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What do you think makes a "classy" bike?

Old 06-25-05, 05:33 PM
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What do you think makes a "classy" bike?

Other than a classy rider...

For me...
Firstly... anything Italian is classy...


Pinnys, Colnagos, Campy sets, Bianchis... All that...

Secondly... a smooth frame with a minimalist paint scheme...


All this is making me want a classy bike now... ARGH!!!

Your ideas?
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Old 06-25-05, 05:45 PM
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You can't beat a Schwinn Stingray. Now that's class!




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Old 06-25-05, 05:47 PM
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Horizontal top tube. Gotta be...
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dude, all a bike is for is for excercise, and a method of transportation..... i dont see how classyness fits into any of this.
 
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round tubes & lugs
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Classy is a bike that is subtle yet powerful.. Elegant yet Strong.. Not loud yet a head turner.. Its all about bucking the trend... being a non-confirmist..
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nice teeth
Go away.. Troll man.. And yes my teeth are nice..
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Originally Posted by 661
Horizontal top tube. Gotta be...
Sadly, I pretty much agree. My Specialized Sequoia Elite is a great bike, and I don't regret buying it for a minute. I even like the way it looks, a lot. But that sloping top tube, however effective and efficient, keeps it from looking . . .classy.
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Old 06-25-05, 06:15 PM
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Originally Posted by bernmart
Sadly, I pretty much agree. My Specialized Sequoia Elite is a great bike, and I don't regret buying it for a minute. I even like the way it looks, a lot. But that sloping top tube, however effective and efficient, keeps it from looking . . .classy.
Altough I am straight tube rider but some sloping top tube geometries look nice... The TCR alloy in yellow looks pretty nice.. The Cervelos look downright sexy..
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Originally Posted by jsliderc
round tubes & lugs
supplement with brooks saddle and shellac'd (cloth, preferably- natural cork in a pinch) bar tape; although not always functional, a good bit elegant.
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celeste.

and/or chrome nervex lugs.

and a colour-matched silca doesn't hurt, either.
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Look no further my friend. Full Campy gruppo and brakes for abouit $1400. I get compliments even from non-cyclists on mine.

Picture with orange leather handlebar tape...

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Originally Posted by Sincitycycler
Full Campy gruppo and
Uh, last I checked mine came with bonty cranks.
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There are so many variables... It's hard to define classiness in terms of a formula.
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Originally Posted by khuon
There are so many variables... It's hard to define classiness in terms of a formula.
Yeah... its also such a feel thing...
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Originally Posted by khuon
There are so many variables... It's hard to define classiness in terms of a formula.
True..
But I wanted to know what "you" [individually] consider for the making of a classy bike..
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Originally Posted by simplyred
True..
But I wanted to know what "you" [individually] consider for the making of a classy bike..
The problem is that my tastes are pretty eclectic. For instance, I consider my own roadbike to be pretty classy although plenty of others may not simply because it's CF with a lot of modern bling-bling parts. I also consider plenty of lugged steel frames to be classy. I find a bunch of MTBs to be classy too. For me, classiness has to be put into a certain context and a lot of times I find that each bike has to be judged on a case-by-case basis.
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Gotta be steel (lugged) with (non-carbon) Campy. Nitto drops, Stella Azzura Eleganza tape, Brooks Swift in honey, high-flange hubs. I actually prefer the old school non-aero brakes and DT shifters (I'm weird, I'll admit it).
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Once you figure out the difference between quality and features, classyness speaks for itself.
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*off topic*

Hey, that Pinarello Dogma - what kind of saddle is that? The Pinarello website lists it as M.O.ST Cougar ... anyone know of this brand? I gather it may be a Pinarello house brand (much like Bontrager to Trek?) ... ?
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my bike oozes class from all its holes
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Just looked it up in the dictionary. Under "classy bike", was this picture.
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Originally Posted by 661
Uh, last I checked mine came with bonty cranks.
Oops, my baaaad. I'm such an ass -clown.
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a very classy Merckx AXM. I'm a sucker for exposed carbon. Plus, the MERCKX MERCKX MERCKX handlebar wrap is fun.. I wonder where they get it custom printed? Wouldn't it be neat to have BIKEFORUM BIKEFORUM BIKEFORUM BIKEFORUM grey bar tape?





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