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What are your "beater" bike(s)?(39 posts)

What are your "beater" bike(s)?Allen az
Dec 28, 2001 11:17 AM
Just curious to see what everyone has as a beater bike. I'm guessing most will be steel. My Trek 1000 with Shimano Sora will be my beater when I get a new ride in February.

re: What are your "beater" bike(s)?morey
Dec 28, 2001 11:23 AM
1984 CIOCC Mockba, Columbus Tubing, Super Record components.
Great ride!
Sorry, I can't resist...guido
Dec 28, 2001 1:47 PM
1984 was a good year. Alexi Grewal won the Olympic road race, and Greg LeMond won the World Championships. All of a sudden the US was on the map, and lots of us got inspired.

I got a DeRosa that year with tubulars and full Super Record gruppo. The frame is Columbus SL, like your Ciocc must be, and has a chromed flat fork crown and right chain stay. I've ridden it into the ground since then, and it still rides sweet.

But my "beater" bike is a custom made SLX frame with full Super Record, except for the headset, which is even older Campy Record chromed steel. I've run fenders on this bike from day one in 1986, and the headset bearings are still good. How about that? At least 30,000 miles on the same headset. Depended on this bike for daily transportation over a cumulative total of 6 years, and still ride it to work almost every day.
actually Lemond won in '83Jack S
Jan 2, 2002 8:26 AM
then got 2nd in '85. The '84 Worlds was won by Criquielion. Bauer got 3rd after his silver medal at the Olympics.
re: What are your "beater" bike(s)?Dave Hickey
Dec 28, 2001 11:24 AM
Vitus 979 with the old greenish-blue Shimano 105 group. MA40 rims
re: What are your "beater" bike(s)?mickey-mac
Dec 28, 2001 11:30 AM
As much as it pains me to say it, my Chorus 8-speed equipped Torelli EL-OS is now my back-up bike or my rain bike, depending on the weather. I can't bring myself to call it a beater.
huh..... I thought your Strong was your 'beater' bike.... ;-)CT1
Dec 28, 2001 12:04 PM
Are you still putting the serious miles???

I'm pretty sick of the weather we've been having myself. OK, Thursday was quite nice but that was the exception.

Unlike you, I don't buy a new bike every weekmickey-mac
Dec 28, 2001 2:39 PM
So my nine-month-old bike is not my beater yet. ;-) Anyhow, it sounds like I might get a chance to use the rain bike tomorrow. On the bright side, we're not in Buffalo buried under 6+ feet of snow.
Dec 28, 2001 3:40 PM
Only 6 frames in the last 12 months..... actually only 5 since I haven't received my CT1 yet. ;-)

ride on and stay dry tomorrow
re: What are your "beater" bike(s)?mackgoo
Dec 28, 2001 8:32 PM
Colnago Duall cross, Record carbon 9sp, Record carbon seat post, Frogglegs, Cinelli Gramo and Eubios, Zipp 440's, Record OR canti's and oh yeah, Brooks conquest saddle.
re: What are your "beater" bike(s)?tr
Dec 28, 2001 11:37 AM
1974 raleigh supercourse fixed gear with fenders, first year dura ace cranks
Raleigh 600dzrider
Dec 28, 2001 12:02 PM
Got the frame fork, headset used. Hung basement parts, mostly Ultegra and some FIR tubulars on it.
re: The Flogger....jrm
Dec 28, 2001 12:06 PM
Surly + check, 105, cxp 23's. Its the everything bike..
re: What are your "beater" bike(s)?Rich Clark
Dec 28, 2001 12:11 PM
My rain bike is a Novara Randonee touring bike with fenders. Not really a beater, just a less high-end commuting bike than my Airborne Carpe Diem.

My emergency/junker bike is a "Coleman" (really a Pacific, but painted and branded like Coleman camping products and sold at Target) MTB from a yard sale. It's actually ridable, and fits me reasonably well. I keep it on the front porch and ride it when I'm just going a mile or two and don't want to change clothes or shoes.

I have it because I wanted one bike I don't care about at all. If I bought a nice old sport-touring bike from a garage sale and fixed it up, it would bother me if it got stolen because of the work it took to fix it up.

