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Oldest commuter bike?

Postby ghilder » Mon Feb 04, 2013 19:57 pm

I am commuting daily on an late 70's/early 80's Nigel Dean world tour, I was wondering if anyone is using anything older on a regular basis, my bike is original barring cassette/chain and still great to ride, also interested to know if there are any other Nigel Deans out there in regular use.

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Re: Oldest commuter bike?

Postby fatsmoker » Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:37 am

I used to do a 32 mile round trip commute on a 1980s MBK road bike. Then I upgraded and no longer feel so much pain.

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Re: Oldest commuter bike?

Postby sufferingpete » Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:39 pm

Still using a 86 steel road bike for winter. She does the job and I think that upgrading would be a betrayal.

Well I mean still using I have changed the bottom bracket, wheels, forks, seat pillar, brakes, rear mech, front mech, gear shifters from "down tube" to ergolvers, handlebar, stem and lights.

OK the frame and saddle is original but the frame gets resprayed every 3-5 years!

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Re: Oldest commuter bike?

Postby ghilder » Fri Feb 08, 2013 22:25 pm

Just go's to show the quality of Nigel Dean 531 frames, the paintwork on mine is original and still in good nick!
I own 2 other bikes, a 2012 Giant Defy 1 and 2012 GT Zaskar comp, but would never part with the ND.

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Re: Oldest commuter bike?

Postby Big_Paul » Sat Feb 09, 2013 22:11 pm

Used to commute on an ancient Dawes Ambassador till some B'stard nicked it, used a 1986 Raleigh Milk Race for a while. I still see a few 1980's Raleighs knocking around Belfast, they're built like tanks.
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Re: Oldest commuter bike?

Postby yocto » Wed Feb 13, 2013 09:16 am

Is it cheating if you’ve ‘modernised’ an old bike? The wife and I ride Moultons (from around 1969-1971). Though to be fair the only original parts are the frame, forks and suspension innards. Otherwise everything else is new!

Have a look at my signature for pictures.

We both commute about 18miles per day on these things (for over a year now) and have done a couple of two day tours on them (S.London – Deal & S.London – Bath) :D

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Re: Oldest commuter bike?

Postby Daz555 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:32 am

Mine is a mere youth in comparison - a 1995 Saracen Kilicomp. All original parts except pads, tyres, chain and rings/sprockets.

The chain, rings and sprockets were only changed last year as it happens - after 17 years. A disgrace - they don't make bikes like they used to! :mrgreen:

I did manage to recycle chainrings off an even older bike though - some no-name mountain bike from about 1994 which had been sat in my garage/shed unused for about 10 years and done hardly any miles in its life.
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