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daniell 11-20-20 04:27 PM

If you sold it, it would be like selling an old dog.

chaadster 11-20-20 04:33 PM


Originally Posted by daniell (Post 21798980)
If you sold it, it would be like selling an old dog.

Hahaha! Perfect!

Pop N Wood 11-20-20 06:00 PM

That bike has too much character to ever sell.

I sold a couple of bikes for the first time in my life just this year. They were bikes I inherited when my brother passed. It was tough selling those, even though I had little emotional investment in them. the only thing that made it easier was I sold the first one to a buddy who rides it daily. Somehow made it better to know it was going to a good home, LOL.

Prior to this year the only bikes I ever parted with were stolen.

I still remember the day I parted with the kid trailer. Man, that was tough. Lots of good memories with that from when my kids were little.

EVFreewheeler 11-24-20 02:11 PM

Don't sell it, you will regret it. I have only sold 2 bikes that I have had a relationship with, a Gitane Tandem and a Schwinn Paramount. I regret selling them.

My current ride has been my main ride for 50 years, we will never part ways. Even if I get another ride, I will never part with my current one. We have been through a lot together. Double centuries, countless centuries, ridden in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Mexico, countless tours, rallies, etc. Selling this bike would be like selling a part of my body.

chaadster 11-24-20 05:22 PM


Originally Posted by EVFreewheeler (Post 21804677)
Don't sell it, you will regret it. I have only sold 2 bikes that I have had a relationship with, a Gitane Tandem and a Schwinn Paramount. I regret selling them.

My current ride has been my main ride for 50 years, we will never part ways. Even if I get another ride, I will never part with my current one. We have been through a lot together. Double centuries, countless centuries, ridden in Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Mexico, countless tours, rallies, etc. Selling this bike would be like selling a part of my body.

wow! 50 years is an old bike! That’s kind of awesome!

EVFreewheeler 11-24-20 11:08 PM


Originally Posted by chaadster (Post 21804927)
wow! 50 years is an old bike! That’s kind of awesome!

Actually, the frame was made in 1961 as a track bike. I acquired it 1968, rode it as a fixie for a couple of years, then had it chromed in 1970 and have been riding it ever since. It has been through a couple of upgrades, but it is still stiff, short coupled and comfortable. No need to change bikes this far along.

chaadster 11-25-20 07:39 AM


Originally Posted by EVFreewheeler (Post 21805315)
Actually, the frame was made in 1961 as a track bike. I acquired it 1968, rode it as a fixie for a couple of years, then had it chromed in 1970 and have been riding it ever since. It has been through a couple of upgrades, but it is still stiff, short coupled and comfortable. No need to change bikes this far along.

Supercool!

sweeks 11-25-20 06:26 PM


Originally Posted by chaadster (Post 21798970)
...I just posted my ‘76 Motobecane Gran Jubilee flat bar conversion.

Nice looking bike! I just rehab'd my '75 Mirage, with a sort of "mustache" bar. I envy your front fork... my original was squished by a drunk landlord, and was replaced with an all-chrome one. >sigh<
(PS: Your saddle looks a touch "nose-up"... just saying.)
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ab84980446.jpg
1975 Motobecane Mirage

chaadster 11-25-20 07:55 PM


Originally Posted by sweeks (Post 21806323)
Nice looking bike! I just rehab'd my '75 Mirage, with a sort of "mustache" bar. I envy your front fork... my original was squished by a drunk landlord, and was replaced with an all-chrome one. >sigh<
(PS: Your saddle looks a touch "nose-up"... just saying.)
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ab84980446.jpg
1975 Motobecane Mirage

That crankset and “drillium” front derailleur, tho... 😍

sweeks 11-26-20 08:14 AM


Originally Posted by chaadster (Post 21806427)
That crankset and “drillium” front derailleur, tho... 😍

To think I almost replaced the Solida crankset so I could install a cartridge bottom bracket! What was I thinking? Welcome Back, Cotter! :lol:

chaadster 11-26-20 08:51 AM


Originally Posted by sweeks (Post 21806881)
To think I almost replaced the Solida crankset so I could install a cartridge bottom bracket! What was I thinking? Welcome Back, Cotter! :lol:

Ah, so you’re kinda old, too?! I loved that show, and watched an episode not to far back, on Youtube maybe, which affirmed my memory.

I totally get your impulse; I’m moving off my vintage bikes primarily because they’re a pain to work on! I swore off cantilever brakes when V-brakes came out because of the ease of servicing. I guess I’m lazy, but there is something to be said for being able to strip a bike to the frame with just three or four allen keys!

sweeks 11-26-20 09:09 AM


Originally Posted by chaadster (Post 21806917)
Ah, so you’re kinda old, too?!

Heck,no! At 70 I'm just getting started!
I have bikes with V-brakes and indexed shifting, but I like me a friction-shifter once in a while. It's almost a lost art, like a car with a manual tranny. :D

chaadster 11-26-20 10:49 AM


Originally Posted by sweeks (Post 21806942)
Heck,no! At 70 I'm just getting started!
I have bikes with V-brakes and indexed shifting, but I like me a friction-shifter once in a while. It's almost a lost art, like a car with a manual tranny. :D

Bravo!


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