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Old 02-17-24, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Road Fan
I'd have to bring my own "Marrakesh Express" and "Suite Judy Blueyes?" Queen's "I want to ride my bicycle!"

Didn't John Lennon write a song about cycling?
Syd Barrett had one.
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Thanks for murdering this wonderful thread, guys. Geesh.


EDIT: looks as if the insane bickering on this thread has been removed, thereby making this post also look insane. At least it was cleaned up.

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I'm sorry to hijack the thread but, I thought I might post the lousy pics I took at John's fabulous gathering I didn't take too many for some reason.

These views reminded me of when I kid sneaking down the stairs to spy on the adults talking and playing poker when one of my brothers was home from the Marines or something.











Lousy pic of a great looking Eisentraut



Something about this Allegero really caught my eye. That shinny red and geaming white really stands out


At first glance at the bikes walking in I thought this was a Club Fuji until I looked at the graphics. Great looking bicycle though. The Waterford behind it was a good looking too.








Another overall shot from ground level.


Great parking job by one and all


jjhabbs Thanks again for hosting such a fabulous event!!
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Part Two

I almost actually swooned when at some point I turned around and saw this had somehow snuck in the door. WOW I've never see one in person and it didn't disappoint.






I was talking to the owner about this fabulous Rigi and realized I never took a pic of the great information card he made. I had thought I took pics of it a bit earlier but apparently I didn't.


Other than John's fabulous Specialissima this sad example seemed to be the only Bianchi in attendance.


At some point whilst crossing the great expanse of the prairie I must have gone to ludicrus speed or maybe plaid! I was 12:41 and I was arriving at 1:19 but it was going to take an hour and thirtynine minutes to get there? Bizarre! I had actually forgot about the time change until I was on the road and it actually worked out for me. I was desperate to get Lilith's oil changed before traversing the great prairie and was running late expecting to arrive after 2. With the time change I was just fashionably late at 1:15ish.
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Bianchigirll thank you for the close up pictures. Most of the one's I've seen from the garage were not of each individual bike, so its great to see some of these front and center. You are right about the Allego - tons of candycane eye candy curb appeal!

jjhabbs thank you for, well, everything - all the content you put out, having such a fabulous collection AND finding a lot of joy in sharing it with others. I see that lots of people are deriving joy from seeing it as well. I'm always curious to hear about new marques and interesting bikes I've never seen before, which happens all the time. Some collections are small, and some are large. Some preserve all the wear and tear of historical bikes, and some feature only meticulous bikes. It's great to have the variety and you have quite a lovely collection. I'd love the chance to make it down there one day.

Have you a thread on the RIGI? If not, you should! Did you build it up? Any weights on the individual parts or the bike as a whole? Very interested in that project, as I'm going through a (somewhat) similar one currently.


Regarding the other, ahem, discussion I think its just sort of the struggle that comes from anything that was once mainstream becoming a niche interest. If John's video demographics correlate also with this sub-forum, then I would be considered under the avg. I have developed a passion for older bikes, but it definitely took some time. Not that it makes my opinion more or less anything, but its probably always going to be a tough sell to make one young generation care about what another generation cared about when they were young. That's okay. It means that there is not the same appreciation, at least on the same scale. But if we can just get a few to buy in to the collecting/hoarding side, then instead of 10 kids having one bike each, 1 out of 10 kids will have 10 bikes, and balance will be restored! With the way prices are going, it is not proving difficult to amass 10 bikes, either. I know from experience
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Bianchigirll , and AMCO,
Thanks for the threadjack, and trying to bring this discussion back to the original point. Seeing and enjoying each other's bikes is always a good thing. I am sorry for not being able to attend, but seeing the pictures and how much the folks there enjoyed the event I am happy. I am fortunate today that I can spend time working on and restoring some old Campy parts that will someday adorn the bikes like are shown in John's garage. Smiles, MH
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Amen to Johnís gathering. It might make a good trip to finally go to Chicago. What are those cars in BGs photo?

