Hello, I have been lurking on the list for some months now. I have been a bike affectionado for 25+ years and am still riding daily. My first cool bike was a Peugot, PY-10, white with painted lugs, which died in a tragic broadside in 1980. It had those beautiful plastic brake levers, which I wish I had never gotten rid of, and thanks to you guys, I can now ID the model. I knew it wasn't a PX-10, but couldn't remember which... at any rate, it was super cool. Now I have a beater, a Gitanne TDF, metalic yellow, built up with mostly more modern parts, Phill hubs, Omega 19 rims, Brooks saddle, good Campy brakes and only a rear derailer, the last Shimano that wasn't flimsey. Also ride a Bianchi Campione Del Mondo, don't know the year, but mostly built with early to mid-80s Campy stuff, a real joy to ride on our San Francisco hills! And have a modified X0-1, upright bars B-67 saddle, Sachs 7 speed rear hub, french fenders. (And my child has a Shwinn Pixie in good original condition, but with pneumatic tires. I have made sure the husband has a decent Bianchi, too, I think it's about 15 years old, in great shape, he rides it daily, as he should.)
Like many of you, I am a little obsessed with coming upon that correct sized (for me, 54 cm) California Masi at the right price and time, or a Merckx with the little portrait of The Canibal on it, orange would be sweet. And I dream of a Singer with all the racks, fenders, and lights. Maybe 15 years old is a good age for that one. And I hope to get some kind of new Rivendell in the next year. Probably a tour-y one. I am really enjoying the list, love the great pix of restored, original vintage, and hand made bikes. I wish I could say I went on a lot of rides these days, but do most of my riding in commute, the rest of my time is in working and taking care of my family, the life of a working mom. I do spend a fair amount of time pulling my little one in a trailer all over town, usually with a lot of groceries in the back, and I do it joyfully.
Devon Warner San Francisco
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