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Old 04-09-16, 10:14 AM
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Old 04-09-16, 10:23 AM
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1974 Fuji Special Tourer. Actually two of them since the first got stolen after three months.

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Old 04-09-16, 10:25 AM
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My first bike (after my Sears 3-speed) was a Belgian Arrows, a fairly-decent road bike, with butted tubes only in the main triangle, Huret shifters, 27"x1" tires.
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Trek 720 Touring bike, 1984. My wife got a 520. On our first ride we got on the road, made it to the first stop light, looked at each other, cursed and we both fell to the ground with our feet locked in the toe clips. A month or so later with virtually no experience we did a 1200mi fully loaded bike tour which continued the inexperienced theme when on the first night I began to cuss as we set up our tent. Curious, my wife asked what was wrong. I asked her what we forgot, knowing we had made list after list and carefully ensured we had absolutely everything we could need. She was clueless. Being Alaskans, and it being summer, we had failed to bring a flashlight because....summer. Nobody has to think about flashlights in summer. Right? We spent the next several hours in the dark but we were young and somehow found pleasant ways to pass the time. We found and bought flashlights the next day.
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A basic tenet of being Canadian is holding an unshakeable belief that we're so much better educated than those down south. In this spirit, you might want to correct that rather glaring error in your title.
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Unless you count a Royce Union Stingray knockoff as a road bike, my first real road bike was a Bianchi Portofino I purchased at ... probably 27 years old.

Gawd, I rode that thing all over. I figured out that it had maybe 80,000 miles on it before it rusted to pieces. It was Sierra Green and had Tange tubing. It looked something like this.

I actually still have it somewhere. I might consider restoring it if I could get the seat tube out of the seat post.

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A basic tenet of being Canadian is holding an unshakeable belief that we're so much better educated than those down south. In this spirit, you might want to correct that rather glaring error in your title.
[strike]Here, here[/strike] Hear, hear. Better than Canadain, I went to a parochial school, and my first road bike was a five-speed Schwinn Suburban circa 1970, quickly followed by a Mercier road bike with Reynolds 531 double-butted tubing and sew-up tires.
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Yellow 1977 Azuki 10-speed I got a year before I got my driver's license. It was neglected, bent and rusted by Junior year of college. I can't remember if I tossed it, gave it away, or it was stolen. Seven years ago I saw the same bike, but in red. I had to touch it and lift it. Weighed more thab a Schwinn Varsity.
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Originally Posted by NVanHiker View Post
A basic tenet of being Canadian is holding an unshakeable belief that we're so much better educated than those down south. In this spirit, you might want to correct that rather glaring error in your title.
Sorry I made a typo...thanks for your input tho...thread will be deleted...so will my account
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Old 04-09-16, 11:17 AM
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At the age of 15, I graduated from cutting lawns to start my first real job at George Garner Cyclery in Northbrook, IL. George Garner Cyclery was a performance oriented shop with a large volume of racing bikes sold.

I'm the original owner of a new Paramount in 1973, I had the bike rebuild at the Chicago factory in 1983. It has been lightly used since.







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...1st bike shop bike bought new in '82 and still have it - Fuji Supreme

Politicycley Incorrect - until I have a Dura-Ace or Record groupset to show off, I think going forward is the best side to photo
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Old 04-09-16, 11:59 AM
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'73 Motobecane Mirage. And thus began my quest for road riding exploits. The bike was heavy but I found a way to improve it.
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
...1st bike shop bike bought new in '82 and still have it - Fuji Supreme
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Politicycley Incorrect - until I have a Dura-Ace or Record groupset to show off, I think going forward is the best side to photo
How old were you, and how tall?
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Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
At the age of 15, I graduated from cutting lawns to start my first real job at George Garner Cyclery in Northbrook, IL. George Garner Cyclery was a performance oriented shop with a large volume of racing bikes sold.

I'm the original owner of a new Paramount in 1973, I had the bike rebuild at the Chicago factory in 1983. It has been lightly used since.







Nice bike!
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Mine was a Canadian Tire special. Beggars can't be choosers when you're young and broke.
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First road bike at age 54. Went a little crazy. Has more sensible wheels now.
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Mine was a 1970 Peugeot with full campy.
It was actually my big sisters (dad always liked her more) but since she never rode it, the bike was effectively mine, on the condition that I never pedal while holding the brakes.
I was twelve. Good times.
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60s vintage Fiorelli 10 speed bike with entry level Campy components. Darn good used bike for $100. Kept it until the mid 70s when it fell off the bike rack and by time I realized it was gone, it was really gone.
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How old were you, and how tall?
early 20's & 6'5" - finally a bike that fit me ! I'd had so many dept store bikes stolen growing up that this bike went with me everywhere, so it never stayed outside much.
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Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
You're 1st road bike....what was it?

[strike]Here, here[/strike] Hear, hear. Better than Canadain, I went to a parochial school, and my first road bike was a five-speed Schwinn Suburban circa 1970, quickly followed by a Mercier road bike with Reynolds 531 double-butted tubing and sew-up tires.
Me too! Got my powder blue Suburban at Dunn's Bike Shop, Reading, Mass. Maybe not much compared to 531, but it was quite a step up from my Sears Adult Bicycle. Then, in 1981, the bike that changed it all for me: 1980 Raleigh Grand Prix (City Cycle, Stoneham).
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Originally Posted by digibud View Post
Trek 720 Touring bike, 1984. My wife got a 520. On our first ride we got on the road, made it to the first stop light, looked at each other, cursed and we both fell to the ground with our feet locked in the toe clips. A month or so later with virtually no experience we did a 1200mi fully loaded bike tour which continued the inexperienced theme when on the first night I began to cuss as we set up our tent. Curious, my wife asked what was wrong. I asked her what we forgot, knowing we had made list after list and carefully ensured we had absolutely everything we could need. She was clueless. Being Alaskans, and it being summer, we had failed to bring a flashlight because....summer. Nobody has to think about flashlights in summer. Right? We spent the next several hours in the dark but we were young and somehow found pleasant ways to pass the time. We found and bought flashlights the next day.
Just took it up a notch, eh? Very admirable. I'm sure you've toured much more in the last few decades.


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First road bike at age 54. Went a little crazy. Has more sensible wheels now.
Wow. A lot of color going on there! Nice ride.
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1971 Lemon Yellow Schwinn Varsity. Purchased it new from the local bike shop the summer between graduating high school and starting college.
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Here's my first. Raleigh R600. Bought it in March 1999. Rode it many miles and even as a commuter for a few years. Sold it after I got a "better" commuter.

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1968 Falcon Ernie Clements- 531 straight gauge main triangle, Campy Gran Sport, Weinmann center pulls, Normandy/Weinmann 27" wheels, Brooks B15.

A full-Campy 1970 Peugeot does not sound like normal production, Mercator. Can we hear more about it? I always thought the top model then was a PX-10, with all French lightweight parts.
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My first road bike was a 2009 Giant Defy 2. Had it almost a year before getting my Colnago.
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