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Old 01-30-15, 08:08 PM
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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.
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Old 01-30-15, 08:13 PM
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Here's the picture from the ad (it was worse in person).

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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.
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Old 01-30-15, 08:36 PM
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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)



is the worst riding bike in the basement. But it looks grand, and I was given the frame.
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It must be this Bianchi. In name only. The bottom of the barrel for sure. At least I didn't pay much for it.

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Old 01-30-15, 09:20 PM
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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.

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

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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:



Do I win?
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Long arms required to shift that Trek!
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Originally Posted by Otis View Post
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

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Yes.... I think you do. So far.
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Perhaps this Schwinn Speedster, though they do have their fans:





Or this Mercier



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

'81 uni g.rally


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Wow, I don't think I can narrow it down to just one. I have dragged quite a few rusty boat anchors home.
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Here's the picture from the ad (it was worse in person).

Mother nature tried to take that one back. Did the seller give you any idea of how long it had been there?
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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.
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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".
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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 $$$$
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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!
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Definitely this Phillips Manhattan. Here's what it looked like when I sold it as a single speed:



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

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For about $70 my kids and I turned it into this. My wife hasn't questioned me since
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My daughter Sarah is taking this bike to Denison University this fall for her first year at college

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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.


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As found: Gazelle Tour De Le Avenir. I was taken in by the fancy name...
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As found: Gazelle Tour De Le Avenir. I was taken in by the fancy name...
I do love the custom chain where it peaks at the top!
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