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Old 10-10-05, 08:30 AM
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Fun Ride on 1970s mass-production



This is the first bike I ever rode. It is my Dad's Nida Vista Esquire, I think 1977ish. It's from the mass-production explosion of the 1970s- and it shows in the weld seams.

BUT this was the first bike I ever rode... It had a child carrier in the back which I removed while restoring this bike. That is of course how I rode it the first time.

I rode it 12 miles yesterday as a test ride. It was a FUN RIDE! More fun than my MTB on this paved trail! While noisy at higher gears, this bike did very well

I did catch a few strange looks on the trail from hard core roadies.. heh.
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The bike looks great. What condition was it in when you started?

Those of us who regularly ride older bikes must be a real source of confusion to riders of new bikes, and the public at large. Not everybody "gets it"
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Old 10-10-05, 07:26 PM
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When I started, the wheels were pretty taco'd, a few spokes missing... anything chrome was rust.

Got new wheels (used actually.. some guy defaulted on a trueing job at my semi-local bike shop, so he sold them to me)

Got new brake pads.. the old ones while seemed unworn, the rubber (or whatever it actually is) was so old it was useless.

WD-40 & steel wool took care of the rest, once in a while I would break out the dremel with steelwool bit for particularly tough spots.

And I stripped everything down (except bottom bracket) and cleaned and re-lubed.

Runs great now, abeit a bit noisy in higher gears, but I dont know if that's cause it's cheap to begin with

The seat is the biggest problem. Mice or something got into the stuffin, so it's like sitting on a steel pole. OUCH. Hard thing to get rid of.. it has "VISTA" stamped on the back

I agree, not everybody gets it.. especially when it's some no-name brand.. But in my particular case... IT WAS MY FIRST BIKE!! Ok it was Dad's and I rode in the back, but.. . That was one of my favorite moments from my childhood
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Old 10-10-05, 09:36 PM
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I think it's great that you got your dad's old bike back on the street. It's a nice-looking no-nonsense ride, I think. It looks like a great commuter, with the fenders and the touring bars. I'm sure it has plenty of years and miles left in it. The memories and the family connection are worth something right off the bat. I love old family hand-me-downs--things with a colorful provenance are much more interesting.

I bet the roadies were eyeing you because your bike reminded them of their first bikes.

I learned to ride a 10-speed on an old Schwinn Continental that is a good 5 years older than I am. And long before I could ride a bike, of course, I rode in a kid seat on the back of that Continental, behind my mom

I can't wait to take my own 5-speed Schwinn Suburban out on the road...It will probably take its first run since the early 1980s this coming weekend *bounce*
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The sad thing is....

I have to give this bike back to Dad. It was a present to him... He just turned 80 years old this past summer, and is in GREAT shape, and wants to ride with me.

He inspired me in a way, by doing this project to start eyeing road/touring bikes. Up until this bike, I have been only interested in mountain biking. After this "test ride" and realizing how fast and how smooth this thing can go on pavement, I can only imagine how 'schweet" a real ride is.

Besides, I need a new project
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[QUOTE=jallen]The sad thing is....

I have to give this bike back to Dad. It was a present to him... He just turned 80 years old this past summer, and is in GREAT shape, and wants to ride with me.

Ride with him. Thats better than any bicycle you could ever get.
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I think what you did was great ! Make sure your Dad wears a good helmet and get out and ride with him !
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That's a fantastic story, and a nice-looking bike. I remember riding in a "kid-a-pult" seat on the back of my mom's old single-speed, triple-top-tubed monster as a kid. I'm not sorry she got rid of it years ago. You get your foot caught in the rear spokes once, and you're scarred for life... :^)

I'd love to be able to ride with my folks again, but they're far too busy right now. And they'd rather spend time with my daughter, anyway. Can't blame them for that. I hope when they retire next year we can do some riding together. They did pick up fairly recent hybrid bikes at garage sales this summer. Maybe I should get them helmets for Christmas this year...
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Huffy... OUCH OUCH. That never happened to me thank god... *shuddering*

Back then, its a wonder we survived our childhood.. All those toys that were waiting to leap out and kill us. We're a bit.... too safe nowadays.. heh.

Crazy-B You're right. that is better than any bike I could ever get.

Time to get the old man a helmet. We'll see if he actually wears it... in 80 years I dont think he has ever wore one on a bike.. heh.
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