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Old 06-05-17, 09:04 AM
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Old 06-08-17, 06:42 AM
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Been a while since I updated, here is the latest addition, Its a 1986 Tommasini Prestige, Columbus SL tubing, complete Campagnolo Super Record group, Mavic GP4 36h rims, Vittoria Rally 700X25 sew ups, Selle San Marco Concor Superlegera saddle, Cinelli 1A 90mm stem, and 3ttt 42cm bars, Tour de France bend. Formerly the frame was owned by member Flash2070, acquired through eBay last January (seller "stantheman", highly recommended seller) and built up from components located from various sources.
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53 and everything in this album I ride except for the Huffy:

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Originally Posted by Jon T
'84 Peugeot PH10LE
how do you like those aero bars? are they bolt on? when / where do you use them?
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
how do you like those aero bars? are they bolt on? when / where do you use them?
They're ok. I liked them better 30 years ago when I was a little more flexible and the body was more foregiving. Yes, they're bolt ons. I mainly use them if I've got a strong head wind or coasting down an incline, or I want to take the pressure off my wrists for a bit.
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Any thing that does not have dropped bars they are the worst thing ever just try climbing a big hill with drop bars it will not work I took the drop bars off my two Schwinn varsity s and threw them in the trash I damaged my left wrist from those pos bars
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Old 06-12-17, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by stingray66
Any thing that does have dropped bars they are the best thing ever. Just try climbing a big hill with drop bars it works best.
fixed it for ya
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Not so much the drop bar, but the bar crawls always slow me down...
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Old 06-13-17, 01:43 AM
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This thing, as of last week. 1989 Centurion Ironman Expert. More like Ironneck Explode.

My neck still isn't sure we'll get along (old injuries and C2 damage). I'll give it a few weeks while I'm working on neck and back strength and flexibility. I raised the stem to the limit mark and tilted the bar back a bit to make the hoods easier to reach.





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Old 06-13-17, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
fixed it for ya
YMMV
If you are posting to this thread (over 50 y/o) and are still bendy enough to ride comfortably in drops, congratulations! It seems you have either avoided serious injury or been very, very lucky.



Then there are those of us who grew bored merely flirting with "the edge"; plunging into the unknown to find out exactly where that sucker is. Broken but unbowed, we sit tall and proud in the saddle; for now we know, without a doubt, what lies at the intersection of physics and physiology.


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Old 06-13-17, 07:39 AM
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This anti drop bar stuff puzzles me. I'm 63, been riding drops for 30+years and so does everyone I know, including riders into their 80s.

I never heard anyone rail against drops until the stuff on this forum, and I'm a member of a club with 500 members.

As I've become older and fatter I've raised the bars but still want the multiple positions afforded by drops, especially when chasing people or when it's windy.
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Originally Posted by big john
This anti drop bar stuff puzzles me. I'm 63, been riding drops for 30+years and so does everyone I know, including riders into their 80s.

I never heard anyone rail against drops until the stuff on this forum, and I'm a member of a club with 500 members.

As I've become older and fatter I've raised the bars but still want the multiple positions afforded by drops, especially when chasing people or when it's windy.
Alas, I fear I have cast my literary pearls before... er, um, people who don't get pearls.

What I was alluding to is the fact that some of us have suffered injuries that prevent us from riding comfortably in drops, that's all. I have nothing against them per se; in fact they usually look better than most other types of handlebar, and the aerodynamic advantage is well understood.

So now when I am riding slowly along, sitting up in the wind like a small parachute, I can take solace in the fact that I once knew what real speed is, and that discovery changed me forever.

Or something...
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Originally Posted by DQRider
If you are posting to this thread (over 50 y/o) and are still bendy enough to ride comfortably in drops, congratulations! It seems you have either avoided serious injury or been very, very lucky.
Or both.
I try not to take risks in any traffic, and when contemplating pushing beyond my limits (which is not good for one's body) I ride for tomorrow's hard ride.

Actually i prefer to post in the 65+ thread and Pub51, but it's a lonely place lately.

edit: anyone who can touch or almost touch their toes without pain can ride flat backed in the drops, it's not bending but proper saddle and rolling hips. Dump your Brooks B17. Actually, i was just poking a bit of fun at stingray66's post. Everyone should just ride with a smile on their face - best for all.

....who really knows what tomorrow brings, maybe new direction for my soul and things!

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Old 06-13-17, 08:42 AM
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Originally Posted by DQRider
...What I was alluding to is the fact that some of us have suffered injuries that prevent us from riding comfortably in drops, that's all. I have nothing against them per se; in fact they usually look better than most other types of handlebar, and the aerodynamic advantage is well understood.

So now when I am riding slowly along, sitting up in the wind like a small parachute, I can take solace in the fact that I once knew what real speed is, and that discovery changed me forever.

Or something...
This. I'd love to be able to comfortably ride drops again. And as of last week I'm trying, after two years back in the saddle.

But a busted up back and neck and splintered C2 vertebrae will have a sting or two to say about the issue.
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LOLing at the drama and philosophy in this thread.

Not having the self control to back off when you feel yourself approaching the limits of your own ability isn't a virtue. God knows that I'm guilty, probably more than most and lucky to be alive but "Flirting with the edge" or "plunging into the unknown" are euphemisms for recklessness.

For most people, riding in the drops and similar activities only requires a regular stretching routine. 15 minutes a day before bed a few times each week. That's all. It isn't a big deal.


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Originally Posted by TimothyH
LOLing at the drama and philosophy in this thread.

Not having the self control to back off when you feel yourself approaching the limits of your own ability isn't a virtue. God knows that I'm guilty, probably more than most and lucky to be alive but "Flirting with the edge" or "plunging into the unknown" are euphemisms for recklessness.

For most people, riding in the drops and similar activities only requires a regular stretching routine. 15 minutes a day before bed a few times each week. That's all. It isn't a big deal.


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Originally Posted by DQRider
Alas, I fear I have cast my literary pearls before... er, um, people who don't get pearls.

What I was alluding to is the fact that some of us have suffered injuries that prevent us from riding comfortably in drops, that's all. I have nothing against them per se; in fact they usually look better than most other types of handlebar, and the aerodynamic advantage is well understood.

So now when I am riding slowly along, sitting up in the wind like a small parachute, I can take solace in the fact that I once knew what real speed is, and that discovery changed me forever.

Or something...
I wasn't referring to your pearls specifically, there have been other such posts in the 50+ forum over the years.
There also seems to be a number of people who don't understand that bars can be raised to attain the same position as flat bars.
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