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What do old people ride, lets see your bikes

Old 09-11-21, 07:39 PM
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Retirement at the end of the month. Wanting to ride more. Maybe ride with the local club. Picked this up last week to supplement my all arounder Cross Check. Thinking it’s a do anything quiver for my riding...

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Old 09-12-21, 03:42 PM
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Three of my current five. (I need new pics of my grocery getter, and another's for sale.)


'80 Bertoni Superlight


'82 Miyata 912​​​​​​​


'72 Torpado
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^ Wow, that Torpado is gorgeous!!
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Old 09-12-21, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by jamesdak
LOL, I ran into the same "problem" this summer. It started off with me being curious about a mid 90's Klein Quantum II. Picked it up, fell in love with the paint, and then fell in love with the ride. Not all al harsh like I've always heard and really fast!

With the latest saddle swap I got this one under 18 lbs.

Then since the Klein rode so nice I figured I needed to try a Cannondale also. And being as I love patriotic paint schemes this one fit the bill for me. A 2006 CAAD8 Optimo in a "Paramount Racing" paint scheme that does not show up in the catalogs. The only other example I've found is youtube video from a few years ago where some had one of these for sale. The guy I got mine from understood it to be a team bike. All the decals are under the clearcoat so it does seem like a factory paint job. Picked this up Saturday.


This is even lighter at 17.5 lbs as in this picture.

I've been having issues with inflamed asthmatic lungs from all the smoke out of the west coast fires. But I took this out yesterday for a test ride anyway. Even with the fact that I couldn't breath and the HR was thus staying in the 160 zone I managed to pull off an 18.8 mph avg pace over a 24 mile ride. Very respectable for as much as I was suffering. The bike feels like a rocket under me but not nervous or twitchy like some say the CAAD8's are. Only felt a tad of harshness over some of the roughest sections of road. I think this one is a keeper and for 15 year old bike the frame is dang near mint. I'm thinking some decent carbon tubulars will but this clearly in the 16 lb. range while waking the bike up even more.

This shows the shine and that cool bare aluminum section that's been clearcoated over. There truly are very few marks in the paint of this one.


Nice details and paint.

Hopefully I can pin down the origins of this just to satisfy my curiosity.
Beautiful Canny.
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Old 09-12-21, 08:54 PM
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Rode this Ron Cooper all through my fifties.


70something Ron Cooer

Ron Cooper 6 speed
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Old 09-12-21, 09:14 PM
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My oldest purchase is the Vitus 979 I bought in 1986. Still my main ride.

My next oldest is the DiamondBack Apex I bought in 1988. Used when the ride will include some gravel, crushed limestone, or single track.

I bought this unbranded steel frameset in 1989 (Ishiwata 022 throughout). Commuting/touring and rain. Technically this is the oldest bike I own. It's probably from the late 70's or early 80's based on the geometry and the old Dura-Ace headset it came with.

And finally, the Softride I bought in 1999 and converted from road to triathlon use.

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Old 09-16-21, 06:13 PM
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1980s Trek 1500. Bought it as a frameset and built it up with swap meet parts.
I liked the hidden cables, but it wasn't such a great bike.
I gave it to an unemployed guy back during the great recession.

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Old 09-17-21, 07:06 AM
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I just finished this commuter MTB project:







The fork steerer on this bike was very strange. The PO said that this is a 1993 model, and apparently they were experimenting with a few things back then. The part of the steerer that engages the headset is threaded, but the tube coming up from that is 1-inch threadless! Does anyone here know about these?
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Lots of gorgeous bikes above. Some real classics.

I picked up this 2013 Orbea Orca from a friend two months ago. It rides beautifully and only had 250 miles on it.


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Old 09-20-21, 01:21 PM
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I am 73 and have my custom built touring bike that was built in 2005-6. I have done a lot of self-supported touring with it. Steel frame with 26" wheels and 48-hole PW hubs make the bike very strong for self-supported outback Australia touring.

A couple of pics of it (after bicycling the Savannah Way in N Australia) is at: Arvon Cycles "Expedition Grade" Touring Bike with S and S Couplings If it doesnt load, go to the S and S home page and scroll down to the touring bikes section and it is there under Arvon Cycles.

Here is a pic taken fully loaded on the Nullabore, just west of the Western Australia-South Australia border, before the fruit-fly quarantine inspection station. This pic was taken by a passer- by who gave me some fruit to eat before I came to the station. It was quickly eaten, but I was over a day away from that station.



