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Old 12-15-20, 03:54 PM
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Spiritually and to some extent even physically, this has been a trying and draining year and I'll be glad to see the back of it. That being said I can't really complain as I have my, and my family's health, a job, bills paid, and food in the belly. I've ridden a lot but my mileage is down this year as my big chunks of miles are usually training for and participating in longer distance organized rides and rides with friends. I had gone a little quiescent on bike purchases for a while until this year though. New bikes include the Stars and Stripes Paletti Super Prestige, '81 Merckx Pro (still need to build it up), steel Ritchey Breakaway. I'm really looking forward to some traveling with the Ritchey. Sold my Moser and a catch and release Rossin. I was pleased a couple of days ago to get a message out of the blue from the Rossin buyer to tell me how happy he is with the bike and that he's "riding the crap out of it". Made me smile.

Highlight of the year, like most years, was getting together in late Feb with BF buds for riding in Arizona just before the Covid door slammed shut.



I'll also add pandemic got me to dust off my C+V guitar and do a lot of shredding with that!

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Old 12-15-20, 03:55 PM
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Somewhere someone should be going lickety split.
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Old 12-15-20, 03:59 PM
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2020 was the year I bought Italian carbon, learned it was laid up in Taiwan, and bought another, that really is laid up in Italy. Just because.
2020 was the year I gathered all my stuff for Brazen Dropouts (to get rid of it all) and Brazen Dropouts was cancelled. Will try again in 2021.
2020 was/is my longest riding year, at 4,157 and counting. 2021 will have me skipping most organized group rides. New ventures await.
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Old 12-16-20, 12:02 PM
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Well, before 2020 I didn't collect old bikes. Now I do. I've learned a lot, discovered what kind of bikes I really enjoy, met some great people, and haven't made too many costly mistakes along the way. I'm excited to move on to the next phase of collecting. When I started I couldn't really understand why someone might move along a bike they cherished, why they might trade a bike, or sell something without getting the maximum price. I'm getting there. 2021 will clearly be a year of finishing builds and clearing out parts boxes.

TWO Appels...lucky
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I'm happy that we've missed significant impact from COVID which many have not been as fortunate. I serve with a non profit that works with at risk youth using cycling as our connection. Unfortunately season was shortened because of COVID but we did get about 6 weeks of riding in. It is so rewarding to start with a young person who has little to no cycling experience and see then riding with a group at 16 to 18 miles an hour.

2020 began with the dismantling of my 1982 Merckx with the plans for a modern build and to get the bars a little closer and higher. The Super Record parts were sold here with the group going to Mad Honk who was amazing to work with. I was please that the group went to someone who would enjoy using the. Then out of the blue PCB posted a a mid-80's Spectrum in my size with a short top tube, just what the doctor ordered. So in the far end of a Target parking lot somewhere in New Jersey we made a trade the 82 Merckx frame for the Spectrum. I am putting the parts together for a modern build. It won't be as pretty as PCB's build but it will be a wonderful rider for me.

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Spectrum partially done


What I'm most thankful for is that my wife and I are able to spend time together riding our tandem.


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Old 12-16-20, 01:45 PM
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A surprising number of things long stuck in amber got rolling in 2020. The '73 Raleigh Competition/De Selby project had been stalled since September 2019, but I got rolling on it again this August, building up wheels and putting together my first Dingle Drive fixed-gear bike that lets me switch from a 70-in pavement fixed-gear to a 60-in gravel fixed gear in <30 seconds.



But wait - I had another 531-tubed Raleigh from 1973, a bare Gran Sport frame acquired for $50 shipped. And could I make it work under Clunker Challenge 100 guidelines? Well ... yes. And the jury is still out on its next incarnation ...


But then that led me to reexamining the stable, where the '74 Allegro hung on its pegs. And every time I would decide it was time to part it out and sell it, I would put it on the rack, pause to look at it - and after staring at it transfixed for several minutes I would sigh and put it back on its pegs. It occurred to me that I had never really ridden this bike anywhere, so I took it out for a long Sunday ride. And now its a keeper, period.


All of the above happened against a background of suddenly, abruptly shaking off inertia and passivity and starting to ride again in June and slowly building back up. There came a day when I looked at my beloved Mercian Vincitore and put it back to rights and started riding it again, seriously, for the first time in years, riding routes I hadn't been on in years.



Then I replaced the MKS Sylvan track pedals with some Egg Beaters and didn't die.


Then the next thing I knew I was riding before dawn and taking longer rides on weekends and forcing myself up the single nastiest, steepest climb in the county on a 70-in fixed-gear. I wound up with 1100 miles between June and the end of November, which might not sound like much, but it's the most miles I've ridden in one year since our children arrived in 2008.

2020 was also the year I finally released an album (or here or here or other streaming services) and I took advantage of the local online music drive to play publicly again for the first time in many years - I sound vintage and classic, does that count?
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2020 was also the year I finally released an album here .
Congrats. Sounds good. Sounds live and raw. That pic above might make for a nice album cover.
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Old 12-16-20, 02:36 PM
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2020 allowed me time and renewed excitement to complete a frame I had always wanted to build. It would have been in my friends booth at the NAHBS show in Dallas but we all know how that turned out....


