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Old 04-20-16, 01:25 AM
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What is the oldest serviceable bicycle component you have?

The delivery man brought home our package. It was tied to the rack of his Raleigh bike.

I asked him how old it was. He replied 60 years. He had got it as a child, and the only thing that ever needed changing was the bottom bracket.

I don't know if he was bluffing, and I don't have a picture to prove it. But it did look like a pretty ancient bike.
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Old 04-20-16, 03:40 AM
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My oldest would be the '77 Colnago Super. It has the same parts it was built with that year. It was built for racing and served the original owner very well. If properly maintained, bikes last far longer than you imagine.
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Old 04-20-16, 05:59 AM
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Well, I have only borrowed it, but I did yesterday just do some work on an early 1970s unicycle. Cottered cranks! My first time w/those.
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My Olmo gran sport is from 1960-61; I'm in the process of rebuilding it:

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Old 04-20-16, 06:14 AM
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Three Sturmey Archer AW hubs ranging from 1962 to 1965, two on working bikes (both early 80s), one more recently overhauled and on a spare wheel. And these are work horse parts, not museum pieces.
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My daily commuter bike has a 1953 Sturmey-Archer AW hub.
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I would assume the parts on my 1948 Raleigh. Otherwise my 1951 Raleigh.
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I have a 1935 Raleigh sports model that's still fully functional even though its obviously seen a lot of use.
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Personally? Only 1978. Everything on my Le Tour is original, minus the consumables, and it is the bike of mine that gets ridden the most. Yes, even including the original steel rims.

I did buy the girlfriend a women's pink 1968 Collegiate with all original part. It had the original tubes and tires, even. Tubes still held air just fine (date code was printed on them), even if the tires were dry rotted out. I kept the tubes for the fun of it. I have no doubt that if that thing was ridden daily, the only part on it that might not still work would be the finnicky Huret derailleur.
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Originally Posted by punkncat View Post
me?
Yea, I go back to '47..
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I just sold my 1975 Ralieh sprite 27 3 speed.
40 years old and all original.
The bottom bracket had some ware but still has years of service left on it.
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The seatpin on my Peter Mooney. From my '67 Peugeot UO-8. 50 years old in 14 months. 22k on the Peugeot and about 40k on the Mooney. Been in continuous service.

The Mooney started with the beautiful Campy pin but it s***ed using it with a hanger for the cantilever. The Peugeot pin had the proper tab to stop the rotation of the hanger and was far stronger and more secure. Never looked like much, just the cheap galvanized plating, but it has worked extremely well.

I still have one or two wheels going with Sanshin hubs from my 1976 Fuji Pro. Rebuilt with Campy cones and still running but they don't get a lot of use.

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I'm a babe in the woods --- the oldest thing i have that was bought new and personally used are a set of Look compatible Shimano pedals from 1991 ---
Also have a right side Campy crankset still in use from 1993 (left crank arm rounded out ages ago and has been replaced with a Shimano)

Oldest in general would be from mid 80's on some of my craigslist C&V pickups
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My 82 Fuji Del Rey is still going strong. The only parts that have been replaced are: several sets of tires, 1 chain, 1 set of ball bearings, several sets of brake pads.
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'56 AW hub on my town bike.

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As a complete bike, my '80 Raleigh DL-1. I also have some '70s Campagnolo parts and I'm thinking about building a bike around them.
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Component....a 35 y/o pair of quills with toe clips and straps I just pulled off my old Fuji Tourer which is about to be donated. They'll be the first pedals I use on my next new bike.
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I also have a Schwinn LA Tour III,its 37 years old.I bought it the year we married Funny earlier today I was thinking I have been riding it for 6 months now evevn though I have 3 other bikes. I changed the rims,cables,chain,free wheel,bar tape saddle.I added a rear rack to carry stuff,removed the kickstand.Oh ! I hate the gum wall look,so I added gator skins,all black sidewalls.added clip in pedals

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The front and rear deuraillers, and stem shifter, on my 1977 Schwinn LeTour. The LeTour also has its original headset bearings!
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A Hercules lamp bracket from 1940...but enough of that. Tell us more!
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Amusingly, I count eight Sturmey Archer hubs in this thread so far.
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My legs.

The rest of my meatsack components are shot, but my legs still work pretty well after 58 years.
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I still occasionally ride my Frejus Supercorsa which I bought new in 1967 and put over 50,000 miles on it over the next 10 years or so. It's just about all original, except for chains and freewheels, and the brakes which I replaced after a crash.

Other than that I ride an old SA TF (2 speed fixed gear) hub dating from the 30's, but I didn't get that new.
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My Cinelli. I bought it new in 1970. It is a 68 model and I have taken good care of her. If you buy a decent bike and maintain it the thing will last a long time.
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