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Friday Poll : First memorable bike....(46 posts)

Friday Poll : First memorable bike....PEDDLEFOOT
May 9, 2003 5:19 AM
What was the first bike you had that really turned you into a cyclist.Mine was an old steel 1976 Panasonic I got as an 8th grade graduation present.After I got that I was able to ride farther and faster than I ever was able before.That was what got me hooked.How about you?
Schwinnterry b
May 9, 2003 5:32 AM
1967 purple 5 speed Stingray - you had to pry me off of it.
Skinny tires, metal-fleck paint, pearl banana seat. Swapped the Schwinn shift knob for one that said "Hurst."

My friends and I spent that summer riding (what seemed anyway) all over the city.
Junkyard specials, spray painted metallic gold. nmSpunout
May 9, 2003 5:39 AM
Bright red Schwinn Le Tour (nm)ColnagoFE
May 9, 2003 5:42 AM
re: Friday Poll : First memorable bike....jeff27
May 9, 2003 5:46 AM
Mine, a Dawes, in 1984. Had a really good year in
10th grade, so my parents knew I needed something to
the replace the kent which was just about dead. They
surprised the heck out of me. I thought
the Dawes was gorgeous, it had brown metal fleck paint
that glinted in the sun. That was the first bike I got
with toeclips. That was the first summer I got bike
shorts too. Bought the shorts and a pair of black leather
Detto shoes and gloves with money I had saved over the winter working part time.
Used to ride down to the beaches along the CT shoreline, and just keep going. God , I miss that bike.
Schwinn; still own and love itc722061
May 9, 2003 5:48 AM
Two years ago I was visiting a LBS to buy a chain for my MTB (which I haven't ridden on in 6 years), I saw a beautiful red Schwinn road bike on the rack and asked to take out for a spin. Man! I was hooked immediately because it is a feather weight compare to my MTB (35+ lbs). I bought it, put flat pedals on, went out for about 1 hour ride. I went home and got a serious post-ride high. I have been riding road bikes ever since, still love the Schwinn although I purchased another medium-end bike recently.
May 9, 2003 5:58 AM
In '72 or '73 my father bought me a beautiful Motobecane Mirage. It was a gorgeous green with gold accents, Simplex derailler, cottered crank. I rode it on my first day trips along Lake Michigan until I saved enough money to buy a candy red Grand Jubilee. The early-mid 70's were wonderful years for Motobecanes. I bought another in the early 80's but that bike was a poor imitation of what they'd been. I'll always remember those early bikes and the trips I took on them including an attempt at the Apple Cider Century.
Diamondback IntervalPaulCL
May 9, 2003 5:58 AM
I inherited $1000 from my Grandmother's estate, so (at my wife's prompting) I bought a bike. For $135, I bought a 30lb schwin. Horrible bike. But a friend got me hooked on riding. He invited me to ride with him on a bike trail one day. I rode 25 miles without breaking a sweat. I was hooked!

A year later, I noticed this beautiful Diamondback at my LBS. I wanted it. BAD. I did some work for my Mom on a rental house for which she paid me - by buying that bike! I was about 28 years old. Yup, mommy bought me a bike.

Crappy wheels (Matrix??), Shimano exage 600 components, but it fit like a dream. I rode it for most of 8 years upgrading the components (Ultegra), wheels (Mavic CXP30's then OP's), etc... Eventually I outgrew afford better. I bought a Colnago. I gave that bike to my brother who never rides it.

