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Old 02-09-2012, 03:08 PM   #16
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Steel is the best ! .
Those Raleighs are gorgeous.

As a year 'round bicycle commuter, I only use old 70's and 80's steel for my
bikes. They take a severe beating and last a long time .
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:10 PM   #17
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Been riding for years. Best bike was a Massi my friend built. Fastest bike I've ever ridden. I've had Reynolds 531 and aluminum compact frame bikes but that steel Massi was the sweetest.
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:13 PM   #18
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1983 400 24" double butted lugged Tange mangalloy steel frame built in japan. Assembled by Trek

Got it 6 years ago for 65 bucks and broke the rear wheel pretty quickly. Went fixed gear with new wheel and loved it. Now I moved to Atlanta(from Houston) so I had to put brakes and a freewheel cog on it to handle the hills better. Just put a new Brooks saddle on it cause my last one fell apart, it was very old. I have done two day group rides (3 MS 150s), ride it to work and school and have loved the comfort of the leather saddle and the steel frame with the raked fork. It rides like a caddy. I prolly have 400 bucks in it total over 6 years. If I buy a new one some day I want it to be no different, but maybe OX Platinum frame.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:21 PM   #19
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I don't need a bike geared to go 60 mph.!
C'mon; don't be a Nancy! Ride a real man's bike


Mutt, Do you think you're going to be riding the thing much after the 6hr ride? or will it just hang in the garage collecting dust 50 weekends a year?

If the latter why not pick up an old schwinn paramount for a couple hundred, get it tuned up with new cables, tires a wheel true and ride the 6hr then if you don't end up riding a lot you're only out a few hundo instead of a grand plus.

They are lugged steel frames and practically works of art, a bonus IMHO is they're built in the USA instead of China like the Raleigh
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:23 PM   #20
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Landshark! Custom built steel frame
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:28 PM   #21
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why not pick up an old schwinn paramount for a couple hundred
Can I buy yours, for a couple hundred?

I search Paramount, Volare, Superior, Voyaguer 11.8, P10-9, P13-9, and P15-9, daily. You can't touch a Waterford Paramount for a couple hundred. However, you can get a Varsity or, maybe, a Super Sport. But, I'm still open to your Paramount.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:25 PM   #22
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http://frameandwheelservices.blogspo...unt-55-cm.html

ok maybe a little more than a couple hundo but still <$400

I think you gotta find the guy that's selling one that doesn't know what he's got. eBay usually is the worst place cause everyone knows what they have and wants top dollar.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:51 PM   #23
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I am biased. All of my steeds are lugged steel. I just picked up a new, out of the box, 1985 lugged steel Specialized Sequoia sport touring bike. A time machine, off craigslist, i got a good, but not great deal. I sold off the parts i wouldn't use, but on some parts that were in my garage, and it cost me about 200 total.

Fenders in the rain are great!

I like that Raleigh a lot.
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:31 AM   #24
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The white & brown doesn't look bad. I can't wait until we start picking out riding shorts.
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Old 02-10-2012, 04:53 AM   #25
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C'mon; don't be a Nancy! Ride a real man's bike
Is that Lon Haldeman's record bike? Wonder what the gear-inches are on that wheel!

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Old 02-10-2012, 04:53 AM   #26
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The white & brown doesn't look bad. I can't wait until we start picking out riding shorts.
You're just mean.
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Old 02-10-2012, 06:57 AM   #27
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The white & brown doesn't look bad. I can't wait until we start picking out riding shorts.
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:09 AM   #28
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Dude, Pearl Izumi is like the Walmart of bicycle gear.

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Old 02-10-2012, 07:26 AM   #29
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Dude, Pearl Izumi is like the Walmart of bicycle gear.

http://400smith.wordpress.com/2010/0...se-shoes-suck/
She's a KLR rider.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:44 AM   #30
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Bikes are one of those items many people buy and then never use, so really nice hardly used ones can be found at the usual locations.

If you are planning a long ride, haven't been riding much lately, and are not in optimum shape, I think factors other than look, name, and color become more important. Such as gearing, rim diameter & width, crank length, etc.

For a long tour with an unconditioned rider, a racing bike would be a poor choice, IMO. A rando style bike would be more comfortable. It should be geared appropriate to the rider's condition & expected terrain. Handlebar bags for carrying comforts, energy snacks, etc., and extra water bottle clips would be useful. Wide rando tires and a sprung Brooks saddle would give the most comfort where it's gonna count at hour 5.

Choosing a new or used frame and customizing with your own choice of components would give you the best shot at a comfortable and successful ride. That way you can choose crankset length and gearing, derailleur lever location, freewheel gearing, generator front hub if desired, saddle, handlebar style, etc., to create a ride that is a perfect fit for you.

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