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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:14 am 
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Location: O-HI-O
I still ride both my attitude quantum pro and the plethora of other roadbikes & mtb i have, the newest bike being from 97/98


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:22 am 
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Joined: Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:39 pm
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Location: N Yorkshire
Gave my Fuquay another good thrashing today and it seemed to do quite well, right up till the front puncture! I would have finished ahead of a lot of expensive machinery.

I'll find out next weekend whether the bike was any good or not as I'll be on my new Alu/Carbon Scott Cyclocross Comp (with the Fuquay as a hot spare).


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2009 10:40 am 
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Joined: Tue Oct 09, 2007 1:55 pm
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Location: New Forest, UK
I tend to ride distance events these days (Audax) - my road bike (1994 Litespeed Catalyst) is great for these being supremely comfortable.

I suspect that much of the current fashion for stiff bikes comes from historic marketing hype associated with the switch to Aluminium (which was more profitable for bike makers) - what you gain in power transfer you lose in fatigue, even assuming that the power transfer is real (some evidence suggests energy return and the frame acts only as a spring, giving a burst later in the pedal stroke).

Even though it has 1994-6 Record and Chorus bits on it, I still enjoy riding it all winter, so I guess it's still being used for its original purpose. I have never raced or TT'd even a kilometre.

In the winter I ride a lot at night, and for that I have a drop bar tourer built from a 1990 Marin Palisades frame, so that is definitely not used as originally intended!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:07 am 
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Joined: Fri Apr 20, 2007 10:32 pm
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Good to see that some people are still using their old irons for the original pupose. There are even events to cater for this - the old skool TT series as Whippet pointed out, and l'Eroica in Italy.

If it doesn't rain on the 22nd November, I've decided to ride the SERRL winter series race at Hog Hill on my Gazelle and see how it fairs in the heat of competition :)

Otherwise it'll be my proper race bike, which is a 2004 Principia Ellipse (the last year they were made in Denmark) - that must be verging on retro-ness.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:50 am 
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Joined: Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:13 pm
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Location: Venice, CA
i do, absolutely


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 4:05 pm 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Fri Feb 06, 2009 8:16 am
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Location: Norway
Yes. I still race my 1993 Daccordi SLX. Haven't won any races recently but that is more a rider issue than a bike issue.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:58 pm 
rider | rBoTM Winner
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Location: Wakefield, Yorkshire
[quote="Panza"Haven't won any races recently but that is more a rider issue than a bike issue.[/quote]

I know the feeling........................ :cry: :wink:


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