That Diamondback really got me into cycling. I ought to call my brother and get it back. It would make a great fixie. Paul
re: Friday Poll : First memorable bike....mackgoo
May 9, 2003 6:02 AM
I was about 13. It was a beautifull Bianchi Nuevo Record, Celeste of course. I bought it at Bicycle Revival in Quincy. That summer my cousin and I drove all over the Cape and Nantucket
Me too! Bianchi Nuevo Recordtarwheel
May 9, 2003 7:16 AM
My Celeste Bianchi was the first really nice road bike I owned, bought in 1985 just after I got married. I still have the frame but will probably sell it soon, athough it would make a great single speed/ fixe if I had the inclination. My first bike was a red Schwinn cruiser that I wish I still owned, but it's been gone for years and years.
Schwinn 3 speed when I was in 5th grade.MXL02
May 9, 2003 6:05 AM
Raced to school every was my Nishiki 10 speed high school graduation present. Rode it all summer, went to college, where it was promptly stolen. Gave up cycling for running for the next 30 years. After I had back surgery for a blown disc, I again took up cycling...and have never looked back.
re: Friday Poll : First memorable bike....ridingthegyro
May 9, 2003 6:14 AM
It was a nice used kids bike that had been refurbished. I was about 8 years old and had an early morning delivery job on my bike.
1st year as a messenger bought a Sanino SLX w/Campy SRecord. (nmonespeed
May 9, 2003 6:30 AM
Raleigh Rampar BMXgtx
May 9, 2003 6:42 AM
Weighed a ton. Motivated me to work and save my money to get a Mongoose.
red raliegh bmx...I loved that bike.Frith
May 9, 2003 7:12 AM
Was actually my 3rd bike...The other two were no name green and orange castaways that I grew out of within a year. This was the first bike with a name. It had Yellow knobby tires which I thought looked absolutely amazing a yellow saddle and yellow grips. It had coaster brakes which I used to skid the tires bald. I was six years old. I was at a flea market with my mum. This guy at a booth was selling it for $50. I didn't ask for the bike. I didn't need to. The look on my face was all my mum needed to know how much I wanted it. She talked the guy down to $45 which was more than she could afford to spend at the time. Thanx for reminding me...I'll have to thank her.
1964 JC Higgins cruiser with tankboneman
May 9, 2003 6:49 AM
Candy apple red, tank style with built in headlights (useless), massive cowhorn handlebars, hard saddle with two big chome coil springs, heavy steel chromed fenders, jet style luggage rack with rakish chrome rails and two bullet lense tail lights, Bendix two speed coaster brake and 26.0xbig balloon whitewall tires.

It was a tank but durable. The Bendix two speed, a gentle reverse motion on the pedals to shift between low and high. Great for power slides and had more than one crash on that baby.

I had it through my college days. Last seen locked up to a steel railing outside of an apartment in Watertown, Mass we had just vacated. We moved out at night and I forgot about it until a couple of weeks later. Went back and it was gone. By that time I had moved on to a 1975 Gios Torino so now, just a fond memory.

Well, before that there was my older sister's Schwinn which I rode unsupervised as a toddler. Again, more than a few scabs from reckless behavior but since it wasn't mine, nothing memorable.
bright red Schwinn SSKenS
May 9, 2003 7:02 AM
I must have gotten it in 2nd or 3rd grade. My parents bought it big so that I could "grow into it." The first two years I had it, I used special pedals that clamped around the original pedals so that my feet would reach them. I had to do an odd jumping mount/dismount to start and stop and sat on the crossbar while I rode. I did grow into the bike and rode it everyday until we moved when I was 12. I rode to school. I had a paper route. My buddies and I would cruise around our little town. It was a real "Andy Griffith Show" life.
1991 ShogunWrigleyRoadie
May 9, 2003 7:04 AM
I was probably 5-7 at 14 years old, and the bike was at least a 57cm. I needed to get a running start just to get on the thing - I should go back and find the shop that sold it to me and beeyatch slap them :-) That aside, I rode that thing from one end of Maine to the other. I eventually put a disc cover on the rear wheel and started doing duathlons. I figured out that it was the wrong size when I had back pains, and upgraded to a Diamondback Master TG (Centurion), which is still in my kitchen!
Gotta be 2--Pink kids' Raleigh & all-chrome Mongoose MBretro
May 9, 2003 7:19 AM
The Raleigh was a "racer" (single-speed, but skinny tires) I got in fifth grade. It was probably a tank, but the skinny, high-pressure tires (75psi, compared to my friends' 50-60!) let me go farther and faster than ever before. Then, 25 years later, my wife bought me an early, all-chrome, 30-pound Mongoose mountain bike that made me an adult cyclist.
Miyata 712Kubernetes
May 9, 2003 7:37 AM
Miyat 712 w/ full 105 after finishing 6th grade (1986). That bike made a lifelong cyclist out of me. I had no clue what I was doing or how I should be doing it, but I just rode the crap out of that bike. A beautiful machine... I still miss it.
Schwinn Continental (hence the handle)Continental
May 9, 2003 7:38 AM
My brother bought it new in 1973, but I hijacked it and bought it from him in 1974. I lived in a small Ohio town, population about 2000. The bike gave the 14 and 15 year old me the freedom to ride and go where I wanted with my two best friends. My parents would see us leave on our bikes. They no idea that we were going to towns 20, 30 or 40 miles away. The bike weighed about 42 pounds, had 10 speeds, and steel rims but it was a pleasure to ride that hooked me for life.
1974 Raleigh Gran PrixMike Prince
May 9, 2003 7:44 AM
Red/black, plastic simplex derailleurs, weinmann centerpulls, cottered crank. The bike's still in the family as my older brother had it repainted in the mid 80's and fitted it with Campy Gran Sport stuff. Unfortunately he replaced the original leather saddle with a huge Avocet.

