The amazing way bicycles change you

Discussion in 'General Discussion About Old Bicycles' started by Kstone, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. #1 Posted Oct 15, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I found this tonight and thought it was particularly interesting. What do y'all think!? Do you smile like a fool while riding like I do?

     
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  2. #2 Posted Oct 15, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I strangely feel more free on a bike than in a car and I used to be a serious car guy and drive a decently fun car (modern traffic and 50k miles/yr. driving has diminished enjoyment immensely). I'd be fine with never driving again if I could realistically get everywhere by bicycle. When I drive, I hate everyone—a WW2 fighter pilot in the midst of a melee—but when I ride I am a patient, pleasant person that I have trouble recognizing.
     
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  4. #4 Posted Oct 16, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I know what you mean. It's bad enough dealing with cell phone zombies, but some people are just rude. I need a set-up like James Bond's DB5.
     
  5. #5 Posted Oct 16, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    I enjoy the bike because I do bike paths without cars and ya get to really see nature.Coasting up on animals like deer,etc.is cool
     
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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    The bicycle has literally saved my life and nearly taken my life on more than a few occasions.
    Greatest invention of mankind as far as I'm concerned.
     
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  7. #7 Posted Oct 18, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    I'm smiling on the inside! WP_20170917_10_09_48_Pro.jpg
    Wouldn't want to scare the natives any more than I already do. Lol.
    Seriously though, I do feel an awful lot happier whilst cycling.
    Great talk above, who can argue with the guy. I wish the U.K. had invested as the Dutch have, but sadly the tyranny of the car overarches everything else.
    I'm with @cyclingday on that greatest invention thing; freedom, liberation, happiness and health, you've got to love a bike ride!
     
  8. #8 Posted Oct 19, 2017

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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    Great video!
     
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  9. #9 Posted Dec 25, 2017

    Riding Miles; Collecting Smiles

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    Here's another good 1 to watch:

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    Enjoy the Ride.
     
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  10. #10 Posted Dec 25, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    I'm 60, my at-rest pulse is 42, and BP the same as when I was 19.
    Tough winter for riding between our weather and my daughter's senior-year HS wrestling state-championship bid.
    But I managed to get out twice last week (once in the rain). On the pretty day, I chatted with a 67-y-o with two hip replacements and the same at-rest pulse.
    Circulation is everything, and a bike is the best way to burn calories, improve circulation, and have fun at the same time. Won't even go through my list of injuries that act up when I can't get on the bike.

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  11. #11 Posted Dec 25, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Thank you for sharing your story,
    it’s a great motivator to hear !
     
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  12. #12 Posted Dec 25, 2017

    I live for the CABE

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    I love the whole experience! The sounds of nature, the smells, the feeling of freedom, looking at the bikes, memories of childhood bike rides, the sounds of the bike itself! :)
     
  13. #13 Posted Dec 25, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    This is an inspiring thread! Live strong!
    I still own my 1971 Raleigh International, with Fiamme rims and all Campi parts, even Cinelli fork and handlebars. I love this Bicycle!
     
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  14. #14 Posted Dec 26, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Great shirt!
     
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    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Just looking at your modded International makes me feel good...
     
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  16. #16 Posted Dec 26, 2017

    Cruisin' on my Bluebird

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    All those parts were amalgamated in the 3rd rebuild of my '77 Grand Prix from college. Since the parts I had assembled were a silk purse, I had long toyed with the idea of upgrading the frame (was thinking Specialized Sequoia or Univega Specialissima). When a wreck last October killed the Grand Prix frame, I found the '74 International frame and wholesale moved it over - had to buy two parts, seatpost and BB cable guide. Plus, I was able to sell my Nitto rear rack and Carsick Panniers for the cost of the International frame. The International main triangle is too flexy for a rear load, but it's a joy to climb. Some of my riding buddies get mad at me for occasionally calling out - I love this climb.
    They always ask if you could only have one bike - this one would be it for me. 40-years of tweaking fit and function.
     
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  17. #17 Posted Dec 26, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    Here is my '77 Grand Prix - if both of us are still around, I may ride it at the next (and last) Classic Rendezvous Weekend in Greensboro, NC.
     
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  18. #18 Posted Dec 27, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I've had more than my share of close calls riding my bikes, but I always say that I'm more likely to die if I don't ride than if I do. Other than chores it's the only exercise I get. I was out yesterday in the 5 degree weather. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but I didn't go too far. Ride on!
     
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  19. #19 Posted Dec 27, 2017

    Finally riding a big boys bike

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    I watched both of your linked TED videos - pretty darn nice...thanks for sharing!
     
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  20. #20 Posted Dec 27, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Every time I ride my 1920s Iver Johnson wearing my newsboy cap around the King Williams neighborhood which comprises of homes built from that era while listening to music takes me back in time with a :)
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    Google map photo does not fully illustrate how beautiful the area is.
     
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