What bike, part or cycling related item have you regretted buying?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by airborneal, 2 Mar 2018.

  1. queasyrider

    queasyrider Still perplexed

    A race fit jersey.

    At 5'8" and under 11 stone I am not exactly overweight, but I am not a stick insect.

    I don't race so what's the point?
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  2. ChrisEyles

    ChrisEyles Veteran

    A really super cheap pair of pedals for my MTB. The pins were crap and didn't offer any grip, and they only had bearings on one side of the spindle, the other had a plastic bush. To be fair they only cost about £3 on ebay, but definitely a case of buy cheap buy twice.

    Oh yeah, and another disappointed chain-cleaner thingy owner too. Never looked back after my first mickle!

    Not too bad considering I've bought a lot of other super-cheap bike bits and bobs off ebay and they've all turned out all right.
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  3. ADarkDraconis

    ADarkDraconis Cardinal Member

    Ohio, USA
    When I bought my Trek I was torn between her and a Giant TranSend DX. They were both nice machines and the Giant had rack and fenders already so less to do, but it wasn't as pretty to me. Everyone else told me to go with that one and said that it was cooler looking/more modern styling, but it just wasn't my style. You will ride more on a bike you love!
  4. alicat

    alicat Guru

    +1 for the Park Tools chain cleaning gadget.
  5. I'm really tempted to get one now. My curiosity is piqued.
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  6. vickster

    vickster Legendary Member

    Marathon + tyres, heavy, slow, slippery. I only kept them (until I sold the bike) having paid full price at LBS. thankfully they fitted them or I would have been cursing more if I’d fought them on myself!!
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  7. Welsh wheels

    Welsh wheels Lycra king

    South Wales
    I once brought a bike mirror. It broke on the second day for no apparent reason other than being extremely poor quality.
  8. mikeymustard

    mikeymustard Über Member

    Mine is the opposite of this:
    A Claud Butler flat-barred road bike. After a lay off of 10yrs+ (and a weight gain of about 4 stone) I decided to get back into cycling. My partner, and the young whippersnapper at leisure lakes persuaded me that I was too old and fat (they didn't actually say 'fat' just implied it) for drop bars.
    Never did get on with the bike or the bars, it was a harsh ride and my hands would go numb after a few miles.

    I think the main problem (apart from it apparently being the bike that "proves" ally frames are harsh) is that my age group never rode upright bikes; I've ridden drops since i was about seven!
    Anyway, I bought myself a Genesis Volant [also aluminium but not harsh at all!] and was much happier.
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  9. cabbieman

    cabbieman Active Member

    north warwickshire
    I'm with you there. Works great for me.
  10. nickAKA

    nickAKA Active Member

    They work brilliantly if your chain doesn't really need cleaning... Good for a spruce-up after a dry ride!
  11. nickAKA

    nickAKA Active Member

    Worst buys -

    (non-bib) tights. Uncomfortable, too warm, constantly falling down. I should bin them really.

    Half a dozen cheap saddles in the vain hope one would be comfortable. Bit the bullet eventually and paid the necessary for a quality fizik saddle, never looked back since. There's a lesson for us all here...
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  12. jonnysnorocket

    jonnysnorocket Über Member

    Doubtless others will disagree. A Brooks cambium c15, it was reasonably comfortable, but the creaking noises drove me round the bend, It often caused grazing cattle to stop what they were doing and have a good look round to see what the farking racket was!
    After countless attempts to remedy this it ended up in the bin
    My Garmin edge touring is on borrowed time now, it did however redeem itself on its last, last chance saloon outing, after letting me down so many times in the past.
    So maybe not in the bin just yet.
    Both these items were pretty costly, which does annoy me, as there doesn't seem to be any correlation between price & quality, just price & brandname
    Last edited: 3 Mar 2018
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  13. davidphilips

    davidphilips Senior Member

    Few regrettes about money spent on cycling but worst buy now has to go to a cheap alloy chinese wheelset, not only heavy but the rims just seem to be just that bit smaller and tyres when inflated seem to be ok but dont have any confidence in them and would not risk even giving them to anyone in case they caused an accident so its into the scrap pile for them.
  14. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    I have an ultra-stiff aluminium Cannondale. I had the 23C tyres pumped to 100 psi F/110 psi R. An incredibly harsh ride, fillings rattling, bottles flying from the cages. HORRIBLE! :thumbsdown:

    I have the same ultra-stiff aluminium Cannondale. I have the 25C tyres pumped to 80 psi F/90 psi R. A comfortable ride, fillings fine, bottles stay firmly in their cages. SUPER! :thumbsup:
  15. Chain cleaners in general I tried a few including the Park one and whilst they were fine initially they soon fell apart and made a mess. Thankfully I found babywipes and chain wiping.

    I tried a eat my dirt brake shield too to speed up the cleaning whilst controlling the dirt but found there was just too much dirt for it to handle and didn't like the amount of chemical degreaser you had to use and went back to chain wiping.
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