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    Senior Member DVC45's Avatar
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    Bicycles Made by Car makers....

    Not that I care much for them, but some are very interesting in design.


    http://autos.yahoo.com/news/bikes-fr...companies.html



    From a marketing standpoint, a car company selling a branded bicycle makes solid sense. If you’re into four-wheeled fun, there’s a good chance two wheels also light your fire. And for anyone aspiring to own a Mercedes-Benz or other exotic car, a bike’s a nice way to get a Three-Pointed Star or Land Rover in the garage at a fraction of the cost.

    But don’t dismiss all auto-bikes as mere sales tools. These days, companies as different as Ford and Ferrari are selling bicycles that offer consumers cutting edge products that won’t embarrass you at the next latte-fueled gathering of road warriors.

    "Bikes are on the rise in people’s daily lives as they become more conscious of the environment, and that includes car companies,” says Andrew Bernstein, gear editor at Bicycling magazine, who notes that the range of auto-bike product is broad, from fully outsourced machines to bicycles that are produced with the input of in-house designers and engineers.

    The ideal customer for these bikes are people who want the name Porsche or BMW on their down tube,” he says. “But in some cases you’re actually buying something unique and cutting edge, as with many of these e-bikes. The great thing about them is you can bike to work and not get there sweaty.”

    Bernstein has a word of advice for anyone considering an auto-related bicycle: Test drive it if at all possible. “The main drawback of these kinds of bikes is that often they’re not sitting in a showroom with a demo program that allows you to ride it,” he says. “If you can’t do that, go online and see what people who already own that model say.”
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    Older than dirt CCrew's Avatar
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    Kia started as a bicycle company.

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    What a stupid, unresearched article. People get paid to write that junk ?
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    Senior Member DVC45's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    What a stupid, unresearched article. People get paid to write that junk ?
    It's from Yahoo. We can't expect much.
    "Cycling is for pleasure not penance"

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    Paying to have your Brand Name painted on It is not exactly the same as Making It.

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    Chances are they don't make the bike or the cars.
    Everything should be as simple as possible...But not more so.---Albert Einstein

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    I was under the impression that Ford's bike was vapor ware.
    "Why is it that one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a barbecue?" Anonymous

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
    Kia started as a bicycle company.
    Yup. And Honda started as a shop outfitting bicycles with engines.

    Here's what I think is the real reason:
    "If you’re into four-wheeled fun, there’s a good chance two wheels also light your fire."

    Definitely true for me.

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    FORD made a bike back in 2000/2001 called Th!nk (it was also electric)

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