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Can a bike be too pretty to actually ride?

Old 02-21-21, 04:18 PM
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Can a bike be too pretty to actually ride?

I fear that my newly painted and updated bike is in fact to pretty to ride.

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Old 02-21-21, 04:29 PM
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Well, it would certainly be a waste for me to ride a pretty bike. At the end of each ride it would be a pretty hike covered with either dust or mud. OTOH, that looks like it should be out somewhere nicer, not stuck inside.

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Old 02-21-21, 04:42 PM
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When I got my new Gios Compact Pro, it did indeed look too pretty to ride. The beautiful blue paint, chrome stays. The gold hardware on the seat post clamp and derailleur hangers. The red-anodized Mavic Helium wheels went well with the blue paint, and the Campy Record Carbon components were beautiful. This was a team-issue bike, with one of the few carbon 9 speed kits produced.

It was pretty, but I rode it hard from day one, and 23 years later I am still riding it. It still looks pretty. I wish I was as pretty as I was 23 years ago.
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Old 02-21-21, 04:48 PM
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Can a bike be to pretty to actually ride?


No.

And a bike canít be too pretty to ride, either.

btw: just personal opinion, but there is too much Celeste going on there. Need more contrast with some different bar tape and/or bottle cages.
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Old 02-21-21, 04:52 PM
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No fenders"? One 40 mile ride right after the first rain in weeks will solve your issues fast! (I raced a silver-grey metal flake painted bike. I loved that it didn't show dirt. I used to get compliments on how clean I kept it when I'd just done that ride that morning.)
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Old 02-21-21, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
I fear that my newly painted and updated bike is in fact to pretty to ride.

good looking
Buy another, one to ride and one to hang on the wall.

Problem solved.
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Old 02-21-21, 05:01 PM
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No, not too pretty to ride, but too pretty trash, that they can be.

My wife just the other day dropped a ladder and dented the rear, vinyl-wrapped fender on a bike I was kind of obsessing over keeping pretty and new. I won’t even post an “after” pic because it still is too painful to face!


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Old 02-21-21, 05:33 PM
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no personally owned bicycle is too pretty, rare, or unique to ride.
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Old 02-21-21, 05:37 PM
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Can a bike be to pretty to actually ride?
Only if it is going to a museum.

I'm usually relieved when anything new gets it's first scratch or ding. Then I can stop worrying.
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Old 02-21-21, 05:54 PM
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The microshift and thick slicks bring it back into reality. It is like seeing someone out of the corner of your eye and saying "woah" and then actually getting a proper look and you say "well not bad but not what I first saw". It needs more silver components, some polished bits and matching brakes. Also tan wall tan wall and tan wall, thick slicks are for the kids who just bought their first "fixie gear, bro". Also a silver polished headset or more gold details would be nice. Also no quick release on the seatpost.

It is a neat bike and probably is a great ride but just doesn't quite do it in the looks department for me but that doesn't matter so long as you enjoy it and ride the crap out of it.
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Old 02-21-21, 06:02 PM
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That bike? Negatory, Big Ben.

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I actually like a bit of patina on the items I own as it shows I've actually used them. Every ding or scratch has its own little story. While I try and care for my items so they can keep doing their job, I accept that through the course of use accidents happen. In the end, it's just an item and my items don't own me.
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Old 02-21-21, 06:50 PM
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I’m sure it’s possible, but I certainly haven’t seen it yet.
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Old 02-21-21, 07:23 PM
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too pretty to ride? yes, but if you can afford a Hetchins, then you will be too busy at work to ride it anyway so the problem solves itself.
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Old 02-21-21, 07:32 PM
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"Pretty" is, after all, in the eye of the beholder. I agree with the above comments - the black bars, black brakes, black stem and black rims over power the Celeste green and seem out of place on that frame. For a classic color like Celeste you want silver. Ride it - it's not a museum piece and you're not trying to preserve the original condition so who cares?

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Old 02-21-21, 07:47 PM
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Originally Posted by cjenrick View Post
too pretty to ride? yes, but if you can afford a Hetchins, then you will be too busy at work to ride it anyway so the problem solves itself.
MMMMMMMMMmmmmmmm...Hetchins. They did some of the prettiest lug work back in the day and those s-bend stay always get me.
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Old 02-21-21, 08:01 PM
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I fear that my newly painted and updated bike is in fact to pretty to ride.

good looking
this is why Iím so conflicted about buying a Colnago Master for my next significant birthday. Itís the antithesis of my current unpainted Ti ride which has no finish to ding
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Old 02-21-21, 08:54 PM
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this is why Iím so conflicted about buying a Colnago Master for my next significant birthday. Itís the antithesis of my current unpainted Ti ride which has no finish to ding
this is my Ti mega tube circa 1996....
canti's...bike is a blast.
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Old 02-21-21, 08:57 PM
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"You ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright." - The Boss

Drop the thickslick solid tires, shorten the front brake cable past the bolt, and use matching brakes(v plus canti?). Black bottle cages would be better too..

Even then, I wouldn't ever view that as too pretty to ride, but it'd be closer to that point for sure.
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Old 02-21-21, 08:58 PM
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Musicians worked this out long ago. "A musician is a person who puts a $10000 instrument in a $1000 car and drives 100 miles to play for 10 bucks."
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Nice. Mine's too ugly to ride.
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My recommendation: buy more bikes. I have two bikes I categorically refuse to take out in bad weather. Mainly because they're just too pretty and too expensive to destroy. My other bikes? Happy to thrash them through gritty snow, deep puddles and mud bogs, don't mind the scratches, noises and general wear.
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Old 02-21-21, 09:20 PM
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Alternate title for this thread:

"Beauty is in the ey of the beholder"

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beauty cannot be judged objectively, for what one person finds beautiful or admirable may not appeal to another.
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Yeah. Why not just sit on the sofa and look at it. No worries. It's all good. (Sorry.........You're not gaining any points here).
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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
"You ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright." - The Boss

Drop the thickslick solid tires, shorten the front brake cable past the bolt, and use matching brakes(v plus canti?). Black bottle cages would be better too..

Even then, I wouldn't ever view that as too pretty to ride, but it'd be closer to that point for sure.
the tires have real life purpose nyc rides and dirt road rides.
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