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Old 08-16-18, 02:15 AM
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This Trek caught my attention outside the grocery store a few weeks back. I had purchased a snack, and was enjoying eating it while admiring the overall simplicity, and understatement that the single speed build seemed to be expressing. Then a gorgeous young lady approached, set a small bag of groceries in the basket, unlocked from the rack, and mounted the saddle. As she began to ride off, she looked back, smiled, and said “Have a nice snack!”


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Old 08-16-18, 02:19 AM
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I can pretty much count on the Motobecane being locked up in front of the bank every time!
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While spending a couple days on Orcas Island in the San Juan's, I went into a small bike shop in Eastsound (the only "town" on Orcas) and the owner had his uncles '57 Schwinn Paramount Tourist hanging from the ceiling.

Also, driving up to Mt. Constitution, we passed a guy riding a vintage steel bike up to the summit. When he made the summit, I spoke with him for a few minutes. He was riding an approx. '71 Mercier 300 with a 42t small chainring and 28t large rear cog. Mt. Constitution is a 2000' climb in 4 miles and the rider was probably in his mid-late 60's. To say I was impressed would be an understatement!

View from the top.
That foto is magnificent! THANKS .. makes me very home sick for the Pacific NW, although I'm from North of the 49th. ... Lorne/Lenton58 in Sendai, Japan.
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I saw this bike this morning. I can't remember ever seeing a tandem locked up outside.

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Old 08-19-18, 07:45 PM
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Dropped my son off at college today(distance runner) and was happy to see the 84 world sport I brought in the rack next to his teammates lotus.
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Hey! I just noticed this thread. I had a few other threads started with this "Spotted in the wild" theme in mind. If I knew, I would've posted here instead. Will do from now on.
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A Miyata 310 in local colors. UO campus.

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Very little C&V interest / market here. Most locals don't see the value in an old bike their parents would have ridden. Their bikes can't be black enough and carbon enough and expensive enough. Either that or tires fat enough to make up for whatever other shortcoming. That said, you can't turn around downtown without seeing an "old" bike on a nearby rack. Sometimes just a clunker being ridden into the ground. Occasionally a true C&V that the owner obviously enjoys owning/riding. More often, just a reasonably maintained bike that someone's holding onto, just because it's cheaper than buying new.

All these were spotted within aprx. 1 minute, 1/2 block.



Any ID-eas about the unbadged green one? Low-end Peugeot?
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Originally Posted by Lenton58
That foto is magnificent! THANKS .. makes me very home sick for the Pacific NW, although I'm from North of the 49th. ... Lorne/Lenton58 in Sendai, Japan.
Love that view, currently its obscured by the smoke we are getting from wildfires across the border, hope they and we get some relief soon air quality in Seattle is abysmal right now , looks like pictures of the Pittsburgh from the early 70s with factory smoke
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Originally Posted by madpogue



Any ID-eas about the unbadged green one? Low-end Peugeot?
Other than the color and saddle, it looks a lot like my old 1975 Fuji Special Sports Tourer. I don't recognize that color though. The shifting looks like SunTour and the cranks Sugino(?). Saddle doesn't look original for the frame to me.
I think Simplex derailleurs were standard on low end Peugeot in the mid-70s.
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Originally Posted by SpeedofLite
Other than the color and saddle, it looks a lot like my old 1975 Fuji Special Sports Tourer. I don't recognize that color though. The shifting looks like SunTour and the cranks Sugino(?). Saddle doesn't look original for the frame to me.
I think Simplex derailleurs were standard on low end Peugeot in the mid-70s.
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The head of the binder bolt on the Nitto I-beam stem will have the Fuji name.

Bottom bracket may exhibit notched shell edges to take toothed safety washers affixed to the BB cups. Quirky arrangement employed for a short time on some Nippon produce.

Cycle looks like an S10-S ca. 1974-75.



thanks for posting [MENTION=9425]madpogue[/MENTION] !

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Rustled up a couple images on the odd bottom bracket arrangement to be found on the green Fuji parked in the bike rack.

they are from a 1974 S10-S -





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The family and I recently returned from a European vacation. Here are a few photos of what I spotted in the wild:

London -- swarming with bicycle riders/commuters; I was surprised given that the city is so densely populated and busy.
Gitane at Hyde Park


Handsome Ladies Brooks B17 on non-vintage commuter in downtown London


Spotted this joker trying to make a buck in the London Underground

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Germany

For whatever reason didn’t get any bike photos in Berlin, despite there being a plethora of bikes on par with London, but did spot this Miyata in Leipzig


XT equipped Bianchi Grizzly (I believe) at the Zugspitze station, outside of Garmisch, Germany



Spotted this old workhorse at the hotel in Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany



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Switzerland
A nicely appointed keeper of the flame mixte spotted in Zurich




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Paris
Didn’t spot many vintage bikes in Paris (before I fell ill the last two days of our trip) but my son spotted these old magazines for sale near the Eiffel Tower




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Hot damn! Can someone please identify this bike?

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Not a bike, but still a classic.
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1935 Schwinn Excelsior ridden (pushed, dragged, thrown) over Pearl Pass last weekend by Tommy Breeze during the 40th anniversary of the time Joe Breeze, Gary Fisher and I went there to see how the riding was.



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A Dutch Blogger Posted This Image Of Bike On Berlin Sidewalk

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Blog entry here - necessary to scroll down a ways...

https://www.ontij.com/tag/city-life/


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Originally Posted by deux jambes
Hot damn! Can someone please identify this bike?

Just a guess but it reminds me of a Nishiki Professional I saw on craigslist a few weeks back. It was a beauty but darker green, possibly metallic paint, and the fork was different. Could be a different year? From what I read on the interwebs it was during the years that Katakura (Silk?) made the bikes for Nishiki. It was a bit far from me and I wasn't sure it would take fenders so I didn't ask about it. I drooled over the pics a bit but that's it.
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Originally Posted by rgvg
Just a guess but it reminds me of a Nishiki Professional...
I took your guess and searched the web. You’re dead on!

I ride past this bike often, but only got close enough, long enough to snap the one photo, and failed to really checkout the headbadge which would have at least indicated the maker.

I’d never come across or otherwise noticed this specific model before. Looking at the early 70’s catalogue specs now AND... what a lusty bike!
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Spotted in the Loop downtown Chicago yesterday.

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Most in complete shape.



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On the back roads of Pennsylvania comming Home from my sons cross country meet and saw an old bike out for sale. A nice gentleman showed me around a bit. Most bikes I’ve seen in one place. I’m hopeing to return sometime with Time to make an offer or two.
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