Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic & Vintage
Reload this Page >

Over-thinking and re-working... Now 4 rideable bikes, aren't.

Notices
Classic & Vintage This forum is to discuss the many aspects of classic and vintage bicycles, including musclebikes, lightweights, middleweights, hi-wheelers, bone-shakers, safety bikes and much more.

Over-thinking and re-working... Now 4 rideable bikes, aren't.

Old 04-07-20, 12:14 PM
  #1  
Last ride 76 
1/2 as far in 2x the time
Thread Starter
 
Last ride 76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Northern Bergen County, NJ
Posts: 1,669
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 422 Post(s)
Liked 202 Times in 165 Posts
Over-thinking and re-working... Now 4 rideable bikes, aren't.

I've done it again... I just finished building up a Ron Cooper frame recently purchased from ebayUK. I had my CV-19 challenge built and ready to put some miles on. I was organising the general stash, and came across a gold plated (brass) chain... "Well that belongs on the green/gold shimmer painted Aegis challenge bike"... "And the black stem, doesn't belong on the red Cooper... Swap with the Titan which has black Sugino rings and gen 1 Cyclone derailleurs... Off comes tape, brake levers, on 2 bikes and brakes on the Aegis cause I'm going gold, with anodized Universal CX, but wait, the levers are non-aero... The Aegis is '90s era. And now half off the Holdsworth, and I forgot the blue tape half-on the Holdsworth, was meant for either the Titan or the Cooper. God forbid I go out and ride a bike or something... I'm going to put my Cyclops mounted Kestrel outside, and at least be on a saddle pretending to ride...
​​​​​​Hello from NJ...
Last ride 76 is offline  
Likes For Last ride 76:
Old 04-07-20, 12:18 PM
  #2  
noobinsf 
Senior Member
 
noobinsf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Oakland, CA
Posts: 1,844

Bikes: CURRENT: '82 Univega Competizione, '72 Motobecane Grand Record, '74 Campania Professional, '83 Mercian KOM Touring, '91 Univega Alpina Comp PAST: '72 Puch Bergmeister, '72ish Peugeot UO-8, '86 Univega Gran Premio, '85 Univega Viva Touring

Mentioned: 40 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 568 Post(s)
Liked 253 Times in 184 Posts
I've successfully restrained myself from turning one randonneur-ish bike into a porteur and turning a townie into a drop bar bike. So far.
noobinsf is offline  
Likes For noobinsf:
Old 04-07-20, 12:34 PM
  #3  
Chr0m0ly 
Senior Member
 
Chr0m0ly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Hamilton Heights, Manhattan, New York, NY
Posts: 1,538

Bikes: '84 Miyata 610 '85 Miyata 710, Ď86 Miyata 710, Ď91 Cannondale ST600, Ď84 Trek 610, 520, 620, Ď91 Miyata 1000LT, a few frames, some odds and ends....

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 602 Post(s)
Liked 214 Times in 137 Posts
Oh man, Iíve been there!
I try to work on one at a time, but once in a while you end up looking at 3 or 4 perfectly rideable bikes and start THINKING!
Chr0m0ly is offline  
Likes For Chr0m0ly:
Old 04-07-20, 12:39 PM
  #4  
jreeves 
Senior Member
 
jreeves's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: NPR, Florida
Posts: 123

Bikes: 1984~85 Raleigh Competition, 1985 Raleigh Super Course, 2013 Raleigh Revenio 2.0

