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flair1111 09-16-06 02:27 PM

Your worst bike
 
What was the worst bike youve ever had?

stapfam 09-16-06 03:32 PM

My first one when I got back into cycling 15 years ago- A mountain bike for use of road with road gearing on it and it only had 10 gears. Still, it got me back into cycling and I learnt how much easier it is to ride a bike uphill than push it.

chephy 09-17-06 06:55 PM

Probably some bikes I had as a kid. They would probably be considered neat vintage machines now or something: single-speed, coaster brake type staff. Problem is they were poorly maintained and thus practically falling apart: wheels completely out of true, rust, screwed up bearing adjustments et cetera et cetera. There was a famous story in my family about how my grandfather was riding one of those things, hit his forehead with a palm of his head to kill a mosquito - and the bike literally crumbled into pieces under him. :D

If we're only talking adults, my worst bike was an MTB from a department store, bought second-hand from a friend. It was an awful bike to start with, and the amount of abuse and neglect it was subjected to by the first owner didn't help.

mlts22 09-17-06 10:56 PM

Two worst bike I remember was when a kid, a "wheelie" bike, sparkly green banana seat and all, made out of very bad ferrous metal (pretty much pressed rust), and weighing easily 40+ pounds. For gear changes, one had to stop, pull the lever to change gears, then resume pedalling. Of course, the rear wheel had coasters, the front wheel had zippo for brakes.

The second worst was a BMX bike which the yellow anodizing on the handlebars rubbed off anytime one touched them. Its braking action was a single lever to the rear wheel, so one couldn't really stop the sucker quickly unless you resorted to a Flintstones-type stop (using the soles of your shoes as brake pads).

All and all, bikes in the late 70s/early 80s were pretty kid hostile, compared to stuff made and sold by LBSs these days.

TomatoSue 09-18-06 01:10 AM

Hmmm, it would have to be my previous ride. My brothers' old road bike, wheels not completely round, and whenever you put your hands on the hoods the handlebars moved towards the ground. So lucky it didn't fall apart when I was riding it. But a cool racing blue colour!

slowandsteady 09-18-06 09:20 AM

I loved all of my bikes!

Coaster brake, spray painted green by my dad, steel and banana seat monstocity. Learned to ride on this thing.
Ross Bluish silver, three speed, banana seat, giant speedometer and a top speed 15 mph! Woohoo!
10 speed something or other, painted black by my dad
Red Schwinn "touring" 10 speed road bike from the 80's bought new by myself at 13 for $216. Now we are talking speed! Well sort of.
1990's Trek 830 MTB with front suspension. 21 gears. Awesome on the trails!
2006 Fuji WSD Finest 1.0, with 105 and ultegra. By far, the best bike.

john bono 09-18-06 10:21 AM

Walmart mtn bike. 20 miles, the brakes failed, and I did a faceplant on the steepest road in town. The only redeeming value of that bike was that it made lots of neat sparks when I took the grinding wheel to it.

Sawtooth 09-18-06 02:09 PM

I am somewhat addicted to the beater bike and have always ejoyed each bike. Although I own both very nice mountain and road bikes, I find myself more likely to ride the beaters I have of each variety. There is something immensly satisfying about being able to outride your buddies on their high end bikes while having fun on your thrift store beater. It is not about the bike.

That being said, there was a point in my life (I was 9) when my cousin got a new Huffy bmx bike that was white with red pads and red mag wheels. He thought he was all that on that bike. That bike made me briefly dislike my no-name bannana seat bike that had a cub scouts hankerchief design on the seat and paint scheme. I made it through those times and ultimately got my own nicer bmx. No question about which of the two bikes I wish I still had around now, however. That cub scout bike would be an awesome thing to have in the garage.

Come to think if it, though. Those bikes in the 70's and 80's were, indeed, quite kid unfriendly. They had miniature cranks and were harder than heck to get up to speed. Jumping a bananna seat bike was akin to a death wish, although we all did it :).

cyccommute 09-18-06 03:12 PM

Schwinn Montague folder. Worst bike on the planet. It was too long, it was too noodly, it was too weird and it was too tough to die when I slammed it into the back of a car in Washington, D.C. :eek: Left a huge dent in the guy's trunk from where my thigh hit the car but the bike was just fine!

Bought the stupid thing in the early '90s with a patent bonus, rode it maybe 5 times, sold the stupid thing to my nephew, got it back, rode it for a week in DC again (on business) and then donated it to a charity. I hope never to see the damned thing again!

Little Darwin 09-18-06 03:28 PM

The only bad bike I had was probably bad because I mistreated it.

It was an early 1970's green Western Flyer 5 speed bike. My first new bike (and only new bike as a kid).

It had 26 x 1 3/8 tires and was a lightweight frame.

After about 3 months the frame broke. The seat tube broke off at the BB. I did use it as a mountain bike, riding the trails around my house pretty regularly... SO maybe it was my fault. I did weigh well under 150 pounds at the time... A later middle weight framed frankenbike lasted much better, and ended up getting the front wheel and rear rim off of the Western Flyer. The rear was laced onto a 3 speed rear hub and was with me until after I graduated high school 3 or 4 years later.

mlts22 09-18-06 03:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sawtooth
I am somewhat addicted to the beater bike and have always ejoyed each bike. Although I own both very nice mountain and road bikes, I find myself more likely to ride the beaters I have of each variety. There is something immensly satisfying about being able to outride your buddies on their high end bikes while having fun on your thrift store beater. It is not about the bike.

That being said, there was a point in my life (I was 9) when my cousin got a new Huffy bmx bike that was white with red pads and red mag wheels. He thought he was all that on that bike. That bike made me briefly dislike my no-name bannana seat bike that had a cub scouts hankerchief design on the seat and paint scheme. I made it through those times and ultimately got my own nicer bmx. No question about which of the two bikes I wish I still had around now, however. That cub scout bike would be an awesome thing to have in the garage.

Come to think if it, though. Those bikes in the 70's and 80's were, indeed, quite kid unfriendly. They had miniature cranks and were harder than heck to get up to speed. Jumping a bananna seat bike was akin to a death wish, although we all did it :).


For the life of me, what were bicycle makers when they made those 40-50 pound behemoths for kids? Were they attempting to scare kids to not attempt bicycling and use a car? At least these days if people buy a child's bike from a LBS and not from a department store, the bike sold will be of very good construction and can be resold or given to family assuming its not too badly hurt when the kid tries his attempts at freeriding.

turtleguy54 09-18-06 04:03 PM

All my bikes have treated me better than all my cars (including the one new one I bought). Thinking back on the bikes I've ridden: the Schwinn Roadster, Raleigh DL1, Gloria, Motebacane Grand Record, Raleigh Comp., Vitus 979, Trek 560, Specialized Allez, and now Surly Cross Check, all were loyal and great rides. I think it would be hard to find a bike that in some ways did not give you pleasure unless you just don't fit the thing.


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