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What Was Your First Road Bike?

Old 08-05-09, 04:43 PM
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What Was Your First Road Bike?

Post what your first road bike was.

heres mine Windsor Wellington 2.0



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Old 08-05-09, 04:44 PM
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I had some early 80's drop bar bike when I was 14 but I crashed har don it and gave it away.

My first real road bike is my 2005 Specialized Allez Sport tripple.
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2007 Schwinn Fastback Sport consumer reports said it was good.I didn't know of BF. My next bike was a 2008 Cannondale CAAD9-6.
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It was a little gold "convertible" bicycle which my father gave me when I was 6 (1973).

Well, it might not have been a truly "road" bicycle, but it wasn't a mtn bike ... mtn bikes weren't invented then.

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I won something at my dad's company picnic back in '86 I think. It was a Scwhinn something or another, I was only about 12. It was purple and black w/stem shifters. It really sucked to have it because we lived down a loooooooong dirt road which made riding it difficult. I didn't get another 'road' bike till 1.5 years ago. In fact my Trek is only the 2nd bike I've had since that Schwinn.
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Considering the amount of seat time I had you would think I would know but If someone held a gun to my head I couldn't tell you the brand of cheap bike that I rode when I was a kid and kept for 30 some years. I did have a Schwinn single speed 24" but my "Ten Speeds" were all department store cheapies.
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Old 08-05-09, 05:14 PM
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My First Road Bike - 1962

Mine was and is a Follis (French, from Lyon). I got it when I was 14, in the year 1962. The frame, forks, brakes and levers, handlebar, rear shift lever, and front "suicide shifter" are original. (Recent change: I've switched the front brake to the right lever, which is how the bike was originally set up.)

I rode the Follis this morning.

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2006 Trek 1500. Still is my road bike. And only bike.
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The Cervelo S1 (hopefully in a week or so) is my first real road bike, but my Cannondale Capo is technically my first "road" bike.

EDIT: They can't get a S1 in my size for me, unless it is the new 2010 model which won't be out till October.

Soooo I am picking up my Cannondale Six 5 tonight

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Cannondale R2000 Team Saeco was my first road bike, just a few years ago.
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Mine was a double hand me down Nashbar Road Mk II from the mid-late 80s.
I still use it around town.


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Sears and Roebuck Free Spirit twin top tube road... Year would have been around 1975. Served me well....... Made the world a smaller place.
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1971, a BSA. Must have weighed 30 pounds, but it was a 10 speed "racer" and that was cool. This was a big change for me after sting ray bikes. My next good bike was a Carabella, also a 10-speed in 1975. The best bike I had back then was a Motobecane Grand Jubilee. It came with Huret and I replaced it with Suntour Cyclone was the French stuff wore out - rather rapidly I might add. I had a Sugino crank and Dura Ace brakes, with Campy down tube shifters, and Mavic wheels on Weinmann rims. That bike was what I called a world bike, as it had stuff on it from most every country, nothing integrated. You sure couldn't do that today!
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Miyata 312, bought in 2003 or 2004. (w/ working Shimano Exage components!)

Back in the day we just rode mtn bikes or bmx, road bikes were for... hell I never saw anyone on them in Key West, it's all beach cruisers and bmx down there.
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Originally Posted by icyclist View Post
Mine was and is a Follis (French, from Lyon). I got it when I was 14, in the year 1962. The frame, forks, brakes and levers, handlebar, rear shift lever, and front "suicide shifter" are original. (Recent change: I've switched the front brake to the right lever, which is how the bike was originally set up.)

I rode the Follis this morning.
Well, that is way cool! You still have a classy 1962 bike that you got when you were 14, and rode it today!

Very, very cool.

P.S. - Great blog!
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This is my first, current, and only road bike. I'm trying to trade this and my mountain bike for an upgraded bike. But some people local to me say it's frame is pretty good... and I should just upgrade my components and wheels and such...

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My first multi-speed bike was a Huffy Baja. After that I had a dept store road bike. About 6 years ago I bought an AMX Patriot roadie, first bike that had presta valves on it's tubes. Now I've got the Felt TT bike and am saving up to get a good road bike.
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Mine was some model Peugeot 10-speed from 1980 or so. It was metallic BROWN, with a funky Peugeot logo that looked like pixels. I put Campy Nuovo Record downtube shifters on it, removed the panic bar brake levers with a saw and put gum colored hood covers on. Saved my money to buy a Nuovo Record rear derailleur. I remember it well!
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1988 Schwinn Sprint 10 speed. Still have it.
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cannondale r300... dont remember year but it was purple, had downtube shifters
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Technically, a '06 Cervelo SLT
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Peugeot Super Sport from the late 70's possibly early 80's. Silver in color and had stem shifters. It also had a checker board pattern on the down tube. Great bike until I hit a car broadside at 35 mph!
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