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where is your bike made? really.

Old 04-23-09, 05:28 PM
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where is your bike made? really.

interesting article about where bikes are actually made despite the stick saying "made in italy" or "made in china".

http://allanti.com/page.cfm?PageID=328

check it out.
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Old 04-23-09, 05:36 PM
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I know where almost all my bikes were made.

Red Singlespeed - Bay Area, CA (mystery builder at the request of the shop)
Mikkelsen Road bike - Alameda, CA
Jack Taylor Touring - Stockton-on-Tees, UK
Mountain Goat Whiskeytown Racer - Chico, CA
3rensho conversion - Japan
Kona Explosif - Canada (tom teesdale)
Holland Track bike - San Diego, CA

the two bikes i'm not so sure about are the 1990s kona keiki and the surly karate monkey.

I've had a drink or two with four of the builders in question.
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Wow, this is old news that gets recycled every so often. It's on the C & V forum now. Been on the Roadie forum a number of times.

My Bianchi San Jose is undoubtedly a product of the fine nation of Taiwan. My Orbea was actually made in Spain.

My Schwinn Paramount was made in the U.S. As was my John Howard and Fuso. The Gardin was most likely made in Canada. The two Raleighs were made in England.

The Colnago was made in Italy.

I did have a Raleigh that was actually made in Holland. A Trek mtb. that says made in USA of domestic and foreign parts. That means most of the stuff came from Taiwan and was assembled here.

I really couldn't care less who or where my bikes came from as long as they are quality products.
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Eisentraut, Schwinn Paramount, Ross, Trek 720, Trek 410, & Serotta- USA
Peugeot PX10s, Follis, Peugeot PFN10 and UO8- France
Bridgestone RB2 and Shogun-- Japan
Surly Karate Monkey-- Taiwan
Velo Kombi Spesial-- Norway
Raleigh Sports and Superbe-- UK
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Originally Posted by bbattle View Post

I really couldn't care less who or where my bikes came from as long as they are quality products.
Wow. Somebody other than me said this for once.
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I don't think the comparison to cars in that article is that valid. There are a considerable larger number of parts that go into a car that no doubt come from many many sources, so doing quality control on the final product is a lot harder. With something as basic as a metal frame, it's easier for a manufacturer to control the quality, particularly when they are adding better components themselves later.

I doubt most people would be upside to find out that all of their parts were European / et. al. and only the frame and fork was Chinese or whatever.
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'84 trek 460- Japan
shogun kaze- Japan
Raleigh gran sport (i think)- Japan
Lynskey R320- Tennessee
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I don't worry about where they are made, just the locations I want to ride them to next.
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^ i agree, just thought it was an interesting read.
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my madison is a product of fine Taiwanese craftsmanship.
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China - I don't care
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Time - Time produces what is arguably the most advanced carbon frame in the world and all frames are hand-made in France, even the entry level frames.
hells yeah
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I know where mine is made.
I joke with my friend, telling him that he was the one that specifically made, since he is from Taiwan.
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Poguemahone wrote:

>follis<

Made in Lyon. I have one, too - 1962 vintage.
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Originally Posted by LupinIII View Post
'84 trek 460- Japan
shogun kaze- Japan
Raleigh gran sport (i think)- Japan
Lynskey R320- Tennessee
I thought Trek's were made in USA--Waterloo, Wisconsin and Whitewater, WI especially back in the 80's...... maybe now that has changed according to the link but I would think back then it was the USA.

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taiwan!
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My Merckx : Belgium
My other racebike: taiwan and assembled by my LBS
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mine is made in leeds, england. really.
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In my basement. But it's not done yet:

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i want your basement
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2006 Fuji Roubaix- Taiwan
1980s Bianchi- Italy

Taiwan makes great bikes for the most part. And we all know that Italian bikes are crap...
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
In my basement. But it's not done yet:

That is quite the science experiment...

1987 Schwinn Circuit__ Greenville, Mississippi
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my bike is made from the hardened brimstone and anguished screams in the bowls of hell. which is kinda what Taiwan feels like sometimes.
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Originally Posted by 1geargirl View Post
I thought Trek's were made in USA--Waterloo, Wisconsin and Whitewater, WI especially back in the 80's...... maybe now that has changed according to the link but I would think back then it was the USA.
i thought that too, but the 460 was the entry level crit frame or something. it has the serial number on the seat tube instead of the bottom bracket, which according to vintagetrek means it was a japanese outsourced frame.

the chainstays seatstays and fork aren't anything great (i****awa 022 or something) and the rest is tange double butted, but regardless the bike is a good amount lighter than my flatmate's clockwork
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