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What do old people ride, lets see your bikes

Old 08-15-20, 12:17 PM
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Old 08-20-20, 06:57 PM
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Old 08-28-20, 12:07 PM
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Genesis Core 50 trail bike aluminum, Specialized Sirrus 6.0, full carbon, Focus Izalco Pro 3.0 full carbon, hows that for an old coffin dodger?
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Old 08-28-20, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by banjaboy
Genesis Core 50 trail bike aluminum, Specialized Sirrus 6.0, full carbon, Focus Izalco Pro 3.0 full carbon, hows that for an old coffin dodger?
3 bikes 1 chain? Do you trail ride on the famous trails we read about?
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Old 08-28-20, 06:24 PM
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Lol!!! Just done a tear down and build up on the 2 chainless ones. Trail heaven up here in BC but at 70 I dont do that anymore. Just tool around to make me happy, road trails and the Specialized for fast rips to Starbucks and road riding up to about 40k then I get on the road bike.
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Old 08-28-20, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by banjaboy
Lol!!! Just done a tear down and build up on the 2 chainless ones. Trail heaven up here in BC but at 70 I dont do that anymore. Just tool around to make me happy, road trails and the Specialized for fast rips to Starbucks and road riding up to about 40k then I get on the road bike.
I have read about the trails and always wondered if there were trails suitable for more cautious riders. I like some technical stuff but I don't do big jumps and I don't like to be out of control. There are trails in the Lake Tahoe area that I like but I haven't done any trails north of there.
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Old 08-28-20, 09:06 PM
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Whistler is an hour away, they have everything from kids runs to total pro
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Old 08-29-20, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by banjaboy
Whistler is an hour away, they have everything from kids runs to total pro
Interesting. I read the stuff from riders who go there and clearly some of it is out of my realm. It's good to hear there may be trails I can enjoy.
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Old 08-29-20, 04:15 PM
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We went a couple of weeks ago and we rented a bike there for our 5 year old granddaughter and they had little bunny tracks for her.
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Old 08-29-20, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by jim911
I have looked a many of the over 50 posts, and have not seen one photo. Lets see your bikes!
Not that heavy--30 pounds--and very safe. Giant Talon 29" wheels and disc brakes.
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Old 08-31-20, 01:00 PM
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Old people should drive old cars

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Originally Posted by GlennR
Old people should drive old cars

I don't remember if I told you but I had a 1956 VW at one time. Small rear window, 36 hp engine, non-synchro transaxle (crash box). Fun car to have, no gas gauge, 6 volt, and weird. A friend of mine wrecked it while he was drunk.
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Originally Posted by big john
I don't remember if I told you but I had a 1956 VW at one time. Small rear window, 36 hp engine, non-synchro transaxle (crash box). Fun car to have, no gas gauge, 6 volt, and weird. A friend of mine wrecked it while he was drunk.
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Large back window, 200hp engine, 5 speed transaxle... a lot more fun
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Originally Posted by GlennR
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Large back window, 200hp engine, 5 speed transaxle... a lot more fun
Sure. A friend had one with an 1800cc dual carb something in it and it hauled ass. I never saw one where the 5 speed was added, that would be cool. I also had a 1964 Bug, a bit more modern than the 56. My sister bought a 67 brand new for $1700. First 12volt, sealed beams, and other niceties.
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Originally Posted by big john
Sure. A friend had one with an 1800cc dual carb something in it and it hauled ass. I never saw one where the 5 speed was added, that would be cool. I also had a 1964 Bug, a bit more modern than the 56. My sister bought a 67 brand new for $1700. First 12volt, sealed beams, and other niceties.
5 speed is an aftermarket kit that modified the VW transaxle.
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Originally Posted by big john
I don't remember if I told you but I had a 1956 VW at one time. Small rear window, 36 hp engine, non-synchro transaxle (crash box). Fun car to have, no gas gauge, 6 volt, and weird. A friend of mine wrecked it while he was drunk.
Hmm, is he still your friend?
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Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg
Hmm, is he still your friend?
Yes, but that and one other incident convinced me to never let other people drive my cars.
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Originally Posted by big john
Yes, but that and one other incident convinced me to never let other people drive my cars.
Or ride your bikes
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This is my current favorite bike. As you can see, speed isn't really a priority. It's a 1974 Japanese built Bridgestone, with a few improvements, It's easy to ride and comfortable, with storage space and a kickstand..Just did 25 miles on it yesterday.
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Old 09-04-20, 12:30 PM
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The oldest rattiest bike I own somehow winds up getting the most miles and has for several years - ‘71 Gitane TdF running 45x17 fixed. This gets my predawn pre-work rides, But Sunday it went on a 23-mile jaunt. There is just something about Gitane’s geometry that works for me -



Recently I finished assembling this one, a ‘73 Raleigh Competition running a Surly Dingle 17/19T fixed cogset with 42/44T chainrings, giving me a 70-in fixed pavement gear and a 60-in gravel gear without having to flip the rear wheel around. It works better than I had hoped!




Finally, just for fun I did the Clunker Challenge 100 over in the C&V forum - this year my entry was a ‘73 Raleigh Gran Sport built up with scavenged parts. I think now that I’ve ridden my 100 km without spending more than $100 on the bike I’ll do some gentle upgrades while still keeping the general funkiness intact.


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Originally Posted by rustystrings61
Recently I finished assembling this one, a ‘73 Raleigh Competition running a Surly Dingle 17/19T fixed cogset with 42/44T chainrings, giving me a 70-in fixed pavement gear and a 60-in gravel gear without having to flip the rear wheel around. It works better than I had hoped!
How does that work? You can just move the chain over by hand? Do you have to adjust the wheel position?
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Originally Posted by big john
How does that work? You can just move the chain over by hand? Do you have to adjust the wheel position?
I dismount long enough to work the quick release and slide the wheel forward in the dropout - only a little is needed. Then I switch from the 44x17/70-in pavement gear to the 42x19/60-in gravel gear, barely touching the chain really, snug it back up, tighten the q/r and go. I think with practice I can make it a 30-second or less procedure. The wheel winds up in the same spot in the dropout, though I suppose I could run the 44x19 for a 64-in gear; I would have to alter the chain length and fiddle with things to get 42x17/67-in to work, and it's not worth it to me. The other side of the flip/flop hub currently wears a 17/19T White Industries Dos Eno freewheel, but I really would prefer a 20/22T unit - unless I just grab a 21 or 22T single-speed freewheel and call it done. That would get me down in the 50 to 54-in range for gentle singletrack, if I felt so inclined.
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