Gosh that was a great bike....
One of my best friends had 1974 Raleigh Gran PrixContinental
May 9, 2003 7:55 AM
I was jealous. The Gran Prix was so light compared to my Continental. It had lugs, better paint, and that leather saddle that broke in so nicely.
first bike Gitane...but a Giant started it.sievers11
May 9, 2003 7:45 AM
My first road bike was a Gitane hand me down, but I didn't get into it much.

I got a Giant Perigee in 1992 that really started me out. Cromoly main triangle with hi-ten fork and seat/chain stays...and Look Pedels.

First racer...Fuji Team, last year.

Metalflake Green Schwinn Sting Ray "Stik-Shift"Gregory Taylor
May 9, 2003 7:45 AM
This bike was TOO COOL. Chrome Sissy Bar, "Drag Slick" rear tire (the shoulders were squared to look like a dragster tire) and a three speed "Stik-Shift" on the top tube (which, in retrospect, was very dangerous).

My Sting Ray was eventually stolen. We never knew for sure who did it, but the cops (yes, we reported it) suspected a certain neighborhood kid. I was not saddened when, years later, I heard that he was killed in a drug deal that went bad.
1980 Red Olmo boy I loved that bike back thenabicirider
May 9, 2003 7:46 AM
Just graduated high school I was sick of driving my car already lol bought a Red Olmo with gali components, Boy I thought at that time that was the finest piece of Itialian machaniery money could buy, I wish I still had that bike would for sure be a piece of retro.
Be Safe Out On The Roads!!!!!!!!!!
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
re: Friday Poll : First memorable bike....Cat 3 boy
May 9, 2003 8:06 AM
My 1982 Colnago "Saronni", ferrari red, white panel with black Colnago script.

Equipped with Campagnolo Super Record groupset, exposed brake cables & those beautiful (and light) Campag record pedals, clips & straps.

A 75lb, rear suspended yellowSpecialTater
May 9, 2003 8:11 AM
bmx bike. I can't remember the brand (for some reason I thought yamaha, but this was 1982 after they quit making their "moto" bike). It was a hoss. My 85 lbs could barely compress the 2 spring shocks.

