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fly:yes/land:no 12-17-09 01:00 PM

why?...faux lugs
 
i understand why people like lugs. they have a unique aesthetic demonstrative of craftsmanship that most bike companies have abandoned for logistical/performance reasons. owners of these lugged steeds possess a certain mystique that says at once, "i am in tune with historical notions of beauty" and "i can afford to have custom bike builders fashion elaborate pieces of metal into a bike that tickles my fancy." that is cool, i suppose, but it seems that the trend is jumping the proverbial shark when stuff like this shows up on cyclingnews:

http://cdn.media.cyclingnews.com/200...outing_600.jpg

why bother? there is no function for the lugs other than to reference a previous manner of construction. it seems akin to putting cable bosses on an internally cabled bike, or adorning a contemporary home with decorative shudders.

feel free to contend your own confirming/contradicting analogues.

Basil Moss 12-17-09 01:40 PM

Weird. Looks so ugly with the lumpy weld marks.

enjoi07 12-17-09 01:45 PM

whats that "faux lug" so mad about? >:0

freeskihp 12-17-09 02:00 PM

adorning lesser things with fake embellishments is nothing new. Just ask felt about their carbon wrapped AL

enjoi07 12-17-09 02:01 PM

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nayr497 12-17-09 02:31 PM

Wow, just when I thought all the "parody" threads were getting annoying, the dancing bears signature makes an appearance. I need to suspend myself from BF for awhile. I hate this weather!

RacerOne 12-17-09 02:41 PM

My bike has real lugs but my house has fake shutters.. doh!

JacoKierkegaard 12-17-09 02:50 PM

I, for one, won't be impressed until I see fake lugs on a CF frame.

Nachoman 12-17-09 02:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nayr497 (Post 10158684)
Wow, just when I thought all the "parody" threads were getting annoying, the dancing bears signature makes an appearance. I need to suspend myself from BF for awhile. I hate this weather!

Dancing bears? Tiger, alligator, dinosaur, shark (and bear).

JacoKierkegaard 12-17-09 03:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Nachoman (Post 10158835)
Dancing bears? Tiger, alligator, dinosaur, shark (and bear).

I suggest he spends his BF suspension studying basic biology.

Bontrager 12-17-09 05:08 PM

Whats with the rear brake cable routing? Hope he doesn't ever need to modify his seat height.

nayr497 12-17-09 05:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JacoKierkegaard (Post 10158858)
I suggest he spends his BF suspension studying basic biology.

Ha ha ha...yes, I stand corrected. Thanks you two. And yes, I will spend my suspension studying up:)

I'm annoyed by all types of dancing animals.

XYZsniper 12-17-09 06:52 PM

I was so excited about my new titanium douglas until someone asked what was with the "faux lugs"

I never thought about it before, but now I want to dremel it off except by the BB

http://www.cornbread.com/~ratta/douglas1.jpg

queerpunk 12-17-09 06:52 PM

well, that looks pretty ragged. but it might not be a "fake lug," but rather, a seattube reinforcement. the top tube and seattube are brazed into this tig-welded "lug," which than has seatstays also tig-welded to it. a handmade way to sturdy up that junction. a builder i know does something similar, but a lot nicer.

StephenH 12-17-09 06:56 PM

Why it's built that way, I can't say. But one possibility is that the lug there is a lower-carbon weldable alloy, and a higher-carbon non-weldable tube has been brazed into it.

Bianchigirll 12-17-09 08:16 PM

I agree with queerpunk and StephenH. the lug likely has some structural value but the welding is hedious! what kind of bike is this? beand /type a TT or Tri bike? is the cable routing stock?

OH a cross bike! do you have afull pic?

nahh 12-17-09 09:09 PM

that right there is a reinforced seat tube so the bikes holds up to CX. that's a really nice feature, i'd buy a frame like that.

Slee_Stack 12-18-09 09:29 AM

Faux lugs cannot compete with the 3M stick-on 'heat extractors' that adorn countless vehicle fenders on the road. 'Spinner' hubcaps are also a favorite dress-up accessory of mine.

grolby 12-18-09 10:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bianchigirll (Post 10160062)
I agree with queerpunk and StephenH. the lug likely has some structural value but the welding is functional!

Fixed.

queerpunk 12-18-09 10:22 AM

yeah, i think it's the Sharpie'd luglining that makes the joint look ****ty. the welds look like tig welds are supposed to look.


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