Author Topic: The fugly bike thread  (Read 13122 times)

Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #75 on: September 24, 2014, 05:37:01 pm »
Got to be a joke, surely?
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #76 on: September 24, 2014, 07:12:15 pm »
Produced as a concept bike for a cycle show. As long as it gets press coverage, job's a good 'un.

Specialized regularly does concept bikes too.
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Kim

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #77 on: September 24, 2014, 08:41:51 pm »
I don't see how it balances?
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #78 on: September 24, 2014, 08:59:36 pm »
It isn't meant to be ridden, only photographed. Some show bikes are rideable, this one isn't.
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Kim

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #79 on: September 24, 2014, 09:00:47 pm »
So it's literally a bicycle shaped object?  *boggle*
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #80 on: September 24, 2014, 09:08:16 pm »
Well, it certainly isn't a bicycle. It has 5 wheels.
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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #81 on: September 24, 2014, 10:21:34 pm »
And I'm struggling with "shaped". Congealed perhaps. But "object" I concede.

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #82 on: September 25, 2014, 05:02:19 pm »
A car crash of a bicycle, so to speak.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #83 on: September 25, 2014, 05:43:33 pm »
Well, it certainly isn't a bicycle. It has 5 wheels.
Or one wheel and four castors.
I do not ride a great big Mercian, gangster tanwalls, fixed cog in the back.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #84 on: September 25, 2014, 07:21:27 pm »
And there was me thinking that a castor was a wheel on a swivel...
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clarion

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #85 on: September 25, 2014, 09:47:16 pm »
And there was me thinking that a castor was a wheel on a swivel...
Nah, that's just pollux.
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #86 on: September 25, 2014, 10:21:23 pm »
Still, steering with castors will get the rider Roman all over the road.
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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #87 on: September 27, 2014, 01:47:55 pm »
They even bent the cranks.

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #88 on: September 28, 2014, 08:05:35 pm »
Don't know about Peroni but I'm thinking the designer or the frame builder was pissed!

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Kim

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #89 on: September 28, 2014, 10:29:39 pm »
Good to see they incorporated a milk bottle holder though...
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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #90 on: September 29, 2014, 09:59:51 am »
They even bent the cranks.



Has that been crashed?
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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #91 on: September 29, 2014, 10:38:50 am »
They even bent the cranks.



Has that been crashed?

No, somebody fired a shrink ray at the front end, and then changed the bars.

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #92 on: September 29, 2014, 10:47:47 am »
I quite like that, but then I was riding at the time it was produced (at a guess 1979/1980). I think context needs to be considered when classifying a bike as fugly.
It would be improved by putting some air in the tyres.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #93 on: September 29, 2014, 11:12:44 am »
What, apart from looks, is the point of the L-shaped cranks?
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #94 on: September 29, 2014, 11:32:15 am »
People who didn't understand leverage thought it eliminated the 'dead spots' at top and bottom dead centre. This enriched those companies making L-shaped and curved cranks. That sentence is the point of the cranks.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #95 on: September 30, 2014, 12:20:17 pm »
I'm never quite sure whether I understand these things or not*  :-\  :-[ but surely the lever is from pedal to BB, the same regardless of fancy shaped cranks? So all it does is add material (and coolness and a corner to possibly fracture at, oh and of course £$)? Those cranks also look very long, but maybe that's just the photo.

*I wished I'd realised in the past, at school, that physics could be interesting and useful. I suppose I could always blame my teachers.
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Re: The fugly bike thread
« Reply #96 on: September 30, 2014, 12:44:56 pm »
You understand correctly.

Don't know about the length.  It is possible they made the long bit of the L a normal crank length I suppose.  All depends how they intended the pseudo-scientific marketing diagrams to look.  They wouldn't have been able to make it much longer, because the engineers would be well aware it had to work reasonably too.