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Old 05-01-10, 07:58 PM
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How many 50+ ride vintage as well as new

Maybe this should be in C&V but since we were adults through the bike boom of the 80s I just wonder how many still ride older bikes. And why?

I've pondered my answer to the question of keeping old bikes when the newer ones are lighter, brake better, etc. (My wife also ponders about why so many bikes!) There is the nostalgia and the memories of course. There is the fact that if you sell a perfectly good bike from the 80s you get only $100 - $200 (exceptions to this of course).

I have a Centurion, Peugeot and Bianchi from mid 80's that get ridden regularly. On a recent vintage ride I decided there are 2 primary reasons to keep them.
1. Silent freewheels are a wonderful thing
2. I can vividly remember being 25 years younger

Maybe this should be some type of poll.
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Old 05-01-10, 08:04 PM
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My "older" bike is not quite vintage, a mid 90's italian steel lugged beauty from a small builder no longer in existence. My new ride - a CF specialized tarmac.

My reason for keeping my steel bike - nothing beats the ride.
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My 1977 Schwinn Le Tour II (made the year I graduated high school):

And my wife's 1978 Schwinn Le Tour III (made the year she graduated high school):

We ride our modern road bikes the most, I ride my commuter a lot, we ride our MTBs some and we ride our vintage road bikes occasionally.
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Old 05-01-10, 08:44 PM
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I have two bikes, a '72 Peugeot UO-8 I bought new and a '73 Raleigh Gran Sport I built up from a nearly bare frame. Both get ridden but the Gran Sport gets all the hard, fast miles now. In the old days the UO-8 with a bunch of upgrades saw a lot of miles. Would a new bike take me farther faster? I guess so. But the bod that pushes the pedals is more important than the pedals themselves. Had a great time today not racing anyone. Can't see spending big bucks for anything new. The wheels still roll. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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I put in about 1,000 miles/year on a 1988 Tommasini, which I bought on Craigslist and restored with period-correct parts.

I'm likely to strip it soon, sell off the vintage parts and "modernize" with a modern Campy group.
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Old 05-01-10, 08:47 PM
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Also posted on the C&V and fixed gear forums. Why ride an old bike? it makes me happy. I have newer bikes but this is one I will never let go of as long as I can still ride...




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Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post

I'm likely to strip it soon, sell off the vintage parts and "modernize" with a modern Campy group.
Hey Steve, please remember me if you do this..I'd like first crack at that crankset...
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Old 05-01-10, 09:06 PM
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Most of my bikes are from the '80's. I realize that modern components have improved slightly (two of my bikes are "modern"), but don't really care. Bikes with downtube friction shifters, 32/36 spoked wheels, threaded headsets and horizontal top tubes are just plain beautiful.

Cycling is the only facet of my life where tradition is meaningful to me. I can't explain it.
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50+ riding vintage

Well of course..why not...have collected some 30 + vintage bikes and daily rides that i couldnt afford when i was growing up..have been seriously riding for 8 months and have lost 40 Kgs ..mind is sharper, body fitter ..wallet very much lighter..Oh well we cant have all the lollies we want...im 53...i think thats all the qualification i need..and as for steel versus light alloy..well i own them too..but thats as far as i will allow my standards to drop.....Pedal to the metal not hardonn to the Carbon..ive ridden it.pfffft give me a break/brake...Snap..and its over..just like the generation that laud it..no substance...learn to pedal..and OHH PUSHBIKE..yerr learn to push too ya lazy buggers..nuff sed..Kev.
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Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post
I put in about 1,000 miles/year on a 1988 Tommasini, which I bought on Craigslist and restored with period-correct parts.

I'm likely to strip it soon, sell off the vintage parts and "modernize" with a modern Campy group.
I did this with my Simoncini - brand new campy carbon chorus 10 sp - best upgrade I ever made, I love that bike.
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I've a custom steel from the mid-80s, and one of the (major) reasons I keep it around, along with a Ti bike, is because they've got skinny tubes. Around these parts, it's the skinny tubed bikes that really catch my attention first, followed by dt/barcon shifters, and exposed brake cables. Like Louis, I think the beauty of traditional lies in simplicity, in more ways than the obvious.
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Old 05-01-10, 09:28 PM
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I ride my Raleigh on days where performance is not required. Only 10 speeds, center pull brakes and sew up tires. I enjoy every minute of the ride.


On go fast days this is the steed of choice.


