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

Old 01-18-23, 10:17 PM
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The verdict is in...or is it? The cumulative list of our favorite/best bikes...

I took off work today, and it is super snowy outside and nothing really to do, so I got nerdy. I really enjoy those 'favorite ride' and 'whats your #1' and 'best ride ever' type threads, so I poured through maybe 8-12 of those threads through the past few years (going back to maybe 2013 or so?) and started making a list to record the bikes that people listed as their 'best ride/favorite bike/etc'. Not sure why. Just curious. I'm a researcher. I wanted to see if there were any trends.

None of it is super scientific, and for the true bike addicts, I had to wade through 3-4 posts by the same person, listing different bikes each time! Thought that was funny.

It's not perfect, and was probably a huge waste of time, but I thought others might be interested in the findings. I figure its hours of my life I'll never get back, so I might as well share! I tried not to count anyone twice, but I'm sure I did somewhere. Liberties may have been taken, especially if it centered around a bike I currently own (just kidding). I actually didn't count any response of mine.

Over 300 bikes, by hundreds of posters. Before I spill the beans, anyone want to make any guesses? Most frequently listed brand? Most popular model? Biggest surprise? Biggest upset? I was pleasantly surprised by some of the findings. I was also surprised by some of the names I didn't see even once.

I'll post all the juicy details soon.
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Old 01-19-23, 12:27 AM
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I venture some guesses -

Most frequent brand - Raleigh
Most popular model - Grand Prix
Biggest surprise - Raleigh Grand Prix ;-)
Missing brands - Rene Herse, Rivendell, Strawberry,...?


ETA - in case you were not able to tell, the Raleigh Grand Pix was intended as a bit of a joke by a former GP owner. <-- key word there is "former".

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It's the blue one, isn't it.
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It's the blue one, isn't it.
The red one is faster.
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The red one is faster.
If it's green it's mean..
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picture or list or it did not happen
guessing blows
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Old 01-19-23, 07:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Bad Lag View Post
I venture some guesses -

Most frequent brand - Raleigh Good guess! Almost...
Most popular model - Grand Prix Nope
Biggest surprise - Raleigh Grand Prix ;-) A surprise, but not the one you are thinking
Missing brands - Rene Herse, Rivendell, Strawberry,...? Not far off!
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It's the blue one, isn't it.
Bluish/Green
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Old 01-19-23, 08:05 AM
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picture or list or it did not happen
guessing blows
Aww come on not knowing is half the fun!

It definitely happened, as evidenced by my wife asking "what are you doing there?" multiple times, and me trying to answer as generically as possibly so as to sound the least crazy as possible. ...'Oh, you know. Pouring through thousands of forum posts by hundreds of internet strangers to see what they had to say about their old bicycles and taking hours, of our time together dear, creating spreadsheets to catalog, then analyze, their answers'...may have elicited a less-than-ideal reflection of her life choices
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Is it too soon to re-post photos of our bikes?
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"Poring," not "pouring."

That said, looking forward to the reveal.
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO View Post
Aww come on not knowing is half the fun!

It definitely happened, as evidenced by my wife asking "what are you doing there?" multiple times, and me trying to answer as generically as possibly so as to sound the least crazy as possible. ...'Oh, you know. Pouring through thousands of forum posts by hundreds of internet strangers to see what they had to say about their old bicycles and taking hours, of our time together dear, creating spreadsheets to catalog, then analyze, their answers'...may have elicited a less-than-ideal reflection of her life choices
Good story and I like how your keeping your wife guessing aswell
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Raleigh or Schwinn.
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I'm guessing Colnago and Motobecane scored highly in terms of brands.
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I expect that Schwinn Paramount will top the list.
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Team Miyata
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Come on, come on, **** or get off the pot

Also, black bikes matter.

Looking forward to the list!

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No guesses, but since this is kinda a compilation of other lists I will guess that it skews more toward somewhat mass produced bikes. Realistically, many of us seldom come into contact with the custom bikes or even the lower production premier limited brands.
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Most mentioned - Raleigh
Model Peugeot PX 10
Biggest surprise - Trek 610
Biggest upset - no Ciocc
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Wow, some real interesting guesses! Some are close to spot on, others are a mile off! But that's all just part of the fun. Nobody has guessed the top mentioned brand yet, and it isn't red, or green.

Big reveal tonight around 8:30pm MDT (that's when the kids are off to bed)
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I would guess that the most mentioned and the top model are the same -- Peugeot and the PX-10. It seems like the brand with the most consistent magical pixie dust among the various models and levels, and the PX-10 seems to me like the most accessible of the highly sought after models, the one that was just out of reach for most members here during their youth. My guess for the surprisingly popular one would be the Raleigh Super Course.
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Not *my* list, but based on the length of the threads they generate around here, these are my guesses:
Centurion Ironman
Schwinn Paramount
Raleigh International/Professional
Bianchi
Cannondale
GRANT PETERSEN
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Old 01-19-23, 06:38 PM
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OK, I wasn't going to guess, but since I have to wait for the results anyway...

Most frequently listed brand? De Rosa
Most popular model? Schwinn Paramount
Biggest surprise? Specialized Sequoia -- surely I've mentioned mine often enough for it to make the list, even with hundreds of participants
Biggest upset? No Trek
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