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Old 01-12-12, 09:05 AM
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Vintage Aluminum Lovers - Post Them Here!

I noticed we have threads where guys can show off there steel, titanium, carbon and stainless beauties, so I thought it would be nice to have a thread where we can show off some of our classic aluminum frames and bikes. I know there are alot of us out there that own, ride and love our vintage aluminum bikes, so let's see some pictures of these often underated beauties -

I'll start!

My Miyata 1400A, 1989/90. It's a bonded frame, has a full Shimano 105 group and still has the original Miyata tires on it. It is a really lightweight bike and I find it to be very quick and nimble. Although not on par with steel in ride quality, I find that the ride is amazingly good and not very harsh, and I don't feel the flex in the frame that others have talked about. All-in-all, it's a great bike and a keeper for me!





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Here is some REALLY old aluminum





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I love vintage aluminum

Oh. you said frames?
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oh, here i'm right.
my early Vitus 979


and my Alan Telaio Superleggera


more pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/52801460@N08/sets/
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Originally Posted by classic8tubes View Post
oh, here i'm right.
my early Vitus 979


and my Alan Telaio Superleggera



more pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/52801460@N08/sets/
Welcome to the forum classic8tubes!

And what a great first post - two real classic beauties right there!

Wow, just checked out your flickr page - woh! There are some real beauties there and you photography is very good as well. Where have you been hiding all thes years?
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Love the parts rootboy and silvercreek!

Those hubs are especially beautiful....
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The Technium I built for my son, soon to be sold since he swapped it for a Viscount I picked up this winter.



My sons Vitus 979 which currently resides hanging from the wall above his bed. In my opinion some of the prettiest bikes ever made.

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Originally Posted by FORDSVTPARTS View Post
My sons Vitus 979 which currently resides hanging from the wall above his bed. In my opinion some of the prettiest bikes ever made.
I'd have to agree with that. They're probably the most sought after to. I don't blame him for hanging it where he can admire it - I just hope the hooks are strong!

Great Technium also. They don't get there due IMHO.
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'85 Cannondale with modern components

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Its 25-years-old. Does that make it vintage?

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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
Welcome to the forum classic8tubes!

And what a great first post - two real classic beauties right there!

Wow, just checked out your flickr page - woh! There are some real beauties there and you photography is very good as well. Where have you been hiding all thes years?
Thanks a lot, where i'm hiding ? normally in a small bike-shop exploring the content of rusty metal-boxes..;-),no, i'm reading the forum for a long time but now it was time to register- :-)

here is another Vitus 979 i sold 2 months ago, i needed the space for a Vitus 992

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Hoss Cartright's touring twin.



Finally is snowing and looks more like this outside at the moment.
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Great looking aluminum guys!

All great photography too. Wish I had that talent.

Blue Devil63 - Love that Cannondale. 25+ years old and still so modern looking .

Hoss - Love the red accents on your Cannondale. It really stands out nicely.

classic8tubes - Another beautiful Vitus. Must have been tough to part with her. Do they grow them on trees in Europe?

pastor - Another great looking Cannondale. Aluminum is certainly an advantage when riding in the snow and wet, eh? Good photo too!
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Wow, some gorgeous bikes here. Love the Vitus 979's and the Alan. Perhaps I should post my E5 as a modern contrast even though by todays obsolescence standards it's vintage at 7 years old!
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I'll play. Only have two road bikes at the moment and one happens to be a Centurion Facet, the only AL bike they ever made. They chose to TIG weld the 7000 series AL frame, which I understand is unusual as others brands preferred to bond. Fairly small tubes too, although larger than typical cromo. I didn't start out looking for AL, in fact I had my prejudices, mostly from butt-busting MTBs. Anyway, I took a gamble (the Sprint components alone were worth it) and was surprised that it was just as comfy yet somehow stiffer than my cromo, especially on climbs. It's a good 2-3 lbs lighter too! This thread is timely. The bike has piqued my interest in small diameter AL bikes, which are all of course, VINTAGE!



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Originally Posted by classic8tubes View Post
oh, here i'm right.
my early Vitus 979


and my Alan Telaio Superleggera


more pics here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/52801460@N08/sets/
Love that bike. BTW, the model name is not Telaio Superleggera on that ALAN, it's a Super Record. Here's mine - yours is a little younger (as per the top tube cable guides).

Here's mine. (the regulars may get tired of it )


Alan Super Record by ctjr, on Flickr
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Great looking Centurion Kanegon!

Looks alot like my Miyata in many respects, except for the TIG welding of course. My experience with vintage aluminum frames sounds much like yours to. Like you, I didn't start out looking for one either, but I loved the look and especially the weight. The lightweight aspect of aluminum is great and I think most people that pick it up are really surprised by just how light they are....

I'll keep an eye out for it when I'm in Brooklyn...
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Busy photo with the tractor in the background:

Vitus 979 of my dad's that was painted to look like his PSV-10 to hide the fact from my mother that he had a new bike.

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I do not like big tubed aluminum bikes much at all, even though I have owned Treks and Cannondales. But that is not to say I have anything against all aluminum bicycles.

My Vitus 979 and my ALAN Super Record were two of my favorite bicycles and I do wish the ALAN were still in The Old Shed.




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Had a couple AlAns, don't any more .. replaced both with steel stuff..
when lugs started to show cracks.
Germans have the advantage of surface shipping to get them repaired,
air freight made that un affordable ..

anyone want a couple 25.0 super record seat posts?
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Busy photo with the tractor in the background:

Vitus 979 of my dad's that was painted to look like his PSV-10 to hide the fact from my mother that he had a new bike.
Cmon now, what mother can't tell the difference between a PSV10 and a Vitus 979?

Great story, shows you the extreme measures we'll go through to obtain what we want...
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Originally Posted by eippo1 View Post
Wow, some gorgeous bikes here. Love the Vitus 979's and the Alan. Perhaps I should post my E5 as a modern contrast even though by todays obsolescence standards it's vintage at 7 years old!
Do it. The more the merrier.
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