Go Back  Bike Forums > Community Connections > Introductions
Reload this Page >

First Bike In Over Forty Years

Notices
Introductions Welcome to the BikeForums community! Please introduce yourself to other forum members here.

First Bike In Over Forty Years

Old 11-25-21, 08:37 PM
  #1  
Cratecruncher
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2021
Location: Centro de Tejas
Posts: 53

Bikes: '71 Italvega Nuovo Record, '10 Optima Baron

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)
Liked 39 Times in 16 Posts
First Bike In Over Forty Years

Yep, it's been a while since that Raleigh 10 speed back in 1978. I got my license to drive and never got on one again. That is until just recently when I started walking the neighborhood to get some exercise. "Walking sucks!" I thought. "I need a bike!" But not just any ol' Chinese plastic thing in a box from Walmart. I needed an old bike with lots of chrome and polished aluminum. My local Craig's list had lots of Walmart bikes but not much else. Then I saw it. A 1971 Italvega Nuovo Record reasonably priced! SCORE. Now I'm learning all about Campagnolo this and Stronglight that and having a lot of fun riding it too. That bike will really haul the mail. I can't believe how much ground I can cover in an hour. I live in downtown Austin where there are hike and bike trails everywhere and bike lanes on many of the streets. It's like discovering a whole different world I didn't even know about. You can see pics of the Italvega in my albums. (I'm still in newbie jail.)
Cratecruncher is offline  
Likes For Cratecruncher:
Old 11-25-21, 08:46 PM
  #2  
10 Wheels
Galveston County Texas
 
10 Wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: In The Wind
Posts: 32,498

Bikes: 02 GTO, 2011 Magnum

Mentioned: 18 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1184 Post(s)
Liked 848 Times in 411 Posts
Hello and Welcome from the Gulf Coast.
__________________
Fred "The Real Fred"

10 Wheels is offline  
Old 11-25-21, 09:44 PM
  #3  
SpedFast
Just Pedaling
 
SpedFast's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2021
Location: West Coast
Posts: 290
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 89 Post(s)
Liked 129 Times in 89 Posts
Welcome!
SpedFast is offline  
Old 11-25-21, 10:00 PM
  #4  
Rage
Space Ghost
 
Rage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: NYC
Posts: 1,692

Bikes: Bridgestone, Fuji, Iro, Jamis, Gary Fisher, GT, Scott, Specialized and more

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 267 Post(s)
Liked 364 Times in 290 Posts
Howdy! I’m excited for you. There’s a whole new world out there for you now.
Rage is offline  
Old 11-27-21, 02:51 PM
  #5  
grosey
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Mayo, Ireland
Posts: 13

Bikes: Planet X EC130

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 4 Posts
Welcome
grosey is offline  
Old 11-29-21, 11:36 PM
  #6  
bikertoqut
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Bikes can always make outdoors more fun!
bikertoqut is offline  
Old 11-30-21, 01:51 AM
  #7  
daywood 
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 21
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Liked 20 Times in 7 Posts
Welcome! Now that you’ve ridden it a bit, I hope you’re already planning the mods you’ll make and getting the itch to expand your stable. If so, you’ve come to the right place for ideas!
daywood is offline  
Old 11-30-21, 05:53 AM
  #8  
Paul Barnard
For The Fun of It
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Louisissippi Coast
Posts: 5,216

Bikes: Lynskey GR300, Lynskey Backroad, Litespeed T6, Lynskey MT29, Burley Duet

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1756 Post(s)
Liked 1,065 Times in 548 Posts
Welcome. My bicycle still transports me back to my youth. I hope yours does the same for you.
Paul Barnard is offline  
Old 11-30-21, 10:58 PM
  #9  
Cratecruncher
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2021
Location: Centro de Tejas
Posts: 53

