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Old 07-04-19, 08:53 PM
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I Ride a Bike That's Older Than I Am

I've just finished my 1949 Raleigh Clubman "patina preservation" project. The bike rides beautifully with a modern Sturmey Archer 3-speed drivetrain and Tektro brakes.



I installed all black hardware to draw the eye to that incredible frameset. All I did was give it a good clean, and sprayed clear enamel over the original finish.



The old 531 frame still rolls smooth as buttah, and that geometry yields a comfy yet responsive ride. This is one of my favorites.
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Old 07-04-19, 11:00 PM
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I dont know about being old, but at 52 I rode this Today.
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Old 07-07-19, 07:35 PM
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I've just finished my 1949 Raleigh Clubman "patina preservation" project.
I have been anxiously waiting to see the completed project. It was worth the wait. Nice job!
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Old 07-07-19, 07:56 PM
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I resent that. I'm not old...for a tree

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Old 07-09-19, 09:08 AM
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Here are a few current shots of my 1976 Motobecane Grand Touring. Purchased new by my father. This thing rides beautifully. Suntour V-GT Luxe derailleurs and shifters, SR crankset, Pivo stem and randonneur bar, and DiaCompe brakes. I'm shutting it down for a bit until I can rebuild the creaking bottom bracket.


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Old 07-14-19, 10:44 AM
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Pic taken after this morning's ride:

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Old 07-23-19, 07:29 PM
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My bike is not old, but it is light (~14 lbs).
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Old 07-23-19, 07:44 PM
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Pic taken after this morning's ride:

I think we used to call those "crit bikes". Have you played with the adjustable dropouts?
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Hopefully not having a senior moment, and seems I've posted him often, but the mad scientist of Free-Flite and I keep the Frankentrek rolling:
FRANKENTREK rolls on!
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Old 07-24-19, 08:51 AM
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Old 07-28-19, 06:50 PM
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I just brought this one home today, all I’ve done so far was replace the bent front wheel with a spare I had hanging in the garage, flipped the stem, and adjusted the brakes a little and removed a couple outdated accessories the previous owner had left on the bike.
2003 Lemond Nevada City, gearing is 3x8, weighs 19Lbs as it sits (I haven’t even wiped the 10+ years of dirt and garage grime off of it yet.
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Old 07-29-19, 06:33 AM
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I'm not old yet (only 68), and don't subscribe to pic hosting sites. But my 06 Lemond Reno in my avatar is one of the bikes I ride. The other is a '96 GT Timberline (frame) hardtail mtn.bike with all upgraded parts-sorry no pic of it. It's now a 3x8 with Manitou Axel fork , Avid V-brakes and levers, better shifters & ders., for a few of the upgrades.

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Old 07-29-19, 05:01 PM
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Great set of bikes!!
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Old 07-29-19, 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted by treebound View Post

I just brought this one home today, all I’ve done so far was replace the bent front wheel with a spare I had hanging in the garage, flipped the stem, and adjusted the brakes a little and removed a couple outdated accessories the previous owner had left on the bike.
2003 Lemond Nevada City, gearing is 3x8, weighs 19Lbs as it sits (I haven’t even wiped the 10+ years of dirt and garage grime off of it yet.

I think they missed putting the name on a few of the frame tubes, so it's good that you told us what it was or we'd never have been able to tell...
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Old 07-30-19, 02:20 PM
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I think they missed putting the name on a few of the frame tubes, so it's good that you told us what it was or we'd never have been able to tell...
I might have to search for a Lemond saddle too. 8)
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65-years-old, my two rides:

2020 Specialized Roubaix Pro (aka "the rocketship")



And for when I want to go out and hurt myself, my Santa Cruz Hightower LT (the ladies really like the wheels)

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Old 08-02-19, 07:02 AM
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Old 08-02-19, 07:02 PM
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My Primary Ride

My main machine is a Bridgestone Albelt I found at a local Japan surplus store. They've been in production for a couple of decades but are rarely seen outside Japan.



Belt drive isn't anything new.

The problem is outside of Japan you can't just bop down to the local bike store and pick up a replacement belt or cogs to get a better gear range. So I got a second Bridgestone with a conventional chain to experiment with different sprockets and have something to ride while working on the other.


My R&D machine.
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Old 08-03-19, 08:31 AM
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Beauty, I'm everything Grant Petersen except for one of his bikes - so far!
I waited eight years before finally taking the plunge getting an RBW frameset.

Grant does design and sell some beautiful frames but I would be just as happy with a plain colored tig welded frame. Over the years, the thing that kept coming up among Riv riders, time and time again, was the superb ride quality of the bikes. That was my main attraction to Grant's designs. I haven't ridden a ton of bikes but my Hunqapillar lives up to the hype. The front-end handling is so intuitive that just thinking about where you want the front wheel to go seems to be enough to easily get it there.

I think the combination of the Hunqapillar's touring geometry (stability) and the large 29'er wheels/tires (more stability) give the bike a Cadillac-smooth ride, yet the intuitive handling makes the bike really fun to ride.

I might have purchased a Clem H when they come out but I already had a great set of RBW-built 700c wheels (Clem in my size is 650B) and I wasn't/am not quite sold on 52cm chainstays, so I waited a long time for a 54 Hunqapillar to show up on the used market. I literally beat a second potential buyer by one minute, to get this frameset.



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Old 08-05-19, 09:11 AM
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I picked this frame out of the trash as a partial bike, back in 2009. Since then, I've rebuilt it several times, giving it different purposes and personalities. I finished the most recent rebuild on Saturday with a new drivetrain, handlebars, and stem. The rest of the bike is from the parts bin. The brake calipers and headset are original. It's a 1971 Raleigh Super Course. I think I will eventually sand and refinish the frame because it's an eyesore. But it's a wonderful bike.

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Old 08-13-19, 08:09 AM
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Ultimate C&V...

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I picked this frame out of the trash as a partial bike, back in 2009. Since then, I've rebuilt it several times, giving it different purposes and personalities. I finished the most recent rebuild on Saturday with a new drivetrain, handlebars, and stem. The rest of the bike is from the parts bin. The brake calipers and headset are original. It's a 1971 Raleigh Super Course. I think I will eventually sand and refinish the frame because it's an eyesore. But it's a wonderful bike.



Tom, Spaghetti Legs recently described me as "A true BF C+V er. Breaks part, buys an entire bike to replace it."In retrospect, I'm not sure if it was, but I'll take it as a complement .

Your attitude towards this bike, and the choices and time you have put into it, for me, is at the core of C&V, as much as the maintenance and restoration of the glory bikes.

Not painting that top tube, not in ten years?

(bike whispering, paint me. paint me)

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Thank you @Last ride 76. This bike continues to impress me. One of the fun things about it is that it was cheap to acquire and would be cheap to replace if anything happened to it. That has emboldened me to do experiments, so maybe the ugliness is a feature rather than a bug.

Also, I don't like doing finishing projects. They're tedious, and I'm never satisfied. I painted the frame of my International, and it took a long time, and the result isn't so good. I won't unveil my idea for refinishing this bike until and unless it's done. It's a bit unusual.
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Thank you @Last ride 76. I won't unveil my idea for refinishing this bike until and unless it's done. It's a bit unusual.
Decoupage?
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My trusty Look 695. Picked up a Berk saddle recently. Bike is now <14lbs with pedals.


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My trusty Look 695. Picked up a Berk saddle recently. Bike is now <14lbs with pedals.


You should post this pic in the "Hot or Not" thread.
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