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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wheel with a spare I had hanging in the garage, flipped the stem, and adjusted the brakes a little and removed a couple outdated accessories the previous owner had left on the bike.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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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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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wheel with a spare I had hanging in the garage, flipped the stem, and adjusted the brakes a little and removed a couple outdated accessories the previous owner had left on the bike.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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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
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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Old 07-31-19, 10:08 PM
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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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The practical bike and the fun bike.


2013 Norco CityGlide w/ Nexus 8




2012 Schwinn "Speedster" Willy (1-speed 38/16)

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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...

Originally Posted by noglider View Post
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)

Cheers, Eric
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Old 08-13-19, 08:20 AM
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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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Old 08-13-19, 10:05 AM
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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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Old 08-13-19, 11:37 PM
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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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Old 08-14-19, 07:20 AM
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Here are my current "bikes"(no pic of the Giant OCR)....Ride Safe everyone





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This old people like to get dirty
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Don't know why but I couldn't update my post above to include pics of my Giant OCR and an actual pic of my Langster.....

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Old 08-17-19, 12:56 PM
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Put this 2016 Gallium together to replace a well-loved 11-year-old Merckx CHM, whose seat tube had disintegrated right at the top. I'm liking it and riding nearly every day, as much as my body allows at 69.
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The 2002 Mercian Vincitore fixed-gear (seen here on a Dos Eno 17/19T freewheel) -


- and the 1971 Gitane Tour de France fixed-conversion that gets all the Summertime early morning love -



- and the 1976 Puch Royal X that I still believe is my old one from way back somehow back home to me, like ol' Bodger in The Incredible Journey - photo taken before I replaced the Shimano 600 EX with a SunTour Cyclone mated to a VXs cage -

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1976 Motobecane Grand Touring
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64 and never stop riding

New to the forum, as mentioned about to retire in December and decided to refurbish my 1990's Schwinn Beach Cruiser vs buy new. I know how this one feels and rides so it made since! Everything is new except the frame, rims and derailleur. I cleaned "everything" and put some mid-rise (9") handlebars, mini chrome fenders and an old Wheaties Cereal mini license plate TX 1954 (year I was born) on it to trick it out a little!


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^^^^ Looks like fun. The license plate is cool!
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New to the forum, as mentioned about to retire in December and decided to refurbish my 1990's Schwinn Beach Cruiser vs buy new. I know how this one feels and rides so it made since! Everything is new except the frame, rims and derailleur. I cleaned "everything" and put some mid-rise (9") handlebars, mini chrome fenders and an old Wheaties Cereal mini license plate TX 1954 (year I was born) on it to trick it out a little!
I am really diggin the fenders. Oh and the License Plate. I was born in '54 also.
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