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Old 03-28-19, 04:17 PM
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Been thinking a whole lot lately



Superb like new condition Raleigh sport 100 miles on the ODO


Basso TY funny bike


1998 Cannondale T700


1997 conlago titanio, soon sell the frame set


2005 Lemond Reno


2003 Klein palomino race


1996 GT outpost with drop bars


Marushi touring unknown year


1993 specialized stumpjumper


1997 Klein mantra race
I have been thinking a lot lately what are my plans for my future cycling. Yes a i was going to walk a way almost a little over a year ago and we all know that didnít happen. Iím really grateful for all the forum members that education me and the advice too.

when I first started 5 years ago and pick up my first vintage road that got me started with all this interested. Have brought from all different range of bikes from low end to high end, rare one too. Everyday I learn something new the C&V cycling world and it amazing world.
Starting to feel like Indiana Jones looking for lost artifact to Save.

well here my plan
Iím not going to stop buying bikes, it just Iím not going to be so impulsive on buying. Iím just look for much more rare unicorns to buy.
Here what I have so far in my fleet and it does feel satisfying now.
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Old 03-28-19, 04:21 PM
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Sounds like a solid plan! I have recently upped my standards as well and that has cut down on my buying. Well, a little... lol
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Old 03-28-19, 04:36 PM
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1986 Cannondale SR800


1988 centurion Ironman Carbon


1997 Trek 1220


My addition 1971 Doniselli


1997 specialized S-Works M2
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Great fleet. Hours of enjoyment and interest, from finding, research, buying, wrenching, and riding. A time-consuming and fulfilling endeavor, for sure.

But they're just bikes, right? You do what you want, when you want, and we'll be here, no matter.
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Sounds like a solid plan! I have recently upped my standards as well and that has cut down on my buying. Well, a little... lol
yes I have evolved a lot over the years. At one point we will all have to downsize our fleet.
So might well have a plan to do it right
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Old 03-28-19, 06:20 PM
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Start buying large speakers...
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If you truly enjoy this hobby, shifting your interests inevitably happens, usually towards the rarer end of the spectrum. Have fun!
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Have fun. That's the essence.

When the rush calms down, there are always family members needy children/adults you can let them go to as you contract your collection.

I have boiled things down to seven bikes, each I enjoy either as a ride 5 or as pure art/soul 2. So far there's no 8th, but look only now with a focus that's grown of the rare Japanese race bikes, top tour bike.

And yes, the fun has returned.
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rare unicorns
that blue GT looks like it would be wicked pissa to run some smooth flow trails with
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When I first got into this hobby, I’d see people’s scores and DREAM of finding stuff that was that cool.

A few few years down the road, I’ve actually figured out what I like- and have been fortunate enough to have found most of the stuff I’m interested in. And now I have to get all those bikes built up to standard!

At this point something would have to be very special for me to go after it. There is something about being happy with where you’re at.
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
Start buying large speakers...
Always a good way to start a downward spiral.....


I can completely relate. I'm about 6 months from starting to really streamline to a few bikes that are significant to me. I'll likely unload about 12.
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Old 03-29-19, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Great fleet. Hours of enjoyment and interest, from finding, research, buying, wrenching, and riding. A time-consuming and fulfilling endeavor, for sure.

But they're just bikes, right? You do what you want, when you want, and we'll be here, no matter.
yes they are just bike and they art also fine art work to me. The high end one have a lot of details and beautiful lug work.
Iím just setting my standard, now I know what I want.
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Quite a nice collection of bikes. They all seem set up well for whatever task you have designated for them. I like your photo composition - especially your photos framed within industrial settings with exposed plumbing and electrical conduit and boxes.

As my bike collection has has grown I have tried to contain my technical knowledge to Shimano road parts from the last 30 or 40 years. Campy got bypassed by me when I was younger due to being too expensive so I have kept putting together various 105/Ultegra/Dura Ace components on bikes. I especially like Dura Ace 7400/7403 and 7700 hubs and have worked with my LBS mechanic wheelbuilder to have some pretty cool wheel sets built up. I swear that the older Dura Ace hubs 7-speed Dura Ace or 8-9-10 speed Dura Ace are capable of lasting virtually forever !

As my collection has continued to expand - I continue to get exposed to different design features (pressfit bottom brackets for example) that are a challenge and a learning opportunity. I notice you have a healthy collection of Cannondale and Klein. Can you share a bit about the Klein Mantra - how does it ride? Are there proprietary things about it that you needed help to service?

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Quite a nice collection of bikes. They all seem set up well for whatever task you have designated for them. I like your photo composition - especially your photos framed within industrial settings with exposed plumbing and electrical conduit and boxes.

