[*BCM*] Windsor bikes from Bikes Direct
rinonvan at gmail.com
rinonvan at gmail.com
Wed Oct 5 16:43:23 EDT 2011
Nice sleuthing, Ashlie. Thanks.
There is no mention of the chromoly frames that Windsor claims to be
made of though...
That is what's keeping my interest in them.
Besides custom made bikes and small artisan shops, what really is made
(not necessarily assembled) in the USA and not Taiwan or China anyway.
Even many Rivendell frames are from overseas. Does the country of
origin really make a difference in quality?
I'd just really like to find a nice affordable lugged chromo bike in a
I have a nice Bianchi Strada, but for some reason the fork was made
from high tension steel while the frame is chromoly.
I think it's Linus bikes who make hi ten frames with only the downtube
in chromo... go figure.
On Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 4:27 PM, Ashlie Taylor
<ashliepaigetaylor at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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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