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anyone familiar with Lyon bicycles?(6 posts)

anyone familiar with Lyon bicycles?tarwheel
Oct 11, 2002 4:47 AM
GVH Bikes has a few frames made by Lyon, an independent frame builder up in the NW (Washington or Oregon). They seem like nice frames, but I've never seen one up close. For some reason, the Lyon web site has been down for a while. I had requested some info through their website and never heard back anything, and I'm wondering if he is still in business or just revamping his web site.
Like shooting fish in a barrel.MB1
Oct 11, 2002 5:01 AM
Here is an old link that includes his phone #. Nice workmanship as I recall.
Oct 11, 2002 5:16 AM
The Lyon Sportster seems like a very versatile frame, similar to the Waterford RS-22 you posted the pictures of. It has a longer wheelbase, relaxed angles, and braze-on eyelets, pump peg, etc. Nice price for an 853 frame, also.
re: I got one last year.dzrider
Oct 11, 2002 6:48 AM
I find it a perfectly useful bike. With 2 wheelsets, one for fast riding and one for touring, a Lyon will do it all. The long wheel base makes it remarkably comfortable for long rides. More than once during brevets I've thought "I wouldn't want to do this on any other bike." It's light enough to climb and accelerate well, carries panniers and acccomadates fat touring tires. If you want one bike that works well for many different purposes, or you want a light weight touring bike get it. If you want something that turns heads and gets envious comments from fellow riders, I'd look for a flashier bike or a bike with a more famous name.
how is the quality of the paint, decals?tarwheel
Oct 11, 2002 6:59 AM
I like the straight-forward, classic styling ot the Lyon. Have your paint and decals held up OK? The quality of the photos on the GVH (and Lyon) web sites are not too great, so it's hard to tell how nice the finish is. Is the logo a decal or painted on?
Not the bestdzrider
Oct 14, 2002 11:55 AM
There is no clear coat over mine, so they are easily damaged. I called Jeff for a new head badge and he sent me a couple for no charge. The paint could use clear coating as well. It's a perfect ride for me, but I expect to have it re-painted pretty quickly.