The bike you've owned the longest?

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jpromo

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 26, 2011
3,881
Plymouth, Michigan
I don't think I've seen this one before, so what's the bike you've had the longest? How long and maybe what attachment you have to it or why it's remained? I'm sure some keepers will be self explanatory, but it could also be a bike you've just never been able to friggin' move.

Mine is my '41 Rollfast. I bought it a month into collecting and it was my first prewar bicycle--so I've had it a meager 3 years. Gosh it feels like I've been in the hobby for longer than that.. She's not the prettiest, but one of my best riders, with a larger cockpit area and wide bars making a taller guy feel at home in her arms.

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bike

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 26, 2007
6,697
Bicycleland
I had my childhood stinkray

cousins clipped it!

I have a teens indian project I have been working on for 20 years... oh my
 

JChapoton

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 9, 2013
260
47
Here is my Swedish 1942 Husqvarna M/42 Military Cycle that I bought in 1991 while in Sweden as a foreign exchange student. Little did I know at the time, that the tire and tube size wasn't available in the USA, so a couple thousand miles and 22 years of riding on the Finnish tires that were on the bike when I got it, I found replacement tires and tubes from a mail order cycle shop in Holland. The tools and box were missing, but the pump was there. I found the correct toolkit and box at an Army surplus online in the USA last year. Also found the folding trailer that goes with it but I have to save up the money for that.

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JChapoton

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 9, 2013
260
47
Here is the folding trailer for it. I am still saving up for it.

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jpromo

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 26, 2011
3,881
Plymouth, Michigan
That folding trailer is amazing. I picked a BSA parabike from a shed where she hung since the 50s so the war stuff has been a point of fascination since.
 
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charnleybob

I live for the CABE
May 30, 2009
1,222
Omaha, United States
My 20" Schwinn Typhoon.
I have had it for 58 years.
I was 4 when my parents bought it for me.
 

SJ_BIKER

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 4, 2010
6,132
Hollister CA
Mine is a 1976 schwinn scrambler that i customized way back when i was in my early 20s....i gave it to my little girl...now 11 and she still rides it....and she smiles all cheesey like when she rides it.....itll be a keeper for a while....
 

scrubbinrims

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2010
6,771
4900 New Kent Rd, Richmond, VA 23225, USA
I had to put some thought into that question...
For about a year or so before I joined the Cabe Fall 2010, I had gotten into vintage bicycles and they are all gone when I made a decision to focus on prewar balloon tire, original condition.
The only bicycle I have pre-Cabe is my Silver King M1 off Missouri's craigslist, actually it was paired with a girls model and the seller shipped both to me (took about 6 nervous weeks).
When I think of this bike, I remember it being almost free after selling parts from the girls and made my first friend in fordsnake in that exchange.
Chris
 

SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
3,198
Inactive
Still have all of my old acquisitions. My grandfather is a bit of a pack rat in that he keeps all his old stuff. When I was 10 I got my dad's old Higgins middleweight from that barn. That was in '93. My dad and refurbished it. When I was 14, I got my grandpa's 1936 Schwinn out of there. I refurbished that in '97. That was my main rider in high school until I got a car. I got my 1974 Raleigh as a $30 bike in college in 2003. Still have that one and ride it at least 2x per week when the weather permits.



 
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jd56

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Mar 26, 2011
6,955
63
Norfolk Va / Va. Beach va.
Tanklight bike

I was drawn to this hobby because of the Tanklight bikes. In the spring of 2011....geez that wasn't that long ago. Just short of 3 years ago.
Being a beach goer here in Va. Beach, the passion started when I saw a Spaceliner on the bike path at the Ocean front.
I had to have one!!!! It took a while to find a decent Spaceliner but, they too were sold. Sellers remorse for sure.

So the first was this 59 Ross Deluxe...no longer in my collection


But, the next few months was a buying frenzy. I had to have every tanklight bike I could find.
The one bike that I refuse to let go of was found 5 hours away. The wife thought I was nuts. The 65 Astro Flite
Bought these 2 bikes that day and still have them both....66 Huffy Eldorado and a 65 Murray Astro Flite...but, the Astro Flite was the one, that I was really proud of, chromed framed "forward thrust" tanklight and blinking taillight...WOW!!!!

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66 Eldorado

 
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younggun'85

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 14, 2010
114
I've owned this 1965 deluxe racer since 1998 got it the same day I went and bought my first bike at only 14yrs old. I had already had my first long term job for over a month and decided I was too grown up to ask for a ride to work anymore. I restored the racer around 2000.

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cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
7,748
Costa Mesa, California. United States
Mine is a 1980 Raleigh Competition G.S.
I was drinking heavily at the time, and I pulled up to the Liquor store, and there just happened to be a bike shop next door with that Raleigh hanging in the window.
That day, I made the decision to buy that bike instead of another twelve pack, and I never looked back.
That bike saved my life, so I don't think that I will ever get rid of it.
 

Houndog

Finally riding a big boys bike
Apr 12, 2012
128
Mine is a 1980 Raleigh Competition G.S.
I was drinking heavily at the time, and I pulled up to the Liquor store, and there just happened to be a bike shop next door with that Raleigh hanging in the window.
That day, I made the decision to buy that bike instead of another twelve pack, and I never looked back.
That bike saved my life, so I don't think that I will ever get rid of it.
That is awesome !!!.....Bikes keep me from smoking ..I would rather buy parts than a carton anyday !!!
 

greenephantom

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jul 29, 2009
874
Portland, OR
The one that I've had the longest is a mongrel Schwinn cantilever I cobbled together in the clunker style back in 1994 or so. Built the wheels myself around old moped drum brakes. 3 piece bottom bracket conversion so I could run a triple ring up front. Frame was overpainted black by a PO, but is Radiant Green under. Was my college bike through all sorts of weather. Not worth a darn from a collectable standpoint, but it was something that I created from parts and it worked well. In the garage and doesn't see the sun near enough.
Cheers, Geoff
 
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