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Old 12-03-15, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
Dura Ace. 7400 & 7800 were so good that the association with quality has made it seem less awkward, but the font still doesn't conceal this goony name.

I've always like Dura Ace, it needs to be spoken with an Italian accent and with a hand gesture in order to take a jab at Campy.
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Old 12-03-15, 10:32 AM
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Not directly bicycle related, but this one turned into a fail:
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Old 12-03-15, 11:25 AM
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In the recumbent world, there's a Greenspeed Anura trike, which Greenspeed supposedly named after a genus of frog; but it sounds entirely too much like "aneurysm" for my comfort.
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Old 12-03-15, 11:29 AM
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Bike Friday.
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Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
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That's a confusing one on Craigslist for sure.
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Old 12-03-15, 11:34 AM
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Bike Friday.
Isn't that a Robinson Crusoe reference? Friday was his faithful companion. There are worse names. One of my bikes is a "Genesis", named after a 70s pop band, of course.
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Old 12-03-15, 11:47 AM
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When I was in college a friend had a Huffy "road bike". The model name was Adagio, which means slow. Truth in advertising?
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Old 12-03-15, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by CroMo Mike View Post
All of those Shimano model names. Especially obvious when they are all put in a list from best to worst or the other way around.
So when do they get around to giving 105 a name? It's lonely as just a number---even lowly 2300 got re-badged as Claris.

Cento E' Cinque would be good, to sort of tweak Campy.
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Old 12-03-15, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by SkyDog75 View Post
Devinci. I've read the company's name was originally Da Vinci, as in Leonardo, but got changed. Why would you change your company's name to a misspelling?
2 different companies:
daVinci Designs - Performance Handbuilt Tandem Bicycles | Independent Coasting Drivetrain
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Old 12-03-15, 12:32 PM
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Trek, Specialized, Giant all have very boring names. The only silly thing that really gets me that is bike related is calling a non-Italian groupset a gruppo. If I have Shimano or Suntour (or Simplex or SRAM), I'm calling that a groupset. Gruppo is reserved for Campy, unless you are speaking in Italian.
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Old 12-03-15, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by mprelaw View Post
So when do they get around to giving 105 a name? It's lonely as just a number---even lowly 2300 got re-badged as Claris.

Cento E' Cinque would be good, to sort of tweak Campy.
And how about 600? Poor 105 got a smaller number than his little brother.
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The first time my girlfriend came over, she saw these on the shelf and didn't realize they were for the bike.

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The first time my girlfriend came over, she saw these on the shelf and didn't realize they were for the bike.

And we have a winner!
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Originally Posted by devianb View Post
Bike Friday.
I have a Bike Friday and almost included it in an earlier post. On several occasions I have had to clarify email where I mentioned my Bike Friday. People have asked "things like "where did you bike Friday?"
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Old 12-03-15, 06:47 PM
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Trek has had a couple of dopey names over the years. Two that come to mind are the Boone (Daniel?) and the Bronson (Chuck?) for adventure bikes.

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I don't know if the Colorado tandem maker had anything to do with the name change, but I wasn't getting the two companies confused. Just to double-check, I found at least one source for that name change I mentioned. Here's a quote from a Calgary Herald article: "Devinci, which started in 1987 as Da Vinci until it was taken over by entrepreneur Felix Gauthier who swapped the vowel and expanded the company in the mid 1990s, lies in the middle of Canada’s aluminium country in central Quebec."
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Originally Posted by Tundra_Man View Post
Not directly bicycle related, but this one turned into a fail:
This one, too.
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UK BMX brand Stolen
I can just imagine...you're on your way to the local dirt trails, and you're taking a few side streets to get there. You stop at a light and a police officer pulls up along side of you.

Officer: Nice bike you have there. What kind is it?

You: It's a Stolen.

Officer (raising his eyebrows): Stolen?

You (totally oblivious): Yes sir.

Officer: Okay son, off the bike. You're under arrest.





Growing up, I always thought "Huffy" meant you were out of breath, huffing and puffing because their bikes were so damn heavy.

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Makes for a great advertising slogan, though - Ride It Like It's Stolen!
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Any of the fake Italian names: DeVinci, Scattante, Fezzari, Verenti, etc.
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I don't know if the Colorado tandem maker had anything to do with the name change, but I wasn't getting the two companies confused. Just to double-check, I found at least one source for that name change I mentioned. Here's a quote from a Calgary Herald article: "Devinci, which started in 1987 as Da Vinci until it was taken over by entrepreneur Felix Gauthier who swapped the vowel and expanded the company in the mid 1990s, lies in the middle of Canada’s aluminium country in central Quebec."
That's most of the story; IIRC Felix G. deliberately changed the spelling from 'da-' to 'de-' to have it 'look' and sound French (Quebecois). Still pretty much a 'made up' name, but who cares! Devinci takes a great deal of pride (justified, in my opinion) in still manufacturing their aluminum frames in Quebec.
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Any of the fake Italian names: DeVinci, Scattante, Fezzari, Verenti, etc.
See above; one could fairly argue the name Devinci is "fake", but at least there's a bit of a reason behind it
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We used to torment a friend who had a Giant Butte so much he went and bought a Univega. He bought a brand new Univega mountain bike




"my, thats a giant butt you have!"

I know butte is not butt but that didn't stop us
They make up for it though, with the Iguana.

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Old 12-04-15, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius View Post
Trek has had a couple of dopey names over the years. Two that come to mind are the Boone (Daniel?) and the Bronson (Chuck?) for adventure bikes.

Hmmmm; I've always been partial to the Madone > Domane > Emonda sequence. There was a reason for the first; the next two are Circling the Bowl of Originality.
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Yah most of the names for bikes and cars are lame and or wussie. Especially GM, u/r/L words I can't even say. Achieva ?? uggg

Then there's Tempo this tempo that for both, been going on for decades ... gawd

What about Americano. Can you ride it in China ? Flying Pidgeon has a hillarity about it.
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