/ Oldest steed?
It's been pointed out to me that using a 17 year old Cannondale complete with Headshok system is like learning to drive in a car with a manual choke, no power steering, etc. Still, it seems to be doing the job for the time being.
It got me thinking, though - what's the oldest bike being regularly used by a UKCer?
Kona Lava Dome - bought second hand in 1998. Still expecting it to snap in half!
1962 Mercian that my mum used to time trial on. Only the frame though, I replaced all the other bits with new stuff last year.
have a orange p7 frame from around 96-97 with a pair of judy's sitting next to me waiting to be rebuilt
the above project will have to wait until i finish my new track bike
My brother has a P7 from that sort of time - still in (occasional) use.
I'm riding a fully rigid mtb from the early 90s at the moment, and i've an old FW Evans road bike/frame from the 60s possibly, don't know how old it is exactly though.
1990ish Trek 970 in use as commuter and for getting into remote hills.
Just sold a mid 90s Concorde Squadra EL and am still slightly regretting it.
> Kona Lava Dome - bought second hand in 1998. Still expecting it to snap in half!
1990 Lava Dome still going strong as a tourer and some time rigid MTB. Kona had it dialled way back then.
1996 GT that I do a few miles on every so often if I want to go off road.
> I'm riding a fully rigid mtb from the early 90s at the moment, and i've an old FW Evans road bike/frame from the 60s possibly, don't know how old it is exactly though.
MTB is a Mongoose Switchback in red, am going to have a disc brake mount brazed onto the back and some disc forks made by Field Cycles in Sheffield when I have the cash.
Am thinking it'll pay for itself eventually in me not having to replace rims as they wear out, the rims which were hardly used when put onto this bike are starting to show signs of wear after a bit less than a year approx.
'96 GT Zaskar LE in judy yellow (really stands out in a crowd)
1989 Kona Lava Dome. Now running slick tyres, V brakes and a respray. There's a bit of a theme developing on this thread, isn't there?
Don't be a moaner, get a Kona.
Commuting 15km each way to work on a 1979 Nishiki Landau, though *most* of the drivetrain is fairly new.
However, if anyone has a threaded Uniglide 12T or 13T sprocket around you could really make my day...
> '96 GT Zaskar LE in judy yellow (really stands out in a crowd)
'98 GT Zaskar. Forks, headset and wheels and drivechain replaced and it still gets ridden every week. Love it!
I have a 1996 Marin muirwoods that still gets the occasional run out. Saying that it is a 1996 bike is probably being a bit disingenuous though as only the frame, the front wheel and the mechs are original.
I should probably get rid of it as I have other bikes and would like to make space, but, I've had it since new and it was my first proper MTB.
I used to ride a ~1986 Peugeot Avoriaz road bike back and forth to work but the mailard hub went and in the ensuing crash i bent pretty much every component of the bike and had to get rid of it.
1956 Schwinn SS Cruiser, where it all came from.
A 1950's Hoffie steel track frame on my fixie gets used most days (when it's not in peices) which is good fun and a really nice ride even on really crappy roads. My first proper mtn bike was my dad's old chromo xc diamondback hardtail from the mid 90's with a set of Pace RC36's with the brakes on the back of the fork and period xt, it was great! Only finally made the move to a full susser this year.
I think old steel mountain bikes are pretty cool and so much better looking than all the new hydroformed aluminium stuff. Learning to ride on a hardtail without much travel makes you learn pretty quickly about picking a line and makes you a much better rider in the long run.
Now that's not quite true is it.
1973 Viscount Grand Prix.
Although to be fair it doesn't look very old as some one I know powder coated the frame for me and the groupset is a mixture of Shimano 5700/6700 parts :-P
Occasionally ride a 1937 Baines Flying gate and a 1953 Hetchins, too nice to ride regularly though. My almost daily ride is a 1991 653 framed Cougar with Campag Chorus 8sp.
We have a 1927 Raleigh Tandem.
> Now that's not quite true is it.
My old Marin has a lifetime guarantee on the frame, I'm not sure how comprehensive this is but it does go to suggest that they are confident in their products.
So far I haven't been able to break it.
Marin HawkHill rigid MTB from the early 90s which is excellent, but has been converted to hybrid status, plus a Claud Butler Majestic (531 frame) from early 80's which is about to be serviced to become my work bike (to save my Specialized Allez from getting wrecked over the winter).
Mountain bike = fully-rigid Trek Singletrack 970, 1995 model, bought in 1996, I think - might be a year later.
I also have a 1960s-ish Motobecane Inter Club road tandem, which I've entered the Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon on a few times.
> My old Marin has a lifetime guarantee on the frame, I'm not sure how comprehensive this is but it does go to suggest that they are confident in their products.
> So far I haven't been able to break it.
My Dynatech titanium frame had a lifetime guarantee, but when it snapped they replaced it with a heavier steel frame. Those guarantees don't mean much..........
recently, i bought a Carerra second hand. I liked it as it was black, lots of gears and slick tyres. Mainly as I'm interested in speed rather than grip :) Then, I found it was from Halfords :( It goes quite well, considering the age of the user. And I've gone travelling distances that only should be considered with a car.
A bit different to my Tour de France replicas I has when i was at school. It's more robust in that I'm not getting back wheels for it as i used to try to use them off road.
Makes me sound like a bike heathen ?
PS, good to see you're still around :)
Ahhh I have an Orange Clockwork half built waiting for time and love....in the meantime a Specialised Rockhopper is being lashed about a bit.
never quite took to the fangly stuff...though I reckon they would be great for my wrists these days!
Suspect I may have the oldest carbon road bike on here; a mid 90s Giant Cadex which I bought 2nd hand in 2000. Original frame with lots of replacement bits on it including carbon forks.
Weighs a ton compared with new carbon frames but rides nicely.
I was out riding at the weekend on my 1992 Salsa a la Carte. still complete with original tyres (though not very air tight), Suntour XC Pro, middleburn cranks, Rock Shox Mag 21SL Ti forks.
I last rode it in the Brighton Big Dog in 2009, before that I used it for National Points series until about 1995.
My friends were riding their "old" bikes too.... A Fat Chance Yo Eddy, and an Ibis Mojo.
I also have a Cannondale Raven Super V 4000, rare too, in raw carbon, that will be out for a ride soon, that is a 1997 vintage I think.
I've owned both of them from new.
I have a steel road bike, probably French-made, the original stem has '1990' marked on it. I acquired it on here actually. She is very much due an overhaul, so the frame is going in to the bike shop tomorrow to get the BB removed and the headset races pressed out, then it's going to the workshop for a shot-blast and powder-coat. When it comes back from there, it's getting a new BB and a rebuild. Unfortunately it's my Oxford town bike and it lives outside for most of the year, as my college has no covered bike racks, so it suffers a bit.
Fully rigid Orange c16r. Now relegated as a tourer but it has done penmachno in the not to distant past.
Still not totally convinced that its right with drop bars!
loverly to ride though
Got a 1930s' tandem that gets dusted down from time to time. Bought on ebay largely on impulse - good fun for nipping to the pub and back!
if i catch you using an Orange C16r with drop bars i might give you a good kicking and rescue and rehome your bike
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