Show and discuss your non-rat bikes here.
I got bit by the "Boardwalk Cruiser" bug less than a year ago, but even before that, I was telling myself that I needed to get back into riding for my general overall health. I have been enjoying riding and showing off my old Rollfast as much as I can. There are a few team mates at work that ride a 10 mile (or longer) lap around the facility where we work. I got my 1985 Raleigh only recently, but have joined my co-workers for a lap around the Navy base where we work. This is not "team riding", just a 10 mile jaunt...non competitive...not a race. I'm enjoying this alot, and am curious as to who else might ride a road bike.
I know the BMX side is popular here...how about road bikes?
For the record. I will never, Never, NEVER wear spandex!
How Come I'm Not In Charge?
...and for what it's worth. I have not heard one negative comment about my "old school" 26+ year old bike. On the contrary, they look at my Raleigh like the old classic that it is. I hear "WOW" more than anything else.
How Come I'm Not In Charge?
I have several road bikes, from 30+ years old to a couple years old. Some geared, some single speed; some steel, some aluminum. I ride the single speeds more ofter. Typically, I ride to work which is about 8 miles each way (only in the summer--I have to wait for my kids to get on the school bus during the school year and I don't have time then). In the evenings, at least a couple times a week (during warmer months) I ride between 10-20 miles. On the weekends I also usually take a ride of about 25 miles. I also take my cruiser on these same rides. It is just slower. And I am with you--I don't wear shiny, stretchy clothes.
I had a fixie for awhile, but it is hilly here in eastern Ohio, and I like coasting down hills, so I put a 2-speed kick back hub on it.
By the way, your cruiser is freaking cool!
I tried being serious, but it was boring.
My current bike is a Raleigh Sojourn, other stuff has pretty much taken a back seat to it. I've taken up randonneuring in the last couple of years, and just recently got my Super Randonneur award and just this last week, finished a 1200k, the Texas Rando Stampede. So yes, I do a bit of road biking. I've got 4,937 miles in this year so far.
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I rode skinny for years in college before mountain bikes took hold, mostly cause they were cheap or free and I didnt wanna leave my American in the bike rack.. was constantly buying bikes for new wheelsets as they don't do curbs well.
now my skinny is a 71 racer with a 2-speed..
The cost of my desire, to sleep now in the fire....
I go back and forth between a '65 Schwinn Racer and my "new" roadie an orange '74 Schwinn Continental. It's amazing how many times I get stopped while riding in the park with people telling me they had one just like it.
It's really fast too for a heavy Schwinn.
"I tried being reasonable, I didn't like it ."
One of the Original Five- Jersey Devils Bicycle Club
Ive been doin the same lately, keep saying I got to go and ride more for my health its not logical for me to ride to work since it varies from 10 miles to 100 and I always have to pack 2-500 pounds of tools with me , I got a 58 schwinn racer I was going to fix up for street duty but its hilly here and a single or 3 spd doesnt work to well as I found out with my cruisers and choppers. I recently picked up a BRC roadrace303 its a 12 spd with 27'ers got it for $5 put some new rubbers on her and swapped out the bars for mtn bars something about roadbike bars I cant stand and im with ya about the tights! lol. just got back from its mainden voyage feels good just gotta go out and use it! weathers gettin nicer!
Sure do! I'm also riding an 80's Raleigh. Mine's a red Pursuit... I live out in the sticks, so a skinny is the only way to go for serious transportation. Here it is this past winter in Kentucky:
Right now she's lightened up for nice weather... running no fenders, baskets or racks, plus a new high-flange front wheel.
All around me peaceful.
I choose comfort over speed. I can ride 10+ miles easily on my Electra. I figure peddling on a 40 pound single speed cruiser has got to be good for your health right?
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