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Old 06-26-19, 05:07 AM
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Bikes come and go. I have no sentimental attachments to any of them. I do have regrets about not buying certain bikes though. For instance, I had a chance to buy one of Sheldon Brown's personal bikes and I dragged my feet. I've been kicking myself ever since.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
I did just sell all but one of my bikes. This is the one that I kept...
Love it! Looks like you updated/upgraded the front derailleur from the Gran Sport pushrod (can't really blame you on that ). All three of my Capos are near-contemporaries of your Legnano, and I am restoring one with almost all of the original components. I like the handling, comfort, and versatility of sports touring and racing frames of that era.
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Old 06-26-19, 05:54 AM
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Bike I sold, regretted selling, wound up eventually re-purchasing and will keep from now on - my 1976 Puch Royal X that I got new in '78. It helps that it rides and handles beautifully and it's not just a sentimental thing. Shown here before I fitted a lovely Cyclone/VXs hybridized rear derailleur and re-wrapped the bars with some black cloth tape -



Bike I most regret selling and still miss? What was probably a c.1971 Raleigh Competition or Gran Sport, so identified by the headbadge hole spacing and the traces of white and lagoon blue paint under the many layers of brown interior latex and flat black Krylon coating it. I plucked it from a trash heap at the side of the road because I had seen the sunset picking out the curve of a dropped handlebar among the branches and cardboard boxes. Despite the bad paint and the rust parts still clamped to it, it was 531 with Nervex lugs, in my size, with great geometry. It was my favorite mad scientist test bed bike, and I ran it as a single-speed with 27-in wheels, a 14-speed with 700C wheels and eventually set it up as a fixed-gear, where it excelled. It became my commuter and was perfect in that role - until space considerations at home and a change in policy at work allowing me to keep my bike indoors led me to conclude I only needed my nice fixed-gear, and I foolishly, stupidly, most regrettably sold the Raleigh to some guy in Canada. That was really dumb, because that bike was simply FUN. It was last seen wearing flat black barbecue grill paint, Stronglight 93s with a home-drilled 42T ring, Weinmann 730 sidepulls, and Module E 700C rims laced to a low-flange Maillard front hub and a high-flange Maillard track hub with a hollow axle and a q/r skewer in back.
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I gave my beloved 57cm 1980 Peugeot PKN-10 to my elder son, because, as much as I really liked the frame, it was one size too long and too tall for me. Now that he has recovered from surgery for a torn patellar tendon, he can start riding it again. We had to trade Audi A4s (his 2002 for my 1996) for awhile because he couldn't push a clutch pedal, but that has become part of his rehab. The PKN-10 had a delightful geometry, including adequate clearance for full-size 700Cx28 tires, such as Specialized Armadillos. The craftsmanship and finish were not as pretty as my Bianchi's, but the Peugeot was slightly more stable and relaxing to ride.
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Old 06-26-19, 06:30 AM
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Wish I never sold this crescent... I think I let it go for around $100 because I was broke and not riding anymore...
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I upgraded a Miyata to downtube shifters, new cassette and chain. I donated it to a local bike charity. Ive never found a bike since that fit so well and there's a lot to the "steel is real" mantra. Miyatas are so under rated.
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Old 06-26-19, 07:45 AM
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Only one not selling is this one.
I'm honoring the promise I made to my LBS [that gave it to me for free, but not in this shape] that I wouldn't sell it.
Plus, I like it. I only ride it a few times a year, as the components don't always quite cooperate.
Please ignore the pedals - I do have the correct ones. And it also now sports the @iab "Cinelli" tubular bag.
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Old 06-26-19, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by mlau View Post
Hi C&V gents,

I've been thinking of downsizing from two bikes (Miyata 1000LT and Brompton), to just my Brompton.
However, I keep feeling like I'd totally regret selling my Miyata.
It's a lovely, supple ride that gets more stable loaded.

Do you have bikes that you'll never sell? Or bikes you regret selling?
in this crowd 2 bikes is not a lot

I would be hesitant to let the Miyata go, as they are getting hard to find and if the OP ever wants to do touring or longer rides it is a better set up and the thoughts of regret are there

That said, The OP's bikes fit two different needs.... a folding easy to store, transport, multimode commute bike and a world class touring bike

If the OP can do everything he/she wants with the Brompton then let the Miyata go.......if not keep it


My approach to bike is to have a role

roles are
  • "Best" bike ride every day and long weekend rides
  • C&V bike that qualifies for eroica (and is backup to the best bike)
  • Utility, fendered, with rack do errands, commute in the rain, etc bike, leave out and jump on and go for errands

my bikes that match are
  • 90/91 De Rosa with 105 5800 group (brifters 50/34 etc)
  • 84 Team Miyata with mix of original and close to period correct Dura Ace
  • 82 Nishki, set up for upright rideing with north style bars, fenders, 1x8 gearing, rack
So any new bikes mean moving one of these bikes along.......and here would be kind of the grail set up (until it changes )
  • Kirk Custom road bike, focus on light and fast Dura ace
  • 84 Team Miyata with mix of original and close to period correct Dura Ace
  • Kirk custom Montana Road bike with racks, fenders room for 32 mm tires, ultegra ...maybe disk
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Old 06-26-19, 12:14 PM
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I really like my Gazelle. I don't currently have the money to throw at something I'd consider nice enough to replace it. It just fits me right. I'll likely change out the shimergo drivetrain and go one direction or the other someday.

