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    Cignal Bicycles

    Anyone out there know the history of the bike brand Cignal? American company? Foreign? How long were they in existance? I just picked up a Cignal "Sportbike" at a garage sale over the weekend for $20. Shimano components tell me it was built in 1991. It's a 12 speed hybrid style bike. 27x1 1/4" steel wheels, upright handlebars, lugged steel frame with Shimano shifting components. It also has a saddle with Cignal brand on the side. I worked on it on over the past two days and have it running very nicely. It would make a nice around town type bike for someone not concerned with having a better known brand. I tried to find info on line on the Cignal brand, but found very little. Bikepedia had data on this brand and the various models they sold from around 1993 to 2000?, but that's about all I could find. Nothing about who they were etc. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Cignal is the house brand for G.Joannou Cycles of New Jersey. Cannot remember exactly which town that they are located in. It is marketed as a low end bike shop bike, a la Royce Union, etc. They are OK bikes for the money.

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    Defunct sub-brand of Jamis
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    Sounds like a Cignal Bimini. +1 to previous comments. Cignal took over where the bottom end of the Jamis brand stopped. Joannou was from (still is) Northvale, New Jersey.

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    This Cignal bike appears to be an OK bike - it will do the job, but I guess Joannou's claim to fame at this point is really the Jamis brand. Thanks for the info.

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    I had a Cignal Sportbike last year, found it at the goodwill for $15 and cleaned it up. It was a lugged frame hybrid like yours, with black paint and 27" wheels wearing Kenda K151 tires (which you can still get from Niagara.)

    Mine would have stayed on as my commuter if my Specialized had not come along. The frame geometry was similar to a standard road bike and it would work well with drop bars.

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    I just bought a Cignal Bimini this weekend that I got for $50 from someone on craigslist. I'd like to hear from anyone with experience with this bike. The price was right so I bought it. I really wanted a racing bike but I live near a rail trail and was afraid the tires on a racing bike wouldn't hold up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
    Sounds like a Cignal Bimini. +1 to previous comments. Cignal took over where the bottom end of the Jamis brand stopped. Joannou was from (still is) Northvale, New Jersey.
    I have Cignal Bimini, put on the strew with a free sign a couple of years ago. I have just begun using it as a utility Bike. I do like the alloy wheels. I think it is a bit too small at 52 cm, but with the bars and seat raised is comfortable enough It was sold at ht
    he Bike Line shop in Newark DE, home of the university of Delaware. Quality is about like a department store bike, It is sturdy. My tires are 27" x 38mm. A new front brake inner cable is all it still needs

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    I just bought a Cignal tandem. $220 on Craigslist. 21 speeds, extra low gear and nice seats embroidered with "Cignal". It's not a great bike, but it's a good bike. More than adequate for the light recreational use we will be giving it. A LOT easier to pedal than my Schwinn Twin.

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