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Old 01-14-13, 06:53 PM
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Chris Kvale for my favorite "road" bicycle builder.

Selling off vintage at a cheerful clip to order a light tourer from Chris or Dave Anderson.

A fresh brochure is on its way from Chris and should be here tomorrow.

Decision time.

For off road, Salsa has it hands down. imho

Best value going, along with Giant and Niner.
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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
Trek, always have, always will.

+1, Vintage Treks are the most underated bikes of all time, IMHO. I love them. I'm not so sure I can pick a favorite brand though. But Treks and Miyatas are high on the list.






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Old 01-14-13, 07:01 PM
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Well, I am not much of a rider, but I have built, ridden and compared lots (hundreds) of vintage road bicycles to one another. And this is the one I have settled on...


For me, brand does not mean much. It is the quality of the build, coupled with the geometry of the frame and supported by the materials, used that impart great ride quality. And each person will experience a different ride quality on the same bike (my opinion).

The Super Record group, fitted to the Cyclops, in the feature article, is long gone now, having been sold to a fellow in California. Today, I wait for the external bottom bracket to complete my 2007 Shimano 105 ten speed build on the bike. I am hoping that the user friendliness of the 105 stuff will compliment the wonderful (for me) ride quality of the bicycle. If the group does compliment the ride quality...

I intend to have the head tube lugs, stays and forks chrome plated. I will ask to have the bike repainted at the original shop, if possible, and the color of choice will be black with yellow art. That will be my grail bike, my brand and the one that will find a place in my will.
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Old 01-14-13, 07:03 PM
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Ciocc, of course. "Huffy Cat" just doesn't have the same ring to it - sounds like a brand of cat litter. Besides, my San Cristobal that I've had since 1986 is still a super-sweet ride and my "new" titanium Titan continues to very pleasantly surprise me.
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Old 01-14-13, 07:10 PM
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C'mon baby - does it get any better than a fantastically painted Klein
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Cinelli for me. I first began to covet one when George from Parts Unknown here in Toronto came noodling down the alley to his shop riding his black, beat up Cinelli B in the dead of winter. Maybe it was the fact that he was smoking while riding it, or the cold winter air, or the glorious heraldic designs combined with the chipped up paint, but that bike seemed to be floating 2 feet off the ground, and the name Cinelli has had a magic draw on me ever since.
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Old 01-14-13, 07:14 PM
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I definitely like Campagnolo parts...I like Miyata and Lotus.
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Old 01-14-13, 07:18 PM
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Fuji and Austro-Daimler ..
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No favorite....................I like Fuji, Miyata, Nishiki, Panasonic, Univega, Bridgestone, Schwinn, Bianchi, Surly, Trek and others
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Cinelli. I have told this before, but when i was a kid, the cool teenager down the street went all the way to Chicago. Yes, that's right, all the way to Chicago to get his bike. Blood red and impossibly thin tires that you glue on. Yes, that's right, you actually glue the tires to the wheels.

I believe my 6-7 year old brain exploded.
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
Cinelli. I have told this before, but when i was a kid, the cool teenager down the street went all the way to Chicago. Yes, that's right, all the way to Chicago to get his bike. Blood red and impossibly thin tires that you glue on. Yes, that's right, you actually glue the tires to the wheels.

I believe my 6-7 year old brain exploded.
Parallel universe.

Wayne, the cool hippy kid down the block, moved from Chicago in 1973.

What did he have in tow?

Yep, a Cinelli. Red at that.

In a sea of Schwinn Varsities, Wayne could blast through the neighborhood pack like we were standing still.

I immediately realized this was a physics issue and started to save my paper route money at a feverish clip for a faster bicycle.

This was forty years ago and I still don't have a Cinelli.
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Chris Rock once said, "Whatever kind of music was popular and playing on the radio when you lost your virginity is probably going to be your favorite music for the rest of your life."
Maybe for some. Personally I can't stand most '70s stuff anymore, other than Genesis, which I wasn't even really aware of then. YMMV.

Raleigh... I've owned the same one for almost 40 years now. I am intrigued by much Italian, a De Rosa probably being at the top of the grail list, along with Tommasini, etc. I wasn't riding a lot in the '80s so kind of missed Trek coming up. Now that I've looked at some, and have a lower end 400 as a commuter for the coming year, I am impressed with how much bike their "lower" end was. Lightyears ahead of the lower end in the early-mid '70s.
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Impossible to answer. If I had to base an answer on what I own, it would be Giant, Fuji, Trek, Nishiki, Miyata (2), Raleigh, Specialized, Townie.

Dadgummit, I've forgotten one.

I'll get back to you.
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
Parallel universe.

Wayne, the cool hippy kid down the block, moved from Chicago in 1973.

What did he have in tow?

Yep, a Cinelli. Red at that.

In a sea of Schwinn Varsities, Wayne could blast through the neighborhood pack like we were standing still.

I immediately realized this was a physics issue and started to save my paper route money at a feverish clip for a faster bicycle.

This was forty years ago and I still don't have a Cinelli.
Man, that story made me a little misty...

Time to get that Cinelli my friend!
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Raleigh
Yup, what he said!
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Not enough pics in this thread...
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Originally Posted by gomango View Post
Parallel universe.

Wayne, the cool hippy kid down the block, moved from Chicago in 1973.

What did he have in tow?

Yep, a Cinelli. Red at that.

In a sea of Schwinn Varsities, Wayne could blast through the neighborhood pack like we were standing still.

I immediately realized this was a physics issue and started to save my paper route money at a feverish clip for a faster bicycle.

This was forty years ago and I still don't have a Cinelli.
Small world. I'd say it is either 72 or 73 when David got that bike.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Not enough pics in this thread...
Its not the blood red, but still floats my boat.

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Its not the blood red, but still floats my boat.

I love this bike.
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I never met a 531 Raleigh I didn't like.
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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
Man, that story made me a little misty...

Time to get that Cinelli my friend!
It will be a much earned retirement gift in the not to distant future.

But which model?
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Univega and WSI brands (Diamondback and Centurion) are two of my favorites.

My first flip was a Univega Gran Premio.. was also far and away the nicest bike I've owned and was the perfect introduction to learning how to recognize quality.



My first 100% "custom" bike build from the frame up was my 1989 Centurion Ironman Master



My second build and my first MTB build was this 1986 Diamondback Apex



After building these two bikes, I was firmly in the Centurion/Diamondback camp. The frames were both excellent. It lead me to buy another Diamondback, a 1989 Apex. Unfortunately I didn't really like the 1989 and turned it into a rain "beater" bike for a while. Right now it's almost stripped down to the frame, waiting to be be built up to flip



Around the time I picked up the 1989 Apex, I also grabbed a 1988 Univega MTB. The Univega had a nicer frame and the component spec was a little nicer too (Diamondback kinda skipped on the wheels in 1989 for instance). This ended up being my first drop bar MTB




I also recently picked up a 1981 Univega Super Strada with full Dura Ace which I've been parting out. From my experience with the two brands, it seems Univega spec'd higher end frames and components, even for their bikes that were not at the very top of the line up. Conversely, Diamondback seemed to cut corners on all but the very top of the line bikes.


I'm sure there are better brands out there, but these are two brands that I've experienced excellent quality at average prices. Univega in particular seems to be relatively unknown, which is great for keepers but a bit of a challenge for flips.
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It will be a much earned retirement gift in the not to distant future.

But which model?
A SC of course - 60s
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A SC of course - 60s
Something like this little number......

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