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Old 06-02-15, 09:23 AM
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If anyone thinks he can stop adequately with just his legs, he is a fool. I never was that foolish, even when I was young. (I'm 54 now.) There are a lot of folks here in New York who do skid stops. I never learned and don't really want to. But I used to challenge myself to stop by slowing and do that as much as possible. I would use the brake only in emergencies. It's challenging or tiring, depending on how you look at it. Last year, I attended a clinic for racing on the track. The teacher said bike messengers are the hardest to teach, because they do so much leg braking, and he has to break them of the habit. Someone asked what he does on the street. He said, "I use my brake." Suddenly, I felt a sense of relief, realizing I don't have to prove anything to myself any more.
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This pretty much does it all for me, around town anyway. I bought the frame new in 1991 as a Bianchi Advantage, when it was touted as Cross-Terrain, which matches up to a cross bike, before the Advantage succumbed to an ugly hybridization. This frame is a lot like a Volpe, but with a Hi-Ten fork that is leaden and indestructible. Had it powder coated a couple years ago, when I bought the Dyad wheelset and other odds and ends. The next one will be a sportif, like the VO Pass Hunter, to try to recall what it felt like to ride my brother's Raleigh, if my shoulders hold out. I also have a Gary Fisher city bike that has always annoyed me, in retrospect because what I wanted was a steel road bike.
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Old 06-02-15, 11:05 AM
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Here's the same bike in a more svelte iteration.
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I built the Zero 9 with all Campagnolo Chorus 11 components along with FSA bars and seat post. I run a set of Campy Zonda clinchers and also Reynolds Carbon clinchers. The bike has provided me with many miles of fitness induced fun.
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Old 06-04-15, 08:04 AM
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'85 Fuji Del Rey (my new Craigslist "find")

I know I posted a photo of my old Schwinn Alum Comp MTB a bunch of pages back on this thread.... But just the other day, I stumbled upon this Craigslist "find" and called the young college kid, and long story short... It's MINE!

1985 Fuji Del Rey, 12 speed, 25" XL frame road bike. All original components. Brand new 27" tires and front & rear brake pads by the LBS just this past spring. The local college kid wanted $150 for it, but I was able to talk him down to $120. I wanted to go lower to an even $100 though).

History: The bike was originally the college kids' dad's bike bought new in 1985. The dad gave the bike to the kid to use during college. Now that the kid is a senior and graduating with a BA in Arts (Photography), he doesn't need the bike anymore and the dad doesn't want it back either. So the kid put it on Craigslist. Edit... The main reason it's an XL 25" frame, is I remember the college kid (also 6'0") saying that his dad is like 6'3", so the bike is just a hair large for someone 6'0", but certainly manageable.

At 54, and 6'0" and 208 lbs, it's just a little big, but not too bad. There's room to stretch out and not get cramped. The steel frame and steel components won't buckle under my weight either. Does anyone remember these bikes from Fuji with the downtube shifters from back in the day?

Look close... The bike is in EXCELLENT condition. I test rode it around and the wheels are true, the shifters are smooth, and it rides like a dream! I plan on using it to finally get myself back in shape and lose my belly. I still have that old (but upgraded) Schwinn Alum Comp that my brother-in-law gave me, and that's fine. But I used to ride the Schwinn on the roads and do like 17-20 miles on it and would get beat to death. Now I have the steel Fuji to be a dedicated road bike/light tourer, and I have the Schwinn to bang around on the wooded trails. Two bikes, two different purposes! Gotta love it!



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Whatever this old fart's riding would be nice to know.
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For around 20 years, I have ridden a Diamondback Topanga. I originally bought it to allow me to get access to some remote hills and mountains in Scotland. Then I found myself doing more cycling than walking and climbing.

Recently, I got a Scott CX Comp which is so light compared to the Topanga that I still regularly get caught out in strong or gusty winds.




However, I still love this old lady and am now trying to overhaul her without killing her totally.

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Originally Posted by ButchA
I know I posted a photo of my old Schwinn Alum Comp MTB a bunch of pages back on this thread.... But just the other day, I stumbled upon this Craigslist "find" and called the young college kid, and long story short... It's MINE!

1985 Fuji Del Rey, 12 speed, 25" XL frame road bike. All original components. Brand new 27" tires and front & rear brake pads by the LBS just this past spring. The local college kid wanted $150 for it, but I was able to talk him down to $120. I wanted to go lower to an even $100 though).

History: The bike was originally the college kids' dad's bike bought new in 1985. The dad gave the bike to the kid to use during college. Now that the kid is a senior and graduating with a BA in Arts (Photography), he doesn't need the bike anymore and the dad doesn't want it back either. So the kid put it on Craigslist. Edit... The main reason it's an XL 25" frame, is I remember the college kid (also 6'0") saying that his dad is like 6'3", so the bike is just a hair large for someone 6'0", but certainly manageable.

