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Old 10-06-21, 09:03 AM
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I place my bets on this





A close second

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Originally Posted by Ex Pres
I know some will say blasphemy, but I don't have a picture because I wouldn't own one.

Mavic starfish crank.

Here's a pic from the web (Edit: not allowed)

So somebody that owns one needs to post it.
I don't agree, but the Mavic "starfish" crank deserves to be known by everyone, for better or for worse....



That whole Mavic group was novel and interesting. Maybe too much of a departure from the era of Campagolo Record for some, perhaps?
In some ways, I suppose this crank could be the first step towards the aesthetic of modern Shimano cranks, and for that, it may earn some enmity of the C&V crowd.




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The Future Is Now!

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Looks like a minimalist bathroom fixture of the future.



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Love vintage Suntour stuff, but to me, its a tie between Suntour Blaze and Edge cranksets.



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Originally Posted by wrk101
Love vintage Suntour stuff, but to me, its a tie between Suntour Blaze and Edge cranksets.


it’s like an uglier, cheaper, version of the mavic.
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Old 10-06-21, 09:53 AM
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I really don't like the looks of this stem. It works because I don't have another at the same length to replace it.
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Old 10-06-21, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by verktyg


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Yikes!.....if this continues soon we'll just be sitting on the rails.
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I used to have a stem like the one @SJX426 shared that came with a LeMond. I was going to use it as my entry in this competition, but I seem to have given it to a local non-profit shop. I'm not sure what I was thinking. I actually like that shop.

I'd have to poke around the garage to prove it, but I think I still have this one, and depending on the answer to my question below this may have to be my entry.



@SquireBlack, can you rule on whether home-brewed conglomerations are eligible for this contest? If so, I think I've got the winner right here.







That was a desperate attempt to get a handlebar bag to sit below the bars, though depending on your tastes the handlebar bag before my hack may seem even uglier.

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Originally Posted by DonkeyShow
The welds in the op are pretty nice. Clearly you were talking to some clueless lame soo just ignore them.
As the clueless lame guy you mention...
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Worth Repeating:

Since it's my competition, I get to make the rules:
  1. You have to be the owner of the completion-entry component: no submission of random photos found on the web
  2. Post your photos in this thread; component can be on or off a bike
  3. Competition is open for entries until Halloween (31st October)
  4. The winner will be decided by acclimation, or, if there is controversy, by voting; all those submitting entries may vote.
  5. The prize will be my ugly stem shown above, or any uglier component that a member may wish to donate. (Winner pays postage.)
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Originally Posted by gbi
Yikes!.....if this continues soon we'll just be sitting on the rails.
the ultimate example of this trend might be the Infinity seats...




As far as just sitting on the rails... I'd swear that I'd seen a show bike at NAHBS that had a saddle with two parallel rails for the rider to sit on (in theory). I think it might have been a Cherubim bike, but haven't found an image of it. Maybe someone else has seen it too?

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Old 10-06-21, 12:54 PM
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I second the Mavic Starfish crank.

Leave the starfish in the ocean and get something with more style/beauty
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Old 10-06-21, 01:09 PM
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This thread might motivate me to take pics of components that I've hidden away deep in the recesses of the bike cave.
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Old 10-06-21, 01:19 PM
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My entries...

First up..the component specifically designed to induce the owner to pay to upgrade. It screams "Purposely designed to disgust" Yuck...



Entry 2: "Well, we don't want to fully redesign the seatpost idea...let's stop halfway there..."


Love and Life. If you love your life, do not ride this. Extra touch is the plastic piece on the front that easily breaks...


And the piece de la resistance...The bent winkie shifter...these are available for purchase by the way. Not sure whether it was anatomically a joke, or aerodynamic in some way that far exceeds our current level of understanding...
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I have an entry. I have no proof at all, but I suspect there's a design connection between these sleek beauties, and the ever-popular "box with wheels" aesthetic that Volvo embraced during much of the late 70's and well into the 80's.






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Originally Posted by USAZorro
I have an entry. I have no proof at all, but I suspect there's a design connection between these sleek beauties, and the ever-popular "box with wheels" aesthetic that Volvo embraced during much of the late 70's and well into the 80's.




Ooooo.... I like those.
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Originally Posted by Classtime
Worth Repeating:

Since it's my competition, I get to make the rules:
  1. You have to be the owner of the completion-entry component: no submission of random photos found on the web
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Awww, so I don't get to submit the Campagnolo Gran Turismo derailleur-shaped object/boat anchor?
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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy
the ultimate example of this trend might be the Infinity seats...




As far as just sitting on the rails... I'd swear that I'd seen a show bike at NAHBS that had a saddle with two parallel rails for the rider to sit on (in theory). I think it might have been a Cherubim bike, but haven't found an image of it. Maybe someone else has seen it too?

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Go for a ride and get a prostate exam into the bargain. What a great idea . . . .
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Awww, so I don't get to submit the Campagnolo Gran Turismo derailleur-shaped object/boat anchor?[/QUOTE]
Sure you can. I think I saw one on eBay the other day...
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Originally Posted by USAZorro
I have an entry. I have no proof at all, but I suspect there's a design connection between these sleek beauties, and the ever-popular "box with wheels" aesthetic that Volvo embraced during much of the late 70's and well into the 80's.






That's a box with wheels? What about this?



I have a set of those lights from the '80s BTW - mine are Berec brand.
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Originally Posted by Ex Pres
I know some will say blasphemy, but I don't have a picture because I wouldn't own one.

Mavic starfish crank.

Here's a pic from the web (Edit: not allowed)

So somebody that owns one needs to post it.
Sorry, mine burned in the fire.
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Campagnolo Euclid brake levers, because somebody actually tried to make this not suck.

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Originally Posted by DorkDisk
Campagnolo Euclid brake levers, because somebody actually tried to make this not suck.

Wow, that's pretty bad! Not sure if this or the valentino derailluer posted above would be the ugliest campy part.
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Originally Posted by Reynolds
That's a box with wheels? What about this?



I have a set of those lights from the '80s BTW - mine are Berec brand.
The body design is a Junior High shop project.
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