In theory, every bicycle is a wonderful thing. However some bicycles just need to be ridiculed and mocked. For this reason, I've decided to start a new column so anyone can recommend their suggestions for the above title.
My first entry is the Specialized Tricross. (I'm not just taking an easy pop at Spesh because they're who they are. I've had several Specialized bikes over the years and they make some very nice bikes.) Unfortunately, the Tricross seems to have attracted every limpwristed, indecisive, half witted rider.
In the last month I have seen so many such people riding to John O'Groats on Tricrosses. Many have been in our shop, 10 miles in, all needing some type of fixing. Usually they have an Evans sticker on. People phone me, asking for a cross bike. I quiz them if they want one for racing or riding off road. They always answer "well I'll mainly be riding on road but I'd like to use it off road too". Further into the conversation it turns to, just riding on road, just commuting really. A little further on they quietly say " do you have anything like a Tricross?"
Be bold, make a decision. Buy a hybrid, buy a tourer, buy a cyclocross bike. You're not a Free-roader. The genre does not exist other than in a Specialized catalogue. Multi-road is not a type of bicycle either. Besides those forks are jawdroppingly hideous.
As Grant would say, MTFU and decide on one bike, not a half arsed amalgamation of four.