The Road bike Introduce Yourself Here Thread

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badgermat

Dirt Disciple
Haha ... that's properly impressive Falcon knowledge.

You should scan those catalogues and get them up online somewhere. A brilliant resource that I'm not embarrassed to say I would find fascinating.

Thanks once again for the help.
 

Mandobob

Dirt Disciple
Most of them are on the website of the Veteran-Cycle Club for access by members, of which I am one. I happen to be the Marque Enthusiast for the V-CC for Falcon Cycles and whilst not considering myself an expert, I am there for members to contact me about Falcon cycles and I also give any information I can to people like yourself on sites like this.
 

mikelowndes

Retro Newbie
Hi all, Mike here. My retro bike is a Raleigh Scorpio, recently refurbed and added here https://www.retrobike.co.uk/threads/1979-raleigh-scorpio.435682/

I had one of these at 13, and it was stolen 12 years later.
After the Scorpio came a cheap Falcon, then an Orbit Silver Medal, then a Graham Weigh tig-welded 631 Audax.

After this I went to the dark side and my current main road bike is a Trek Madone 5.9. However, I have always hankered after a 'proper bike' again and now I have one.

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cheers all!
 
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Dannystorm

Retro Newbie
Hi fellow Retrobikers. This is not so much an introduction as a life story.

I am Roger M, currently 68 years old and retired. I have been a cyclist just about all my life. The first thing with pedals that I can remember is a Tri-ang ‘Twinkle’ tricycle when I was about 4. The Twinkle decals on the rear mudguards had to go; but then it became my freedom ticket. That was a time when, even at that age, kids had greater freedom outdoors, and it was the only place to play and adventure.

My first two wheeled machine at about 8 years old was a 20” wheeled Raleigh, single speed, second hand repainted therefore model unknown. From then on, until at 16 I joined the RAF, I had a variety of bikes, either built up of collected/acquired parts or traded for. My local bicycle repair shop, a one-man band fixing/repairing most of the local bikes, was a regular source. I would help out there at weekends to ‘earn’ needed things like grease, bearings, tyres (usually second hand, worn, off customers bikes). I was even then riding more off road as the local forest provided better escape than riding the roads, paths and parks. A set of Avon Gripster tyres were the gold standard for that!

During training as an RAF Aircraft Technician, I found motorbikes, girls and beer, all a distraction from bikes. Therefore my time in the service was spent either on a service bike (rod braked, probably even then 20+ years old) or later, when I got married, a secondhand Raleigh Twenty to go shopping (ex my new wife, we bought her a new bike!).

After demob and finding new employment, a house, three children and a dog I managed to be able to buy my first new bike, a Raleigh Royal, with a similar mixte version for the wife. We would spend hours at weekends cycling the lanes of Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and later Lincolnshire, usually with our three children on their bikes that changed regularly as they grew.

Between Wiltshire and Lincolnshire, whilst working in London and cycling the 16 miles each way from Waltham Abbey into the place of work near Kings Cross, I found a bike shop in Enfield with a Sable Brown 21.5” Holdsworth Mistral frame in the window. This would be about 1986. The frame had been at the shop at least two years, but as a casual tourist, with no thought of competing, it was my ‘dream’ bike. I got a good deal, also on a Campagnolo Chorus groupset and other parts to complete it. I taught myself wheel building and built myself a beauty!

I did a lot of miles on that Mistral, a really comfortable ride (I had fitted a Brooks B17). I rode with several different CTC groups at the weekend, did a couple of London-Brighton’s with the wife and a standout charity ride from London to Dartmoor in a day. I also used it for going to work, having sold the Royal as it had become redundant.

Then the ATB bug struck!

As a plaything I had bought one of the first Muddy Fox Couriers available from a bike shop in South London (about 1988. I had re-found the joys of riding trails and hooning off road. Slowly the MF got under my skin and the Mistral became the work tool. By 1990 I had graduated to a Kona Lava Dome and eventually sold the Mistral after it had languished in the shed for too long (ahhh!).

