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Old 01-14-13, 03:41 PM   #1
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What is your favorite brand?

Just curious, is there one brand of bikes you find that you most consistantly like over others? Why? Be it history, a memory, build quality or some other factor. Photos encouraged.

For myself I think it is Motobecane, their bikes just have a certain quality I like. Maybe it was the neighbor I had growing up and the beauiful gold with brown leather wrap and saddle he had that left an impression, the first "real race bike" I ever rode. Ever since then, though don't currently own one, they seem special.
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Specialized. I've never seen a loser from them. I've never owned one, either.
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HHHmmm let me think.....
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Trek, always have, always will.
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Chris Rock once said, "Whatever kind of music was popular and playing on the radio when you lost your virginity is probably going to be your favorite music for the rest of your life."

My first "real" race bike was an '86 Schwinn Peloton, and my pics & mania are probably getting tiresome to most C&Vers by now. I've got two, and am currently building one for my beloved girlfriend. (Also an '86 model.)

July of '86:


August of '11 (definitely don't look as good tearing around in public wearing a Speedo as I once did):


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The latest Taiwan-made Schwinns don't turn my crank like these 80's beauties do.
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Old 01-14-13, 04:10 PM   #7
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Raleigh or Peugeot
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I seem to be drawn to Fuji bikes.








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Old 01-14-13, 04:44 PM   #10
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Cinelli. Never owned one, but a pre-Columbo Cinelli is at or very near the top of my grail list. There's something about the Cinelli mystique and their classic elegance that speaks to me. I've coveted them for as long as I've been into road bikes.
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Trek. Even the lowest end Treks were well thought out with good tubing and components.
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Pretty much it's whatever is under my butt at the moment.
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Old 01-14-13, 05:11 PM   #13
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If I could only keep one, it might well be this one:

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Olympia. One of the great Italian manufacturers that are virtually unknown outside their regions. Still in business and still making great bikes.

I kinda like Cinellis too. Well, a lot actually. Really a lot.






For anvils, safes and rockets, I agree with Rootboy.
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Colnago -

Ernesto Colnago reminds me alot of my other Italian hero, Enzo Ferrari. Both had a passion for design, innovation, racing and winning and both had an awful lot to do with that thing we know today as, passione Italiano!
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Cinelli. Never owned one, but a pre-Columbo Cinelli is at or very near the top of my grail list. There's something about the Cinelli mystique and their classic elegance that speaks to me. I've coveted them for as long as I've been into road bikes.
Wait a minute. Can I use this answer too?
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Too late. Show us your Acme.
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Peugeot. Maybe it's all the pastel colors. It's been 1980s ones so far, but one day I'll get a 70s one in black.
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Panasonic, particularly Panasonics made for Schwinn: 73 World Voyageur, 1986 Peloton, 1987 Prologue his and hers, 1992 Paramount Series 5, 1992 Paramount Series 7.
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Same here. I've liked Treks since my youth when I couldn't afford one.
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Gitane and Peugeot - primarily from the 80's but I don't turn down earlier models.
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Panasonic. This Hi-Ten machine rides great and has seen living in NYC, some fast centuries and from-the-doorstep tours in CT and MA. Best $40 I have ever spent.



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Schwinn and its post-bankruptcy spiritual heir, Waterford. I was immersed in the Schwinn culture and extended family as a child (Dad was with Schwinn for thirty years in the 50s, 60s, and 70s).
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