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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby find_bruce » Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:22 pm

How about a triplet even the Goodies wouldn't ride ?
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If the all over the place tubes and butt ugly seat covers weren't enough, check out the front forks and ahem brakes
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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby duds2u » Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:41 pm

Yeah, but it appears to be matt black and the No 2 peddler has a bell as well just in case the driver doesn't see the ped. :lol:
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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby Hotdog » Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:53 am

I like the contrast of having three different types of pedals on one bike, and the coordinated rust coloured chains and handlebars. :D
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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby ZepinAtor » Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:17 am

Dual front brakes...thumbs up for that one.

Rear brake in the hands of the third rider...skids on every corner.
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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby Marto » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:40 am

Ha ha - every rider has a role on that triplet, but they all get the same seat cover.

From a gold mine of over-engineering and ugly, the left-handed cyclist:

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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby Nobody » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:47 am

ZepinAtor wrote:Dual front brakes...thumbs up for that one.

Rear brake in the hands of the third rider...skids on every corner.
That's because the captain doesn't have three hands. He needs both for the front brakes. Maybe it would benefit from dual slidepad brakes. Expect to see them on some Jamis 2013 models.
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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby il padrone » Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:30 am

ZepinAtor wrote:Dual front brakes...thumbs up for that one.

Rear brake in the hands of the third rider...skids on every corner.

The braking system effectiveness of a tandem or triplet is very different to that of a single bike. There is less advantage for front braking over rear braking, as the bike is so long that you don't get noticeable weight shift across the wheels, and the rear wheel (when ridden with two) is always well-loaded. You'd be extremely unlikely to skid the rear wheel! The normal additional braking used for tandems is a rear wheel drum (a drum is better than a disc due to lower heat build-up in the larger mass of the drum). A drum brake can be used as a drag-brake on long descents. I operate mine using an old friction gear shift lever.

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Dual rim-brakes on the front wheel would concern me. A significant risk for tandems is tyre blowouts, because on any long descent there is a very real risk of rim overheating and tyre failure. Rather my rear tyre to blow than the front.
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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby il padrone » Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:22 am

Beauty in the eye of the beholder I guess. It seems very well engineered.




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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby fatherofmany » Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:40 pm

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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby longbody » Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:38 pm

Now these are ugly:

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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby JV911 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:29 am

isn't this Moser's hour record bike?

ugly but fast

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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby find_bruce » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:05 pm

JV911 wrote:isn't this Moser's hour record bike?

ugly but fast

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It's is similar, but being a track bike, Moser's hour record bike didn't have brakes nor gears.

More likely to be a time trial bike - see http://www.flickr.com/photos/11521783@N ... otostream/

But you are still right, ugly but fast
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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby JV911 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:37 pm

find_bruce wrote:It's is similar, but being a track bike, Moser's hour record bike didn't have brakes nor gears.


Of course. How silly of me :oops:
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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby Mulger bill » Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:57 pm

find_bruce wrote:More likely to be a time trial bike -

But you are still right, ugly but fast


Isn't that the core design parameter for ALL TT bikes?
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Re: Ugly Bikes

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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby jasonc » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:33 am

Parrott wrote:Yuk :shock:

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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby find_bruce » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:33 am

Marto wrote:It's back is broken!
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What's with the seat?
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Looking to add to your collection of ugly bikes, fleabay is your friend.

As voted by Marto back on page 3, you choose from the broken back bikemaster starting at just $25
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or the "ready anytime" Giant Revive optimistically priced at $150
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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby il padrone » Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:26 pm

Some people say a Rohloff IGH is ugly and agricultural!


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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby Trev Campbell » Tue Jul 24, 2012 8:38 am

longbody wrote:Now these are ugly:

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I think I remeber seeing this one on telly. Didn't this guy try to set a new bicycle land speed record. It got towed up to a certain speed by a speically designed dragster and then released
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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby Aushiker » Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:40 am

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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby jasonc » Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:06 pm

am probably going to get reamed for this, but this posted in the bike gallery thread

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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby find_bruce » Tue Jul 24, 2012 2:52 pm

jasonc wrote:am probably going to get reamed for this, but this posted in the bike gallery thread

It may not be to your taste, nor mine, but this scoot is the pride & joy of a new member here. Besides you could have linked to pretty much any Kestral triathalon bike to make the point.

Beside like Mulger Bill said, ugly but fast is the core design parameter for ALL TT bikes.
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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby jasonc » Tue Jul 24, 2012 3:29 pm

find_bruce wrote:
jasonc wrote:am probably going to get reamed for this, but this posted in the bike gallery thread

It may not be to your taste, nor mine, but this scoot is the pride & joy of a new member here. Besides you could have linked to pretty much any Kestral triathalon bike to make the point.

Beside like Mulger Bill said, ugly but fast is the core design parameter for ALL TT bikes.


absolutely. But this thread is about Ugly bikes. I see that and thought of this thread instantly. If you wish me to remove/modify my post, I will.
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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby il padrone » Tue Jul 24, 2012 5:54 pm

Trev Campbell wrote:
longbody wrote:Now these are ugly:

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I think I remeber seeing this one on telly. Didn't this guy try to set a new bicycle land speed record. It got towed up to a certain speed by a speically designed dragster and then released

Didn't 'try', he succeeded. John Howard :mrgreen: , US Olympic medalist, was towed up to about 60mph (100kmh) and then set a new bicycle (motor-paced) speed record of 152mph (244kmh :shock: )

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Re: Ugly Bikes

Postby il padrone » Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:19 pm

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