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Old 02-13-08, 03:00 PM   #1
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"Roland" brand bikes- anyone know about them?

Is anyone familiar with a "Roland" brand bike? If so, is this a super-cheapie quality-wise, on par with Wallyworld bikes? Maybe a little better, maybe good, maybe better than that? I can find *No* info Googling/Dogpiling for Roland bikes/bicycles.Top tube is kinda long for frame height, which should be a good thing for me. Any help appreciated, thanks.
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Old 02-13-08, 03:24 PM   #2
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How many grand piano presets does it come with? What about LFOs and noise generators?

Seriously, I thought they made synthesizers... A bike with wireless outputs for speed, cadence, braking, etc could be a great source for MIDI controller data - an electro-acoustic musical instrument using bicycle-human interface!
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Old 02-13-08, 03:27 PM   #3
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Is anyone familiar with a "Roland" brand bike? If so, is this a super-cheapie quality-wise, on par with Wallyworld bikes? Maybe a little better, maybe good, maybe better than that? I can find *No* info Googling/Dogpiling for Roland bikes/bicycles.Top tube is kinda long for frame height, which should be a good thing for me. Any help appreciated, thanks.
Do you have photos? Can you tell us the components?

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Old 02-13-08, 03:54 PM   #4
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Alex Singer
Just about everything that applies to Rene Herse also is applicable to Alex Singer. The frames were actually constructed by Singer's nephews, Roland and Ernst Csoka. The bikes Roland built seem to be somewhat more desirable. In fact, one can still order a frame from the company at their Paris shop today! Singer bikes have all sorts of fun racks and bags and neat brazed on fittings. Of course, there were many race bikes built that lack these features. They do, however, have a level of elegance that few other bikes can ever hope to attain. For the most sought after bikes from the 70's with all sorts of neat proprietary touring goodies, values nearing $4000 are possible. Race bikes seem to fetch quite a bit less, perhaps $1500 to $2000. Many Singer bikes came into the U.S through the Cupertino bike shop. Under the guidance of Spence Wolfe, many of these bikes were fitted with parts rather uncharacteristic of French bikedom - lots of Campy and plenty of Phil Wood. Because of this, Singer bikes can be fitted with just about anything parts wise and still pass accuracy muster. For the bike to be valuable to overseas buyers, though, this parts goofieness just won't do. Because many Singer bikes don't catch the fancy of the will-heeled overseas set, they remain relative bargains in the U.S. Large frame examples, those without just the right goodies, and race bikes, are hard to sell for top dollar. These bikes are so handcrafted and so gorgeous that it is only a matter of time before the second tier gems from the 70's take off in price. In some years only 50 bikes wire produced!




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Old 02-13-08, 04:07 PM   #5
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I'd still like to see photos .

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It's a mountain bike, I haven't seen it in person, only 2 not-so-good photos. From the angle of the top tube, I don't think it's very old, & seems *very* doubtful it's connected to any obscure-but-sought-after European touring/road bikes. Still waiting for reply from seller.

Pix are poor & small, I can't read anything on the frame in the full side-shot. The other, you can at least see the frame size on the seatpost, 18". Lessee if I can get these up- this forum keeps shutting off my posts & replies!

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Old 02-14-08, 12:44 AM   #7
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I can't tell you much from the photos, but it's definitely not a high end European bicycle.

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Old 02-14-08, 07:04 AM   #8
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I recall a similar question about a bike no one had heard of, Google didn't turn up hardly anything, then the next week, I was at a bicycle store and they had a bunch of them- all Chinese imports. Maybe that's the case here as well.
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I bought a Roland mountain bike at the local Schwinn dealer back in Austin, TX some time back around 1996 or so. At the time I thought it was expensive, I think I paid less than $300 for it. Ended up not really riding it much at all until about 8 or 9 years later when I moved up here to SLC. Used it for my winter commuter. It's still out hanging in the garage, with some very rusted components on it. I thought it was a good enough bike for its purpose and will someday probably clean it up and use it again but definitely not a high end machine.
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Picked this up off of CL for a good price. It is a 24" bike for my grandson. I'm no expert but this bike is definitely better than the Walmart/Target bikes I've considered. New tires and tubes and a new front rim and this bike is good to go. We are both happy with it.

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