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Old 08-23-19, 12:22 PM
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I was stationed in Germany 74-76 US Army. I had a Motobecane and a group of us would take weekend trips through an area known as Little Switzerland. Great times! First Motobecane I've seen since then. Brought back old memories!
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Old 08-23-19, 09:01 PM
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Today I rode my Colnago!





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Old 08-24-19, 07:59 AM
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That Colnago looks great!
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Old 08-24-19, 09:38 AM
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Fuji ALTAMIRA Team Special Edition

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Old 08-24-19, 02:12 PM
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Greetings, here are some older bikes ridden by my wife and I, 20 miles today on a couple of them.



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Old 08-28-19, 05:51 AM
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Originally Posted by daverup View Post
Greetings, here are some older bikes ridden by my wife and I, 20 miles today on a couple of them.



My wife has a Centurion mixte, and loves it. Great bike!

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Old 08-28-19, 06:50 AM
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My wife has a Centurion mixte, and loves it. Great bike!
That's a nice one!
I just finished converting my wife's to center pull brakes, here's a couple of pics.

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Schwinn Cruiser

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^^^^ Looks like fun. The license plate is cool!
It's a very comfortable rider, thanks!
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Old 08-28-19, 07:09 AM
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That's a nice one!
I just finished converting my wife's to center pull brakes, here's a couple of pics.
What model/year is that? Ours is a 1984 LeMans 12.
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Old 08-28-19, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by kross57 View Post
What model/year is that? Ours is a 1984 LeMans 12.
Ours is an 81/ LeMans Mixte 12
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Old 08-28-19, 09:46 AM
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Giant TCR.....

A dream!!!
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Old 09-01-19, 10:50 AM
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My new ride



My battleship
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Originally Posted by camjr View Post


1976 Motobecane Grand Touring
You don't see cable guides like that often. There was a thread on C&V about these cable guides. This is a neat bike.
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Old 09-02-19, 10:40 AM
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The same titanium I've been riding for the last 16 years...
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Old 09-02-19, 01:20 PM
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Cinelli Vigorelli

Had my local shop put my Cinelli Vigorelli together.
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Old 09-02-19, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
You don't see cable guides like that often. There was a thread on C&V about these cable guides. This is a neat bike.
Thanks. I recently had the old French threaded bottom bracket rebuilt and all the bearings repacked in the hubs and headset as well. I asked them while the shop had it apart to replace the cables, and they replaced the corroded and rusted original cable guides on the top tube with these Shimano side frame guides. The bike has been in my family since purchased new in 1976, and it rides beautifully.
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Old 09-02-19, 07:39 PM
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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.
Your 'ugly' bike is pretty cool! I remember a local rider would get a new racing frame, like a nice Cinelli, Masi or whatnot, then rattle spray paint it and the components in the most hideous way so that you didn't know what it was unless doing a close inspection. He said he never had his bikes stolen when 'prepped' this way! He would ride them to school, work store, etc. and not secure it while away.
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Old 09-02-19, 07:59 PM
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Congratulations. So nice!

Please post this in the Fixed Gear/Singlespeed forum.

https://www.bikeforums.net/singlespe...thread-13.html

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Had my local shop put my Cinelli Vigorelli together.
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Old 09-03-19, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by camjr View Post
Thanks. I recently had the old French threaded bottom bracket rebuilt and all the bearings repacked in the hubs and headset as well. I asked them while the shop had it apart to replace the cables, and they replaced the corroded and rusted original cable guides on the top tube with these Shimano side frame guides. The bike has been in my family since purchased new in 1976, and it rides beautifully.
I recently rebuilt an early 70s Fuji Finest. It originally came with those Shimano side cable guides. If you look at the first first two pics, you'll see them. They're pretty rare.

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...ld-thread.html
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Old 09-03-19, 07:36 AM
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Early 70s Fuji Finest

I just rebuilt an early 70s (likely a '70-71) Fuji Finest. I built it up with a triple (SR Apex 86 bcd crank with 48/38/28 rings) because I plan on taking it to Wisconsin soon to ride some hills (and they have some serious hills there,

I rode the bike around 80 miles over the Labor Day weekend. I'd forgotten how nicely a cyclone rear derailleur shifts on a new winner freewheel and how good suntour barcons are. The bike is just fun to ride.

I built the bike up old school with cloth tape, leather saddle, toe clips and straps. The old ways may not be as good as some of the new but they still work well.





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Old 09-03-19, 10:24 AM
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Thank you. I did, posted the bike here on the fixedgear & singlespeed forum.
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Congratulations. So nice!

Please post this in the Fixed Gear/Singlespeed forum.

https://www.bikeforums.net/singlespe...thread-13.html
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Old 09-03-19, 01:10 PM
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Got into cycling a few months ago. Have several bikes that I picked up, but this is my favorite.

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Old 09-03-19, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I just rebuilt an early 70s (likely a '70-71) Fuji Finest. I built it up with a triple (SR Apex 86 bcd crank with 48/38/28 rings) because I plan on taking it to Wisconsin soon to ride some hills (and they have some serious hills there,

I rode the bike around 80 miles over the Labor Day weekend. I'd forgotten how nicely a cyclone rear derailleur shifts on a new winner freewheel and how good suntour barcons are. The bike is just fun to ride.

I built the bike up old school with cloth tape, leather saddle, toe clips and straps. The old ways may not be as good as some of the new but they still work well.
Looks nice! What tubing is it made of? Did they have Tange back then?
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Old 09-03-19, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by big john View Post
Looks nice! What tubing is it made of? Did they have Tange back then?
I don't know when Tange (or Ishiwata) got started. The tubing is double butted seamless chrome moly but that's all I know. The frame is completely chromed underneath the paint.

It looks like the chrome moly tubing set Fuji used (usually marked 331) was proprietary:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...31-tubing.html


I need to track down one of these stickers for my bike:

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