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?
I you weren't new, I would've just posted "shut up." I'm sure this this question has been asked before, so next time use the search bar. I am going to guess most of the answers in those are just something like "it's personal preference" or "define best." This is just such a broad question.
That which does not kill me has made a massive tactical blunder.
Too often I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen. Louis L'Amour
'07 Giant Cypress WSD "Radagast the Beige-and-Black" * '97 (?) Bianchi Premio "Orion" * '09 Trek Allant "The Black Pearl"
I'm a little late to this soiree...but just a comment to this perhaps 'most' asked question [what's the best bike, brand etc].
I sort of agree with the posts about everything being from Asia now. Yet, there are differences in how certain bikes ride.
Over time, my focus has more and more centered upon the WHEELS. That, at least for me, is where I can make pretty large differences in the ride. In fact, I can put my best set of wheels on my old steel clunker, and transform it almost instantly into at least what 'feels' like a performance bike.
Frame composition [steel, aluminum, carbon fiber, or titanium] also makes for quite significant different rides. After that, geometry [racing, climbing, long riding, or touring etc].
Branding is mostly psychological in nature. Those companies that sponsor pro teams would logically be into research and development, always looking for the edge on competition etc. [and would probably carry over to consumer products]. I know both Trek and Specialized stand behind their products and warranties pretty well however. But of course, the market is flooded with trek and specialized, and sometimes people just want to be different. My 2 cents not worth a nickle anyway.
I don't happen to like the fact that most bikes are built in Asia especially China with all their human rights issues that no corporation in America and other countries don't care about and just turn a blind eye to it all in the name of money. Then what most people don't understand that buy products made in China is your not saving any money if you look at what inflation has done since the early 70's, bikes in particular are outpacing inflation by about 33% even though all the frames and components are made at lower cost then the rate of inflation! That should tell you where the profits are going. Add that problem with the fact that the quality of products made in China is poor and replacement of products happens way sooner then it use to.
I also have the tendency not to want something everyone else has, my cars reflect that; and so far I haven't seen one other Lynskey in town since I moved here 10 years ago, I think somewhere in this town there should be another one I just haven't seen it. Even though I was Trek fan in the 70's and 80's I am no longer one nor want to be of the cookie cutter crowd that buy Trek, Specialized, and Cannondale.
I will say this about my TI bike though, even though it has a compact frame, aero wheels and tight geometry, it is the most comfortable riding bike in my stable which quite frankly surprised me considering I would have thought one of the touring bikes would be more comfortable, to be more specific the touring bikes are a tad more comfortable when loaded, and tad less when not over the Lynskey.
Ferrari - who could argue with this?
Closely grouped for second place - GMC, Marlboro, John Deere (afterall, nothing runs like a deer)
Trek actually won? wow, this is 2013 folks.
Dude that is L.A. http://www.polb.com/
I vote for homemade.
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike