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PostPosted: Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:05 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:46 pm
Posts: 26
Hello All,

First of all, many many thanks to John (The Guv) for assisting me in joining here.

Me; I'm a 40 something bloke with a Wife, two Kids, two Cats and a Dog! Like many of my age (I guess) I've done the mountain bike / hybrid thing with the kids over the last 15 years or so. Just out doing a bit of recreational cycling with the kids and or dog, nothing serious at all.

However a month ago ('ish) I had a life changing event in so far as I somehow managed to survive a Cardiac Arrest. These are the ones where people just drop dead and not the age related heart attacks caused by furred up arteries. They strike with little or no warning, are due to dodgy electrics in the heart and the survival rate is about 5%. By some miracle I survived :D

I am now fitted with a device known as an ICD (Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator) which is a fancy pacemaker. It is a box of tricks that sits under the skin of my chest with leads that go, via a vein, into my heart. It sits there and listens and will provide low back ground anti tachycardia pacing as a first line and will give full on defibrillator shocks if needs be.

The downside to having this is a six month driving ban on medical grounds. This has meant I've got back into bikes in a big way :!: :D

My bike history is typical of a child of the 70's and teenager of the 80's and reads something like this;

Raleigh something or other kids bike circa 1974
Raleigh Chipper circa 1977
Raleigh Grifter MK1 circa 1978 (I don't know if the MK1 is correct)
Raleigh Grifter MK2 Circa 1980 (the one with the sparlee stickers)
Raleigh Olympus '5' speed racer Circa 1982
Peugeot Equipe '10' speed racer Circa 1984 (carbolight 103 or whatever... I loved that bike)

That is was it for a while as my attention switched to cars for a few years.

Raleigh Gritstone mountain bike circa 1994 (a heavy heap and got stolen in 1999)

Raleigh Pioneer Trial Circa 2000, a really nice bike that my eldest son is now riding, Ali frame and half decent components (by my standards anyway) Picture below;

Giant Roma Circa 2010, Current bike, it just works, pic below.

Now...........Post the driving ban, I had a yearning for some 80's 'racer' action, so have recently aquired;

Peugeot Equipe (exact same bike I had as a teenager but this one is red, the one I had was blue. It is the same year, 1984 and everything :roll: )
I'll start a reader bike thread on this as I'm going refurb bonkers on it and have a few questions. I know these are considered as being a bit rubbish but my original one brings fond memories.

Also got a SunSolo, not sure on the date of this but reckon early 80's. My eldest son has taking a liking to this bike.

Thats it for now except that I'm glad I didn't out and buy some soul-less modern racer thing.

Anyway, again MANY THANKS TO JOHN and thanks for having me.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:49 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Mon Sep 02, 2013 3:34 pm
Posts: 19
Hello all

just subscribed to the forum but have been watching for a while. Been racing road bikes since the 90's with varying success and owning a few different ones (most of which i now really wish I had kept) and enough parts to make my millions now, however all i have left is 1989/1990 Campag Athena groupset that i am going to fit to a 1990 peugeot athens 653 frame I have just got, after 23 years of wanting one!

still have some modern bikes too and get the miles in but have decided to build a blast from my youth, although my son isn't overly convinced by a violet/pink coulourscheme just yet!

need a few parts as well as advice so may see my name popping up a bit, be kind I'm new!!

and fully intend to get out on one of the rides with the peugeot when its built - still have my Z jersey from 1990 and it still fits!! shorts went long ago though.

Cameron (Giamaco on the boards)

PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:37 pm 

Joined: Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:05 pm
Posts: 4
Sup everyone!

I'm a young budding cyclist at just 17 years old and have joined this forum to basically learn everything I can. I've been riding for a few years now but have always been quite narrow in terms of my knowledge of bikes. I no how to build/fix one and the big brands but thats about it.

I currently ride a single speed as my everyday bike and am currently working on a restoration of a Black Diamond race bike.

I hope I can fit in amongst the rest of you keen cyclists and hope to learn a lot.

Thanks! :D

PostPosted: Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:09 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:43 pm
Posts: 17
Hi folks

Thought I would register here for some help and advice. I recently acquired (FOC) an early nineties Peugeot Altus PR500 in pretty much mint condition... still has the black finish in perfect nick on the rims.

