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redclayhd

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 3, 2015
13
South Georgia USA
How do members feel about originality. Are most ppl on here in the "purist" category or is everyone just an enthusiast? Personally, I think that keeping old bicycles (cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc) original is a way of preserving history. As important as that is, I'm NOT the guy to spend countless hours searching the world for that rare seat/handlebars/fender that is the exact one that was original. To that end, I prefer to NOT have anything original to begin with. Then I can feel free to change stuff to suit what I like or get whatever part fits and use it instead of trying to find a part with the right date stamp or whatever. I love to change or customize what I own, to my personal taste. My Spaceliner is all original and will stay that way as long as I have it. I would have been just as happy to have acquired it as a partial bike and then put it together with parts I like.
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I built this 1980s Schwinn Typhoon for my son to ride with his wife and daughters. To me it's a Rat Bike. I started with little more than a bare frame. I bought a new men's Huffy beach cruiser from Walmart to get wheels in the color I wanted. They're not top quality but will do everything they need to do. It had the original seat and my son said it was too uncomfortable so i put a new, softer and larger Schwinn seat on it. The black seat looks better on it than the original blue and white seat did. He likes dragbars so it got them instead of high rise bars - he lost out on our Harley project, it's got ape hangers instead of the drag bars he wanted. LOL I like drags and apes but need the taller bars so I can ride with my back straight - not supposed to ride at all, as per the doctors! Anyway, I was curious how everyone felt about originality vs custom/modified. Hopefully I won't have the "Schwinn Owners Club" outside my house throwing rocks and protesting because I didn't put the bike back original LOL I like it all and usually agree with most everyone's decisions on their own stuff! :)
 

Sandman

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 12, 2019
136
59
NEW SMYRNA BEACH ,FL
Sometime's you feel like a nut sometimes you don't .
There's a few bikes you just can't customize or shouldn't , but there out of my price range so I do what I want .
 
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vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
13,737
crown point<indiana
This is a complex question that cant be answered in one word. Many factors come into play when trying to decide what to do with a bike. First you have to know old bikes.Just because a bike is old does not make it collectable.Some old crusty originals have to be left as is. Know about the bike before you decide to "restore/ruin" it.
 

Hammerhead

I live for the CABE
Oct 5, 2018
1,125
Franklin,NH
It's up you what to do with any bike that you own. Myself some I clean, service and ride. Others need some ratting/ customization. I always try to preserve as much as possible. Especially when it comes to the paint. It's only original once. A lot depends on how the bike was when found.
Stay healthy and have fun
Hammerhead
 
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Sandman

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jun 12, 2019
136
59
NEW SMYRNA BEACH ,FL
Bicycle collectors are few and far between . I tell most people what I collect and just get a funny look .
 
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rustjunkie

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Staff member
Jul 11, 2012
13,771
Monrovia, CA 91016
www.rustjunkies.com
Personally, I think that keeping old bicycles (cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc) original is a way of preserving history. As important as that is, I'm NOT the guy to spend countless hours searching the world for that rare seat/handlebars/fender that is the exact one that was original. To that end, I prefer to NOT have anything original to begin with. Then I can feel free to change stuff to suit what I like...

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the tinker

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 4, 2014
2,887
Planet Mongo
I've changed over the years and so does everything else. I've had classic cars and it got to the point that every nick and scratch can ruin the day. No more. I like to ride my bikes and they're going to take a beating. Sooner or later everything gets wrecked and needs to be refurbished. I never liked when guys bought a nice 30's car from some old timer that kept it nice from day one, and chopped it up for a street rod, but once someone else owns it, it's theirs to do what they want. Nobody is going to preserve me or anyone I care about or love. The old bikes will be here after we're gone. The way things are going, that's the least of my worries.
 

Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
12,794
Portland, OR 97206
This is a complex question that cant be answered in one word. Many factors come into play when trying to decide what to do with a bike. First you have to know old bikes.Just because a bike is old does not make it collectable.Some old crusty originals have to be left as is. Know about the bike before you decide to "restore/ruin" it.
I agree with Vince. It took him 66 words to answer your question.
 

redclayhd

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jul 3, 2015
13
South Georgia USA
We've beat this subject to death a number of times here. Just do some searches and you'll see how people feel about it. V/ Shawn
I apologize! It never dawned on me that it would have come up so much in bicycle discussion. I'll blame my faux pas on pain and my age. LOL I'll search the CABE and do some reading. I have plenty of friends that are into old cars and that can be a polarizing subject. I was curious about the bicycle community. Although I've been riding since the early 1960s and really like bicycles (especially old bicycles), I've never associated myself with a "bicycle" group, organization or site.
 
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
19,570
Evans, GA
No problem-it is a very polarizing subject here as well! V/r Shawn
 

Boris

Fat tired old rider
Feb 16, 2008
12,794
Portland, OR 97206
It never hurts to bring up the subject again. Older members can weigh in on the subject or not. It's a current topic for you and maybe some new members too. That's a big part what keeps this site going. Your question goes deeper than "What's my bike worth?" that gets posted by new members who are never heard from again once they have their question answered. Welcome!
 

vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
13,737
crown point<indiana
It never hurts to bring up the subject again. Older members can weigh in on the subject or not. It's a current topic for you and maybe some new members too. That's a big part what keeps this site going. Your question goes deeper than "What's my bike worth?" that gets posted by new members who are never heard from again once they have their question answered. Welcome!
Is that how the Cabe got stuck with you ? Weren't you suppose to leave after one comment.
 
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