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Vintage? Does that mean I am vintage??

Old 11-24-21, 07:36 AM
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Vintage? Does that mean I am vintage??

My son said to me the other day that I spent close to 40 years in the bike industry, but only ride vintage bikes. It occurred to me that the bikes I have are not vintage, but simply normal bikes to me. Sure I display a few as I really think they are beautiful in an artistic way, but I don't mentally think of them as vintage. They are just good, solid, long-lasting bikes. Then I realized that he thinks of me as vintage!

Am I vintage or just pops? I look in the mirror and simply see a fat old man, the same one that has been staring back at me for 62 years. Suppose I ask him this weekend. Son, don't let me down with your answer!!
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Old 11-24-21, 07:50 AM
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Ten ways to tell if you're vintage:

1: Your doctor is younger than you.
2: The cop that pulled you over is younger than you.
3: You put a new roof on your house and tell yourself: "That's the last time I'll have to do that,"
4: Your watching reruns of "The Partridge Family" and you're checking out Shirley Jones and not Susan Dey.
5: You're watching a movie you love with the kids and they never heard of any of the actors.
6: You overhear someone say: "I didn't know Paul McCartney was in a band before "Wings".
7: A kid asks you the time. You say: "It's a quarter to 10". and he doesn't understand you. Then you say: "It's 9:45" and he gets you.
8: You're driving a classic car that's a year younger than you and someone asks if you bought it new,
9: Someone you think is older than you calls you "Sir".
10: AARP letters are coming in the mail.

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Old 11-24-21, 07:58 AM
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Now in my 70's I know I am vintage. Witness I just responded to HillRider in Bike Mechanics who said he just did not like sloped TTs that "As an engineer I have no sound reasoning for this but I agree fully with your TT comment."
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Old 11-24-21, 11:04 AM
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Archaic

But I ride old bikes almost exclusively, only one with index.
Simple, straightforward maintenance.
In any one gear I am just as effective. When climbing it upsets the carbon bike guy next to me that my bike spots him 8-10 pounds and I am keeping up.
And my wheels are lighter by a big margin.
If I was racing, I would probably have 12 in back, aero rims and disc brakes, at least in front.
Locally, it really is a bike of the month club.

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Old 11-24-21, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by gearbasher View Post
Ten ways to tell if you're vintage:
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4. I'd say if you know of the Partridge Family, let alone who's who, you are a geezer.
6. Same thing as above. Kids barely know the Beatles, let alone Wings.

Keep it simple. I trust no one over 30. Most certainly includes myself.
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Remember it it Classic and Vintage.

I like to think of myself as classic with vintage being more of an attitude than a time measure

I also like to think that i am not getting older, I am getting less young.

I also am getting blonder, no grayer
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Originally Posted by gearbasher View Post
Ten ways to tell if you're vintage:

1: Your doctor is younger than you.
2: The cop that pulled you over is younger than you.
3: You put a new roof on your house and tell yourself: "That's the last time I'll have to do that,"
4: Your watching reruns of "The Partridge Family" and you're checking out Shirley Jones and not Susan Dey.
5: You're watching a movie you love with the kids and they never heard of any of the actors.
6: You overhear someone say: "I didn't know Paul McCartney was in a band before "Wings".
7: A kid asks you the time. You say: "It's a quarter to 10". and he doesn't understand you. Then you say: "It's 9:45" and he gets you.
8: You're driving a classic car that's a year younger than you and someone asks if you bought it new,
9: Someone you think is older than you calls you "Sir".
10: AARP letters are coming in the mail.
All of the above, and then some!

11. Sitting with a group of people talking about the most exciting events that you can remember and having everybody look at you with astonishment when you say "The moon landings of course!"
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Old 11-24-21, 12:29 PM
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Nah, you’re just old.
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The other day, on this very website, someone told me how amazed he was I held onto my first serious road bike longer than he'd been alive. I've had it for 26 years now. But I bought it when I was 38 years old already.
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Vintage is way better then decrepit, the next phase.
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Originally Posted by davester View Post
All of the above, and then some!

11. Sitting with a group of people talking about the most exciting events that you can remember and having everybody look at you with astonishment when you say "The moon landings of course!"
12: The Ginger / Maryanne, Samantha / Jeanie discussion still comes up.
13: When a new TV show or movie is released these days, you've seen the original.
14: The oldies station plays the music you grew up with
15: You tell your neighbor's kid to turn the music down.

BTW: The moon landing was a hoax.
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Our bikes are vintage. We are old.
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I just figure that all the bikes I thought were way cool BITD but too expensive since I was in college are now on deep, deep sale.
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Originally Posted by gearbasher View Post
12: The ginger / maryanne, samantha / jeanie discussion still comes up.
13: When a new tv show or movie is released these days, you've seen the original and probably at least one previous remake..
14: The oldies station plays the music you grew up with
15: You tell your neighbor's kid to turn the music down.

Btw: The moon landing was a hoax
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If vintage relates to being older and taking more time, effort and money to replace something, I am surely vintage. During my ride today, I was thinking about 2021 nearing it's end, I realized, when it rolls over to 2022, I will be in the 71st year in which I have lived. When I was in my teens and 20's, when someone was in the 70's, that was really old. Then I thought about how fortunate I am in so many ways. In regards to bikes, I love vintage and classic looking road bikes, but to ride them, I prefer more modern components. I have a Fuji Ace that has DT levers and I hardly ever ride it. The shifters are a definite factor in that. Until last year, using DT levers did not bother me.
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A lot depends on when you bought your bike.

I bought my old Colnago Super in 1982 while I was still in High School (and it was at least a dozen years old at that time). I've put a lot of miles on the bike over the years.

The bike didn't turn "Vintage" until I joined Bike Forums.
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20,949 days and counting over here; that puts me over 40 and into the "vintage" category according to my limited online research. Still a long way off from assuming the "antique" label, tho, so that's something

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Vintage is good if:

the patina is only surface (minimal cosmetic procedures, if any)
the bones are excellent (good frame alignment, no tubes replaced)
the drivetrain works (even with an older engine.

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Remember, no matter how vintage, it works better if you lube the chain every now and then.
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BTW: The moon landing was a hoax.
Sheesh, even the conspiracies are vintage.
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If Campanolo Delta brakes are "new fangled", you're old.

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I have never owned a vintage bicycle as old as I am. But that just makes me old, not vintage. Vintage = something of age not someone of age. That's my two cents worth and since two cents is now rounded down to zero cents I can only say that my opinion makes no sense.
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14: The oldies station plays the music you your kids grew up with
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Not to put too fine a point on it, but "vintage" refers to things that are not only old, but also desirable. The latter is key.
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You're watching reruns of The Partridge Family...
Let's be clear, there's a difference between being older and having bad taste.
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