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Old 01-30-20, 12:06 PM
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I purchased my ParisSport bicycle new in June 1970. So it's about to turn 50. It started life as 10-speed and has gone through many incarnations. It's been a fixed-gear since 2006, with it's frame-and-fork the only truly original component. The handlebars are the originals, although chopped & flipped. Here it is in it's 2020 incarnation.

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Old 01-31-20, 09:30 AM
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Beautiful stuff. Makes me smile and my neck hurt at the same time.
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Old 02-01-20, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by obrentharris View Post
My 1969 (I think) Peugeot PX10



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Real nice! Does the left dropout have a shark's tooth hanging down as far as the derailleur hanger on the drive side? If so I think it could be 1967. I have one with all the same decals and coloring that I think is 1967, with the tooth dropout.
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Old 02-01-20, 05:04 PM
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Originally Posted by ascherer View Post
I'm 63 but one of my bikes turns 50 this year. The frame is a chrome 1970 Raleigh Professional Mk.1 that I bought from a member of the Classic Rendezvous list last fall.

It rides beautifully and fits like I've always had it. It's mid-winter here in NYC but I'm looking forward to a great season on this 50-year old bike!
I think I'll have this one out on the road in late Spring. My oldest, it is a 1952 Rudge Aero Special. So, 68 years old, 1 to 2 years older than me. This first round of riding will be shakedown, trying to adapt to the gearing, seeing what she'll do, and fitting. After that I'll think about rust removal and finishing. In this photo I removed the chain, installed a Selle Anatomica, and pulled off the pre-1955 John Bull tires in favor of some wired-on Specialized Road Sport. The original Dunlop Special Lightweight rims are 27x1 ¼ and it excellent condition. I'll see what it's like to ride on them before installing the aluminum rims I found for the bike. The original SA hub is a steel-shell AW, and I have an aluminum-shell FW (or FM?) for it. Brake calipers are original GB Arret. Thinking about a lightweight seat pin and stem, a single TA chainset with Lyotard Berthet pedals, or a TA double with a Cyclo chain tension equalizer, as well. The more I play with gearing options the more I would like to have a 48T plus granny. New fenders, someday. Photographed against the C&V walls of the basement Bike Part Vault. She may also get a set of GB brake levers on a GB stem with a GB randonneur bar.

Other senior citizens: 1980 Woodrup frame, 1980 Masi Gran Criterium bike (both 40 years, the responsible adults), 1967 Peugeot PX-10 frame (53 years old), 1970 Peugeot UO-8 bike (50 years old), and 1969 Raleigh Sport bike (51 years old). The excitable young folks (all bikes): 2011 Terraferma, 2011 Georgena Terry Cote Donana, 2005 Mondonico Futura Leggero, 2002 Breezer Liberty, 1997 Georgena Terry Classic,1984 Mondonico (convalescing well after her collision), 1984 Trek 610 Mule Road Bike, agile again with her prosthetic high-offset fork.



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Old 02-01-20, 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Road Fan View Post
Real nice! Does the left dropout have a shark's tooth hanging down as far as the derailleur hanger on the drive side? If so I think it could be 1967. I have one with all the same decals and coloring that I think is 1967, with the tooth dropout.
Thanks! The paint and decals on mine were done by me and not chosen to be period correct. I just happen to like that particular era of decals. It does have the "horn" on the non-drive side drop-out but many years of PX10's had those. I think the decals and any date codes on the components are probably your best indicator of age.
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Old 02-01-20, 08:42 PM
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Next year I'll revive this tread, I have two turning 50 in '21
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Originally Posted by obrentharris View Post
Thanks! The paint and decals on mine were done by me and not chosen to be period correct. I just happen to like that particular era of decals. It does have the "horn" on the non-drive side drop-out but many years of PX10's had those. I think the decals and any date codes on the components are probably your best indicator of age.
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You're welcome! There was a website commonly cited in BF that had a really good digest of the vintage clues on PX-10s. I think it was hosted by MiamiJim. I recall learning there that the horn was 66 through 69 or 67 through 69, rather than "many years." Did you make the downtube "Peugeot?"
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Old 02-02-20, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by ascherer View Post
Next year I'll revive this tread, I have two turning 50 in '21
Hopefully this year I'll build up one or two 50+ bikes. ... New to me....

It will be another dozen years before my current 50+ bike will also be owned by me for 50+ years.

As it is, it is one of the things I've owned longest in my life.
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Old 02-03-20, 05:13 PM
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Good looking bikes.
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Old 02-07-20, 02:08 PM
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Ok, how about 100+ bikes??


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Old 02-07-20, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
Ok, how about 100+ bikes??


I've been following the build thread. That's such a cool bike.

You need to start your own thread for 100 year old bikes. There aren't many of those around though.
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Old 02-07-20, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I've been following the build thread. That's such a cool bike.

You need to start your own thread for 100 year old bikes. There aren't many of those around though.
I’d like to know how many active members have them. Good idea and thanx for following the project!
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Old 02-07-20, 02:44 PM
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Two more, a 1969 Raleigh Robin Hood and a 1968 Schwinn Paramount. The Raleigh is all original; the Schwinn is pretty much all original.


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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Two more, a 1969 Raleigh Robin Hood and a 1968 Schwinn Paramount. The Raleigh is all original; the Schwinn is pretty much all original.


Nice Paramount!
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Old 02-18-20, 02:22 PM
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Beautiful Bike, well done.
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My oldest bike is a 79 Panasonic track bike.
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Where do you get the parts for the older bikes. I,ve been wanting to do that for a while now. I have a specialized roubaix and I would like to get something with the same geometry or close to it. Thanks
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Classic is as classic does

Nice to look at, but I don't want to give up index shifting. I like to stir the gears a lot.
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Nice to look at, but I don't want to give up index shifting. I like to stir the gears a lot.
I like modern bikes and index shifting as well. I recently rebuilt my early 70s Fuji Finest with suntour bar cons and cyclone derailleurs. I was surprised by how good the shifting is.
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Originally Posted by Jmpierce View Post
My oldest bike is a 79 Panasonic track bike.
Nice bike, you just don’t see these every day.
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Originally Posted by OverTheTop98 View Post
Nice to look at, but I don't want to give up index shifting. I like to stir the gears a lot.
My road fleet is split between index and friction. Index shifting spoiled me but riding the Campy NR shifted bikes are so classy in the sound and feel that going back to index feels almost automatic. I have an ‘87 Miyata 712 with full 105. That bike has a total dialed in feel with the smoothness of that 105 system.
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1964 Schwinn Twinn. I am the second owner.

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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
1964 Schwinn Twinn. I am the second owner.

Looks super clean, Dan Who's the stoker?
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The date stamp on my Rudge Sports 3-speed is 1962, so it was made when I was one year old.

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Somewhere in my parents' basement is a 1970 Raleigh Competition that I bought when I was in college. It's got my dad's 1968 Competition for company.
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