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Old 01-10-21, 06:58 PM
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Old 03-21-21, 07:30 PM
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Saw a guy flying this kite on today’s ride. He made it from a plastic tablecloth and some dowels.

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Old 04-05-21, 06:47 AM
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Well, it's neither classic nor vintage, but the larger of my two 2014 Trek 7.6 FXs is at least seven years old. This one is a 17.5" frame:




More in keeping with the Classic and Vintage subforum, though, is my now-disassembled early-1990s gas-pipe Raleigh Flyer that I had put back on the road in the merry times of pre-COVID 2019:



As it turns out, the rear dropouts are in need of repair and/or realignment. Years of running QR axles for years on dropouts that were originally designed for regular axle nuts have caused some damage. The misalignment of the rear wheel had been pointed out to me by another rider who was trailing me on the night prior to the very first COVID lcokdown back in March 2020. A mechanic at the Trek dealership conformed the issue and said he could realign the dropouts for me, but then COVID hit; I disassembled the bike in the hope of finding a better vintage frame to hang my parts on it, which never materialized, and then largely forgot about it. I tried to realign the dropouts myself using a pair of highly sophisticated, precision tools - a big-ass hammer and an even bigger-ass hammer - and I managed to get them a good bit closer to where they need to be, but not without doing some minor additional damage (that hopefully won't affect how the axle attaches to the inside of the dropout):



You said you wanted something to look at, though, so here's my 504 (which has little to do with classic/vintage bikes, other than the fact that it's both a vintage Peugeot and a station wagon at that), seen here getting a somewhat laborious five-speed conversion, along with a bunch of other stuff repaired:





I've done some work on it myself, but things as involved as that five-speed conversion and new struts just aren't the kind of repairs that I can do alone, with just one pair of hands, in my own parking spot at home. I did change the brake disks and pads myself, though; I installed new seat belts, resolved some issues around the engine bay and did a bunch of work around the interior. The mechanic brought it around last night, thinking that he was done, but when we test drove it, I found out that he hadn't repaired the heater as he should have, so I handed the keys back to him and told him it's not cool. The radio wasn't getting any power, either (it had been working before I brought it into his shop.)
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Old 07-06-21, 09:17 PM
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Now that the thread is back;

My employer is changing the theme of our annual calendar to hobbies. I dragged all of my bikes out of the basement. Something about carrying them all really makes you think “do I have a hobby, or a problem?”


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Old 07-06-21, 10:53 PM
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“do I have a hobby, or a problem?”
Looks like a good problem to have.
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Old 07-08-21, 03:28 AM
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
.......makes you think “do I have a hobby, or a problem?”
Total up all the money you've spent on those and compare it to most any hobby that "normal people" have and you'll, likely, have no problem. Then add the health benefits and you're smart as a fox. Then the mental health benefits from figuring out how to solve issues with old bikes and from just riding them and you're off to the races.

BTW I have just 11 bikes too. Each serves a purpose and costs peanuts compared to .......
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Old 07-08-21, 06:47 AM
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I have somewhere between 10 and 20 bikes, but then again I don't count bare frames. The purchase price of all the "old" ones added together still doesn't exceed the cost my two "modern" bikes.

The storage issues are serious, though..... and I wish someone could do something about the price of tires....
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Total up all the money you've spent on those and compare it to most any hobby that "normal people" have and you'll, likely, have no problem. Then add the health benefits and you're smart as a fox. Then the mental health benefits from figuring out how to solve issues with old bikes and from just riding them and you're off to the races.

BTW I have just 11 bikes too. Each serves a purpose and costs peanuts compared to .......
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I have somewhere between 10 and 20 bikes, but then again I don't count bare frames. The purchase price of all the "old" ones added together still doesn't exceed the cost my two "modern" bikes.

The storage issues are serious, though..... and I wish someone could do something about the price of tires....
Lol, good points, both of you. I was mostly joking of course. Fortunately I have a lot of storage.... I could probably go up to 20 bikes comfortably. The main issue I wrestle with is, I can only ride one at a time. The more bikes you have, the more you fuss with little issues, or needs that go undressed. Stuff can become a burden, having 3-5 well tuned bikes sounds awfully appealing at times.
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Old 07-08-21, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
“do I have a hobby, or a problem?”
I'd call it a "probby", as in: Proud To Have A Probby!

BTW, nice to see your Frans Meulen again, the bike that made the people of the sleepy town of Hoensbroek look up Canton, OH in their atlases.


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I'd call it a "probby", as in: Proud To Have A Probby!

BTW, nice to see your Frans Meulen again, the bike that made the people of the sleepy town of Hoensbroek look up Canton, OH in their atlases.


That was so cool! I still am in awe and love that the connection was made. I’ve kept all the emails between myself and Miep Moeskops from that time! I don’t ride the bike much, I worry about the wooden rims. Sometimes I wonder if it should be in a museum instead.

here is another picture I took for the calendar:

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