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After crashing bad on my 10 yr old rockhopper mountain bike I got hold of a 1980 ten speed peugeot road bike.(cheap)to use for work. Now after 4 weeks regular use I LOVE this bike. ok , it's old but rides really nice.
anyone else on here regularly riding older road bikes?

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Shaun Audane [137 posts] 7 years ago
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Yes indeed. I've a mid 1950's Holdsworth Road path bike (heavily modernised) and a custom road bike built for me back in 1991. Both are very much fair-weather play-things. Nearly fell for a Peugeot or two in my time but the build quality was a little lacking-not so much on the HLE hacks but the higher end 531 and 753 race mounts.

Generally this was limited to poorly reamed seat-tubes but their aluminium "Comet" frame from the mid eighties was very exciting (for all the wrong reasons!)

Happened to share a Peugeot tandem back in 1991/92-fun, if a little whippy and basic in places!

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OldRidgeback [2769 posts] 7 years ago
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My old Ridgeback (where the forum name comes from) is 20 years old and has about 30,000 miles under its wheels. Mind you, it is on its second set of wheels, I've worn out one saddle (it got a new one but I put that on my BMX so it's actually on the thrid saddle), it's on its second rear mech and that one needs replacing soon. It's also on its third set of bars and its third set of front forks. Come to think of it, only the carrier, the front mech, the rear brake and the frame actually date back to July 1989 when I bought it. The bike I had before was a Falcon 10 speed that I'd owned for 12 years until someone nicked it from outside the pub where I'd stopped for a drink. My niece recently apologised to me as she said she'd had to junk my old Puch, which dated from 1975 and was the bike I had before the Falcon. The Sturmey Archer gears on the Puch were totally knackered and the bottom bracket had gone. My nephew said it wasn't worth saving.

What I particularly like about my old Ridgeback is that it's really dirty and looks of absolutely no interest to a bicycle thief. And yet it's totally functional and has decent brakes and gear (though the rear mech does need replacing as I said). It's a reliable commuter that's nice to ride and is set up the way I like and is a bike I can lock up in town, safe in the knowledge that a athief will always go for a shinier and newer bike. My shiny new (four year old actually) mountain bike is for weekend use only and doesn't get locked up and left.

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BigYin [27 posts] 7 years ago
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A couple of oldies, yep...

Circa 1990/91 ?
Raleigh 531c  Roadbike

1992/3ish frame, but some updates as it was a daily ride last summer
Dynatech 701

and one that's on extended loan to a mate...

Retro Roadbike

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pandeiro [17 posts] 7 years ago
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Holdsworth sounds lovely, Ilike to see older frames kept going with new gear, brilliant.  1

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pandeiro [17 posts] 7 years ago
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Here's a pic of my peugeot..

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dave atkinson [6301 posts] 7 years ago
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wow, that takes me back. is it made from 'carbolite 103' like my old pug was?

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Shaun Audane [137 posts] 7 years ago
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Here's a sneak peak at the Holdsworth...

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pandeiro [17 posts] 7 years ago
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yes it's a carbolite frame, just picked it up locally for 35 quid! Stuck on my own saddle plus a couple of cheap tyres, a six quid tesco's computer and new cloth bartape, now using her for my daily commute.