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Old 08-03-19, 03:41 PM
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When I sold my house 18 months ago I kept two keepers from my 700 + I had as a high end bike flipper. I kept my 1997 Cannondale I got in 2000 . Also my 1987 Schwinn Super Sport.
Odd as it may seem these bikes were some of the least expensive bikes I bought. I gave $75 for the Cannondale.
$50 for the Super Sport
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Old 08-03-19, 03:49 PM
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What kind of thread is this without pictures???
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I kind of only have one for sure keeper, my 1963 Hercules 3 speed, I did a full resto mod build on it about 15 years ago. Its my townie, but I do take it on longer rides too, rode a century on it earlier this summer, averaged 16 MPH, and rode it 41 miles a few days ago, I was on the cranks hard and averaged 18.5 MPH. It's not my fastest bike, and certainly not the lightest, but there isn't another one like it, it is *mine*. I get just a little bit giddy every time I throw my leg over it to ride to town :-)
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What kind of thread is this without pictures???
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The bke is a bit dusty/dirty right now, it's been a couple months since it had a through cleaning,





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My stable is quite small compared to most here and considering how long I had been collecting C&V bikes. 11 bikes total, and all are keepers, so far. I go for the "Quality not Quantity" approach. As my budget's also quite limited.
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My stable is quite small compared to most here and considering how long I had been collecting C&V bikes. 11 bikes total, and all are keepers, so far. I go for the "Quality not Quantity" approach. As my budget's also quite limited.
11 is a small stable? I'm feeling like an addicted hoarder with 8.
8 is definitely my n+0 number ... for now.

To make up for all you guys who didn't post pics.
Posed in reverse chrono order, latest acquisition on the left.
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
11 is a small stable? I'm feeling like an addicted hoarder with 8.
8 is definitely my n+0 number ... for now.

To make up for all you guys who didn't post pics.
Posed in reverse chrono order, latest acquisition on the left.
Yes, in this forum, 11 is still considered a small stable.....
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Old 08-03-19, 06:48 PM
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Honestly I am trying to just keep two , still on the fence about my SOMA Stanyan , it rides well enough but I took a chance and ordered the frame on clearance stayed on the safe side and ordered a 56cm which is what I ride but SOMA actually builds an undersized frame. What they call a 56 is really a 55 or 54.5 not a 56 , when I looked at their geometry charts for the bike at the time , I decided to err on the safe side since their 58 supposedly was 57 . I have learned they do not do ctc measurements on their seat tubes ... so when they said 56 it was from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the top tube ... The end result has been a slightly smaller ride than I am used to since my Surly measures a true 56cm from the center of the bottom bracket to the center of the seat tube , and my Grand Jubile is a 56.5 or 57 .. If I do not end up getting used to the SOMA I will strip it down and sell the frame to someone else and build my parts up on another bike frame that fits me better. A shame really since I love the ride of the bike , it just feels slightly small .
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19. 3 for my wife, and the rest - just because. Were it not for Raleigh and the 1970's, the number would be considerably smaller.
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Old 08-03-19, 08:30 PM
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As far as bicycles go, probably 3 or 4

1. Our Co Motion custom steel tandem - it was an anniversary gift for us, custom sized, all Dura Ace. My wife might leave me if I got rid of it.

2. My Ritchey break away - 200 flights, on my 3rd case, never a fee to fly. I love the geometry of this bike and I've never had an issue with it.

3. Masi Gran Criterium - Campy 8, just a great bike despite the delta brakes.

Any of the carbon bikes I have could go and I would not miss them. But the three above are all steel, and they have that special feel.
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Old 08-03-19, 09:23 PM
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Man....I can't put my mind around this one. I must be a bit of a bike lunatic. I'll selling (trying) a few locally but most of them have a reason to be kept in my mind. Yet, it's so many it isn't logical.

For sure keepers:

Giordana XL Super - Feels like pure sex when I ride it, need I say more?



Davidson Impulse - Comfortable yet a rocket.



Serotta CSI - Another one that really speaks to me each time I ride it. So much so that I've been putting up with balky cables cause I can't get around to messing with it.



Greg Lemond Maillot Jaune - Such a fine ride too. In long rides when I falter it still carries the speed for me.



Martelly Built Ribble - Ummm....every see another one? Just dang cool!



PDG Paramount -The Red White and Blue paint and I never have a bad ride on it.



GP&GS Lemond - Touched by the hands of God (Greg Lemond) one of only a handful ever made



Basso Gap - Sooooooooooooo silky smooth on the road.



Opus III - 'cause it's freaking gorgeous!



Paletti - As beautiful as the Opus III but in a different sort of way. It's also a work of art for how well it rides on the road.



Then there' s the Trek Y-77 and then Giordana Polaris, and the Lemond Ventoux, and Lemond Gan GLX, and.....oh shoot....this is plain ridiculous. They're all keepers....until they're not. There's only like 5 in the whole house that I wouldn't really miss if gone. You can't fault me for truly appreciating a good bike.
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Since this has dissolved into another "post yr bike" thread....