Dec 28, 2001 12:14 PM
I've got two:

1. Ciocc Thron frame, 9 speed Campy ergo mongrel with Proton wheels and parts ranging from Daytona to Record. I'm setting this one up as my night rider.

2. Bill Holland SL/SP, full Record 9 speed ergo gruppo. It lives on a wind trainer in my ski condo, will see the road occasionally during spring skiing.
2 of themColnagoFE
Dec 28, 2001 12:38 PM
A steel Panasonic MTB for really nasty duty and a Bianchi Eros steel bike for general beating around and trainer duty.
Merckx Century and a Bontrager cross bike nmgtx
Dec 28, 2001 1:04 PM
1987 cannondale crit seriesBernie
Dec 28, 2001 1:18 PM
with down tube shifters as the only original parts. I like this bike, it's been with me for so many miles. I even put a triple on it and fastened on a rack by wrapping frame with electrical tape and securing it with clips used for hanging pipes. This summer I rode it on a 1460 mile tour. I got a kick out of being passed by some roadies who told me that had "the stiffest touring bike they've ever seen". I put a wheel with a smaller rim on it and now I'm back to using it as a commuter bike.
70's to early 80's Bianchilook271
Dec 28, 2001 2:07 PM
Friction shifters. 12 speed. "Classic", but I like riding it.Here it is.
Dec 28, 2001 5:57 PM
What size? I'd love to get my hands on a lugged steel Bianchi. It would look great parked next to my ev2. Sadly I need 51-52 not easy to come by in that size. I had a buddy with a 56 way to big for me but a sweet ride.
56 cm. Sorry! (nm)look271
Dec 31, 2001 2:47 PM
Take a good look at it now.look271
Jan 2, 2002 1:13 PM
It will soon be a fixte. Just bought a Nishiki from the LBS (remember my dilemma a few months ago-which bike to buy?) Turns out he hasn't sold it yet(the Nishiki-no surprise!), so he'll let it go for $50! Life is good. It will be the commuter/beater bike-it's brand-spanking new! The Bianchi will be converted to a fixte.
Colnago C-40 and a Litespeed Classiccory
Dec 28, 2001 3:28 PM
Uh, well, no. How about a late-'80s Trek 620 converted to singlespeed and a Bridgestone MB-3 mountain bike that runs knobbies in summer, fenders and road tires in winter?
re: What are your "beater" bike(s)?12x23
Dec 28, 2001 4:06 PM
Trek 660. I purchased the frameset from my lbs in 1989 along with the 'new' 8-speed Dura-Ace Trek build kit, including Modolo bars, stem, American Classic seatpost and D/A Look pedals. I've had it repainted once, needs it again, and I'll keep and abuse it 'til the end.
Beater RidesXeke
Dec 28, 2001 4:49 PM
I sold the '91 Merlin a little over a year ago (last beater) and took delivery of a 5900 (current beater). Neither frame oxidizes... that's the story and I'm stickin' to it.
Bianchi ErosMcAndrus
Dec 28, 2001 5:37 PM
I have to whisper this .... I don't think the Eros knows it's the number two.

Six year old Bianchi Eros equipped with Veloce, Mirage, and Daytona components. It has Mexico 68 rims which weigh a ton and come out of true just by looking at them but I love the bike. It's heavy and climbs like a ship's anchor but it has that steel-is-real kind of comfy ride so I ride it when I'm riding alone.

My number one is a Giant CFR (carbon) bike which is a pretty sweet ride itself but that's another story.

Please don't tell the Eros about the Giant. It would break its heart.
re: What are your "beater" bike(s)?(look271)ronsod
Dec 28, 2001 5:44 PM
look271-- That bike looks alot like my old Bianchi beater although a different colour.Mine is a BICI II.Is it the same model?Bought mine for $100 Canadian last fall. It now sports a rear rack, a B17 Brooks saddle and 700x28 Specialized Turbo Armadillos.
re: What are your "beater" bike(s)?(look271)look271
Mar 2, 2002 5:06 PM
It's a "Sport EX". Bought it off of a co-worker for $75 US. It is now a fixed gear-single speed. Pics to follow soon.....
gios compact pro@Peugot mutt (nm)grandemamou
Dec 28, 2001 5:52 PM
re: What are your "beater" bike(s)?B2
Dec 28, 2001 7:41 PM
Early to mid 90's?? Specialized Allez Epic Carbon with Ultegra


