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Specialised 34 18.58%
Trek 50 27.32%
Giant 14 7.65%
Cannondale 15 8.20%
Bianchi 10 5.46%
Other- American based company 71 38.80%
Other- European based company 33 18.03%
Handbuilt custom frame and build up 27 14.75%
Wallymart grade bike from anywhere 1 0.55%
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Old 03-29-09, 01:18 PM   #1
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What Bike?

Been wondering about what is a popular 50+ bike.

We all look in awe at the Specialised Roubaix- in all its guises and I should thing that this must get the popular vote. But if going into various models- The poll would have to be 3 pages long.

So what manufacture of bike do you ride?

So I ride Giant and The Boreas Ignis. So Boreas is under "Other-European based company."
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Interesting musing - I just took one of my perennial looks at Specialized Roubaix, in this case the shop happened to have the top model on display, $7400!!!! Oh, well, not this year..

So in the meantime I have to be satisfied with my nice old vintage steel machines. At the start of the season here I am fitting into my 1984 Trek 610 very nicely. It has a V-O faux-Swallow saddle, a Chorus crank and derailleur set, Shimano 600 hubs/MA40 rims/28 mm Gatorskins, and nice Nitto Noodles. I just reduced the gear range to 13-24 53-39, and learning to stand and climb again. Dunno if that will be a workable Colorado combination for this August or not. It also has fenders. I'm the original owner of this one. I need a brake upgrade.

Next, and getting some minor refurb, is my 1980 Woodrup Giro Touring. This is a long bike with very cushy characteristics. It has recently gottan a Centaur conpact crankset to replace the triple, and I haven't ridden that new combo very much. I have 36-spoke tubular wheels on it, and I think it will eventually get clinchers on. Maybe taht will coincide with a change to Campy indexed 8 or 9 speed. I have the wheels, levers, and mechs, just need to get settled into it. I have planned to make this into Mrs. Road Fan's cushy distance bike. Oh, well-softened Brooks Pro.

No longer at teh top is my Mondonico. This has recent Campy 10-speed, Campy /Mavic/Sapim wheels custom built 2 summers abo, and Vittoria tubulars. It does everything well, except providing a smooth ride over time. Definitely a go-fast bike.

My 1980 Masi is the sweetest girl in the house, except for Mrs. Road Fan. It's a California Gran Criterium, and it has a flexy, smooth, stable, but responsive frame. With original Campy Nuovo Record on it, and Wolber tubular rims, it has the classic feeling in all resppects. What I really like is somehow the bike feels like it has an electric motor - I never think of pressing the pedals to harder to go faster, I think more of "work it a little more." I don't understand this, but its very intuitive and feels very efficient. The oddest thing is how short it is: 97 cm wheelbase!

Someone would get jealous if I brought a Spec. Roubaix home.

I REALLY need to work out this picture thing!!!

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My 1980 Masi is the sweetest girl in the house, except for Mrs. Road Fan.

I REALLY need to work out this picture thing!!!
Yeah, well, we don't care about Mrs. Road Fan, but we'd sure like to see the Gran Crit. How can we help you "work out this picture thing?"
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1. Vintage Japanese steel (Lotus Classique).

2. Newer Italian Steel (Colnago Master Lite).

3. Almost vintage American Steel (Trek 950).

4. Vintage American Steel (83 Trek 520, work in progress).
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Grooving on my RANS V-Rex. Classic American-designed 4130 frame in production since the mid-'90s.
Oops! I meant to say classic short wheelbase recumbent. By 'bent standards, there are a ton of satisfied V-Rex owners.
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Bianchi is an interesting option, for that isn't a big selling line in the USA. Here in the Madison area, there are something like 16-17 bike shops and only 1 carries Bianchi, and it is maybe their #3 or #4 bike line. They aren't rare, I do run across shops carrying them from time to time.

I suspect Marin outsells them by a significant margin (maybe not if the category is only road bikes?), and Jamis probably does too. Maybe Fuji.

You would probably want to lump Gary Fisher into Trek's totals. They sell a lot of GFs. Trek probably sold more LeMonds than what several other companies were able to sell.
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No place to check for my three Japanese bikes - Fuji, Bridgestone and Panasonic. I also own two Sun bikes - a recumbent and a folder, Sun is technically an American company, but has a pretty small presence here. At least my RANS can go solidly into the American category.

No option for Asian bikes, even though about 95% or more of all bikes sold in the USA are made in Asia. Sometimes the "American" part of an American bike company can be very small.
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My road bike is a '08 Fuji Roubaix RC and my wife's is a '06 Fuji Finest 1.0 WSD. They are great, mid-level road bikes.

My commuter is a '07 Schwinn Le Tour GS. For a bottom end bike it makes a great commuter.

My wife and I also have vintage Schwinn Le Tours. Mine is a '77 and hers is a '78.

