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Old 10-29-15, 10:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen View Post
So how old does one have to be to be considered "old"? Just sayin'.
This came up on another thread. The answer?

10 years older than you are.
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Old 10-29-15, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Dilberto View Post
Recovering from a 22-year alcohol, tobacco and meth addiction at 42, my doc told me I had maybe 10 years to live. Before recovery, I was suffering from congestive heart failure(CHF), COPD and morbid obesity....all collateral damage, from those substances. Doc told me I need to engage in a dedicated workout program, if I can knock-out the CHF. Well, it took me 3 years after quitting everything, before I was cleared to ride a bike regularly. Fast-forward to now and I lost all 88 pounds of fat I was carrying for nearly 32 years. My waist went from a barrel-gut 44 to a 32 now. Always wanted to get into cycling....but was too busy chasing the dope. I do a century annually and regularly ride 5-hour+ trail epics now. Thanks to biking, I am now off all 8 meds. I plan on riding as long as I possibly can....
Good for you!

Some of the best and most dedicated cyclists I know are former substance abusers. I dunno what it is ... obsessive/compulsive personalities?

In any case, the key is to turn that around and find something healthy and positive obsessive/compulsive about.

Congrats. You did just that.
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Old 10-29-15, 11:37 AM
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1986 bianchi team race bike, full campy titanium super record, 100 percent italian
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Old 10-29-15, 08:36 PM
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1986 bianchi team race bike, full campy titanium super record, 100 percent italian
...Must... see .... this....
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Old 10-30-15, 01:36 PM
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This is my current "does most things" bike. Cannondale Killer V500.

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Old 11-01-15, 12:40 AM
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Old 11-01-15, 12:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
Celebrated my 50th by riding my Moulton which was most likely built in '65 for the '66 model year... I was built and delivered in '65.



It is such a sweet bike.
I just noticed that there's a shock absorber on the front fork. Surely this wasn't original in the 60's? Although I can't see it, the fact that there's a rear link arm suggests rear suspension as well. It would be interesting to meet the original bike designer/builder and discuss the ideas behind the various aspects of the frame design. Fascinating bike! The more I look at it, the more interesting it becomes.
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Old 11-01-15, 12:51 AM
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Old 11-01-15, 12:57 AM
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Originally Posted by h2oxtc View Post
I just noticed that there's a shock absorber on the front fork. Surely this wasn't original in the 60's? Although I can't see it, the fact that there's a rear link arm suggests rear suspension as well. It would be interesting to meet the original bike designer/builder and discuss the ideas behind the various aspects of the frame design. Fascinating bike! The more I look at it, the more interesting it becomes.
Sadly, Sir Alex Moulton is no longer with us as he passed away in 2012 although Moulton bicycles are still being made to this day... the full suspension design was developed and prototyped in the 1950's which is almost 60 years ago, they were very ahead of their time design wise.

My Moulton has seen a lot of modern upgrades and only the frame and fork are original.

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Old 11-01-15, 11:16 PM
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Originally Posted by h2oxtc View Post
I just noticed that there's a shock absorber on the front fork. Surely this wasn't original in the 60's? Although I can't see it, the fact that there's a rear link arm suggests rear suspension as well...
As "Sixty Fiver" said, the suspension Moultons were "prototyped in the 1950's". It came to market in the early 60's and IMO the bikes remained ahead of the curve until suspension began appearing on MTB's.

To me, the space-frame Moultons are eye candy for anyone who appreciates brilliant engineering. The pic attached is my Moulton APB which, as far as I know, was their first big-wheel bike [20"]. Suspension front and rear, and the bike disassembles for stowage and easy carry in a fabric bag.



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Old 11-02-15, 09:44 PM
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Put this bike on the trainer this week. It'll probably see more saddle time this year than any of the other bikes individually. For a 34 year old bike it rides pretty well, although a number of the components have been upgraded.

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Old 11-04-15, 02:10 PM
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My latest project, a Ritchey Ti Cross Breakaway.
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Old 11-04-15, 03:34 PM
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Bianchi (custom yellow) in the summer and Carrera in the winter. Also an old Apollo MB for cycles along the river etc.
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Old 11-04-15, 06:56 PM
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r[SUB][/SUB]This old timer likes anything with wings, wheels or floats! My favorite rides.
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Old 11-15-15, 02:11 PM
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Love all things Kona and Cannondale (and a few others) ...



