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Old 06-22-20, 07:31 AM
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Normally I ride road/gravel bikes. When cleaning out my Mom's garage after she passed I came across my old banana seat bike from junior high. I hadn't ridden it since I got my first 10-speed in 1974. My younger brothers beat the crap out of it until it was non-functional (the Shimano 3-speed hub was toast). It was an American Flyer that probably came from the hardware store. The smart thing to do would be toss it. So of course I decided to put it back together. I assure you, each individual step of the process cost more than the bike cost new. I'm still waiting for a couple of parts to come in the mail and there are a couple of bits I'm going to swap out but I got it rideable for The Blind Lizard picnic this weekend and managed the 20 mile round trip with relative ease. Luckily between BMX and the Mexican Lowrider bicycle craze there are a lot of parts available for putting something like this back on the street. I installed a 1-piece to 3-piece conversion and now it has a nice BMX crank. You'll notice the layback seatpost is in there backwards. I'm almost a foot taller than I was back then. The extended seatpost put me so far back I couldn't keep the front wheel on the ground. The wheels were built up by a Brompton mechanic friend. The new hub is a Sturmey-Archer AW. The neighbor kids really like it.


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Old 06-22-20, 07:38 AM
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My main ride is my new Zizzo folder... Loving it...
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Old 06-22-20, 10:36 AM
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I ride a BH Ultralight carbon. Not a common bike around these parts which I actually like. I live in a hilly area and this bike climbs really well. A little squirrelly on downhill but from what I gather it is in the hills that this bike really shines. I am somewhat new to riding so as time goes by I will be upgrading the components.
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Old 06-29-20, 07:15 PM
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I just did the maiden voyage, just a short run down ride, on a bike I'm getting set up (still a bit in process):
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Old 07-04-20, 03:52 PM
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Recently picked up a Scott Addict 10. Owned the Addict R1 a few years back and loved it. Unfortunately so did my son. Anyway, have always missed it wanted to replace it. Upgraded to the Atomik carbon tubeless with the Berd (polypropylene) spokes.


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Old 07-04-20, 06:31 PM
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Iím 58. I ride a 1973 Raleigh Supercourse TT that I bought new in 1980. It was a leftover, new in the box, that a buddy who worked in a bike shop in Margate NJ sold me. Over the years I replaced the crank after I bent the original and the handlebars because I was starting to get some stiffness in my back. velofix came by today and thoroughly serviced it, and it rides great!

My ride. 1973 Raleigh Supercourse TT.
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Old 07-05-20, 08:23 PM
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Last week I realized that even after 100,000 miles, my cost per mile is not much under one cent. I'd be interested in what others are paying.
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Old 07-06-20, 10:00 PM
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Lotus Classique / Updated

1984 Bike... 69 yo Body!
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Old 07-07-20, 10:26 PM
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1984 Bike... 69 yo Body!
Elegantly practical.
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Old 07-07-20, 10:33 PM
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Local vintage collector in PugetSound parted with this frameset, I'll add the bits.
Hugo Rickert touring frame from 1959. Originally sold from Ted Ernst's shop in S.Cal.
Hugo was a one man shop in Dortmund Germany for more than 4 decades. Reportedly, His wife did much of the lug lining and tried to help him braze, after a stroke left him unable to continue his craft. Many medals won on bikes built by Hugo, most not wearing a Rickert logo.
A perfect fit for me, 60X58 with 17 cm headtube.
Hoping for 22 lbs with vintage 10speed stuff.
Here it is with my wheelset, brakes, saddle, etc. mocked up for sizing measurements.

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Old 07-08-20, 07:29 AM
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My 2009 Specialized Langster Single Speed has become my favorite bike for solo rides since swapping out the drops for bullhorn bars.......I just make sure the hills and headwind are minimized for my 60yr old legs
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Old 07-11-20, 07:59 AM
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Newest acquisition

Its a lot lighter than I thought ! Before....

