Paceline Podcast 106

Paceline Podcast 106

How much work do you do on your bike? Are you the type who doesn’t let anyone else touch your bike and it gets a tune-up monthly, or do you turn it over to a trusted mechanic tipped in hoppy beverages? Or are you somewhere in between? Hottie discusses a failed career path and how that has affected his willingness to work on bikes.

Origin stories are a hot thing right now. From Marvel superheroes to athletes, we love a good origin story and Fatty poses one. What were your first road bikes? The boys reminisce on those first bikes and what they say about their taste in hardware.

Nick Legan has written a book all about gravel riding and bikepacking called, obviously enough, Gravel Cycling. Patrick interviewed him ahead of his a gravel event new to him and talked with Nick about how his book and how he should make his equipment choices.



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  1. Winky

    First Five “Main” Road Bikes (excludes cheap Oxford 10-speed as a kid, a winter beater that went to a nephew (still going) and a touring bike I still have):

    1984 Abeni partial 531 steel with low-end Campag – frame failed with fatigue in about 1993.
    1991 Trek 5000 series OCLV frame with 8-speed Campag Chorus – sold to friend in 1999.
    1999 Trek 5900 9-speed DA – BB bracket shell bonding failed in 2004 – frame junked – groupset went winter beater mentioned above
    2004 BMC ProMachine with 10 speed Campag Record – Still have it – still great
    2012 Colnago C59 Campag Super Record – Still my main summer bike.

  2. Hautacam

    My first road bike was something called a Kobe Capri. Burgundy red. I loved it. Rode it all over town. Next bike was a Cyclepro Skyline MTB.

    I do all my own wrenching. All of it. Wheel building, steerer cutting, headset installs, the lot. Last time I went to a bike shop for work was to get a weird old French fork race cut down to a standard size. Though I might pay someone to repack and adjust my rain bike hubs this spring… Just don’t have the time/ patience right now.

  3. Brian Ledford

    1st good road bike was a 1986 nashbar with suntour cyclone components. it was my only bike until it was officially totaled by a car (driver’s fault). The bent rear triangle was successfully unbent by a bikeshop/framebuilder in chapel hill and it’s still in the family – it’s on a windtrainer at my parents house.

    2nd was a used Fuso with campagnolo chorus. It was a cycleworks team bike with a very garish/very awesome 1980’s paintjob. I got it in 1990. it was my only road bike until 2005. It’s been kept as a late 80’s/early 90’s bike. so downtube levers with no index shifting.

    In 2005, I got my third road bike, a custom columbine, candy apple red with carved stainless steel lugs. campagnolo components.

    Because of a tendency to upgrade components on bikes (standard crank to compact, square taper to ultratorque, 10 to 11 speed, etc.) I ended up with a parts bin that was a complete bike, save the frame. So I bought a used calfee tetra pro. It’s now my travel bike after being sent back to calfee to add s and s couplers (which have paid for themselves in baggage fees) and adapt it for campagnolo EPS. The calfee and the columbine both get ridden regularly. So basically, 4 bikes in 32 years of semi serious riding.

    1. Winky

      OK, you win. I thought I was pretty “prudent” with only 5 road bikes in 34 years, but you put me in the shade. Riding a non-indexed downtube shifted bike until 2005 is pretty impressive. Having said that, I’ve never upgraded a groupset, and components, when they fail, typically get replaced with lower-end versions.

  4. Grouty

    1. 1987 Miyata 912
    2. 1989 Bridgestone RB-2
    I bought both of them while stationed in the Far East. It was a fantastic experience. I would practice my Japanese on the proprietor of the LBS and he, his English while tracing the good routes for me on a map.
    I always turned my own wrenches unless it required a tool I couldn’t afford. I worked in shops, rounded out my toolbox, bought a truing stand…
    I just picked up a new Mountain bike a few days ago, the first new bike I didn’t build from the frame up. It was a little weird. I found two things I would’ve done differently (details, details) but I also found two things I wouldn’t have thought of. Overall, not as traumatic an experience as I had feared and we all had a bit of fun with it at the LBS.
    Thanks, I haven’t thought about those days in some time.

  5. Bill Webster

    I had to stop and think about this for a minute or so, but hese are my road bikes over the last 20 years:

    1995 Trek 2200

    1999 LeMond Zurich (bought used, white with red panels, beautiful)

    2001 LeMond Zurich

    2005 LeMond tete de Course (several upgrades over the years, but still rides great)

  6. Tominalbany

    First road bike: 1989 Schwinn 12-speed (shifters on the stem) purchased for $450ish with my very first paycheck after getting out of college and starting that first job. (Previous bikes were garage sale purchases or christmas presents. Notably a 1979, Columbia 10-speed (white) and a Schwinn of unknown vintage purchased for $50 at a garage sale while in college and had it’s wheelbase shortened significantly by the front quarter panel of the car that pulled out in front of me.)

    Second road bike: 1998 (I think) Serotta CTi with 9-speed, Ultegra Group.

    What third bike? I’m actually beginning to look for that gravel/bike-packing bike now.

    By the way, I’m still on my second mountain bike too, though it’s really tired…

    1. Author

      New England weather is precluding a lot of things currently, from what I hear. Good luck.

      Either of those bikes could have been on the cover of Bicycle Guide. Well done.

  7. brian ledford

    amusingly, the columbine was ordered using old Bicycle Guides. I think there were 2 columbines that were featured in the magazine, at least in the years I read it, and I sent xeroxes (copies because I’m not destroying a magazine – what if I want to order another frame?) of those articles to describe what I was hoping for. I’m also entertained by Dave Moulton not particularly caring for the paint job on the fuso.

  8. shiggy

    How much of the work do I do on my bikes?
    Well, I made the frames and forks.
    Built the wheels.
    Repaired/modified a carbon frame.
    Have made stems and bars.
    Made racks, bags, and shoes.
    Assembled and maintained everything else.

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