I have sold a Peugeot PH501 and given away a Stumpjumper Comp. Neither fit all that well. The modifications I made helped a little, but in the end, they just didn't ride the way I wanted them to.
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Sold a '79 Miyata 912 due to economic situation but I have regretted that sale ever since.
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I was just speaking to my wife about this yesterday. I have two Treks, neither of which I plan to part with. '79 930 and '80 414.
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Old 06-26-19, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
I did just sell all but one of my bikes. This is the one that I kept...
I love seeing another Legnano with SPDs. That's my blue one above. The toe clips, straps and Campy quills are for Eroica only, and go back in the bin right after, to be replaced by SPDs for real riding. 👍
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I built a frame a year and a half ago- thats the only bike I have that would be a hard pass on selling.

All my C&V bikes are nice quality tubing, good components, etc- but none are rare/collectible. I built them up as quality riders and thats what they are. As such, I like them a lot, but could absolutely see selling them to help fund another project. Even in 63/64/65cm size, quality frames are continually being offered for sale here and elsewhere on the internet. I am not without a project if I want one and selling a bike to help fund that project is worth it to me.
Trying something new is part of what I like- whether its a new brand, new tubing, new geometry- whatever the differences are, its part of what I like. So having a slow steady stream of bikes coming in means having a slow steady stream of bikes going out since about 8 personal bikes is my limit for realistic space and potential to enjoy.



What I wont sell...
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Originally Posted by davester View Post
You beat me to it!

Actually, the one bike I can't see ever selling is my Ron Cooper. I had the frame custom built to my specifications in 1981. It's probably the first and last bike I'll ever buy new. I still love riding it.
You may have told me once where you got it, but I forget...I know Tony Tom sold a lot of those, and we moved a few out at Diablo Bike when I was wrenching.
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The one I'd sell only to keep a roof over my family's head:



The one I think about regretting, but don't because I know it's in a good home and getting ridden a lot:

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At this point I don't think I can sell my 1993 Paramount R50 mountain bike. I bought it new. I took it on my only trip to Moab in 1993 and my stepson bolted an xtracycle on it and rode it cross country back around 2005 or so. It rides great and it has too many memories in it to part with it now. The only problem is that my 25 year old back could handle a large drop to the bars and my 51 year old back cannot. So, I had a custom stem built and now I am just waiting for the world to dry out a bit so I can test the new stem. This weekend is looking promising.
You might want to consider some Jones H-bars.

They're designed specifically for that purpose...sorta like a cross between aero bars and granny bars.
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You might want to consider some Jones H-bars.

They're designed specifically for that purpose...sorta like a cross between aero bars and granny bars.
I have a set of Soma Clarence on there now and they are somewhat similar to the Jones Bar. I have a Clarence on another bike so I know I like them. The Jones Bar is my likely second choice if it turns out I just can't make the Clarence work on this bike. With my new stem I have all the rise I need.
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This one's going nowhere until after I've stopped breathing. Oodles of sentimental value, and the ride is the icing on the cake.



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I regret selling my 1972 Peugeot PX-10 to my ex girlfriend. She kept it for about a month and decided it was too big. Then, she traded it for some crummy assed Peugeot gas pipe POS with a cottered crank that fit. Jeeeeeez........
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"Do you have bikes that you'll never sell?"

I have the last Schwinn Passage made in America.

Not sure of the year, but I`m guessing mid to late 1980`s.

Always loved that bike, and have a ton of memories on it.

I would never get what it it`s worth to me, so when I die my kids can do what they want with it. It`s still in excellent shape. Always liked the 40 spoke rear hub.






Schwinn Passage

Light, versatile and comfortable. The Passage smooths out weekend excusions and afternoon jaunts.

  • Braze-on features include 3 water bottle bosses, cantilever brakes, pump peg and rear carrier bosses, with blackburk rack attached.
  • Huret Duro-Par rear derailleur, a favorite among tourists world wide because of its smooth shifting, particularly with the Huret ratchet shift levers.
  • Columbus tubing and special touring geometry make this a smooth performer.
  • Sealed mechanism hubs and 40-spoke rear hub keep rolling, mile after mile after mile.
  • Frame sizes available, 19", 21", 23" and 25".
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However, I keep feeling like I'd totally regret selling my Miyata.
So long as you're riding it, why get rid of it? I'd only ditch a bike that I rarely used.
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So long as you're riding it, why get rid of it? I'd only ditch a bike that I rarely used.
I guess a sense of angst over my mortality, and a misguided drive towards minimalism.
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Px10

Interesting I had the exact buke; purchased in the same year
I swapped out a lot of the original parts for Campy parts
Great bike!
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I regret selling my 1972 Peugeot PX-10 to my ex girlfriend. She kept it for about a month and decided it was too big. Then, she traded it for some crummy assed Peugeot gas pipe POS with a cottered crank that fit. Jeeeeeez........
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I guess a sense of angst over my mortality, and a misguided drive towards minimalism.
Also, I only use it once every few months.
The brompton...is in my front porch and can easily pop in my car.
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Only my old BMX, USA made early stuff, JMC, DG, CW, GT. I have always been pretty picky about my bikes but have bought some for clean up or good deals I needed stuff from. Moved some on. My regrets are a few I passed on, but sometimes you have to many projects etc.
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