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    Senior Member PedalTraveler's Avatar
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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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    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
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    Specialized. I've never seen a loser from them. I've never owned one, either.
    Please email me rather than sending me a private message. My address is noglider@pobox.com

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    Bianchi Goddess Bianchigirll's Avatar
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    HHHmmm let me think.....
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis, '79 Mixte, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    Trek, always have, always will.
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    Raleigh
    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Unobtanium-Based Lifeform calamarichris's Avatar
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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):


    His n hers:




    The latest Taiwan-made Schwinns don't turn my crank like these 80's beauties do.

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    Raleigh or Peugeot
    http://bicyclenut.bravehost.com/Bicy...nt%20page.html

    The last two bikes on my list are a 50's Lenton Grand Prix and a '64 Raleigh Record.

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    Acme

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    I seem to be drawn to Fuji bikes.







    Last edited by cb400bill; 01-14-13 at 03:44 PM.
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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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.
    -Randy

    '70 Cilo Pacer | '73 Ron Kitching/Speedwell Ti | '74 Nishiki Competition | '74 Peugeot UE-8 | '86 Look Equipe "Bernard Hinault" (Reynolds 753) | '89 Park Precision (Team ParkPre/Conejo Velo issue) | '90 Park Precision MTB (Team ParkPre/Conejo Velo issue)

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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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    If I could only keep one, it might well be this one:

    Clunker or not, it's gotta have gears!

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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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    Colnago Super
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    Quote Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
    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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    Unimatrix Zero whatwolf's Avatar
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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.
    See some of my bikes on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BillsVintageSteelBikes

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    59'er Mariner Fan's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by sloar View Post
    Trek, always have, always will.
    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.
    1984 Gitane Sprint; 1984 Gitane Tour de France;1982 Trek 610; 1980's Univega Supra Sport; 1975 Teledyne Titan;1984 Peugeot PSV10N; 1968 Peugeot PL8; ;1982 Nishiki Marina 12; 1977 Peugeot PX-10; 1987 Trek 800 Antelope (touring/commuting set up); 1981 Trek 510; 1993 or 1994 Scott Comp Racing mtb; 1996 Klein Pulse II mtb; 1980's Peugeot Limestone hybrid;

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    Eddy Merckx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    HHHmmm let me think.....
    Yep
    Looking for an early 80's Bianchi Super Legerra 59-60cm.

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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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    The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. Christopher Morley

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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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