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We've just got talking about this in the office so thought we'd throw it out to everyone else! For me it's some More Mile bib tights bought in around 2009, and news editor Simon still uses these winter gloves bought from Condor Cycles some time in the 90's. 

Feel free to share (pics preferable), we'll throw it out on our Facebook and Twitter too and there will be a prize for the oldest!

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OldRidgeback [3260 posts] 3 weeks ago
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I still use the cycling jacket I bought in 1990 before heading to Spain to ride up the Cares Gorge on my MTB. Some of the stitching is loose and there's a hole in one elbow from an 'off' but it's what I wear over my BMX kit when I'm training on cold days. I don't wear it every day for commuting like I used to but it is used very regularly. I wore it on Sunday and again this Tuesday.

And I still ride my old MTB too, that very same one I rode up the Cares Gorge all those years ago. Ok, so only the frame, front mech, carrier, back brake and bottle holder are actually original. 

I have a newer MTB for off-road riding and the old one is just my commuting hack these days. But 30 years of hard use and high mileages shows some of the benefits of steel frames.

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Organon [383 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Castelli Once team short sleeved jersey in TDF alt Black colours. Gets out once or twice a summer, should last another 100 washes.

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The _Kaner [1227 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Myself: produced 1967, been in use for cycling (ok it was a tricycle, initially) since 1970.

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LastBoyScout [666 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Have still got an ancient pair of Shimano SPD shoes from very early 90s - don't use them any more, but just can't quite bring myself to bin them, even if the sole on one of them is in danger of coming off.

Got an Axo jersey from mid-90s and pair of Nike bib shorts of similar age that just refuse to die - and they've been almost entirely used for mountain biking, so it's not like they've been cossetted on road duties.

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crazy-legs [1186 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Hardly ever wear it now but I've still got one of those classic purple & orange Ronhill windshell jackets from about mid 90's.

My MTB has an original Flite Ti saddle on it which was used on at least two MTBs before this one so is probably 20 years old. It's rather scuffed but SO comfy. 

 

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gnarlyrider [37 posts] 3 weeks ago
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I have La Vie Claire jersey from about 1985 that still gets out on some summer days. The picture is me setting off for France from Llandudno to watch the 1989 Tour. 

 

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Shades [516 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Ortlieb Pannier Bags - must be over 20 years old now.  Indestructable!

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Freddy56 [446 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Galibier mistral bib tights. 7 winters now. I own a Superconfex jersey for 18 years but its a good 9 since it fitted me!

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CyclingInBeastMode [296 posts] 3 weeks ago
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gnarlyrider wrote:

I have La Vie Claire jersey from about 1985 that still gets out on some summer days. The picture is me setting off for France from Llandudno to watch the 1989 Tour. 

 

That's some snazzy bags you had there, I had a LVC Selle San Marco on my Raleigh record Sprint that I only moved on last year as I had no need for it and gave it away. My jersey was a mainly pink Campagnolo that I can't remember what happened to.

I first went to France in 1990 but was supposed to be in Gran Canaria for two weeks but the lass I was with had a meltdown so it got binned off, best thing that happened that year tbh as I met loads of lovely people and got to see the laps on the Champs ( I went to tour not to chase the race), it was 104F in Paris that day and the whole couple of weeks was ridiculously hot.

Still got an early 90s Muddy fox* pannier rack affixed to my commute bike that lugs everything from kids bikes and lawnmowers bungee strapped to it, oldest jersey is a well beaten up DeMArchi from about 2003ish, holes in the shoulder from an off, the armpits are a bit er salty even after deep cleaning but it fits like a glove still and is super soft so it gets worn often during the summer

Oldest bike is older than me by a decade and gets half a dozen soft pedal outings a year.

I've a leather wallet from 1987 that I got as a xmas pressie that i used to take with me when I first started cycling further, hardly any wear to it but then as a Yorkshireman that's hardly surprising reallyyes

*back when they made decent kit

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Ad Hynkel [204 posts] 3 weeks ago
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A mid 80s polyester version of a knitted jersey made for belgian cycling club Het Slijpend Wiel. No affiliation, bought it from a dodgy secondhand place in the arches at Camden market back in the 90s. It's a shocker in the summer but gets hauled out occasionally when the temps drop, which is most of the year up here to be fair, so I really should wear it more to represent the Slijpers.

If you want an example photo may as well go back to the source. Check out the Peter Griffin lookey-likey man with glasses in the photos here:

http://www.hetslijpendwiel.be/componenten/filebeheer/bestanden/854720733...

 

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armb [186 posts] 3 weeks ago
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My bike frame, forks and most of the headset are from 1993. I had other bikes before that, but I don't think I had any kit that I still use.

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guidodg [4 posts] 3 weeks ago
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my legs...

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The _Kaner [1227 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Still have this baby, bagged and tagged. Dont know where, when it was purchased. But is in pristine unused condition.

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iandusud [203 posts] 3 weeks ago
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My wife and I both regularly ride our 1989 Moultons. We also still wear our Tudor Sport tights that just do not wear out and look like new after a wash. Mine date from the mid 80s. We also regularly wear our fluo yellow Gortex jackets from the same era although the yellow is somewhat faded now. 

