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    Default Follow up to Age and your beginning story. What is the oldest bike in the fleet?

    Since we are all still on Covid 19 watch. the old fut stories seem to be popping up. What is your oldest bike in the fleet that you still ride?

    Mine is a 1975 MKM. Mason, Kitching and Metcalf. They were only business for a dozen years or so but made some really nice bikes. By 1975 I figured out that I didn't need to ride giant 25 inch frames and bought a 57cm MKM. It was a really nice bike. Not really a crit bike but a great TT bike and long haul road bike. I raced it a few years and moved to Louisiana for work. Our club got some sponsorship from Gus Betats in New Orleans. They wanted us to ride Viners so I got one on the way cheap. Never liked that frame all that well. I kept my MKM as a 5 speed TT bike. No telling how much faster I was with one less chainring and a set of pista silks for rubber. It had to be fast looking like that. Then I sold the darn thing to a runner friend who was wanting to be a triathlete. So it went back to being a 10 speed. Well his triathlete career didn't do much and he hung the bike in the garage. His kid stole all the good stuff for his bike and so the bike then became a garage queen hanger frame.

    Advance the calendar 35 years . I get a call..".I am cleaning out my garage and you want your old frame back? " Boy howdy, did I. Took a year to scrounge all the parts and now it is my Merckx TT bike 5 speed again. I have had a bunch of great frames since then, but that bike still is a great rider and hanging in the garage didn't do the paint any harm. Looks nicer than heavy used bikes 20 years younger than it is. So now my old friend and I go out on my Friday retro ride and do mock TT segments way slower than we used to go. But still bringing a smile to my face every time.

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    I have my 1968 Raleigh Sport hanging from a peg in my basement. It was my gateway drug. Rode that thing a lot. From Middletown, Ct to Old Saybrook and back, or about 60 miles, when I was twelve.

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    Nothing exciting. 1999 Cannondale CAAD 3 (Saeco livery) that was a warranty replacement for my 1993 2.8 frame - my first 'real' road bike as an adult as an R600 with Shimano 105 downtube gruppo. It's on the trainer and still looks good; now with STI. Rattles the bones on its occasional outdoor ventures. I have a 20 year old Litespeed Tuscany (40th birthday present to myself) with Chorus 10 that still sees about 1,000 miles a year as the 'C' bike.
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    1986 Ellis Briggs, go fast bike, not period correct, daily rider build.
    1954 Claud Butler, New All Rounder, original finish, period correct. assembled. Sunday go to meetin' bike.
    1937 William J. Hood, Palace Special, not assembled, Osgear SuperChampion or Sturmey AM.

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    1981 Alan Super Record
    1982 Viner Special Professional (my wife’s bike)
    1989 Basso Ascot
    1992 Bridgestone RB-T
    etc.

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    Lugged steel Zanconato, circa 2005 or maybe 2006. It now sits next to an Open UP in my garage, and while the Open gets more miles (just based on the type of roads where I live), I still love the Zank.

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    My 1997 Bilenky Signature Clubsman.

    My previous Bilenky, under the Sterling name, was stolen. Insurance covered this replacement.

    It was my daily commuter for over a decade. Now serves other hauling duties as well as just riding. There were a host of things wrong with this replacement; the color, wrong parts, missing parts, parts on backorder, and an 8 week promised delivery took 10 months of being put off until they finally admitted, "no one wanted to work on the bike".

    It was on the road a few years when the seat tube cracked near the BB. I had to send it back a total of three times until they got the repair right.

    A bunch of years later I was hit broadside by a car. It bent the frame. Rather than send it back to Bilenky again, I asked Peter Weigle if he could fix it. Rather than replace the buckled seat tube, he straightened the frame "best effort" and repainted it. He said I may or may not notice any handling quirks. Yeah; it may or may not ride perfectly straight, but it's close enough. After 23 years it's still my most enjoyable and practical bike to ride. If I had only one bike, this would be it.

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    A 1976 Raleigh Tourist. I believe this was the last year they imported them. It is like riding a Buick with low tire pressure except ten times cooler.

    Purchased new for getting around town.

    Recently, a neighbor threw away a mint pre-war Raleigh Tourist small wheeled version. A bit of light restoration, new tires and that now serves for Mrs. Too getting back and forth to the pool.

    Old bikes. Yep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    A 1976 Raleigh Tourist. I believe this was the last year they imported them. It is like riding a Buick with low tire pressure except ten times cooler.

    Purchased new for getting around town.

    Recently, a neighbor threw away a mint pre-war Raleigh Tourist small wheeled version. A bit of light restoration, new tires and that now serves for Mrs. Too getting back and forth to the pool.

    Old bikes. Yep.
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    I ride this several times a week, but not high mileage (following my 7 year old mostly). Probably dates to around 1950. It's a very cool reminder how fundamentally little bikes have changed.

    Untitled by ColonelJLloyd, on Flickr

    Untitled by ColonelJLloyd, on Flickr

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    Very nice Taylor. Loved the paint on those things.

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    My Specialized Allez Epic carbon. Dropouts had to be reglued once, I only have a mild confidence in the alu fork. But I can't part with it as I won so many races with that one.



    I wanted to ask the old Urago race bike that José Meiffret, the famous motor pacing record rider, gave as a gift to my grandfather in the 50s or 60s. I wanted to restore it as I used it a lot during summer holidays at my grandparents place. But my father sold it for a very little price recently. If only I had known about that.
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    1999 Merckx MX Leader is the oldest still ridden.
    1986 Merckx track bike is the oldest.
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    1966 Frejus Super Corsa. I have changed the crank and freewheel to lower gears, had new clincher wheels built (with proper high flange hubs) and changed the rear derailleur. The rest is as it came from the shop. The original parts are safely stored away.

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    1982 Specialissima.

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    Good grief. Almost forgot Mrs. Too has a 1957 Frejus track bike. She raced that in the Mid-Atlantic Champs to 2nd place a few moons ago. What a trip. The bike was passed around to everyone i knew for ages than landed in our hands.

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    Oldest for me is my 1972 Liotto. I had a friend in Vicenza. I sent him my measurements and $350 and Gino made this.
    Most People I ride with have never seen a 5 speed freewheel.
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    Next is my 1973 DeRosa bought from Talbots in San Mateo for $750. This is the last new bike I bought.
    I still ride both. It is amazing how quiet these old bikes are.
    New wheels on the DeRosa. New pedals and seats on both.

    That is a friend's old Bruce Gordon behind the DeRosa.
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    2nd proud owner on this one...1989 J.P. Weigle.
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    That's beautiful! But, man, the new iPhone filters/focus are uh. . . not always good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
    That's beautiful! But, man, the new iPhone filters/focus are uh. . . not always good.
    Agreed...I’ll find a better one for you later this evening.
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