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Old 06-07-18, 11:30 AM
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I can only guess, as I bought my three-speeds at an estate sale (meaning the owners were dead), but it seems reasonable to guess that they were the original owners. I got a 1962 Rudge and a 1967 Robin Hood at the estate sale, for $30 for the pair.
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1971ish Grandis. Here's the OO's pic he posted on the valuations thread years ago:



And after I cleaned it up for myself, just fresh consumables and my favorite saddle added:



He bought it new at a bike shop in London, ONT and rode it quite a bit over the decades (see saddle in first pic). In advancing years and failing health, he decided to slough it off, but was completely unsentimental about the old bike - he just wanted to make sure he didn't just 'give it away.' So it ended up with me about a year after he first posted. I'm afraid his health has failed completely now, he hasn't answered the last couple emails I've sent him
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Yowza Lascauxcaveman, that Grandis really cleaned up nice!

Hudson308, yeah I know what it's like to ride a too-small EF bike, especially with those stock, short-reaching and downward-sloping handlebars. I'll be preparing a "rider" cockpit for mine with wider bars having more of a regular full-wrap curve, and probably will use a 100-mm vintage stem, together with lined housings and possibly padded tape. My saddle suffered an asymmetric break-in hatchet shape so I don't think that I will use it for riding. My '62-1/2 Continental came with a nice Lycett saddle that is very much a B17, so I'll probably use an old B17 removed from one of my Supersports. I'll want lever hoods as well, plus modern chain and UG 6s freewheel.
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I like bikes with a known history:


My father and the frame he had built for him in 1948.
after period repaint and with full period parts

Dad with Spearman March 2014 by philip.knight, on Flickr


My 1952 EA Boult with the original owner, Dave Orr, after its repaint and full period parts

Dave with the finished bike by philip.knight, on Flickr


a 1987 Vinco, designed by the (pictured) original owner, Bob Ritter after it had some of the replacement components swapped back to period components.

Bob with Vinco 20160305_zpszndeqyr5 by philip.knight, on Flickr


a 1937 Bullock, after conservation, with the original owner's wife, daughter and son-in-law

finished Bullock by philip.knight, on Flickr
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Old 06-11-18, 12:14 AM
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@Big Block, you're pretty good at this game!
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
@Big Block, you're pretty good at this game!
Yes BigBlock for the Win!
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Only one of the current bikes owned was bought from original owner. Early 70s Bottecchia Giro 'd Italia.

In the past, a '72 Raleigh SuperCourse was bought from son of original owner (deceased). And a neighbor gifted me his mid-80s Peugeot PH10 one time.

Most of my current bikes came to me as framesets. I do regret not having most of those original components.
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Old 06-11-18, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
@Big Block, you're pretty good at this game!
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Yes BigBlock for the Win!
+ 1, coolest post on this thread (and there is some heavy competition for that honor (or should I say honour?)
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Old 06-11-18, 09:57 AM
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A couple summers ago, while visiting my grandparents, I noticed my grandmother's 1966 Raleigh Sports hanging from the basement rafters, where it'd been since they moved into that house in the early '90s, and doesn't seem to have seen much use prior to that. My grandfather packed it up and shipped it to me here in Boston, where I cleaned it up, overhauled the bearings, and put new tires on it. It's mostly original and rides like a new bike!



I also have a bunch of take-off parts from my grandfather's boxes of stuff. He's been riding road bikes for pretty much his entire adult life, and even still does sometimes, as he's approaching 90!
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Old 06-11-18, 10:28 AM
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I bought my '49 Raleigh Clubman from the son of the original owner, who was a pharmacist in Milwaukee (and it has a Milwaukee shop sticker at the base of the seat tube):


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I used to have a 1950 Raleigh Clubman, which was given to me by the original owner, who bought it when he was working for Raleigh Industries in Boston during summer break from college. It spent most of its life on the Atlantic coast, exposed to salt air for many years and was in pretty sad shape.
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Originally Posted by verktyg View Post
Not purchased from the original owner but from the shop that knew her. I'm the second owner.

