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Old 01-08-18, 03:14 PM
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This is my first post! I acquired this bike a few years back. Old Fujis have a sweet spot in my heart. I worked in a Fuji Shop during the early '80s, Lifecycle in Cambridge, MA. I've set it up to my preferences, mustache bars, triple crank and Suntour Superbe. The tire clearance is maxed out at 32mm. The serial #indicates having been built December 1974. Incredibly smooth and spritely. So is the bike! I celebrated bday#60 last July. Two years ago set personal annual mileage record at 4880 miles. I do around 3K now with 1200 of it commuting. Can anyone direct me to a good site to instruct me on some good stretches? Mr. Mike
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Old 01-10-18, 01:16 PM
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I'm jealous of Texaspandj ... He's got four, I've only got one ....
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Old 01-10-18, 06:26 PM
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When you've got a bike that looks that good and rare to boot, one's all you need.
To misquote RobbieTunes ... "Ironman +1"

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Old 01-11-18, 12:21 PM
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When you've got a bike that looks that good and rare to boot, one's all you need.

For some people.
Not everyone.
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Old 01-11-18, 02:24 PM
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Here's my preferred ride for winter. Thanks to the upgrade to studded snow tires, I've gotten in 40 miles so far this month which is a lifetime winter riding achievement for me. Normally when the slick stuff appears, I stay the heck off my bike.
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Old 01-12-18, 11:00 PM
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Well today this old geezer took out this.



My 2003 Kona Jake The Snake that's setup as my wet/winter rider. Had a great 25 miles on it with temps in the lower 40s. Roads a bit wet and messy but no big deal. Then as I flew into the driveway I hit a patch of ice and totally wiped out. Hardest I've hit the pavement in forever. Still haven't had the courage to see how much I messed up what was a really nice paint job. Totally jacked myself up on this wreck too. Hours later and I still can't move my one arm much. I think I really messed up the shoulder. But hey, it was a great ride....up to the last few seconds. LOL!

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Old 01-12-18, 11:33 PM
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Sorry to hear about the wreck. Hopefully your body will forgive you and let you get back on that bike.

The subtlety of the paint job ......

I can see why you don't run lights, everyone is blinded already.

Utah? odd place to find a Packers fan.
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Old 01-13-18, 09:17 AM
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Sorry to hear about the wreck. Hopefully your body will forgive you and let you get back on that bike.

The subtlety of the paint job ......

I can see why you don't run lights, everyone is blinded already.

Utah? odd place to find a Packers fan.
LOL, yeah it is a bit bright. I do run a tail light all the time though, on my kit bag.

And it's a good thing you said Packers because at least I like and respect them. If you had said Raven or Cowboys I would hunt you down!

This bike is my team!

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LOL, yeah it is a bit bright. I do run a tail light all the time though, on my kit bag.

And it's a good thing you said Packers because at least I like and respect them. If you had said Raven or Cowboys I would hunt you down!

This bike is my team!


I always like the Bob Jackson bikes when I see them.
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Old 01-13-18, 12:41 PM
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I always like the Bob Jackson bikes when I see them.
Me too!

Sheboygan huh, I had a girlfriend in my Army days from there. Good women...the memories...
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Old 01-13-18, 12:52 PM
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A web picture ; not mine but you like pictures Bike Friday Tikit review - BikeRadar USA



Used buy.. Got a Season Tikit black, Sram i-9 IGH... I got their front pannier rack,

share the bags that fit on my Pocket Llama front rack .. also made by them..
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Old 01-13-18, 10:21 PM
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Those Bike Friday rigs are pretty cool. Got a Pocket Rocket the other year. They sure are deceptively fast.

This is what I ordered earlier this afternoon, (stock web picture, mine is the same color scheme). Now that I retired to North Idaho, I need something that I can use when there is snow on the ground. It'll take a week or so to arrive, then the shop will swap out the Avid brakes for a set of STX hydraulic ones.


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Old 01-17-18, 09:38 AM
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Old 01-22-18, 09:25 AM
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Just really started back riding last year at 53 but I have enjoyed every minute of it and yeah, I think I have got the "bug". Kinda looking for bike number three already, lol.

