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Old 07-06-12, 11:09 AM
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are you brand specific? do you stick with one or two brands ?

as my handle suggests i love trek first and foremost, and ive grown to accept raliegh and schwinn, and lately ive accepted nishiki and lotus.

what brands are stuck on and why?

what say you?

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Old 07-06-12, 11:22 AM
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I'm open to about anything but bianchi and tommasini tend to be my preference. Bianchi because they provide a little of everything and tommasini... Well, because:

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I'm stuck on quality bikes that perform their function top of class. The brand means squat to me, though I have found there are some brands/builders that I'm attracted to and others I like less. I definitely have a strong affinity for titanium and Campagnolo. I like De Rosas, Miyatas, Lemonds and Lotus a lot.
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Old 07-06-12, 11:34 AM
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I'm poor but I like any brand that is decent quality. I have Cannondale, Trek, Specialized, Univega, Giant, etc. I don't anything that is super high quality but I like my nice midgrade bikes.
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Old 07-06-12, 11:36 AM
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Sortof.
I like odd, obscure brands. So the three bikes I own are a Quintana Roo, a Lotus, and a Koko Sport 3000. I don't want to see my bike around every turn. I like cool head badges made of tin, so 2 fit that bill but my QR has decals(boo!).

I can't get into:
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Trek

As much as I want to like them, I just can't. Never even rode either, never wanted one, pass up the CL ads, don't even check price tags at garage sales. I just don't like them and I know it is stupid! And yet.....
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I'm from New York City, where brand loyalty is less than anywhere else. Do your research and find what suits you. Nearly every brand makes a whole lineup ranging from crap (or barely better than crap) to very fine stuff. So the brand name guarantees little or nothing.

Some brands have great designs but bad quality control. Raleigh (of England) and Peugeot come to mind. Some came out great, some were atrocious.
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yes, I'm fairly brand loyal

Centurion (at present, only 2 with some overlap from Cinelli)
Cinelli (2 with some overlap from Centurion)

I'm flirting with Kestrel, but doing so will inhibit future promiscuity with Centurions.
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I appreciate well made bicycles and sometimes, even those not so well made bicycles that, despite their humble origins, still get the job done.

I have a fondness for pre 90's lugged Kuwaharas and Apollos, Raleighs (they currently dominate my collection), and Peugeot bicycles as I do not mind their quirks. Folding bicycles and small wheeled bicycles are also of great interest and we have 7 of those.

Follow my sig to see most of the collection and you will also find a number of one off hand built bicycles made my Ron Cooper, Jim Moulden, and Brad Proctor.

On the modern end I have a Rocky Mountain Blizzard, Surly Pugsley, and a generic folder I use with my car and also as a runabout.
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There are a couple of brands that I just don't like, for whatever reason, but it's an irrational dislike and, generally, I'm an omnivore.
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I'm more model-specific than brand-specific.
I don't care that it's a Schwinn, just so long as it's an '86 Schwinn Peloton.

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The first good bike I purchased was a 1980 Lotus Legend, the bike was so new at the time my LBS didn't even have a photo at first. But the price was really good for the frame and equipment so I pretty much bought it sight unseen. That bike was my primary transportation and entertainment for many years and I slowly "upgraded" it with Campagnolo Super Record parts. Once the bike was all Super Record I bought a Guerciotti Jet frame around 1982 and swapped over all the parts. I've also owned Fujis and Treks and like them both.

The difference between the Guerciotti and the Lotus, considering the Guerciotti cost 5x more, was pretty unimpressive. I haven't been a big fan of the Italian stuff ever since.

I sold the Guerciotti decades ago but kept the Lotus and the parts. A few years ago I decided to restore the Lotus and was saddened to find almost no information on the net about the bike and what information I did find did not jive with the memory of the Lotus bikes I followed in the 1980's. I decided to start the Lotus website because no one else had bothered and I certainly couldn't have the worst Lotus site on the net . It seemed a shame to let such a cool line of bikes struggle in anonymity.
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I'm more model-specific than brand-specific.
I don't care that it's a Schwinn, just so long as it's an '86 Schwinn Peloton.

