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Garage Queens, Riders or a Mixture
Garage Queens - my rides are just for looking at 6%  6%  [ 3 ]
a Mixture - some I ride, some I don't 21%  21%  [ 10 ]
Riders - I can't take them with me ! 72%  72%  [ 34 ]
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 Post subject: Garage Queen or Riders
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 10:53 pm 
The Guv'nor
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So, which is it for you. Do you buy retro bikes to ride? Or to collect?

My personal thoughts on this are pretty cut and dried, although I can appreciate both points of view ...


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:07 pm 
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I ride all my bikes:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2007 11:14 pm 
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at the moment my Spooky Metalhead is securly locked in a shed that has an alarm under the watchfull eye of my brother up in gloucester, i miss it so much :(

i know its not that retro but it was the last one to come out of spooky cycles just before they went bankrupt in 2001


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:01 am 
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Having amazing bikes & not riding them is a crime. There, I said it.
I can see why you'd keep something with real history to it locked away, but otherwise - it's a bike ffs!

Disclaimer: If I've inspired you to take your pristine Klein out for the first time & you scratch it, don't come complaining to me :twisted:


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:17 am 
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a difficult one for me, i'm restoring an Overbury's, but i'll probably never take it off road, i had a bad crash in 98 which left me with one arm working and two Campy 'U' brakes off one lever does not fill me with confidence! and the gearing would be a real arse!
when i play in the mud i like my hydraulic disks and i always end up falling off anyway! :?


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:31 am 
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I try to ride all of mine as that's where a lot of the fun comes.

In reality though there are some bikes which haven't been out in the sunshine this year so far and I'm considering a roster system to make sure I use them for their intended purpose.... :oops:


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:47 am 
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Ride 'em, lest God wrest them from your grasp for heresy! :D


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 7:31 am 
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Ride.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 8:28 am 
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Ride, them, but some only at choice moments :)

ie no winter mud plugging for me!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:12 am 
B.o.T.Y. Winner / Gold Trader
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:? Mainly garage queens, they do get some miles when the weather is dry but they are I suppose classed as garage queens, the saracen & hartman I would say arn't as 'gleaming clean' as the kestrels so I do get a bit more use out of them and I mainly ride my non vintage muirwoods to work.

I can't go out and risk either snapping vintage carbon or getting followed home (again) by a bunch of chavs wanting to rip the roof off the shed and steal my babies :evil: , I like to think some bikes are preserved for future reference and for appreciating the beauty of what a mountain bike looked like in the earlier years.

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