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wrk101 01-30-15 08:08 PM

Show the WORST C & V Bike You have ever bought!
 
Tonight I think I bought the worst C & V bike I have ever bought. And yes, I was sober at the time. I'll post some pics tomorrow.

A few suggested guidelines:

1. Must be C & V, no BSO, no department store crap.

2. Must be a recognizable brand and model, one that 90% of this list would agree is a desirable C & V model.

3. Must be really, really bad, but yet, oddly possible to refurbish without going totally crazy $$ wise.

4. You must have known it was bad when you bought it, no hidden surprise stories.

wrk101 01-30-15 08:13 PM

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Here's the picture from the ad (it was worse in person).

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=431596

Ex Pres 01-30-15 08:15 PM

I'll just pick on one - my 1983 Trek 600- the smurf bike. And by that I mean it had been rattlecanned blue all over - cranks, BB, headset - you name it. Everything he couldn't remove without special tools, I guess. And the wheels were mismatched, one a 700c, the other a wider and taller 27", and IIRC the 27" was on the front. I don't remember what I paid, but $60 sticks in my head.

Now it looks great, but I don't have a current pic.

jimmuller 01-30-15 08:36 PM

Worst C&V bike? Does it have to be one I bought, and does worst simply mean ugly? This Bertin (now wearing a different crank)

http://world.std.com/~muller/pics/Bertin_2013.jpg

is the worst riding bike in the basement. But it looks grand, and I was given the frame.

tmh657 01-30-15 09:05 PM

It must be this Bianchi. In name only. The bottom of the barrel for sure. At least I didn't pay much for it.

http://i816.photobucket.com/albums/z...Plain/Side.jpg

iab 01-30-15 09:20 PM

I paid $10 for the frame, Paint was shot. Plenty of rust. Rear dropouts were messed up. It was in a front end as the top and down tubes are bent.

Still perfect for going to the ice cream shop.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3864/...d676f1cd_h.jpg1953 Bianchi Selvino 001 by iabisdb, on Flickr

noglider 01-30-15 09:21 PM

Mine was probably the Atala Corsa that had sat in the rain for years. Eventually, I think I sent it to jonwvara or sailorbenjamin or someone else here. And somehow it ended up in Florida. And the owner there discovered a long gash in the chainstay. What a wreck.

thinktubes 01-30-15 09:28 PM

I paid $1 for this. The seller tried to talk me out of it.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3577/...7f3f9270_z.jpg

Otis 01-30-15 09:45 PM

I wish I had taken a shot when I first dragged this home. With the bars flipped up, broken wheels, saddle carcass, giant Wald basket, 1930's pad-lock, etc. But I was so excited to see if it would come apart I just started wrenching. Finally caught my breath and took a few snaps here:

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7293/...194bb450_b.jpg

Do I win?

orcas island 01-30-15 09:48 PM

Long arms required to shift that Trek!

Dave Cutter 01-30-15 10:08 PM


Originally Posted by Otis (Post 17515955)
I wish I had taken a shot when I first dragged this home. With the bars flipped up, broken wheels, saddle carcass, giant Wald basket, 1930's pad-lock, etc. But I was so excited to see if it would come apart I just started wrenching. Finally caught my breath and took a few snaps

Do I win?

Yes.... I think you do. So far.

gaucho777 01-30-15 10:26 PM

Perhaps this Schwinn Speedster, though they do have their fans:

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_3096.jpg

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/IMG_3097.jpg

Or this Mercier

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/a...psb4cd0893.jpg

http://i850.photobucket.com/albums/a...psa6555b0c.jpg

inkandsilver 01-30-15 10:59 PM

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http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=431631http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=431632
My first was my worst. Before I knew much of anything. Photos were after wrestling the stuck seatpost out. But at least it was only $25! And it taught me that I like riding drop bar bikes...

eschlwc 01-30-15 11:52 PM

is this like the nightmare version of the before & after thread?

