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Old 12-29-23, 01:50 PM
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Not constantly challenging and asking questions would be a good start.
You consider that a challenge?
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Old 12-29-23, 04:33 PM
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I just happened to be using one of my days between Christmas Eve and January 2nd where I'm off work and not sure if it is Thursday or June today to go through some old photo albums when this post made a reappearance. I can't believe I didn't find any older than these because my mom photographed all kinds of things of me growing up.

The first bike I don't even remember. It had to be one of the many second hand bikes I had through the years. In addition to it being heavy, it had to be hard to ride as it looks like the saddle was way too low for me. The picture would have been taken in '77 because the shirt is from 7th grade PE.


The second one was likely taken a couple of years later and the saddle on it was too low as well. Also it looks like it had the Beng1 saddle clamp reverse mod. I'm wearing the same shoes because we were not that well off and shoes were purchased a size to size and a half bigger to get the most bang for the buck. This was one of the few brand new bikes I received as a kid. A heavy Flying O "10 speed" from OTASCO. A couple of years later I would save my money and buy my Takara 960 Deluxe Touring bike that I rode all over the place until I tossed it behind the garage to rot.
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Me 1957, thing almost killed me going down a big hill.





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Old 12-29-23, 07:36 PM
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We didn't have much, so I borrowed my big sister's bike to do my paper route.
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Sorry there is not more of the bike to show but this is all I have to remember of "Thunderball Grease Slapper the Third" from my college days at UVA (photo from 1973). I was stolen three years later while in my Vega Kalmbach in my driveway. It was built up from parts: Magistroni frame, tubular tires, and Campy components. Miss that bike!
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In the back yard with my new birthday ride: a 3-wheel tractor. Early 60s:


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Old 01-01-24, 04:32 PM
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In the back yard with my new birthday ride: a 3-wheel tractor. Early 60s:
While there are certainly some posters in this thread that would love to have their old bikes back (I don't want the two I posted at all) I'd imagine that tractor would probably be something to still have either for an heirloom or to sell. Those things can fetch some cash.
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Originally Posted by Chuck M
While there are certainly some posters in this thread that would love to have their old bikes back (I don't want the two I posted at all) I'd imagine that tractor would probably be something to still have either for an heirloom or to sell. Those things can fetch some cash.
Then again the bike I miss from the recent post was a wonderful friend and a piece of art, IMHO. Some things cannot be replaced but still missed. I knew every scratch and every quirk of every part of my bike. So much so that its replacement, which I still have, is very similar: 1976 Motobecane Grand Record with all Campy components. I may be a bit too sentimental, but I have had bikes that were very special indeed. I have many other bikes but some are good friends for the long haul.
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Old 01-01-24, 09:07 PM
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Then again the bike I miss from the recent post was a wonderful friend and a piece of art, IMHO.
I don't blame you. The saddle on the bike in your post was better than the two bikes I posted.
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Old 01-02-24, 09:29 AM
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I don't blame you. The saddle on the bike in your post was better than the two bikes I posted.
Ideal. Ironically, I had just taken the saddle off before the theft for leather treatment, temporarily swapping on a very inferior seat. I still have that saddle!
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1977 with my Schwinn Competition Scrambler.


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Looks like I was into gravel ridding. About 1944
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I was a fixed gear man from the git-go. Roy Rogers cowboy outfit and a High & Tight haircut .... always ready to give a buddy a lift. A few days after Christmas 1961 I think

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1977 px10



note the totally cool TA handlebar bag.

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Originally Posted by NVFlinch
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Good grief, it looks like me (I am still blurry looking) but I didn’t arrive on planet earth until ‘54. Time traveler?
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