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Old 09-24-20, 09:53 AM
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Everybody's got a favorite- even if you say you don't have a favorite; you have a favorite....

Do you quantify why your favorite is your favorite? Or is it just "your favorite?"


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Frame material, componentry and aesthetics...Aesthetics usually ends up being the deciding factor because frame material and componentry usually end up being a wash on the high end of the scale (for me).
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My favorite- right now- is my 1985 Trek 720. I think the primary reason it's my favorite is because it's a smooth riding bike with a 10 speed rear end. At this time, it's my only 10 speed.

My previous favorite was my 1985 Trek 620. I think the reasons for it being my favorite were (initially) the cachet of an 80s Trek touring frame, then the smoothness and the "give" that frame has. Later on, I built it with 6 speed Accushift and Command Shifters- that bike was/is really a dream to ride- Right now it's in the middle of getting upgraded to 10 speed, very much the same as my 720. After this, I'm not sure which one will be my favorite...

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my favorite is typically my current 'niceest" bike

I tend to ride the favorite for everything but "just throw a leg over the bike and go" errands

my current favorite is an 85 team miyata, wtih modern 105 5800 running gear, nitto cockpit and seat post, ultegra 6800 hubs with mavic reflex cd rims 30mm Vittoria Corsa Challenge tubular (and I have set of 6800, open pro, conti gp500 clincher wheels)

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I like all 3 of my current vintage bikes but after thinking about it not sure I have a clear favorite right now... they all fit different niches. I need more bikes!
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For some, this is no surprise, it is the De Rosa Pro.
it is the right size and color. Close to the right fit. Shifts like a dream, rides as well or better than any other. Stops incredibly well and looks, as Billy Chrystal would say, Marvelous! And, and, and, it doesn't need any work!
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So smooth. And does not induce hangovers.

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As for bikes, whichever I'm riding. They're all good man.
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That’s like asking which of my kids are my favorite!!! Can’t do it!!

CrestDale was my first racing steed...
Bella Basso was my first Campy bike/first Italian/first C and V restoration.
Rafaella Rossin was my first top end...
Candy Cannondale was my first CV MTB restore...
Victoria Van Tuyl my first Dura Ace...
Fiona Faggin will be my first rehab and winter bike!

plus all of the other projects sitting in queue!
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This ‘87 Marinoni SLX Sports Tourer is clearly, but just slightly my favorite over the Miyata 912 with Gugificazione!

The Miyata is very good, as the many 912 owners on this forum will attest, even better for my applications with Mark’s low trail and rando bag mods that further differentiate these two bikes. It’s the dedicated year-round fender bike, handy in the PNW, as well as travel bike with the now-simple addition of low rider front panniers, if we ever get a chance to do that again. It’s shown up in several threads recently.

The difference is a feel on the Marinoni that urges me to push a little harder, shift up a gear, and take the long way home. It gives me a thrill on every ride, easy or hard, start to finish. I loved a 70-mile day on it after 140 miles the previous day. I call it “Buzz” since it makes me want to ride “to infinity and beyond!”


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Old 09-24-20, 01:52 PM
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Up until a year or so ago I could not tell which bike was my favorite, I truly love them all. But then came the Medici! I still love my other bikes and rotate , but the Medici is simply my favorite.

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This One Comes With a Story Attached

From the "Gentleman Cyclist" Forum:

The All-British Cycling Event; Building on the Foundation

An enthusiastic group of Nutters proved the heart and soul of English cycling continues to thrive and, in fact, grow during these difficult times. A hearty group of 10 gathered for the Friday reception and glasses were clicked well into the evening. Many compared notes of projects that were in progress or completed during the summer shutdown.

The Gentleman’s Tour on Saturday was a remote event as before and we had many tales of adventure for that day; some visited Minnehaha Falls as in years past and some stayed close to the trails along the Mississippi river. Some pre-rode the route of the Gravity Race and found it to be in fine condition for the anticipated challenge.

Sunday events started with the Cycle Jumble and all did quite well with a good balance of buyers and sellers with quality goods in abundance.

Next up was the overly-anticipated Gravity Race and Day-Old Pastry Joust. A howling south wind held most riders back so the distances were short with many not making it to the pastry line. Rest assured, all the competitors enjoyed a good doughnut. The overall winner was Gary riding a Pashley and his mark was so far beyond everyone else that we have placed him under investigation pending review.

The rest of the day was a blur of chatter, pizza, Silver Knight Ale, tails both true and otherwise and, thanks to Steve, it all concluded with enough prizes to ensure everyone went home gifted.

This odd cycling path we have chosen is indeed a difficult cross to bear but certainly not a burden and we have proven yet again the way forward is the humble, durable and dignified English bicycle.

Best along the Path,

Jon Sharratt, Shirt-Tail Organiser

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A Shift in the Wind!

Oh dear... did I forget to bribe someone?

