Why are most modern bikes ugly?

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by SkipdiverJohn, 22 Jan 2018.

  1. Soltydog

    Soltydog Guru

    near Hornsea
    I can appreciate the beauty in old & new bikes. I love the look of the old curly Hetchins bikes, I also think that some of the modern carbon bikes are equally stunning. But if you are wanting modern ugly, then I reckon this will take some beating Stebles_Bike_Prototype_small.jpg
  2. Crackle

    Crackle ...

    It looks like you've ridden over a couple of squid who've wrapped themselves around the bike.
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  3. Soltydog

    Soltydog Guru

    near Hornsea
    I'm not sure it is though :blush: If you 'need' carbon for a winter bike I think Trek have the right answer with their hidden eyelet mounts, not sure if anyone else has a similar system, but IMO it's more pleasing on the eye
  4. deptfordmarmoset

    deptfordmarmoset Full time tea drinker

    Armonmy Way
    I was going to make the point that when you're riding a bike you're not looking at it. Then you had to post that!
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  5. Dan B

    Dan B Disengaged member

    Someone's nicked your basket, mate
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  6. ozboz

    ozboz Über Member

    Richmond ,Surrey
    A bit Batman and Robin !
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  7. Soltydog

    Soltydog Guru

    near Hornsea
    You've looked at the price then :laugh:
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  8. Bonefish Blues

    Bonefish Blues Banging donk

    52 Festive Road
    That I like :smile:
  9. AndyRM

    AndyRM XOXO

    Whitley Bay
    Yep, much less jarring.


    Seems to have not made much progress... https://www.gofundme.com/steblesbikes
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  10. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Every now and again somebody (Mike Burrows in this case) comes up with a radical new design concept that not only out performs existing designs but looks rather tasty into the bargain.....


    ....and the UCI promptly ban it, bless their little 19th century hearts.
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  11. GuyBoden

    GuyBoden Fat, old bloke, on an old bike, pedalling slowly.

    Vintage Carbon fibre 1987. (With lugs)

  12. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Beautiful looking frame, but carbon tubes bonded into aluminium lugs are a potential weak point.
  13. I find myself sometimes wincing when I turn a page in a bike magazine to be confronted with a photo of something with hardly any spokes and a thick plastic - sorry, carbon frame. I think it's partly because the fat tubes and deep rims mean that the garish decals can be larger and more garish, so naturally they usually are.

    In the days of lugged steel frames, the thinner tubes and flat profile rims necessarily had smaller, subtler decorations.

    (Owner of a Spa Tour, which while modern(ish) is steel, is black with tiny gold logos. While it's welded together, it does have a gusset which you could pretend was a lug at the head-to-down tube joint).
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  14. Bonefish Blues

    Bonefish Blues Banging donk

    52 Festive Road
    Doubtless the weakness might show up over its next 30 years!
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  15. wonderdog

    wonderdog Well-Known Member

    How much music from the past 20 years or so survives to the extent that people still say, "Sheeesh that was a marvellous song." Or in the antipodean argot, "Ripper tune Boris."
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