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What's the furthest you've driven for a bike?

Old 01-26-24, 11:27 AM
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Farthest I've gone for a bike is roughly 130 miles round trip. This was 2.5 years ago for a 1991 Klein Quantum from the original owner in a custom ordered two color fade for $400 and was totally worth it. Bonus points for the seller being super cool, we spent a while swapping stories of local places we've both ridden as well as the same races we've run over the years (like me he was a dedicated trail runner).

Interestingly, I've driven farther for bike tools. Back in I think 2020 I drove 240 miles round trip for a vintage Park Tool PRS-6 stand that I got for a very reasonable price. The guy worked for Voodoo way back in the day and gave me a small pile of vintage Voodoo stickers, a pleasant and unexpected surprise.

My dad, back in 2006, was in the market for a recumbent trike. Back then, that niche market was even tinier than it is now and they were extremely hard to find. He wound up flying his Cessna 172 a couple of hours away to get one and he was lucky it was that close. Otherwise, he would have been driving for probably 7-8 hours round trip.
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The furthest I've driven was 150 miles total to pick up a new 1988 Cannondale Criterium frame & fork in the late 80's. The shop was liquidating Cannondale frames for $100 supposedly due to the Klein lawsuit. The sale started on Saturday morning, but the shop agreed to let me buy one Friday if I got there before they closed. I left from work and drove through rush hour traffic through LA and got there 15 minutes before closing time. Needless to say, I probably had a dozen or more drivers on the brink of road rage as I creatively "rushed" to get there. Then happily crawled through stop and go traffic 75 miles back home.

The furthest I have driven to buy something was almost 1000 miles to pick up a 14' sailboat.

The sailboat is long gone, but I'm still riding the Cannondale.

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I was going that way anyways, but my record is 510 miles (each way). At the time I lived in Florence, KY and we were traveling to Rochester, NY for a reunion of family and friends of my wife's parents. I contacted VintageTrek about a 1971/2 Raleigh Competition that he was intending to move along, and met him in the parking lot of our hotel. It's a nice example of the Lilac colored model - under the influence of patina.

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I did similar with my wife's Miyata 1000. Her daughter picked it up near Baltimore and I drove it home the next time we visited her.

The longest that I've traveled that was out of my way (not a part of a planned excursion), is a close call between 160 miles to pick up the Raleigh International that sloar so kindly agreed to allow me to purchase from him, and a e-bay pick-up of the Fuji Finest that really rekindled my interest in vintage cycles/cycling (156 miles). I believe those two would be my favorites even if I hadn't had to make a road trip for them. I've driven slightly shorter distances to get our tandem, and to claim a free Competition GS that is now one side of bar tape away from being a rideable "guest bike" for visitors who have grown beyond ideal height.
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The furthest for me would be a 200 mile round trip to pick up a Cdale MTB in 1990.

Although, I suppose I could make a case for the drive to NAHBS in Denver. If I hadn't talked to Steve H. a few times over the weekend, I might not have ended up ordering a frame from him. That was a 750 mile round trip.

And if a motorcycle counts as a bike, then it was a 2500 mile round trip. I left after work on Thursday, arrived there Friday evening, took it for a test ride Saturday morning and I was back home on Sunday afternoon.
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I was already 150 miles from home, visiting family, when I took a day to drive 200 miles to PA to pick up a Harry Havnoonian tandem--400 miles round trip. the bike was a real hoot to ride, but my wife preferred two other tandems we have, so I sold it, adding fewer miles to its clock than I drove to get it :-( She didn't like the fact that 23 mm tires were the widest that would fit. One thing I can say is that fishing a rear brake cable down the inside of the top tube, around the captain's seat tube, then out a tiny hole at the other end was one of the most frustrating bike mechanic experiences through which I have ever suffered. And, no, it was not possible to run a cable liner down the old inner wire before removing it.
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