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Old 07-12-19, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Pompiere View Post
I would rather have a bike that evokes memories, instead of a bike made when I was an infant. When I was in middle school in the mid seventies, a kid on my bus was raving about getting a new Fuji and how they were so much better than the Schwinn Varsity and Huffy bikes that everyone else had. I ended up buying a used Kabuki, because I didn't have enough to get a Fuji. I don't know what model he got, but a Fuji from that era would mean more to me than something from the early sixties. Also, I wouldn't be concerned about upgrades, because things were changing rapidly back then, so it was normal to swap parts whenever something new came out, or when you saved enough money to upgrade to a lighter version.
I feel the same, and I suspect many others do. I've read that the age of 14 years is a highly impressionable one. We can understand how a musician, for example, crafted their creativity by listening to the music they listened to when they were 14 years old. The bikes I lusted after at (and around) age 14 still have a special place in my heart. In 1975, when I was 14, my bike was an Atala Giro D'Italia, similar to a Peugeot UO-8. A schoolmate of mine had a Raleigh International. It had almost all Campagnolo gear on it, and it was light and fast. Well, is it a coincidence, then, that I own an International now? In some ways yes and in some ways no. I also lusted after those Viscount bikes, and I've learned they're not as fancy as the marketing had us believe. I have one now, and I've converted it to fixed gear. It's the most disposable bike in my collection, and I don't mind it locking it up on the street when I take a short trip, but I'm glad to be riding it and imagining what it was like to own one in the 70s.

The C&V realm of bikes has many forces to create and sustain it, and one of them is the tendency for middle-aged men to buy the toys that we had in childhood or lusted after.

After my Atala was stolen from me, I got a Raleigh Gran Sport, whose geometry and weight were similar to the International's. My International is built as a practical frankenbike commuter bike, and it feels familiar to me, from my memories of my Gran Sport. I still have some tugs on me, telling to get a Gran Sport, for old times' sake. I also would like a PX-10, as I had two, each for a short period, as they were both stolen. But I'm holding out, because they would overlap with the bikes I currently own.
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Old 07-12-19, 03:04 PM
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Hi.

When I was in grade 2 we moved a half block away from Cap's Cycles in New Westminster B.C. (one of the largest bicycle shops in Canada at the time). The shop is still there (established in 1932). The bikes I recall mostly were Peugeots. But I'm sure they had Raleigh and Italian bikes as well.

I agree that as we age (I'm 55) we do long for things we didn't or couldn't have from our childhood. I bought a Scalextric 1;32 slotcar track a few years back, just to have one. An RC car may have been better, but there is something about slot cars that is appealing. Same with audio equipment. It need not be from our "youdth", but late teens and early 20's as well.

Maybe the idea of collecting or enjoying vintage bikes is just that, but it is more too. We get to ride them as well.

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Old 07-15-19, 11:12 AM
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'58 Raleigh Superbe 'club'. Even more appropriate since it appears to be a Canada-only model, as am I.
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Old 07-15-19, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
How many of you have a bike from your birth year.......................
Did they make bicycles in 1947?
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Old 07-15-19, 11:30 AM
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I have a 1985 Schwinn Peloton that I bought myself new for my 25th birthday. It sure weathers the crashes better than my carbon bike
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Old 07-15-19, 12:32 PM
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I don't have a birth year bike. I do however, have a 1972 model wife and 3 1972 bikes.
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Old 07-15-19, 12:50 PM
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My birth year bike -- 1969 Raleigh Competition



I'm not committed to keeping it original. My philosophy as it relates to my age, and as with most vintage bikes, is that its age doesn't have to be a limitation. I don't want to treat it like an old bike. I want to treat it like a bike that I love and want to ride. As pictured above, it's a lot closer to original than most of my bikes. It may not stay that way. We'll see.
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Old 07-15-19, 01:19 PM
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These are all great looking bikes! It would be nice to have one from 1965. Though I did get stuck riding my brother’s old Schwinn Breeze (which I am pretty sure was from 1965) when my bike got stolen.
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Old 07-15-19, 02:18 PM
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As for me, the bummer about being born in 1980 is that it was a time of malaise for cars, guitars, bikes, and many other things. I'd probably need to track down something custom to make it worthwhile.
Trek made some pretty sweet bikes in 1980.
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Old 07-15-19, 02:18 PM
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i was curious as to what was available in the atb world in 81 and after hitting google i now really want a schwinn sidewinder
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Old 07-15-19, 02:30 PM
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Trek made some pretty sweet bikes in 1980.
That's a good point! They were still on their way up.
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Old 07-15-19, 03:42 PM
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My Birth year bikes fell into my lap. didnt have to do much for them.

my grail bike at 13 would have to be a , 1987 Diamond Back Arrival. some day i will find one

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Old 07-16-19, 08:24 AM
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They didn't make bikes back then.

I did have a Hopalong Cassidy bike when I was six, though. Black and white with rope details and streamers off the handlebars... and, oh yes... holsters - I think you had to supply your own toy guns, but I'm not sure..
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I did have a Hopalong Cassidy bike when I was six, though. Black and white with rope details and streamers off the handlebars... and, oh yes... holsters - I think you had to supply your own toy guns, but I'm not sure..
Oh, man. I could have really used a bike like that! Here's a pic my sister recently shared with me.

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I bought a 1958 Olmo, the year of my birth, when I was in high school in about 1974. I only paid $10 for it at a garage sale, it had been badly neglected and needed repairs. I still have it, but I have not ridden on it much in the last 26 years since we moved to rural property where we have gravel roads. It came with tubular tires, mostly Campy, but some steel components (seat and handle bar stem, crank, etc) that were badly rusted. I had at the time replaced the steel parts with some decent alloy shimmano parts and rode on it extensively. I have recent been hunting down period correct Italian made components, including a lot of vintage Campy components, to return it back to its original condition.

1958 Olmo road bike. condition before my current rebuild with vintage components.
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Old 07-17-19, 10:55 PM
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I'd love to have a bike from 1955. I could put it in the back of the '55 Chevy Nomad that I'd also love to own.
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