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    Fat Guy on a Little Bike KonAaron Snake's Avatar
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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):

    I stop for people / whose right of way I honor / but not for no one.



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    Steel is real, baby! frpax's Avatar
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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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    "Where you come from is gone;
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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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    Quote Originally Posted by balindamood View Post
    Aerowinds are all about the bling.
    "It's always darkest right before it goes completely black"

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    Aerowinds are all about the bling.
    OK then, 1985 Schwinn Sierra:

    "Where you come from is gone;
    where you are headed weren't never there;
    and where you are ain't no good unless you can get away from it."

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
    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

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    HUH!? That is heaving with bling. (Maybe I'm weird!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenton58 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by balindamood View Post
    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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    Fat Guy on a Little Bike KonAaron Snake's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFC View Post
    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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