Are you loyal to a particular cycle brand?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Sore Thumb, 9 Jul 2007.

  1. Sore Thumb

    Sore Thumb Veteran

    I normally buy what I feel is best for the price I can afford. For some items of cycling hardware I will buy from a particular brand. For pedals I normally buy crankbrothers. For saddles i'm trying to get a specialized toupe for all my bikes. For clothing I must say that I am been pushed towards Gore with a bit of Pearl Izzumi.

    So do you get your bike, equipment and clothing from the same company? I know someone has because ive seen you when I've been out riding. :blush:
  2. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    got some companies that i really like to use.
    Endura for clothes, spesh for shoes, Park for tools, Crank Bros for pedals.
    and without trying to provoke this, shimano for parts.

    Its strange, but certain companies will never get my business again, due to shonky parts and service.

    The companies that give reliable good service are worth sticking by imo
  3. OP
    Sore Thumb

    Sore Thumb Veteran

    Oh yes, you are quite right, Specialized for Shoes. I have three pairs.
  4. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    Although I do have some different makes or brands my favorites are Shimano for gears, pedals, etc. Castelli for shorts and tops, Colnago is my No.1 bike but I find the Giant range also very good. Shimano or Sidi for shoes. FSA for handlebars and stems.
  5. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Colne, Lancs
    Shimano is far easier to get hold of on a day to day basis, so I tend to stay with them. Only Giant bikes so far (more because of budget than anything else - i'd love a wilier or a van nicholas), specialized accessories as they tend to be a bit cheaper. Clothing is mixed.
  6. Blue

    Blue Legendary Member

    N Ireland
    Until last month all my clothing was De Marchi, which I rated as quite good gear. However, I then treated myself to Assos bibs and top and have been persuaded that the cost is worth it.
  7. for MTBs it's Orange.

    for road bikes it's probably Pegoretti now, although i doubt i'll afford another one, but the one i have is the perfect bike.

    for clothing... Prendas do good stuff, as do Groundeffect. i love Buffs. i buy jerseys on how much i like the design/colour, but i do have a soft spot for Euskadi and Italia ones.

    Defeet socks are good, as are Prendas ones.

    other than that... Oakley glasses.

  8. I like Shimano kit, but only cos it's what I'm familiar with. I tend to like older style steel frames, but I like anything I can pick up cheaply or fish out of a skip. I just tend to buy whatever's reasonably cheap (within quality imits) at the time.
  9. SamNichols

    SamNichols New Member

    Colne, Lancs
    Mmm yes, I have a pair of oakleys, which I would recommend to anyone, I've had them for 8 years and they still look and feel good. If you have a bit of money in your pocket, then you can't go wrong by investing in a pair.
  10. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    Aldi??? It's about the only one I can afford :blush:
  11. Giant, Trek and (*ahem*) Dawes :blush: for bikes.

    I am saving up for a new road bike and haven't a clue as yet what make it will be - will all depend on what bargains are to be had!
  12. orkneyblues

    orkneyblues Well-Known Member

    Not got an Aldi's in Orkney :?: but we have lidle's :?:
    I did splash out on an Altura jacket, I believe their clothes are fairly good quality for the money.
  13. chris42

    chris42 New Member

    Deal, Kent
    Nike for shoes
    at the moment Trek for bikes
  14. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    I like Trek for bikes, partly because I've got one, partly because the customer service you get if you actually email or ring up Trek is fantastic (even if you just want some advice and have no intention of buying a bike)
  15. Mortiroloboy

    Mortiroloboy New Member

    I'm not really a brand tart, but certain things will sway my judgement, VFM, spec level, appearance, quality. So if a particular brand has those attributes, then generally I will buy , oh and recommendation is always a good pointer, provided I perceive the recommender to be knowledgeable enough to trust their judgement!

    In the past I have had Giant and Specialized bikes, my Allez was lovely, but Once I saw that Wilier Mortirolo, and read the glowing review in the C+ mag, then I knew I had to have one, so far I haven't been disappointed.

    Clothing wise I like Santini and Nalini, and Prendas stuff is good quality too. my current shoes are SiDi.
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