[*BCM*] Windsor bikes from Bikes Direct
ashliepaigetaylor at gmail.com
Wed Oct 5 16:27:54 EDT 2011
manufactured in taiwan
On 10/5/2011 4:04 PM, rinonvan at gmail.com wrote:
> I would LOVE it if I could buy a kit to assemble myself!
> If you hear of one, Erik, or anyone, please do tell.
> Bikes Direct mentions that some assembly will be required and with
> their low prices it's expected that it won't be in riding condition
> out of the box. I'm still baffled that I can't find any info on
> Windsor besides this guy, who I think is based in Texas due to the
> sales tax for resident there. There was a Windsor from the 70s or 80s
> made in Mexico... maybe he bought the name and has some factory make
> them for local and online sales? I did see a message board, which I
> cannot recall now, where the guy from BD actually replied to comments
> and asked for feedback and opinions. Lovely Bike blogged about budget
> bikes almost a year ago, although she hadn't had personal experience
> with the company in question there are some insightful comments there.
> Thanks for the feedback, Chris. Nice to know someone has actually had
> experience with them.
> I may give them a try, still shopping around. I'm being picky and fickle.
> On Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 3:18 PM, Erik<esw at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
>> I haven't bought from bikesdirect, but I did once buy a bike from a
>> different low-price online bike store. I was shocked at the state the
>> bike came basically direct from the manufacturer. _Everything_ needed
>> tightened / adjusted. And I mean everything... brake bolts, bottom
>> bracket, pedals, headset, stem. Basically the mfr just attached
>> everything so that it holds together in one piece in the box, but
>> apparently it's really your lbs that does proper assembly.
>> In my case I didn't think to check the bottom bracket torque so I
>> ended up screwing up my bb threads by riding it for a week before I
>> realized why the drivetrain felt "gritty."
>> I'd probably do it again, because I like doing my own maintenance and
>> it was a good deal. I just wish I'd been more thorough initially.
>> Actually what I'd prefer is to buy the bike from the mfr as a "kit"
>> all in separate pieces to remind me I really am building it from
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