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Old 06-24-07, 08:50 PM
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Handbuilt commuter

Humble riders (well, at least some of you):

I've a 24 1/4" 1982 Stan Pike light tourer, which I'll be riding for maybe another 5 years (I'm 57) if I'm lucky. It's barely modernized (aero levers) and I keep the original paint that's chipped from rusting and all the mechanicals in reasonable shape.

Sadly, i'm now riding primarily on my short commute; although I have hopes riding more for pleasure, responsibilities pretty much have quashed these so far. Although Southern Connecticut has some good roads, it is a pretty busy place, and you've got to ride on relatively scruffy roads before getting to the good ones. And I'm no longer the agressive 30 or 40 year old that I was. Also, am not free to pick up and retire to a better area where I can ride into the sunset.

I realize I've been incredibly lucky to have had and enjoyed a handbuilt frame from this lesser-known but top-drawer builder. Am i nuts to continue to ride it this way? I try to keep away from rush hours (ah the joys of flex time), but given its rarity, and the impossibility of replacing it, I am in a tiz. Still, the 4 miles to work just ain't the same on my 3 speed...And i think a bike on the wall is like a musical instrument in the attic. I've given over the Atala to my better half (it fits her!)

I reckon that even if I sold this tomorrow, I'd be lucky to get enough to buy a pretty good modern factory bike. But the new one won't feel as nice.
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Old 06-24-07, 09:32 PM
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Keep on riding! maybe reward it in the future with a complete rebuild including a professional respray. I have a 1971 Raleigh Sports Standard that was my mainstay commuter for years. Not a high dollar bike by any means but it is getting a full rework in the next year or so just because. I will probably spend 2-3 times what it worth, but it will be worth it to me. It has way too many memories attached to it.

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pics in a while...

Sorry about lack of pictures...snowed in at work...I'll try to post on the My Rides in the next week. Thanks for your encouragement! Cheers!
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Old 06-26-07, 09:39 PM
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Why only five more years? Is there a rule that we have to stop riding at 62?
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I hope not! This is my 67th year & I'm not ready to quit for quite a few more years. Don
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Originally Posted by Dirtdrop
Why only five more years? Is there a rule that we have to stop riding at 62?
I was wondering that myself. 62 is only 5 year away for me, too, and I have no plans for parking the bikes. My father-in-law is 81, and still rides his Peugeot all over Nashville. When he drives, there is always a Bickerton folder in the trunk for knocking around at his destination. From the way he looks, he may keep riding past the century mark.
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