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Old 10-08-21, 02:51 PM
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These tires. I do have these. The silver parts are reflective




Edit: added pic

Would rock these all day, no problem
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Old 10-08-21, 08:02 PM
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A hands on approach to cycling
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Old 10-08-21, 09:31 PM
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Upon seeing that seat, Mrs. Digger immediately asked, "Is that for a porno bike?"
​​​​​​In a related anecdote, a couple of years ago I bought a pair of vintage bike shorts. The confirmation email, which was sent to my wife's account, described them as "Eroica bike shorts." She misread and came to me asking what exactly I thought I was going to do with erotic bike shorts.
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Old 10-09-21, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by obrentharris View Post
Somebody here must own a Shimano 600 arabesque rear derailleur they can post.
No, the Shimano 600 Arabesque looks stunning!

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Old 10-09-21, 02:18 AM
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Ugliest thing I have ever seen on a bicycle
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Old 10-09-21, 07:06 AM
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How about the brakes on my old AMF Hercules, as I got it.


They actually did look better once I polished them up.
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Old 10-09-21, 11:37 AM
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Here's my pick. Campy Gran Turismo. Not only is it ugly, it also has a reputation for not working worth ****.
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Old 10-09-21, 04:45 PM
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I think this thread is demonstrating the many dimensions of ugly. So far we've got the Sweetskinz leading handily in the "Tacky" category, the Schwinn saddle in "Homely", the finger saddle in "Creepy", the Durham elliptical tied with the Campy Bora crank in "That's just wrong", the Structure MTB in "Hideous", and I've still got the Kalloy adjustable edging out the bulbous STI-with-the-cable-stuck-in-the-side in "Diseases and Teratology." Going to be tough picking an overall.
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Old 10-09-21, 05:22 PM
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If I owned a powerboat, this would have to be the throttle quadrant. But on a bike???

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Speaking of ugly shift levers, has anybody seen an actual Camapagnolo Elefante shift lever? They seem to be non-existant. That could be explained by the fact that they're so grotesque that Campagnolo sold very few and any owners are embarrassed to admit that they bought one. Still, I'm hesistant to nominate something that only seems to exist in an illustration.

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Old 10-11-21, 11:33 AM
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I've never understood these saddles. What purpose does the obscene part that tilts downward serve? Seems to me it just prevents "riding the rivet" in a sprint because you might slide onto your top tube, which can't be a good thing.
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Old 10-11-21, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
My entries...


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...
Hey now! I have a set of those on my crit bike!

I find them elegant.

The plastic derailleurs that came with them, not so much.
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Old 10-11-21, 01:29 PM
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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.
When I saw the title of this thread I knew somebody would point out the Mavic starfish…I’m kind of found of it myself:
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Old 10-11-21, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I feel the same way about the LD stems (photo from the internets):

Good Lord, I think we have a winner.
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Old 10-11-21, 02:58 PM
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I think if you go to this thread, you can find a whole lotta ugly. Just sayin'.
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Old 10-11-21, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Markeologist View Post
When I saw the title of this thread I knew somebody would point out the Mavic starfish…I’m kind of found of it myself:
Funny thing about the "Starfish" crankset from Mavic,.....
Every time I think I'm finally warming up to its looks, a thread or post like this one suddenly pops up in this forum, confirming I was always correct about its "questionable" aesthetics...... And this had been going on for many years now, since I started my C&V journey......
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Mavic's 646LS SSC pedals,, Sometimes known as their "Lego" pedals because of the big chunk of bright yellow plastic on their bottoms and their very blocky proportions.
They have a coolness factor because of the lateral cleat play adjustability offered,......... but dang!, I struggle to think if any bike will look good with these very clunky looking things installed on them......
I guess it's another notch on Mavic's ugly stick.
Not my pic, but I presently do have an NOS pair of these in my C&V Mavic stash......
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Old 10-11-21, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by REV160 View Post
I've never understood these saddles. What purpose does the obscene part that tilts downward serve? Seems to me it just prevents "riding the rivet" in a sprint because you might slide onto your top tube, which can't be a good thing.
I'm not sure what the dropped nose does on a road bike but on a mountain bike the droop snoot provides leverage for your thigh when out of the saddle in technical terrain. WTB pioneered the style for offroad use and that what I always have on mountain bikes. My"road: bike has the inexpensive San Marco that came with it 11 years ago.
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Old 10-11-21, 05:45 PM
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Old 10-11-21, 05:53 PM
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Starfish attachment points and the hood over them is what turns me off...that aesthetic doesn’t work for me...there were several cranks that used that.

The stem of swan is not attractive.

On the other hand...

Those LEGO Mavic pedals are awesome!

and the red highlighted rear derailleur is beautiful...

My vote is still for the phone stem.
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Old 10-11-21, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
Funny thing about the "Starfish" crankset from Mavic,.....
Every time I think I'm finally warming up to its looks, a thread or post like this one suddenly pops up in this forum, confirming I was always correct about its "questionable" aesthetics...... And this had been going on for many years now, since I started my C&V journey......
Well “correct” here is questionable premise since beauty is in the eye of the beholder…I wouldn’t say I was “correct” in my thinking that the American Classic seat post was attractive while you found it unattractive(different thread).
There was no C&V when I put the Mavic starfish on this Gitane Team Pro, buying both the frame and the crank brand new (the Gitane frameset was a year or so old). I was going for a primarily French build and the starfish had only recently been introduced and just seemed so “right” for such a build.

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Old 10-12-21, 01:33 AM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I think if you go to this thread, you can find a whole lotta ugly. Just sayin'.
Yep, lotta ugly in there
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Old 10-12-21, 10:38 AM
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I was just getting ready to ‘unsuscribe’ bikeforums, because of all the negativity. But this thread is pulling me back in!
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The black spoke has single-handedly turned bicycles from things of beauty to visually ugly.
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It's a bit early for voting, but I have noticed that the frequency of posts is decreasing, so perhaps expressing an opinion would not be out of place.

For what it's worth, my opinion of my ugly stem is improving, thanks you you folks showing me how much uglier stuff is out there. I think that DorkDisk 's tires will have my vote, closely followed by randyjawa 's elliptical chainring.
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Originally Posted by SquireBlack View Post
It's a bit early for voting, but I have noticed that the frequency of posts is decreasing, so perhaps expressing an opinion would not be out of place.

For what it's worth, my opinion of my ugly stem is improving, thanks you you folks showing me how much uglier stuff is out there. I think that DorkDisk 's tires will have my vote, closely followed by randyjawa 's elliptical chainring.
I can definitely see those, but can also see the phone stem...
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