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    7 reasons for new bikes uglynness:

    oversized tubing
    aluminum
    carbon
    compact geometry
    no heraldic headbadges
    black rims,stems, cranks, bars, posts
    lightweight saddles

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    oversized tubing
    aluminum
    carbon
    compact geometry
    no heraldic headbadges
    black rims,stems, cranks, bars, posts
    lightweight saddles
    Eight:

    High zoot wheels. Lightweight, with those butt ugly kevlar spokes, are the worse....They look like Tinker Toy wheels

    Nine:

    Carbon ergonomic bars- What's wrong with silver Cinelli Giro 'd Italia bars?

    Ten:

    Threadless stems. Nothing is more elegant than a Cinelli XA stem
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    sigh.. i agree. weekend riders on US$1000 wheels... doesn't make any sense.
    and ahead stems with bolts all over the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    oversized tubing
    aluminum
    carbon
    compact geometry
    no heraldic headbadges
    black rims,stems, cranks, bars, posts
    lightweight saddles
    Straight blade forks instead of elegant, graceful curve and taper.
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    Lugged Steel Treks

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    butt ugly integrated head sets.
    Thirteen: carbon, carbon carbon. Too many componants that shoul not be in carbon.
    Fourteen: Canondales in Aluminum.
    Fifteen: Rivendales. Do we really need those stems a foot in the air?

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    Oversized bottom brackets with the diameter of a granny gear...


    ....the sub $600 fixie....

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    oversized tubing
    aluminum
    carbon
    compact geometry
    no heraldic headbadges
    black rims,stems, cranks, bars, posts
    lightweight saddles
    Anything with a 'molded' look. - TF
    "Don't those guys know they're old?!!"
    Me, off the back, at my first 50+ road race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    oversized tubing
    aluminum
    carbon
    compact geometry
    no heraldic headbadges
    black rims,stems, cranks, bars, posts
    lightweight saddles
    Is this No. 16? - Colnago carbon fiber diamond holed chainstays. Are these the HPs?,whatever they are called they should be Number 1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midlife_xs's
    Is this No. 16? - Colnago carbon fiber diamond holed chainstays. Are these the HPs?,whatever they are called they should be Number 1.
    Those are hideous. The Pinarello curved fork and stays aren't much better
    Dave Hickey/ Fort Worth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hickey
    Those are hideous. The Pinarello curved fork and stays aren't much better
    Those too!

    I thought they just add extra mass with no discernible advantage...except to look different

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    and carbon rear stays / rear triangles. old campy pedals are so beautifull; i give to the modern cleats and engaging system their somewhat superior function but an old record pedal? pure beauty..
    cup and cone BBs are nicer and lighter than modern disposable units.

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    17. What about those big ugly STI levers?
    18. Rear brake cable stops
    19. big fat carbon forks
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    When the replaced the elegant 'ordinary' with the ugly 'safety' frame, the beauty of bikes went downhill.
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    Any saddle with a cutout.

    Mini frame pumps

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobj
    17. What about those big ugly STI levers?
    18. Rear brake cable stops
    19. big fat carbon forks
    i hear ya. internal cable routing is so sweet and carbon forks..ALL bikes must havea carbon fork. not mine.
    big ugly RATTLING STI levers.

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    "Compact" geometry is ruining the TdF....

    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    oversized tubing
    aluminum
    carbon
    compact geometry
    no heraldic headbadges
    black rims,stems, cranks, bars, posts
    lightweight saddles
    I've waited for years to see the TdF on American TV, now that it is here the bikes are terrible!!!!! Imagine 4 hours of stage coverage in say 1975...Merckx in Molteni colors on the orange bike!!! Or 1986, Lemond and Hinault on La Vie Claire detailed Looks or 1989 Lemond on a Bottecchia...the mind boggles!!!! What do we have now carboned compacted horribly disfigured bike-like things (end of rant ... thank you)

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    now this is beauty imho.
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    When You Combine Everything Bad...a De Rosa Tango

    what where they thinking?
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    Grumpy Old Men

    You guys all sound like grumpy old men. I used to be that way too until I couldn't pass up a great deal on a Schwinn Fastback frame (2001) and carbon fork. Since I was building up a "new" bike I decided to finally use STI. Let's face it, STI is/was a wonderful invention! (Granted they are no real advantage on long rides with your buddies but they are helpful when you are sprinting to that next signpost with those buddies). So was the threadless system (no more busting your knuckles trying to manipulate two open ended wrenches). The cartridge bottom bracket was a godsend too (see threadless system above).

    Technology can be a good thing.

    BTW, 6 of my 7 bikes are steel (including an original Stumpjumper with above bar thumbshifters) and they have downtube shifters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djudd
    I've waited for years to see the TdF on American TV, now that it is here the bikes are terrible!!!!! Imagine 4 hours of stage coverage in say 1975...Merckx in Molteni colors on the orange bike!!! Or 1986, Lemond and Hinault on La Vie Claire detailed Looks or 1989 Lemond on a Bottecchia...the mind boggles!!!! What do we have now carboned compacted horribly disfigured bike-like things (end of rant ... thank you)
    And helmets. Man do those things look stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaeP
    You guys all sound like grumpy old men.
    UHHH yes, we are I think we've been pretty open about that...grumpy old men who love beautiful bikes. Seriously, did you see that monstrosity that is posted above pretending to be a Pinarello. Part of the reason I fell hard for road bikes at 11 or 12 was the beauty of the form. I've only grown to appreciate that form more as I've gotten older. Now garish paint jobs and ugly machines are everywhere...like my granddad used to say "I don't know what's happening but it ain't good"

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    I concur !!! nm

    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    now this is beauty imho.
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    Machine made TIG welds

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    now this is beauty imho.
    This one hurts my feelings.

    All those years I wanted a Gios Torino.

    I finally find one this year, all record except for the Modolo Master Pro brakes. I buy it, it is way too small.

    I FINALLY find, and buy a Gios - only to have to sell it again.

    Colker - that is a beautiful bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    now this is beauty imho.
    That is a very nice frame and fork. I also hate the look of new bikes with all their black parts - carbon or not. Try to find new non-anatomic silver handlebars.

    My bike is lugged steel with a steel fork and threaded headet. Components are Campy Centaur, Chorus headset and Phil wood bb. Wheels are Mavic Open Pro 32 spoke. It is heavy, but at least it looks like a bike.

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