Show us your bicycle.

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by kbasa, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Lil Earle

    Lil Earle Sweatin, not scared

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    Picked this up from a friend who was moving. He bought it new when he lived in England. Still had the original tires and tubes. One sweet ride. He gave it to me. He said that way he didn't have to move it and he knew I would ride it. Raleigh Super Grand Prix[​IMG]
  2. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    pretty, but dang! judging by the looks of it, you and your friend are both, what, about 6'5"?

    original rubber?! must be because of that fancy double kickstand,... :rofl
    throw that rotten old rubber stuff away before you try riding it and it puts you on the ground. (hopefully it's got 700C rims, and not 27",...)


  3. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Been here awhile

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    This might be one of the best looking bikes I've ever seen online. Great simplicity, and elegance of design!
  4. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    I'm not sure I would regularly ride it, even if I did fit. That bike is a time capsule, super-cool, and should be preserved.
  5. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    Heres my throw it off anything in the midwest bike....LOL

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  6. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    and, heres its road weenie cousin.... started life as an MTB, then got a crapload of 700c and road components thrown on because it royally sucked as a MTB.... not half bad as a roadie though... bit on the heavy side due to the chro-mo frame, but i am looking at getting a carbon fork for it....that fork is MASSIVE.....LOL and the one liece crank is geting converted to a standard 3 piece... i cant stand having to use 1/2" thread pedals...theres NO decent pedals out for that size....

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  7. BHW

    BHW Long timer

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    Looks like at least a 6" travel fork, is that frame rated for that much fork?
  8. bogieboy

    bogieboy Been here awhile

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    it is a 5", and as far as i know....LOL the LBS said it would be fine...:evil and i trust them....
  9. gatling

    gatling Long timer

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    If it fit, I'd ride it. I'm not into being a warehouse for someone who will get it after I'm gone.
  10. overlandr

    overlandr Dystopist

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    I just bought this hardly used ca 1989 Panasonic MC4500 made using the PICS system. It was brought over from someone from the US and looks like it just sat in storage. Poor quality paint job but their largest frame that used Tange DB MTB tubing. I was sad to score the brake rims on its first outing!

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    PS the saddle has been raised since this photo!
  11. zouch

    zouch part-time wanderer

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    ditto.
    i'll take care of my stuff, but any bike worth its salt was built to be ridden.

    and with all due respect to this one, as well-preserved as it might be, that Raleigh was never *that* nice a bike that it's worth hermetically sealing.
    ride it!

  12. soyanarchisto

    soyanarchisto Long timer

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    The frame is super cool but that chain tensioner kills it for me
  13. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Been here awhile

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    That's funny...I like it even more because of that little thing. I bet it makes wheel swaps easier, not having to hold so much tension as you do with fixies.
  14. PaulS

    PaulS Österreicher

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    correct, and with the tensioner mounted I'm running a 18t cog now and can easily swap it to a 16t.
    What is left for the build is the rear brake. I had to order a longer rear brake line because all the cables run internally and the one I had was too short.
    This is the first carbon bike I ever rode and I'm amazed how much different the ride is compared to my the Niner aluminium bike I've been using for the last 3 years.
    I may put on a suspension fork and a 10 speed casette and take it off road this summer.
  15. DriveShaft

    DriveShaft Long timer

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    I don't get why singulators get a bad wrap. It's purely a functional adapter.
  16. Lil Earle

    Lil Earle Sweatin, not scared

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    It is a 63cm frame. It fits just fine. I cleaned it up and put new tires, tubes and brake pads. It will be my Sunday morning cruiser on the local bike paths.

  17. ducnut

    ducnut Long timer

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    Oh, definitely ride it.....just not into the ground. Now, don't you be laughing at my Raleigh Reliant I'm lightly restoring. :evil

    Its aluminum components will look like this Schwinn hub I restored.
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    Sample lever.
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  18. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    I'm testing out a set of Nitto Bullmoose bars on the QuickBeam. It's pretty fun being even more upright on the bike, and the wide sweep of the bars makes feel like a king, out surveying the countryside. :lol3

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  19. soyanarchisto

    soyanarchisto Long timer

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    I guess I don't understand your comment that I initially responded to. You said you admired the simplicity. A chain tensioner detracts from that.
  20. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    Nowhere near enough spokes on those wheels, and the chain tensioner is a silly thing to add, when using proper track forks would have been correct for a single-speed.