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Old 08-13-19, 09:56 PM
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20 bikes. One mountain bike, one carbon bike and all the rest are vintage steel.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I've been "done" more times than I can remember. I was actually "done" again about a month ago.
Then the Look showed up, and a Litespeed, and a Cinelli.

I do recognize I have a problem. I just don't care to do anything about it.
Cinelli? Send it my way!
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Right now 10 more than my wife thinks I need. About the time one falls out of my riding rotation and I think it will be the next to go I ride it and think what a great bike it is so it stays.
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Not an exotic collection.....anyway, my keepers:

'71 blue Peugeot UO8 - it was my first 10 speed. Got it in 1975 in Binghamton, NY at a Clinton St. thrift shop with bent top and down tubes. Tore it down and renovated it. Rode it until....

'71 black Peugeot UE8 - found it behind a house; lady said it had been there for over a year. Probably stolen. It was basically junk. Tore it down completely, cleaned, derusted, lubed, replaced parts, de UE8'd it so it now looks like a UO8. Brought it back to a good life and still ride it.

'62 red Peugeot PA10 - oldest and best (from 1962) bike I have. Saw it outside on the junk rack behind a bike shop. Completely tore it down and cleaned and lubed it. It's still pretty much stock, as the bike store owner said he got it from the original owner's widow.

'72 orange Peugeot UO8 - my current project bike. Bought this one at the local co-op as a frame with seat and brakes for $25. Am building-up with lighter period parts.

'87 white Peugeot PH501, Ventoux - my current ride, lightest and fastest. and...

'89 white w/ grey smoke Centurion Ironman Master - I probably paid too much for this one. But BF members couldn't say enough about this bike so I took the plunge even though it needs lots of work. It had been somebody's daily.....and shows it. A very solid ride, can't wait to get the time to work on it.

Bikes I'll part with:

red Puch mixte, '75 white 25" Sekine SHS 271 (too big, but a really nice bike), '75 burnt red 21" Sekine SHS 271 (too small)

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Neat stories

Lots of neat stories and interesting perspectives everyone has!

Its funny how n+1 applies to stages of life it seems. I have gotten rid of so many bikes over the last year and I have a hard time even remembering what all I had.

Now my only 3 keepers are my 1986 Fuji Roubaix. I got it after I stupidly sold my Centurion IMDS in teal and white. It literally was the absolute perfect size for me and I could ride for 7-8 hours without a hint of discomfort. I didn’t know that I had it that good... sigh! The Fuji is really close to the same dimensions but not quite! It’s close enough that I have now ridden it as long as 5 hours with very minimal discomfort and that’s still pretty dang good for me.

Also, I promised the man I bought it from that I would do the furnace creek 508 on it someday! And I’m working towards that goal still!

2nd keeper is my wife’s Electra Cruiser 1. We got a matching pair, I pretty much ruined mine but I feel guilty about ruining it, so now I keep hers in tip top shape and respect it. I ride it 90x more than her, but she does ride it too. It’s the one bike I can’t tinker with!

3rd bike I just got “back, again” is my grandfather’s late 60’s Schwinn World Tour. I completely restored it 5 years ago, Rode it a ton and it was great. Then my dad wanted it, he proceeded to let it become utterly consumed by sitting outside. So now I have it back again! Planning an upright resto mod to use with my baby back seat.
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I don't know if it's me or the bikes I've ridden up until now, but none of the bikes in my collection are completely "safe" where they are. They occupy "roles", and theoretically could be replaced by something better at any time:

1) Go-fast bike. Currently the 1991 Bianchi Eros set up with 700x28C tires, minimal accessories. I have some sentimental attachment as it was the first C&V or road bike I ever bought, and I learned a lot on it. But frame damage means I won't be riding it forever. It doesn't get ridden a lot as it is, since our roads are pretty rough in places.

2) Rando-commuter bike. 1987 Bianchi Sport SX with 650x38B tires, fenders, handlebar bag, dyno lighting, you know all the cliches. This bike continues to be a work in progress. I've replaced nearly every part on it save the frame, saddle, fenders, brakes, and handlebar bag since my initial build. Very Ship of Theseus.

3) MTB drop-bar conversion fixed-gear beater. 1988 Diamondback with 26"x1.75" tires and fenders. The fat tires and fixed-gear drivetrain on a beefy frame, make it a great commuting bike. It got a dyno headlight in recent years, to which I will probably add a dyno tail light since I'm sold on lighting systems that don't require constant intervention.

