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Old 12-01-23, 07:18 AM
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I always wonder why we choose black for the colour of December. Shouldn't shiny silver or gold be more appropriate?

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Looks like my last entry is missing a picture! Is the intent to capture only new black bikes or keep a history of a bike for each year?
the following pictures were taken within the last hour. Not a pretty bike but a very sweet ride with Suntour Superbe Pro and Mavic 501 hubs. Superbe Pro hubs need to be built.
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Old 12-01-23, 08:21 AM
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My winter bike is black... 1987 Schwinn Prelude


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1977 Competition GS
Probably posted this one before , but it’s been a few years. I still have it , just don’t ride it as much. It is a bit small but a fun bike that I love to ride .
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Old 12-01-23, 09:02 AM
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Got both of these back in February:
1998 Trek 2300 - Mains in natural carbon


1997 Cannondale Super V 700 with a custom Fiji Island tattoo style paint job!
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huh. I don't have a black bike. Gonna have to get on that. N+black right?

oh wait! duh. my 1955 Greyhound. How could I forget this thing:



if I can afford it, I'm going to put it on a diet this winter. Aluminum rims, aluminum bars, aluminum seat post, lighter saddle. I'm thinking about riding it 60 miles for my 60th birthday ride in September 2024.

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Bought with straight bars, haven't swapped them out yet, fun ride in current config.

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My contribution is a 1988 Black Lightning. Hope it’s C&V enough. This is the day I got it. I’ve since taken it completely apart and given it a full service. I’m on the final stages of putting it back together. Should be complete this month…
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My latest acquisition -- a late-1970s Soma Competition. I was ready to replace the frame on my crap-weather bike, which was most recently a Bianchi Nuovo Racing that accumulated both tens of thousands of miles and a significant amount of rust. I had purchased a replacement Bianchi frame, but it wants a repaint, when this Soma popped up locally for a hundred bucks. It's an obvious copy of the mid-'70s Raleigh Competition, though arguably a better bike. I've never owned an all-Japanese bike and I must say, it is quite nice. It came full-600 EX (though I have since swapped out for some of my mongrel rider components). The frame is 10-tube Tange chrome moly (the head tube is seamed steel) and the ride is quite nice. It's stable, handles my dirt road quite well, and is a fun ride. Not quite as spirited as the Bianchi frame, but still fun and very smooth. It was made for 27" rims, but the brake reach also works with 700C and the extra clearance provided under the fenders when fitted with 28 mm 700C tires is welcome. The frame was made by Kuwahara and I have seen similar frames with slightly different decals sold under at least one other private-label brand, also from this manufacturer. Soma in this era was a brand imported by a large US shop, and lasted for several years until the yen became too strong against the US dollar. There is no connection with the current Soma bike company. Workmanship is quite good, and much better than Raleighs, Bianchis, and most other European manufacturers of the era. The only downside is the Japanese standard headset and stem dimensions, though these are not as problematic as the French standard that was being phased out around that time. The saddle is a Brooks Pro copy labeled "Belt" instead of Brooks. It uses thick leather like the Brooks, but is not at the same level of quality. This bike anchors the bottom end of my herd. What I love about these mid-range bikes is how little difference there is between the quality of the ride they offer and that of much more expensive bikes, especially within the same era. For me, at least, there is almost zero difference in what I call "the fun factor."

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My one C&V machine - 1977 Nishiki ONP.
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Old 12-01-23, 11:52 AM
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I have a couple C&V black bikes.


1993 Diamond Back Sorrento

1987 Schwinn High Sierra
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^^^^^ That High Sierra is most decidedly smoke-chrome; I forget which month is for silver / chrome.

Fun useless factlet - that stem was originally black. Every one I've seen (including the two in my living room and "the one that got away" at the thrift store) has "faded" to that deep transparent "root beer" look.
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Totally forgot about this one
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Originally Posted by madpogue
^^^^^ That High Sierra is most decidedly smoke-chrome; I forget which month is for silver / chrome.

Fun useless factlet - that stem was originally black. Every one I've seen (including the two in my living room and "the one that got away" at the thrift store) has "faded" to that deep transparent "root beer" look.
I though the finish is called "black chrome"? No worries, just curious. Picture from when I was going through it a few months ago.



I have a second one too, it's waiting in line for a refurb. The stem is still mostly black on it.


87 High Sierra #2
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Originally Posted by madpogue
^^^^^ That High Sierra is most decidedly smoke-chrome; I forget which month is for silver / chrome.

Fun useless factlet - that stem was originally black. Every one I've seen (including the two in my living room and "the one that got away" at the thrift store) has "faded" to that deep transparent "root beer" look.
- I was thinking that bike went in the Silver month as well, but . . . then I thought "or was it called Black Chrome?" Also remembered @noglider posting last month when a color question came up, reminding us these are just for fun.
- "that stem was originally black" - My mind is blown, always thought that "root beer" stem was a feature of these bikes!
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So many high class bikes here.

Here is something a little bad ass I cooked up a while back

Raleigh Sport "Scorcher"

Note the 24 tooth rear cog. I think it gives these bikes more useful gearing. They are geared way too high stock.



weight as shown
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Well I have one black bike, but it's still a bit of a work in progress. Hopefully I can finish it later this month.
EDIT: Correction, I have two black bikes!

Gazelle A



And the Gazelle Friiik, though that one is a long-term project because I have to get some things working again with parts that are no longer being made.


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Originally Posted by Eric F
My one C&V machine - 1977 Nishiki ONP.
One and done. That's an amazing machine, and I doubt you'll ever find another steel bike that's more fun to ride.
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my main ride

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A couple more, from the back burner collection

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I can add some more for fun.

The Kuwahara Count I enjoyed for about a year and then passed on to someone else to love a few months back.



1984 Raleigh Racing USA Prestige that I'm still sorting out.



Then there's the old Trek 5200 that is the least comfortable of my vintage carbon frames but is admittedly a fast ride.


This is modern made yet oh so classic. Absolutely a blast to ride also.

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