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Old 12-21-17, 07:48 AM
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How many use a vintage bicycle to commute on?

i just picked up another old steel bike that i will probably do some commuting on. (its a sickness) just wondered how many other folks enjoyed using old bikes for real transportation.
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My main commuter bike is a 1970-ish Falcon that is set up as a three speed with a Soma 'Lauterwasser' bar. But I often ride other bikes, just for the heck of it... most of them vintage.

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My main commuter bike is a 1970-ish Falcon that is set up as a three speed with a Soma 'Lauterwasser' bar. But I often ride other bikes, just for the heck of it... most of them vintage.

awesome ride! plus i love the old bikes staying on the road.

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if '70s, '80s & '90s quality then, add me to the list. if you're a bike aficionado, then it's fun to try different bikes. kinda like Jay Leno likes different cars I guess?
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Mine is not even 50 years old and a bit too young for vintage appeal, but I like it because it's very well made, better than most younger bikes. And it's not particularly interesting to thieves.
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I've commute on this bike but it's not my commuter. At less than 40 years old it's just borderline 'vintage'.

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I use a 1981 Koga Miyata Full Pro as my daily commuter
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Sure, when it is dry. A 1980 Miyata 610 when I am in the mood to add miles. My 1955 Murray if I am heading straight in.
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one of my previous bikes was 84 trek 620 with drum brakes, frame was a little large but a very comfy ride
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The fork is all that's left of my '98 Fuji (frame replaced under warranty in 2007). Since that part is from the last millennium, does it count as vintage?
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I've commute on this bike but it's not my commuter. At less than 40 years old it's just borderline 'vintage'.

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My main commuter bike is a 1970-ish Falcon that is set up as a three speed with a Soma 'Lauterwasser' bar. But I often ride other bikes, just for the heck of it... most of them vintage.
I have a 1970 Falcon I got from my dad. I commuted on it once. ONCE. Too small for me, terrible centerpull brakes, geared too high for my hills. Just no fun.

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My newest bike is from 1991, so all of my commuting is on C&V bikes.
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I've been commuting in Manhattan since 2014. At first I rode my '71 PX-10, last season I switched to my '66 Sports.



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awesome bikes. and anything old enough to vote ought to be considered vintage in my book. hell, cars rarely last 20 years. bikes are so cool because 20 years is nothing.
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I've commute on this bike but it's not my commuter. At less than 40 years old it's just borderline 'vintage'.
Is that a Colnago?
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There are usually about 10 or so bikes in the bike cage where I work. Mine is older, and I usually see a Kuwahara Caravan in there. Others are newer bikers (Giant, Kona, Trek, Norco), and one e-bike. So at my workplace about 20% are older bikes. Unless it is bike to work week, in which case I don't know.
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Is that a Colnago?
It's a Gardin--locally made by Joe Gardin. Decals removed by some dumb teenager...wait, that was me.
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Occasionally commute on my '86 Gazelle, fixed for old school training.

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I did most of the summer on my dawes this year...



Now its wetter and colder i'm back to a choice of the 1990 emmelle mountain bike (which fits me perfectly so although its worthless I love riding it!)



or my old and ratty post bike abomination which is really comfy but horribly heavy and slow, but fun on a santa ride ...


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My regular commuter is a 1982 Schwinn World Tourist with an early 1960's Sturmey Archer AW hub and other parts from here and there. It's showing no signs of slowing down. Maybe I could figure out the average age of my bike. And I just did a single speed conversion on a 1985 Schwinn frame using a 1960's Bendix hub, which I use for commuting on nice days.
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I don't, but the guy that inspired my "I should do that" moment was either riding a vintage bike, or a Rivendale. Either way he reminded my a motorcycling friends that rode vintage bikes and started the process to becoming a bike commuter.
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I have a 1970 Falcon I got from my dad. I commuted on it once. ONCE. Too small for me, terrible centerpull brakes, geared too high for my hills. Just no fun.
The seat looks a little uncomfortable, too.

I have commuted on nothing but vintage bikes, a rotating stable in the past 10 years. I've had up to 4 in regular commuting service, down to 3 now, consisting of '82 Fuji Monterey, 85 Ross Grand Tour, and 86 Can'O'Ale ST400, all heavily modified of course. Past members of the fleet included 78 Moto GJ, 82 Univega VIva Touring, 87 Miyata 312, 70-something CILO, and 89 Peugeot Versailles, all still in my possession, fortunately or not, but no longer in commuting service.
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well i commute almost exclusively on my bob jackson world tour which is nearly new. its kinda vintage feeling because of the quill stem and canti brakes, but i may seriously consider commuting on the new to me miyata 912. i got it running tonight and took a spin around a few blocks. the bike i awesome but i am really firmly convinced that i no longer want to ride something where i am not fairly upright. i will be digging out the technomic stem for sure!
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The seat looks a little uncomfortable, too.
Har de har har. The vintage seat was not a problem actually. I moved it onto my next bike and rode it until the leather started to tear. My dad had left the bike outside for a while.

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