However, a closer look shows that the frame paint is in very good nick, and that the bike has actually seen very little use…. For someone like The Recyclist, who has plenty of alternatively collected parts, a bike like this can be refurbished without a lot of cost or drama. This Cyclops is intended for use in flat areas so has been converted to a coaster braked single speed.
At a time when nearly every racing bike on the road was made out of steel, Teledyne was a company trying to shake things up. By picking the grey titanium option you got a strangely smooth and comfortable bike that averaged about 2 pounds lighter than those steel options. For some riders particularly tall or heavy ones a Teledyne was unnerving.
Below you will find five our our favorite fan submissions. The bike was getting used less and less the past couple of years as I was riding my newer 29'ers more often. Since resale on these is not what it used to be, I wanted to find a way to keep using it.
By George Ramelkamp. Or just want free speed? Then our 10 go-faster bike setup tips are just for you….
Classic bikes abound for sale cheap on sites like Craigslist. I know because I bought one. But my goal was not to procure a retro geared bike.
Riding more consistently and with more focus will, nine times out of 10, net you far greater performance gains than the latest pair of aero wheels. And by the same token, expunging a kilo or three of junk from your trunk by eating less will be a damn sight cheaper than attempting to shed the equivalent weight from your bike by buying new, lighter parts. Possibly thousands of pounds cheaper.
Handy Tricks Seven! Things to do to and with bicycles! For a bunch of things that didn't work, check out How Not To.
The cellars and garages of America hold hundreds of thousands of fine road-style bikes from the s and '80s. Many of these bikes are of very high quality, but are going unused either because of older technology in the gearing, or because their racing-style riding position no longer suits the needs of their aging owners. Many of these bikes are too good to throw away, but nobody wants to ride them as they are currently equipped.
Vintage bikes, especially steel racing and track bikes, have always had their fans and collectors. If you consider buying a vintage racer for yourself, make sure you are spending your money on the right one. Some collectors favour nothing but handcrafted bikes that were manufactured only by the dozens to low hundreds. These bikes will probably retain their resale value the best in the long run.