Oct 26, 2003 7:29 PM
|I have seen Windsor bicycles advertised on the web. Does anyone know anything about these bikes? Quality, etc.?|
|There used to be a Windsor over 20 years ago.||LC|
Oct 26, 2003 8:45 PM
|I have one from the late 70's, made in Mexico. Very ornate chromed lug work and it is still rolling along so the quality must be decient.
I did a quick search and found this but I don't know anything about it.
|re: Windsor Bikes???||scopestuff2|
Oct 26, 2003 9:46 PM
|I've got a Windsor Professional from the late 70s' or early 80's. It was my main ride back then. A very nice bike. Full Campy except for DuraAce brakes, a true '10-speed' meaning a 5spd rear, Columbus frame, really ornate with drilled chain-rings, drilled brake levers, drilled/chromed lugs, even an Brooks saddle! Came with tubulars as stock. I added a set of Clinchers for trainers and put about ten miles on them choosing to use the tubulars for training.
It is a very Cinelli like bike - for bikes of that era.
I'm actually planning to sell mine soon, size 56. Same as the lower bike in the attached image, along with a set of clinchers with Campy Record hubs laced 36-3x I believe. Anyone have a sense of what it's worth ?
The image below was found on the web. I forget where or would give credit where due.
|re: Windsor Bikes???||ridenc|
Oct 27, 2003 5:06 AM
|Thanks for the feedback. I will try to find out if this is the same company.|
|I think it's a different company...||dgangi|
Oct 27, 2003 5:26 AM
|I don't think the Windsor brand you found is the same company that made the Windsor bike in the 70's. Just like the "new" Motobecane brand is not the same company as the old brand, I think the Windsor company you mention is also different than the company from the 70's.
That being said, the fact that this is a "new" company does not automatically mean these are crappy bikes. Check out who makes the frames -- they are probably Kinesis. So if you don't care about the snob factor, you can probably get a great deal on one of these bikes.
BikesDirect.com sells Windsor bikes. I bought a Fuji from their local bike shop in Phoenix and they are nice people. I'm sure if you send them an e-mail they can tell you more about the Windsor bike lineup...
|I think it's a different company...||QuadRing|
Oct 27, 2003 6:13 AM
|I agree, it's most likely a different company. I bought a Mercier ( not the old French Mercier, but the new bikesdirect.com version ( although I didn't it from them. )) My "Mercier" has a "made in Taiwan" sticker on the frame with 853 main tubes. The welds look good and a friend of mine with 25 years road experience who rides a titanium Airborne says it's a great bike and is almost jealous of my price tag ( I did upgrade seat, handlebars, and stem to fit me ). With all Ultegra components and assorted Ritchey parts, it's been a great bike for me.
The new Windsor, Motobecane, Mercier are most likely just a way to market more of the same products with different paint on them. The factory box my Mercier came in even had a "Fuji USA" sticker on it for whatever that's worth.
To sum up, the quality is good and the price is great. Just make sure every component on the bike is what you expect it to be. ( Mine was advertised as all Ultegra and it is, but it still is good to verify before your purchase so there aren't any surprises. )