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Old 10-06-21, 04:59 PM
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Hard to capture the true ugliness of this monster. It shifted fine on my Atlantis but it just could not stay. Replaced by a much prettier Cyclone, which also weighs 62 grams less.
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Ugly?


I don't know what it is called but the stem on this bike is the ugliest component I have seen so far.
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1950s Capo derailleurs and shift levers.
Otto Cap wisely switched to Campagnolo by 1958, but Adolf Christian may have placed third in the 1957 Tour de France on a bicycle equipped with these -- not sure what was on his Capo.


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I win!!
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I've been peeing in my pants reading the entries so far; keep 'em coming!
  • Dork Disk : do you actually own that Campagnolo Euclid brake lever? If you do, I think that it might be a serious contender.
  • Andy_K : you ask a good question. I'm inclined to disqualify your handlebar bag mount. However, not I'm disqualifying it because you made it — after all, Tulio made the Valentino, and somebody has to take responsibility for making all of this crap. I'm disqualifying it because I don't think that a handlebar bag mount is a component, and that's the title of the competition. If we were to allow accessories, I think that the original, unmodified, handlebar bag is far uglier than your adaptation.

I do have this:


1ľ" tandem stem.

The saving grace of your version is the integrated brake hanger; the saving grace of mine is that it's and 1ľ" stem designed for a Mountain Tandem, and if you need one — you need one.

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

I think this might be one of those "ugly is in the eye of the beholder" things. Yes, that's hideous, but a lot of things that come out of the Italian fashion world are hideous. That's at least hideous in a thoughtful way. I'm not sure if that's better or worse than making something that you're aware is hideous when you make it.

I also think there's a small chance that it would grow on you. For instance, a lot of people think the shifters below are ugly, and when I first saw them I thought so too. Over time, I've warmed up to them.

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I am surprised no one has mentioned the Huret Alvit.. it works well, but the flattish body seems very inelegant.
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Originally Posted by John E
1950s Capo derailleurs and shift levers...

No Way - Those things are BEAUTIFUL!

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Originally Posted by SquireBlack
I've been peeing in my pants reading the entries so far; keep 'em coming!
  • Dork Disk : do you actually own that Campagnolo Euclid brake lever? If you do, I think that it might be a serious contender.
I did not read your whole post, for that I am sorry. I do not have the glorious Euclid levers, though I did turn down the chance TWICE to buy some NOS sets.
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Originally Posted by steelbikeguy
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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That DS crank made me physically sick. Strong entry 🤮
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Old 10-06-21, 07:33 PM
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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
  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.)
Okay, I do not really own a Ross fork with those awful fork tips I mentioned in my earlier post, but I worked on hundreds of the things and probably lost real blood due to a couple of them so I believe I have the right to claim ownership.

I really do not mind being disqualified as long as I never have to touch another one of the goddam things.
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So far the adjustable Kalloy takes the biscuit, although that water faucet stem comes close.
If I still had it I'd nominate the unicrown fork on the Trek 850 Antelope (or Canteloupe, as I called it. A bike less fleet of foot is hard to imagine. Aardvark would have been a better name). Unicrown forks are bad enough, but chunky ones with big welds are too much.
Never had them but the STI shifters with the cable shifter stuck in at right angles always hurt the eyes. Other monstrosities I've never had include the pink Ofmega Mistral derailleur and most 4-arm cranks, especially the Shimanos.
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The ugliest component I own:


those arenít aftermarket or near-enoughs. That is the best that Dia-Compe can do. They look acceptable to some but on the bike they are uglier and feel ugliest. I bought them for somebody elseís bike and after seeing them a few times, I grabbed his bike and put some old SLR levers with hoods that were not made for them and they were not ugly.
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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
  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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Old 10-06-21, 09:41 PM
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I do not like the look of four-bolt crank spiders. Three-bolt and five-bolt, and even six-bolt, just look right, by comparison. (Hidden fifth bolt systems still have 5-bolt spacing.)
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Originally Posted by zandoval

No Way - Those things are BEAUTIFUL!

I was thinking the derailleurs, particularly the front cage and the body of the rear, looked crude by 1960 standards, and were not up to the craftmanship and design of the frames, particularly the head lugs. Also, early 1950s paint jobs at Capo paled in comparison to what we saw by 1960.
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Someone must have a disk brake they can take a photo of...
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Originally Posted by SJX426
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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I dunno,....but it kinda it looks like a stem with a goiter?.....
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I win!!
what has been seen cannot be unseen!! yep...you win...lol
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Originally Posted by grant40

I don't know what it is called but the stem on this bike is the ugliest component I have seen so far.
Looks like someone wanted a bullhorn bar but only had a porteur bar in the bin.

That stem tho'... and flipped... and pink cable lock... of all the weird beer bikes I've seen, this is one. I bet it spends a lot of time with a jorts wearing salmon ninja aboard, cigarette in one hand, a 40 of Mickey's in the other.

Addendum, disclaimer: And if that's actually your bike... it's the coolest thing I've ever seen. Today.
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This is the ugliest component I own! It might have good shifting, but I don't know as I've never used it. What I do know is that it's big, heavy and just plain ugly! Don't ask me why I have still have it, as I cannot think of a bike I would humiliate with a boat anchor like that.
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Originally Posted by thumpism
...My own nominee is the Ross Safety Fork End, both ugly and badly engineered. Nearly every Ross fork with these things needed to have the tips aligned in order for the QR to work properly and dozens of them broke off during the tweak due to brittleness. Our shop had a special section for Ross bikes awaiting warranty replacement forks. Hated those things.
One of the early, high end ATB companies took the basic design and rotated it 90 degrees, providing a fork with two rake settings
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Well if you can consider the frame a component of a bike, this:
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1992 Series 5 Paramount frame
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haha

Originally Posted by canklecat
Looks like someone wanted a bullhorn bar but only had a porteur bar in the bin.

That stem tho'... and flipped... and pink cable lock... of all the weird beer bikes I've seen, this is one. I bet it spends a lot of time with a jorts wearing salmon ninja aboard, cigarette in one hand, a 40 of Mickey's in the other.

Addendum, disclaimer: And if that's actually your bike... it's the coolest thing I've ever seen. Today.
Nah. It isn't my bike. I doubt I could afford all that carbon stuff.
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I like it.

Originally Posted by tkamd73
Well if you can consider the frame a component of a bike, this:
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1992 Series 5 Paramount frame
I actually like it.
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