I have one and I like it. It's my ride it every day, rain, or shine, often before dawn or after sunset, cable lock it on the street, expendable commuter bike.
Dale is right, it's not a classic lightweight, it's mass produced, late 80's, of mediocre quality and built using a construction method whose only virtue is low cost, but for what I use it for its perfect.
For classic content, here's my totally subjective comparison with 4 classic lightweights I own or have owned (the schwinn is questionable in both regards, but it's price point is close to the tri-light) :
Bike Stiffness Handling Ride_Comfort Weight Total 82 bianchi superleggera 2 1 1 1 (22#) 5 70 atala record pro 101 1 1 5 1 (22#) 8 88 Scott Tinley Tri-light 3 1 1 3 (23#) 8 82 schwinn le tour 4 4 1 5 (25#) 14 75ish Bertin all 531 4 5 4 3 (23#) 16
In the above matrix 1 is the best, 5 the worst Stiffness is perceived lack of "mushiness" climbing out of the saddle Handling is the confidence felt in twisty descents Ride_Comfort is lack of road shock felt
So the tri-light is tied for 2nd best. It is significant that all my bikes small frames (48-50 cc). I suspect that the tri-light may be less stiff and the handling may suffer in larger sizes.
<firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Monday, April 22, 2002 10:45 PM Subject: Re: [CR]Raliegh "Scott Tinley Tri-lite"?
> So, what did those that liked them, like??
> John in Boise
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> Subject: Re: [CR]Raliegh "Scott Tinley Tri-lite"?
> > Raleigh Technium... Glued aluminum tubes in cast lugs. Not light. Some
> > them, others say they are the worst riding bikes of it's era. I agree with
> > the latter group.... Probably just out of our CR topic range too.
> > Dale Brown
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