At 54, and 6'0" and 208 lbs, it's just a little big, but not too bad. There's room to stretch out and not get cramped. The steel frame and steel components won't buckle under my weight either. Does anyone remember these bikes from Fuji with the downtube shifters from back in the day?

Look close... The bike is in EXCELLENT condition. I test rode it around and the wheels are true, the shifters are smooth, and it rides like a dream! I plan on using it to finally get myself back in shape and lose my belly. I still have that old (but upgraded) Schwinn Alum Comp that my brother-in-law gave me, and that's fine. But I used to ride the Schwinn on the roads and do like 17-20 miles on it and would get beat to death. Now I have the steel Fuji to be a dedicated road bike/light tourer, and I have the Schwinn to bang around on the wooded trails. Two bikes, two different purposes! Gotta love it!


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Takes me back....I have a functionally the same Fuji bought new in '81. Changed the down tube shifters to bar end and put 3K or so miles on it. Been in storage since '93 until a couple of months ago.....now have cleaned it up, lubed, adjusted, and put on new tires. Runs as good as new....which is to say I ride it occasionally to remind me how much better my Cannondale Synapse really is. Missing a saddle right at the moment..Avocet Touring 1 is on the Cannondale. Don't care what anyone thinks...for me and my purposes that Avocet is my best saddle ever.
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Old 06-04-15, 06:00 PM
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A steel touring bike with a BionX electric motor. A Carbon Fiber endurance road bike. I've met a lot of young people that would love to ride my "old people" bikes.
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Old 06-20-15, 03:32 PM
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hi kris
what front rack are you using? I ride trek520 aswell and I'm looking for a front rack. thanks.
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Old 06-20-15, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Wolf Dust
Whatever this old fart's riding would be nice to know.
He is a retired member of the Polish Cycling Team.
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Old 06-21-15, 07:01 AM
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This "old people" rides a LWB recumbent, and a trike. Dont have a picture handy. Many of us old people ride bents beause as the old saying says-------------we get too old, and too late smart. I wish I had bought a bent 30 years ago.
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Old 06-21-15, 10:15 AM
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Flat Bar Fitness Bike

My flat bar fitness (road) bike -2011 Giant Dash 3, with the following modifications/accessories: changed saddle, trimmed handle bars to 46 cm (18") & added longer bar ends with ski bend, added rear rack/trunk-bag, top bar phone case bag & Zefal spin mirror on left side.

I was lusting for a road bike 3 years ago, having owned a few nice road bikes in my youth and ended up with this bike. It was a carry-over and I got a steal of a deal in September 2012. Between the affordable price, the right size frame for my short legs, and neck/shoulder injuries from a near death experience on one of my other bikes - it was chosen over a road bike with drop bars (which was also forbidden by my physio therapist).
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Austro Daimler Maxima. Light, and it's just the right size. The price was less than a good meal out for two.
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Old 06-28-15, 09:02 AM
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so i thought I would post this here.... better picture of my Giant Propel... and my first tattoo, marking my 100 pound weightloss...

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Originally Posted by scrming
so i thought I would post this here.... better picture of my Giant Propel... and my first tattoo, marking my 100 pound weightloss...

Nice tat and a good place for it.
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One each from four categories for me. My Epic WC might be my favorite bike ever, but I do love my SS too. I have the DH bike, but with all the injuries I have had, DH riding is tough on me at my tender age. Last, is the new commuter bike. My wife believes this is an illness, but I am sure all of you do not have that problem.
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Originally Posted by Kindaslow
My wife believes this is an illness, but I am sure all of you do not have that problem.
Bikes are never a problem.
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL
Bikes are never a problem.
Agreed!!!

But, it is not worth trying to explain to the "boss."
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Old 06-28-15, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
Nice tat and a good place for it.

Thanks!!!

I did spend the last week in Michigan's Upper Peninsula... quality time with the Talon!

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I am 51, so i just bearly qualify for this thread.

Here is one of my bikes:

Specialized Epic Comp FSR 2014

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Old 06-30-15, 06:38 AM
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Thanks!!!

I did spend the last week in Michigan's Upper Peninsula... quality time with the Talon!

We are going to be in the UP in 3 weeks... thinking of bringing my Pug.
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We are going to be in the UP in 3 weeks... thinking of bringing my Pug.
At times I wish I had taken the Farley due to the SAND in some of the areas... ugh... but the sand was pretty cool for seeing wolf and bear prints!
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At times I wish I had taken the Farley due to the SAND in some of the areas... ugh... but the sand was pretty cool for seeing wolf and bear prints!
My mother in law lives at Silver City / Ontonagon and is right at the boundary of the Porkies... there are few places I have ever been that have been more beautiful.

I think the fatbike will be perfect for crawling down the shoreline.
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