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Wow! Seriously nice! The chandelier is a very nice touch.
Thank you.... I'm 52 and ride about 10 miles a day. Definitely a head turner!
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Old 01-22-18, 01:29 PM
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Here is what I rode over the weekend:



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Now I have to put these away and go back to my winter bike. We are getting heavy snow today.




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My usual ride got so corroded from the salt air and sand, replacement was easier and cheaper than repair. So behold new commuting steed.
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Old 01-22-18, 05:14 PM
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Here is what I rode over the weekend:



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Now I have to put these away and go back to my winter bike. We are getting heavy snow today.




I like your style.
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Old 01-24-18, 09:00 AM
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I've scrolled through all or most of this thread. Lots of nice pictures of really nice bikes, owned by folks who clearly love their rides.

But something is out of whack here. This thread is clearly not representative of the older cyclist population. At least 90% of these bikes have not been modified in order to keep an older person riding. They could be ridden by the poster's kids or grandkids.

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad to see there are so many guys & gals who haven't had to compromise in order to keep riding.

Maybe this thread should be renamed "Show us you're still limber as a teenager".

Then maybe we should start another thread called "Show us what you've done to your bike so we can help each other keep riding."
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Old 01-24-18, 09:43 AM
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- Funny! I spend most of my time on the C&V forum and I find a lot of C&V bikes that are modified for the older generation! There are discussions about stem height being equal to or higher than the saddle and upright positions, etc.

My first reaction to you note is that if you ride a lot, you tend to stay limber. If you are just getting into it, maybe not so much. However, if you continue to ride a lot, you will become more flexable. Maybe my statement is true or not. @67 I still ride my road bikes in the same configuration I did in my 20's. The stem is about 2" below the saddle with the drops starting at that point. All my bikes are quite forward leaning when ridden.
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SJX, I think you've hit on a central truth here. The folks posting are bike enthusiasts who spend more time on, and with, their bikes than the average person.

You also pegged me correctly. Haven't pedaled in roughly a decade.

I've got CMC arthritis in the left hand. Arthritis pain is not the same as muscle pain. If I feel pain in my thumb I'm doing damage. My PT said pain is a huge flashing red light saying "STOP WHAT YOU'RE DOING". So pushing through is not an option if I want to keep whatever cartilage remains.

When I wrap up the current blast of throwing money at the two bikes I bought recently, I'll post pictures in that new "What we're doing to help each other" thread.
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My 26in exercise bike... I'm 52 years old, 170lb. Ride 10 miles a day with style!

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But something is out of whack here. This thread is clearly not representative of the older cyclist population. At least 90% of these bikes have not been modified in order to keep an older person riding. They could be ridden by the poster's kids or grandkids.

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad to see there are so many guys & gals who haven't had to compromise in order to keep riding.

I'm going to disagree a hair with this. When I was young(er) I used to be more flexible, but as I've gotten older (I'll be 54) I am no longer comfortable in a deep drop. This is my track bike today.........

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ewwhit...&new_session=1

........Take a real close look at the steerer tube and how much I left exposed before I cut and finished off my fit.* I can also tell you on my other bikes, they all have a much lower saddle to bar drop and my grocery, commuter and errand bikes are all much more upright. We all have to adjust but everyone is a bit different, no?



*that is almost comical
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This thread is clearly not representative of the older cyclist population. At least 90% of these bikes have not been modified in order to keep an older person riding. They could be ridden by the poster's kids or grandkids.

Maybe this thread should be renamed "Show us you're still limber as a teenager".
I'm not seeing a lot of bikes with huge drop in here. I've never been able to ride anything like that, but I haven't had to do anything too extreme - just normal stems up to the limit. I think my head is too heavy for my neck.




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On the topic of cycling position and age, I find at age 65 I enjoy a more upright and relaxed stance. I took a shot last night in the shop of some of my riders simply because they look set up almost the same. All three shown here are 23 to 23.5" frames with taller stems with a shorter reach. The Excalibur (Bridgestone) is as original. The 1958 Sun Cresta is also original. The cockpit on the Dilecta has been changed to suit my riding style. What really matters is making something work well enough that it makes you want to ride.
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