4) English 3-speed. 1964 Armstrong I overpaid for on eBay. It is everything you would expect from this type of bike, but I don't do leisurely upright rides very often. I replaced the front rim with a CR18, so maybe I should take it out more...
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There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
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Saw this statistic today. Number of bicycles per capita. I think they're on to me.

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And all of us American C&V collectors don't manage to raise the average rate of bike ownership!
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Guess I need more bikes
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I have 3 bikes and all are keepers at this point.

1. 87 centurion ironman, this bike came from eBay, my first proper road bike that fit, it has seen me get fit and has gotten me through a number of events, will never sell it, might go on the wall after a full restoration.

2. 90 litespeed tachyon. Ti that I bought in Chicago at a flea market, built with proper dura ace 7400 by me, currently my wall art. Will not get rid of it because its so cool.

3. Unknown year merlin custom, my current daily after a new seat post, saddle and adjustments. I love the ride of this bike, fits me great and I feel really good about continuing to use a frame that original owner is no longer able to. Heard this bike has been all over the US and Europe and I will ride it as far as I can.
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Guess I need more bikes
This looks interesting, what is it?

Bianchis '90 Proto, '90 Campione del Fausto Giamondi Specialisma Italiano Mundo, '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '86 Volpe, '97 Ti Megatube, '93 Reparto Corse SBX

Others but still loved; '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape SLX Bertoni "Speckled Trout"
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No idea what the Raleigh is BG, but the paint job channels Piet Mondrians' Broadway Boogie Woogie
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Mine are all keepers until they aren’t. I can only ride one at a time after all and space is limited, so if something comes along that I like more then I have to make a decision. But I completely agree with this:

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I have a hard time parting with any of my bikes, partly because I get sentimentally attached to them but partly because I know how much I’ve spent on them and I hate to lose that much money.
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One Mountain Bike, One Surly LHT.& 7 vintage steel of which two are my size. I need to do some horse trading and only have bikes i can ride.
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I have to say it...….

I hate threads like this, as it gets me to the point of over-thinking my bikes.

Just ride on!
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A Moots RSL and a Passoni Top Force. And I tried very hard to buy carbon bikes. I always end up with another Ti bike.

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I am working on a serious downsize to 3 personal bikes. One of which i dont have yet, so theres that...

Anyway my goal is to get to:
Bob jackson world tourist
schwinn voyageur 1986
Paramount p10 with hybrid aw drive.
The paramount isnt here yet but will be in about 10 days. If anyone needs a 58cm frame let me know. I got a few.
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But my 1973 Schwinn Lemon Yellow Paramount and 1973 Schwinn Lemon Yellow Sports Tourer

My " grail" bike

One of my favorite ridding bikes of all time!!!!!

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1988 Schwinn Cimarron LE
1974 Schwinn Paramount
1987 Schwinn Prologue x 2: one red and white, the other black and gray
1986 Katakura Silk chrome
1983 Univega Alpina Ultima
1988 Dean World Tour (maybe, maybe not)
1990 Waterford Paramount
2016 Frame School Build (Brew)

The other 50 bikes are passing through.

So I guess that makes nine. Let the Dean go and I would be at eight. I can't imagine any of the others leaving.

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Originally Posted by Vonruden View Post
These are the ones I can’t see myself selling anytime soon.

That is a very nice quartet.

I do not have any "rando" or camping bike at present.
A Confente would be hard to sell off. I have tried to buy a few and almost always come up short. Or the timing was off. Not empty handed, but too much capital to tie up in one now.
The Singer would be interesting to load the front panniers up then test it the way shown and then with the sides swapped to place more weight behind the steering axis.
Would be more "aero"

When this thread first appeared I thought of what I would keep.
In one regard, I sort of have three. Acquired in 1974, 1975, and 1988.
I would like to think I could keep it down to 6 or 8. Far away from that!
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I've kept my '75 Fuji S-10S bought new since 1976, so I guess that's a keeper...

My next 'best bike' is the '86 Miyata 710 for a road bike, but --

The '84 Univega Gran Tourismo is probably my best 'all-arounder'...

Unless we're talking winter riding, where a IGH shines, then it would be the Sears three-speed.

Which is why I have more than one bike!!!!

'75 Fuji S-10S bought new, 52k+ miles and still going!
'84 Univega Gran Tourismo
'84 Univega Viva Sport
'86 Miyata 710
'90 Schwinn Woodlands
Unknown brand MTB of questionable lineage aka 'Mutt Trail Bike'
Plus or minus a few others from time-to-time

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