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Still have a bike you bought new 30 + years ago?

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Old 04-14-12, 12:02 AM
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I still have the bike I bought in 79 Its a Carlton Criterium Weinmann 610 centre pull brakes after a couple of years riding it I upgraded to a set of Campy record hubs laced to Ambrosio extra 19 rims I must have road that bike10,000 miles with a miniumum of 20 miles a day I toured on it till in 87 I bought a celeste Bianchi Frame set to take its place The Carlton went onto the indoor trainer
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Old 04-14-12, 12:19 AM
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Does 29 years count? The frame and fork were found in my parents attic about 3 years ago, stripped and spray painted by my brother who knows when. I have since restored it.

83 SE Racing Quadangle


Had a Miyata and then Trek MTB after this, those are long gone...
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Old 04-14-12, 12:20 AM
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Originally Posted by timber_cruiser View Post
This is my 1973 Fuji Finest that I bought new while I was in college. I bought this for $300 which was about the same amount of money for one semester of my college tuition. When my father found out that I spent this amount of money for this bike, he was very upset with me. I felt some what guilty after that so I took good care of the bike while putting on a lot of miles using it as my primary mode of getting around.

I still ride it frequently. I upgraded from the original Suntour components (still have them in a box) to Campagnolo. Overall a great comfortable ride.


Fantastic! and the fact you still ride it...
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Old 04-14-12, 04:54 AM
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My daughter has the Schwinn Varsity I bought for my wife in 1972, I gave it to her about 5 years ago.
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Old 04-14-12, 06:07 AM
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That's kinda a creepy statement...
Been a while, but the original was "Also close: I bought my 1980 Masi GC used in 1986. It's over 30, but we didn't get hitched until she was 6."

But it's really no worse than talking about "dating a Hetchins (or something)" I keep wanting to reply "bring her some flowers and a few nice chocolates from Harrod's."
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Old 04-14-12, 06:33 AM
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I will in 2016 when my Ciocc turns 30.

Edit: The Campy crankarms on my Ciocc came off my old Raleigh Pro purchased in 1977, so they're over 30 years old even if the rest of the bike isn't.


Edit No. 2: I didn't remember previously posting to this thread. Too many years and too many brain cells lost to beer . . .
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Old 04-14-12, 07:47 AM
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I bought my 1974 Peugeot PX10LE new. It has been rebuilt a few times....
I didn't know that they were considered desireable. I still don't understand why. It's a step up from a UO8, but that's not saying much.

I don't wish to offend. That's just how I feel about them.
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Old 04-14-12, 08:05 AM
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Top of the line Reynolds 531 DB racing frame that legitimately won the TDF and other grand races multiple times in the day.
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Old 04-14-12, 09:35 AM
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1981 Schwinn Super LeTour - Bought it a Mulhaupt's In Lafayette Indiana. Still riding it all the time.


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Old 04-14-12, 10:34 AM
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Hoss, that mirror shadow make it look like you've got Popeye's pipe clenched between your teeth - or did you just shave your goatee a little off center? (j/k no offence)
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Old 04-14-12, 07:33 PM
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Nah, only 28 years.
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My son gave this to me over 30 years ago. I just got off it too..

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I have not kept them all but still have bikes that I purchased new in 1974, 1975, 1988.
A few I regret selling too. But at the time the cash was needed elsewhere more.
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Old 04-15-12, 09:33 AM
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nope I have one 25 years old
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Old 09-04-12, 05:59 PM
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I'll bump this old thread to show my 41 year old Super sport. Bought it to deliver newspapers and get around town a year or so before I got my drivers license. I rode it for a few years, put it away, restored it in about 1982 or so when my kids were young and put a baby seat on it, rode it a few years and put it away again. Recently got it back in riding shape, I'll honestly never get rid of this bike. I've bought several newer bikes over the years but never could part with this one.
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Old 09-04-12, 11:46 PM
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I will find pics later. But my dad has 2. He has his Raleigh 3 speed from 1963 and his Peugot Mountain bike from 1987. Still both ride-able!
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Original owner 1983 Lotus Legend

I bought this Lotus Legend new in 1983. It is still mostly original equipped, with the exceptions being the pump, pedals, clips, and handlebar foam. I'm ashamed to say I didn't even wear out the original tires. It needs a little TLC including a rubber bolt cover for the Dia Compe brake, brake hoods, and a valve stem cap. I located a replacement water bottle from VintageLotusBikes after my threw my original one away about 5 years ago. She didn't realize it went to the bike and it was my fault for not keeping it on the bike. The picture was taken before I got the replacement bottle.
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Hi 68vistacruiser, and welcome to the bike forums!
I like the handle, those are cool wagons.
Nice looking bike, and looks pretty pristine in the photo.
Don't be shy about posting up more pictures here, or starting your own thread to showcase your bike. You'll find that we C&Vers are very visually oriented.
I'm not familiar with those brake levers, but your best bet might be Ebay if you're intent on finding the correct hoods. There is also a for sale sub-forum here, which you may have found already. A company called Cane Creek makes some aftermarket hoods, but they tend to focus on the very common models of brake levers. To help you identify exactly what model of brake levers you have, if you don't know already, try velobase.com.
Any bike shop or fellow bike enthusiast should be able to help you out with a valve stem cap. Speaking of which, where in Illinois? I'm currently "passing through" the southwest burbs of Chi.
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Almost: 1984 Cinelli, still my main rider.
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39 years of continued service and counting.
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My 41 year old LeJeune circa 1972 +/-. Bought in NYC at 14th ST Bicycle Exchange. It currently disassembled, to be rebuilt when I'm done with flipping season. Plus Auchencrow promised to teach me how to build wheels if I buy his Raleigh Record.

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I bought my Nishiki Cresta new in 1982 from the Tempe Bicycle shop in Arizona. It was a birthday present from my dad for my 20th birthday (he was in California, and I was going to school at ASU so he told me to go find a new bike I liked and he would pay for it. Thanks Dad!).

Last year, I completed a major resto-mod on the bike for my 50th birthday. Today is my 51st birthday, the bike turns 31, and I am still the proud owner of this fine machine



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I have two--a 1971 Gitane TdF (similar to the above) that I stupidly had repainted years ago, after adding a brazed-on derailleur hanger, cable guides, etc. I really wish I'd left it alone, but it still rides great. The hubs, frame, and headset are original, but that's it, I think.
Also a 1979 Motobecane Super Mirage that I have since passed on to my Brooklynite son. I remember just when I bought it: I was 25 years and three weeks old. Coincidentally, the day I gave it to my son to take to New York, he was also 25 years and three weeks old. It just happened that way.
I think I've posted photos of at least one and maybe both bikes before. They look like you'd expect them to.
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Old 06-01-13, 07:13 PM
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Happy Birthday Craig!!!

My fingers are crossed that I manage to get back my 1st bike from 1980.

Found an old pic of it:


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Love that bike Saguaro. Happy Birthday!

Here's mine, a 1978 Trek TX700 I bought new as a frameset late in 1979. Recently repainted and rebuilt with all new components, except for the Brooks saddle. It's been a great ride for the last 34 years.
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