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Car branded bikes(17 posts)

Car branded bikesJofa
Aug 29, 2001 4:11 AM
Along the lines of the Lotus thread below: did the car manufacturer 'car/bike' tie-in craze ever hit the US? We had the Lotus branded bikes- though this was more in their capacity as Industrial Designers: but then the lifestyle craze produced a succession of execrable multi-link suspension bikes from Porsche; similar heavy, 5000GBP monstrosities from BMW, and I think Mercedes-Benz; A Moulton space-frame folder in Camo green, with a 500GBP Land-Rover badge on it. The only success I remember was the Aston Martin bike- which was in fact a beautiful Roberts custom (which ordinarily bore the unfortunate name 'Dogs Bolx'), with a flash paint-job. Any others?
Designer BikesTig
Aug 29, 2001 5:14 AM
They keep pushing them on clueless yuppies in the US over the years, but the response has been limited. Even the Harley bicycles didn't make much of a splash. Free enterprise is great... it also brings out the silly stuff!
how about Peugeot??alex the engineer
Aug 29, 2001 5:15 AM
I know that it actually pre-dates the automobile, but they WERE the same company once.
Good PointJofa
Aug 29, 2001 5:25 AM
In fact I believe they started out making, of all things, pepper grinders: you still see Peugeot branded grinders in France now and again. It's the same company logo as the bikes. Odd.
Aug 29, 2001 6:34 AM
I was talking to a CT State Trooper who was on a Mercedes when I ran a 5K a couple of weeks ago. He said that MB gave them the bikes as part of community program. He also said they were a little heavy for some of the riding the need to do. Probably the reason they were never a big hit. The MB emblem looked cool though!
VW Trekbianchi boy
Aug 29, 2001 7:18 AM
One of the sharpest looking bikes I've seen in a while was a VW Trek carbon fiber owned by one of the local bike shop owners around here. the frame is painted blue w/ white lettering on one side, and white w/ blue lettering on the other side. I'm not a huge Trek fan, but this was one cool looking bike.
Aug 29, 2001 7:36 AM
There's the Ferrari Colnago - boutique as it gets.

You know Schwinn made tanks in WWII.

Who cares? Judge the bike, not the name.

Jeep Mountain bikes...Greg Taylor
Aug 29, 2001 7:45 AM
...never ridden one. Reputedly cheesy.
Jeep Mountain bikes...Tylerman
Aug 29, 2001 8:09 AM
Department store quality, I think Sears sells them as well as the dealerships. I looked into it when I bought my Wrangler, but decided against it and ended up with a Kona. Best accessory I didn't buy for that car.
dude in my n'hood has a jeep mountain bikeHaiku d'état (can't login!!!)
Aug 29, 2001 10:03 AM
fenders, rear rack, loaded up with the trunk bag full of stuff, helmet, gloves, elbow and knee pads, sports glasses, the bike has a lemon-yellow frame and 26" knobbies, cyclometer, bar-ends AND bar-end mirrors on both sides. platform pedals. he rides with a fanny pack and an empty water bottle, takes the bike out once every few weeks for a 1-2 mile spin around the block. suh-weet!

oh, and it's full suspension.
re: Car branded bikesashleyrenfroe
Aug 29, 2001 9:22 AM
Ford came up with a Ford Focus with a Kona Mountain Bike on it. The bike was average for Kona. The car was less than average for a bike. ;)
Waiting for the Aztek Bike!grzy mnky
Aug 29, 2001 9:36 AM
Don't think that the Lotus of the bike world had much if anything to do with the car company - I remembered when they first showed up circa 1980.

I think the whole bike tie in is to give clueless yuppies the active lifestyle they some desperately seek with their new SUV purchase. Could you imagine taking your bike into an auto dealership for service?

At least the Trek/VW/K2 thing both companies kept their identities in a symbiotic sort of way.
Isn't that just a re-badge Airborne? ;-)mike mcmahon
Aug 29, 2001 9:39 AM
It's really just a joke, Airborne lovers. Please don't take it personally. Have a nice day.
What about the Huffy Hundai?MeDotOrg
Aug 29, 2001 10:23 AM
I know, I know, stop knocking the Hundai... ;-)

There was a Porsche bike a couple of years ago...
That would be a re-badge Airborne!!!XXXXXXXXXXXX
Aug 29, 2001 12:19 PM
re: Car branded bikesVelocipedio
Aug 29, 2001 1:32 PM
The French sports paper L'Equipe was actually called l'Auto when it founded and then ran the Tour de France for most of a century... Cars and bikes have been inextricably tied together since the beginning.
AMP Research & Mercedes BenzJohnnA
Aug 29, 2001 2:41 PM
Yeah, I can see that. Go figure