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How to Buy a Bike

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  • Started 2 weeks ago by Schemieradge
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  1. chdot
    Admin

    “all the rest is just commentary”

    Sometimes I think all the rest is just fashion!

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  2. chdot
    Admin

    “53-39 up top and 28-11 at the back”

    That covers most things, though there are times when a 34 at the back is useful (makes Dublin Street easier).

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  3. bax
    Member

    Dublin Street Techno Party
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    @chdot man you bring the 90s memories flooding right back

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  4. crowriver
    Member

    " I can't quite imagine munching the miles down the railway path day after day with one."

    If it's primarily for a relatively short distance commute (9 miles or so each way?) then hub gears and brakes, sealed from all that mud and water, plus a chainguard, will give you a very reliable bike.

    If you're doing 90 miles all in a oner however, a drop bar lighter "audax" or sportive style bike or "light tourer" might be better.

    Horses for courses and all that...

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  5. Schemieradge
    Member

    @crowriver - totally down with the idea of hub gears and chainguards. But I'm happy with the weight/low-maintenance/stopping-power combo of my disc brakes so not anxious to change them. I guess the CityZen C8 ticks a lot of the boxes...
    It's more the (apparent) upright sitting position that I'm not sure about... but I really need to try one before I can make judgements like that!

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  6. crowriver
    Member

    "I really need to try one"

    Absolutely.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  7. Schemieradge
    Member

    And back to the original problem of finding something I want to try in stock in the size I need!... I get there...

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  8. Schemieradge
    Member

    poking the malfunctioning part with a stick to dislodge the caked on mud to see if that fixes it

    This failsafe maintenance schedule failed me drastically the other day - when I was putting on my winter tires I noticed that the lower cog in my derailleur was so clogged up I don't think it has turned for a couple of months. I wondered what that strange vibration was.
    The upside is now I've unclogged it cycling feels like I've got a constant tailwind.

    Anyway - in the bike buying dept - I've put a deposit down on a XL Croix de Fer 20 which should arrive in time to test it by the end of the month.
    So in answer to my original question as to how you buy a bike as a lanky-git.. the answer is verrrry-slowly...

    Posted 6 days ago #
  9. unhurt
    Member

    But very satisfyingly, we hope?

    Posted 6 days ago #
  10. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    the lower cog in my derailleur was so clogged up I don't think it has turned for a couple of months

    Dérailleur gears really aren't suitable for commuting in many ways, but this will have been excellent strength training?

    Posted 5 days ago #
  11. Schemieradge
    Member

    but this will have been excellent strength training

    Maybe for someone with a normal skeletomuscular system - I've just been wondering why my knee had decided to swell up for no (apparent) reason whatsoever over the last month.
    Because it was doing twice the work it normally does perchance?..

    Posted 5 days ago #

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