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Old 06-29-22, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by smd4 View Post
I posted an entire thread about that one a couple weeks ago.
And this:

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In the Everyman category I would also nominate the Peugeot UO-8 and the Fuji S-10-S, a couple of bike boom staples. The black Raleigh roadster with twin top tubes and rod brakes must also qualify on a planetary level. Versions of it were for a long time the most common bike in places like Mexico, India and China.
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Old 06-29-22, 08:18 AM
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First Peugeot I ever saw was a car.
If someone had told me they made bikes, I wouldn't have wanted one.

After reading the posts, I have to agree, the electro forged Schwinn "10-speeds" were kind of the iconic bike of my teen years.
Few around my town could afford them, but we all knew what they were. We settled for Free Spirits and K-mart AllSports.

Then again, Crazy TV Lenny at American TV gave away thousands of Firenze bikes. I remember getting 4 or 5 at one time.
A window unit AC, a dorm fridge, a boom box, a set of speakers, and I think a car stereo. That promotion was iconic in itself.
My boss asked me to give them the once-over, so I wiped them down, adjusted brakes and gearing, tightened the bolts.
We lined them up outside the gas station and sold them for $50/each. Pick a color.
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Old 06-29-22, 08:22 AM
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Carbonframes/Lemond/Calfee
First all carbon frame to be raced at the Tour


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Old 06-29-22, 08:24 AM
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Good point, especially since Cannondale paid homage in 2001 with their own update.
I'm building one now. The iconic look will remain, but peaking behind the graphics will reveal modern.

Originally Posted by jim dandy View Post
Iconic enough for me … 1988 Cannondale Black Lightning
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Old 06-29-22, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by bamboobike4 View Post
First Peugeot I ever saw was a car.
If someone had told me they made bikes, I wouldn't have wanted one.
Same.
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Old 06-29-22, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Rocket-Sauce View Post
Carbonframes/Lemond/Calfee
First all carbon frame to be raced at the Tour



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Old 06-29-22, 09:10 AM
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I don't know what the model would be, but I think an early Cannondale should be on the list. Yeah, Klein may have been first/better/whatever, etc, etc, but pretty much everyone recognizes a Cannondale immediately.
Any KLEIN with one of the 'linear fade' paint jobs, you know exactly what it is, nothing else like that.

Early 'Dales are very cool, the giant downtubes stand out, even next to modern bikes. The Black Lightning would probably be the hero/halo model; a track bike with gears and brakes, it was a badass back in the day.
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The classic candy red with white panels of an early 80s icon:





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The classic candy red with white panels of an early 80s icon:



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so shiny!!
....yeah, I'm pretty easily seduced.

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Vitus 979. They made so many over such a long period of time (1979-early 90s?) and the models had few minor changes over that time. Not only were they raced at the highest levels, notably by Sean Kelly and his many victories, but they were also accessible to the masses. In my experience, it was hard to find a large group ride in the 80s without several Vitus riders. They were light, relatively affordable, and (subjectively) attractive with lots of different shades of anodized alum. My first race bike was a sky blue Vitus, so I'm biased.

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Old 06-29-22, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by bamboobike4 View Post
Good point, especially since Cannondale paid homage in 2001 with their own update.
I'm building one now. The iconic look will remain, but peaking behind the graphics will reveal modern.
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Will look forward to your finished build pictures …
Another BL saved!
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Originally Posted by bamboobike4 View Post
Good point, especially since Cannondale paid homage in 2001 with their own update.
I'm building one now. The iconic look will remain, but peaking behind the graphics will reveal modern.
Was/is the squeeze red headed? I can't remember. Anyway, here is an interesting story about another BL. The ultimate road trip to get a coveted 2 wheeler. Sorry for the thread jack.

https://www.motorcycleclassics.com/c...ack-lightning/
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so shiny!!
....yeah, I'm pretty easily seduced.

