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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby gaz » 27 Jul 2012, 4:25pm

Alright then, Mavic handlebar stem, Shimano Deore XT cantilevers and Suntour XC hubs all from 1988, Carradice panniers from 1989.

I also have a much treasured T.D. Cross spanner from the 70's that's a perfect fit for the adjusting nut on my B17.
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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby BigG » 27 Jul 2012, 5:54pm

I still use a few components from my first serious bike, a 1952 Holdsworth LaQuelda. The original Bluemels Tour de France alloy mudguards still give good service as do the GB Maes pattern bars, the Mafac brake levers and the front Harden hub (bearings not original, of course). A Bluemels alloy pump of this vintage is still available but seldom used. From the late 1950s, I have Stronglight 49A cranks and Lyotard MB 23 platform pedals whichare still in use on my secondary bike. Most impressive, however is the front wheel on this bike which still has the original Harden hub, original 15/17G rustless spokes and original Weinmann Alesa 27" rim.

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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby al_yrpal » 27 Jul 2012, 5:59pm

I am out on my 1971 Mercian several times a week and I shall be doing a 9 day Brittany trip on it in September. It's swift, comfortable and solid. Only the frame dates from that era, the groupset is Campag Deluxe from the 1990's I think. My old Galaxy was early 1970's too, but that's gone now.

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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby rjb » 27 Jul 2012, 6:02pm

It may not be the oldest but may have covered the most miles - my Dawes supergalaxy tandem, 21 years old and 105,000 miles and still on the original front wheel (weinmann alesa rim like a previous poster) and Shimano deore gear mechs (rear has had a couple of sets of new jockey wheels) :D
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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby mig » 27 Jul 2012, 9:34pm

rjb wrote:It may not be the oldest but may have covered the most miles - my Dawes supergalaxy tandem, 21 years old and 105,000 miles and still on the original front wheel (weinmann alesa rim like a previous poster) and Shimano deore gear mechs (rear has had a couple of sets of new jockey wheels) :D


ay up! that's raised the bar!

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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby Brucey » 27 Jul 2012, 9:51pm

rjb wrote:It may not be the oldest... my Dawes supergalaxy tandem, 21 years old ....


my Dawes SuperGalaxy tandem definitely won't have covered as many miles, but it will be older....

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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby Mick F » 28 Jul 2012, 10:19am

I do of course have this 1968 beast, though it's not "in use" ................ yet.
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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby cycle cat » 28 Jul 2012, 11:43pm

Our tandem frame was made in the 1930's.
Over 70 years old and still going strong.
The parts are from the 50's right up to modern day stuff.
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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby Gearoidmuar » 29 Jul 2012, 7:53am

I've a 1996 Cannondale FS MTB, which I haven't ridden for two years as I MUST get around to servicing the pivot, but I've done a lot of miles on it. The saddle is a Brooks Colt I've been riding since 1988. I rode my first tour on it. I've no other saddle that old.

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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby mill4six » 29 Jul 2012, 9:37am

Occasional use, Circa 1910



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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby robc02 » 29 Jul 2012, 5:22pm

1951 Humber Roadster. Original apart from paint, tyres, tubes, rear spokes and wire basket. My regular local transport.

1948 Claud Butler (Sport Anglais, I think) frame. Originally fitted with derailleurs but upgraded with a 1952 Sturmey Archer FM hub. Fairly regular summer use for TT style burn-ups!

Occasional use by the two ladies in my life - 1935 Royal Enfield roadster and 1936 Raleigh roadster.

Sorry, can't compete with mill4six's offering, but I know a man who can!

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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby reohn2 » 29 Jul 2012, 5:29pm

Where's Hubbers and Greybeard?
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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby Brucey » 29 Jul 2012, 6:01pm

mill4six's bike is lovely.

I can't help but think that the gear cable routing was made to a drawing that was actually someone's daydreamy doodle though! :shock:

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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby whoops » 29 Jul 2012, 6:32pm

gaz wrote:The atoms in my bike have been around for over 13 billion years.


bang on, gaz

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Re: the forum's oldest bike part still in use

Postby whoops » 29 Jul 2012, 6:43pm

1952 [not the saddle]