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peakingintwomonths [41 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Karrimor panniers and bar bag, July 1984

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gnarlyrider [37 posts] 2 weeks ago
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CyclingInBeastMode wrote:
gnarlyrider wrote:

I have La Vie Claire jersey from about 1985 that still gets out on some summer days. The picture is me setting off for France from Llandudno to watch the 1989 Tour. 

 

That's some snazzy bags you had there, I

They were made by Tailwind - very nice and aero - they claimed they were an inprovement on riding without. Still had them in 2002 but ditched them as a zip had failed and I was moving house. Promised I would find some good replacements but never found anything similar. The pannier rack is still in use on my training/touring bike and dates back to 1985 along with the panniers.

Looking at the other kit in the picture, I still have the Eddie Merckx Adidas shoes - now on light duties for use with clips and straps. I still have the Look pedals but they were relatively recent - bought in 1988. The Ever Ready - prince of darkness lights - don't get out much but live in a "may be useful" store.  At the time I soldered in rechargeable batteries so at least they worked most of the time. The frame is a Bob Weston - awaiting its third coat of paint if I get round to it and I still have the saddle - a leather covered "Hurricane" again from 1985 and it is now fitted to my tandem. 

The Shimano 600 chainset from 1986 is still being used but I have had to replace the chainrings. In other old kit news my pub bike has a Cliff Peters 531 frame in bright orange - must be late 60s early 70s and still fun to ride as despite appearances it is quite light so more lively than expected.

Before anyone suggests I need to spend money on some new kit, I do have some shiny new bikes and clothing too:-)

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Redvee [473 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Till May I had a Z jersey from the late 80's that I bought 2nd hand off Ebay. Last time I wore it was when I came off the bike and suffered road rash and muscle injuries but what hurt the most was losing the jersey 

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/ByAX11ZFtnd/

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andyp [1609 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Flite saddle and USE Ti seatpost combination from 1992 still going strong. Still riding my 1995 Kona Explosif more than any other bike - only the frame is original, mind.

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IanEdward [389 posts] 2 weeks ago
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My old Kona top, from back when Kona was still cool and did skinny steel tubes with Hawaiian jungle graphics (1998 perhaps?). I got a matching jacket and short sleeve jersey set, although the jacket eventually died an honourable death after one filthy, muddy night ride too many.

The jersey is still trucking although starting to get just a leetle too tight. Only comes out for special occasions such as riding up a 10,000ft Hawaiian volcano or racing a local CX circuit with a 'death spiral' feature which matches the jersey.

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IanEdward [389 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Actually until recently my dad's old Kona was also still in use, but I sold it to a covetous friend who collected retro MTB gear. Looking forward to seeing his restoration job.

 

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mattsccm [437 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Still us the old Specialized Hardrock as a pub and fun bike. Hesitate to call 1989 old actually. 30 years is not old unless you are a nipper. Plenty of other older kit in use but not frequently (on a weekly basis maybe) .

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ktache [2358 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I have only just retired my getting to work bike earlier this year, '91/2 Marin Pine mountain, purchased 2nd hand before I moved to Brum in '97.  Still had 3x7 and cantis, though changed from DX to XT and curves.  Had to retire her, Mavic stopped making the XC 717 26 inch rim brake rim.  Everything had been replaced at least once, apart from the frame, even changed the cable guide under the bb about 8 years ago, the rear cable had worn through.

Good XT 8 speed casettes were becoming very expensive as well, and SRAM had stopped making good 8 speed chains.

Best £250 I had ever spent.

I still have some Pearl Izumi tops from the early 00s, though could have been late 90s.

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IanEdward [389 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Ah... the XC 717, became an annual tradition of re-rimming my wheels after wearing through a set of 717s every winter.

Lovely rims to build with

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CyclingInGawler [10 posts] 2 weeks ago
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The frame, stem and saddle post of my 1983 Orbit Gold Medal. Over the years it's been resprayed twice (the first time by Orbit under warranty!) and in around 2003 I had it converted to 8 speed Sora with a triple chainring (and given its second respray).  Brought it with me to South Australia, and when I persuade myself to start cycle commuting again it will be back in regular service. Rough estimate is that it has around 100,000 miles on it, so kudos to Reynolds 531c.

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MrGear [111 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I bought this 1964 Triumph bike for my friend who I was trying to talk into cycle commuting. It cost just £17 on eBay. However, I loved her bike so much I didn't want to give it to her. But a freak of fate meant that the men's version came up on eBay too. Same year, 1964, same colour, and even the same price... £17!

Both bikes are original, unrestored, and in full working order being used at least once a week. You can't beat a British 3 speed steel bike for soul.

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TheBillder [73 posts] 2 weeks ago
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Just tonight I found the Mafac brake levers from the Elswick Mistral I got when I was 12 in 1980. That was a lovely bike - heavy frame but Shimano Uniglide 400 derailleurs and beautiful Mafac centre-pull brakes. Converted to flat bars in about 1988 for my sister and sadly nicked from her student flat in York in about 1991.

But the upside is I still have the levers, drilled for lightness and with barrel adjusters in the hoods. I hope they will go onto my 1988 531 tourer if I ever get it back on the road.

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matthewn5 [1433 posts] 2 weeks ago
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I still ride this Raleigh Record I bought in 1973, when I visit my brother's place (where it's stored now). Gave it a bit of TLC a few years ago. It's very heavy but very smooth.

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