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 43 Post(s)
Liked 35 Times in 23 Posts
Originally Posted by Last ride 76 View Post
I've done it again... I just finished building up a Ron Cooper frame recently purchased from ebayUK. I had my CV-19 challenge built and ready to put some miles on. I was organising the general stash, and came across a gold plated (brass) chain... "Well that belongs on the green/gold shimmer painted Aegis challenge bike"... "And the black stem, doesn't belong on the red Cooper... Swap with the Titan which has black Sugino rings and gen 1 Cyclone derailleurs... Off comes tape, brake levers, on 2 bikes and brakes on the Aegis cause I'm going gold, with anodized Universal CX, but wait, the levers are non-aero... The Aegis is '90s era. And now half off the Holdsworth, and I forgot the blue tape half-on the Holdsworth, was meant for either the Titan or the Cooper. God forbid I go out and ride a bike or something... I'm going to put my Cyclops mounted Kestrel outside, and at least be on a saddle pretending to ride...
​​​​​​Hello from NJ...
That's why they call it a "hobby"!
jreeves is offline  
Old 04-07-20, 04:12 PM
  #5  
tricky
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Upper Left, USA
Posts: 1,230
Mentioned: 37 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 329 Post(s)
Liked 78 Times in 61 Posts
Haha, I totally get it. I am about to break down my 26" '87 Fisher commuter that works great to build up a bike for the GF. That will leave me with 2 rideable bikes, but I am about to swap the gruoppo on one and I really need to drop of the other to get the hanger aligned. When does it stop!?
tricky is offline  
Old 04-07-20, 04:53 PM
  #6  
SpeedofLite 
Senior Member
 
SpeedofLite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Henderson, NV, USA
Posts: 835

Bikes: Litespeed (9); Slingshot (6); Specialized (2); Kestrel (2); Softride (2); Cervelo (1); FELT (1); Cannondale (1); Fuji (1); Centurion (1); Schwinn (1)

Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 215 Post(s)
Liked 268 Times in 150 Posts
Originally Posted by Last ride 76 View Post
I've done it again... I just finished building up a Ron Cooper frame recently purchased from ebayUK. I had my CV-19 challenge built and ready to put some miles on. I was organising the general stash, and came across a gold plated (brass) chain... "Well that belongs on the green/gold shimmer painted Aegis challenge bike"... "And the black stem, doesn't belong on the red Cooper... Swap with the Titan which has black Sugino rings and gen 1 Cyclone derailleurs... Off comes tape, brake levers, on 2 bikes and brakes on the Aegis cause I'm going gold, with anodized Universal CX, but wait, the levers are non-aero... The Aegis is '90s era. And now half off the Holdsworth, and I forgot the blue tape half-on the Holdsworth, was meant for either the Titan or the Cooper. God forbid I go out and ride a bike or something... I'm going to put my Cyclops mounted Kestrel outside, and at least be on a saddle pretending to ride...
​​​​​​Hello from NJ...
I feel your pain, brother. Someone should invent a cycling-specific term for this disorder if there isn't one already.
__________________
WTB: Slingshot road model (1990s era; 18" L or 20" XL frame size)
WTB: Slingshot promotional documents (catalog, pamphlets, etc).
WTB: Bicycling! Issues Oct 1969 and Jan 1973.
WTB: Bike World Issues Feb - Sep 1972; Feb - May 1973; Mar-Apr 1978; Jul - Aug 1979.
WTB: ZIPP 500 front wheel (650c clincher)

SpeedofLite is offline  
Likes For SpeedofLite:
Old 04-07-20, 06:17 PM
  #7  
RobbieTunes 
Half drunk? Finish!
 
RobbieTunes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Very Southern Indiana
Posts: 26,306
Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 378 Post(s)
Liked 894 Times in 570 Posts
Over-thinking and re-working... Now 4 rideable bikes, aren't.
My middle name.
__________________

I have unfinished business.

RobbieTunes is online now  
Old 04-07-20, 06:48 PM
  #8  
thumpism 
Bikes are okay, I guess.
 
thumpism's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Posts: 5,876

Bikes: Waterford Paramount Touring, Trek 510 city build, Giant CFM-2, Raleigh Sports 3-speeds in M23 & L23, Schwinn Cimarron oddball build, Marin Palisades Trail dropbar conversion, Nishiki Cresta GT

Mentioned: 47 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1698 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 413 Times in 293 Posts
The solution is to have a loooong project list for the house and the motor vehicles. Bikes around here don't get messed with unless they absolutely need it, and maybe not even then.
thumpism is offline  
Old 04-07-20, 07:00 PM
  #9  
texaspandj
Senior Member
 
texaspandj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Heart Of Texas
Posts: 3,792

Bikes: '86 , '87 , '88 , '89 Centurion Dave Scott Ironman.

