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Old 01-26-18, 09:01 PM
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OK, I'll jump in here because I've been building bikes for the older rider for the past three years now.

My M.O. is to take a medium to high tier lugged steel frame and build it so I can ride it comfortably. I am 54 years old with many broken bones, including my back, from motorcycle road-racing crashes. So I like to sit a bit more upright than drop-bars allow.

Having spent many years on motorcycles, I don't mind a single hand position, as long as it is optimal and well-supported ergonomically. So here are some of the bikes I have built to this formula:















The point being that you can convert any bike you own into an easy-riding steed with just a few judicious mods. The only thing standing in your way is the opinions of other people on the value of your bike. Unless you plan to flip it, build it like you want it. Simple, huh?


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Old 01-27-18, 06:31 AM
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Nice bikes DQ! Looks like you have accommodated your issues w/o getting goofy. Those look a lot better than bikes where people insist on drop bars even when they require a foot of Technomic or six inches of spacers and a Viagra stem. JMO
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Old 01-27-18, 03:56 PM
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Old 01-28-18, 06:30 PM
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Well it's not a BIKE but I am an Old People!
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At 65+ I’ve realized that I have 2 very different types of cycling in my life. For my 2.5 mile (one way) commute and general errands close to home I prefer my Omafiets. But for riding for the joy of riding itself I settle into my vintage Puch. Nothing exaggerated about her, but she does eat up the miles :
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Old 01-29-18, 08:03 AM
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I just had my 7-year-old Strong upgraded with SRAM eTap. Also got the wheels rebuilt. It's like having a new bike!
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Old 02-01-18, 08:37 AM
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Serotta NHX

Here's my Serotta NHX circa 1990-1991. I converted it to upright bars. 9 speed bar end shifters. Shimano 600 tri color groupset.
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Old 02-01-18, 08:42 AM
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Merckx Professional

1985 Merckx Professional. Dura Ace 7400 groupset.
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Old 02-01-18, 09:43 AM
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Raleigh 3 speed

Mid 70's Raleigh 3 speed. Very comfortable
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Old 02-01-18, 09:50 AM
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Here's 2 more of mine. The 86 with aero bars Is my exact size and my back is relatively flat when in the aero position. In contrast the 88 built to ride with a group/club rides has a smaller frame and ridden mostly on the hoods. Currently it has big pink pedals and a coupling on the non drive side to attach my 3 year olds baby's trailer. You can see more pics on the vintage sales thread.
I'll be 55 this year, however I've been stretching almost my whole life, but I think our body's can adapt to just about anything.
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This is the latest addition to the stable for this old geezer. A custom Lemond, part of a handful made for a select group of elite riders. I hope I can do it justice once I sort it out and on the road this spring. 18 lbs 12 oz as pictured without pedals. Not sure if I'll stick to the old tubular setup or go to some new clinchers.



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Old 02-01-18, 11:31 PM
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Here's my Serotta NHX circa 1990-1991. I converted it to upright bars. 9 speed bar end shifters. Shimano 600 tri color groupset.
Look at the length of those cables!

How tall are you?

Man, that's a tall frame. Was it a custom?

I like it.

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Old 02-02-18, 07:53 AM
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I'm 6'2" tall. I had wanted to test Rivendell's theory of riding a larger frame in an upright position without having to pay the price for a Rivendell. So I purchased the Serotta for a fantastic price. The original owner was my height. He told me he had bought it new after college. He had it set up for triathlon riding.

Seatpost measures 65cm. It's actually a very comfortable ride. Normally I ride a 60-62cm.
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Old 02-07-18, 12:14 PM
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Sometimes I ride this. My about town and shopping bike. '79 Raleigh DL1 known as "Sir Wayes A. Tonne". The original ABS (anti lock brake system)
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Advocate Cycles Seldom Seen Drop Bar MTB. I'm planning to do some offroad bikepacking on this thing.

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Old 02-08-18, 02:54 AM
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A couple of mine.

A basic Raleigh Pioneer, not top specification, but a very smooth comfortable ride.

Also a Kona Hoss conversion, still awaiting mudguards (fenders) and a rack. Set up for light trail use, added rigid cromo forks, slicks and a few other bits and pieces.
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Advocate Cycles Seldom Seen Drop Bar MTB. I'm planning to do some offroad bikepacking on this thing
oh man, that looks like a fun bike
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Old 02-09-18, 03:31 AM
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I don't have photos yet of a Schwinn S7 I bought yesterday at a local bike shop but when I take some I'll post them. I am very old and a newbie at this bike riding.
Someone had given him a car rack to give to someone that needed one and I was the lucky one to get it. Free sounded very good to me.
I have a mountain bike that I have been working on but I needed something a little easier to ride without bending over so much. It has a big seat and 7 speeds which I hope will be enough to ride the paved trails I plan on riding. If the weather is warm enough today, I'll give it a run at a local 4 mile paved greenway that follows a nearby river.
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Awesome bikes, awesome pics. Thanks. I have nothing to add which rises to the level .....
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My bike! I love the hell out of this thing and I regularly beat the pants (spandex) off those fourty-somethings
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The two that get the most miles:
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The two that get the most miles:
But which of those gets the most MOST miles?
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Advocate Cycles Seldom Seen Drop Bar MTB. I'm planning to do some offroad bikepacking on this thing.

[/URL]IMG_20180205_175105101 by Benny Watson, on Flickr
Very nice to see a great picture of a cool bike BluesDawg! Color without over-saturation.
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Sometimes I ride this. My about town and shopping bike. '79 Raleigh DL1 known as "Sir Wayes A. Tonne". The original ABS (anti lock brake system)
That's a real beauty! Are those Brooks panniers? They look great!
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