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Anyone ever set out to find their childhood bike? Is 20 year capsule real?

Old 05-06-19, 06:17 PM
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Recovering stolen bikes would be beyond reason.

I did find a sistership of my original road bike from 1972 in a better size for me about 18 months ago. I will finish it this Summer.
My second road bike I sold off in 1976, and bought back in 1983. Still have it. Won a bunch of races on it.
My second track bike I still have, I doubt anyone would offer enough for it. That Confente guy built it.
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There is a guy on The Cabe selling NOS Puegeot Rando looking type bikes from 73' or so. In the box unopened for $500. He has a few left. I'm sure someone here owned one of those.
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Originally Posted by rustystrings61 View Post
- that vertical scar down along the H? I did that. I remember seeing it after one of several moves in a short period of time, I remember being sad and bummed about it - but what are the odds of there being TWO white 23-in Puch Royal Xs in the state of Georgia with that particular scar? It's MY bike.
Brings a tear to the eye Congratulations! I have a story here.
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I got this Legnano Roma Olympiade in 1964, as a 16 year old junior racer. I still have it, still ride it, still love it, 55 years later.

Me on the right, 1964.

Still rolling at last month's Eroica CA.
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Old 05-06-19, 06:50 PM
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Some neat stories in here, especially recovering the old Puch.
As far as whether or not a 20 year old, NIB score exists, I'd say how about 30? They're out there.
I found this near me, still in box, never assembled, ready to party like it's 1989.
'89 Puch Mistral Leader - 55cm. Columbus Cromor, "Quattro" mixed group. It appears to be a near clone of a Bianchi CdI (?). Beautiful ride. Brand new C&V!
The box had a red and black Sports Authority sticker on it.
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Old 05-06-19, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Bought it when I was 15. Sold it when I was 23.



Smacking forehead ever since.
That looks like one of my builds!
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My childhood bike was a Schwinn Stingray. Gold with a gold glitter banana seat. My teenage bike was a mid 70s Raleigh 3 speed bought new. Wish I still had the 3 speed. Sold it about 20 years ago when I barely rode but mostly ran. Would be a fun commuter and general all round town bike.
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My first bike was a Huffy Sting Ray clone called the Cheeter Slick. I saw one for sale once at the Memory Lane swap for over $300, so too rich for something I can't even ride. My second bike was a Kabuki ten speed, not sure of the model other than it it was light blue and had stem shifters and a Shimano Eagle derailleur. When an orange Kabuki Super Speed from the same era showed up at a local second hand shop for $15, I didn't hesitate to buy it. I have upgraded a few things, like aluminum wheels and cotterless crank, but it is essentially the same spirit as my old bike.
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Old 05-07-19, 09:12 AM
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I cant ID my first road bike from an old Polaroid but can almost bet it was a junior from somewhere like Western Auto as I was 10. Bmx, I had tons, but only have one similar to my teens when freestyle blew up . May seek a DG sometime as that was an early one for me.

Very common for bmx guys to seek out childhood bikes with no expense spared.
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Old 05-07-19, 09:32 AM
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My first bike was a Huffy Sting Ray clone called the Cheeter Slick. I saw one for sale once at the Memory Lane swap for over $300, so too rich for something I can't even ride. My second bike was a Kabuki ten speed, not sure of the model other than it it was light blue and had stem shifters and a Shimano Eagle derailleur. When an orange Kabuki Super Speed from the same era showed up at a local second hand shop for $15, I didn't hesitate to buy it. I have upgraded a few things, like aluminum wheels and cotterless crank, but it is essentially the same spirit as my old bike.
I had one of those Huffys as well. It was dark purple, IIRC. I thought that stick shifter was the bomb!

My Schwinn was sold for scrap while I was away at college.
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
I got this Legnano Roma Olympiade in 1964, as a 16 year old junior racer. I still have it, still ride it, still love it, 55 years later.

Me on the right, 1964.

Still rolling at last month's Eroica CA.
Great pics and story. Glad to see that you bought a better bike helmet than the one you used to race on . . . .
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Old 05-07-19, 09:47 AM
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Originally Posted by rustystrings61 View Post
..that vertical scar down along the H? I did that. I remember seeing it after one of several moves in a short period of time, I remember being sad and bummed about it - but what are the odds of there being TWO white 23-in Puch Royal Xs in the state of Georgia with that particular scar? It's MY bike.
Very cool story.

If a bike (or something similar) of mine gets scratched or damaged, I usually console myself by saying that it is now unique, and that scratch/damage can be used as an identifying mark.
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Old 05-07-19, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by rustystrings61 View Post
Not a childhood bike, but one from adolescence <snip>

Dude, you win the thread.
I have a similar story about a Gremlins lunch box (with thermos) I found in a second hand store about 5 miles from where I used to live. I was so excited, I bought it on the spot. It was my lunchbox. The dents in the corner, I put them there by banging it against the brick wall 'cause I was bored & tired of standing in line in kindergarten.

The odds of finding it 30 years later in a second hand store, (with the thermos!) must be staggering.

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I was going to respond with my search for a Norco Bushpilot...It was unsuccessful, until I found one. I was proud I bought it with my own money from a paper route. But in retrospect, that thing was a hunk of junk. It is more than welcome to stay lost in the past.

After a long search I also once found rusted out lime green & yellow Schwinn Stingray just like the one I used to ride in kindergarten. The guy wanted $500 for it. I restored a Worksman Newsboy & outfitted it with drum brakes, 7 speed hub, a bannana seat and ape-hangers instead.
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All my childhood bikes had their remaining life wrung out by my little brother. (He often chose collision to using the brakes) Don
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20? try 53 .. When I went off into Navy, (to not be drafted into Vietnam invasion forces), after high school,

My father gave it away to son of friend of family , who promptly got it stolen...
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A few good stories, thanks
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I floated the idea to my son of a C&V banana bike. He recoiled in horror.
Then I suggested I'd just ride it instead of him. Went downhill from there.
I never got the banana bike I wanted as a kid. I remember riding my friends basic Schwinn banana bike and wanting one so bad, even one of the knock-off's would be OK, I just liked the geometry of the long seat and high handlebars. I wonder if any banana style bikes were ever offered in adult sizes?

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My first bike was a red single speed, probably a Huffy or Murray. My first road bike was a yellow Schwinn Continental, purchased with my own money when I was 12. I’ve had the opportunity to buy several yellow Continentals in recent years, but passed on them all. I may buy one yet, just for the heck of it.
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Guess waht popped up on the local CL? Yep. A rusty, yellow Continental, just my size!
Great I also had a red single speed dept. store bike as my 1st. When I went in for my first real bike store bike to be bought with my money, I had a choice between the Schwinn brand that I knew and some of the lighter import brands. I went with the good recommendation of the store for a entry level Fuji in a 27" frame that would fit me better than the 26" Varsity, as well as being much lighter. I still always wanted a Schwinn and this spring found an almost mint large size Continental that I documented with a C&V thread citing Sheldon Brown's article about how well made and important entry level Schwinn road bikes were to the American bike boom. I'm loving my 38 lb. Continental - hope to see pics of that yellow one soon.

From last nights ride
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Thatís an awesome and inspiring story @rustystrings61!

FWIW- my brother in law tracked down and bought back *his* 1969 Pontiac Firebird.
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Most of my SS 26" AMF Roadmaster is still in Mom's barn.
My first "10 speed" K-mart All Pro (that was stolen) I don't think I'd really care to own.
My first "real" bike, bought in my 20's, 1984 Gran Prix I still own.
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