Author Topic: Can you love a fugly bike?  (Read 1568 times)

fboab

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Can you love a fugly bike?
« on: July 22, 2020, 11:50:48 am »
I need1 a new bike. I've seen one that's super cheap, in my size, all the right parts.

However.
That colour scheme.

Would I learn to love it? Or would I be constantly reminded that it's not quite right.

There aren't actually a lot of bikes out there, compared to normal. Would it always feel like a poor compromise?

1: "Need" - of course I don't. Just want.
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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2020, 11:57:13 am »
Does "super cheap" leave room in the budget for a re-spray?

Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2020, 11:59:34 am »
What about a new paint job? If the bike is perfect for you, except for the color, maybe an extra £100 would make it really really perfect?

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2020, 12:50:42 pm »
Would it always feel like a poor compromise?
In my experience, yes.
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fboab

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2020, 12:54:07 pm »
This isn't some heritage 853 steel thing. It's brand new, modern and aluminium.

Respray would be like painting tiles. (Yes it can be done, but it's naff and not worthwhile).
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2020, 12:57:35 pm »
Do you need to love it or will needing it be enough?
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fboab

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2020, 01:00:04 pm »
I love all my current bikes. (Although unlike children, I do have favourites).

I think I need to love it.
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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2020, 01:01:09 pm »
Plus when you're on it it'd be mostly other people seeing it.

Then again I've been put off a few bike with offset top tube/seat stays and the same argument applies there.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2020, 01:03:43 pm »
I love all my current bikes. (Although unlike children, I do have favourites).

I think I need to love it.
Then I think you've answered your question. Then again, "a face only a mother could love" leads naturally to "a mother could love even that face".
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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2020, 02:43:40 pm »
Plus when you're on it it'd be mostly other people seeing it.

Nah! That's not true! We all know that red bicycles are faster.

Seriously, I'm sure that some colour schemes are a source of motivation for riding further and faster. It's certainly just another variation on the placebo effect, but placebo effect often has a real influence on our lives.

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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2020, 02:46:59 pm »
"Don't knock the placebo effect, it's still an effect," as the OP herself has been known to say.
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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2020, 04:20:33 pm »
Not loving it makes it easier to part with if you realise you don't "need" it or someone else decides they do.

Being fugly doesn't help with selling of course, unless you find someone who likes that sort of thing.

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2020, 06:12:25 pm »
Plus when you're on it it'd be mostly other people seeing it.

Nah! That's not true! We all know that red bicycles are faster.


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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2020, 06:59:28 pm »
So - I'm in the privileged position of having seen The Item.

If the colour scheme was called "Tequila Sunrise revisited", that wouldn't be any surprise. By "revisited", think "pavement", although for balance, it's no Audax UK jersey, so it's not *that* bad.

Given the intended usage of the bike - I'm not sure I could stare at that for n-hours at a time (where "n" might be considered a Large Number).

ETA: We'd need to make room in the garage for YAB.

ETA2: Though we could make some room with fewer light bulbs.

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2020, 07:54:21 pm »
In one word - NO
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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2020, 08:31:55 am »

ETA: We'd need to make room in the garage for YAB.

Now is a good time to buy a new house with a larger garage.

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2020, 08:21:41 am »
I’ve got a slightly weird liking for having things that are camouflaged good things. If you’ve got the legs, being able to coast along with someone on a £10,000 Pinarello when you are on a fugly bike can be very satisfying.
I had a bike that appeared to be a Halfords special Falcon, down to all the graphics. It was actually a PMS Falcon 753 Dolan built frame. One of Shane Sutton’s spares. It always amused me.

fboab

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2020, 10:28:47 am »
I found some other things wrong with it and bought a pretty one instead.

^^super shallow  :facepalm:
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ElyDave

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2020, 12:29:31 pm »
I found some other things wrong with it and bought a pretty one instead.

^^super shallow  :facepalm:

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2020, 11:48:09 pm »
I found some other things wrong with it and bought a pretty one instead.

^^super shallow  :facepalm:

But of course you did, nothing to be ashamed about. Boys don't have the monopoly on looking at (and buying) pretty things.

(Of course the cool thing is liking the pretty thing and getting the boy/dad to buy it; I'm a dad with daughters DAHIKT  :facepalm: )

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2020, 10:57:37 pm »
I found some other things wrong with it and bought a pretty one instead.

^^super shallow  :facepalm:
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fboab

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #21 on: July 28, 2020, 10:26:17 am »
... Arriving Friday...
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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #22 on: July 28, 2020, 10:33:28 am »

ElyDave

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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #23 on: July 29, 2020, 10:41:06 am »
Purple - Cools  8)
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Re: Can you love a fugly bike?
« Reply #24 on: July 30, 2020, 12:55:25 am »
The tension of anticipation in the household  becomes more palpable with each passing day  :D :thumbsup: