The Bicycle Thread

I'm sure there's a few bicycle enthusiasts here that have a bike or two or ten in their garage. I consider myself a casual bike enthusiast and now gravitate to comfort or hybrid models. Still enjoy restoring older bikes that have languished in garages for a few decades. Here's a couple of vintage bikes recently acquired. Up first a mid 80's Peugeot Provence mixte frame unisex bike. This is made in France to Euro specs with a Sachs Dolmar group set. Second is a 1964 CCM Continental that I picked up for 10 bucks. The grease on this bike was so petrified that gas would not soften it. A soaking of light oil and 48 hours did the trick. Bike is now complete except for a shifter cable and white hand grips coming from France. This bike was top of the line and has a 6 volt generator built into the rear hub. No alloy metals on this one. Built to last and tips the scales at 42 pounds. I hope to get one or both bikes used in the local movie industry. They pay very well for vintage collector cars and props that they use even as background vehicles. New or old feel free to post your rides here...

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At the moment i only have this Puch Cavette and a bunch of newer bicycles. Sold most of them and I'm currently looking for an old 30/50's delivery bicycle.

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Ted Grant /

Nice Puch! Never owned one. Unheard of in Canada. If you want a old Dutch cargo bike you may have to visit Winnipeg. The Plain Bike Project is buying up Omafiets and anything old they can find in Holland. I like the Omafiets but they do weigh as much as a windmill. Thanks for your reply...

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I also love bikes and building them. Here’s a couple of my frame up builds.

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Ted Grant /

Nice collection. My back prohibits me from running drop bars anymore but I do like your Centurion. I'm getting soft in my old age and now have two hybrids with hydraulic disc brakes. I can't see myself spending much time on a vintage bike with mediocre side pull brakes and chrome rims...

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I have read a few of these bike threads that are always full of old road bikes. Not complaining. I had one I used to ride to school or friends houses.

However, to show what I am riding now, I have a snapshot of my cheap fat tire from the sporting goods store.

They aren’t fast. But it is very comfortable and simple. The fat tires are as good as most cheap bike suspension. It also handles all terrain with the exact same feel. Pedaling on pavement, gravel, sand, grass, etc. All feels about the same.

My front tube has about 5 punctures right now from my last trip out. Goatheads are a PITA here.

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I've already heard of the Plain Bicycle Project through Not Just Bikes

I'm not in the market for an Omafiets fortunately. I don't like those things, they feel quite unstable without the top bar.

I'm looking for something like this, although i don't have any practical use for it.

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I have a problem, I admit it. Here are a few I built.

I didn't build this one, but it's one of my favorites.

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Ted Grant /

@ Papa... I concur the fat bike tires are a lot of fun. They are very popular and 90% of local Ebike sales have 4 inch wide tires. Been there with those effen goat heads. We spent two months in Mesa Az. I was riding on the sidewalk due to construction. I decided to take the grass around a group of pedestrians. Big mistake...eight goat heads in the front tire and two in the back...Those things are insanely sharp.

@ Bas...I had a homebuilt cargo bike with a huge basket up front. Steering got really sketchy with a 24 of beer up front. Two big pannier bags on the rear rack worked much better...

@ Saabsonnetguy... I don't see a problem here. I would love to have a very early bike with a skip tooth chain ring. There's a few in the city running on the original wooden rims. Love your collection and your first bike is my clear favorite. If you still have a Saab Sonnet feel free to post a pic. I haven't seen one in person for at least 25 years...

Here's some vintage bikes that I picked up and all of them went to collectors. Unfortunately my buddy who owned a demolition business passed away in May and I lost my main source of old bikes. Cleaning out his yard took weeks. He also left behind a collection of thirty thousand vinyl records...

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That orange folding bike is awesome. I no longer own the sonett, but one day I'd like to find an earlier SAAB two stroke.

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Yea that orange bike reminds me of a swing bike I restored. Saab, I like your porteur style and get those ride so smooth. Check out my orange bike it’s actually 26”x 2.125” tired and has modern 1x11 sram billy goat shifting. A true ATB. Keep em coming y’all

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Ted Grant /

Here's a Dahon folder I bought for $25.00 and it cleaned up well. Didn't keep it long since I found it slow even with the huge chain ring and the steering was twitchy. The 16 inch wheels forced you to be constantly looking for pot holes or large cracks.

The orange single speed was converted from a used Walmart road bike I picked up cheap. The aluminum frame was well made but everything else on the bike attracted magnets. The burnt orange color is a rattle can engine enamel. I got the bike down to 23 pounds but it felt unrefined and cheap. If I upgraded all of the bearings it would probably feel better but I just sold it and made a few bucks.

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Theres def been a few bike threads, I always enjoy it, bikes are fun and very variable and customizable in a Lego erector sorta way like what I really dig about mopeds

And like mopeds, I've had a fuckload of bikes. But honestly this is the one that always stays. Old steel Omni, made by kawamura as best I can tell, its essentially a tall nishiki touring frame. I've had it forever and I love it. I've had MUCH "nicer" bikes but inevitably it's this that just feels the easiest to get on and ride. Id take it anyway over almost anything else.

I think a big part is I've had it so long I've made all the little changes to make it exactly mine, anything else would take years to get all done the way I want, and I ride it so much, anything else feels kinda wrong.

Still, I admit if someone gave me 300 I'd sell it. Likewise if it got stolen I'd easily pay 400 to get it back haha, it doesn't make a ton of sense. I love it tho

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Ted Grant /

Nice looking bike. I had a tall mans "Fred Deeley" road bike with a 25 inch seat post. Fred Deeley is a Harley dealer in Vancouver B.C. They and many businesses imported Japanese 10 speeds in the early 70's. I'm 5 foot 10 and I felt comfortable riding the bike but mounting and dismounting was a challenge. I usually shy away from large men's and women's step thru frames. Most women only want a men's frame single speed conversion.

