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Recapturing your youth vs. being a bit silly and impulsive.(11 posts)

Recapturing your youth vs. being a bit silly and impulsive.Elefantino
Jan 13, 2003 5:44 PM
So there's this Raleigh Super Course Mk. II for sale. Red, from 1973, just like my old one. In really good condition. Decals are in fine shape (the Reynolds 531 decal is perfect), good components, and the killer, albeit straight-gauge, frame. I want to buy it. My wife says I am just being a little boy.

Price is not the object here. (It's cheap.) Having just had to justify the '85 Debernardi, I'm probably pushing my luck to add yet another old bike to the stable.

However, it's tempting. I can still remember taking the Raleigh for a lap around Lake Tahoe when I was 16, fearless and thought Eddy Mercx was bigger than Joe Namath.

Even if I don't buy it, it was a fun trip down memory lane.

Ever have a bike like that?

re: Recapturing your youth vs. being a bit silly and impulsive.davee
Jan 13, 2003 6:03 PM
If its cheap and you don't want it, do you think I could take a look? I bought my first "serious" road bike in 1973. It was a 25" frame (Record or Grand Prix maybe?)
A low end 10 speed road bike, but it was Made in England and the over $100 price tag and skinny tires made it seem exotic. I sold it in a garage sale over 15 years ago, and have missed it ever since. I understand.

davee (e-mail ken
re: Recapturing your youth vs. being a bit silly and impulsive.pina
Jan 13, 2003 6:08 PM
My parents gave me a 1974 green raleigh super course. I still ride it as a fixed gear with the original front wheel and original brakes and some added fenders for here in Seattle. I am very attached to it since my dad passed away. Do yourself a favor, buy the bike. My wife still has some things for sentimental reasons. Go for it.
Just agree with her.....PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 14, 2003 5:02 AM
....that you're being a little boy and threaten to hold your breath until she says yes.It seems to work for me. :-)
Good luck on your decision.Or hers!
re: Recapturing your youth vs. being a bit silly and impulsive.McAndrus
Jan 14, 2003 5:21 AM
Mine was a Motobecane Mirage I bought for $150 in 1975 when I was attending Metro State in Denver. I used it to commute, to spend lazy afternoons in the foothills above Golden, and the occasional group ride to Red Rocks.

I finally salvaged it for parts in 1991 and put the frame in the landfill. I'd felt like I lost a longtime family pet.

But still I wouldn't get another one. Even the cheap stuff is so much better now that it hurts just thinking about the clip and strap pedals, the downtube shifters, the leather saddle I never could break in just right, and the noodley bottom bracket.

Now I'm spoiled.
re: Recapturing your youth vs. being a bit silly and impulsive.Alpedhuez55
Jan 14, 2003 6:42 AM
I have been looking for a Lotus bike or frame myself. It was my first real bike. THey were by no beans a great brand, but they made very nice price point bikes in the 80's. I bought one with my paper route money 21 years ago. I lost 70 pounds riding that bike. I almost lost my life after getting hit by a car. The bike survived with just a broken chain but I was a week in the hospital. I made the mistake of throwing it away when I bought a Gitane to replace it. THe Gitane was a piece of garbage but I 18 & stupid and wanted something French.

I would like to get my hands on another one though. I was jealous one day when someone brought a beautiful Lotus Bike that he found in a dumpster into a shop. I offered to buy it but the guy did not want to sell. I look on ebay and they show up there ocasionally. It would be a nice beater/retro bike for me.

Mike Y.
My youth isn't all that far goneFrith
Jan 14, 2003 7:32 AM
some would argue that at 25y.o. in a couple weeks, I'm still in the thick of it. Nevertheless my LBS has a Steve Bauer bike sitting outside that would make a perfect fixie-fixer-upper. I grew up watching and idolizing steve bauer. So this is definitely a nostalgia peice. I can't find much out about this frame. I think it might be a miele built up in steve bauer stickers. It sure is pretty though...nice royal blue paint...with yellow decals. I'm going to outline the blue lugs with a bit of yellow paint and do a whole big blue/yellow theme with bartape, tires, seat.....i'm rambling now.
re: Recapturing your youth vs. being a bit silly and impulsive.Continental
Jan 14, 2003 7:59 AM
I tell people that the biggest mistake of my life was selling my gold plated 1982 Raleigh Superbe, not the clunky 3 speed from earlier years, but a nice sports bike with Suntour Superbe groupo and tubulars. I'm always looking for one. I'm lucky because my neighbor restores old cars. I spend a few hundred on bikes and keep them in the basement. He drops $30,000 on old exotic cars and his wife parks in the driveway.
well, if it's cheap, get it.weiwentg
Jan 14, 2003 2:24 PM
more importantly, how's the Serotta doing? (I may have missed some of your posts; what's with the Debernardi?) is the neck doing OK?
Peddlefoot's suggestion sounds perfect, btw.
re: the Serotta, the Debernardi, the neckElefantino
Jan 14, 2003 5:57 PM
All are fine, thanks, W!

The Serotta got its baptism last fall at the Savannah Century. It's been a stud and I love it. The Debernardi was a lark purchase: I saw it on eBay and sniped it at the last minute. Beautiful Columbus SLX with crome, Campy ... I really got a steal. I bought it as the rain bike, but it's too good for a rain bike ... so that's why I'm looking at the Raleigh! (I am nuts, yes.)

The neck is fine. It doesn't give me as much trouble as the back, which tends to hurt a bit on 50+ mile rides. I'm hoping for a good insurance settlement from the accident.

Take care.

Buy it. You won't regret it.look271
Jan 14, 2003 3:17 PM
Mine was a mid 70's Gitane. Paid $150 or so for it (with $$ saved from a paper route). I loved that bike, but I outgrew it. I just last month found a similar one on e-bay for $5.51! I now have 3 "old" bikes. It will become another fixed gear for me. I just look at it now in the garage and smile. Can't wait to ride it!