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Old 08-13-11, 10:41 PM
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very cool thread, I hope I will still have any of my current bikes in 30 years!
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Old 08-14-11, 09:29 AM
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I still have my '68 Paramount, '70 Urago, two '73 Richard Sachs, and a very special '72 Paris Sport mixte framed kid's bike with 300x32 wheels which has been ridden by a number of little ones. They are rideable and are sitll ridden. It is nice reminder ro have come accross this thread as it brought to mind what a great trip it has been.
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I still have my '68 Paramount, '70 Urago, two '73 Richard Sachs, and a very special '72 Paris Sport mixte framed kid's bike with 300x32 wheels which has been ridden by a number of little ones. They are rideable and are sitll ridden. It is nice reminder ro have come accross this thread as it brought to mind what a great trip it has been.
Photos. . . PLEASE! Each/All of them.

Did I say "Please!"?
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Sadly I wasn't alive in 67 to buy the racer deluxe my grandpa bought, but I did get to inherit it. I love this bike but I think I'd hate it if it wasn't his.
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How about second owner, purchased one year old, now owned for 39 years?

Early 70s


Early 80s


Late 80s to early 00s


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My wife has a yellow Schwinn Breeze that she bought new in 1975. it is completely original except for the tires. it is currently on loan to her sister who lives 2 1/2 hours away. I am glad to have the extra space for my bikes.
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Wonderful pictorial history of your Le Jeune CV-6, I have always liked the graphics and overall look of them. Dare we say it looks better now than when it was almost new. And congratulations for keeping it all these years. Considering how much things have changed, including ourselves it is great to see so many whose appreciation for their bike helped them weather trends and advances in the bicycle industry. Of course, all this really just proves that vintage bikes have what you might call " personality ".
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[QUOTE=CV-6;13081242]How about second owner, purchased one year old, now owned for 39 years?

Early 70s



I have that same Cannondale stand. The shop charged me $5.00 for it when I bought my Mercier in '74.
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Old 08-14-11, 05:11 PM
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Wonderful pictorial history of your Le Jeune CV-6, I have always liked the graphics and overall look of them. Dare we say it looks better now than when it was almost new. And congratulations for keeping it all these years. Considering how much things have changed, including ourselves it is great to see so many whose appreciation for their bike helped them weather trends and advances in the bicycle industry. Of course, all this really just proves that vintage bikes have what you might call " personality ".
I agree. I remember seeing all those red LeJeunes in Central Park in the 70's. It was very enviable in those days.

And yes, wonderful pictorial essay!
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A lot of beautiful older bikes. I still have my 1986 Fuji, most of it is original, except bb & seat. I ride it occasionally and that's more rarely. Daily beaters get the brunt of riding. Mine turned 25 this year.
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I recently started working at my local bike shop. No one at the shop has any sentimentality about old bikes. I think I'm the oldest person working there.

Except...

There's one guy a little older. We haven't been in the shop on the same days much. My work days end up being his days off. We were together yesterday, and he worked on the sales floor while I worked in the mechanics area. At the end of the day, I pulled my 1971 Super Course out of the basement to ride home. He yelled, wow, what a great bike. And he took a moment to look at the frame. He just shook his head, admiring it, then he told me about his 1971 Jeunet. Yeah, man, sometimes great bikes are just great bikes, and they don't even have to be high end.
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proof the bicycle is more reliable on cars
proof that a $3000 bicycle purchase is actually cheap[compared to a car]


you get more fun per miles on a bike than a car !

i spend $1500 a year on gasoline and $1500 on insurance plus $1500 on maintenace and thats every year

that $5000 itatlian bike that i've been eyeing is not so expensive after all
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I still have my track bike, my touring bike, and my (self-made) tandem from 30 years ago. My racing bike (a Viner) is in parts because it needs a paint job.

Mystery French track bike:


I built this frame to sell, and never did:


I should get better pictures. The touring bike now has newer parts on it because I was commuting on it. And it has barcons.

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I'd like more pictures, unterhausen.
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I built this frame to sell, and never did:
Now that is COOL! You created it!
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It was the summer of 1975, or was it 1974? I can't quite remember.

I was in summer school those years because there were no decent summer jobs back then - or many jobs at all , if you recall. I used to go to class all morning, then hop on this baby and ride about 30 miles a day, every week day. On weekends, I'd ride home and visit my parents. It was 50 miles each way with a big bag of books slung over my shoulder, so I could do my homework.

This baby is a fast bike. She cannot go slow, not for long. You can ride her slow for a while but sooner or later she will start to fly. You may not even notice it at first but it is inevitable. That's just the way she is.

