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Old 10-25-22, 10:58 PM
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... and will be taking it on a group ride in 3 hours. It's gonna be chilly, ~45įF, to start, but if the sun shows up, that will warm quickly. This is my second build with these cheap tires, and I've got to say, no complaints.

I had been posting this as a 1984 model, but after doing some research I found that it is actually an `83 - The `84 model would have Reynolds 531 main tubes, this bike has Tange Champion chrome-moly throughout. Now I guess I'll have to go back and change those dates... unless I can find something better to do. It's not winter yet!
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Old 10-27-22, 08:55 AM
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Old 10-27-22, 09:50 PM
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Rode this yesterday 30 miles with 2000í climbing.


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Old 10-27-22, 11:57 PM
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Originally Posted by StarBiker View Post
I like that stem.
That's the stock slingshot stem: SR MTS 100 according to the 1983 catalog.
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Old 10-28-22, 01:35 PM
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Rode this yesterday 30 miles with 2000í climbing.


Like this more than the plastic Bianchi?
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Old 10-28-22, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by StarBiker View Post
Like this more than the plastic Bianchi?
Loaded question. If they both had the same number of gears and ranges it might be a toss-up but the extra 8 lbs on the steel is a consideration for climbing. The steel bike rides beautifully on the flats and descends really well, feeling super stable so it is a winner there.. If I were to ride flat or gently rolling terrain the steel bike would win every time. Since I have climbed almost 200,00í this year, the ďplasticĒ bike is the sure winner. Different tools for different jobs.

I donít get the bias on steel versus, whatever is not steel. I have seen it argued endlessly and really donít see the point. If a bike rides well, climbs well and does what is asked of it in an efficient way, to me, that should be enough. This silliness reminds me of people who say, I am only a Ford man, or I am only a Chevy man, or I would never buy JapaneseÖ. Time to give it a rest, unless you meant it tongue in cheek.
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Old 10-28-22, 10:18 PM
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Loaded question. If they both had the same number of gears and ranges it might be a toss-up but the extra 8 lbs on the steel is a consideration for climbing. The steel bike rides beautifully on the flats and descends really well, feeling super stable so it is a winner there.. If I were to ride flat or gently rolling terrain the steel bike would win every time. Since I have climbed almost 200,00’ this year, the “plastic” bike is the sure winner. Different tools for different jobs.

I don’t get the bias on steel versus, whatever is not steel. I have seen it argued endlessly and really don’t see the point. If a bike rides well, climbs well and does what is asked of it in an efficient way, to me, that should be enough. This silliness reminds me of people who say, I am only a Ford man, or I am only a Chevy man, or I would never buy Japanese…. Time to give it a rest, unless you meant it tongue in cheek.


The plastic bike would interest me more, as I said in another post. Vintage roadies kill my neck, and drops...., can't stand drop bars. That combination on the several vintage bikes I have had over the years makes them only flips for me, like that Schwinn I posted above.

I have no problem with carbon, but I never pay much for this stuff. Just me.

I would really like to pry this bike away from this guy....but I think it's geometry wouldn't work for me. Great bike though.


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Old 10-28-22, 10:31 PM
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The plastic bike would interest me more, as I said in another post. Vintage roadies kill my neck, and drops...., can't stand drop bars. That combination on the several vintage bikes I have had over the years makes them only flips for me, like that Schwinn I posted above.

I have no problem with carbon, but I never pay much for this stuff. Just me.

I would really like to pry this bike away from this guy....but I think it's geometry wouldn't work for me. Great bike though.

Kills my wifeís back and neck as well. I put flat bars on her road bike which helped. She also rides an e-bike with beach cruiser bars, like the bikes of old, which she really likes.
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Kills my wifeís back and neck as well. I put flat bars on her road bike which helped. She also rides an e-bike with beach cruiser bars, like the bikes of old, which she really likes.
I always end up bringing the bars back, a couple bikes I owned and road for a couple years. I had not moved the bars back on the Bianchi when I took the pic. I eventually had the bars on the Bianchi positioned like the others. Did this with a Univega in 1985, so I have never found them to work for me.



