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Old 07-19-21, 03:30 PM
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1979 Soma Prestige, pretty much as found except for the saddle and handlebar bag, it had a modern ass hatchet on it when I got it. The saddle in the pics has since been replaced with a vintage Avocet Touring saddle.




Then there's my Cherry by NIssan Cycles, year unknown, late 70's is my best guess. Pretty much original except for the funky saddle/tool bag which I suspect is as old as the bike and it had new tires. I basically bought 2 new Kendas and they threw in the bike for free.
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A survivor from 1964

Hello, All,
Here is photo of a 1964 Frejus Supercorsa that, before I bought it, had sat for 50 years.
It is, I believe, just as it left Tom Avenia's ( I assume) shop in NYC. It has the character of the bikes he sold.
The rear tire had been changed before it went into hibernation but nothing else, I believe.


1964 Frejus, the day after I bought it in 2019.
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Big 151 BCD cookies on that Frejus.
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ca1965 Sauvage Lejeune. Not in bad shape on arrival save a dent in the seat tubed from shipping. Bob Freeman had the tool and lent it to me. Some cleaning and polishing...voila.

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I’ve got one.
1979 Carlton Criterium
…the jury is still out regarding keeper…
[Was hoping it might ride as nicely as an xlarge Raleigh SuperCourse, previously owned, but seems to fall short for me]
…why re-gear it (to ride my terrain) if it does not feel right in this 25” size?
But it is 100% original from original owner with less than ~300 miles, as it was uncomfortably big for him. 40 year Queen of a very nice garage.


Sometimes ya buy a bike just for the ‘smilies’ it brings

Brake levers set up ‘motorcycle style’, or is reversed also an old English/Scottish custom?
No reflectors may mean purchased in UK? How about Canada?

edit: looking at my own pic makes me realize - those Hutchinson tires are too supple to be original.

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Not totally a survivor, but this Japanese Raleigh came to me today. Aside from the bar tape, pedals, possibly the saddle and the poorly fitting Shimano brake hoods, I think it is fairly original. A catalog or advertisement page I found online only described the saddles for these being plastic shell and aero. This is a plastic shelled Iscaselle Tornado with some OK but not great synthetic leather. The MKS Esquartz I think it came with were replaced with some Shimano SPDs which aren't awful but I will replace them with something with toe clips and straps. The hoods, while in good condition are clearly not original. I think it is an '84, but the next stop is T-mar's Asian Serial Number thread for a better idea.

The paint and decals are good enough I don't want to do anything to make them better. The chrome I'm in love with and will polish up nicely.










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I have a few of these. Honestly, I have a hard time turning down a vintage bike that pops up in my size at a decent price that is pretty much all original.


1960 Olmo Gran Sport: original other than the saddle and bars and stem (I have the originals).

1968 Robin Hood original down to the tires (!) but not the saddle

1969 Schwinn Paramount, this is how it walked out of the shop in '69 other than the handlebars I believe

1970s Sekine SHS 271, original other than the saddle, rack, and pedals (and I have the original pedals)

1973 Schwinn Sports Tourer, original other than the pedals (and I have the original pedals)

1988 Specialized Stumpjumper Comp, original other than the saddle, front brake, and pedals (and I have the original pedals)

1993 Bridgestone MB 1, completely original other than the pedals (and I have the original pedals).

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This is my survivor, had since new in 1964. It was my race bike for a couple years as a junior racer, yes with bar end Campy shifters. Its a Legnano Roma Olympiade. Its been a great bike, racing, commuting to college, hung on the wall for 20 odd years, and resurrected for group rides in 2000 when I turned 50. Its also done two Eroica California rides. All Campy and original except a crank change to 52/42 from 53/45 as raced. 72 year old legs can't pull those gears anymore. The rear was upgraded to a 28t 6 speed, still on the old steel Gran Sport Campy. The brakes are Universal centerpulls, with modern Koolstop pads. In 2019, for Eroica I swapped the Fiame red tubular rims for clincher rims on the original Legnano branded Campy large flange hubs and 28c Paselas. The 50 year old Campy branded B17 saddle died on a 10 mile rain ride, and was replaced with a newer B17 several years ago. Broke my heart. Its a long term love affair. I have newer fancier bikes, and some other oldies, but the Legnano will always be a favorite. In 2019 I picked up a 1961 Legnano Gran Premio, a cousin of my Legnano. I got it at a crazy good price, but it was too small and had a questional parts content, (Gran Turismo RD, Ballila brakes, Olmo branded head set) so I moved it on a year later. I included it's picture for old times sake.










1961 Gran Premio, since moved on.

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Old 11-13-21, 09:42 AM
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Originally Posted by CV-6
ca1965 Sauvage Lejeune. Not in bad shape on arrival save a dent in the seat tubed from shipping. Bob Freeman had the tool and lent it to me. Some cleaning and polishing...voila.

20191205_135246 by L Travers, on Flickr
Lovely bike ! (As are everyone else’s in thread&#128521 curious about the dent, the tool, and the fix. Anything you can share?
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed
This is my survivor, had since new in 1964.
That is amazing to me that you have kept and maintained it since '64. I was new in 1964 and your bike outlasted Beatlemania.
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Mostly original '89 Bianchi CiD. I changed the cables, housing, and bar tape. I also switched out the pedals and water bottle cages (still have the originals). I changed the stem, the original owner had a 130 and it handled strangely to me. I also switched the brake levers. the PO had a bike shop change the levers because the white hoods were dirty. The shop put Shimano levers on it, installed wrong (left on the right and right on the left), so I found a set of NOS Modolo levers.



It still has the original tires on it.

As purchased.

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This Raleigh Vector is a real survivor. I found it put out for the garbage and carefully rode home with it by holding the center of the stem and handlebar whilst riding the bike I was out on.