Mentioned: 98 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1380 Post(s)
Liked 290 Times in 202 Posts
Your thread title is funny because we've All been there.
texaspandj is offline  
Likes For texaspandj:
Old 04-07-20, 07:02 PM
  #10  
clubman 
Youngman Grand
 
clubman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Nova Scotia
Posts: 6,380

Bikes: roadsters, club bikes, fixed and classic

Mentioned: 90 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1347 Post(s)
Liked 363 Times in 252 Posts
I live there.
clubman is offline  
Old 04-07-20, 07:14 PM
  #11  
jonwvara 
Senior Member
 
jonwvara's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Washington County, Vermont, USA
Posts: 3,135

Bikes: 1966 Dawes Double Blue, 1976 Raleigh Gran Sport, 1975 Raleigh Sprite 27, 1980 Univega Viva Sport, 1971 Gitane Tour de France, 1984 Lotus Classique, 1976 Motobecane Grand Record

Mentioned: 54 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 426 Post(s)
Liked 94 Times in 63 Posts
Originally Posted by tricky View Post
...When does it stop!?
"In the grave, my boy, in the grave." (So quoth Mr. Natural.)
__________________
www.redclovercomponents.com

"Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long."
--Ogden Nash
jonwvara is offline  
Likes For jonwvara:
Old 04-07-20, 07:17 PM
  #12  
Last ride 76 
1/2 as far in 2x the time
Thread Starter
 
Last ride 76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Northern Bergen County, NJ
Posts: 1,669
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 422 Post(s)
Liked 202 Times in 165 Posts
And now I have to bring everything back inside...
Was a beautiful day here weatherwise.
Last ride 76 is offline  
Old 04-07-20, 07:52 PM
  #13  
Cougrrcj 
Over forty victim of Fate
 
Cougrrcj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: NE Ohio
Posts: 3,329

Bikes: A few...

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 409 Post(s)
Liked 118 Times in 83 Posts
Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Your thread title is funny because we've All been there.
That's because NONE of our bikes are ever 'done'... There is always that one more little tweak -- that leads to yet another tweak, that.... well... you know... QED- No bike is ever 'done'!
__________________
'75 Fuji S-10S bought new, 52k+ miles and still going!
'84 Univega Gran Tourismo
'84 Univega Viva Sport
'86 Miyata 710
'90 Schwinn Woodlands
Unknown brand MTB of questionable lineage aka 'Mutt Trail Bike'
Plus or minus a few others from time-to-time

Cougrrcj is offline  
Likes For Cougrrcj:
Old 04-07-20, 10:12 PM
  #14  
Pompiere
Senior Member
 
Pompiere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: NW Ohio
Posts: 2,609

Bikes: 1984 Miyata 310, 1986 Schwinn Sierra, 2011 Jamis Quest, 1980 Peugeot TH8 Tandem, 1992 Performance Parabola, 1987 Ross Mt. Hood, 1988 Schwinn LeTour, 1988 Trek 400T

Mentioned: 17 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 253 Post(s)
Liked 66 Times in 49 Posts
I have always looked at my bikes as if they were Lego blocks or Erector sets. I'll build them up, take them apart and build something else. Winter is the worst, when I have a lot of time where the weather is too crappy to ride and the mind starts to wonder. Sometimes I don't even get a ride on a new configuration when I take it apart and do something different.
Pompiere is online now  
Old 04-07-20, 11:44 PM
  #15  
SurferRosa
Senior Member
 
SurferRosa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Pac NW
Posts: 2,320

