Enough of this Bourgeois Fridge nonsense, lets see your first proper bikes. I am talking post Grifter/BMX, the sort of thing you thought you could win the tour on.
Here is mine, the mighty Puch Clipper 10.
Bought for me in about 1990, but I suspect it had been in its box for a long time before that.
Pocket money upgrades meant it eventually had a set of 105 parts - still with the frame mounted shifters.
After 30 Years I have today learned that Puch is, historically at least, an Austrian brand, I therefore revise my earlier statement to:
I shouldn’t have bothered, the frame was made of finest Austrian gas-pipe, so it weighed as much as a
“Insert something heavy and Austrian”…
no pictures but my 1st proper road bike was a Puch 5 speed - bought in around 1983/4.
Raleigh 5sp for me in the mid 70s
Marin Bobcat Trail - this exact version
Bent the frame in half and knocked myself out doing some trails 🤦🏽
So that was quickly followed by an Orange P7, which I re-acquired as an adult (different bike, since sold) absolutely loved the look of this bike…and I still do
Mrs FB had an Orange P7 - she also loved it. Eventually sold it to a guy who worked for us who was emigrating to NZ (he was short so frame size was right for him) - he had to deep cleanse it to get rid of all dirt and other shite before he could take it into NZ under their biohazard rules.
Nice, I had a Clockwork in the mid 90s, followed by a series of Fives. Eventually worked out they were shit. Still have the Frame of the last one hanging on the garage wall.
Very jealous of my brother’s Raleigh Olympus which i always hoped would be passed down to me…but wasn’t… from early 1970s
Still using my first ‘proper bike’, which started life as a rather expensive 1980’s Alu MTB and now makes a fine commuter!
Carlton Cyclone - 1982 having been promised a grown up bike when I went to “big” school.
I begged and pleaded for a Raleigh Record Sprint, even offered to pay the difference myself but my parents weren’t having any of it.
ETA - That’s not mine, just a pic I found online.
That’s got me thinking now!
I had the Raleigh Record 12speed (circa 1980) not the Sprint, cheaper components and a heavier frame, but the same black with gold paint scheme so looked fast
Got a Puch racing bike about 40 years ago that my Dad got me from Makro for Christmas.
Had the gear levers up near the handlebars which I thought was ace.
Not the actual bike.
It was the drilled chainrings that did it for me in 1981. £299.99.
Still got the seatpost and QR skewers. A Landrover did for the rest of it in 1991. Luckily got new-for-old compo as I had a pile of receipts about an inch thick.
Had a 5 speed road bike when 9 called Rattlesnake replaced with 12sp. Raleigh Winner when I was 11