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Somehow I accumulated five Schwinns. Four are Japanese. I love them all, but I have no brand loyalty to Schwinn and I'm not even sure how this happened.
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Somehow I accumulated five Schwinns. Four are Japanese. I love them all, but I have no brand loyalty to Schwinn and I'm not even sure how this happened.
Good schwinns seem to fall from the sky.. or get shipped from the south by Bill in my case.
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I prefer the older utilitarian style bikes. Most of my collection happens to be Nottingham built Raleighs. With a bunch of other stuff thrown in for good measure. Anything above the BSO level interests me. I don't ride road/race bikes much anymore, so there aren't any in my current collection. Current collection includes bikes from: Raleigh, Motobecane, Peugeot, Columbia, Hercules, Giant, Redline (not BMX) Atala, Rixe, Dahon, GT, and Haro. (I think that is all of them). Most of my bikes are IGH, about 2/3rds of the bikes I own have the can hubs. About 1/3rd of the collection is small wheel/folders.

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I am poorer than bobotech and have had little exposure to a wide variety of brands. But like many of you I prefer quality over brand. I currently have bent toward Italian bikes probably because of the stigma attached to anything Italian, be it cars, motorcycles art.... I have no Italian blood in me either! I rode a '69(?) Peugeot (UO-8) for a number of years until the bearings went bad, didn't know enough to fix and I was tired of the cotter crank issues. I replaced it with a 1 yr old used '72 Motobecane Le Champion, which was damaged in an accident in 2009. Now I have a '83 Colnago which is the best rider yet. Added a drewed, rattle canned, beat up '84 Trek 610 recently, which I really like too. One might argue that the 'Nago is not of high quality but sure does ride well! The Trek is the last year the frames were silver soldered by hand with older style lugs so I have an appreciation for the workmanship too. Oh did I mention my 97 RockHopper? That is a fun bike to ride too!

I think the answer is complicated because its not just the brand or type of bike but gets into the drive train preference ( Campagnolo vs Shimano vs Mavic vs Huret vs etc. vs IGH), tires (tubulars vs clinchers), rims, hubs, wheels, seats pedals, what fits.....even bar tape! That is what makes bikes fun and this forum of such interest.

Gotta have lugs though!

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Italian and American

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i know there isn't a right answer, just love to hear everyone's opinion... i will always be a trek fanboy, i want a bike in every line from trek ....its a sickness... ive never been disapointed with them..
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i know there isn't a right answer, just love to hear everyone's opinion... i will always be a trek fanboy, i want a bike in every line from trek ....its a sickness... ive never been disapointed with them..
I love old Treks. Have 2 '83s.
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But thats almost by chance. I like any high quality good value bike. Not brand loyal at all.
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I like unique high end builders and/or models.
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Italian and American

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I really like this answer.

I'll take one of what he's having.
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I love my PUCH's but now that Im into the 24" kids bikes thing I had to go astray of my following.

still looking for my grail bike even though I almost own the same thing.
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I'm stuck on quality bikes that perform their function top of class. The brand means squat to me, though I have found there are some brands/builders that I'm attracted to and others I like less.
+1 I am usually agnostic on brand (except for comment below), I look for good bikes. Most of the bikes I have are Japan COO, just because they offer tremendous value for the price, and use standardized part sizing (low cost). But I have picked up two Italian bike recently and picked up a 1979 French tandem. Somewhat curiously, all my Italian bikes have Japanese drivetrains.

I do have a certain affinity for Schwinnasonics: I have four right now: 1973 World Voyageur, 1987 Prologue (x2), 1992 Paramount Series 5. I've had others as well, and almost bought a 1986 Peloton a couple of weeks ago.
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I married an Italian chick and I live in Jersey...Rossi, Guerciotti, Olmo are on my list.
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Sticking to one or two brands seems boring, but with a gun to my head i could see riding English bikes exclusively. I realize that's not what you asked.
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