The progress so far...those were the only tires i could get right away ..have new one on order....and a new crankset on order from Nashbar

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Old 07-14-20, 11:42 AM
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1992 Cannondale T600 - stock everything except for trekking bars and combination brakes / shifters. This turned out to be a mistake (caused some wrist problems due to pronating my hands on the wide handle bars)( so I am going back to drop bars and either bar end shifters or brake hood shifters. The bike is solid and bulletproof. It reminds me of my 1998 4Runner.




Late 90's Eddie Merckx 7-11 Corsa. The paint was original 7-11 but was very beat up so I had it professionally repainted and I upgraded the wheels. A really sweet, fast bike, but a bit twitchy. I am considering next steps with the bike, I might go with a different color and then change wheels / tires to soften the ride a bit.


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Old 07-14-20, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by ridinsince80 View Post

Late 90's Eddie Merckx 7-11 Corsa. The paint was original 7-11 but was very beat up so I had it professionally repainted and I upgraded the wheels. A really sweet, fast bike, but a bit twitchy. I am considering next steps with the bike, I might go with a different color and then change wheels / tires to soften the ride a bit.


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Very odd saddle position. Also, my Corsa is as even handling as can imagine, the least twitchy bike I've ever owned maybe.
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Old 07-14-20, 03:12 PM
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Saddle positoin

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Very odd saddle position. Also, my Corsa is as even handling as can imagine, the least twitchy bike I've ever owned maybe.
Do you think it is too far back? I do struggle to get comfortable on this bike. Sometimes I feel I am too far forward and going over the handlebar.
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Old 07-14-20, 03:17 PM
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Do you think it is too far back? I do struggle to get comfortable on this bike. Sometimes I feel I am too far forward and going over the handlebar.
Honestly, it appears that frame is a bit too small for you. And I don't think that moving the saddle forward a bit and going with a longer stem will help. At that point your knee may be a bit too far ahead of the pedal. Sweet bike and I know it hurts when and if you come to the conclusion that "it just doesn't fit". Been there and done that a couple of times. Good luck.
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Old 07-14-20, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by ridinsince80 View Post
Do you think it is too far back? I do struggle to get comfortable on this bike. Sometimes I feel I am too far forward and going over the handlebar.
The fit does look odd but it's hard to say without seeing you on it. You ever consider different bars? You could try some short reach shallow drop bars and move the levers down.
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Old 07-14-20, 07:16 PM
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Cleared out a bunch of bikes and used the proceeds to get me my most modern, 2014, bike. Santa Cruz Highball.
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Old 07-15-20, 12:20 PM
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I just turned 69 and this is what I ride most. I also have a Spec. Camber carbon EVO mountain bike.
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Old 07-15-20, 01:26 PM
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I just turned 69 and this is what I ride most. I also have a Spec. Camber carbon EVO mountain bike.
Nice! Great looking bike and I like the modifications.
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Old 07-15-20, 03:41 PM
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Not quite riding it yet. Will be for randonneuring, general road riding, and perhaps some gravel. 2x11 with a 46/30 11-28 or 11-30, tubeless 38mm, mechanical/hydro discs, dynohub lighting.
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Old 07-15-20, 05:44 PM
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Not quite riding it yet. Will be for randonneuring, general road riding, and perhaps some gravel. 2x11 with a 46/30 11-28 or 11-30, tubeless 38mm, mechanical/hydro discs, dynohub lighting.
Is that a Prestige tubing sticker near the bottom bracket?
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Old 07-15-20, 08:13 PM
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Is that a Prestige tubing sticker near the bottom bracket?
Indeed. Prestige double butted Cro Mo Tange.
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Old 07-15-20, 08:28 PM
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The one I've been riding most lately is my LHT.

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Old 07-17-20, 09:56 AM
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I'm 66 and have an '16 Giant Escape 3 as my everyday runabout and just recently bought an older Giant OCR 3 road bike for longer rides on sunny days.
The OCR is quite a bit lighter & faster than the Escape, but it's not burdened with fenders & panniers.

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