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So I found this bike online, but I've never heard of the brand before.

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So I found this bike online, but I've never heard of the brand before.

Old 05-07-11, 02:17 PM
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So I found this bike online, but I've never heard of the brand before.

https://www.cyclefg.com/shop/product....cat=351&page=1

Made by 'Tour de France'. Seems to be a decent entry-level bike (what I'm looking for), and the components don't seem too bad.

Anyone ever heard of this before (or better yet, bought one, however unlikely that may be)? Input?
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looks like a schwinn w/ the words tour dee france on it.
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Would that be considered a good or bad thing?
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Okay, whenever a road bike has Thumb Shifters on it, run the other way.

You don't want this bike. Dotek 52.42 double? 7speed cassette? or is it a freewheel?




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"SHIFTERS: Shimano A050 Handle Bar Mounted Thumb Shifter"???

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Originally Posted by bbattle
Okay, whenever a road bike has Thumb Shifters on it, run the other way.

You don't want this bike. Dotek 52.42 double? 7speed cassette? or is it a freewheel?
What's wrong with thumb shifters, and what would be recommended (still new to the sport, as exemplified above)?
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Get this one...

https://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ington2_IX.htm
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Shimano doesn't even seem to list the A050 shifters on their web site...
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You can do a lot better for $300. Keep looking.
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Tour de France is the new Walmart brand isn't it?
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OK then. Glad I have you guys.

Also, what's so bad about thumb shifters? Is it the performance generally associated with them? Or just the illogical placement?

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I'm not sure. Quite possibly.
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+1 million to everyone who said run away and keep looking. That bike is simply horrible. It is truly below even the most entry of decent entry level road bikes.
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It is the coveted pro model.
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the price is the giveaway. at 1/3 the cost of something half-way decent, you know it's made of rejected gas tubing.
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Wow, and it looks like barf on a plate...regardless of the thumbies and the weird double.
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wow. That right there is a good pic of a terd.
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Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
Although most folks are snobs against Bikes Direct, the bike above is LEAPS AND BOUNDS better than the bike your looking at. Thumb shifters were dropped after Mr shimano came out with the idea of brake/shifters in 1988 and made it to the market in 1991. Thumb shifters require finesse to hunt down the right gear and moving your hand away from the brake to switch gears. Also a pain if your trying to shift while cycling uphill. Spend the extra $49 for the bikes Direct bike. If your not strapped for cash, talk to your Local Bike shop for advice (not walmart or target)

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if you have $300 you will get much better quality with an old bike than a new one
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Originally Posted by giantdefy
Although most folks are snobs against Bikes Direct, the bike above is LEAPS AND BOUNDS better than the bike your looking at. Thumb shifters were dropped after Mr shimano came out with the idea of brake/shifters in 1988 and made it to the market in 1991. Thumb shifters require finesse to hunt down the right gear and moving your hand away from the brake to switch gears. Spend the extra $49 for a more decent bike.
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BD is definately the best place to get a new sub-$400 bike.
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