Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > General Cycling Discussion
Reload this Page >

Worst brand name to put on my bike?

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

Worst brand name to put on my bike?

Old 03-24-16, 09:40 AM
  #51  
Korina
Happy banana slug
 
Korina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Arcata, California, U.S., North America, Earth, Saggitarius Arm, Milky Way
Posts: 1,114

Bikes: 1992 Specialized Rockhopper Sport, 2016 Giant Liv Rove Lite, 2004 Giant OCR1, 1995 Trek Singletrack 930 1988 Specialized Rockhopper Comp (frame)

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 392 Post(s)
Liked 39 Times in 32 Posts
Originally Posted by ironwood View Post
Worst name? Probably "Bin Laden"; or "Daesh". However they might get you shot.
Nah, what'll get you shot is Spanish for 'Popemobile'.
Korina is offline  
Old 03-24-16, 02:07 PM
  #52  
MR BIG STUFF
Senior Member
 
MR BIG STUFF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Pennsylvania Avenue
Posts: 192

Bikes: 95 Cindercone

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You won't fool a bike thief with stickers. They'll see the components and know that is not a cheap bike.
MR BIG STUFF is offline  
Old 03-24-16, 02:12 PM
  #53  
Trakhak
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 1,708
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 366 Post(s)
Liked 16 Times in 11 Posts
The assumption that bike thieves care about brand names has led to a lot of rude awakenings.

If it were me, I'd wrap the frame tubing in the spare tubes that I'd be carrying anyway. And let it get and stay dirty.

But I'd still assume that any bike would be stolen if left unattended for 10 seconds in any city or town.
Trakhak is offline  
Old 03-24-16, 04:59 PM
  #54  
AlexCyclistRoch
The Infractionator
 
AlexCyclistRoch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Rochester, NY
Posts: 2,208

Bikes: Classic road bikes: 1986 Cannondale, 1978 Trek

Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 875 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You know, your moniker here sounds awful enough if you try to say it out loud.....
AlexCyclistRoch is offline  
Old 03-24-16, 05:50 PM
  #55  
T Stew
Senior Member
 
T Stew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Central Ohio
Posts: 865

Bikes: All 80s Schwinns: 88Prologue, 88Circuit, 88Ontare, 88KOM, 86SS, 88Tempo, 88V'ger, 80V'ger, 88LeTour, 82LTLuxeMixte, 87 Cimarron, 86H.Sierra, 92Paramount9c

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 187 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
The assumption that bike thieves care about brand names has led to a lot of rude awakenings.

If it were me, I'd wrap the frame tubing in the spare tubes that I'd be carrying anyway. And let it get and stay dirty.

But I'd still assume that any bike would be stolen if left unattended for 10 seconds in any city or town.
Like I said earlier the only bike I've ever had stolen was a cheap used department store mountain bike my parents got me in Jr High and it was stolen many years later while I was in college. IIRC it was a Murray.

As an aside I often go to the park here to run, and leave my bike in the bike rack by the trail unlocked while I run. I like just traveling light with no gear so I usually don't bring a lock. I only paid $80 for it so I won't cry if it gets stolen but seems no one wants a mid/lower end 80's bike that really looks 80's even though it's in very nice shape. I wouldn't try that in a city though, I'm fortunate to leave in a rural area with just a small town nearby.
T Stew is offline  
Old 03-24-16, 08:44 PM
  #56  
ramzilla
Senior Member
 
ramzilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: 10% Atlanta GA 90% Fernandina FL
Posts: 2,465

Bikes: Vintage Japanese Bicycles

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 396 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 7 Times in 6 Posts
Take a big steaming dump on the seat and, nobody will get near it. Or, leave a couple of dripping used condoms hanging from the grips. Maybe an aids infected syringe strategically placed on the handlebars. Or what the hell, eat a big pile of Italian food and barf all over the bike. Nobody will get within a mile of it after that.
ramzilla is offline  
Old 03-25-16, 08:41 AM
  #57  
JustAName
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 35
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
+1.
+2 or 3 in case anyone else +'d this already.


Just put in big words "Made in China".
Nobody will touch that garbage.
JustAName is offline  
Old 03-25-16, 11:00 AM
  #58  
no motor?
Senior Member
 
no motor?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 6,083

Bikes: Specialized Hardrock

Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 952 Post(s)
Liked 55 Times in 42 Posts
Originally Posted by Trueblood View Post
Bikey McBikeface
I like that!
no motor? is offline  
Old 03-25-16, 11:31 AM
  #59  
Hyperventilate
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 28
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
vehicle movement is monitored by CIA drone & satellite
Hyperventilate is offline  
Old 03-25-16, 12:30 PM
  #60  
WizardOfBoz
Generally bewildered
 
WizardOfBoz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Eastern PA, USA
Posts: 1,866

Bikes: 2014 Trek Domane 6.9, 1999 LeMond Zurich, 1978 Schwinn Superior

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 657 Post(s)
Liked 27 Times in 23 Posts
How about naming it a Hitler Reichmeister?
Or maybe the Pinochet Desaparecidos?

Unfortunately, I think some people would find that appealing. It's sad that this is so. But as offensive as decals like this would be, I agree with the comment above: thieves will see through the ruse. Especially if the "Huffy" has a Campy Super Record groupset and Bora Ultra 80 wheels.

Last edited by WizardOfBoz; 03-25-16 at 12:49 PM.
WizardOfBoz is offline  
Old 04-22-16, 10:17 PM
  #61  
pataspen
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 102
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 10 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
OK, that took forever. I got busy with other projects, but finally got around to putting some stickers on my bike.