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Originally Posted by rustystrings61 View Post
I wound up with 1100 miles between June and the end of November, which might not sound like much, but it's the most miles I've ridden in one year since our children arrived in 2008.
Good for you!

I'm in a similar situation, including children just recently old enough that going out for a ride doesn't mean that my wife has extra burden because she's watching them. I just checked and I apparently need 11 miles to reach 1k in 2020. That might include fake miles on the rollers, but the 65kft of climbing is all real.

A big change from last year, where job pressure and knee issues kept me to 170 miles total.

May good riding continue in 2021, as at least one positive aspect of 2020 for many of us!
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2020 was different in that I didn't buy any bikes but I did try to sell a couple. Ended up breaking them both up and selling the parts; because I was unable to find buyers for the frames, one is going to become a "project to be revealed later" and the other? I don't know yet, but framesets are easier to store than full bikes so for now they both reside under my bed.

After nearly a year running Suntour/Sugino on the Casati I put it back to Campy and sold off all the other stuff. I bought very little this year besides consumables; I stocked up on my favorite tire throughout the year whenever I discovered them at good prices:



But the best score of the year? This:



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2020 was...interesting. The season began with hopes that I'd be enjoying my new International commuter build. Exactly one ride to the office before we went virtual. At least it supported my weekly grocery runs.


I spent spring and summer riding around NYC. Empty Times Square, Closed Coney Island, no crowds on the Brooklyn Bridge, Park Avenue with no cars...it was in equal parts enjoyable and eerie. Most of my riding was on my Pro Mk. I


During the summer my son took to riding the 1966 Sports I gave him after he was laid off from his barista gig. He quickly asked for something lighter so I got to do another townie conversion. Glad to say he likes the bike and is back at work.


After things started to open up in late summer my wife and I got away to Maine and Vermont. I took my Mercian along.

We've been returning to Vermont twice a month since September. I enjoyed many miles of dirt and gravel roads on the Mk. I. This week they got 20+ inches of snow, so next time I'll bring my skis.


rhm modded a B17 Flyer into an Imperial for me. He works just a few blocks from my office. It was an easy ride from home to pick it up and meet him f2f. The saddle's a pleasure on some of the rough stuff.


So yeah, 2020. See ya. Mostly I can't complain but really, that's quite enough.
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Finally finished my 1958 Rabeneick 120d...


Bought an early sixties Torpado Professional that will be restored next summer...


Was given another Torpado that I am restoring right now...


And got myself another Marinoni...


And now I am freezing my butt off. This is my first winter in many years. Burrrrr! Pooey stinko! This is where I was when this virus thing started...
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2020 will go down as the year I mastered my chronic "Francovelophobia" ( fear of French bicycles ) and bought a French bike for the first time in 22 years. It was followed in rapid succession by 3 more! Now if I can just figure out the correct pronunciation of Gitane. I've heard a dozen different variations, so far I'm going with "jzee tahn".
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This has been a year of learning C&V bikes. I've ridden off-and-on since the 70's but always replaced/upgraded. I've always wanted a "classic steel" bike with Campy NR/SR since the time they were considered new bikes. So in June I took the plunge and also learned about this forum (which has either saved me or corrupted me, depends on your view).

What I've learned from a combination of this forum and trial and error:

Don't inflate 27x1 1/4 tires to 80PSI unless you have hooked rims or you like loud surprises.
Tubulars aren't as scary as I thought.
There are more bikes out there than just the Italian racing bikes I coveted in my youth
Even Campy high flange hubs can be French threaded so be careful (I'm glad I learned this on the forum as opposed to the hard way, since my wheels were French threaded).
There's a million things that can cause skipping on the rear freewheel, but most likely it is the freewheel (but if you are waiting for 6 weeks for a French threaded freewheel to arrive from Italy it gives you things to tinker on).
I can actually do a reasonable rattle-can paint job if I take my time.
Polishing bike parts is a great thing to do while watching a football game in the garage.
Scanning eBay when you've been drinking can cause additional bike parts to show up at your house.

Not the best year in generally, but on the riding and C&V front it was a stand-out year.

My first purchase was a 1976 Colnago Super

Next was a ~1972 Gitane Grand Tusirsme

Last week I picked up a 1971 Bob Jackson
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A little more riding this year only because my daughters softball season and college recruiting trips came to an abrupt halt. Ended up the year at N =0. Got rid of one bike and picked up another.

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@SwimmerMike

There is only enlightenment grasshopper, you have been saved from the corruption of your previous ways.

Quite a size spread you've got going there, love the BJ, looks like a big one, glad you found your way.
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Originally Posted by SwimmerMike View Post
This has been a year of learning C&V bikes. I've ridden off-and-on since the 70's but always replaced/upgraded. I've always wanted a "classic steel" bike with Campy NR/SR since the time they were considered new bikes. So in June I took the plunge and also learned about this forum (which has either saved me or corrupted me, depends on your view).

What I've learned from a combination of this forum and trial and error:

Don't inflate 27x1 1/4 tires to 80PSI unless you have hooked rims or you like loud surprises.
Tubulars aren't as scary as I thought.
There are more bikes out there than just the Italian racing bikes I coveted in my youth
Even Campy high flange hubs can be French threaded so be careful (I'm glad I learned this on the forum as opposed to the hard way, since my wheels were French threaded).
There's a million things that can cause skipping on the rear freewheel, but most likely it is the freewheel (but if you are waiting for 6 weeks for a French threaded freewheel to arrive from Italy it gives you things to tinker on).
I can actually do a reasonable rattle-can paint job if I take my time.
Polishing bike parts is a great thing to do while watching a football game in the garage.
Scanning eBay when you've been drinking can cause additional bike parts to show up at your house.

Not the best year in generally, but on the riding and C&V front it was a stand-out year.

My first purchase was a 1976 Colnago Super

Next was a ~1972 Gitane Grand Tusirsme

Last week I picked up a 1971 Bob Jackson
This forum will send you in the direction you are currently headed. I joined 4-5 years ago and, like you , have been riding my classic racer since I bought it new in the seventies. I now , since being active in this forum, own bikes ( I am not going to countthem)I could only dream about in the seventies. Like you, I added a Colnago to the stable, a 1975 Super from a fellow member on this forum. The parallels are not coincidental, it comes with the territory!
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@SwimmerMike

There is only enlightenment grasshopper, you have been saved from the corruption of your previous ways.

Quite a size spread you've got going there, love the BJ, looks like a big one, glad you found your way.
@merziac I made the rookie mistake when I started down this path. I purchased the Colnago in the same size as my carbon fiber bike. I was able to get a setup I liked (similar to my other bikes) but it meant maxing the seat post and having a pretty steep seat to bar drop (It works and I like it (which is all that matters) but I do realize that it will be limiting as I get older). The Gitane, was bought for a couple of parts, then I learned the Grand Tourisme is pretty rare so I decided to give it a whirl . It's about a cm smaller than the Colnago, but that is enough, especially on a touring bike, to make it too small (Now that I learned more of what I like/need it's going to make an exit if I can find someone that would enjoy it more than I do). I decided that the next purchase needed to be at a 60cm +/- 1cm to give me the classic C&V type fit (Not quite a French fit). Thus the Bob Jackson purchase last week. Still working on it but I have put 70+ miles on it between wrenching on it.
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My best of 2020 is joining the C&V ranks, finally fixing up and getting riding on my Ironman, after nearly a decade of lurking (and time in the Recreational and Family forum).

​​​​​​Story here https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...ion-story.html

I enjoyed the process enough to start a second C&V project... (reinforced).

My goal had been to do an easy (organized) century this summer. inspired by the HHH discussion on the Ironman thread, I targeted Aug 29th, and to do it on the Ironman, requiring more commitment to flexibility and strength. 8/29 turned out to be a "Stay inside, avoid activity due to smoke" day, but I rode 63 miles and 44kft, a milestone for me. On the Ironman!

....he asks "So, are you a collector too?"

I guess I am now!
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Rode a lot.
Enjoyed more time with Mrs. Doc and my grandkids.
Rode more.
And then took a ride.
Bought and set up a high end indoor trainer, complete with Ironman.
And then took another ride.
Ironman Empire.
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Sold 5, acquired 3.

Brought a dead Ironman back to life:

and rode like a teenager again.

Top
A pattern emerges.
Ironman.

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Originally Posted by scooterpants View Post
2020 allowed me time and renewed excitement to complete a frame I had always wanted to build. It would have been in my friends booth at the NAHBS show in Dallas but we all know how that turned out....


Also posted on American Builders on FB.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
BF presents.
Ironman Empire builds.
We will not be underestimated.
You are making me wish I had driven the 70 minutes to buy the Ironman, in Sept, that was all original, a great deal, and exactly like the one I already had...
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2020 is a year which we are looking to put behind us but. speaking personally, it has not been all bad. I have never before ridden so much with my wife, since neither of us has much else to do. Packing a picnic and heading out for a ride has become something we look forward to a couple times a week.


I flirted briefly with the idea of being a "collector" while building the Raleigh "Intercourse" and restoring my "good" International to showroom spec. but decided that was a dumb idea since I then never rode the best bike I have. I gave the Intercourse to my brother (who loves it) and put the International back to the clubman-tribute configuration that I like and have been enjoying it. The one change I made that cost something was to address my anxiety that my Campy NR cranks were going to break and leave me injured the way a friend of mine was when his broke.



I had been watching the 'Bay for a nice set of Campagnolo Sport steel cranks to come along for less than $100 and finally my wish was answered for $89. My NR set was without cracks and probably would have remained so for the rest of my life but I was tired of worrying about it and the Sport set is just SO pretty and the steel arms kind of fit with the whole clubman-era tribute thing that I can't get over. So there you have it. I have to say I have also really enjoyed participating in the BF C&V conversation - incredible knowledge here, I have learned so much and I also really enjoy the occasional sense of humor that you folks bring to what has been for so many, a really difficult year. Thank you!
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