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Top Six Reasons to ride a bike from the '80's

Old 04-27-09, 06:04 AM
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Top Six Reasons to ride a bike from the '80's

6. Old headset gets "brinelled," index steering at no extra cost!
5. Steel is real
4. Cheap replacement parts/upgrades on Ebay
3. Handy excuse when getting dropped (I would have been first if I had a modern bike)
2. Downtube shifters are great conversation starter!
1. With classic quill stem, no one can tell you to "flip it."

edit: Should have been a top ten list, but it's monday morning and this is all I could muster.
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7. Suntour components never die.
8. Indexed shifters are for wussies; friction shifters require art and subtlety.
9. You can work on your own bike without worrying about ruining a $3k investment.
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10. Extra weight --> extra workout.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
7. Suntour components never die.

Eh, the Suntour RD on my 1985 Bridgestone 600 died a year ago. FD is still going strong though! (knock on wood...I mean, knock on steel)
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15 lb bike + 15 lbs of chain to safely lock it = 30 lbs
22 lb bike + 5 lbs of cable to safely lock it = 27 lbs
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
Eh, the Suntour RD on my 1985 Bridgestone 600 died a year ago. FD is still going strong though! (knock on wood...I mean, knock on steel)
And when they do, they are cheap to replace.
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if this is (11)- "15 lb bike + 15 lbs of chain to safely lock it = 30 lbs
22 lb bike + 5 lbs of cable to safely lock it = 27 lbs"

then:

12) You can do a quick ride in whatever you're wearing at the moment and not feel dumb.
13) $500.00 can get you a sweet full Dura Ace machine.
14) They never go out of style.
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- Slower on the climbs but falls like a rock on the descents
- Raked forks
- Chrome
- Lugs!
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My old 531 Dawes Super Galaxy (~'83 UK built and complete with TA Specialties triple, Suntour parts group, Dia Compe brakes, Esge fenders, front and rear racks, no braze-ons) is not that great imho.
Im going to sell it as soon as a put together a new bike that I can easly mount fenders and a Campagnolo gruppo on.

I like my new aluminum Cinelli much better than that old steelie.
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12. Your whole bike costs less than most roadies' seatposts.
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I started off my road bike love on an old peugeot 10 speed that I bought at the salvation army for $40. I thought it was the best bike. Then my neighbor gave me an old nishiki olympic model. I quickly put my lights and computer on the nishiki while retired the peugeot. The nishiki was a much better bike and the gears shifted like a hot knife going through butter compared to the old french bike. Then one day I went out to go on a ride with my dog and discovered somebody stole it. After about 3 months I got the itch to ride again and started looking through the San Diego Craigslist. I quickly found that it's the same people selling bikes at inflated prices. I had a trip going to yosemite and managed to find an old centurion le mans that I got for 200. Not the best of price but I wanted something to ride and it was close to home. Now I find this new bike the best ride in my life. Well welcome ladies and gents. oh and the funnest ride I had was in the early morning at yosemite. I have a habbit of getting up early and didn't feel like just laying down while my gf was asleep. So I get up and it's in the mid 30's. I know when I'm riding the wind is going to be brutal so I put on a wool sweater over a thermal shirt, then wool mittens and a ski mask. Ride up this road to mirror lake and the whole time I'm thinking some moutain lion is going to attack me. Scary but fun as I was the only person on the road. Wait for the sun to fill in the area as it's rising above these huge granite rocks and try to take a pic. My camera wasn't working right but it was fun. The ride down was a blast.

13. dirt doesn't scare you and can leave outside if wanted.

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Old 04-27-09, 08:55 AM
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15. Because they're easier to find than the best bicycles ever made (the 70's).
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and how does a 6 speed rear cog compare to the newer stuff that has 8-10 cogs?
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And newer headsets never get brinelled?
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They're timeless. Classic is never out of date, always kool, and always in style.
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and how does a 6 speed rear cog compare to the newer stuff that has 8-10 cogs?
It has 2-4 less cogs.

Or use a Suntour Ultra-7.

Or put a modern wheel in the back if you want more. I put an 8 speed on my old Cannondale (narrower chain needed)
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campagnolo rear dropouts! the very best with an adjusting screw! like 1010a or 1010b.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
It has 2-4 less cogs.

Or use a Suntour Ultra-7.

Or put a modern wheel in the back if you want more. I put an 8 speed on my old Cannondale (narrower chain needed)
good idea, will I need a different shifter to go along (mine is a friction)?
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
6. Old headset gets "brinelled," index steering at no extra cost!
5. Steel is real4. Cheap replacement parts/upgrades on Ebay
3. Handy excuse when getting dropped (I would have been first if I had a modern bike)
2. Downtube shifters are great conversation starter!
1. With classic quill stem, no one can tell you to "flip it."

edit: Should have been a top ten list, but it's monday morning and this is all I could muster.


Well for being imaginary, my wife sure complains a lot about my aluminum bike...
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I lol at newb racers who are bringing ultra light carbon rigs to flat crits.. if I had a job I'd like to build up a steel crit bike. maybe a 3rensho crit bike from the 80's!

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Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
Eh, the Suntour RD on my 1985 Bridgestone 600 died a year ago. FD is still going strong though! (knock on wood...I mean, knock on steel)
My Bridgestone 400 is form 1982 and it still has working suntour derailleurs.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post

It has 2-4 less cogs.

Or use a Suntour Ultra-7.

Or put a modern wheel in the back if you want more. I put an 8 speed on my old Cannondale (narrower chain needed)
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good idea, will I need a different shifter to go along (mine is a friction)?
No. You can use the downtube friction shifter as I do and enjoy an extra cog or 2. As long as the chain is narrow enough for the cassette, you can mix-and-match pretty freely if you're using friction shifters.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
7. Campy Nuovo-Record components never die.
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Stems are cooler...
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