Bikes: '71 Italvega Nuovo Record, '10 Optima Baron

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)
Liked 39 Times in 16 Posts
Originally Posted by daywood View Post
Welcome! Now that you’ve ridden it a bit, I hope you’re already planning the mods you’ll make and getting the itch to expand your stable. If so, you’ve come to the right place for ideas!
Absolutely! There are several things I'm already working on. I started a thread on my bike that I will keep updating as I go. My 1971 Italvega Thread
Cratecruncher is offline  
Old 12-07-21, 08:10 AM
  #10  
CallmeChester
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2021
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 12
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Had to look up pictures... that's a nice looking vintage bike!
CallmeChester is offline  
Old 12-09-21, 04:10 PM
  #11  
Cratecruncher
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2021
Location: Centro de Tejas
Posts: 53

Bikes: '71 Italvega Nuovo Record, '10 Optima Baron

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18 Post(s)
Liked 39 Times in 16 Posts
I've started a thread on my mechanical misadventures with the new-to-me Italvega Nuovo Record HERE if anybody is interested in a newb fixing up a fifty year old Italian bicycle.
Cratecruncher is offline  
Old 12-18-21, 07:43 AM
  #12  
Shortwave
This thing runs on beer.
 
Shortwave's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2021
Location: Central Louisiana
Posts: 14

Bikes: Origin8 Fix8 (Single Speed) 2020 Giant Stance 2

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked 13 Times in 3 Posts
Hello and welcome.
Shortwave is offline  
Old 12-18-21, 04:12 PM
  #13  
phobucket
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Bay Area, CA
Posts: 10

Bikes: Bianchi Eros

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
Congrats on the bike! Welcome to the forum.
phobucket is offline  
Old 12-23-21, 04:13 PM
  #14  
jcbadabing
Junior Member
 
jcbadabing's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2021
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 5

Bikes: Trek Marlin 6

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Your post was encouraging to me. The last bike I rode regularly was a Raleigh 10-speed that I bought in 1976. Closing in on retirement and wanted to get back into cycling, so also picked up a new ride. Went with a new Trek hardtail mtb as I cannot get comfortable on a drop bar bike and would like to be able to ride some trails. Best of luck with your bike restoration and riding!
jcbadabing is offline  
Old 12-23-21, 05:16 PM
  #15  
zandoval 
Senior Member
 
zandoval's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bastrop Texas
Posts: 2,999

Bikes: Univega, Peu P6, Peu PR-10, Ted Williams, Peu UO-8, Peu UO-18 Mixte, Peu Dolomites

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 409 Post(s)
Liked 579 Times in 396 Posts
Welcome... I'm from just down the road. Man it's been nice ridding these past few weeks... Fun, Fun, FUN!
__________________
No matter where your at... There you are... Δf:=f(1/2)-f(-1/2)
zandoval is offline  
Old 12-27-21, 08:35 AM
  #16  
bjjoondo 
Senior Member
 
bjjoondo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Colorado Springs, CO.
Posts: 2,103

Bikes: 2016 Terra Trike Rover X8

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
Liked 95 Times in 62 Posts
Welcome from Colorado Springs, CO. enjoy that vintage bike, although I'd have a hard time riding it at my age and health status, I'd LOVE to have my 72/73 Olmo Italian 10 speed racer back again, ENJOY the RIDE!

Mine was bright Yellow but this was my first serious bicycle I bought and rode in 71/73, would LOVE to find one again!!
__________________
Take Care, Ride Safe, have FUN! :)
Jo: 2014 Terra Trike Rambler
BJ: 2016 Terra Trike Rover X8






bjjoondo is offline  
Old 01-09-22, 10:50 AM
  #17  
Wildwood
Veteran, Pacifist
 
Wildwood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Seattle area
Posts: 11,802

Bikes: Bikes??? Thought this was social media?!?

Mentioned: 261 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3151 Post(s)
Liked 2,663 Times in 1,356 Posts
Looks like a good thread to post an early 70s Italian.

1972 Bottecchia Giro 'd Italia. The new rear tire is waiting to be glued when the old one gives out, which will be soon.
Wildwood is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.