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Old 07-07-17, 12:36 PM
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Best bicycle names

This is an angle that hasn't been explored enough, IMO.

Earlier this week we had a " Europa Super Fast 2000" coming through. Being of a certain age, I love that name. It reminds me of the hopes for the future that I had, a while back.

Anyway, when I encountered this baby today, I realized that cool bike names are important. They sell bikes - I suppose - but more importantly, they amuse me.

So, what have you came across with names that promised the world and delivered ... . Well, what did they deliver?

This is a - and please correct me if I'm wrong - "Skyland Technic 26 Classic Bicycle Power & Sport":

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That Skyland may not have the best name, but it certainly has the most names.
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For me, the most iconic brand name is Cannondale. The first time I heard it, it stuck.
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For me, the most iconic brand name is Cannondale. The first time I heard it, it stuck.
Yup, Cannondale is definitely in the upper right-hand quadrant.
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Since you didn't say brand names, I'm going to give a shout-out to Schwinn for brand names:

Road Bike - Paramount
Mountain Bike - Cimmaron and High Sierra
Kid's Bike - Krate
All Purpose Bike - Traveler (3 speed)
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One of the innovative shortlived elevated chainstay MTB from the late80s thru early90s. Fitting name for such a different product.

Oh- and since I have MTBs now on my mind...

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I always likes Specialized's Rock Hopper and Stumpjumper.
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Holdsworth used to name their models after winds... Sirocco, Mistral... I think that's cool. But the real winner is "La Quelda:"

The meaning of La Quelda is unclear. The Tour de France bikes in the mid 30's were identical, so the Tour would be a test of rider. Sandy went to Le Tour to look at the bikes for ideas. All frames were arc welded and cane coloured. He returned to UK and developed a similar frameset. One source says he wanted a name which sounded French and welded. Mrs H coined the name La Quelda (meaningless) as it sounded French and also like 'L' Arc Welder' or Quill Welder
(from Kilgariff's website)
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Motobecane Super Mirage always had a nice ring to it, even if the specs weren't all that impressive. Too bad they didn't save that name for one of the higher end frame and component combos, although it was good for a mid-level commuter and recreational touring bike. Classiest paint job and decals of any bike from that era.
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Cinelli Super Corsa.
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One of my favorites, for sure!

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Alright, let's get a little more scientific, and make our own C&V version of the Magic Quadrant. I've added a few examples, so you can heartily disagree with me.



This, BTW, is the Limit No Fuss:

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Jagaren = Eng. The destroyer or the chaser




Fram ≈ Eng. Forward
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And the Rob van Oel, built to measure with Reynolds 531 by a Belgian artisan frame builder for a Dutch LBS' client. Cost me €60.

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Austro-Daimler always sounded fantastic to my ears.... Makes the Peugeot brand sound cheap in comparison....
Even though it turns out to just be a marketing strategy rename done for US sales of Austrian made Puch bikes done in the 70's....
I think the Chinese now own the brand name and had been selling modern CF bikes under the A-D brand.....
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Love this one. Highest quality too! Have you actually got one of those?

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For me, the most iconic brand name is Cannondale. The first time I heard it, it stuck.
Yes, Criterium Series. And it delivers.

My offering: Huffy Aerowind.
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Austro-Daimler always sounded fantastic to my ears.... Makes the Peugeot brand sound cheap in comparison....
Even though it turns out to just be a marketing strategy rename done for US sales of Austrian made Puch bikes done in the 70's....
Oh yes ... that was a smart move by the marketeers. Any who knows anything about vintage cars will want an Austro-Daimler. Even if it's "just" a bike. Because of these:

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... Have you actually got one of those?
Unfortunately not, old Swedish road bikes pre WWII are rare. They sometimes show up for sale at for example Blocket.se, but almost all I've seen have been in very bad condition.

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... Highest quality too! ...
Where are you from? Do you speak Swedish?
Edit, wait, wait, wasn't there a thread of you participating in a vintage bike event in Belgium?

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Lemond's "Le Vanquer". It should be "Le Vainqueur", if it were to actually mean anything. Kind of ironic. Kind of lazy maybe? Did someone phone it in to the decal maker and spell it phonetically? Did no one think to look it up or ask someone who spoke French? Were there no Weinmann brakes about? And why wasn't it corrected? Decals are relatively inexpensive. Or did they try really hard to misspell it as much as possible?
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Univega was the king of naming bikes. They had something like 50 different models. I used to have a "Safari" model. Also, not a bike. But, Suntour used to make a front derailleur called a "Spirt".
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The best named bike for me has to be the Lotus "Odyssey". For a Columbus SL/SP touring frame brazed in Japan, the brand allusion to the "Lotus Eaters" of Homer's "The Odyssey" can't be topped for singing the siren's song of an epic journey, perhaps "The Epic Journey". captured in one of the early epic poems.

And when asked where I'm going I get to answer: "Out....on an Odyssey."

It is one of my favorite rides as well, loaded or not.
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Fat Chance should reside near (under) Dick Power. Need a Double Entendre zone.

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Where are you from? Do you speak Swedish?
Edit, wait, wait, wasn't there a thread of you participating in a vintage bike event in Belgium?
No, but where I come from it would have been "hoogste kwaliteit", which is close enough for recognition.

And yes, the Retroronde in Oudenaarde, Belgium is one of my favorite C&V events. And just a couple of hours by car.
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