The bike was custom built by Hetchins in 1971 for a local NorCal woman who was visiting the UK. Her name was hand painted on the top tube in Olde English script. The lugs and the "Hetchins lace" on the forks and seat stays are fancier than on the standard Italia model. It's still all original except for the tires and bar tape. It has a Hetchins H2O bottle and Hetchins branded toe straps.

Alf Hetchins used all steel Suntour GT derailleurs because the 2.1 pound Campy Gran Turismo derailleurs shifted so poorly. In 1971 there were only a few other long arm derailleurs available.









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Old 06-12-18, 01:14 AM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
+ 1, coolest post on this thread (and there is some heavy competition for that honor (or should I say honour?)
The spelling of honour does have the 'u' in Australia, as in British English. There was an attempt to simplify the spelling. An example is any named harbors in my state, South Australia. They were all changed to Harbor by the Harbors Act (1913). And nothing happened after that.

There is a backstory for all of those bikes
Dad's Spearman
David's EA Boult
Bob's Vinco
the Bullock

Be warned, the stories take a while to get told.
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I bought my '49 Raleigh Clubman from the son of the original owner, who was a pharmacist in Milwaukee (and it has a Milwaukee shop sticker at the base of the seat tube):.
What shop?
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Old 06-12-18, 03:24 PM
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What shop?
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post

Wares had been at a number of locations over the year. I bought a couple of the kids first "adult" bikes from them. Went under about 10 years ago. Their last location is now a home brewing store.
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Old 06-14-18, 10:23 AM
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My oldest purchased via eBay UK from the original owner (via the son) is my 1957 Raleigh Record Ace Moderne. This was built by the Raleigh Special Frame Shop for the 17th birthday of the son of a longtime Raleigh employee. And after just after production had ended on the RRA Moderne. It differs from stock models in the transfers (using the block Raleigh letters associated with lightweights build by the Special Build unit), white seat tube panel and more chrome on the front fork and it has the special hollow bb spindle of the old 1947-53 RRAs. Many of the components had been switched out and updated when I got it and it was been restored to original stock components.




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This is an '81 Gios Torino Super Record I recently paid a pretty penny for from the original owner. He was sad to see it go but happy that it would be used again. BTW, it rides wonderfully.
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Nice thread w/ some very inspiring looking machines.

I am the second owner of the Bianchi and the Schwinn, the unknown-Nth owner of the two Capos, and the original owner of the Peugeot.

A neighbor have me the Bianchi, and I bought the TeamUSA red-white-and-blue Schwinn from a San Diego firefighter.
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Originally Posted by kohl57 View Post
My oldest purchased via eBay UK from the original owner (via the son) is my 1957 Raleigh Record Ace Moderne. This was built by the Raleigh Special Frame Shop for the 17th birthday of the son of a longtime Raleigh employee. And after just after production had ended on the RRA Moderne. It differs from stock models in the transfers (using the block Raleigh letters associated with lightweights build by the Special Build unit), white seat tube panel and more chrome on the front fork and it has the special hollow bb spindle of the old 1947-53 RRAs. Many of the components had been switched out and updated when I got it and it has been restored to original stock components.
Great bike Peter, beautiful job on "putting it right"; checked out your other photos.

I have 2 bikes bought from "O.O.": '75 Colnago Super, rode it for 35 years; and a '66 Cazenave "sport racer". Both are still "kicking" in their original build.
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I'm on a different continent, which I'll consider a valid excuse for purchasing my 1951 New Hudson Silver Arrow from a dealer on Ebay, who had purchased it from the original owner and cleaned it up to sell. The warranty card was included, and also the odometer the owner reportedly put on when the bike was new (with less than 800 miles).

-Gregory

WOW, I love this, what a gem, just beautiful!
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All I know is this thread is producing one of the biggest variety of cool as heck bikes I've seen yet!
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I got my 1972 Super Course from the original owner, here it is all cleaned up, mostly original.

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I got my 1972 Super Course from the original owner, here it is all cleaned up, mostly original.

SC's always have their own special vibe and it's always great but this one is in a class of its own, so cool, well done.
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1978 Merz RR150, bought from the original owner that had it built for himself.

Pictured here after 40 years at the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade locks where he was locks manager when he had it built.


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1952 Raleigh Sports.


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