Bikes: old school 531c & Campy

Mentioned: 41 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1005 Post(s)
Liked 677 Times in 408 Posts
I went through this pre-plague a few months ago. When I added a new bike to the mix, stuff got shifted between four other bikes. Mostly cockpits and cranksets. It's not a big deal unless you're buying new bar tape. Stuff adds up!
SurferRosa is offline  
Old 04-08-20, 12:05 AM
  #16  
RiddleOfSteel
Master Parts Rearranger
 
RiddleOfSteel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 3,144

Bikes: '87 Schwinn Prologue - '74 Schwinn Paramount P15 - '8X Davidson Impulse - '85 Specialized Allez SE - '83 Specialized Expedition

Mentioned: 174 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1025 Post(s)
Liked 304 Times in 216 Posts
Originally Posted by Chr0m0ly View Post
Oh man, Iíve been there!
I try to work on one at a time, but once in a while you end up looking at 3 or 4 perfectly rideable bikes and start THINKING!
Perfectly stated! Ohhhh the possibilities when looking at things. And spare components. "What about...?" Sometimes I feel like I'm playing real life Rummikub, trying to make combos into other combos just to use up all my tiles. Usually sanity steps in right at the last moment and says "For another day" and I acquiesce. "Riddle, why are those parts on that frame in the first place?" [insert handful of strong reasons] "Then why are you wanting to go away from that?" "...because?..."

Completion only gives way to emotion or "the thrill of possibility" when I feel--via looking at it and via riding it--that a bike is a bit lost, or rather, has lost a sense of identity or theme. Of course it's my fault because I'm the one with the tools to do so, but it's usually the result of making other bikes their most ideal. I did that with my Prologue last week. Took very nice parts that gave it a great look, and put other nice parts that had a different look (and feel) and boom, re-found identity and back to its ideal form.
RiddleOfSteel is offline  
Old 04-08-20, 04:18 AM
  #17  
halb
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
halb

Clearly, the solution is more bikes.
Then you can be working on 4, 5, 6, and still have some that are rideable.
halb is offline  
Likes For halb:
Old 04-08-20, 04:27 AM
  #18  
masi61
Senior Member
 
masi61's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: SW Ohio
Posts: 2,549

Bikes: Puch Marco Polo, Saint Tropez, Masi Gran Criterium

Mentioned: 21 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 590 Post(s)
Liked 80 Times in 60 Posts
I posted this picture in another forum thread recently showing how I have 4 really nice road bikes in the queue whose completion is stalled:



The Cannondale CAAD3 R1000 has been ridden by me for 1200 or so miles. I never finished the other 3 yet.
masi61 is online now  
Old 04-08-20, 04:34 AM
  #19  
Road Fan
Senior Member
 
Road Fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Posts: 14,808

Bikes: 1980 Masi, 1984 Mondonico, 1984 Trek 610, 1980 Woodrup Giro, 2005 Mondonico Futura Leggera ELOS, 1967 PX10E, 1971 Peugeot UO-8

Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1037 Post(s)
Liked 112 Times in 99 Posts
Originally Posted by Last ride 76 View Post
I've done it again... I just finished building up a Ron Cooper frame recently purchased from ebayUK. I had my CV-19 challenge built and ready to put some miles on. I was organising the general stash, and came across a gold plated (brass) chain... "Well that belongs on the green/gold shimmer painted Aegis challenge bike"... "And the black stem, doesn't belong on the red Cooper... Swap with the Titan which has black Sugino rings and gen 1 Cyclone derailleurs... Off comes tape, brake levers, on 2 bikes and brakes on the Aegis cause I'm going gold, with anodized Universal CX, but wait, the levers are non-aero... The Aegis is '90s era. And now half off the Holdsworth, and I forgot the blue tape half-on the Holdsworth, was meant for either the Titan or the Cooper. God forbid I go out and ride a bike or something... I'm going to put my Cyclops mounted Kestrel outside, and at least be on a saddle pretending to ride...
​​​​​​Hello from NJ...
First time I did this I was 11, and I had just got some birthday money, so off to the local hobby shop! Came back with three kits of 1/72 scale plastic WW2 British fighters: Spitfire, Hurricane, and a ... dunno, > 50 years ago! Any case they covered my desk for 2 years, and I finally only finished the Spitfire! Some of that was taken up with buying an airbrush and proper decals and camouflage paints, had to be Airfix, the Testors were just not period ... sheesh, sounds like today!

