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Old 05-11-14, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post

I'd rather call myself an "accumulator" rather than a "hoarder". And many do move on to new homes... eventually.
Most hoarders stay in the same home and fill it from floor to ceiling- but you've got a much better idea- move to a new home with more room for more bikes!

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Neal, what are you riding on Tuesday?


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Old 05-11-14, 03:44 PM
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Wow nlerner, such beautiful bikes. And a great idea too. Glad you're back.
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Old 05-11-14, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by ScottRyder View Post
Neal, what are you riding on Tuesday?
Scott, I'm thinking my '72 Raleigh Pro in your honor!
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Old 05-11-14, 08:44 PM
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-holiday76, LOL!

Thrifty Bill, I would call you a bike buffer. :-)
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Old 05-12-14, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Scott, I'm thinking my '72 Raleigh Pro in your honor!
wow, that's what I was setting up for as well .. A two Raleigh Pro ride! Sweet!

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Old 05-12-14, 07:53 AM
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Good stuff Neal, good stuff. If I ever get to ride again, I'll see if I can do something similar. Btw, when you're tired of the Ebisu, let me know
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Old 05-12-14, 10:35 AM
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I had a bit more time this morning plus the weather is about as good as it gets in the Boston area in May (mid 70s, sunny, very little wind), so I was able to put in a 43-miler on my 1994 Merlin Ti, the only non-steel bike in the fleet. This bike is very smooth and very fast; if it fit wider tires, I'd be tempted to dump about 10 others and spend much more time on this one, but no dice.

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Beautiful. I've coveted those Merlins since the late 80s. A nod to modern tech, but still very classic. Glad the weather gods are cooperating with your mission.

Out of curiosity, what is the widest tire (in 700c) you can you fit on the Merlin?
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Old 05-12-14, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
Out of curiosity, what is the widest tire (in 700c) you can you fit on the Merlin?
I'm currently riding Vittoria Open Corsa Evo CX which are labeled 25mm and measure 25.5mm on Open Pro rims. Those are definitely the widest I can fit on the Merlin.
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Today's ride was on my '72 Raleigh Pro. I headed up to the coast north of Boston, where I met BF-er scottryder, and we tooled around for about 22 miles, including a key stop in Essex for fried clams. The pic below is at Singing Beach in Manchester by the Sea, but given that the temperature today was in the low 50s (as compared to high 70s yesterday), I wasn't up for a quick dip.

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good one Neal. This is somewhat motivating me to do something similar, though I'm not sure I could even ride a week right now on different bikes. And I don't think I was to ride my cargo bike twenty miles.
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
Neal - You really need to work up to one new ride for each day of the year,
Anyone who ISN'T riding a different bike every day is missing out on the true joy of C&V ownership!
I'm not there yet... think I'd be stalling at 20 days.
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This week, I have zero road-ready bikes. My Twenty has a problem with the fork and no headset that fits. My track bike is apart while I file down the chainring bolts. I'm about to loan the chain off my McLean to my daughter's bike. My other bikes are upstate. I just signed up for citibike for $95/year. How many different bikes can I ride with that? Maybe I'll keep track of the serial numbers. Or maybe not.
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My schedule has finally cleared enough over the next couple of weeks for me to explore a concept: I will ride a different bicycle each day for the next 14 days (actually, I started yesterday, but that's the idea). To make it more of a challenge and to accelerate the process of getting into biking shape, I'll ride a minimum of 20 miles each day. Rain or shine (or snow--this is New England). All riding will be done on C&V or C&V-like bikes (steel frames, classic geometry, etc.).

Yesterday morning I started with my fairly new to me 1990 P. J. Weigle for a 45 miler:



Today I was on my 1994 Bridgestone RB-T for about 30 miles (it was a rainy afternoon, so a fendered bike was a good idea):



If you're wondering, yes, I have lots of bikes and will not need to ride my kids' 24"-wheeled machines. If I were to try 21 bikes in 21 days, some of the oldies would offer a challenge (e.g., a '37 Raleigh Sports with full chain case is a bit of a bear on any kind of long ride though I've done it before), and work gets busy at the end of the month, so I don't think it would be possible. I'll go with 14 for now.
These are beautiful bikes, but I wonder--will one of the lucky fourteen include the Super Sport with the lovely red dot Dia compe brake levers :-) ?
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These are beautiful bikes, but I wonder--will one of the lucky fourteen include the Super Sport with the lovely red dot Dia compe brake levers :-) ?
Oh, those levers are likely in a bin somewhere, but that Super Sport is long gone!
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Oh, those levers are likely in a bin somewhere, but that Super Sport is long gone!
Kind of like Toy Story?
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Neal's motivation from yesterday .. we both rode our '72 Raleigh Pro's.





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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Today's ride was on my '72 Raleigh Pro. I headed up to the coast north of Boston, where I met BF-er scottryder, and we tooled around for about 22 miles, including a key stop in Essex for fried clams. The pic below is at Singing Beach in Manchester by the Sea, but given that the temperature today was in the low 50s (as compared to high 70s yesterday), I wasn't up for a quick dip.


Beautiful photograph and bicycle.

How do you like those tires on the Pro? I've been thinking about putting some similar on mine.
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Today's ride (number 7 for those keeping track) was a bit complicated by the fact that I had to actually work, so I needed to fit in miles between meetings and on my main commuting bike, a '71 Raleigh International outfitted in phredley fashion with with fenders, generator hub, front and rear LED lights, Nitto front rack, Wald wire basket, and RHM saddle. I managed to cover 24 miles, likely fueled by yesterday's fried clams.

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How do you like those tires on the Pro? I've been thinking about putting some similar on mine.
I like as wide a tire I can run on any of my bikes. Those Challenge Eroicas on the Pro seem nice enough though I haven't put enough miles on them to get a good feel (and to dial in what psi would work best).
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Today's ride (number 7 for those keeping track) was a bit complicated by the fact that I had to actually work, so I needed to fit in miles between meetings and on my main commuting bike, a '71 Raleigh International outfitted in phredley fashion with with fenders, generator hub, front and rear LED lights, Nitto front rack, Wald wire basket, and RHM saddle. I managed to cover 24 miles, likely fueled by yesterday's fried clams.

You know, I thought I knew what direction I was going to go with some projects, then you reappear and post this... Glad you're back!

Do you still have a bunch of IGH bikes in your magical barn?
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Do you still have a bunch of IGH bikes in your magical barn?
No barn, only a basement and a front porch for all of my bikes. I do still have plenty of IGH rides in the bunch, mostly old Raleighs. One or two is likely to make an appearance in the next week.
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For today's ride, I was joined by BF-er TimmyT, who was in town from NYC, and we took in much of what Boston has to offer cyclists: country roads, bike paths, city streets, pedestrian-filled sidewalks, and lunch in the Italian North End. We ended up riding about 40 miles. I was on my 1976 Wes Mason, which was a product of the mid '70s Metcalfe/Kitching/Mason or MKM enterprise. It's definitely one of my favorite riders: It fits 32mm Grand Bois tires, rocks 6-speed bar-end friction shifting, and a very light Velocity/American Classic wheel set. The pic below is the Wes Mason at rest in Boston's Forest Hills cemetery.

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Enough to make Fred Fay jealous!
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