Jan 26, 2002 5:53 PM
|I found my first 10 speed road bike in my mom's garage about 4 years ago,and hung it my garage for a couple of years,my wife has been trying to get rid of it since. "You'll never ride that bike again,if its not worth anything,just throw it out!"she said. I loaded it up once with some other junk,...........but the bike came back with me,I just couldn't do it. Before Christmas I took it to my mechanic and had it made ridable. On my way to the bike shop to pick it up today I thought back to the day I bought it new at Currie's Hardware Store,it had to be mid 70's,I can't remember the year or the make of the frame,it was a Japanese name and I peeled the decals off right away(my friends had Ralieghs and Bridgestones and back then Made in Japan labels were very embarassing),seems like it was about $80,the top line model with chrome rims. It took almost a year's paper route earnings but it was worth every nickle,I was the coolest kid on the block,until the 12 speeds came out.......... Damn the technology.|
Jan 26, 2002 11:02 PM
|... can't say that mine is resurrected, but I keep it around for "sentimental" reasons... a '70's vintage Bridgestone C-Itoh that I bought at the local Sheriff's annual auction in '73/'74... the first bike I bought with my own money.
Remain In Light.
|Still had my '70 Peugeot AO-8 til I backed over it...||cory|
Jan 27, 2002 1:09 PM
|Steel rims, cottered steel crank and all...everybody gasped when I paid $105 for it (the Brooks saddle alone would be $80 or so today). Kept it until a couple of years ago, when I backed into it in the garage and crunched the downtube.|
|Still have my second bike...||OutWest|
Jan 27, 2002 1:48 PM
|...which isn't in rideable condition but a couple of years ago I took it apart and wrapped up the parts. Its a 1959 Lincoln Imp made by The Hopper Company from Barton-on Humber, England and was originally a 5 speed. I sure wish I had kept it fully intact from when I first got it but at least I still have it and it is still the right size. One day I would like to restore it. My first bike was a Triumph with Sturmey-Archer 3 speed but my younger brothers made it into a mountain bike because of the very strong frame.|
Jan 27, 2002 5:19 PM
|Yeah it was the thing to do back then, peel off all the brand stickers from a bike that is.
I have some friends with nice older Vitus and Colnago stuff that they just peeled away.
Keep the bike. There is always a purpose for a second bike. I live near the beach. I used to ride my "new" bike down the coast trail until I realized that the sand was grinding away at my drive train. Now I have Dura Ace and would never come close to the beach. I ride my beater 1980's Centurion Accordo down that trail with it's Biopace chain rings...