And my wife, my 2 sons and I each have a Diamond Back MTB (actually my wife's started out as a comfort bike but I was able to morph it into a decent trail bike).
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I had to vote for Other- American based company. My #1 ride - Litespeed Tuscany


My #2 ride - Giant TCX - not ridden nearly as much as #1.
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2007 LeMond Sarthe (butted steel / Shimano) road
1983 Puch Austro Daimler (lugged steel / Suntour) road

1986 Univega Grand Touring (lugged steel / Suntour) touring
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At least the poll tracking bar graph has almost the right color for Bianchi.
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Here is my "other" american bike company bike. My Litespeed. This was dressed as a commuter. I have taken the rack off and now have a nice seat post rack that I only put on when I need to carry my lunch.
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Serotta Ti. Have been looking for a used Specialized Roubaix SL frame though - to try carbon again.
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Catrike Road, American made. The grin with it comes standard.
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Yeah, well, we don't care about Mrs. Road Fan, but we'd sure like to see the Gran Crit. How can we help you "work out this picture thing?"
Got some free time tomorrow - stay tuned!

I won't tell her what you said !
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Been wondering about what is a popular 50+ bike.

We all look in awe at the Specialised Roubaix- in all its guises and I should thing that this must get the popular vote. But if going into various models- The poll would have to be 3 pages long.

So what manufacture of bike do you ride?

So I ride Giant and The Boreas Ignis. So Boreas is under "Other-European based company."
Specialized? I look on SpecialEd as a horrible joke personally. You can buy that crap, I'll never spend a dime with that company. YMMV. Trek invited me long ago to stop being a customer so the two frames I've got (one and a half considering the OCLV is half useful in it's demise) are at the bottom of my fleet.

In any case you can see what I own below.
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I had to vote Trek since I own three of them. I became a Trek fan after finding my present LBS. I took my Giants and Jamis to them for service. Their service was so great I stuck with them and purchased my new bikes from them
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I voted "Other - American based company" for my 1992 Bridgestone RB-1 which is my main ride. Although the parent company was Japanese and the frames were built there, Bridgestone America's bikes were designed and spec'd in the US by Grant Petersen and that is where the bikes got their personality and characteristics. Basically a lugged steel road frame made from quality Japanese steel (quad butted Ishiwata tubing) with traditional Italian dimensions and geometry, fairly quick steering on a somewhat longish top tube with a setback seat tube to make for a good handling bike that is comfortable for all day rides.

It has been a love affair since the first day I rode the bike in April 1992. Every time I think about replacing Ribby, she ends up with new components and/or accessories to keep her going for a few more years. The upgrades are not necessarily more modern, just good quality and functional parts to keep me happy on the bike. It started with mostly Shimano Ultegra components with some Suntour and Dia Compe thrown into the mix and some Ritchey parts like rims, stem etc.

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I'm looking for a new frame to eventually replace this bike, but I'm in no hurry to find it.

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4 bikes:

- "custom bike" - Davidson ti
- "Other European" - vintage Tommasini
- "Specialized" - 1988 Stumpjumper

- I didn't know where to vote for my 1983 Univega (my commuter), which I consider a Japanese bike, but I guess since it was designed/name/imported by a US company I should have voted "other American" for it.
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Ok, let me post my Masi and see if this works:



Nope, it didn't.

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My road bike stable includes:
07 Specialized Roubaix Expert w/Sram
Trek XO1 Cross with ultregra/105's
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73 Raleigh Super Course TT (under reconstruction) Frame is being repainted currrently in British Racing Green with off white bands (in the later 70's paint scheme) and a gold over spray. Have purchased to date, Mavic Tubular wheels, tubular tires, Shimano 600 (Abersque) derailers and shifters, Atom 13 x 22 freewheel, 38 tooth chain ring, TTT Super Compitizone bars, TTT stem, Gipemine fluted seat post, numerous small parts including brake pads, Jaguar green Deda tape and complete decal set. Have polished up the center pull brakes, crank set Shimano RSX 52 x 42, headset etc... Have a new black Brooks Professional (1980's) that I will put on at first but long to purchase a Brooks Swift in Brown or Honey. Can't wait to ride steel and tub's again.
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2003 Specialized Allez for those times I'm running a little late to work.
Cannondale Bad Boy for my pack horse.
My wife has Bianchi Boardwalk which we use to pull a small trailer and pickup groceries.

Two Specialized comfort bikes. They haven't gotten as much use since we bought our Bianchi and Cannondale.
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My road bike stable includes:
07 Specialized Roubaix Expert w/Sram
Trek XO1 Cross with ultregra/105's
99 Cannondale R600 with 105's
73 Raleigh Super Course TT (under reconstruction) Frame is being repainted currrently in British Racing Green with off white bands (in the later 70's paint scheme) and a gold over spray. Have purchased to date, Mavic Tubular wheels, tubular tires, Shimano 600 (Abersque) derailers and shifters, Atom 13 x 22 freewheel, 38 tooth chain ring, TTT Super Compitizone bars, TTT stem, Gipemine fluted seat post, numerous small parts including brake pads, Jaguar green Deda tape and complete decal set. Have polished up the center pull brakes, crank set Shimano RSX 52 x 42, headset etc... Have a new black Brooks Professional (1980's) that I will put on at first but long to purchase a Brooks Swift in Brown or Honey. Can't wait to ride steel and tub's again.

Allegheny, what brakes did it come with? I recall Weinmann center pulls, but were they Vainqueur 750s?

Plus, does yours have a little tube set into the rear brake bridge, to bush the pivot bolt hole?
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I said Specialized just because I like it so much. If I had the money I'd probably pick the custom built though.
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Ok, here are my bikes! Sorry about the small pictures, I'm still hassling with Picasa on how to get it to deliver valid filenames.

Edit: Grrr, why won't it do multiple pictures?
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