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Every Picture (and Bike) Tells a Story, Don't It?

Old 01-28-10, 10:07 PM
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Every Picture (and Bike) Tells a Story, Don't It?

I also collect vintage Czechoslovakian rim-fire rifles and when I am restoring one I often sit and wonder about the original owner, and the rifle's history. Did their dad buy it for them when they were a kid? Did they ever take the rifle shooting with their grandad? Were they a target shooter or did they also hunt rabbits or whatever. I wonder about things like that. I'm the same way with bikes. So when a friend gave me this '65 Dunelt that was given to him by the original owner something told me this bike had a story. So I contacted her (original owner) and asked if she would tell me a little bit about the bike's history. I got the most heartwarming narrative from her that you can imagine. Seriously.

She worked two jobs waitressing as a teenager and raised the $100 she needed to buy the bike and then rode it all around the lakes of Minnesota in the late 60s while she went to high school and then off to college. She rode it for the next 30 odd years and it followed her all over the country. I actually wrote about her story on my blog. And what's double cool is if I ever sell it I'll have the original story that I can pass on the next owner. I know stuff like this will bore some of you to tears but I love history and I think every bike has a story. Some are more interesting than others of course, but they all have a story.

So, if you ever pick up a bike from the original owner take a minute and ask them about the bike's history. You might learn some very cool stuff about it. I did.

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I often ponder this as I look at all the old bikes I manage to look at or touch.
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I have ridden a couple of vintage bikes where I could feel and sense their history, even though I didn't know the specific stories.
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Sounds like that could be a book concept, each bike has a chapter.

Thanks for sharing, a very nice story.
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I ended up with a bit of a story attached to one of my bikes recently. It was/is fun to do the research on them.
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I recently flipped a bike that has a city registration sticker on it, from Honolulu. One can only guess...
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I recently flipped a bike that has a city registration sticker on it, from Honolulu. One can only guess...
Interesting, I have a Miyata that has a Honolulu tag as well. I always wonder how it made it to Charlotte in pristine condition.

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The first C&V bike I bought, way back last July, is a 1987 Miyata mixte, which came from the original owner, now a middle-aged mom. cb400Bill picked it up for me, so I didn't actually meet the owner, but I exchanged several emails and phone calls with her trying to arrange the purchase, and we kept up a bit after I got the bike. Her father had bought it for her when she was in high school. He was apparently a pretty serious cyclist and had done the Ragbrai cross-state ride in Iowa many times. She said that they had planned to do Ragbrai together sometime, but that never happened, and as the years went by she hung her bike up and never rode it. I got the impression her father had passed on though I didn't ask. When she learned I was buying the bike to give to my college-bound daughter she was very pleased. And so was I. I'm going to make sure my daughter and I take some rides together, if not quite the width of Iowa.
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I bought an 73' Italvega Nuovo Record from a 65 year old daily biking school teacher here in Houston area. He told me he bought the bike when he was just starting teaching in the early 70's in California. He said he saved and saved and payed out the bike at the LBS. He paid his last $50.00 and the bike shop owner said "Let me get it ready for you" - told him to pick it up on Monday.

When he got to the LBS the doors had chains around them. Old school bankruptcy...you gotta love it! He did talk to the Sherriff and told him he had
a receipt for the bike, and the Sherriff told him he would check into it. About a month later he called and told him to come pick up the bike. They had confirmed off of the bike shop books that he did pay for the bike and that he ought to have it. He said "talk about relief...that was a lot of money for a school teacher!"

The bike is part of my small collection now. He sold it to me for what he paid for it -$349.00 ~ the story was free but priceless!


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I do this when I can.

I picked up a Trek 710 earlier this year, and it was from the original owner and he had bought it from a local bike shop in 1980, custom ordered. It was also the owner of that shops first sale. Today that shop is the one of the oldest and best run shops, by the same guy. Which is cool too me. Also turned out this was the guys only transportation for about 6 years. In which he rode it on the same commute I am about to start taking. It is about 26 miles round trip. He told me a lot about the bike, all of which is info I would have assumed something else. Like it has no Trek decals, he had ordered it without. I would have just figured he peeled them off. He also said he had the headset changed out when he got it. Since it match’s most of the group I would have figured it was just part of the group. But he had got the 07 group which made the bike a 717 which came with mostly Nuevo record group but SR bars, stem, headset. He also had the Seat changed out to a brooks when he got it. I guess the 07 group came with something else. It is interesting to me if nothing else.
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The vast majority of my bikes are BF C&V stories, because that's where they come from, nearly every piece.
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