The schwinn banana seat 3 speed was cool, but the Schwinn 12 speed RB was my fondest riding memory.
re: Friday Poll : First memorable bike....M_Lou
May 9, 2003 8:18 AM
1970's vintage hand-me-down Peugeot w/Reynolds 531 tubing, Mafac brakes and Simplex derailleurs. Got thus bike from a cousin when I was in junior high school just after getting hooked into cycling through seeing "Breaking Away"
I forget. OK, the first bikedjg
May 9, 2003 8:30 AM
was a red thing; the second bike was a metallic blue stingray, with a black banana seat (with racing stripes). My friend and next door neighbor Dave had the same damn bike and we'd ride everywhere on those things. My first ROAD bike was a Gitane Junior Racer, acquired for my 13th birthday. Sweet. 10--count 'em--10 speeds.
Nishiki International - candy apple red, gold pin-stripping...PdxMark
May 9, 2003 8:33 AM
around the lugs, Sun Tour Cyclone derailleurs... also my first "major" purchase $300 in 1978 - also too big for me... I should have got the next size down... My college bike, touring bike...
had one of those too ..tarwheel
May 9, 2003 10:14 AM
Funny, I also bought a Nishiki Int'l in 1978, just after I graduated from college. Mine was navy blue, and a little too large as well. I later sold it to my brother who rode it until the frame rusted and broke. (He sweats a lot.)
had one of those too ..PdxMark
May 9, 2003 11:47 AM
I rode mine alot during college, but then it sat for 10+ years - it was a good old friend that really tried to kill me only once. When I got back into cycling the integrated shifting was too nice and functional not to have. I gave mine ol' International to a local group that fixes up bikes and gives them to low-inclome adults or kids.
re: Friday Poll : First memorable bike....abelson
May 9, 2003 8:38 AM
Red Schwin Stingray with a banna seat. It was the first "two" wheeler I rode.
Raleigh Rapide(?) w/suntour nmthe bull
May 9, 2003 8:39 AM
re: Friday Poll : First memorable bike....ajn
May 9, 2003 9:18 AM
For my 14th birthday (1965) my dad got me a Fiorelli bicycle with Campy Gran Sport components--my first ten speed. (He apparently had some connection to the importer.) I remember that, at first, I was really upset it wasn't a Schwinn Varsity--which was what all my friends had. It took me a while to get that this might actually be a better bike. My only regret looking back is that I gave it away during my sophmore year at college.
1971 Univega Gran RecordRickC5
May 9, 2003 9:28 AM
My first "real" road bike, including sew-ups. Bought used in 1973, I rode it for a few years and then my wife rode it for a few more. All-in-all, a good beginner's bike.
Are you sure that wasn't an Italvega Gran Record? nmbicyclerepairman
May 9, 2003 12:07 PM
Mid-70's baby blue Gitane.KG 361
May 9, 2003 9:57 AM
Lugged frame. Suntour shifters. 1st "real" road bike. Loved that thing. Unfortunately, I outgrew it. All my friends had Schwinn Varsitys. How normal. I had a hand-made French beauty.
Nostaglic: 1952 Firestonecoonass
May 9, 2003 10:04 AM
was my very first, heart-thumping bike: Green, w/chrome fenders, tank, horn, headlight, rear-view mirror and chromed fork springs....Santa brought it !!! Eventually graduated to 1950 Merc and girls...military, marriage, kids, divorce followed, then 1981 Fuji Grand SE (453 Reynolds [cast-iron, I think :)]
re: Friday Poll : First memorable bike....Toothpick
May 9, 2003 10:46 AM
Junior size yellow peugot. in the early/mid 70's
1995 C'dale F700 (received in 7/94 - 1st year for that model).nmjtferraro
May 9, 2003 11:15 AM
Although 1st road bike was a Firenze, my great uncle gave me. nmjtferraro
May 9, 2003 11:17 AM
Pink Schwinn Prelude...funknuggets
May 9, 2003 12:33 PM
Thought it was the coolest bike in the world with downtube index shifting and clip pedals.

white seat, white frame pump and white bar tape/hoods made it look extra sweet.
Nishiki: black and white, sweet ride....uksrfr
May 9, 2003 2:52 PM
Mongoose BMX!!!!shamelessgearwhore
May 9, 2003 3:51 PM
I must have been 11 or 12 years old and somehow the family found the dough to get me a brand new beautiful little Mongoos BMXer. Ahh the jumps, the crashes, the 4am paper routes in the rain..... Those were the days.