1996 Bontrager Race - XT, slicks and fenders for a winter commuter
Famous Leadalloy-framed AstraCrankist
Dec 28, 2001 8:24 PM
ca. '72. $20 garage sale complete bike and I paid WAYYY too much. I pity the poor slob in a Camry who tries to
take me out on this tank. Dimpled rims sing like Hell when the brakes are applied, but that only makes
it go slighty faster. Layin' down shoe leather gets the job done - and I look good doing it too. Oh - and
it's for sale - serious offers only please.
raleigh gran prixfuzzybunnies
Dec 28, 2001 9:18 PM
from around 82. outfitted with a 4 speed internal and a double crank. Has full fenders and studded tires in the winter. Used only when it's wet. -Russ
re: What are your "beater" bike(s)?EW
Dec 29, 2001 12:06 AM
Surly steamroller
Lemond Zurich
All of themchar
Dec 29, 2001 4:09 PM
After reading the other posts, looks like all my bikes are "beaters." I don't care, i have fun riding them all.

#4) Orange bike. Eddy Merckx lo-mid 80s, bought it used 10 yrs ago. Main road ride, exposed brake cables (shocking), friction shifting (don't need to call AAMCO when the the clicks ain't happening), and (gasp) best ridden without helmet (see Giro 88 GW picture)! One heck of a descender, great on rough roads, looks just like the Molteni Sunday in Hell.

#3) Green bike. Echelon, lo-mid 80s, bought it used for $50. Main commuter bike, had canti's brazed on last winter for the cyclo-cross conversion. Nothing original left on the bike, upgraded slowly thru the years. Great for on and off road excursions, best value in $ per kilometer. United Nations component mix: Sugino, Suntour, Shimano, Stronglight, Mavic, Modolo, Benotto.

#2) Black bike. Performance R101 mid 90s, free frame with some components. Setup as a single-speed 42x17, rain commuter and around town shopper (don't think anyone would steal a steel Performance branded bike!) It's a sad comment when the local Performance employees don't recognize this bike, I try to avoid the store, but Mom gives me gift certificates (it's on her way home, convenient to stop by.)
Got to give it points for taking on titanium/carbon wunderbikes and hanging with them.

#1) Purple bike. Schwinn Collegiate 5 speed (a bastard half step-child of the Varsity). don't have it now, sold it, but bought it for $5, no wheels. Was able to put a 700c wheelset on it, changed the chainring to a bmx 36. Road it to work in temps down to -20 (most cars don't want to start anyway.)
Beater's a '99 steel DB rigid MTB ...Humma Hah
Dec 29, 2001 7:37 PM
... I bought the Diamondback Sorrento to ride while my primary ride, pride and joy, friend for 30 years, the Schwinn cruiser, was laid up for repairs. The modern Sorrento is the beater.

In the rain, I may ride my wife's ancient lady's Higgins 3-speed, which has fenders.
re: What are your "beater" bike(s)?flying
Dec 29, 2001 8:13 PM
13 year old Masi Gran Corsa with Campy Chorus.. the original chorus ;-)
Still a great bike but I have a Colnago Master-X-Lite that I love now so the Masi is for the rollers.

PS: Sorry if this is a double post. 1st one didnt show up?

95 fuji roubaix full ultegra 9 sti w/rolf wheelsspdplayr
Dec 30, 2001 5:34 AM
recently slapped together:Leisure
Dec 30, 2001 11:53 PM
Repainted Trek Antelope frame, buncha LX stuff with a single 32-ring up front, Girvin Vector3 fork with coil/oil shock, Spinergy front and twist-spoked rear wheels. Super lazy commuter geometry with a slack-beyond-belief steerertube angle. I'm probably going to replace the frame with an undersized Rocky Mountain Blizzard frame, for wheelies/jumps, the 853, and I love the way Rocky's ride.
re: What are your "beater" bike(s)?Blue 'Goose
Jan 2, 2002 7:31 AM
Geez, right here! All my bikes are beaters for the moment.
But they're ridden to death. On the left, early 1990s vintage
Schwinn World Sport. On the right, a mid to late 1990s vintage
Mongoose Surge mountain bike. Now on its second derailleur and
beaten half to death.