I liked the Huffy idea, but I'm not sure Huffy is well known outside the USA. La Policia sounded like fun, but I didn't want to piss off any real policias.

So I went with a company known world wide for having low prices... some might say the purveyor of junk. I know these stores can be found everywhere.

Will it actually deter a thief? I seriously doubt it, but it has generated a few chuckles from folks who see it.

I'm off to Mexico on Wednesday and then start pedaling towards Tierra del Fuego. Hopefully the bike (and me) make it.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
IMG_6886.jpg (79.7 KB, 35 views)
File Type: jpg
IMG_6884.jpg (97.2 KB, 39 views)
pataspen is offline  
Old 04-22-16, 10:29 PM
  #62  
Dave Cutter
Senior Member
 
Dave Cutter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: D'uh... I am a Cutter
Posts: 6,195

Bikes: '17 Access Old Turnpike Gravel bike, '14 Trek 1.1, '13 Cannondale CAAD 10, '98 CAD 2, R300

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1569 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 Posts
G. P. Huffman
Dave Cutter is offline  
Old 04-23-16, 07:14 AM
  #63  
Areion
Road Rider
 
Areion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Vermont, USA
Posts: 33

Bikes: Refurbished 1986 Vitus 979, 1978 Holdsworth, 1976 Fuji, 2012 Breezer Lightning Pro MTB

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
You could put something literally written in Chinese on the down tube. Most people will recognize Chinese characters, even if they don't know what they mean.
Areion is offline  
Old 04-23-16, 07:53 AM
  #64  
D1andonlyDman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Northern San Diego
Posts: 1,857

Bikes: mid 1980s De Rosa SL, 1985 Tommasini Super Prestige all Campy SR, 1992 Paramount PDG Series 7, 1997 Lemond Zurich, 1998 Trek Y-foil, 2006 Schwinn Super Sport GS, 2006 Specialized Hardrock Sport

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 58 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Since we're talking about Chinese Ti, I vote for "Assplode Special".
D1andonlyDman is offline  
Old 04-23-16, 09:12 AM
  #65  
Hoonigan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: San Diego
Posts: 115

Bikes: Litespeed M3, Trek Fuel EX7, Giant Defy 1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Magna. Or POS.
Hoonigan is offline  
Old 04-23-16, 10:36 AM
  #66  
Bluechip
Senior Member
 
Bluechip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Cypress TX
Posts: 1,143

Bikes: Salsa Fargo Ti, Cannondale CAAD9, Carbonello Fixed Gear, Specialized Epic Disc

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 1 Post
I went the other way. I have used the "Carbonello" name on my last two fixed gear builds. On the latest I even painted the frame a faux carbon fiber look. If you get close it looks pretty cheesy but from 10 feet it looks pretty good.

Bluechip is offline  
Old 04-23-16, 10:39 AM
  #67  
Bluechip
Senior Member
 
Bluechip's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Cypress TX
Posts: 1,143

Bikes: Salsa Fargo Ti, Cannondale CAAD9, Carbonello Fixed Gear, Specialized Epic Disc

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 21 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 1 Post
You could paint it with plasti dip paint. It will peel off with no residue after it has dried. It can last quite a while if you want it too. That's what I painted the above bike with.
Bluechip is offline  
Old 04-23-16, 10:59 AM
  #68  
Maelochs
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 11,525

Bikes: 2015 Workswell 066, 2014 Dawes Sheila, 1983 Cannondale 500, 1984 Raleigh Olympian, 2007 Cannondale Rize 4, 2017 Fuji Sportif 1 LE

Mentioned: 136 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5449 Post(s)
Liked 115 Times in 76 Posts
I looked at the OPs pics and I saw Wal-Mart ... and I also saw XT.

In the kind of places he is planning to ride, if it has tires on the rims it is thief-bait.
Maelochs is offline  
Old 04-23-16, 11:10 AM
  #69  
jefnvk
Senior Member
 
jefnvk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Metro Detroit/AA
Posts: 8,271

Bikes: 2016 Novara Mazama

Mentioned: 62 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3590 Post(s)
Liked 14 Times in 12 Posts
I've never understood this thought. Any random opportunist won't care if it is a $50 Huffy or a $6000 Cervelo, so long as they can quickly turn it around for a couple bucks or make use of it on their own. Any true bike thief will be able to spot the components, and barring that know that something that looks like an exotic metal and weights nothing is probably valuable. In any case, even what we'd consider a cheap fully loaded tourer in most parts of the world is going to be an expensive oddity worth grabbing if left unprotected.
jefnvk is offline  
Old 04-23-16, 03:55 PM
  #70  
Reynolds 
Passista
 
Reynolds's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 6,620

Bikes: 1998 Pinarello Asolo, 1992 KHS Montaña pro, 1980 Raleigh DL-1, IGH Hybrid, IGH Utility

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 462 Post(s)
Liked 24 Times in 20 Posts
OP, I know Argentina and have to tell you that while you probably won't have any problems in the country or small towns, if you leave that bike unlocked by day or locked overnight in the street in a big city it will be stolen, Wal-Mart or not (as it will probably in any big city in the world).
Reynolds is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
GriffontheRock
Forum Suggestions & User Assistance
2
08-20-13 10:26 PM
fthomas
Fifty Plus (50+)
8
10-22-09 10:17 PM
dauphin
Bicycle Mechanics
4
10-07-07 06:38 PM
sfnuop
Classic & Vintage
9
08-20-07 01:49 PM
mozzie_marshall
Bicycle Mechanics
3
03-17-05 01:58 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.