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Old 09-20-21, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by DQRider
I just finished this commuter MTB project:



The fork steerer on this bike was very strange. The PO said that this is a 1993 model, and apparently they were experimenting with a few things back then. The part of the steerer that engages the headset is threaded, but the tube coming up from that is 1-inch threadless! Does anyone here know about these?
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Hey @DQRider - Nice bike, well finished, as always.
Not sure I fully understand the steerer question - but, there was a 1" threadless fork option. that worked with a 1" threadless headset.

Wheeler is a well known (in Taiwan) Taiwanese producer of bikes for the whole family. I have one kept at a relative's house about 2500miles away. A nice 7sp road bike from the past.
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Old 09-21-21, 07:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
Hey @DQRider - Nice bike, well finished, as always.
Not sure I fully understand the steerer question - but, there was a 1" threadless fork option. that worked with a 1" threadless headset.
Wheeler is a well known (in Taiwan) Taiwanese producer of bikes for the whole family. I have one kept at a relative's house about 2500miles away. A nice 7sp road bike from the past.
Geez... you make them sound like Huffy! I imagine they are sold in department stores somewhere, though, so you may have a point.

The steering tube on this bike is a combination threaded headset section that locks down with the headset nuts, but then it has a threadless, section of 1" O.D. x ~2" tube on top of that. I've never seen nor heard of another one like it. Next time I have it apart, I'll take photos.
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Old 09-22-21, 07:19 AM
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Giant Defy 2. As I prepare for retirement in the next few years I’ve been purging the stable of redundancy and broadening use options. This bike has overlap with others, but it rides nice, still deciding if it stays or goes, but if it stays then I’ll be fine with that.

(also not sure what happened to a comment I made somewhere above relative to someone’s curiosity, oh well, I tried, life goes on … )
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Old 09-22-21, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
I have one...
As far as I know, you have never shared a photo of your bike room. Or are they spread out throughout the house?
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Old 09-22-21, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
As far as I know, you have never shared a photo of your bike room. Or are they spread out throughout the house?
They generally prefer to be ridden - or at least out in the daylight. This would not include the zero bikes, like the Wheeler.


Found this pic for another thread, storage space presently is garage.
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Foldies for oldies

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Do searches for different color bicycles. That will bring them up.

As far as old people, my dad rides his foldie.
This appeals to me. Does your dad keep his bike intact, or does he fold/unfold it often?

I went bike shopping recently, and learned that most regular bikes have 26" tires, while most foldie bike tires are 20". I think that these smaller tires (and smaller frame) might be easier for someone with short legs (e.g. me).
Seeking advice!

PS Are there bikes with frames smaller than the 26", but larger than the 20"?
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This appeals to me. Does your dad keep his bike intact, or does he fold/unfold it often?

I went bike shopping recently, and learned that most regular bikes have 26" tires, while most foldie bike tires are 20". I think that these smaller tires (and smaller frame) might be easier for someone with short legs (e.g. me).
Seeking advice!

PS Are there bikes with frames smaller than the 26", but larger than the 20"?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dahon-Briza...edirect=mobile
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Old 09-26-21, 03:23 PM
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Well today I took this one out that I got last year. It surprised me and turned in my fastest paced ride of the year.


26.7 miles at an even 20.0 mph avg! This odd beast is soooooo freakin' nice out on the road.
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Old 09-28-21, 09:49 AM
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Carolina Sandhills. Good thing about being retired is I can go to the trails on weekday mornings and have them all to myself. So peaceful.

Bought this bike specifically because it's designed to be converted to single speed but I've been to wussy to do it.

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This is a nearly current photo of my old MTB, a RockHopper from the 80s. The only change is that I got a Speed King for the rear tire until things get so muddy on the trails this winter that I need Race Kings front and rear.




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Drove to my hometown to visit family. While I kinda wanted to bring my #y2kona Jake the Snake, I didn't want to drag the poor guy through some heavy storms on the outside of the car for the trip... so I decided to content myself with my trunk dwelling Montague Paratrooper.
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Old 10-05-21, 06:19 AM
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This one is my errand-bike 2017 Trek Fx7.5; great for 10 - 20 mile round trips to bank, grocery and hardware stores etc.
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