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    Performance Brand Bicycle

    Hey everyone, I'm looking for some information about bikes sold under the "Performance" brand in the 80's and 90's. I'm guessing they were generic bikes made in Taiwan, but I can't find any info since every search leads to the behemoth that is Performance Bike today. Any ideas? Thanks.

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    We set up a buddy who dragged me into triathlons around 1985 with one of those steel-framed Performance bikes. I don't remember the the name of the model, but I do remember its "aero" fork crown and blades. We probably trained a couple thousand miles together.

    At the time it was the best combination of fit and bang for the buck we could find. Since it was his first quality bike he was quite overjoyed with it. I would not hesitate to put a little money into one of these to make it my commuter, winter trainer, or main bike for an entry level weekend warrior.

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    Thanks for the info. I've always loved steel, and the bike has Shimano parts that were solid for its era. I'll keep it.

    Quote Originally Posted by oldbobcat View Post
    We set up a buddy who dragged me into triathlons around 1985 with one of those steel-framed Performance bikes. I don't remember the the name of the model, but I do remember its "aero" fork crown and blades. We probably trained a couple thousand miles together.

    At the time it was the best combination of fit and bang for the buck we could find. Since it was his first quality bike he was quite overjoyed with it. I would not hesitate to put a little money into one of these to make it my commuter, winter trainer, or main bike for an entry level weekend warrior.

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    The performance steel frames were a pretty good bike. Recently I saw one from 1990 at a bikie coffee shop here in Boulder. It was in great shape and was a nice lugged frame. I have an early Greg Lemond built in Italy in 1988 and the performance was comparable. If it is lugged it may have been built in Europe or the US. I have more contemporary frames but the GL is a great riding bike. If you have a chance to get a performance frame you won't regret it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkeric View Post
    Thanks for the info. I've always loved steel, and the bike has Shimano parts that were solid for its era. I'll keep it.
    Da nada, Senor. Old steel bikes love to be ridden, and the art of using down tube shifters (even if they're indexed) must be passed on.

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