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Old 01-24-19, 07:17 AM
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New member from Toledo Ohio

I already introduced myself on the Vintage forum but thought I would do that here also (need some posts so I can post pics too). I also am vintage at 61 years old. I have been riding all my life. I live in a bit more urban area than I would like, as it is about 5 miles of moderate traffic and intersections until I hit some country. I can however negotiate this on mostly wider roads until I hit country. I have a couple urban bikes that make seeing the surrounding neighborhoods fun also on a Sunday morning. My dad used to take car rides "checking the crops" in the smaller town I grew up in.

I, unlike most here am a solo rider. I enjoy the peace and solitude with my thoughts. I like fine mechanical things, hence my recent purchase of a 1985 Centurion Ironman. I was drawn here while doing research mostly for another recently purchased Huffy (Raleigh) 3-speed. The great interest in the Ironman bikes made me join rather than remain a lurker.
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Old 01-25-19, 03:59 PM
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welcome!

I had a 1976 Centurion Super Le Mans, which had the old Suntour vgt-luxe derailleurs with (friction) bar end shifters. My first decent bike and I loved it. I guess it would be vintage now. Since I bought it when it was new that make me vintage too
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Welcome from another solo rider a bit north of you.
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Welcome from SW Ohio!

I used to spend time up there. The river road out to Grand Rapids and back used to be a nice ride. The bikeway going south from BG isn't bad either.
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Welcome! Lots of love for Ironman bikes on Bike Forums.
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Old 01-28-19, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by nomadmax View Post
Welcome from SW Ohio!

I used to spend time up there. The river road out to Grand Rapids and back used to be a nice ride. The bikeway going south from BG isn't bad either.
Yes. some nice roads out there by Grand Rapids. Popular on motorcycles also. Nice east of here also along the portage river north of Woodville Ohio too. Newer rail trails in NW Ohio too. I usually just ride from home, but I may have to start driving to a nicer area with bike in back of car. Not really my usual style but too nice of trails to miss. Thanks all for the warm welcomes.
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Originally Posted by bionicOldGuy View Post
I had a 1976 Centurion Super Le Mans, which had the old Suntour vgt-luxe derailleurs with (friction) bar end shifters. My first decent bike and I loved it. I guess it would be vintage now. Since I bought it when it was new that make me vintage too
I bought my first decent bike in perhaps the same year as you. It was a near new Schwinn Super Sport. Chrome Moly too. I have ridden it for 40 years. Grew up in small town of Fremont, so when you bought a bike, you went to the local dealer. I am just now as I near retirement enjoying some of the finer things. Your Super would be all I would need.
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Originally Posted by sd5782 View Post
I bought my first decent bike in perhaps the same year as you. It was a near new Schwinn Super Sport. Chrome Moly too. I have ridden it for 40 years. Grew up in small town of Fremont, so when you bought a bike, you went to the local dealer. I am just now as I near retirement enjoying some of the finer things. Your Super would be all I would need.
The super was my first lbs bike too. No more department store hunk of junks for me after that. Enjoy your retirement when the time comes.
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The super was my first lbs bike too. No more department store hunk of junks for me after that. Enjoy your retirement when the time comes.
Yep, the old SS is still a nice bike for casual sightseeing in the countryside
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Originally Posted by sd5782 View Post
I already introduced myself on the Vintage forum but thought I would do that here also (need some posts so I can post pics too). I also am vintage at 61 years old. I have been riding all my life. I live in a bit more urban area than I would like, as it is about 5 miles of moderate traffic and intersections until I hit some country. I can however negotiate this on mostly wider roads until I hit country. I have a couple urban bikes that make seeing the surrounding neighborhoods fun also on a Sunday morning. My dad used to take car rides "checking the crops" in the smaller town I grew up in.

I, unlike most here am a solo rider. I enjoy the peace and solitude with my thoughts. I like fine mechanical things, hence my recent purchase of a 1985 Centurion Ironman. I was drawn here while doing research mostly for another recently purchased Huffy (Raleigh) 3-speed. The great interest in the Ironman bikes made me join rather than remain a lurker.
Welcome!

I love that solo riding as well. This is my time with the solitude and peace and my thoughts... my thoughts exactly.
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Old 01-28-19, 02:07 PM
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Welcome!

I love that solo riding as well. This is my time with the solitude and peace and my thoughts... my thoughts exactly.
Kinda wonder how many of us there are that like the solo riding. I know that group rides and companionship are a big thing for most. Motorcycling same too. I would also guess the competition, groups, and organized stuff keeps people active in the sport, so that is fine too. Too each their own.
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Welcome - I spent a few months in Ridgeville corners for an internship. Toledo seems like the big city compared to that town!
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Old 02-25-19, 09:01 AM
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I have never been to Ridgeville Corners, but have been on highways both N and S of there. Yep, Toledo would be the "big" town comparatively. I actually grew up east of Toledo in the town of Fremont Ohio. I came to Toledo for college in the mid 70s, met my future wife, and the rest is history. Nice country out by Ridgeville Corners, and good biking area too.
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