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

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

  1. bpsmith

    bpsmith Veteran

    I wonder if there’s a correlation between not liking a chain cleaner and using chainsaw oil (or other poor alternative) instead of proper chain lube?
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  2. fatjel

    fatjel Über Member

    West Wales
    SP PD 8 dynamo wheel from spa cycles.. Was like having the front brake on and tyres were almost impossible to fit.
    Hated it and sold it to a friend for not much.. He seems OK with it... ( not heard from him lately tho )
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  3. mikeymustard

    mikeymustard Über Member

    found this review on wiggle - hope you didn't bin it too early :whistle:
    "It began badly with much creaking and squeaking. Just as I was about to return it after approx 300 km the noises stopped and have not returned.
    It is undoubtedly stylish and getting more comfortable by the day. It promises to be a very good saddle, but the creaking still haunts me and I'm crossing my fingers it doesn't return."

    Lol I tried 25's, they helped a bit but didn't solve the numb hands problem
  4. ADarkDraconis

    ADarkDraconis Cardinal Member

    Ohio, USA
    As a mama of a three-year-old, baby wipes are a miraculous multi-functional necessity of life! They even clean up countertops and car interiors well!
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  5. Brandane

    Brandane Rain magnet.

    A not very comprehensive list of cycle related items that lie unused, or replaced by better quality items:

    Several pumps. Just buy a Joe Blow track pump and Lezyne frame pumps in the first place.
    Several battery powered lights. Just buy good quality Lezyne rechargeable lights in the first place.
    Errrm; no-one mentioned the "H" word yet? Got 2 of them gathering dust.
    Cycling magazines. They look nice on the shelves of WH Smith. Leave them there.
    Cheap tubes; they are cheap for a reason.
    Cheap brake pads; they are cheap for a reason. Ditto cables.
    In fact, cheap anything - they are cheap for a reason.
    Bib tights; they catch my raspberry ripples causing much pain by the end of a long ride.

    Edit to add:
    Garmin Edge Explore 820. Far too expensive for what it is, and so user unfriendly that it IS going to end up in a canal one of these days.
    Last edited: 3 Mar 2018
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  6. roadrash

    roadrash cycle chatterer

    whats the "H" word ??
  7. Brandane

    Brandane Rain magnet.

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  8. Slick

    Slick Veteran

    Don't do it.:laugh:
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  9. NorthernDave

    NorthernDave Never used Über Member

    Blimey - I'd forgotten buying Marathon + tyres (or have I just blanked them from my mind?)
    They can definitely go on the list! ^_^
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  10. Drago

    Drago Guru

    Central Trumpland
    A Lance Armstrong race top. Since buying it all I've wanted to do is take drugs and chop off one of my plums.
  11. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    It's great how we are all different, marathon plus tyres are one of my best buys.
  12. Lonestar

    Lonestar Rat Run Cyclist

    CS 2 and CS 3
    Sadly I think the Brompton was a mistake.

    Cheap brake blocks from Thailand.Only bought them there for convenience and having spares.I had brake failure one night and managed to rear end @Fnaar a moped at Aldgate @ 8mph one fateful night in 2014.Coupled with oil...wet and new rims on the back wheel.Front brake ineffective also...and worn.

    Ditched them soon after and bough a bulk lot from ebay which actually work in the wet.
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  13. IBarrett

    IBarrett Senior Member

    Purely out of curiosity in my search for n+1 and a Giant Defy owner what did you come up with as an alternative?
    Most bikes I look at seem to be dull and do nothing for me.
    Except tt bikes - now them I do like.
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  14. C R

    C R Senior Member

    I like it too.
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  15. ChrisEyles

    ChrisEyles Veteran

    Possibly - I use chainsaw oil myself and don't much like the stickier (expensiver!) bike specific oil I've got on the bike shelf. Mainly the chain cleaner just seemed too much faff compared to mickling with a rag.
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