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What's the worst bicycle you ever owned?

Old 09-15-20, 07:18 AM
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I replaced my Varsity with a Bianchi as soon as imported bikes started to become available, and I could afford to, because a lot of things sucked about the Varsity.

However, without the Varsity basically creating the market for adult bikes in the U.S., I may never have been exposed to road bikes, and the Bike Boom which brought lightweight imports that replaced the Varsity may have never occurred.

So the electro forged 41 pound boat anchor with Ashtabula crank, and steel rims, ends up being the ”best” bike for me personally, and arguably for all of us, because we wouldn’t be here without it.
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Old 09-15-20, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by fujidon View Post
I have that very bike and haven't noticed any sort of wobble. Maybe it was something specific to your bike... or maybe it's because I rarely go much faster 30mph
Likely something specific to Johnny V, ( or some difference between you and Johnny V). Speed wobbles are the result of oscillation at a resonant frequency. You have to have the right conditions for it to occur. So while some bikes tend to be more prone to the wobbles, whether your bike does, depends on a lot of factors, including your weight, and position on the bike, grip, speed, etc.

So that exact bike could wobble horribly for one rider and not at all for another.
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Old 09-15-20, 08:30 AM
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RE: GMC Denali

Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
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I had the GMC Denali. The frame was built like a tank, which I liked, because it could take a bit of a beating. It wasn't uncomfortable to ride. The components were garbage but I was going to replace them out, in a piecemeal fashion. That didn't work out sadly. I still wanted to rebuild the bike, but had to leave it behind when I moved. It wasn't the worst bike I ever road though. It served it purpose...no hate towards you. I knew what I was getting into and dealt with the issues as they came up.
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Old 09-15-20, 06:32 PM
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Sears "Free Spirit"... I actually raced it when I was 13 or so... today that would be deemed child abuse. The bike weighed 1/3 of my weight 30 lbs to my 90... ugh..
Every bike since was incrementally better but only slightly it was painful, bike by bike rise to a pretty fine 30 year old Rossin, which is still great.
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Old 09-16-20, 01:47 AM
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The BMX I used to bike to school and deliver papers had no brakes (I went through a lot of shoes slowing down on the hills).

Everything else since has been a luxury.
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Old 09-16-20, 03:40 AM
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I cannot think of a "worst bike" I have ever owned. The bike I have owned, and still do, that I least like riding is my Orbea Avant. It is a nice bike, great looking, decent components, but I just do not like riding it. I had to try a CF bike, and this is the one I chose, partly because of the sale price when I purchase it. I do not like how noisy it is. The CF frame seems to reverberate whatever noise comes from the drive train, wheels, etc. It drives me crazy. I also find it rough riding and uncomfortable, I rode it yesterday, only 23 miles, and thought to myself that it just may be the last time I ride it.
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Old 09-16-20, 02:46 PM
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My worst bike - Raleigh Seneca mountain bike (1985). The bike had steel bullmoose handlebars that transmitted so much buzzy vibration to my hands that they would become numb. Once the bars and were replaced with an aluminum stem and aluminum bars the bike was okay.
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Old 09-16-20, 05:08 PM
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Technically, it must be the junky Magna I rode around the yard as a kid. As an adult, it must be the Fuji Cross Pro I had as my first "real" bike, which wasn't terrible but was worse than the TCR Alliance, S1, P2, and R2, so it gets the "worst" label. None was truly "bad", though.
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Old 09-16-20, 09:43 PM
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In 1994 I lived in Beijing for three months. I bought a few of the basic bikes everyone rode around so I could tour the city on weekends. Beyond bad but was fun to be riding in the pack as there were very few cars and millions on bikes. I think the brand was Pigeon. So much fun.
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Old 09-17-20, 09:28 AM
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I wouldn't say worst bike I've owned but more in the sense of least liked was the 2012 Cervelo S5. Prior to that, I had a '09 S2, then a '10 S2 so I was expecting the S5 to be all that and then some. Unfortunately it wasn't and within 3 months, I sold it.
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Old 09-18-20, 08:08 AM
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I have a $65 single speed (fixed/freewheel flip-flop hub) I bought from Target years ago. It's ugly and it's a boat anchor and it's the worst bike I've ever owned. And I still love it.
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Old 09-18-20, 06:41 PM
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A 1999 Gary Fisher Kai-Tai MTB. Quality-wise it was very good but I just could never dial it in so I was comfortable with the geometry. I rode it a lot though with lots of great times on singletrack and mountain trails. I was always fiddling with the saddle and stem adjustments.

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Old 09-19-20, 02:39 PM
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Setting aside the no bad bikes viewpoint, my worst bike would have to have been a Lambert with the death fork.


they had nice adds though.


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Old 09-22-20, 09:11 AM
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My dad bought himself a Sears Free Spirit three speed from Sears. It had a Shimano three speed hub and handbrakes front and rear. It was a cheaper version of a Raleigh Sport. I ended up riding it way more than he ever did. The only complaint I had with the bike is that the frame was flexible. Really flexible. It did not have lugs and looked like the tubes were just press fit together. They were probably brazed, but this was not as strong as a fillet braze or lugs.

Despite that, I rode that bike all over. No problem with the hub, the brakes or wheels going out of true. I ended up removing the fenders and painting the frame blue from a Duplicolor car paint spray can. Then rode it a bunch more.
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Old 09-23-20, 11:38 AM
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I was a bike mechanic in my young days. I worked on a few Tyler kids' bikes. Tyler is a Polish brand. I guess they chose the name to make it sound appealing. The steel they used for nuts and bolts was soft, so lots of stripping and rounding happened. The rear dropouts were pointed down to the back. The only way to tighten the axle nuts with the wheel in position was to sit on the ground, put my feet on the pedals, pull the bike back with one hand, tighten an axle nut with the other hand, then switch hands and do the same.

Since this asked about bikes we had, I did flip one of these Tyler kids' bikes in my bike flipping days, so I had one, too. I didn't ride it, though.
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I have at least 14 bikes now, maybe more. I had some others as a kid. I never had a worst bike. Every bike I ride, I get home with a smile, and think, why did I ever get another?
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