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How often do you ride your retro bike?(15 posts)

How often do you ride your retro bike?laffeaux
Aug 15, 2003 3:39 PM
For those of you with old and new bikes, how often do you find that you actually ride the old bikes?

There's a '82 road bike on eBay right now that I'm being drawn to; however, I can't really justify it. I have several old MTBs that I have collected, and don't use them often (occasionally to get coffee), but otherwise they sit around and look good.

I already have two modern(ish) road bikes, and doubt I'd ever ride an older road bike, but still it calls my name.

What about the rest of you. How often do you actually get the retro-rides out?
re: How often do you ride your retro bike?techie470
Aug 15, 2003 3:54 PM
Twice today.

I used my 77 Nishiki for 90 minutes this morning for just bomming around town. Later in the day I rode it to the hardware store to pickup $4.00 in parts, 5 miles round trip. The Nishiki usualy gets out twice a week, but only for short rides.

Now if I was going on a real ride my Buenos Aires would be the bike. :)

re: How often do you ride your retro bike?moschika
Aug 16, 2003 4:08 PM
i ride my motobecane to work almost every week. not for the long haul but it's a good ride.
At least once a weekLC
Aug 16, 2003 4:09 PM
There is nothing better for a recovery ride than those old bikes. Typically they ride better with their small steel tubes and long wheelbase than the new frames which are ultra stiff and twitchy. I don't want to ride mine to fast or I can't show off the chrome lugs and bright red paint.

I am always amazed at how people seem to come out of nowhere and slow down to my pace to ask questions about the bike. I like to call it a chick magnet, but of course it is mostly men that are impressed with it. I have yet to get thru one ride without someone striking up a conversation about the bike. If I want to be left alone, then I take one of my boring Ti or carbon road bikes.
My '81 Bianchi pista is my daily ride. NMbanannapeeler
Aug 16, 2003 7:34 PM
re: How often do you ride your retro bike?Miyata 310
Aug 17, 2003 8:16 AM
I ride my Miyata 310 as often as I ride my MTB. I like the friction shifters better and it is just cool to ride. Rode it about 18 miles this morning and it was great. The only real change from origional is I replaced the seat a couple of times.
definition of retrowspokes
Aug 18, 2003 5:41 AM
It depends on the person's definition of retro. I have mostly 90s steel framesets that some consider retro. I don't. They are still new to me. I do have a 1980 Razesa frameset built up with newer (90s) 8 speed campy that I ride quite often and love it! So I guess...what is retro to you? I consider anything with ERGO or STI newer.
definition of retrolaffeaux
Aug 18, 2003 11:38 AM
I'm not sure what retro means either. Both of my current road bikes (actually both are CX frames) are steel. One is from '96 and the other from '00 or '01. I still put many miles on my '97 steel MTB hardtail too. I consider none of these bikes retro.

It turs out the bike I was interested in sold for more than I was willing to pay, so I didn't get it. The frame was a 1982 lugged Italian frame, and to me that is definitely retro. :)
definition of retrowspokes
Aug 19, 2003 6:48 AM
I agree...82 lugged was cool retro. Get yourself to some bike swap would be surprised at some of the prizes you can walk away with for low bucks.
Go here and check out some of these.

They have 70s/80s framesets. R531, Columbus tubing on the Aquila model bikes...all under $100. I have gotten several from them. You can see some examples of what the frames look like here
This is my site with some classic bike pics. You can see the Libertas...cheapies...and the Aquila. Maybe you can find yourself a cool deal here.

Good Luck.
All winter (from the first snow through, say, March.) PlusOldEdScott
Aug 18, 2003 6:49 AM
rainy days in summer, days the Zurich is down for some reason, or days I just feel like stretching my old friction-shifting muscles.

I'd say a third of my annual miles are on the old bike.
re: How often do you ride your retro bike?Aldo Ross
Aug 19, 2003 10:50 AM
I tend to use my bikes in phases... in early June I was riding the 1956 Bianchi most days, then in July I switched to the 1946 Olmo (cambio Corsa). The past couple of weeks I've been riding the 1953 Learco Guerra (cambio Paris-Roubaix). Probably putting in about 200 miles a week on them. Here's a pic of the '46 Olmo, still my favorite "rider".
Very retro dignified! Schweet to the youngsters. nmwspokes
Aug 19, 2003 11:34 AM
Almost exclusively ...Humma Hah
Aug 19, 2003 3:49 PM
... The '71 cruiser gets the lion's share of the miles. So far, it is the only bike I've ever ridden more than about 70 miles in a day ... I've done all my centuries and epics on it.

Once I get the wheels on the '74 Paramount rebuilt, I'll probably split the mileage between the two oldies.

The modern MTB gets about 5 miles a month or so.
Not too much now, but soon, quite a bit...girchygirchy
Aug 19, 2003 10:03 PM
Up until a few months ago, I did everything on my main mountain bike. Then I dragged my dad's '73 3-speed to school for a restoration project, where it languished in storage for lack of time.

A short time later, I purchased an '84 Mongoose mountain bike from a friend, and immediately set to work on it. Since it's been completed, I've taken it on a few road rides (it'll have slicks on it most of the time), and last week I dragged it up to Mackinac Island. It's an amazing bike, and each time I ride it, I love it even more.

I might be turning it into a singlespeed, but will probably leave the slicks on it normally for campus riding. I'm not sure what I'll do with the heavy 3-speed (which is in the middle of its restoration, finally), probably use it for campus riding also.

So I see each of my retros getting ridden much more than my modern mountain bike, probably two or three times each per week. They're quite appealing; sometimes I just marvel at them, especially the Mongoose...the thing's almost as old as I am, and it's aged so little, and has such a great feel. I haven't ridden the 3-speed much, but I hope it'll turn out the same way.

every workday and then someSao
Aug 20, 2003 3:09 PM
It's my commuter and occasional backup bike. Nothing like old steel with a long wheelbase on bumpy, potholed city streets.