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Old 12-30-07, 02:16 PM
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Any modern bike technology you just can't live without on your vintage ride?

For me it's modern clipless pedals if I'm going to really ride the bike so the Bottecchia runs Look pedals just like its modern Bianchi cousins. Anything other anachronistic stuff you guys can't do without?
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Helmets. They used to be practically useless. Now they are merely silly looking. Newer bar tape is awfully nice. Have to like aero brakes, since they pull more cable. (Only in C&V would that count as a new technology.)

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STI shfters. I was never a fan of downtube shifters. When I build up my Nishiki it will have STIs
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Yeah, my dirty little secret is that I love STI. Lots of people whose opinion I trust love friction, but I just don't get it. I do like bar-ends though.

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How about some bright commuter lights?
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Nope. I still ride clipped, don't use a computer, have an old helmet in good condition, and downtube shifters on all my bikes.

My Campy bikes have old style brake levers, my DA bikes have aero. DA are indexed SIS, Campy are friction.

My newest bike (and favorite, so far) is my 86-87 De Rosa. It has DA 7401 components. I haven't felt a need to 'upgrade' from that.
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No. I ride a retro bike because I like to relive riding 20 or 30 years ago. If I want modern, I ride modern (and often do.)

No hard feeling torward those who put modern parts on a classic frame, though. I mean, you're going to hell, of course, but that's your business.
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I ride clipless and have nice cushy cork bar tape on the TdF. No other modern parts nor a computer yet on this one. I haven't really decided how to carry water as I like my paint&decals better than strap-on bottle cages. Pockets for now.
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Old 12-30-07, 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by jgedwa View Post
Helmets. They used to be practically useless. Now they are merely silly looking. Newer bar tape is awfully nice. Have to like aero brakes, since they pull more cable. (Only in C&V would that count as a new technology.)

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Forgot about helmets being "modern" but yes, that's a good one, I always wear my helmet.
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clipped pedals and Tufo tire sealant for my Tufo tubulars.
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Originally Posted by orangepaint View Post
How about some bright commuter lights?
That's pretty cool too - I run a little compact LED light on the Panasonic that lights up the road nicely and doesn't eat batteries like the Cookie Monster chowing down on chocolate chips
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Originally Posted by Bob Barker View Post
I haven't really decided how to carry water as I like my paint&decals better than strap-on bottle cages. Pockets for now.
Voila!

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Most of my bikes are DT friction shifting. Clips and straps work just fine too, although I use clipless on some. I'm even using Benotto Celo bar tape on my daily rider.

I must admit I've gotten addicted to riding with a computer if only for the current speed and trip miles. I don't give a rat's ass about the average speed function.
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Originally Posted by Six jours View Post
I mean, you're going to hell, of course, but that's your business.
I'm hoping they'll cut me some slack since I only changed the pedals and they're French just like the originals. Maybe just some time in bicycle purgatory. I'd hate to find myself spending eternity riding a Shimano STI equipped Huffy on a bike path along the river Styx.

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Yeah, I do like some of the newer technology, even on my Italian classic.

The cork bar tape is a plus, along with the clipless pedals and state-of-the-art bike computers. I also thought STI / Ergo was the cats meow too, eventhough I run DT shifters on my 8-speed. The new helmets are really cool. They're light and channel the airflow good, and can even salvage your brain. I dont think they're worth what we pay for them from a materials point of view, but from a safety point they are, of course, priceless.

I dont know. If there is any modern technology that I just simply cannot do without, it would have to be the clipless pedals and modern cycling shoes. With them, I feel like I'm 'one' with the bike. That my mind and my muscles are integrated into this machine I ride. Its a good feeling. I never have to adjust my footing or have fear of a foot slipping off the pedal in a mad sprint through an intersection. To me, they make me feel like a "cyclist" and not some LOL "Wino Ryder" riding down to the liquor store for a bottle of 'ripple'.
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Originally Posted by Wino Ryder View Post
If there is any modern technology that I just simply cannot do without, it would have to be the clipless pedals and modern cycling shoes. With them, I feel like I'm 'one' with the bike. That my mind and my muscles are integrated into this machine I ride. Its a good feeling. I never have to adjust my footing or have fear of a foot slipping off the pedal in a mad sprint through an intersection.
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To me, they make me feel like a "cyclist" and not some LOL "Wino Ryder" riding down to the liquor store for a bottle of 'ripple'.
Just flip the handlebars over and wear an old Army jacket to get that feeling
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Modern lights and a helmet come to mind...
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'Speedplay' & 'Tufo'.

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the only modern gear that I won't ride without is a newer helmet-they're far safer, more comfortable, cooler and one -third the weight of my old Bell V1 pro. I'm not yet convinced that clipless pedals are all that big of a deal and am finding myself going back to cleated shoes with clips & straps, even on my 'modern' bikes. Computers? nah. I do admit to cheating a bit on my freewheels and will spin on one of those new-fangled narrow 7 speeds in the place of a "correct" 5 or 6 cog when I can.

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Nope. I still ride clipped, don't use a computer, have an old helmet in good condition, and downtube shifters on all my bikes.

old helmets? if there's one thing i learned from being a motorcycle racer, it's that old helmets don't protect like new helmets do. i can't speak for old bicycle helmets with any kind of authority, but old motorcycle helmets are junk! the inside of motorcycle helmets degrade over time and the oldest one i'd wear would be 5 years- max! not to mention the newer technology usually is better, lighter, etc...

where does one find the old-style cleats? i'd love to have a pair for my single speed with mks quill-style pedals.

these were my first ever pair of cycling shoes:


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Just LED lights.......if it is dark....can't imagine how we used those feeble battery operated tin things!
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Cork tape, bike computer, Specialized saddles.

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Modern lights and a helmet come to mind...
That it about my extent of modern stuff too...

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Dual pivot brakes. I like to be able to stop.
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Well, I haven't been able to find brake pads, chains, cables, tires, that last the required 20 years to be classifed as vintage...

Seriously though, add myself to the list of modern helmet and lighting system users, for all the mentioned reasons. Modern clothing is also another mandatory item for myself, as I have a wool allergy. I was so happy when cycling clothes in alternative materials started to appear.
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