PS. I always appreciate your effervescent take on bicycles you put into your collection as well as othersí

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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
Amen to Johnís gathering. It might make a good trip to finally go to Chicago. What are those cars in BGs photo?

PS. I always appreciate your effervescent take on bicycles you put into your collection as well as othersí
Just a cxollection of die cast models I guess.
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
Bianchigirll thank you for the close up pictures. Most of the one's I've seen from the garage were not of each individual bike, so its great to see some of these front and center. You are right about the Allego - tons of candycane eye candy curb appeal!

jjhabbs thank you for, well, everything - all the content you put out, having such a fabulous collection AND finding a lot of joy in sharing it with others. I see that lots of people are deriving joy from seeing it as well. I'm always curious to hear about new marques and interesting bikes I've never seen before, which happens all the time. Some collections are small, and some are large. Some preserve all the wear and tear of historical bikes, and some feature only meticulous bikes. It's great to have the variety and you have quite a lovely collection. I'd love the chance to make it down there one day.

Have you a thread on the RIGI? If not, you should! Did you build it up? Any weights on the individual parts or the bike as a whole? Very interested in that project, as I'm going through a (somewhat) similar one currently.


Regarding the other, ahem, discussion I think its just sort of the struggle that comes from anything that was once mainstream becoming a niche interest. If John's video demographics correlate also with this sub-forum, then I would be considered under the avg. I have developed a passion for older bikes, but it definitely took some time. Not that it makes my opinion more or less anything, but its probably always going to be a tough sell to make one young generation care about what another generation cared about when they were young. That's okay. It means that there is not the same appreciation, at least on the same scale. But if we can just get a few to buy in to the collecting/hoarding side, then instead of 10 kids having one bike each, 1 out of 10 kids will have 10 bikes, and balance will be restored! With the way prices are going, it is not proving difficult to amass 10 bikes, either. I know from experience
Thanks for the comments. The video of this event is coming tomorrow (friday am)The Rigi is featured in the video! Thanks for the kind comments.

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Once again, outstanding!!

(Also wondering what the letters under your name represent. One has to be careful these days on incorrectly thinking or risk scolded for not complying~ guessing new degree/accredited bike related organization, vintage stereo enthusiast, or perhaps another new hybrid hom0sapien species?)
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^^^^ I think it means John's Vintage Road Bike Garage. Joe
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As an attendee of John's gathering, I can attest it was a blast. I really enjoyed meeting members whom I've only know digitally for years. It was lovely to be in a room with all those lovely bikes and even more lovely people. John thank you for opening up garage to us, feeding us, and sharing your lovely collection. As a CV'er under 40 I can say my interest emerged from a combination of not having much income in my early 20, enjoying working with my hands, and having an appreciation for old, well-made things. I'll let anyone who is willing to listen that bike technology really hasn't changed much over the past 70 years and modernizing a vintage bike will likely cost less or at least equal to a new bike.

Thanks again, John. Your collection, kindness, and meticulous attention to detail are all deeply appreciated.

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Originally Posted by romperrr
As an attendee of John's gathering, I can attest it was a blast. I really enjoyed meeting members whom I've only know digitally for years. It was lovely to be in a room with all those lovely bikes and even more lovely people. John thank you for opening up garage to us, feeding us, and sharing your lovely collection. As a CV'er under 40 I can say my interest emerged from a combination of not having much income in my early 20, enjoying working with my hands, and having an appreciation for old, well-made things. I'll let anyone who is willing to listen that bike technology really hasn't changed much over the past 70 years and modernizing a vintage bike will likely cost less or at least equal to a new bike.

Thanks again, John. Your collection, kindness, and meticulous attention to detail are all deeply appreciated.
Thank you sir, Glad you attended!

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I'm wondering though, if there's any way to attract the younger generations to attend such events so they eventually take over from us older C&Vers.
As a person just getting into old steel bikes (and very youthful at 49), I know a lot of people who are into modern steel bikes (All-City, Surly, etc.) who seem primed to get into C&V bikes.

Maybe it'd be easier to sell people on them if people weren't hoarding so many? 😉
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