Everything is original except since getting it I changed the saddle to a tan one, and replaced the handlebar tape to black Bontager tape. I also replaced the short piece of outer cable housing at the bottom bracket with some identical NOS stuff I had here.













Everything has been cleaning up quite nicely and I've been enjoying riding it.

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This Raleigh Vector is a real survivor. I found it put out for the garbage
This is a bike that would go well in the survivor thread or the catch of the day/saved from the dump thread. Nice find.
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Originally Posted by Chuck M
This is a bike that would go well in the survivor thread or the catch of the day/saved from the dump thread. Nice find.
Thanks

Ah, it is in the Survivor thread. LOL

I also posted it in the Saved From The Dump thread when I first brought the bike home.

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Originally Posted by Slowride79
Lovely bike ! (As are everyone else’s in thread&#128521 curious about the dent, the tool, and the fix. Anything you can share?

Link to thread with seat tube repair.
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Yes, 1984, you can tell by the yellow "USA". The "USA" on 1985's was red, white and blue. I picked this one up last year but haven't done anything with it, 2021 has not been a great year and the bikes have been much neglected. Hoping for a better 2022.




Originally Posted by Chuck M
I think it is an '84, but the next stop is T-mar's Asian Serial Number thread for a better idea.









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Your Raleigh is a much better example of a survivor than mine. All your reflectors, the spoke protector and hoods made it. I'm having a tough time finding hoods for mine. I think if I do find the proper hoods, they are going to be at a higher price than I want to spend.
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This 1980 Takara 960 Deluxe Touring is identical to the one I had in high school. I picked it up a few weeks ago and save for one of the spoke reflectors missing and one of the saddle bag loops broken on the original Takara branded saddle, it was all there. I bought if from the original owner and I kept the bike shop sticker and Arkansas City bike license on it because they survived too. After a complete teardown, new cables, tires, tubes, bar tape, etc. it got a test ride to a duck pond I would ride to over 40 years ago and now live about a mile from.









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Original except for the seat and seatpost (period correct). Everything else is OE, even the tires.





AFAIK....Original except for pedals, tires, and bar wrap. I added the pedals and bar wrap because the ones with the bike were falling apart. Hoping to get a set of period pedals and top clips.





AFAIK, this one is all OE. I have the original seat but swapped to another that wasn't torn.



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My 1955-ish Liberia as received. It probably hasn’t seen the road since the 1960s. I just started its sympathetic restoration.





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1972 Schwinn Super Sport

This 1972 Super Sport had been in my family for around 40 years. It was too big for me but I kept my eye on it so it wouldn’t get abused or abandoned. It came back to me with the plan to have it for my son, but it was slightly too big for him also. I sold it perhaps 3 years ago to a gentleman from 50 miles away who had another one and thought this survivor would complement his rider. I had it listed here for awhile.



1972 Schwinn Super Sport

The only non factory stock items on this are the obligatory rear derailleur and the brake inner cables. The outer cables were kept, and the tires even said Schwinn on them. That is the factory bar tape too. The Atom pedals that always get loose and sloppy are in fine shape, showing the limited miles. It cleaned up nicely. I did give the purchaser a stock Huret RD in case he wanted to put it on. I just can’t ride with one of those. I also gave him the factory toe clips and straps.

I ride the intermediate size of this bike and redid one from parts from 1972 and 1973 bikes and it came out beautifully, but is not a true survivor as this one is. It does however fulfill the “as stock” vibe when I ride it, taking me back to 1975 when I purchased my 1973 version.
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I sold it perhaps 3 years ago to a gentleman from 50 miles away who had another one and thought this survivor would complement his rider. I did give the purchaser a stock Huret RD in case he wanted to put it on. I also gave him the factory toe clips and straps.
I imagine he will be a good caretaker. I sent photos of the cleaned up and rebuilt Takara from above to the original owner and he seemed pleased that I was going to keep it up as it was when he bought it and kept the original city license and shop sticker.
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Originally Posted by CV-6
I think this counts. A literal barn find purchased from Mike Fraysse. The frame had years of barn crud on it. I spent hours starting with 2000 grit wet sanding, then rubbing compound, then a clear coat polish. Some of the paint failed, but for the most part it came back to life. Wheels are from another life but are correct for the bike. Originals were large flange Campag laced to Super Champion Gentleman rims. Of course the pedals are not original.

20200910_143241 by L Travers, on Flickr
Did that come with a brazed-on Campagnolo derailleur hanger, or is that a Simplex hanger that's been modified?
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Did that come with a brazed-on Campagnolo derailleur hanger, or is that a Simplex hanger that's been modified?

How strange. I happened to look at this thread earlier today. Ends are Campagnolo. TOTL Lejeune frames had either Campag or Simplex ends. I have examples of both.
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Originally Posted by CV-6
I think this counts. A literal barn find purchased from Mike Fraysse. The frame had years of barn crud on it. I spent hours starting with 2000 grit wet sanding, then rubbing compound, then a clear coat polish. Some of the paint failed, but for the most part it came back to life. Wheels are from another life but are correct for the bike. Originals were large flange Campag laced to Super Champion Gentleman rims. Of course the pedals are not original.

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while you do not appreciate “likes” - this turned out well.
I just finished one that I think is the same year, only a 57 cm center to top.
same crown and same black outline for the typography, same shield heralds fore and aft.
compared to my 1972, a bit different, steeper head angle and shorter top tube, 55.5 vs 56 on the smaller older 56 cm frame.
more sporty.
I went with red tape and white housing. Bike arrived to me with a 26.4 seatpost, should have a 26.6. Need to source one.
I will also call my bike’s finish a polished survivor. Don’t look to close as the flaws show, no clear coat on these! And maybe little primer.
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