Over the following years I had a variety of MTBs, Gary Fisher Montare (frame snapped), Proflex 550 (frame snapped!), Proflex 552 (stolen), Proflex 855 (bought as a frameset with Girvin linkage forks, fitted with one of the first Hope mechanical disc brakes), Rocky Mountain Hammer(stolen!), Kona Hahanna (with the Rockshox and groupset from an Explosif) and finally a Specialised Hard Rock. I competed in several Polaris Challenges with a friend and then my son.

Then my wife discovered Dog Shows (an expensive ‘hobby’). As our now teenage children were finding their own way, this became ‘our’ new activity for several years. Eventually my wife had to give this up through failing health and my days as driver, groomer and walker slowly ended.

I had a car accident in 2002 that injured my back and shoulder, curtailing my bike riding for several months. I eventually got back on the Hard Rock to help with my rehabilitation. I had to change employment, and lifestyle for a while. I continued to ride that Hard Rock, first purely as a MTB, but eventually putting road friendly tyres on it and going further afield and riding to work on it.

Moving forward to my retirement at the end of 2017 I found the enjoyment of road riding again here in Lincolnshire, where the lanes are quiet and the land not as flat as people believe. Look out eBay, you are about to be raided! But the first bike I bought there was one I was going to get new when I had the car accident, a Rocky Mountain ETS-X 30, fully active suspension. I fully refurbished that with the latest Rockshox units and rediscovered trails. No fancy stuff now at my age, but still allowing me to enjoy Sherwood Pines, my way.

Further purchases now include;

1974ish Holdsworth 531 Special, frame refinished in original colour by the first owner, 1st series (1975, 3 bolt crank) Shimano 600 groupset;

1983 Holdsworth Mistral, refinished, period fittings, remembering my first Holdsworth.

1988 Raleigh 531C Luxe (Type 8802), frame from the Lightweight Division Catalogue, fitted Shimano Ultegra 6603 groupset, Hope Ti-Glide hubs on Open pro rims;

2000ish Colnago Dream, Campagnolo Chorus/Centaur groupset, FSA finishing kit;

2018 Holdsworth Stelvio (Planet X), steel frame, Shimano 11sp groupset, 3T C35 Discus wheelset, disc brakes.

So there we are, as I said my life story (cycle wise). Although these are all eBay purchases, they each fulfil certain aspects/desires of my cycling life. And I still have the Hard Rock bought in 1996. Mainly steel(5), 531(3) and Holdsworth(3).
 
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JoeDB2

Retro Newbie
Hello!
My name is Joe and I am 66 yrs old and located north of NYC. I hadn't ridden a bicycle since college but when I received a 37 pound Raleigh road bike for my 50th birthday I started again. I am not as dedicated as I was in my mid 50's logging between 3000-5000 miles each year but I still love getting out there as much as I can. I would like to say that I am retired having dedicated 30 years to a major computer company and another 6 to one of the largest cable companies in the US but.... I needed something to do in retirement (and get me out of the house) so I opened a used bike shop in Greenwich. That is Greenwich Connecticut, NOT UK! I mostly ride non-retro bikes like my Litespeed C1 with Reynolds carbon wheels or a 2009 Blue RC8 with Dura-Ace components that I just purchased, but I do like my Trek 1000 that is permanently on my trainer and my Trek 1200 that is really smooth and fast. I also have few older road bikes but haven't had a chance to get to know them yet. If you visit the NYC metro area stop by my shop or reach out to me and I'll show you the best rides in the area. I recently completed a 65 mile ride that covered 3 states (Ct, NY and NJ) and 2 bridges across the Hudson River (George Washington and Tappan Zee) that you might enjoy.

