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Old 10-16-15, 09:38 PM
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Things that work great and are ugly

I've been looking for pretty trigger shifters or shifter/brake combos for SWMBO's bikes, which have a lot of polished or satin or chrome components. There really aren't many, and they are painted. About the prettiest is the previous generation Sora... I wish they were 9-speed. I suppose I could swap the cassette in order to use them. Even though they are swoopy and the right color, they are bulky-looking too.



I feel the same way about V-brakes. They work great. Why must they be so ugly?

Some of this is modern design. Everything has to have an edge or a lip or a crease, to get the most out of metallic paint. Like BMW's "flame surfacing"
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Old 10-16-15, 10:21 PM
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the wife hired her.
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Old 10-16-15, 10:33 PM
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I hear ya. I have an old pair of NOS LX M570 shifter/brake combo pods that I'm going to put on one of my bikes mostly for aesthetic reasons. The Deore shifters and Tektro brake levers that are currently on the bike work fine, but I want a cleaner look.


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Old 10-16-15, 11:33 PM
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the wife hired her.
Completely off the topic I just started, but we have had a couple of nannies. The software of Care.com seems pretty much the same as a dating site. Like a dating site the nannies present themselves as a very limited number of characters. There's Mary Poppins and there's MPDG and there's Supernanny and there's Waldorf/Montessori/homeschooler. I joked with my wife that we should get a homewrecker... she didn't get it, I guess. :-D
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Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius View Post
I hear ya. I have an old pair of NOS LX M570 shifter/brake combo pods that I'm going to put on one of my bikes mostly for aesthetic reasons. The Deore shifters and Tektro brake levers that are currently on the bike work fine, but I want a cleaner look.

Hated the look of these when the came out, have been using the brake levers (not full STI) on my hybrid for the last 7-8 years and really like them now, and they are probably the nicest v-brake levers I've used.
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Old 10-17-15, 05:41 AM
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Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
Hated the look of these when the came out, have been using the brake levers (not full STI) on my hybrid for the last 7-8 years and really like them now, and they are probably the nicest v-brake levers I've used.
Thanks. That's good to know. Maybe I'll gain a bit of functionality too.
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My old MTB-based commuter, a 1997 Nishiki Blazer. There is not one graceful line or curve on it. And my kludgy aftermarket bars, bar-ends, aero bars, baskets, fenders and seat do nothing for the esthetics. Nor do the red and while reflective tape additions that I went a little overboard with. And while some older bikes develop a nice "patina", mine features plain old rust and grime. But with street tires it rides real smooth and cushy, and with the higher gearing and aero bars it can rocket down the street. And the granny gears help me get its porky but up the Colorado hills. WIth the addition of my new Charge Plug commuter, the big Nishiki is wearing its first ever set of studded snow tires, awaiting its return to winter snow riding.
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
My old MTB-based commuter, a 1997 Nishiki Blazer. There is not one graceful line or curve on it. And my kludgy aftermarket bars, bar-ends, aero bars, baskets, fenders and seat do nothing for the esthetics. Nor do the red and while reflective tape additions that I went a little overboard with. And while some older bikes develop a nice "patina", mine features plain old rust and grime. But with street tires it rides real smooth and cushy, and with the higher gearing and aero bars it can rocket down the street. And the granny gears help me get its porky but up the Colorado hills. WIth the addition of my new Charge Plug commuter, the big Nishiki is wearing its first ever set of studded snow tires, awaiting its return to winter snow riding.
I'd like to see a photo or two of this functional beast.
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I run the M530 pedals on pretty well everything - sure wish they would offer them in polished aluminum for use on road bikes. Just look so ugly on a road bike.

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Originally Posted by ciderguy View Post
I'd like to see a photo or two of this functional beast.
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Hey now...the Sheldon Nut is a simple elegant thing of sheer genius. That works great, and looks good.
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Not even gonna lie-- I'm jealous of the insane dashboard on that Nishiki. That whole bike transcends "just ugly" and moves on to something of "frightening and deliberate purpose."
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An idea just came to me. Mount a mailbox (plastic would be quieter) onto your bike rack. Make it lockable. You could sling a set of panniers over it when you need it.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Completely off the topic I just started, but we have had a couple of nannies. The software of Care.com seems pretty much the same as a dating site. Like a dating site the nannies present themselves as a very limited number of characters. There's Mary Poppins and there's MPDG and there's Supernanny and there's Waldorf/Montessori/homeschooler. I joked with my wife that we should get a homewrecker... she didn't get it, I guess. :-D

Similarly, when we discussed getting an au pair I suggesting looking for a "what au pair". Wife was not amused.
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An idea just came to me. Mount a mailbox (plastic would be quieter) onto your bike rack. Make it lockable. You could sling a set of panniers over it when you need it.
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Agree about V-brakes. They are so ugly I never converted from cantis

These Cateye bottle cages are the only ugly things I'm willing to put on some of my bikes. But I've never found a cage that did a better job of holding a water bottle in the rough stuff!



I actually thought Thomson seatposts were ugly when I first saw them. But I've grown to love them.
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Pretty much every Primal Wear jersey is ugly, but I couldn't tell you if they work great because they are so ugly I would never try one.
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Similarly, when we discussed getting an au pair I suggesting looking for a "what au pair". Wife was not amused.
During the summer of '88 I dated a 20 y.o. Swedish au pair. She was gorgeous, and she was prone to wearing tank tops but not bras. At the end of the summer I went to law school and she went back home. I visited her that Christmas and was dismayed to discover that she was the ugliest girl in Sweden.
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Ugly is best. For me its like art. You woudn't buy a picture of a perfect lady. But look at Mona Lisa. Everybody is on about her.
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I run the M530 pedals on pretty well everything - sure wish they would offer them in polished aluminum for use on road bikes. Just look so ugly on a road bike.

Disassemble a pair and polish them.
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