The 00 paint brush cost more than the paints!

Last edited by Road Fan; 04-08-20 at 04:38 AM.
Road Fan is offline  
Likes For Road Fan:
Old 04-08-20, 05:41 AM
  #20  
randyjawa 
Senior Member
 
randyjawa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - burrrrr!
Posts: 9,827

Bikes: 1958 Rabeneick 120D, 1968 Legnano Gran Premio, Rocky Mountain Cardiac, 196? Torpado Professional

Mentioned: 166 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 787 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 312 Times in 218 Posts
Clearly, the solution is more bikes.
Then you can be working on 4, 5, 6, and still have some that are rideable.
For me, that is very not true. I used to have a collection of between six and ten vintage road bikes. They all took up time and the time they took up was, as often as not, riding time. Sooo.

I sold all but two, keeping my trusty Legnano GP. which is finished (to paint or not to paint is still a consideration, which has been ongoing for years,now)...


And my longest ever get it done vintage bike build, the Rabineick 120d which might not get done this year, either...


I am stuck, five hundred miles away from my lake cottage, dodging virus bullets. My guess is that I will be stuck here for quite a while. Lucky for me, I will be looking at a "minty" Concorde today, with a rear wheel that needs truing. Sorry, no pics - yet but have a wee look at my front yard, in Canada...
__________________
"98% of the bikes I buy are projects".
randyjawa is offline  
Old 04-09-20, 11:20 AM
  #21  
Last ride 76 
1/2 as far in 2x the time
Thread Starter
 
Last ride 76's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Northern Bergen County, NJ
Posts: 1,669
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 422 Post(s)
Liked 202 Times in 165 Posts
Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
For me, that is very not true. I used to have a collection of between six and ten vintage road bikes. They all took up time and the time they took up was, as often as not, riding time. Sooo.


I sold all but two, keeping my trusty Legnano GP. which is finished (to paint or not to paint is still a consideration, which has been ongoing for years,now)...



And my longest ever get it done vintage bike build, the Rabineick 120d which might not get done this year, either...



I am stuck, five hundred miles away from my lake cottage, dodging virus bullets. My guess is that I will be stuck here for quite a while. Lucky for me, I will be looking at a "minty" Concorde today, with a rear wheel that needs truing. Sorry, no pics - yet but have a wee look at my front yard, in Canada...

Oh, no worries on that score. I have bikes to ride. and at present, the time....


It's intending to make a small change/part swap and it turning into a three-(in this case, four)-ring circus.

and yeah... nice bikes and background.
Last ride 76 is offline  
Old 04-09-20, 02:46 PM
  #22  
non-fixie 
Shifting is fun!
 
non-fixie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: South Holland, NL
Posts: 8,732

Bikes: Yes, please.

Mentioned: 221 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1381 Post(s)
Liked 668 Times in 381 Posts
A planned "little tweak" sometimes turns into a big mess of amputated bikes.

Mrs non-fixie liked the Snel I built for her a couple of months ago as her first drop bar bike ...



... but during a recent ride she mentioned it "felt a little heavy". So I decided to look into it, with the objective to lose some weight.

I managed to shave off 1.5 kgs, but ended up with having replaced everything but the bars, saddle and shifter cable stops. And two other bikes out of commission because of missing parts ...



She rode it yesterday and said "it still feels a bit heavy".

A hobby, you said?
__________________
The problem with an affliction for 60's bikes: born too late!



non-fixie is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.