Joe D
 

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Hello!
My name is Joe and I am 66 yrs old and located north of NYC. I hadn't ridden a bicycle since college but when I received a 37 pound Raleigh road bike for my 50th birthday I started again. I am not as dedicated as I was in my mid 50's logging between 3000-5000 miles each year but I still love getting out there as much as I can. I would like to say that I am retired having dedicated 30 years to a major computer company and another 6 to one of the largest cable companies in the US but.... I needed something to do in retirement (and get me out of the house) so I opened a used bike shop in Greenwich. That is Greenwich Connecticut, NOT UK! I mostly ride non-retro bikes like my Litespeed C1 with Reynolds carbon wheels or a 2009 Blue RC8 with Dura-Ace components that I just purchased, but I do like my Trek 1000 that is permanently on my trainer and my Trek 1200 that is really smooth and fast. I also have few older road bikes but haven't had a chance to get to know them yet. If you visit the NYC metro area stop by my shop or reach out to me and I'll show you the best rides in the area. I recently completed a 65 mile ride that covered 3 states (Ct, NY and NJ) and 2 bridges across the Hudson River (George Washington and Tappan Zee) that you might enjoy.

Joe D

Welcome aboard Joe
 

Quotama

Retro Newbie
Hello Guys,

My name is Lukas, 30 years old and living in the Netherlands. I registred here because I ended up here after researching after my recent purchase. During my student times I used to race Crits and amateur level road races in the Netherlands and Belgium. So normally I don't usually ride retro bikes. A year ago i picked up a steel Bioracers frame in Columbus EL OS and built it up with 10 speed centaur and record components. I rides very nicely. But maybe its only semi retro. Its a bit of an odd bike because it has a 70 degree seat tube angle. ( I dont know who it was built for ). I managed to make it work, but only just. So since that time I was also looking for something else to come along. The wheels have since been replaced by 32hole centaur hubs on H plus son tb14 rims.
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My recent purchase is a Pinarello Radius frame which I came across on the Dutch second hand website marktplaats. It was only 75 euros so I had to quickly go and get it! The paint is bad and there is some minor rust, so it may need a respray in the near future. Unfortunately the chrome isnt the best too. I am unsure if this is original paint, since it doesnt look like other ones I can find on the internet. Picture is just after a deep clean (clay) and a quick polish to see if it would shine up a bit. Size is 56cc measured on the top/seat tube
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I will start a small thread on the radius frame if I can find the right section for it. Hoping for some suggestions

Thanks in advance for any info I may find over here.

Lukas
 

andyscherer

Raleigh Fan
Hello all, from New York City and Woodstock, New York. I came to the forum by searching for information about a new-to-me Falcon San Remo. Like many I've been on a bike since early childhood, but it was as a teen 1972 that I became a proper cyclist and when I learned to maintain and assemble my bikes, which I enjoy almost as much as riding them. I was never a racer but certainly a roadie. I'm fortunate to have not missed a season in all these years and I'm looking forward to my 50th riding season in 2022. Here's a collage of my working bikes.

From top left, clockwise:
1987 Mercian Professional, I bought the frameset new in 1988. It's my favorite bike of all time, just an amazing ride.

Indeterminate year, but early 1970s Falcon San Remo that I just acquired from a gentleman who's retiring from riding. His father-in-law bought it new in 1974 and gifted to him a few years later.

Below, a 1971 Carlton/Raleigh International. I the frameset 4 or 5 years ago and have had it in a few configurations. It's currently my city commuter and errands bike with 8-speed hub gearing, dynamo lighting, and upright position. It often has a set of canvas rollup panniers on the rear rack. I built it to replace a beloved but too-small Raleigh Sports.

Bottom, from the same gent as the Falcon, a 1985 Shogun 500 touring model that I intend to outfit for gravel and trail riding in upstate New York.

Center left is a chrome 1970 Carlton/Raleigh Professional Mk I, set up for all-roads rides with a modern 2x10 drivetrain, wide, soft tires, and sprung saddle. This bike goes anywhere, and gets a lot of compliments.

Not pictured is a 1971 Peugeot PX-10E that belonged to the person that got me started as a teen. It's too small for me but I treasure it because it was the bike that inspired me back in 1972 to get a quality bicycle and ride distances for my own pleasure. I'm honored to have been entrusted with it a few years back after reconnecting with him.

See you in the forums!
Andy

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