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Should I buy American?(18 posts)

Should I buy American?Todd
Sep 16, 2001 10:34 AM
I'm in the market for my first road bike(thanks for all the friendly advice given on this board). I was leaning towards a Bianchi with the cool celeste paint job.
Now due to recent events, I wonder if I shouldn't buy a bike from an American bike company to support our economy in these troubled times. I'm aware that in my price range($1,000) the bike's frame and components would most likely be made overseas, so I wonder how much effect my purchase would have.
Any thoughts on this and a good American bike in my price range would be appreciated.
re: Should I buy American?flying
Sep 16, 2001 10:38 AM
The thought is good but.... Buy Human
Buy what *you* want. Supporting global economy is also good.
Good Luck !
re: Should I buy American?Elefantino
Sep 16, 2001 11:03 AM
I just posted a note about Supergo's sale on Schwinn Fastback Pros and Comps ($849 with 105, $1099 with Ultegra). Haven't ridden one, but for the price, there is nothing that comes close, methinks. And Supergo folks are good people. I have a Trek, but it's because of the carbon fiber frame.
My two cents? If you like the Bianchi, buy it. Then spend a buck and fly a little flag from the seatpost.
Sep 17, 2001 11:00 AM
The Fastback is an outstanding bike for the price. Pick the one of the four in your price range and you win. Race-ready too.

Andy - Wannabe
re: Should I buy American?Zinhead
Sep 16, 2001 2:15 PM
It's one thing if you are considering a mainland China bike (like Airborne), but buying a bike made in Italy, Taiwan or any democracy is IMHO as good as buying American. After all, they are our allies and economic partners.
What is buy American?Kerry Irons
Sep 16, 2001 3:40 PM
The parts nearly all come from overseas, and most "US" companies source their frames from Taiwan or China, etc. The quest for a truly "made in USA" bike will result in a pretty short list. Global economic activity will flow to all the major economies of the world, so it's pretty hard to tell the effect of spending on a product like a bike that's sourced in so many places.
My airborne was made in USA??bear
Sep 16, 2001 3:59 PM
My airborne was advertise as made in the usa!!
the frames in china the components in japan and taiwan and it was put togetner in the usa, so theycan say is made in the usa!! So even when you think you are buying usa your might not be..
That's a stretch...Cliff Oates
Sep 16, 2001 4:30 PM
but not a suprising one. By that rationale, my bike was "made" in California (Dublin, CA to be exact and I can even pin it down to the location of the workstand). My frames are both cheeseheads though...
My airborne was made in USA??Rich Clark
Sep 16, 2001 5:36 PM

I'd be interested in where you saw this ad. I've followed Airborne's advertising campaigns with interest for some time, and never seen them make such a claim.

America is used.Mr. Right
Sep 16, 2001 4:47 PM
Buy a used bike from a shop here in the USA. You'll be profitting our economy. Buy one from a good LBS and you'll be helping out your local economy.
several good choices come to mindTig
Sep 16, 2001 4:52 PM
Frames that are made in the USA:
Cannondale, Trek, Seven, Litespeed, Serotta, and many, many excellent smaller builders too numurous to mention. Quite a good selection if you think about it, and it doesn't include the names that Litespeed makes frames for. Not much we can do about the components though!
If you factor in the $1,000 price range...Cliff Oates
Sep 16, 2001 5:18 PM
then Cannondale and Trek are left standing. I would guess that the low end bikes from both of these manufacturers are coming from Taiwan.
If you factor in the $1,000 price range...jaybird
Sep 17, 2001 4:49 AM
Treks lower end frames are made in Taiwan.
All Cannonwhales are made in the US.
shop used to remove the "Made in China" stickers...Tig
Sep 17, 2001 8:52 AM
When I worked for a Schwinn LBS a bunch of years ago, the store manager would remove the "Made in China" and Taiwan stickers from the head tubes on new bikes. I doubt Schwinn would have approved though. Not much I could do, but I tried to make up for the guy's general sleaziness by using a sliding scale for repairs. If a minimum wage dishwasher that spoke only Spanish or Mormon Elder needed repairs, I'd only charge them for parts and the most minor of service fees. I never felt guilty about it since both the owner and manager were such thieves.
C-dale makes all of their frames.look271
Sep 17, 2001 12:58 PM
However; it's a mut point. It's a global economy. Buy what is the best deal for you; then you'll be helping your local economy (you).
Don't forget LemondJay
Sep 17, 2001 12:16 PM
Don't forget Lemond, owned by Trek, but still made in the USA with domestic and foreign parts...


'98 Lemond Zurich
'01 Seven Axiom Ti
strangely enough, you can get a Cannondale in CelesteDog
Sep 17, 2001 9:22 AM
Saw 2 of them at my LBS, which also carries Bianchi's. Celeste (or something very similar) Cannondales. What's the world coming to?

Cannondale (nm)grzy
Sep 17, 2001 9:34 AM