Picked up this frame only a couple of years ago. Several photo posts of the whole bike in other threads. The last week the only riding I've seen is on the trainer ... looking forward to the sunshine. And yes, I do have fenders ... just prefer not to use them.
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Old 11-15-15, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by WTH View Post

My favorite rides.
Not familiar with this bike ... any particular information you'd offer on the bike / frame ?

Also noticed that you have a Lemond Zurich in your collection. I've kept an eye out locally for one ... reason mostly the name on the frame. Is the ride worth the effort of aquiring?
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Old 11-15-15, 02:58 PM
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Just took it out for a late late late season ride.
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Old 11-15-15, 11:29 PM
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Here is the bike I rode today. Found the frame with the fork by the garbage can. Added ever everything else myself. Araya wheels, adrenaline 26X 2" tires. New deraileurs, crank, brakes, brake and shift levers, cables, pedals, stem, bars etc. Runs nice. Here's the pic.
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Old 11-16-15, 06:58 AM
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This is my first post here so forgive me if this isn't the proper location for this. The Mrs. and I have a couple of old(er) mtb. Her's is a Diamondback Topanga, mine a Trek 830 Antelope. Both still original and in excellent shape. Neither are particularly comfortable to ride, with the flat bar, knobby tires, etc. Thinking about converting them over to a more upright riding position via upright bars and adding "street" tires. But in considering this, will I potentially be heading down a path where the expenditure of conversion is greater than what we could go and just purchase new bikes? Particularly for her, is the mtb frame geometry sufficiently different that no about of "reconfiguration" will make it more comfortable for her to ride around town?

My Trek feels a little small at 20" (I'm 6'2"). Furthermore, I'm leaning towards something along the lines of a Specialized Crosstrail. I'm more apt to ride down a gravel country road where we live than on pavement. Been to a couple of LBS kicking the tires, but they didn't really address the conversion issue very well. Seemed more interested in just selling us new bikes.

We're both 65 and in reasonably good health. Both of us would like to get back into bicycling for recreational enjoyment and health benefits. I've been perusing thru this website for the better part of two months attempting to re-educate myself. Need a little guidance as what may be the best course of action to take moving forward. TIA.

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Old 11-16-15, 08:08 AM
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Fellaheen, I suggest starting a new thread for your questions. This thread is for posting pics of our bikes, and your questions go well beyond "thread drift."
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Old 11-16-15, 08:12 AM
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snip.....My Trek feels a little small at 20" (I'm 6'2"). Furthermore, I'm leaning towards something along the lines of a Specialized Crosstrail. I'm more apt to ride down a gravel country road where we live than on pavement. Been to a couple of LBS kicking the tires, but they didn't really address the conversion issue very well. Seemed more interested in just selling us new bikes. .....snip
1. Welcome aboard the 50+ forum, we don't have any hard and fast rules on intros, there is a stickie thread for such, if you like. Make your self at home regardless.
2. As to the LBS not being interested in what you are searching for, find another LBS, quickly. There are shops that will be willing to listen, and act, in your best interest. that one doesn't sound like one to stay with. Life is too short to patronize lousy bike shops.
3. As to doing some street friendly changes to your current rides, some slicks to replace the knobbies will make a lot of difference if you are primarily riding on pavement, or those gravel paths. And, you can easily swap the bars and the stem for a more upright position, until you find out what bikes you want to settle on. Not too much expense in doing that, lots of folks here have gone this route. Ride as much as you can/want to, gather up information about your personal needs and preferences, and find a good, responsive LBS.
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Fixed gear...

2015 Bianchi Pista, Nitto stem and compact bar, Sram levers/Dura-Ace calipers, Wabi ultralight wheels, Thompson/Fizik. Will be getting a Tange Prestige lugged fork this weekend and a full Dura Ace drivetrain over the winter.




Road bike...

2001 Fuji Roubaix, aluminum with carbon fork, Mavic Ksyrium SSC SL, 9 speed w/tripple, mix of well used 105 and some upgraded Ultegra parts. This bike and I go way back, too many miles to count.


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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Fellaheen, I suggest starting a new thread for your questions. This thread is for posting pics of our bikes, and your questions go well beyond "thread drift."
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