As my bike collection has has grown I have tried to contain my technical knowledge to Shimano road parts from the last 30 or 40 years. Campy got bypassed by me when I was younger due to being too expensive so I have kept putting together various 105/Ultegra/Dura Ace components on bikes. I especially like Dura Ace 7400/7403 and 7700 hubs and have worked with my LBS mechanic wheelbuilder to have some pretty cool wheel sets built up. I swear that the older Dura Ace hubs 7-speed Dura Ace or 8-9-10 speed Dura Ace are capable of lasting virtually forever !

As my collection has continued to expand - I continue to get exposed to different design features (pressfit bottom brackets for example) that are a challenge and a learning opportunity. I notice you have a healthy collection of Cannondale and Klein. Can you share a bit about the Klein Mantra - how does it ride? Are there proprietary things about it that you needed help to service?

The Mantra handle alright on normal roads, the only thing that I donít like about it is the rear shock is activated only went your in the saddle position.
As my palomino rear shock proprietary.
I donít have any issues with any my Klein at the moment. Thank goodness these two mountain bike arenít press in bearing.
thank you though
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Always a good way to start a downward spiral.....


I can completely relate. I'm about 6 months from starting to really streamline to a few bikes that are significant to me. I'll likely unload about 12.
really your going to thin out your heard. You tons of fine bikes and that going to Tough choice
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Always a good way to start a downward spiral.....

I can completely relate. I'm about 6 months from starting to really streamline to a few bikes that are significant to me. I'll likely unload about 12.
So, about 10 Ironman's for sale soon?
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So, about 10 Ironman's for sale soon?
ironmans are art....not part of the herd
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I recently sold a a Centurion Omega

20190305_163259 by Richard Mozzarella, on Flickr

I also recently sold a Raleigh R600

20190319_183605 by Richard Mozzarella, on Flickr

I donated a Schwinn Meridian to the local co-op.

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And scrapped a Trek T50 tandem due to a cracked frame.

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I still gotta get rid of my Worksman. It's for sale if anyone is interested near Seattle.

20190330_180742 by Richard Mozzarella, on Flickr

And I may sell the Schwinn Varsity depending how well the forthcoming Rodriguez will fill gravel/commuter roles it currently provides.

20190218_050706 by Richard Mozzarella, on Flickr

So...I guess that means my personal stable will be down to The Rodriguez, (being manufactured.)

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A Scattante DX350

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A Cervelo R5

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A Trek 6500ZX

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& the redundant Schwinn. A race bike, a mountain bike, a commuter/travel/gravel bike, & a store brand a$$-kicker. That's good enough for for me.

To the OP: when your things own you, you they are a burden. Liberating yourself will feel good.

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I recently sold a a Centurion Omega


& the redundant Schwinn. A race bike, a mountain bike, a commuter/travel/gravel bike, & a store brand a$$-kicker. That's good enough for for me.

To the OP: when your things own you, you they are a burden. Liberating yourself will feel good.
good point. i can see limiting myself to two bicycles: a mtb and a road bicycle. two bicycles come to mind in my stable what they would be...even down to one bicycle a road bike.

it would be interesting to have a thread on if we had to cut down our collections to one or two bicycles from a herd of them, what two they might be.
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It's easy to get carried away in the land of C&V bicycles and if you're not careful you could crash and burn or go down in a flame of glory...depending on your perspective.
But I found an out or loophole. I only ride/collect a certain brand and model. For me it was an easy and lucky choice. Easy because since 1886 ive wanted an centurion Ironman. And lucky because they suit my needs. Since eventually (evolutionarily) I decided to get one from each year offered, a bonus is they were manufactured for only 5 years. Since I can only have 5, I luckily got what I consider the best of each year, as generally there were several color schemes and groupsets to chose from for every model year.
My collection is:
1986 red and white "Classic"
1987 "Miami Vice"
1988 "Midnight Rider" Carbon (only year carbon)
1989 "Summertime Blues" (1 of only 4 we've seen).
I'm Missing THE 1985, first year, But I'm looking.
I still hunt for bikes but only for parts to feed my Ironman collection.
I'm not a centurion fan in itself just the Ironman. However I appreciate all bicycles and really appreciate Italian bikes...but with Japanese components.
For me it comes down to Italian geometry, Japanese technology, and American incon-ism. And my bikes give me all that and a grin 😁.
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I finally sold my '88 Black Lightning. Beautiful bike that I never rode. Now it's someone else's beautiful bike and hopefully they're using it! It brought me a LOT of joy when I bought it, and now it's time for it to do the same for someone else. Thinning can be really GOOD.

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