Tell me what you hate!
I'm a transport design mature student doing some research to design a new mtb accessory which as a topic covers everything from parts to stowage to traveling to clothing.
so i want to start by finding out what you all hate about mtbs, parts, the riding experience, fixing, traveling, storing, locking whatever ticks you off so that i might be able to solve or improve??
just have a rant… i hate not gettin to mtb parks cause i dont drive & they wont let me get my bike on the buses!!! i hate constantly realigning my rear mech so gone singlespeed. i hate needing to change tyres to ride street and trails… ect
thanx for any help =Posted 8 years agocoatesyMember
Personally, I hate things that have been designed with no thought as to how they'll be worked on/fitted in the real world.Bolts and screws just happen to be my favourite pet hate, but only when they've been fitted in a poorly designed place, examples- Avid Juicy lever reach screws that sit next to, and point straight at the grip so you can only adjust with the short end of the key by a few degrees at a time.Certain Shimano front mechs with the cable clamp bolt sitting very close to the tyre, and angled towards it so you struggle to get the key in.Certain BMX U-brakes where the cable clamp grubscrew sits next to, and points straight at the stay. None of these are a massive problem as a one-off, but a little more thought at the design stage could easily eradicate problems that seriously p*ss you off when encountering them day-in, day out.Oh, and brakes that need more than a spanner,hose and jam-jar as bleeding tools too.Posted 8 years agorsMember
Recently, I hate getting wet on my commute, so if you can redesign the weather that would be great. When I waited for the bus up the hill it had the old shit bike rack that won't hold 2.5" tyres, I had to wait nearly 4 minutes for the next one with the new style rack that'll take my 2.5" commuter tyres! My pedals need servicing cause the creak a little and I can't be arsed! I spent my working day today in my socks cause 5-10's are like giant sponges!
ps. whats a transport design student? I'm a transport planner which covers a whole load of stuff, are you just doing design of transport facilities? Genuinely interested.Posted 8 years agouplinkMember
I hate cyclists. Every last herbal tea-drinking, Harriet Harman-voting one of them. That's one of the reasons I live in the countryside, where birds tweet, horses roam, pigs grunt and Lycra-clad buttocks are miles away. But recently, there's been a disturbing development.
Each Saturday, a big black truck appears at the bottom of my road, with bikes stuck to the roof and rear. Out of it step a bunch of City-boy ponces in fluorescent Spider-Man outfits, shades, bum bags and stupid cleated shoes, who then pedal around our narrow lanes four abreast with their private parts alarmingly apparent. Do they enjoy it? They never smile. I'm sure they just come here to wind me up.Posted 8 years agoudderMember
I hate the rear mech. What an archaic piece of kit.
There's got to be the technology to produce a cheaper and lighter option than is out there at the moment.
Please can someone design something to replace that noisy, unreliable, easy to damage, floppy bit of metal dangling off of the back of my bike while I'm still young enough to enjoy it.Posted 8 years agorusty trowelMember
Brake pads that wear out after 1 ride. Grinding gears in the winter. Cleaning my bike off – may drive me to the darkside permanently. Getting scratched up by gorse bushes. Not being fit or light enough. The cost of parts (chainrings – come on, how much!). Walkers – well not all of them. Unreliable lights. Getting sweaty on commute. Lack of decent roads from Dorset to Wales……and breath.Posted 8 years agotossMember
I also hate:
That fat, squeeky bloke on Coast
Tim Wannacot – Bargain Hunt
That Ginger haired bird on Gardeners World
"We buy any car (dot com…..) We buy any car (dot com…..). Any, any, any, any…."
Steve MaClaren (never ever forgive HIM)
Re bike hates –
Cup and Cone hubs – sh*te….
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I've a few examples from my own experiences:
Race Face bottom brackets
Race Face cranks
Self destructing Crank Bros pedals
2002-04 Specialized seat stay mech hanger plates
Lock on grip hex bolts
Shimano front mech bolts which strip their threads
In each and every case a promising concept has been ruined because of boneheaded design and the lack of testing. Such a concept might work brilliantly on paper, but in the case of my Race Face cranks, it's no bloody use if the spline interface isn't protected from fretting damage.Posted 8 years agohungry monkeyMember
non-split clamp brackets on shimano brake levers
losing EVERYTHING when i'm fixing up a bike – i KNOW i have 3 spare sets of brake pads, and a suitable tube for my 29er – i've SEEN them in the past week, but i cannot for the life of me find them now.
removing chainrings from cranks, with that silly wired little chainbolt removing tool, and the constant cuts in my hand from the chrinring teeth when it slips
tubeless – just can't be arsed anymore, changing tyres is such a shit job when tubes are so much easier (i rarely puncture)
cartridge bearings – cup and cone are so much more reliable ime.
putting tools down and then forgetting where i put them. drives me nuts.Posted 8 years agoWoodySubscriber
Change for the sake of it eg. bb/crank interfaces + needing different tools for different manufacturers.
Simon Le Bon
Myriad seatpost diameters – surely 2 is enough. This also applies to bars/stem/steerers.
Simon Le Bon
Crown races that don't fit onto the crown (I've had to ream the last 3)
Not having a garden hose or electricity in my garage
Simon Le Bon
The majority of women 4×4 drivers
Lorraine Kelly + even worse that lump McManus who won Pop Idol years ago and appears on a morning talk show on ?STV. I'll also add Jeremy Kyle for giving airtime to above chav scum.
Simon Le Bon
Most politiciansPosted 8 years agoEwanMember
Setting up gears.
Not remembering which way to twiddle the nob on the shifter to adjust it is a personal bug bear.
Hard to reach bolts, esp suspension ones behind BBs.
Scuff marks from cables.
Having to lube everything.
Having to wash the bike before sticking it in the car.
Living in a flat and having to shove the bike haphazardly into a cupboard without it's wheels on.Posted 8 years agoBigDummySubscriber
I hate rubbish chainguards. Specifically, I hate the SKS Shockboard. I hate it because it mounts behind the flange of the drive-side bottom bracket cup. It ought to be really, really good, but the way it's mounted seems to interfere with the bottom bracket. That means that if you're caning it through Brixton in the middle of the night because she's texted and wants you to come over, the bottom bracket can suddenly loosen off. That has to do damage to the threads, but it also makes you late and that can be really annoying.
So yes, better chainguards please.Posted 8 years agotoxicsoksMember
Noobies that run red lights………and get the rest of us a bad name.Posted 8 years ago
Them ****' extending dog leads
Cars parked in cycle lanes
Travelling for 2hrs to a 'trail centre' when you could have ridden sommat just as challenging not 30mins from your doorstep.
Skegness – grim.
I hate the word 'hate'… 🙂 however;
When it comes to bikes, I'm somewhat dissatisfied by:
[*]MTB specific clothing that you pay a premium for, yet simply doesn't last (Endura's zips for starters)[/*]
[*]Having to take my QR front wheel out so I can adjust the air pressure in my fork.[/*]
[*]The cable route on my shadow rear mech sending the tail directly towards the spokes of the rear wheel.[/*]
[*]How you have to align your stem / steerer / frame by eye. Surely you'd only want it pointing straight ahead so why not design it so it can only do that? Or have I missed something rather obvious?![/*]
[*]Dog walkers who think it's somehow socially acceptable to either let their dogs crap where they want, or if they can be arsed to pick it up, then put it in a bag and fling it at a tree, tie it to a fence or just leave it there. Actually; that's what the word 'hate' should be used for! [/*]
I'm sure there's more…Posted 8 years ago
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