I have 3 keepers - in order of acquisition:

Mid-80's TSD Battaglin Cromor. Purchased in 1995. It's a keeper because it was my first good bike,
it fits, red, Italian, etc....



Mid-80s Ciocc Designer 84. Purchased as a frame set in 2012. It's a keeper because it fits, red, Italian, SLX...and it's too rusty to sell.



1981 Schwinn Superior. Purchased as a frame set in 2017 on BF from a friend of @unworthy1. It's a keeper because it fits, 531, "fancy" (to quote my wife) lugs, orange. Been riding this exclusively for the last 2 years.


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Old 08-04-19, 01:14 AM
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This is not theoretical for me. A month, or so, ago I sold all but two of my bikes. This is my number one keeper, a 1968 Legnano Grand Premio...


And this 1958 Rabeneick 120d is waiting for paint/art/building and might be elevated to number one, if I ever get to getting it done...
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Aren't they all keepers?
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Old 08-04-19, 03:03 AM
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Out of ~40 there are about 6 or 8 that I'm thinking of selling. Most of the rest I'd have to have a good reason to let go of, but there are several that I'll never get rid of: '71 Zieleman, 1979/80 Trek 738, '70s Cuevas, 1982 AD Vent Noir, 1982 Raleigh Team Professional 753, 1974 (or 1980, hard to tell) Mercian Olympic, 1984-ish ***gin.
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Of the 15 bikes under the roof today, 11 are "keepers" and 3 fall under the category of "no reason to off-load". Only one bike is redundant and should be sold.

I like having three bikes from the seventies, I have a 1971 Peugeot PX10 that is ready for E'roica and a 1972 Paramount with a chromed frame that are keepers. I also have a painted 1972 Paramount that is something I should sell only because it's redundant.













All three of my bikes from the eighties are "keepers". A 1987-ish De Rosa Professional with 2x9 Campagnolo that is a joy to ride with extra vigour on flatter or shorter rides. My 1988 Eddy Merckx Corsa Extra has 2x11 Campagnolo and is better suited to longer or steeper rides, it has a 50x34 compact Campagnolo Athena crankset and drivetrain. I have a 1987-ish Serotta Nova Special X that is very versatile. The Serotta has been on long hilly routes and also is my "town" bike for errands or lunch. It's not as performance orientated as the Merck or De Rosa due to the SPX tubing and downtube shifters but it's eager to go anywhere without a complaint.

Both of my bikes from the nineties are "keepers". The Pinarello Gavia features a 2x10 Campagnolo drivetrain and has an extra amount of visual bling, due to it's chrome stays and fork. The Simoncini Cyclocross Special is a unique bike with a lugged Columbus tubing frame and room for gravel tires. It now has a 2 x10 drivetrain with a 50x34 compact Campagnolo crankset.

I have five carbon bikes. Three are "keepers" and two are used for special applications. The 2018 Ridley Helium SLX is a true race machine that won stage 8 of the 2019 TdF. It's a superb climbing bike and helps on the rolling hills in Wisconsin where I live. The 1997 Canyon Endurace is a very comfortable and versatile bike, if I had only one bike, it would be this Canyon. I also have a Raleigh Roker gravel bike for events. I keep a carbon Cyclocross bike with fenders for wet or salty roads. I have an older carbon road bike permanently installed on the trainer.

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Why bring this up now? Is there another zombie apocalypse coming?

To judge from past behavior, I'd keep all of them that I have now. However in the event of some untoward event, I'd try to keep the Masi, the Motobecane Champion Team, and the Peugeot UO8 because it was my first lightweight bike.
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Keepers ...




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I like hearing about "default keepers" when talking with other riders who lock up at the grocery store etc. They relay that they've had the same bike for 40+ years and they've ridden who knows how many miles, up and down a coast or from province to province. One instance was with a fellow with an old raleigh, the other an eatons cobra (both steel frames). These guys didn't go through a bunch of other bikes to find their keeper, it just sort of happened in a "I need a bike and this one seems nice so I'll use it" kind of way. And, they just stuck with them. Neither of the bikes they had were special and you could tell they'd been well used. A rough around the edges from use bike which started new and remained thoroughly ridden by it's original owner is remarkable and should be a goal of all lifelong riders.

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2 keepers of my Cambodia fleet
Centurion Pro-Tour 1981

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85 Gazelle Primeur

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This will go back to the states next year, Zunow #298
If I get the top tube replaced and a nice paint job it might become a keeper but for the right price it would leave.

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This is just fun to ride. It will be a keeper here in Cambodia, a Bridgestone Prestino, 28 1 1/2 tires with a SRAM automatix 2 speed rear.

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My USA Bikes My Raleigh Record Ace would go if I do not go for the full gugie
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When I get back to the states this stuff...
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will come off this...
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and go on this and it will be a keeper
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