I'm very new to roadbiking and older bikes, so bear with me here :-).

So... I hope this isn't going to sound overly heretical here, but there's a few changes I want to make. I should have maybe come here first before ordering but hey-ho.

Anyhoo... here she is. Only been out a few times and it's such a different experience to the MTB I'm used to

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:07 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:53 pm
Posts: 25
Hi all
Can't believe I've never found this forum before!
I'm Jas from north east UK.
early 40's, family, career, MTB's etc... the usual I guess. I did LEJOG a few months ago and now I'm after a 70/early 80's road bike for some sportive/audax type rides, I also like tinkering with anything mechanical in the garage/gym/mancave :) . Hoping to do L Erocia in 2014 if I'm lucky with the selection process.

My current bikes are a Ghost Lector RT carbon full susser and a Edinburgh cycles tourer that I commute on most days.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:42 am 
Dirt Disciple
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Joined: Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:06 pm
Posts: 70
Location: South East England
Another new joiner.
Big cycling fan for many years, have several bikes and looking to expand my collection.
Member of several cycle clubs and ride a modern geared bike for the Sunday club ride.
I also have a custom built single speed fixed gear Italian based frame retro style track bike which I absolutely love riding.
Single speed fixed gear (Constant pedalling) offers another dimension to cycling and after a while you get use to just one gear along with the simplicity it brings.
Was in London a few weeks back and noticed a lot of retro and single speed bikes in use which was good to see.
Looking to buy a 1980’s steel frame bike as a winter bike as my goal is to ride throughout the winter.
Interested in going to these cycle jumbles, currently sourcing tools and have workshop bike stand in order to maintain my bikes and for future bike projects

PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:08 am 

Joined: Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:51 pm
Posts: 2
Recently discovered cycling and now got to the stage where I need a steel/titanium bike in my life :)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:07 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:21 pm
Posts: 12
Location: Glasgow
Hi folks,
I've been riding a '66 Telecaster for over 30 years. That has now gone, along with other lifestyle habits associated with that particular style of touring steed. Back to the roots of my youth, discovered what my lungs are really for, and got me an Italian bicycle. I've had a few motorised Italian two wheelers, love the passion they have for their vehicles. I know it's not exclusive.
A few weeks trawling the internet and this forum and I took the plunge with a bike I found on

I love the feel of it, and it's the fastest bicycle I've ever ridden. My usual ride is a Charge mixer 8 speed on which I can never stay anywhere close to the lycra clad advertising hoardings that fly past me on their carbon fibre missiles. On my new old racer, I can sometimes keep up enough to still see the primary coloured fabrics wicking the distance away.

I don't know too much about my bike. I did all the business through google translate which is quite frankly as useful as an Ikea manual for building a particle accelerator.

It has a Cinelli bottom bracket, Campagnolo super record groupset. Pretty much all the other parts are Campag, except the bars which are 3ttt. The bike came with clinchers so I found and bought some Mavic Module E rims from France so I could fit regular tubes. These came with some lovely Spidel hubs and a Maillard freewheel. I lost a gear from the cassette in the transition but gained a few teeth on the lowest gear so a happy compromise.
The original saddle was a killer too so I put a new one on to transform the pain to pleasure.

According to the seller. The frame was made by Giovanno Losa for Merino ( unsure of spelling ) Lino, who had a bicycle shop outside of Milan. He said it was early 80's but I'm not really sure. If anyone can shed any light on the matter I would be very grateful.

Enjoying the forum and the fact that so many other people are into these.
Cheers. G.

File comment: on a recent jaunt around the north end of Skye.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 8:21 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:43 pm
Posts: 17
Know nothing about the bike but it looks a sweet ride. LOL at some of your comments tho...

PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:08 am 
Old School Hero

Joined: Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:41 pm
Posts: 204
Hello, I'm Ray,45 from the north east England. My bike is a Lemond built in Italy from Excel GLX tubing,full Campagnolo record groupset with the original Mavic cosmic alloy wheels. I built this bike from new in the early nineties and still ride it today.

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