'81 uni g.rally
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8446/...943662bd_b.jpg

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8298/...f68e3d94_b.jpg

sloar 01-31-15 12:22 AM

Wow, I don't think I can narrow it down to just one. I have dragged quite a few rusty boat anchors home.

acoffin 01-31-15 02:37 AM


Originally Posted by wrk101 (Post 17515754)
Here's the picture from the ad (it was worse in person).

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=431596

Mother nature tried to take that one back. Did the seller give you any idea of how long it had been there?

The Golden Boy 01-31-15 06:56 AM


Originally Posted by acoffin (Post 17516241)
Mother nature tried to take that one back. Did the seller give you any idea of how long it had been there?

World Voyageurs are from what... 73?

So... 73.

wrk101 01-31-15 07:20 AM


Originally Posted by acoffin (Post 17516241)
Mother nature tried to take that one back. Did the seller give you any idea of how long it had been there?

About five years. Owner died and it remained outside for many years, finally pulled out to sell.

It was ridden long enough to wear out the small chain ring, wear out a set of wheels and the rear derailleur. Of course stem and seat post are really stuck.

I am tempted to hang it from the rafters in my new work shop, as "shop art".

easyupbug 01-31-15 07:35 AM


Originally Posted by wrk101 (Post 17515735)

oddly possible to refurbish without going totally crazy $$ wise.


That requirement lets me out as all my worst (ones I don't miss) were crazy $$$$

daf1009 01-31-15 07:35 AM


Originally Posted by wrk101 (Post 17516427)
About five years. Owner died and it remained outside for many years, finally pulled out to sell.

It was ridden long enough to wear out the small chain ring, wear out a set of wheels and the rear derailleur. Of course stem and seat post are really stuck.

I am tempted to hang it from the rafters in my new work shop, as "shop art".

It would look perfect in that new workshop!

nlerner 01-31-15 07:39 AM

Definitely this Phillips Manhattan. Here's what it looked like when I sold it as a single speed:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-h...ttanFixie2.jpg

It came with a full chaincase, chromed fenders, 3-speed rear hub. Every bolt seemed stuck, the paint was in awful shape, and the eBay seller charged me a fortune to ship, took forever to ship it, and then did a truly awful packing job (and left me negative feedback after I left him negative feedback). Good riddance to that beast!

Flog00 01-31-15 07:41 AM

The worst.... my wife thought I was nuts.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8429/...d56a7a72_b.jpgIMG_8462 by flog00, on Flickr

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8428/...0cf3b36d_b.jpgIMG_8458 by flog00, on Flickr
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8429/...1e06b803_b.jpgIMG_8460 by flog00, on Flickr
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7137/...e967bcc3_b.jpgIMG_8459 by flog00, on Flickr

For about $70 my kids and I turned it into this. My wife hasn't questioned me since :)
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7254/...686d3a46_b.jpgIMG_8487 by flog00, on Flickr

My daughter Sarah is taking this bike to Denison University this fall for her first year at college :)

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8299/...7834b203_b.jpgIMG_8485 by flog00, on Flickr

oddjob2 01-31-15 07:59 AM

The Austro Daimler below. Crimped seat tube, horrible paint with surface oxidation. Paid about $40 for it because I needed the Weinmann concave wheelset to finish off my Motobecane Grand Touring. Resold the A-D Reynolds 531 frame and fork on ebay for a Franklin, put the wheels to use, and have an Avocet triple crankset, Mountech FD and Suntour VX GT derailleur for my parts inventory.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/5q2tpstsyoe...55.53.jpg?dl=0

redscampi 01-31-15 08:05 AM

As found: Gazelle Tour De Le Avenir. I was taken in by the fancy name...
http://i323.photobucket.com/albums/n...r/P1130328.jpg

modelmartin 01-31-15 08:14 AM


Originally Posted by redscampi (Post 17516507)
As found: Gazelle Tour De Le Avenir. I was taken in by the fancy name...
http://i323.photobucket.com/albums/n...r/P1130328.jpg

I do love the custom chain where it peaks at the top!


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