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Yeah, I could probably stare at that Colnago all day, noticing all the little details.
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
Vitus 979. They made so many over such a long period of time (1979-early 90s?) and the models had few minor changes over that time. Not only were they raced at the highest levels, notably by Sean Kelly and his many victories, but they were also accessible to the masses. In my experience, it was hard to find a large group ride in the 80s without several Vitus riders. They were light, relatively affordable, and (subjectively) attractive with lots of different shades of anodized alum. My first race bike was a sky blue Vitus, so I'm biased.
Tangent here- I've wondered how Vitus 979 frames have held up over time? Does the bonding hold up?
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Originally Posted by bamboobike4 View Post
Good point, especially since Cannondale paid homage in 2001 with their own update.
I'm building one now. The iconic look will remain, but peaking behind the graphics will reveal modern.
I saw one done like that a few years back; an '88 kitted with full 5800-series 105 (in black, of course) and modern wheels. Serious hot-rod, that one.
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
Vitus 979. They made so many over such a long period of time (1979-early 90s?) and the models had few minor changes over that time. Not only were they raced at the highest levels, notably by Sean Kelly and his many victories, but they were also accessible to the masses. In my experience, it was hard to find a large group ride in the 80s without several Vitus riders. They were light, relatively affordable, and (subjectively) attractive with lots of different shades of anodized alum. My first race bike was a sky blue Vitus, so I'm biased.

I loved my Vitus 979. I got mine in 1987, and thought that nothing was better for a long road race- my favorite events. For lighter riders in medium or smaller frame sizes, they were dynamite. To this day, I have never ridden anything smoother. One aspect of the Vitus bikes that is rarely discussed is the precision with which they were built. They were always perfectly straight and all of the surfaces were faced perfectly parallel with clean threads. Fabulous bikes. I recall paying $450, which was quite a bargain.
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Originally Posted by ehcoplex View Post
Of course, everyone has their own personal ‘icons’ & grail bikes, but what (road) bikes have the kind of iconic status of the Peugeot PX-10? A late 60s- mid 70s white PX-10 is immediately recognizable and conjures a nostalgia even among folks who haven’t ridden a bike in years. I have a hard time coming up with other models that have that kind of iconic singularity. An all-chrome Paramount, maybe? A celeste-green Bianchi (though that isn’t a specific model….)? What other near-instantly recognizable classic & vintage icons are there?
...I can still (barely) remember back in those years of the 70's, when everyone wanted one of the "new ten speeds".
I never saw a PX-10 on the street or at the campus at U of MD, but I did see an endless parade of UO-8's.

If ubiquitous is at all synonymous with "iconic", the UO-8 is right up there with the Varsity on the list.

In the prior decade, if you didn't have a Schwinn (because they cost more), your parents bought you a Raleigh built 3 speed, one of the "Sports" cones. Those suckers were everywhere, where I lived on the East coast.
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Originally Posted by Ironfish653 View Post
I saw one done like that a few years back; an '88 kitted with full 5800-series 105 (in black, of course) and modern wheels. Serious hot-rod, that one.
Pretty much the way I'm going. I'm adding a bit of gold to the scheme.
Should be fun.
Should be light.
Likely will fool people into thinking "I'll bet he's fast."
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
Was/is the squeeze red headed?
No, but odd coincidence.
I turned down one from a friend whose "squeeze" is red-headed, and cycles.
(Until she was literally run over from behind, at a stop light, about 6 weeks ago.)
He sold it on CL. It was a 56cm, all OEM, went for $350.
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I loved my root beer brown Varsity in the first few years I rode it and it was a true icon. When I rode it to high school there were many who had them in various colors.
At the height of the Bike Boom

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_ba-n.html#bikeboom

you could put your name on an 8- to 10-month waiting list, or, thanks to its innovative electro-forged manufacture,

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/varsity.html

ride home from the Schwinn 'Total Concept' store on Varsity.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/varsity-shaddox.html

During 1971-73, Schwinn produced a new Varsity every 17 seconds, 24/7/365.

Sure, there have been plenty of bikes in movies, but what other bike has the nostalgia/panache to have a movie named after it?


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Colnago Master

Colnago belongs, but had to top the era when Ernesto supplied Merckx.
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...if you asked this question over on the CABE, you'd get wildly different answers. And those guys pay more money for old stuff, too.
must be a cult
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