The two bikes are the extreme ends of my riding stable. Like the OP, my wife also ponders the number of bikes I have.
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Old 05-01-10, 09:54 PM
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My old bike is Ribby, my 1992 Bridgestone RB-1. I did have a 1980 Fuji S-12S that I rode quite a bit, but I passed it on to my son and replaced it with my newest bike, Butternut, the Salsa Casseroll. Neither of these bikes is really modern, both using Suntour friction bar end shifters with a 7 speed rear end on the RB-1 and 8 speed on the Casseroll. The older bike is actually lighter as the new one is configured more for commuting and comfortable long rides/light touring.
I do have a modern mountain bike with full suspension and hydraulic disc brakes as well as a lugged steel rigid MTB that rarely sees the trails anymore, being mostly used for short, slow, casual road riding.
I have been thinking about getting a fully modern road bike for fast centuries. Something along the lines of a Specialized Roubaix.
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I ride my Raleigh on days where performance is not required. Only 10 speeds, center pull brakes and sew up tires. I enjoy every minute of the ride.



I've seen A Jet's Raleigh in person. The bike is absolutely stunning!
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Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
I did this with my Simoncini - brand new campy carbon chorus 10 sp - best upgrade I ever made, I love that bike.
Similar thing with my Bianchi Columbus SL - Campy Veloce/Centaur - 9 speed using Record DT Friction shifters.

There are some really nice bikes in this thread.
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I ride this 1988 Peugeot:

And this Centurion:

I don't have a modern bike.
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Is there a definition of "vintage" bicycle? In British Columbia, a car becomes legally vintage when it is 30 years old. So I guess my 1980 Kuwahara tandem is now vintage:

I like riding it because it looks a little different from all the other tandems out there. But I'm not a vintage purist. The bike has got lots of modifications from the original - Woundup carbon forks, Bontrager tandem wheels, dual pivot brakes, Ergopower levers.

If I ever ride a modern tandem, I'll probably be really surprised by the difference in the ride. But for now, I like making do with what I've got. Somewhere along the line, I stopped being concerned about having the latest stuff, and about being acquisitive. I think cycling is one of those things that is its own reward.

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Currently 3 bikes in the rotation. '70 Raleigh Grand Prix (original owner), '09 Downtube FS8 and '09 Citizen Tokyo (stored in car).
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All my bikes are vintage. The newest being 1974. This is the one I usually ride. 1973 Paramount.
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Department of IGH City Bikes checking in. My fleet, which once consisted of as many as three rides, is now down to two.

Vintage: 1971 Royal Scot (=Raleigh off-brand?) 3-speed, bought at a yard sale in Pittsfield, MA circa 1977, Sturmey AW hub, virtually all original equipment except for saddle and I still have the original saddle (Wright) as well. Daily commuter for years, mostly relegated to light duty rides in recent years but have done 30 milers and 5-mile climbs on it too. Still rides as smooth as butter and makes me feel great every time.

Modern: 2005 Breezer Villager, aluminum, 7-spd Nexus hub. Daily commuter and shopper, reliable and smooth.

I'd probably ride the Royal Scot more if I ever got around to putting a rack on it. But I've only had it for about 33 years, let's not do anything rash here!
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Here's my 1985 Schwinn Super Le Tour, acquired about a year ago off CL. Here it is with 700c wheels & an 8 speed cassette in place of the original 27" wheels/6 spd freewheel. I've since replaced the stem, seatpost, and saddle. Wish I still had my '74 Raleigh Competition MkII from my youth. My "modern" bike is a Giant OCR2.


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Old 05-02-10, 09:50 AM
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New or old as long as they are steel.
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Of all my vintage bikes, this is the one that gets the most riding, by far. It's a 1986 Nishiki Prestige upgraded with Ultegra 8 X 2 brifters, dual pivot brakes and deep V rims.

But my number one ride is a Giant OCR-C. The wheels in the pic have been replaced with Ksyriums.

When I acquired this 1985 Nishiki Medalist, I knew I had something special. Very rare, only made for two years, not cataloged. Tange 1 frame, Suntour Superbe derailer, Araya 700C original rims.
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I like looking at other peoples old bikes and old cars and can indulge in an appreciation of style and the romance of nostalgia but have absolutely no desire to own either from the standpoint of performance or comfort standards that contemporary equipment yields. I wear out cars and bikes and they go off to where ever old cars and bikes go. That said I have some fat tire beach bikes that must be at least 30 to 40 years old (or the frame is) and a 16 y.o. hybrid but I don't think that's quite the spirit the OP is looking for.
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I love the high end mid 80's T700 Bridgestones, I own 3 of them. And one 1992 RB-1 Bridgestone I found as a like new frame and had it built up with modern components.
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