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Old 03-25-23, 12:00 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!

All terrain Surly Bridge Club with eassist kit. super comfotable. not cheap the way I built it.
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more than 50+...

At 76, these are my current rotation...just sold an Serotta Ottrott as the Chebacco fit my current riding needs better



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Old 03-26-23, 10:53 PM
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I like the green one!
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I now have this pretty much where I want it. Velo Orange Piolet frame. Just got a good deal on an XT crankset and replaced 2 chainrings so it's now 48-36-22, 11-34 9 speed. Brooks Flyer saddle is also new. 700x55mm Rene Herse slicks. Big (203mm/180mm) Magura rotors. TRP HY/RD calipers. SP dynamo hub and B+M lights.

The Cadillac of minivans of bikes.
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Old 03-30-23, 04:27 PM
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A few more have snuck into the house or been built up since the last time I posted.

This was picked up locally as a "winter project". Found a really beautiful frame under all the dust and grime. Pulled off the pretty mint looking Exage groupset and rebuilt this one with a mix of Dura Ace and Ultegra 9 speed parts.



Then this nice Merckx Corsa 01 showed up on another forum at a great price for the built bike. I've always wanted to try one of Eddy's bikes and I lucked out and got my hands on it.



Then I stumbled on this bike with a bit of a story. Still haven't confirmed the story by getting through to Oscar but it's quite a nice little bike either way. Supposed to be his training bike from the first team he won the WC with.




Then I stumbled on this beautiful Gianni Motta as a NOS frameset. I've been looking for a good U.S. Flag themed one in my size for years. Built this up with a nice, used Campagnolo C-Record 8 speed groupset.



And finally there's this 80's NOS Krapf frameset I had been watching since at least 2018. Stumbled on it looking for a Vanni Losa build and yes, he did build this one. Built it up mostly with Suntour Superbe parts and a few Dura Ace bits.



Weird thing for me is all of these have come into the house during the winter and I still have not ridden any of them. Winter won't quit this year as the snow is still at least 4 ft. deep in my yard and over 9 ft. deep where I've been snowblowing all winter. And right now it is dumping again. On top of that I just scheduled a full knee replacement in about 10 days so I don't know when I'll be back on the bikes this year. Sad....
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Old 03-30-23, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by jamesdak

Weird thing for me is all of these have come into the house during the winter and I still have not ridden any of them. Winter won't quit this year as the snow is still at least 4 ft. deep in my yard and over 9 ft. deep where I've been snowblowing all winter. And right now it is dumping again. On top of that I just scheduled a full knee replacement in about 10 days so I don't know when I'll be back on the bikes this year. Sad....
Nice bikes! Hope the knee thing goes well and you can enjoy them on the road soon.
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Old 04-25-23, 07:37 PM
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All my bikes are a vintage as I am but this is the only one that’s period correct. It was up in rotation this weekend.
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Can we talk about that saddle tilt and brake lever position?
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Can we talk about that saddle tilt and brake lever position?
Nope. Saddle did get leveled a bit, but this is my 51st season and I know what works for my physiology. Cringe all you want.
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Old 04-28-23, 10:11 AM
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Originally Posted by ascherer
Nope. Saddle did get leveled a bit, but this is my 51st season and I know what works for my physiology. Cringe all you want.
Can you reach those brake levers from the drops? I had those levers in the 1970s, and I still had trouble reaching them when "properly" set.


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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Can you reach those brake levers from the drops? I had those levers in the 1970s, and I still had trouble reaching them when "properly" set.
I can, I have large hands and long fingers. To be fair, you can see that the lever’s quick release was open when I took that photo which makes it look even further away. They’re not my favorite levers but this being my period correct bike, I’m ok with them. Like you, they’re all we had BITD.

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Old 04-29-23, 07:26 PM
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Bella, my new ride!


