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Old 09-13-2009, 06:20 PM   #181
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Advice, please:

My wife's birthday is coming up, and she would like a decent but not too expensive bike for casual fitness riding on pavement. She is also considering trying a sprint triathalon at some point.

What do you recommend in the $300-$500 range?
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:17 PM   #182
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Riding this one 1 mile is like riding any of the others in this thread 10 miles.

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Old 09-16-2009, 07:38 PM   #183
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The Stable

This is Merle, an old 5 speed Raleigh. I'm not quite sure how old Merle is, but old enough for the frame to actually be made in England. Merle faithfully moved my wife (and a few other art students) about campus for quite a while. Merle needs some TLC.


Here's my '95 Kona Cinder Cone. This was my college bike and first daily commuter in Seattle.


Here's the Bianchi cyclocross. The frame is lugged steel (Zerouno Acciaio tubing, if that means anything). Super fun but a bit small for me and doesn't get ridden much, hence the flat tires.


Finally, my favorite, the Bianchi Pista fixie. Wheeeeee!
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:59 PM   #184
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I, too, am of the Bianchi persuasion...my two toys...the red one gets the most use...



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Old 09-16-2009, 10:03 PM   #185
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I, too, am of the Bianchi persuasion...my two toys...the red one gets the most use...



Beautiful. The only problem I see is that they're not green .
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:56 PM   #186
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Here's my Klein Quantum, just before I left for an after work ride today.

It's a 1992, made in Chehalis washington. I picked up the frame about a year ago, from someone intending to make it into a fixie (of course). I still have to find a better crankset (Kleins have very unique bottom brackets), but i really like the bike overall. Rides really nice for an aluminum bike.
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Old 09-17-2009, 08:46 AM   #187
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This is Merle, an old 5 speed Raleigh. I'm not quite sure how old Merle is, but old enough for the frame to actually be made in England. Merle faithfully moved my wife (and a few other art students) about campus for quite a while. Merle needs some TLC.
That's the kind of saddle that makes you think twice before sitting on it, and talks to you right away when you do.
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:29 AM   #188
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That's the kind of saddle that makes you think twice before sitting on it, and talks to you right away when you do.
Yep. Are real Brooks saddles available anymore?
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Old 09-17-2009, 09:39 AM   #189
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Yep. Are real Brooks saddles available anymore?


Rivendell carries them, as well as Taiwanese knock-offs.

http://www.rivbike.com/products/list...and_seat_posts
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Old 09-17-2009, 10:16 AM   #190
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Rivendell carries them, as well as Taiwanese knock-offs.

http://www.rivbike.com/products/list...and_seat_posts
Sweeeet!
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:21 PM   #191
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As long as we're posting Bianchis:

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Old 09-17-2009, 08:14 PM   #192
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As long as we're posting Bianchis:

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Old 09-18-2009, 08:58 AM   #193
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Yep. Are real Brooks saddles available anymore?
Buy them broken in here. http://tinyurl.com/lcut5e\

research new Brooks here. http://www.brookssaddles.com/

Vintage Ideal's are nice too.

this one sold a few weeks ago for $1700 something.

don't forget to buy Proofhide.
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Old 09-18-2009, 01:06 PM   #194
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I've been thinking of getting back into bicycling. I've got an old Schwinn Le Tour that I haven't ridden in over 14 years. I wonder if it's worth tuning the old boy up and riding again. If I remember correctly, it was a pretty pricey unit at the time.

I'm thinking of throwing some new rubber and maybe a more modern handle bar. What do you guys think? POS or worth the rehab?
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Old 09-18-2009, 03:36 PM   #195
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I've been thinking of getting back into bicycling. I've got an old Schwinn Le Tour that I haven't ridden in over 14 years. I wonder if it's worth tuning the old boy up and riding again. If I remember correctly, it was a pretty pricey unit at the time.

I'm thinking of throwing some new rubber and maybe a more modern handle bar. What do you guys think? POS or worth the rehab?
IMO, if you aren't out for blood, and all you want to do is tool around on a cool "vintage" bicycle, it's MUCH less expensive to resucitate an old friend -- as long as it's all there.

New tires, tubes, brake pads, pedals, a cable or two, etc. - is WAY less expensive than a new quality bike (ie - NOT a department store bike).

I'd go for it. Bike Nashbar has a lot of good replacement parts...

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