I would call Juston Anderson (Bike Forums NOTE: Our local Sheldon Brown equivalent) as a technical expert witness in my defense, but I haven't bribed him yet either.

Suffice to say that the headwind had just turned around for a moment when I jumped on the opportunity to launch. Then, I used the Tour de France aero-descent technique of sitting on my top-tube and leaning forward over the bars. It was that awkward position that caused me to drop my donut when I streaked past the pastry joust station. I had enough momentum to make the second left turn, where I found another tailwind awaiting me, and heard the rapid footsteps of our STO as he pursued me to make the pastry-handoff! I owe you a beer, Jon, at the very least.

The tailwind carried Pepper and I (Pashley Path Racer = PPR = Pepper) past the intersection to the first driveway on the left, where we finally came to a stop. Those Sturmey-Archer drum-brake hubs run on sealed bearings, and it is to that our Mr. Anderson attributed my success, even predicting the outcome before the race. No motors, no voodoo assisted me - I give you my word as a Gentleman Cyclist and Enthusiastic Nutter. Simply a serendipitous shift in wind direction, combined with those hubs and an avant-garde riding technique allowed me to leave all the rest of you in my dust.

And on that, I rest my case.

Sincerely,
Gary

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Sir Gary,
Rest assured, the investigation has long since been closed and you have been cleared of any wrongdoing.
Now, about that beer...
STO
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This

Maybe not C+V by the book, but....


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This one is arguably the best looking machine in my stable. The Bianchi and the Siegers are faster, the Schwinn and the Peugeot are great for errands, but the Modell Campagnolo is a nice all-rounder. Just a good comfortable classic sports touring geometry (72 degrees parallel, a bit long in the stays and fork rake).
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When it came time to choose I sold the '71 Paramount and kept my Volare. It wasn't an especially difficult decision, either.



A lot of the original Dura-Ace is still on there, but the brake levers are Superbe, derailleurs are Cyclone, and shifters are early 80's Superbe. It also sports H+Son TB-14s on the original D-A hubs. Perfect.
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When it came time to choose I sold the '71 Paramount and kept my Volare. It wasn't an especially difficult decision, either.
Just curious -- what do you prefer in the Volare, given that the Paramount is on so many people's grail lists?

(Slight bias maybe, as a Project KOM-10 / Paramountain owner.)
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My current favorite. 3Rensho aerodynamics with 6400.
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Nothing fancy, my build is ugly but the ride is wonderful. My century bike when my knees could do a century. Gianella made by Marinoni.

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Just curious -- what do you prefer in the Volare, given that the Paramount is on so many people's grail lists?
(Slight bias maybe, as a Project KOM-10 / Paramountain owner.)
While they were very similar in terms of overall quality, the real difference for me was (is) the late 70s Japanese components vs early/mid-70s Campy... turns out I very much prefer the former, both for performance and aesthetics. I suppose I could have set the Paramount up with a bunch of Suntour stuff, but that just didn't seem right. The flat-out beautiful scarlet color of the Volare -- which never really comes through in pictures -- didn't hurt either.
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Or this....

was a game changer being bigger than I normally ride and turned out that I should have been riding all along.


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Originally Posted by Fahrenheit531 View Post
When it came time to choose I sold the '71 Paramount and kept my Volare. It wasn't an especially difficult decision, either.



A lot of the original Dura-Ace is still on there, but the brake levers are Superbe, derailleurs are Cyclone, and shifters are early 80's Superbe. It also sports H+Son TB-14s on the original D-A hubs. Perfect.
A man of strong conviction, I would never have been able to do that, pretty much no matter what.

Paramount, cold dead hands....
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Speaking of Paramount's....

Its a favorite just because, old like me, same age, 1958 Paramount, great shape and just plain dang cool.

And no it doesn't get ridden much, doesn't need to, its earned its station.



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So smooth. And does not induce hangovers.

Man, that looks like tequila if it was made by Orthodox Lithuanian Peasants.
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Nothing fancy, my build is ugly but the ride is wonderful. My century bike when my knees could do a century. Gianella made by Marinoni.


Holy scrotal pain, Batman! Or is that just an optical illusion?
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My Celeste Proto is my hands down favorite. It isn’t my first Bianchi or even my first Italian/CampI Bianchi but the first bike I bought as a frame and built up myself.

she has seem many changes over the years, 5 or 6 different wheel sets, a few different stems and post and even the Dura Ace derailleur wasn’t the first choice, that was retrofriction Chorus. The cranks, FD, calipers, levers and, oddly, handlebars are the original kit.

she is a fabulous ride and I have done everything from short around the neighborhood rides, commuting, training rides, group rides (short 30-40 milers and 100+) and even at least one solo century.

This old girl and I have really been on some great rides. All over the South Shore of Boston down around Carver, Buzzards Bay and out to PTown. South Jersey around Mt Laurel area, and of course South Central PA between Harrisburg area and Boiling Springs and Carlisle.




PS. I loved it so much I bought a second Proto.
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