni paint, Columbus Tre-tubi. Not rocket tubing but looking over the geometry and dimensions, I anticipate as being a fave.
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Ok i will play, How about a 1985 Trek 470 (true temper tubing / Shimano 600)


and just for RT a 1985 Centurion Ironman
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I've guesstimated the birth year as 1985, so here ya go:



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My pair of red 1985 Treks. A 460 and something that does not match their catalog and is most likely a 450.





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Originally Posted by davester View Post
My closest are a 1981 and a 1986, both of which are far superior to 1985s.
Thanks. Seems only appropriate for a 1981 or 1986 thread, or both.
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Originally Posted by fleslider View Post
and just for RT a 1985 Centurion Ironman
Be still my beating heart..... (too old for excitement...) Gracias, senor.
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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
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:
The 1984 Peugeot PY10FC is killing, off the hook, the bomb,the chit, all those things..
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Old 07-02-16, 01:01 PM
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I am proud to say, I am a late 80s man..

IMO, the late 80s are the years for the handsomest bikes..
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Old 07-02-16, 01:06 PM
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All my favorite bikes are from the 80's. That's about all I collect now. Specifically bikes that were made in Japan.
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I'm about 60% sure this is an 85..



Here's another one for Robbie

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Old 07-02-16, 01:25 PM
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Well, it was made in '85 if that counts.

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One of the things I like about the mid 80's bikes are all the colors that were available then.

Here is my 85 Trek.

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Wow, Robbie, moments of sobriety?

I agree '85 was about the peak of the classic era. The time when Campy, clips & click-less were all still dominant.
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My '85 Masi Nuova Strada (SL tubing):


Originally it came with a mixture of C-Record cranks, Chorus derailleurs, NR/SR hubs, brakes and downtube shifters.

It's now Record 10 (at least it has a down tube shifter for the front (but it's carbon)). Sacrilege?

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This is a 1986 Ironman but the frame serial number indicates it was made in 1985. Doesn't take much for me to want to post one of my bikes.
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1985 Nishiki Riviera GT the day I picked it up. Tange Infinity tubing and Suntour LePree.
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It WAS a very good year. My Tommasini is from 1985, equipped as when new, with all Campy SR.

My De Rosa might be, I've only been able to narrow it down to somewhere between 1984-1987. The components are newer than that.
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Ciocc Designer 84. Has a California bike license dated 1985 stuck to it, so I would guess it was bought in 1985.

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'85 Losa



'85 Corsa Extra

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Oddly, I don't have a photo of my '85 Ciocc San Cristobal without me riding it.

RIP Maria-Angelica...



It was nice... but about 1985 was when things stopped being standardized (126mm OLD, square taper spindles, friction shifters, quill pedals, etc) maybe that's what you're nostalgic about.

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Here is my flamingo 1985 Team Fuji.


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