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Old 09-16-20, 04:31 PM
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Vintage rides in Texas

I've created a Facebook Group called Texas VeloVintage so those here in Texas who wish to ride their vintage bikes can get together and do so.

This is a fairly new group so it's still growing. The group covers the entire state, but I visualize moderators in the larger metro areas organizing vintage rides in their areas.

I've scheduled an inaugural casual vintage ride out of Waller, TX for October 3rd at 8am. Details are on the Texas VeloVintage group page.

I'm currently working with several people to get a larger, fully supported vintage ride going in the Schulenburg area for the fall of 2021 that will benefit the Houston Bicycle Museum. The museum is needing funds to find a new location after losing their lease last year. Schulenburg is central to the Houston and Austin/San Antonio areas, so could have a fair attendance.

Please join so we can get the vintage wheels rolling.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2263941277248919
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What’s considered ‘vintage’?
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I arbitrarily choose anything before 1980 as vintage, and anything between 1980 - 1999 as classic. Soooo.... eye of the beholder I guess?!

Also Brad L while I haven’t had a chance to join y’all yet I’ve enjoyed looking at the pics from the rides so far. Hoping to join y’all soon on one of my arbitrarily vinto-classic bikes 😂
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I arbitrarily choose anything before 1980 as vintage, and anything between 1980 - 1999 as classic. Soooo.... eye of the beholder I guess?!

Also Brad L while I haven’t had a chance to join y’all yet I’ve enjoyed looking at the pics from the rides so far. Hoping to join y’all soon on one of my arbitrarily vinto-classic bikes 😂
I like the prior to 1990 for classic classification.
If you want to get very specific, the L'Eroica rides are very popular in US and Europe and have many guidelines to all the considerations for an approved ride entry. 1987 is the cutoff year and here are more details below including clothing and accessories ...

https://eroica.cc/en/gaiole/regulati...ca-gaiole6.1.a – Heroic bikes or vintage bikes

HEROIC BIKES are all road-racing bikes built up to and including 1987, both with and without gears, such as those built in the late 19th or early 20th centuries. These bicycles most likely have a steel frame or an Alan type alluminium frame.

Regarding components, bicycles should adhere to the following general guidelines:

1. More recent bikes with gears and derailleurs must have shift levers on the down tube of the frame; exceptions include pre-1980 non indexed bar-end gear shifters;

2. Pedals must have toe clips and straps or original pedals for older bikes; quick release, clip-less pedals are not allowed;

3. Brake cables must pass outside and over the handlebars (cables can pass inside the frame);

4. Wheels must have at least 32 spokes laced to a low profile rim (20 mm depth or less); rims must be of either steel, aluminium or wood;

5. Both tubular tyres and clinchers with inner tubes are allowed;

6. We invite participants to fit saddles from the same period as the bicycles, so a model of 1987 or earlier; alternatively we suggest fitting a vintage model of modern production;

7. Change of the gear ratios is allowed due to the difficulty of the ride.

Early 20th century bicycles without gears do not need to comply with the above criteria as long as they have their original components.

6.1.b – Vintage-style or modern built bikes

Vintage-style, steel framed bikes of new or recent construction with vintage look and characteristics may be used only if they are road-racing bikes assembled using vintage components or replicated parts similar to the originals, as described above.

6.1.c - Waivers and exemptions

On request, exceptions regarding the type of bicycle may be granted to participants with disabilities.

For the 46 km route, other types of vintage bicycles will be admitted, such as postman’s bikes, general working bicycles, leisure bicycles, etc.

Mountain bikes are excluded from all routes.

Any registered cyclist who arrives at the starting line or is found on the route with a bicycle that does not conform to the rules and regulations of the event will be disqualified.

6.2 – CLOTHING

Participants are strongly encouraged to wear vintage or vintage-style cycling gear, such as wool jerseys and shorts and to avoid wearing modern technical gear in a visible way. The management reserves the right to disqualify any participant whose clothing is not suitable.

6.3 – ACCESSORIES

With regard to the vintage spirit of the event, participants are invited to carefully select all their accessories, from shoes to caps and water bottles etc. The only modern cycling accessory allowed is a safety-cycling helmet, which we encourage everybody to use.
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Originally Posted by Brad L View Post
I've created a Facebook Group called Texas VeloVintage so those here in Texas who wish to ride their vintage bikes can get together and do so.

This is a fairly new group so it's still growing. The group covers the entire state, but I visualize moderators in the larger metro areas organizing vintage rides in their areas.

I've scheduled an inaugural casual vintage ride out of Waller, TX for October 3rd at 8am. Details are on the Texas VeloVintage group page.

I'm currently working with several people to get a larger, fully supported vintage ride going in the Schulenburg area for the fall of 2021 that will benefit the Houston Bicycle Museum. The museum is needing funds to find a new location after losing their lease last year. Schulenburg is central to the Houston and Austin/San Antonio areas, so could have a fair attendance.

Please join so we can get the vintage wheels rolling.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2263941277248919
Im one of the FB members but from the DFW area.
Most of the rides have been in the Houston area and I look forward to some DFW area meetups.
I most often ride the White Rock Lake area and there are always plenty of classic riders.
In the last week I have done rides with my classic Colnago Master and C40 and Serotta.
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I like the prior to 1990 for classic classification.
If you want to get very specific, the L'Eroica rides are very popular in US and Europe and have many guidelines to all the considerations for an approved ride entry. 1987 is the cutoff year and here are more details below including clothing and accessories ...
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Im one of the FB members but from the DFW area.
Most of the rides have been in the Houston area and I look forward to some DFW area meetups.
I most often ride the White Rock Lake area and there are always plenty of classic riders.
In the last week I have done rides with my classic Colnago Master and C40 and Serotta.
I'm aware of Eroica's rules, but out of inclusivity, I'm a little more open minded. Vintage bike interest in the Houston area seems to be sparse, so in order to draw as many as possible, I've opened the parameters slightly.

I've made you a moderator so hopefully you can create Texas VeloVintage events in the DFW area. If for some reason you're not able to do so on the FB page, send me the info and I'll create the event. I envision for the future, regular rides happening in the Houston, Austin, and DFW areas, and occasionally, larger events in the countryside to draw from all. If you know of other likeminded cyclists in the DFW area, please ask them to join.
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I'm aware of Eroica's rules, but out of inclusivity, I'm a little more open minded. Vintage bike interest in the Houston area seems to be sparse, so in order to draw as many as possible, I've opened the parameters slightly.

I've made you a moderator so hopefully you can create Texas VeloVintage events in the DFW area. If for some reason you're not able to do so on the FB page, send me the info and I'll create the event. I envision for the future, regular rides happening in the Houston, Austin, and DFW areas, and occasionally, larger events in the countryside to draw from all. If you know of other likeminded cyclists in the DFW area, please ask them to join.
For sure, dont want to excluded interested participants but just wanted to give some feedback on what vintage and classic means in the bike world.

I do hope to organize some DFW area classic rides this year. Austin would be a nice meetup with all the nice hills, trails, and fun spots.
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Here’s a photo from our rest stop of this month’s Texas VeloVintage ride near Houston. L - R: 1971 Schwinn Paramount, 1983 John Howard, 1984 Ciöcc Mockba 80, 1981 Cinelli Super Corsa, and my 1969 Colnago Super.


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