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Old 01-07-12, 07:57 PM   #1
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Least Bling You Own

Which is the bike with a frame not even a mother could love? Which is the one you don't need to worry about locking up? Which is the bike that you use while hauling trash to an ex's house?

Mine:

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This sad thing (yes, I'm serious - look at that paint...):





Even took really crappy pics of it

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Varsity gold!



Looks better than when I found it (at the city dump):

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Least bling, huh? I'm torn between two:



And this one:



But I'd NEVER not lock one up if I had to leave it unattended.
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Either this:




Or this Viner with decals on vacation:



I suspect we'll find even our beaters have a bit of bling. I've a UO8 that fits the bill too.
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I have a walmart bike...but no pictures. I made it into a ghetto single speed and rode it through a winter. Its truly a turd.
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Aerowinds are all about the bling.
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Aerowinds are all about the bling.
OK then, 1985 Schwinn Sierra:

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You know, I was in Walmart the other day and I looked at the bikes. So many of them had bling elements, like the Mongoose denial (?) a polished aluminum singlespeed with a curved seat tube, or the aptly named "Thruster" (a true screw job of a bicycle). I mean, bling, even ugly bling, sells and is an entirely seperate concept from quality. They don't have to be at the same price point.
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I have a walmart bike... I made it into a ghetto single speed...Its truly a turd.
Hey,,,me too.

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This.

It still gets locked up, though. We've been through a lot together and I think I'd be heart broken if it got nicked.
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Yup. I'm just about to finish building up this late 70's Soma frame into a fixed gear beater. I consider the rust to be camouflage.

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My AO8 coaster bike...

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That bike is not bad. It is one of the nicest hybrid's made, sharing the same geometry with the much hailed 520. I rather like mine.
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Golly where to start? Well there was last winter's commuter;

Now there's this year's commuter;
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Czechoslovakian Favorit

Although it looks okay in the pictures, it need substantial work. In its present condition, it is not rideable. I'm still undecided in what to do with it.

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You feel like you might need a tetanus booster after riding it.
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auchencrowHUH!? That is heaving with bling. (Maybe I'm weird!)
Yeah, I agree. A lot of these bikes are actualy rather charming, but if I had that 53, I would have it higher on the food chain than "beater".
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Which is the bike with a frame not even a mother could love? Which is the one you don't need to worry about locking up? Which is the bike that you use while hauling trash to an ex's house?

Mine:

Really, IMHO, you have consistently so undervalued that bike, which, IMHO, is one of the best you have.
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Obviously, bling is in the eye of the beholder. You guys aren't trying hard enough, some of these are way too pretty still.
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That bike is not bad. It is one of the nicest hybrid's made, sharing the same geometry with the much hailed 520. I rather like mine.
My son found this in an alley covered with trash. Is was in VERY poor condition when he brought it home. A few bucks and a LOT of elbow grease breathed new life into her! The only thing I bought for it was the trigger shifters/brake levers, a saddle, brake pads, tires, and new cables/housing (under $100). I had a rack & some bottle cage lying around, so I threw those on. Everything else is stock.
Eventually, some day, I'd like to put a drop bar on it, as I'm not overly fond of flat bars. But I don't know if there's one that will work with that stem plus I'd have to put on some sort of brifters... or bar con's (but I'm not a huge fan of bar con's, although they would be much less exspensive!)

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Really, IMHO, you have consistently so undervalued that bike, which, IMHO, is one of the best you have.
I think you misunderstood...I LOVE that bike. It's fun as all get out to ride. It just doesn't look like much (and that's the idea).

That cheap-o front dérailleur is a great example...it's a dollar part, but it worked better than the xt one I tried with this drive train.
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