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Old 10-28-18, 12:08 PM
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I love picking through the piles of bikes and boxes of old parts at the Bike Exchange looking for gems. Sometimes all that is required is a thorough clean up to make a neglected cast away into a shining star. Like a pack rat I hoard little jewels like a set of Universal Center pull brakes or a Suntour Superb derailleur or brakes and then when I find a worthy frame in the pile I will build up a bike using them .

Everything I build gets sold to support the Bike Exchange, which is a good thing or I would get buried in bikes. As it is I have 5 in my personal collection , 2 of which I rarely ride. I currently want to find a super light steel frame in my size and try to build it into a 20 lb. bike. if possible. The lightest build I have done so far was 23.5 lbs all up. I just was gifted a set of Campi tubular rims with Shimano tri color hubs complete with tires that are almost 1 lb lighter each than a Araya clincher rim and tire I weighed for comparison .
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I will buy a bike I am mildly interested in on order to get a box or boxes of extra parts and tools.
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My desire is always for a bike with more miles on it. I get one almost every day, and it is always a perfect fit.
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Originally Posted by Poguemahone View Post
My glaring weak spot is expertly built (especially custom frames) from marquees/ builders no one (or almost no one) has ever heard of. I couldn't give a crap at this point about Colnagos and Paramounts, sorry.
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On me, it’s the knees. Of bikes at the moment, I look for early 2000-ish Schwinn fastback bikes.

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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
On me, itís the knees. Of bikes at the moment, I look for early 200-ish Schwinn fastback bikes.
Yep, it's about that time of year again. Uncle Arthur just won't leave, sometimes. 🙄😉
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If you guys aren't on the knee warmer train, it has more room for you to join. Anything below about 75 degrees, and I have them on, and my not-yet-C&V knees have greatly appreciated it. They work down to the very upper 40s/50 degrees, and I will be testing them in weather cooler than that until they or my lower legs say it's time to add another layer.
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All the answers above.... that's why I feel so at home here. I have learned that my weak spot changes from time to time. No matter what it currently is, I am a sucker for a deal on anything bicycle related.
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Hubs, hubs, hubs

I have four sets of Campy hubbed wheels. Although my two sets of Records with their metal clips over the oiling ports are beautiful, thereís something about my 1970s high flange set that seems to symbolize what a C/V bike is

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Custom made American frames. Trek's are nice, Paramounts are really nice, but any hand made frame made in the USA has appeal to me.
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Chrome like described above. Not so much for full chrome frame however. Not mentioned but will do it now is Campagnolo top end stuff, Record etc. Favorite is high flange hubs from the 70's
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Big frames with weird features. Currently I am on a Koga-Miyata binge.
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Mid 80ís grand touring models and mid century randonneurs. Utility and class do it for me.
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(1) Old Campagnolo 2-bolt seat posts. Something about them makes me weak in the knees.

(2) Good graphics. The graphics on Eisentraut "A" frames, pre-Columbo Cinellis, block-letter Ron Coopers and late-1960s/early-1970s Schwinn Paramounts make me just want to sit and stare.

Since I have all of these in my greedy little clutches, I'm probably biased.

Doesn't mean I'm not right.
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Finding frames that no one seems to have any pictures or information about on the interwebs...

Massi, Van Tuyl, Cassani-Losa, KHS Sierra Sport, MBK Atlantique...

Its as if the bikes donít exist!
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Finding that perfect component, then finding the perfect frame to mount it on.

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Custom made American frames. Trek's are nice, Paramounts are really nice, but any hand made frame made in the USA has appeal to me.
For me it's rare Canadian Frames.

But as far as Trek vs Schwinn goes I would take a late 70's Trek TX900 over any Paramount.
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A Raleigh in neglected, but not damaged, condition. Like a lone puppy that wanders to your door in a rainstorm.
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italian racing bikes with outlandish paint jobs! the more garish, the better!
This is most garish Italian paint job I have seen in months. Does this one cross the line?

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Any decent bike that fits properly!
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Almost anything made in the 1980s.
Itís the golden era of cycling for me:
Lemond era, Hinault, Fignon, Coors Classic race, Campy c-record era, Down tube shifting, everything!
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Regardless of high or low flange hub preference, the Campy skewer lever is a gem.

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beating the other C&V local enthusiasts/flippers to the deal, chrome, 80's Schwinn's and now treks, any "good deal" that I can play with and maybe sell later for a small profit to fund my next purchase
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Weak spot? That would imply strength elsewhere. Instead, I have strong spots. Everywhere else is weakness, hoarding unfinished desires until they become a magnificent rookery of albatross, always taunting and forever cursed around my neck.
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