Why are most modern bikes ugly?

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

  1. ozboz

    ozboz Über Member

    Richmond ,Surrey
  2. 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
  3. Smeggers II

    Smeggers II Legendary Member

    If all that white plastic was black and removable it looks like the perfect winter bike.
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  4. Crackle

    Crackle Pah

    It looks like you've ridden over a couple of squid who've wrapped themselves around the bike.
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  5. We can have a stab at answering why bikes look (and always have looked) different to their predecessors. Something along the lines of: Engineering, design, materials, production, function, and fashion.

    As to why you don't like them, that's probably something you have in common with rats: Neophobia.
    Last edited: 23 Jan 2018
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  6. 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
  7. 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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  8. Dan B

    Dan B Señor Member

    Someone's nicked your basket, mate
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  9. ozboz

    ozboz Über Member

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

    Soltydog Guru

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

    Bonefish Blues Banging donk

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

    AndyRM Guru

    Whitley Bay
    Yep, much less jarring.


    Seems to have not made much progress... https://www.gofundme.com/steblesbikes
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  13. 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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  14. I'm surprised that no one's pointed out the hideousness of the humdrum so called "safety" bicycle when compared with the magnificent Ordinary.
    Alan O and deptfordmarmoset like this.
  15. GuyBoden

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

    Vintage Carbon fibre 1987. (With lugs)

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