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Old 06-27-22, 10:04 AM
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Classic & vintage road icons....?

Of course, everyone has their own personal Ďiconsí & 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 havenít 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 isnít a specific modelÖ.)? What other near-instantly recognizable classic & vintage icons are there?
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Old 06-27-22, 10:10 AM
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Although I have no pictures of it, my blue mink/silver Raleigh Professional that I bought in 1973 comes close. I rode mine for 27 years, and even won a Canadian ITT title on it when it was over 25 years old. Sadly its life ended when I crashed it in a road race and crumpled the downtube in 1999. I still have that crashed frame but the components moved on to another bike
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Old 06-27-22, 10:27 AM
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Holdsworth Professional in team colours ?



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Old 06-27-22, 11:45 AM
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May need to define "icon." Iconot.

One version....


Not quite the longevity of a Super Corsa, but iconic enough. Not to mention the porn star mustache.

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Various icons....for various reasons.

Perhaps the recognition factor across the board?
Quite often, you just mention the model, and people know.

Cinelli Super Corsa for elegance, longevity, quality.
Puegeot PX-10, but also UO-8, both for different reasons.
Pinarello Montello, as much for precision and quality as bad decals.
Colnago Master for that tubing, once it took hold.
Colnago C40, for being a landmark bike, and Pari-Roubaix, and Mapei
Centurion Dave Scott Ironman. You don't really have to say Centurion.
Bridgestone RB-1, as much for the discussion of who was behind it.
Trek Y-Foil, because if they've seen one, they remember.
Any Pegoretti, but a whole different icon, altogether.
Specialized Stump Jumper, a Ritchey by any other name.
Paramounts, but there are so darn many!
Raleigh Sports
Kestrel
(at one time, pretty much just meant the 200 series)

I'm sure I missed a ton. The icon field is both narrow and wide.
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Originally Posted by Germany_chris
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Even just Mapei. Has it's own cult, and they are FANtastic.

Which brings to mind Bianchi. Celeste is the iconic color.
People who don't know bikes will describe the color, and you know.
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And agree with the above,

Paramount

Raleigh Pro

Cinelli SC

PX-10

Celeste Bianchi

Masi

There are plenty of others, I always think in terms of US bike boom so many that weren't here would be on the list too.
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Lizard yellow Legnano
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I think the "Mink Blue" Raleigh Pro is on the list .
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Could just as well be a Grand Record, Le Champion or Champion Team....All are Iconic. Have had this bike a long time and ridden it in most of the Western U.S. states. Don

My Grand Jubile'


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All of the above, and I would add a Trek TX 900.
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Like it or not - Schwinn Varsity. It's the bike that got many on the road. Oozes nostalgia.
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Meh. You can't swing a dead cat around here without hitting a Cinelli

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Lizard yellow Legnano

That's one and I got one today - $20.00 CND...
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That's one and I got one today - $20.00 CND...
Forks bent.
Really, the fork's bent
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Originally Posted by gugie
Forks bent.
Really, the fork's bent

So is the frame but the head badge, Universal brakes, seat post bolt and handle bar are all good. That, to me, makes the harvest a bargain at twenty bucks. The frame and fork will be dumped in the dump on Wednesday.
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So is the frame but the head badge, Universal brakes, seat post bolt and handle bar are all good. That, to me, makes the harvest a bargain at twenty bucks. The frame and fork will be dumped in the dump on Wednesday.
Yeah, but somebody had to say it.

I still think that's the baddest ass headbadge ever.
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Originally Posted by BFisher
Like it or not - Schwinn Varsity. It's the bike that got many on the road. Oozes nostalgia.
Yup, have to agree. Another that's pretty much 'instantly recognizable', even to the non-bike-obsessed.
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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.
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Originally Posted by alcjphil
Although I have no pictures of it, my blue mink/silver Raleigh Professional that I bought in 1973 comes close. I rode mine for 27 years, and even won a Canadian ITT title on it when it was over 25 years old. Sadly its life ended when I crashed it in a road race and crumpled the downtube in 1999. I still have that crashed frame but the components moved on to another bike
At least here in the USA in the 70's, the Raleigh and Schwinn shops had a fairly large presence. As such, many of us grew up with our noses pressed against the shop window and lust in our hearts! ... it wasn't just me, was it?....

Quite a few of the bikes in those Raleigh catalogs are seared into my brain! I did buy the semi-iconic Gran Sport in the lagoon blue with white panels and rode that for a long time. Much later, I picked up a mint International in the copper paint, which is probably between semi-iconic and iconic. There is still a part of me that would like to have one of the blue mink & silver Professionals, though!
From the catalog that I held onto for so long... the Mark IV Raleigh Pro.



After I got my International, I lucked into a 753 Team frame! I think it's just as iconic as the Pro, and since it was widely raced, probably even more so.
Here's mine, and it rides just wonderfully!



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What's more iconic than this?

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