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Old 10-08-18, 03:54 PM
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Most uncomfortable bike you have experienced?

Saw a thread about most comfortable bike owned, figured should have on for the most uncomfortable. Assuming the bike is/was properly fitted, what is the most uncomfortable bike you have experienced?

Without a doubt the 1986 Miyata Team is it. Great crit bike, but on 100 mile rides it was a stiff sucker. Wish I still had it just to remind myself once in a while that not all steel bikes are a guarantee for comfort!
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Mine would be my first mountain bike used as a mountain bike. It was a 1989 Jamis Diablo rigid 26er with 1.95" tires and cantilever brakes.

I ended up not mountain biking on it much and converted it to more of an all-purpose bike (winter bike for the roads, gravel/hybrid bike.) It was great for that.
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Specialized Roubaix Comp., felt like I was riding a Prince tennis racket ...but I'm not a fan of FC bikes.
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A road bike. Once. I owned a bike with drop handlebars... once.

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Way wrong size, to big or too small, but as a mechanic,
after finishing the repair or assembly, I have to test ride it.


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You asked, one of these...
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For me, it wasn't a bike but the saddle. Before ending up with an ISM Prologue (now called a PL1.1), I tried a Brooks B17 saddle. Most uncomfortable, painful rides I have ever been on.
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I had a Gary fisher marlin I could not get rid of fast enough. I just couldn’t make it work for me.
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I've had uncomfortable saddles and bars, but haven't found a bike that I couldn't fix with the right saddle or bars (and maybe a stem). Maybe I haven't looked hard enough.
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Specialized Alibi, if you haven't tried one you will find quickly it is the most uncomfortable bike. Solid rock hard rubber tires with a stiff aluminum frame and a cheap hi-ten fork. The position on the bike is fine if you like upright but the actual bike is garbage. Now I can say if they put these tires on a full suspension downhill bike with suspension stem and a Kinekt or even Thudbuster seatpost and ran it on the road it would be fine but the massive weight would make it impractical. There is a reason John Dunlap back in the 1800s invented the pneumatic tire and a good reason why it still exists today.

At some of our shops we display some bikes outside and then bring them in at night and even just pushing the bike lightly over the not so bad parking lot you could feel every little thing and then actually riding it was never good. It would also suck hard if you got a flat spot from like a skid or something like that.

My Langster back in the 23mm tire days was not the most comfortable bike I own but when it ran with 28s it was a bit better.
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Old 10-10-18, 12:08 AM
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A cheap hybrid I rented in a town with minimal options. I was doing pavement riding, so the hybrid with its heavy cheap wheels and squishy fat tires made the handling unresponsive and imprecise. The boat-anchor suspension fork did nothing except add two pounds of useless weight, and made the handling even worse.

I have nothing but drop-bar bikes, so I wasn't expecting what would happen when riding a flat bar: after 10 miles, my hands and wrists were numb. With only one hand position, there was no relief.

The saddle was way too wide for long-ride comfort. I may have felt plush right away, but after a few miles my thighs were getting rubbed raw from the 'matron seat'.

this was the first bike I'd ridden in which the bars were higher than the saddle; the low weight on the front wheel resulted in truly scary high-speed instability. At about 30mph, I had to feather off speed while praying.

Bad bad bad.
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It would take me a little bit to remember all the bikes I've owned. I never had one that fit properly that was "uncomfortable". Times are changing. Someday a road bike will be uncomfortable if it doesn't have dual suspension and 50c tires.
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I've never

had an uncomfortable bike that I can recall. Strange, but I think that I start out with an idea of what kind of bike I would be happy riding. I find that type of bike. I've ridden dozens. Many dozens. All of them have been fine.

On a vacation at my sister's home in Tampa, I borrowed my brother-in-law's Trek hybrid, which was one size too small. I made it work for a week of trail riding there. It wasn't great. Then again, not the kind of bike I would choose to ride. So, there's that...
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'98 Specialized Rockhopper... my first real mountain bike. The frame was too big... my fault not Specialized.
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Not my bike, but I recently was helping a neighborhood kid with his bike. The saddle clamp was bent to hell and non-functional, so I just pulled the whole seatpost and suggested that he leave the bike in my garage until I could find a replacement in the right size. "No," he said, "I need this bike to get around the neighborhood."

For the next few days, while I was scrounging up his new seatpost, I would pass him on the street riding his bike...And I would shout "Remember: don't sit down!" THAT would've been uncomfortable.
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It's a toss up between a Cannondale 2.8 R900 and a Schwinn Montague folding bike. The R900 was a much better bike but the placement of the seat stays and the cantilevered dropouts made for an incredibly stiff ride. It sprinted nicely but beat the crap out of me on long rides.

The Montague was just an awful bike all around. It was heavy because of the folding ability. The bike wallowed in corners, wallowed on climbs and didn't do all that well on straight sections. It also has the distinction of being the bike had the longest with the least amount of miles. I owned it for 16 years and put 420 miles on it. I even ran it into the back of a car outside the White House.
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My Raleigh Talus.. heavy, stiff, mean.
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Schwinn Stingray.

Anything with gaspipe frame frame or stamped dropouts or coaster brake or Ashtabula crank arms.
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Cannondale Criterium 105. That thing killed. I still have the frame that I cannibalized.
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Believe it or not, my Challenge Fujin SLII recumbent. With the superman/open cockpit style bars, I didn't like it right off the bat. Also, the original owner went to an aluminum fork with rim brakes, and the rim brakes kept hitting my right knee area, leaving with week long bruises. Even after switching to tweener bars and a disk brake, this wasn't as fun, fast, or smooth as my Baron.
Sold it a few months ago and don't really miss it.

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[QUOTE=CroMo Mike;20611436]
Schwinn Stingray.

Anything with gaspipe frame frame or stamped dropouts or coaster brake or Ashtabula crank arms.
But ironically these are the features of the original "comfort" bikes. You know the one kids used to deliver papers. Now called Beach cruisers. Bike omfort depends on what you use it for
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The most uncomfortable bike i have ever rode on was a 2019 Giant TCR Advanced Pro 0 and 1 (i think these bikes are for professional racers and since i am not so i found them to be extremely excruciating to ride). A Giant bike shop made me rode them before i went out on the 2018 Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1 (thank God he did because i fell in love with it). I didn't like the Liv models because i don't like being told to buy them because they are made for women.
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I would generally say it is the last bike I just sold. But I did own a Marin Bear Vally rigid MTB for a while, and it was brutal. I was also a bit of a newbie, and pumped my tires up to the MAX pressure, caus that's what the tire said. I blame my back issues on that bike! Or possibly the other 500 things that my chiropractor said I've done that I shouldn't have done...
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Whatever bike I was riding when the seatpost broke.
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