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What do you think makes a "classy" bike?

Old 06-25-05, 10:22 PM
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Sincity,

do you stilll have the Allez?n (you should keep that for a winter bike....LOL, even though Vegas is sunny 330 days a year)
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Old 06-25-05, 10:24 PM
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brian baylis.
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Old 06-25-05, 10:36 PM
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If we're talking classy, then there should be little, if any, advertising on the bike. These rims with names all around the perimeter, or the colored tires (Good Lord), are decidedly not classy. I can't imagine that you'd buy an Armani suit and ask to have the label sewn to the lapel.

Of all the bikes posted so far, I would say the bike that 661 posted was the classiest.
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Old 06-25-05, 11:11 PM
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Old 06-26-05, 12:32 AM
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Can't argue with that Zig.

I had a pearl white bike custom steel bike with red stickers, red tape and red Rolls saddle years ago. Damn it looked good.

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Old 06-26-05, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by ke422azn
dude, all a bike is for is for excercise, and a method of transportation..... i dont see how classyness fits into any of this.

The same can be said about a car, yet certain makes of cars are considered 'classy'
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Old 06-26-05, 01:02 AM
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Originally Posted by 661
Just looked it up in the dictionary. Under "classy bike", was this picture.
My God that's beautiful.
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Old 06-26-05, 01:06 AM
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High Quality craftsmanship on any bike. New or old.

A curly stay Hetchins.
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Old 06-26-05, 05:41 AM
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I'm thinking about cashing in my 401 to buy the Merckx AXM-retirement be dammed.
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Old 06-26-05, 06:52 AM
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Hey folks. This one's even classier than my previous post. WOW!

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Old 06-26-05, 12:06 PM
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In answer to the title, a Reynolds 531 frame. Damn, these are really good frames.
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Old 06-26-05, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by khuon
There are so many variables... It's hard to define classiness in terms of a formula.
Your class-score = (F+M)/G x C x B/Bm x S x P x (W+Ws)/T

Where
F=Frame construction
M=Frame material
G= Frame geometry
C=# of speeds
B=Handle bar type
Bm=Handle bar material
S=Type of saddle
P=Type of pedal
W=Wheels
Ws=# of spokes
T=Type of tire

YMMV.
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Old 06-26-05, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes
High Quality craftsmanship on any bike. New or old.

A curly stay Hetchins.
That's waaay too gaudy for me. Gimme the classic Merckx's any day...
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Old 06-26-05, 12:49 PM
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1981 Huffy...Made in Ohio....neighborhood cruiser.....
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Old 06-26-05, 01:09 PM
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hmmm whats a bike that looks classy? something with an oldschool paint scheme, with a steel frame and some italian parts on it. let me think...sarthe!

i do want to get an old school bike and make it a single but cant find one in chicagoland area for cheap.
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Old 06-26-05, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by slvoid
Your class-score = (F+M)/G x C x B/Bm x S x P x (W+Ws)/T
That's too simplistic... Newtonian even...

You need to integrate over man-hours of construction for starters.
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The name of the Justice who said it escapes me at the moment, but when determining classy, I'll borrow his words: " I don't know how to define pornography, but I know it when I see it".
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Old 06-26-05, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by jsliderc
round tubes & lugs
Make that round SKINNY tubes & lugs!
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Old 06-26-05, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by interceptor
1981 Huffy...Made in Ohio....neighborhood cruiser.....
somewhere there is an unhappy Jag owner....
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Old 06-26-05, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes
somewhere there is an unhappy Jag owner....
nah, leapers are tacky. when i get mine repainted, i'm removing the leaper and filling the holes in the bonnet.
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Old 06-26-05, 08:43 PM
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A classy or classic bike would have thin round tubes, horizontal top tube, lugs, one or two colors with no graphics, and traditional wheels (32h).. Like mine!

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