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Old 10-30-22, 06:07 PM
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No, Iím not old

At 57, Iím not old, yet. Here a a few from my riding collection.



Trek Madone Gen 6

Trek Farley

Trek SuperCaliber

Seven Evergreen SL

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Old 10-30-22, 07:28 PM
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Just took this one out for a while.
But Iím a year younger than the previous poster so definitely not old.
some days I feel it though.
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Old 11-03-22, 11:55 AM
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I'm 69....Trek Verve 2


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Old 11-03-22, 07:39 PM
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The plastic bike I rode 30 miles on today. It was not sunny though. 45* and raining..



Endurance design. Super comfortable
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Old 11-03-22, 08:36 PM
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Built this up recently, took a few months to collect all the parts but it's a real nice ride. Racers dismissed the frame as too flexy back in the day but it's perfect for my age and our garbage roads!

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Old 11-04-22, 02:41 PM
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My senior citizenís bike
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Old 11-05-22, 06:23 AM
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66 years old - 2020 Specialized Sirrus 3.0. After almost 3,000 miles I replaced the chain, rear disk brake pads and tires/tubes. It has been a pleasure to ride on pavement or off pavement rides...

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Old 11-05-22, 06:17 PM
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70, I ride this! It’s fun.

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At 67 I ride a BoB Pinarello F12, super record, lightweight. It is an absolute blast to ride.

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Old 11-16-22, 06:48 PM
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I've added three since I last posted in May '21.

This late '60s-early 70s Falcon San Remo needed a repaint, but most of what's on it was as purchased. It's my only period-correct bike and it rides very well. I live in hilly country, and while the chainrings are as small as you can go with Campagnolo Nuovo Record, I may need to squeeze a few more teeth in the rear. But it's great on less steep routes.


The same seller had this ~85 Shogun 500. New bars, rack & bag, saddle and tires. I take it out on local gravel runs. I'll probably add indexed shifting one day.


72 PX10 was a great buy from a great seller, and it's nice to have one that fits me, finally! Tripilized Stronglight crankset makes eastern Catskills hills much easier. Added a Brooks C17 Carved saddle, and I'm going to retap the crank arms to accommodate SPD pedals. One day I'll put wider bars on it. I'm going to leave the drive train as-is, Simplex SLJ 6600 derailleurs paired to Suntour Power shifters, the best friction shifting I've experienced in my 50 years of riding. Plus the levers look similar to the Simplex Criterium that was stock on this bike, at least from 8 feet away...

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Old 11-19-22, 11:40 PM
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I've added three since I last posted in May '21.


72 PX10 was a great buy from a great seller, and it's nice to have one that fits me, finally! Tripilized Stronglight crankset makes eastern Catskills hills much easier. Added a Brooks C17 Carved saddle, and I'm going to retap the crank arms to accommodate SPD pedals. One day I'll put wider bars on it. I'm going to leave the drive train as-is, Simplex SLJ 6600 derailleurs paired to Suntour Power shifters, the best friction shifting I've experienced in my 50 years of riding. Plus the levers look similar to the Simplex Criterium that was stock on this bike, at least from 8 feet away...

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For me this is The Peugeot!
White frame with black lugs, black & White checked bands on the seat tube, chrome sox stays and fork blades.
And French parts.

White jersey with black Peugeot logo and b&w check band.
Cyclists were Bernard Thevenet, Tom Simpson, young Eddy Merckx, Phil Anderson from down under.

Japan's importer was YAMAHA, mid 1970'S.
The ads of Peugeot in the bike mag were very cool.

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Old 11-21-22, 08:04 AM
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Eddy Merckx

Eddy Merckx, my cycling king, my cycling god, my eternal hero.

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My scripture...




royal dress,
semi skin suit tight, but still serviceable and roadworthy



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Old 11-21-22, 12:21 PM
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So many great bikes here!

Here's one of my trusty steeds -- a 2004 Merlin Camena that I was lucky to find on craigslist back in 2008.

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Picked up another one that was basically a frame set. Many of the parts were in the bin. 1971 Bianchi build - Bike Forums
Need to glue the tires on and then take it out.
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When I'm not on the road bike I ride this.
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Fuso by Dave Moulton is favorite bike. Subject to change.
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