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> Ted Grant wrote:

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> Here's a Dahon folder I bought for $25.00 and it cleaned up well. Didn't

> keep it long since I found it slow even with the huge chain ring and the

> steering was twitchy. The 16 inch wheels forced you to be constantly

> looking for pot holes or large cracks.

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> The orange single speed was converted from a used Walmart road bike I

> picked up cheap. The aluminum frame was well made but everything else on

> the bike attracted magnets. The burnt orange color is a rattle can

> engine enamel. I got the bike down to 23 pounds but it felt unrefined

> and cheap. If I upgraded all of the bearings it would probably feel

> better but I just sold it and made a few bucks.

That folder is really nice!

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Ted Grant /

Thanks Stephen. The deal breaker with the folder was the 16 inch wheels. Twenty inch wheels might be able to handle our potholes and a full size bike with 28 inch wheels isn't too bad. Everybody claims to have the worst potholes on the planet but our streets are a joke compared to our neighbors in North Dakota. Found a meme I liked...

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> Everybody claims to have the worst potholes on the planet

Not me, the only pot-holes in the Netherlands are our coffeeshops.

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My favorite bicycle was a plain Jane 26” Raleigh street bike with a 3 speed Sturmey Archer thumb shifter. Three speed Schwinn Collegiates are also nice bikes. I don’t need more than 3 speeds, (edited)

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Ted Grant /

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> Not me, the only pot-holes in the Netherlands are our coffeeshops.

True facts. My first visit to Holland was a eye opener. Compared to North America the Dutch people have a relaxed attitude towards many subjects considered taboo such as alcohol and light recreational drug use. Canada has switched to legalized cannabis with restrictions. I remember visiting my wife's cousins in Eindhoven. The tv was on in the background with a news channel. They mentioned something about Canada that caught my attention so I started watching then they switched to a five minute segment of soft porn then back to the stock market prices. WTF just happened...LOL. Obviously much more entertaining than five minutes of pharmaceutical commercials. Again relaxed views on nudity still considered taboo here. If travel restrictions aren't a hassle we would love to go back for a couple of months.

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Ted Grant /

> Moped Lar wrote:

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> My favorite bicycle was a plain Jane 26” Raleigh street bike with a 3

> speed Sturmey Archer thumb shifter. Three speed Schwinn Collegiates are

> also nice bikes. I don’t need more than 3 speeds,

I ran a 1976 Raleigh Record converted to three speed for years. Also had a Schwinn 5 speed made in Chicago. Both were great bikes.

I picked up a new Vilano hybrid three years ago with a 8 speed Shimano Alfine internal hub. While 8 speeds are overkill I would have trouble going back. The beauty of a internal hub is low maintenance and smooth operation. Added bonus is the ability to gear down at a standstill. This bike was offered for a very short time on Amazon.com. Price was $479.00 USD delivered to the border. It has a aluminum frame with belt drive and hydraulic brakes. Since the picture was taken I have added fenders and a rear rack. This one is a keeper.

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Rebuilt that Manitou for a Diamondback. XTC is ridden weekly.

I’m 2nd owner of the Fat Chance Team Yo Eddy. Got it from someone that raced it back in the day and I’ve been playing around with components, currently set up for easy rides on pavement and bike paths.

Also have a Raleigh Twenty, and a Chicago made 1964 Schwinn SuperSport. It’s unique because it was one step below the paramount but brazed by hand on the same benches, unlike the other models that were electro brazed.

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Niiiice

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> True facts. My first visit to Holland was a eye opener. Compared to

> North America the Dutch people have a relaxed attitude towards many

> subjects considered taboo such as alcohol and light recreational drug

> use. Canada has switched to legalized cannabis with restrictions. I

> remember visiting my wife's cousins in Eindhoven. The tv was on in the

> background with a news channel. They mentioned something about Canada

> that caught my attention so I started watching then they switched to a

> five minute segment of soft porn then back to the stock market prices.

> WTF just happened...LOL. Obviously much more entertaining than five

> minutes of pharmaceutical commercials. Again relaxed views on nudity

> still considered taboo here. If travel restrictions aren't a hassle we

> would love to go back for a couple of months.

You must have been watching the news pretty late at night, the softporn commercials usually dont come on untill around midnight. Travel restrictions are currently not in place for vaccinated people, but due to a rise of unvaccinated a-holes ending up in the hospital that might change next week.

OT: nice bicycles everyone! Does anyone here have some pre-1940 bicycles to show us?

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I just sold my 1948 Schwinn DX klunker because my cat kept crashing on it.

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^ :)

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Ted Grant /

Black cats have always been considered bad luck...

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Pushrod Fifty /

I want to sell my two old timey bikes and buy a serious road bike for next spring. I was looking at ebikes and the serious ones are up around 6K. I found this ebike that is still under development and put my name in for one. It is a Vanmoof V, Dutch. It will have a top speed of 31mph. Won't be ready for another year but I'm no hurry. (edited)

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Ted Grant /

Looks like this Vanmoof V can make you feel like an equal part of traffic. Current Canadian regulations limit e bikes to 500 watts and a top speed of 20 MPH. They are not suitable to mix with traffic. This will discourage people from buying a low powered e bike that is only good for limited recreational use on quiet residential streets and bike paths. If 1000 watts was allowed they would be practical for commuting and mixing with cars.

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You can commute on a bicycle tho, a 20mph ebike just makes it less physical effort. If you're driving on road with cars you should have something more like an e moped or motorcycle I'd think

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