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The verdict is in...or is it? The cumulative list of our favorite/best bikes...

Old 01-24-23, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post
Awesome thread..... My favorite changes so often I believe I'm a bit unreliable.
And I don't really have a standout favorite, so at least I'm hopefully not super biased either!
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Old 01-24-23, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
I suspected this.

p.s. Raleigh International
p.p.s. Trek road bikes and I just do not get on well.
p.p.p.s. nlerner... 5 is not "a lot"

Haha, well! I haven't added them yet, but I don't think we'll see any big changes, maybe a couple a smaller names, and yes mmmmmmaaaybe another Raleigh

In the interest of full disclosure, I was a little saddened that there was only a single, lonely Super Course mentioned. I really enjoy my '73, and riding it for the first time was enlightening, coming from mainly a Fuji S10-S. It was lighter, springer, like it was just happy to go, and had great road manners. What they say about those bikes is true, that they punch above their weight class.




However, on the flip side, I first turned down buying that '73 Super Course because right before laying down the chunk of change for it, I noticed it had a big gap in the chainstay/BB braze connection. I thought about that bike about 8 months later, and decided 'oh what the heck' and went back and it was right there where I left it. I paid the same as I was going to pay before, and it turned into a nice bike and now I just laugh about the ultra sloppy contruction.
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO View Post
Haha, well! I haven't added them yet, but I don't think we'll see any big changes, maybe a couple a smaller names, and yes mmmmmmaaaybe another Raleigh

In the interest of full disclosure, I was a little saddened that there was only a single, lonely Super Course mentioned. I really enjoy my '73, and riding it for the first time was enlightening, coming from mainly a Fuji S10-S. It was lighter, springer, like it was just happy to go, and had great road manners. What they say about those bikes is true, that they punch above their weight class.




However, on the flip side, I first turned down buying that '73 Super Course because right before laying down the chunk of change for it, I noticed it had a big gap in the chainstay/BB braze connection. I thought about that bike about 8 months later, and decided 'oh what the heck' and went back and it was right there where I left it. I paid the same as I was going to pay before, and it turned into a nice bike and now I just laugh about the ultra sloppy contruction.
That's how it was. My first "good bike" was a 1978 Super Course that shadowed me through college, and was gave me a glorious, trouble-free day the day after my step-mom decided last-minute that she needed to see where I'd been going to college those past 3 years. It was about 7:00pm the night before dad was going to drive me and my stuff the 210-ish miles from Rochester, NY to Potsdam, NY. I got up at 5:00, was out the door by 5:30 and was almost there about 5:00 pm when the heavens opened and I dropped a dime to call my roommate for a ride the last 11 miles. That bike got stolen about 10 days before I joined the Navy in 1981. Years later, I replaced the bike with the exact same, but found it didn't even come close to measuring up to the 1972 Fuji Finest that I had recently acquired. Amazing what time and experience and memory can do to us.
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I have had several treks and my current 720 is an outstanding bike but it doesn't get ridden much. My view on treks is that the early stuff captivated me when I couldn't afford a decent bike. They were to me, the Volkswagen camper van of bicycles and I really wanted one. Their promotion and defense of a big time cyclist later on made me not care for them but what really knocked trek down for me was the quality of bikes I had to assemble after 2000. They just got worse in the low to medium range and then like most marks they got stupid on the high end. That was my take anyway. Really what do I know. My only indexers are sturmey archers.
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