Why are most modern bikes ugly?

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

  1. booze and cake

    booze and cake probably out cycling

  2. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
  3. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    I'd love to post the Raleigh advertisement poster I have but I'd get castigated by the 'PC' brigade,

    It is a lovely steel bike though

    753 and Campagnolo

    EDIT BTW if this gets deleted I won't be surprised. :sad:

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  4. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    They were fun, but clearly look like shoot.

    The problem lies with the beholder. Unable to see beauty in great design or simple smooth lines, they impose a model of the past - no matter how flawed - usually from their teens or twenties, as what was right and therefore beautiful.

    I think it’s sad.
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  5. Tin Pot

    Tin Pot Guru

    If you took away the branding, it would be beautiful.
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  6. OP

    SkipdiverJohn Über Member

    Agree completely. It's a hideous looking bike. In fact I'd hesitate to even call it a bike at all. Up until now I have regarded the Giant Trinity as the Holy Grail of carbon fibre ugliness, now it has some serious competition. Maybe we need a Poll to decide the winner of the Pukeworthy Cup?
  7. mikeymustard

    mikeymustard Veteran

    if you took away the branding the poor girl would freeze to death!
  8. Dan B

    Dan B Disengaged member

    I'd be happy with one of those, except for the worry that people might mistake me for a triathlete. These days I barely get close to monathlete
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  9. mcshroom

    mcshroom Bionic Subsonic

    Egremont, Cumbria
    There's differences but I think some new bikes look absolutely fine. I usually ride a 1986 Raleigh Criterium at this time of year: -

    But I also have a Merida Scultura as a fun bike in better weather. Much stiffer when I want to put some power down but reasonably similar comfort wise. Oh, and about 3kg lighter. I think it looks pretty good myself: -
    Last edited: 25 Feb 2018
  10. Spokesmann

    Spokesmann Keeping the Carlton and Sun names alive...

    Plymouth, Devon
    1937 style...

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  11. gilespargiter

    gilespargiter Über Member

    N Wales
    Extremely unlikely it is 3Kg's lighter mcshroom, in any case when that ugly plastic frame is twisting and writhing between your thighs on the downhill you will more than lose any marginal gains. Also "stiff" does not mean more power layed down :smile:. You get your power back in a nice gentle progressive fashion from a spring. . .
  12. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Glad you put a smilie in there I thought you were being serious.
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  13. mikeymustard

    mikeymustard Veteran

    I think it probably is a good 3kg lighter - Criterium must be 11+kilos, especially with the guards. Scultura - 8kg?
    Edit: in fact I just weighed my Pro Race [pretty much same frame as the Crit] and it's more like 12kg with its guards!

    There could be something in the spring effect though:
    View: https://youtu.be/BH_AL4rxrp8
    Last edited: 26 Feb 2018
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  14. mcshroom

    mcshroom Bionic Subsonic

    Egremont, Cumbria
    The Crit's a 501 so a bit heavier than a true lightweight. With guards it comes to around 12kg all in. The Scultura comes in a little under 9kg. In fact I'm currently using a dynamo light and a Carradice Bagman on the Criterium. I can probably get the bike over 13kg with that set up.
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  15. gilespargiter

    gilespargiter Über Member

    N Wales
    Dully corrected their then :cheers: fair enough.
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