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Old 03-24-17, 04:38 PM
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Your Least Favorite Bike You Have Owned

I'm not talking of a $22 Ward's Hawthorne (my first bike) but decent bikes that you couldn't get rid of fast enough or held on to way too long. My least favorite was a Viscount. It was in near perfect condition when I got it. I had to work twice as hard to go half as fast as any of my other bikes. I didn't hold on to it long.
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Of late? Hands down...Raleigh International. The worst workmanship I've seen...the frame was a noodle and just SCREW Weinmann levers.

Ever? My dad's hand me down Raleigh Sport. It was just stupid heavy, it didn't stop in the rain, but had fenders (?!?!?) and I just don't like IGH.
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Old 03-24-17, 05:02 PM
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A Bridgestone XO-3. Most sluggish ride I've ever experienced.
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I've spent more time on mountain bikes, so I'm going to go that route. I have a weird interest in the history of MTB technology, so found myself looking at old full suspension bikes. The sweet spot design was used by a few companies, and Schwinn's homegrown race rigs used it.

Found a S-30 for pretty cheap in good shape. Did a ton of work to it, and from the first ride couldn't stand anything about it. Horribly sluggish, useless suspension, off set cable stop for the canti brakes resulted in literally zero rear braking even with brand new Kool Stops.

It was my every day bike for about 2 weeks, someone said they thought it was cool and I literally ran to my car and carried it back to sell on the spot....... dumb thing
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Old 03-24-17, 05:42 PM
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+1 on the Viscount. I was into them as wall hangers because they really were unique. I rode a blue one like the one posted once, and never rode any of them in my collection again. They really were awful rides, but looked great! I gave them (red one and blue one) to a guy just getting into vintage. Not sure what he did with them other than look at 'em!
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Trek T900 tandem. Even after changing bars, saddles, pedals, etc., I still hated it. My wife tried it once and almost divorced me. We finally gave it away, and now it has a new life in which it is the favorite ride for a kid with Down's syndrome (whose parent is the pilot). So I no longer regret buying it, but it wasn't the right one for us:

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Both of the two aluminum bikes I've owned. Don't remember what the first one was, but the second was a (Specialized) Globe Work, a hybrid/commuter bike. One I sold, the Globe was stolen. Good riddance. Never again.
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Old 03-24-17, 06:06 PM
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No doubt, it was the 1980 Centurion Elite. Components were cool (1st gen suntour cyclone and bar ends) but the bike was a street slug. I sold it and never missed it.
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Colnago Master - I don't get the appeal of these. It felt awfully heavy for a racing bike. I've twice thought of buying an older, under-priced Super, but my prior experience makes me hesitate.
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Old 03-24-17, 06:15 PM
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Another tandem experience: I bought a mid-70's Gitane and my wife hates it - a true divorce bike. Although she did actually suggest we ride it on a 10k charity ride with the kids, that's the only time we have ridden it more than around the block without her cursing me.

Tandems aren't the problem, however. We later looked at a used Santana. When she said she liked it and we should buy it, I couldn't get my wallet out fast enough. We have done a century and a three-day mini tour on it, so she does actually like tandems.
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Hmmm, more than a few.

Equally unlikeable.

Litespeed Tuscany
Litespeed Classic
Merckx AX
Merckx EX
Raleigh International

I'll think of more I'm sure......
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The Schwinn Varsity I bought in 7th grade. The only nice thing I can say about it is it convinced me to buy my Gran Sport.
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Litespeed with a compact frame, and an Airborne titanium bike with weird geometry. Never could get comfortable on either one.
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The Schwinn Varsity I bought in 7th grade. The only nice thing I can say about it is it convinced me to buy my Gran Sport.
X2 on the Varsity the proverbial Boat Anchor. What did they use for Frame material on these? Recycled Cast Iron?

And a Raleigh International that the Lugs looked like they were ground down with an angle grinder. The Grand Prix I had 10 Years earlier was twice the Bike.

Also a "High End" Norco Aluminium. Mountain Bike that absolutely beat me to Death. My one and only Aluminium Bike.
Never again.
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Salsa La Cruz (Sorry Grady!). I could never get comfortable and long rides left me feeling really beat up.

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When I was in my twenties, I was commuting to a job at a record store, and my beloved Peugeot had a mishap. I stupidly listened to one of the local shops, who refused to work on the Peugeot ("obsolete") and then sold me a Raleigh Technium. In the first few months, the seatpost broke. Then the bars sheared in two. At this point, the shop refused to honor the warranty, claiming a ten miles each way commute constituted "unusual use". That was good for their bottom line, because shortly after that, the crank arm sheared in two. Then one of the rear stays began to bend due to the bike's drum brake. At that point I gave up.
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Originally Posted by Poguemahone View Post
When I was in my twenties, I was commuting to a job at a record store, and my beloved Peugeot had a mishap. I stupidly listened to one of the local shops, who refused to work on the Peugeot ("obsolete") and then sold me a Raleigh Technium. In the first few months, the seatpost broke. Then the bars sheared in two. At this point, the shop refused to honor the warranty, claiming a ten miles each way commute constituted "unusual use". That was good for their bottom line, because shortly after that, the crank arm sheared in two. Then one of the rear stays began to bend due to the bike's drum brake. At that point I gave up.
Well damn..... What sort of Technium came with drums?
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Well, I'd have to say it's this. It's never really "spoken" to me and sit's neglected as I take out any of my other many rides. Gonna devote a little time to taking it out again soon and if we still don't connect it's going up for sale.

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Well damn..... What sort of Technium came with drums?

IIRC the model was the "Citylite". Sachs drum on the rear.
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Peugeot Triathlon. I spent a lot of time making it look good. It was the last year of the Sachs Huret drive train and super virus tubing (lol. Super Vitus... autocorrect ftw!). It sucked, bad.
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Schwinn Varsity I was given & I converted to a single speed. And an Atala turd. Couldn't sell both of them fast enough. Ironically they sold quite quick.

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Late '70's Centurion semi-pro. Uninspiring ride, and frankly the Shimano 600 Arabesque group was no better.
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The first road bike I ever bought, a 58 cm Felt Z85. Two sizes too big for me. (Not classic, but now all of my bikes are MUCH older than it.)
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