Narrow it down.. what brands are represented by Your Favorite Bike shop.. ?
& are you really dependent on Peer Pressure approval?
as Mr Nader observed, being so Brand Conscious indicates the Corporations own a big chunk of your consciousness.
Rocky Mountain. At least I like mine. +
Falls City, OR
1993 Rocky Mountain Fusion
2012 Fargo 2
Nobody mentioned Van Sweringen.
C'dale BBU('05 and '09)/Super Six/Hooligan8and 3,Kona Dew Deluxe,Novara Buzz/Safari,Surly Big Dummy,Marin Pt Reyes,Giant Defy 1,Schwinn DBX SuperSport/Qualifier,Dahon Speed Pro TT,Brompton S6L
How about seven cycles?
Brompton or Bike Friday are off the list, are you discriminating?
Nobody else likes Huffy?
Actually I ride Raleigh. Mostly because I like the looks of their steel bikes and that what my favorite LBS carries.
We have met the enemy and they is us.
Ah High Tech Carbon Fiber , at a Price the Lumpen Proletariat find affordable with their meager wages.all my LBS's carry nothing but plastic junk made in China.
Dont worry about Best of all possible Brands , You cannot Afford them.
unfortunately the system of manufacturing largely went to Japan !st then to Taiwan ROC
and then singapore PRC and Thailand , Cambodia ,, all in quest of low labor costs.
because having driven Your wages down You cannot afford what your tastes may desire
Even in commodities as lowly as a Bicycle..
Richard Sachs , in CT, has a 5 year Queue to wait for his , its only him, bikes to be built for You.
IDK if Jeffrey Sachs Has one of Richard Sachs Bikes..
I think the poll needs option
" best brand is what ever i am riding now +1 "
Tact is for people who aren’t witty enough to use sarcasm.
Early helplessness is the price we pay for later brilliance. Or, at least our later capacity for non-idiocy
RANS V3 (steel), RANS V-Rex, RANS Screamer
This is true, however the cost of bicycles have out paced inflation, why is that? Because even though we are getting labor rates cheaper in China then we were paying our workers per hour in the USA back in the mid 50's (wages include hourly pay plus all benefits), bicycle manufactures saw an opportunity to make huge profits which is why they went to China, not to help "poor" Americans buy crap.
I thought I heard that a Richard Sachs bike now takes 9 years to build? Did he shorten the time or did I hear wrong? That's a long time no matter if it's even 5 years, a lot can happen in 5 years, the customer could die waiting!
just if you feel you have to have top line components
the stuff on a $350~ 400 will shove the chain sideways adequately from 1 speed to another..
You forgot Scott.
I voted other since I'm an avid Worksman Cycle fan. Worksman OWNS the heavy duty bicycle market!!
My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.
Originally Posted by krazygluon
Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?
What happened to the OP? Troll poll, perhaps?
Wilier Izoard XP (Campagnolo Record)
Cinelli Xperience (SRAM Force)
Specialized Allez (SRAM Rival)
Bianchi Via Nirone 7 (Campagnolo Centaur)
Merida is another Big Multi brand Contract manufacturer Like Giant.
and there is another company that makes all of QBP and Merry Sales SOMA Brand stuff too.
then Mercks and Colnago and DeRosa and numerous 1 man shop, bikes , Like Richard Sachs.
In my opinion, the early British built bikes cannot be equalled.
Raleigh, Hercules, Rudge just to mention a few.
They were quality bikes built to last forever. They were built solid, to last, the chrome and paint was beyond compare. They were abused, left out in the rain. They saw hard general transportation usage in Britain and----and they are still with us today!
These were rugged non sissy bikes that have been tried and proven.
I like Surly's bike names and attitude, Salsa's paint & color schemes, and Trek's prices & stock accessories that seem to cost extra or be add ons with other bike brands.
No bike brand is perfect. But they all have their place. I am glad they all exist.
Another "other" based on the reality that they're all the same within a given price range.
As a nation we still continue to enjoy a literally unprecedented prosperity; and it is probable that only reckless speculation and disregard of legitimate business methods on the part of the business world can materially mar this prosperity. – Theodore Roosevelt, Sixth Annual Message, December 3, 1906