My bikes - 1950`s Criterium (French) - 1972 Schwinn Paramount P13-9 - 1980`s Guerciotti - 1994 Trek 930
Wife`s Bike - 1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8
In my view, most of the decent quality British brands from the '70's early ' 80's.
531 or 531c frames, long wheelbases, long chainstays and box crown forks. You can put a nice tire in there an you have either a fast bike, or a really comfy take it out on roads, dirt, gravel or whatever else.
lovely bikes many of them.
Count me as another who would consider the 1st and 2nd generation Cyclone to be as good a group as you could get... the 3rd generation was not as nice and by then you had Superbe and Superbe Pro which are arguably the finest friction derailleurs ever made.
The Cyclone was also lighter but the Superbe did gain some extra strength by adding a few more grams which made it more competitive with Campagnolo in that department.
I like to think my LeTour (or most late 80's Le Tours) are pretty under the radar. Most people seek out the Paramount, Voyageur, Premis, Peloton, etc., but the the full cromo LeTours kind of get ignored. I might be wrong.
Mondia under the radar? They certainly aren't under mine.
Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live. --Mark Twain
Last edited by Teon; 02-19-14 at 02:30 PM.
Although, I don't know about the "ride it back to Portland".....that might take awhile.....lol
She wrote that it was hard to find a bike in her $500 budget and went to many shops. One shop worker rolled his eyes and said he might have something low priced, for about $450.
She visited Target where new bikes have $200 prices but the manager said they don't sell. Portlanders would rather buy used bikes. You and I know why that is, but I'm sure it sounds odd to most people.
Real cyclists use toe clips.
The main vintage bike shop here wants $350 to $400 even for crap. Meanwhile, on C/L, much nicer bikes linger at the $200+/- mark. Some buyers "think" they are getting a bike in better mechanical condition, which is pretty funny when you see the crap they are selling. And the 5-6 rider who the "pros" at that shop convinced would fit on a 25 inch frame. Priceless.
Last edited by wrk101; 02-19-14 at 08:22 PM.
I'm going to say Lugged Miele's and Trek's made with Reynold's 501 steel.
70's Raliegh Mixte's and early 90's Mongoose everything.
"Because" -Richard Sachs
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