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Old 03-12-19, 11:18 AM
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I don't play golf, so the analogy is a little lost on me. Maybe you mean most trusted or beloved. My McLean has been with me the longest, since 1983, when it was a year old. I recently found the guy who sold it to me. I sent him a message on facebook. He was glad I'm still enjoying it. I had it Weigle-ized and repainted back in around 1991. The handling is agile and extremely predictable. I know this bike so well that it feels like it knows me. The only complaint is that it is mysteriously heavy. The original owner bought it at a trade show from the builder, and I wonder if it's not really made of 531 and he made it for show. But that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. But the weight doesn't cause me much trouble. It's just odd, and it deprives me of bragging rights, and that's not really a big deal.

It's really hard to capture the new color of the frame. I don't think I like any of my pictures of it.

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A 7-iron is what you use to whack the dog that the club owner sent out to steal your ball because you somehow forgot to pay.

It's what you hold, loosely but securely, when the club owner realizes the dog is afraid of you, and comes to have a chat.

It's what you put down after the club owner agrees to let you finish out if you buy a round when you're done.

I don't golf, use more balls than clubs, but I can hold a 7-iron with implied intent.

So the Ironman is my deal.
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Old 03-12-19, 03:07 PM
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1993 or 4 Paramount, the first bikes the newly formed Waterford Cycles built for Schwinn, Reynolds 753, Dura Ace 7400 crank, other components Dura Ace 7700, Regal Gerardi saddle. If I want a fast and fun ride, I grab this one.
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Old 03-12-19, 04:13 PM
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Gotta be the Zieleman. Whenever I can't decide what to ride, I grab this one. There's just nothing about it that's "off"... except the lack of brake hoods, which I'm thinking of dealing with pretty soon.

Gotta be. Zieleman frame and a nicely worn Brooks. It'd actually take quite a lot to ruin that ride.
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Old 03-12-19, 09:13 PM
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Before BF.net, this was my ONLY club in the bag...



Since then, I have added (and sold) a bunch, but the Fuji remains.

I do, however, like the ride of 'slightly newer' Japanese steel... in my two Miyata-built '84 Univegas, and the '86 Miyata 710.





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Old 03-12-19, 09:28 PM
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Have to go with my Gran Sport. My first good bike, bought in '73 and always a champ. Plus it's the same color as the OP's.
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Old 03-12-19, 09:48 PM
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You can drive, pitch, chip and putt with a 7 iron. Likewise, I can ride a century, timetrial, pull a buggy, and run to the store all on my Iron-man.
My only hole in one was with a 7 iron. 150 yard par 3. I hit it about 3 feet short and right of the hole and me and my playing partner watched it roll right in.
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Old 03-12-19, 10:04 PM
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Old 03-12-19, 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Aubergine View Post
I think it is my vastly modified Peugeot Corbier aka P4. A Carbolite frame so decent to ride, with good parts and wheels. It is not a spectacular ride but is always enjoyable, no matter what I have in mind.



Just curious....what is the tooth count on the big ring on this Peugeot?
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Old 03-12-19, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
Have to go with my Gran Sport. My first good bike, bought in '73 and always a champ. Plus it's the same color as the OP's.
Ah yes, the inspiration for mine! Great to see it again.
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Old 03-13-19, 12:55 AM
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I technically have a number of them because all I build are winners.... Ok, semi-joking aside, the proven 7-irons are my Davidson Impulse, my Masi Nuova Strada, and my Schwinn Prologue. I could have my '15 CAAD10 Black Disc as a new proven if I'd just ride the thing more, but man if a Prologue doesn't just do it right:

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Old 03-13-19, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by vintagerando View Post
Just curious....what is the tooth count on the big ring on this Peugeot?
It is pretty small, isn’t it? This bike has a 26-38-42 half step plus granny. It works pretty well for my hilly home.
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This one. Not a classic (yet) but all steel. I have a bag with a 11-36 cassette, a SRAM rear clutch derailleur, chain, and a bar-end shifter with housing. So in 10 minutes it becomes a 1x11. I prefer to ride it SS, and it currently has panniers and lights for commuting as soon as our snow melts and trails dry. One of my road wheelsets fits so I can take it on our casual club rides. Road, work, SS cross, bunny hill single track, groceries.

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Tough choice but think my vinti 7 iron would be the '72 LeChampion. Fun and capable. Its so good I don't really notice how good! Only until I've been riding other bikes for months at a time, then after neglecting the LeChampion.. I forget how really excellent these bikes are.

Oddly this particular year has steeper head angle yet mighty classic curve in the fork. It has bitten me too! Fast gravel tight cornering and with a tick of toe overlap. Perhaps this is what makes the frame, I really don't know but it has character. Full Reynolds 531. I like the 32 width fast gravel tires on it and have no fear of the occasional single track trail. Handlebar flask... cheers.



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Mine is this 1987 Marinoni SLX Sports Tourer, nicknamed “Buzz” because it always makes me want to ride “to infinity and beyond”.



It’s great to also have a fender bike here in the PNW, and the 1979 Miyata 912 with Gugificazione works fabulously. As much as I’ve fallen in love with it all over again, it’s not quite up to Buzz’ standards.
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Originally Posted by Aubergine View Post

It is pretty small, isn’t it? This bike has a 26-38-42 half step plus granny. It works pretty well for my hilly home.
Looks good to me. I am trying to figure out what to change the stock rings on my 1984 Trek 620. Your set up is something I would like to mirror.
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Any closer shots? That bike looks great.
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I just wish I could still hit the 7 iron like I used to.
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I just wish I could still hit the 7 iron like I used to.
Golf is like sex, you don't have to be good at it to enjoy it.
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Good one, @texaspandj. The older I get, the more things that applies to. It's because I wouldn't allow myself to enjoy many things only because I wasn't good at them. This troubles me a lot less now.
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Golf is like sex, you don't have to be good at it to enjoy it.
...segue into "it's like riding a bike..."
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Good one, @texaspandj. The older I get, the more things that applies to. It's because I wouldn't allow myself to enjoy many things only because I wasn't good at them. This troubles me a lot less now.
As we get older, we toss a lot of our ego into the pit of things we should have known.
We understand the complex things better, but enjoy the simpler things more so.
Epictetus figured "some things just are."
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Originally Posted by nomadmax View Post
Any closer shots? That bike looks great.

It's a '71 Paramount found at our local co-op. At some point bottle braze-ons and a new brake bridge were added, along with an unusual shade of blue and a weird little hole in the head tube.
(The as-found, etc. thread is here.)
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