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What are the good points of your bike?(13 posts)

What are the good points of your bike?Fez
Aug 11, 2002 7:07 AM
I see so much negativity written about bikes and manufacturers. The big mass produced bikes are criticized for being poorly made. The smaller higher end bikes are often criticized for being pricey & a poor value and are often questioned whether they are superior bikes.

So name some positives about your bike or any other road bike.

I'll start. I like Litespeeds because they can be a decent value (depends on specials), are comfortable riding, are virtually indestructible, and I don't care what the welds look like or how the bike was manufacturered until one of the tubes or welds fails me.

Lets hear some positives about other bikes.
re: What are the good points of your bike?Juanmoretime
Aug 11, 2002 7:38 AM
I own both a Litespeed and a Dean, both are great bikes, the Dean gets the nod of the two. The litepeed has handles very well is light and it give a very compliant ride. Why is the Dean better, it costs less and rides slightly better than the Litespeed. Deans come square, same size tope tube as seat tube which better suits my body. If I had to part with one, it would be the Litespeed, even though, it does have prettier welds and finish.
re: What are the good points of your bike?Texas Spinner
Aug 11, 2002 7:44 AM
I like my Litespeed Vortex cause it's paid for.
Aug 11, 2002 7:55 AM
I would still like the Litespeed Vortex even if I was making monthly credit card pmts on it!

Last year I was thinking about a Palmares or a Vortex, and I really couldn't decide. It turns out the model year was winding down and they discontinued the Palmares so they could introduce the Ghisallo, and I thought the compact frame geometry was a little too funky so I guess Litespeed kind of made the decision for me.
da Viner is great ...PhatMatt
Aug 11, 2002 8:46 AM
I have never owned anything besides AL bikes so I do not know what I am missing. I love my Viner, the price was awsome, It handels better than its predisessor (trek 1000). It just fits me.

re: What are the good points of your bike?Carbon fiber fanatik
Aug 11, 2002 9:50 AM
i dont worry about welds...or spokes. Both my my main road bike and my mountain bike are carbon fiber monocoque designs. Though I am considering a vortex, I'm in no hurry since what I'm riding is perfect for me. Other highlights? The hed 3 spokes and dura ace.
Stable, smooth-riding, rugged, fun ...Humma Hah
Aug 11, 2002 11:25 AM
... I like a predictable bike that will for give me lapses in concentration on a long ride.

Biggest negative: relatively inefficient, i.e. it takes a bit more effort to get it down the road, but that's OK for a fitness bike.
It loves me as I am. nmDougSloan
Aug 11, 2002 1:00 PM
Which one?Humma Hah
Aug 11, 2002 1:42 PM
I imagine the Milano loves you as unconditionally as a cocker spaniel puppy would. And I'm sure your vintage Bianchi loves you like a long-lost friend, memories of decades in someone else's garage quickly fading.

The Colnago, on the other hand, I suspect is constantly bugging you to improve yourself.

The cruiser loved me unconditionally for decades, until I brought the Paramount into the family. Then it suffered an emotional breakdown. We've since patched things up.
re: What are the good points of your bike?koala
Aug 11, 2002 2:16 PM
Custom steel- great ride, handling and fit. CAMPY 10 BABY!
re: What are the good points of your bike?aliensporebomb
Aug 12, 2002 2:54 AM
Light, fast, fun, yellow!
here ya gograndemamou
Aug 12, 2002 5:21 AM
BianchiEV2- light,handles like a go-kart,pretty but not garish paint. No matter how hard I push she always wants to go faster.

Gios Compact Pro- Rock solid. I'd swear you could fall asleep riding and she'd track straight. The chrome forks are beautiful.

Peugeot-What can I say. She's 15 y/o and still going strong.
Sometimes, the flaws are what I like best.Spoke Wrench
Aug 12, 2002 6:14 AM
A while back, I did some thinking about what made a car fun to drive. I decided it was the flaws. Porsche owners LOVE oversteer. Crappy little econoboxes are fun to drive because you get to utterly thrash them just to keep up with traffic. I like that!

I've got a couple of pretty nice bikes, but the ones I have the most fun with are my beater bikes. Frankly, there isn't a lot I can do to improve my good bikes, but the beaters get tweeked all the time. I've decided the retro-grouch bike is going to get a satin black paint job this fall, and I keep thinking about a mustache handlebar for the beater and - you get the idea.