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I hope this picture is from 1975, because it looks mint. I think I just found a new Grail.

Can I ask a personal question? Have you designated a beneficiary for this in your will yet? Let me just say, I'm available.
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Here's my 1975 Eisentraut Limited that I bought used in 1977 from the loft at Hendrickson's Bike shop in Santa Barbara. The original paint job was already pretty abused and I have repainted it twice using the same rootbeer brown / cream color scheme. I raced this bike through my college years, everything between criteriums to longer road races and club centuries. I also mounted a rack using those great Blackburn adapters that fit into Campy dropouts and went on several long tours through places like Big Sur, Sequoia, and Yosemite. I still ride this bike frequently, more recently up the Glendora Mountain Road (GMR) to the Mt Baldy ski lifts the week prior to the Tour of California stage. My original Peugeot PR-10, bought used in 1974, was unfortunately lost to a crash.
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Gnome,

Whether you bought it new or not, I'd love to see a nice photo (or 3) of your 1970 Super Corsa.

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My 78 GJ I purchased new in 1978:


My 76 Empire Professional is exactly like the one I purchased new in 1976, except for the frame size (which is the reason I didn't keep the first one. It is currently taken to bits and awaiting restoration, probably over the winter.
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Gnome,

Whether you bought it new or not, I'd love to see a nice photo (or 3) of your 1970 Super Corsa.

Thanks.
I am very happy to oblige. And I would like to know about your TdF and SC as well...

Back when I first started riding at the end of high school, after a short motocross career, I did most of my riding with friends with a LeJeune and a Gitane TdF, I had my Peugeot PR-10, so I was kind of imprinted on French bikes, and the Gitane Super Corsa in particular. Years later when I began riding seriously again and caught the C&V bug I restored my Eisentraut and searched the internet for a Super Corsa. What I got is in the first picture. Then I slowly built up a collection of correct parts. I have to admit that the Campy cranks are not French pedal spindle threads, though.

Based on the foil head decal, which was very short lived, and the willow leaf seat stay caps, mine is a 1969-1970 model. I has the rear brake cable bridge so I assume it originally had MAFAC Racer brakes, not Campagnolo, which appeared later.

After restoration. I am very grateful for the CycloMondo decals. Funny story. I was bidding on an original set of Schwinn Paramount and Gitane TdF/SC stickers on ebay and entered a heated bidding war that I eventually lost. I contacted the winner and asked him if he was using the Gitane decals or perhaps not? His reply was that he was going to supply the Gitane decals to Greg Softely and thus the Cyclomondo decals were struck. I am very glad to have lost that auction.




The whole set is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leaping...th/4107514728/

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Yep, I bought my Schwinn Sports Tourer in March of 1972, it having been built in October of 1971. I recall the dealer pronounced "Sports Tourer" as "Spwats Torah" so that's what I call it to this day, my "Spwats Torah!"

Early on, I removed the toy rear derailleur, (Campy Gran Turismo) and replaced it with a real one (Shimano Crane GS). I also removed the suicide brake handles and the chainguard from the front chainring and the dork disk from the rear wheel. Since all I ever heard from my friends is what a "lead sled" my Schwinn was, I didn't care for it as I should have so it has a good bit of rust. Aside from appearance, it is still a good ride to this very day.

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Oh, yeah!

Bought this new in 1971. It's been with me in a number of different countries over the years. Many battle scars, but none severe.

I just removed the original Stronglight BB, the fixed cup of which was NOT easy!, and replaced it with a Phil BB. The crank arms (new rings just last week!) are the only original parts on it.

I love this bike!



I need new bar tape, but the hoods wouldn't survive the process and replacement hoods for the Modolo Professional levers are rare or simply too pricey. sigh.
That is quite a machine, even with the rack tilted to the rear. In any case, I really enjoyed your story in the Bike Mechanics forum about removing your bottom bracket.
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Originally Posted by tiberon View Post
I still have my '68 Paramount, '70 Urago, two '73 Richard Sachs, and a very special '72 Paris Sport mixte framed kid's bike with 300x32 wheels which has been ridden by a number of little ones. They are rideable and are sitll ridden. It is nice reminder ro have come accross this thread as it brought to mind what a great trip it has been.
If you need ANY help posting images, send a PM and we'll get it done...Pleeeeeze post images!!!!!
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If you need ANY help posting images, send a PM and we'll get it done...Pleeeeeze post images!!!!!
+1 Talk about pleading.
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