Bella at Black Mesa

I wanted a drop-bar, step-through road bike with clipless pedals and brifters, so I built my own, on a Raleigh Super Record mixte frame, and am loving riding her.
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Old 05-02-23, 07:48 AM
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My latest city ride. Soma Buena Vista. It's a lot of fun around town at 71.

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Nice Klein. I love my plum crazy 2002 Quantum.


My Quantum just got a rebuild. New stem and flat top shallow drop bar, and new 105 R7000 component group. I added a carbon seatpost and a new saddle last year. Only the frame, fork, headset, and paint are original. It now has the same drivetrain as my 2022 Trek Emonda SL5, but with rim brakes.





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I did 24 miles yesterday on my 1993 Bridgestone MB 1. This is a bike rides great especially with a set of Schwalbe 26 x 2.0 Marathon Supreme tires.

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What are you riding and hoiw do you have this set up? I have a 1950s Claud Butler Jubilee I'm thinking of setting up as a 3 speed with drop bars.
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What are you riding and hoiw do you have this set up? I have a 1950s Claud Butler Jubilee I'm thinking of setting up as a 3 speed with drop bars.
This is the first bike I built up from a bare frame. It's a '74 Raleigh Sports with 700C wheels, a new S-A AW 3-speed hub, Weinmann centerpull brakes with Koolstop Continental pads, an S-A bar-end shifter and (obviously) drop bars with shellacked Newbaum bar tape. I don't ride it much, because the frame flexes alarmingly under my weight, and I don't want to break it. I spent way too much building it...I've gotten a bit smarter about how I rebuild bikes.
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Originally Posted by arex
This is the first bike I built up from a bare frame. It's a '74 Raleigh Sports with 700C wheels, a new S-A AW 3-speed hub, Weinmann centerpull brakes with Koolstop Continental pads, an S-A bar-end shifter and (obviously) drop bars with shellacked Newbaum bar tape. I don't ride it much, because the frame flexes alarmingly under my weight, and I don't want to break it. I spent way too much building it...I've gotten a bit smarter about how I rebuild bikes.
I have a 1950s Claud Butler Jubilee. I'm thinking of doing a similar build with drops and an SA 3 speed hub.

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70s bikes

I like road bikes from the early 70s. They have generous clearance for wide volume tires and make fine all road bikes. I rode these 3 over the past week on my "training" route which is 24 miles. The '72 Schwinn Sports Tourer is pretty much all original other than the pedals and consumables. I modded the Motobecane Grand Record for light trail/gravel riding with 700 x 35c tires and generous climbing gearing (50/36 rings and a 14/28 five speed freewheel). The Fuji is the best riding bike of the lot and it is set up for long distance riding with a 48/38/28 SR Apex 86 bcd crank, a 13-28 7 speed freewheel, first gen dura ace brakes, suntour cyclone derailleurs, suntour barcon shifters, shimano 600 hubs laced to Araya rims, and 700 x 32c tires. I find the Selle Anatomica saddle very comfortable on long distance rides.


1972 Schwinn SportsTourer

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1970s Fuji Finest

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This old guy rides old bikes. I forget if I previously posted but I'll jus post them all now,
My newest bike is a 2008 Trek Alpha 3700, Others, 1997 GT STS DH, 80's Fisher Montare, and Raleigh Grand Prix. My new favorite ride is a 91 Bike Beat E-Stay by Ellison.








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Swapped out the stem last year to upright. Kept the old one in case I find a fountain of youth.

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Latest addition to my fleet as seen over in C&V. Chrome 1972 Schwinn Paramount P13-9, frame and fork from a forum member and used on-hand components to build it to a mostly original state. Campagnolo NR throughout, newer Cinelli bars and stem, 32mm Rene Herse tires on Super Champion Gentleman rims and a B17 Imperial. 48/42 rings and a 14-32 Suntour Perfect to get me up the hills around home. I got a set of replacement decals from Waterford as there are only scraps left of the Reynolds and down tube logos decals, and nothing of the other two originals. It rides really well, like I've always had it.
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