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How to Buy a Bike

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  • Started 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago #
  3. bax
    Member

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

    Posted 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago #
  6. crowriver
    Member

    "I really need to try one"

    Absolutely.

    Posted 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago #
  9. unhurt
    Member

    But very satisfyingly, we hope?

    Posted 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago #
  12. Schemieradge
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    I thought I'd add an update here... I tested the Croix de Fer 20 and it felt really weird coming from a relatively upright commuter bike so I realised there was no way I'd really know what it was going to feel like until I rode it for more than 20 mins. So I took a leap of faith and bought the thing.
    A few months on, I'm generally really pleased with the purchase.
    The main thing is it's taken about 20 mins off my commute round-trip. So getting to hang out with the kids for a bit longer at night it great. Of course I'm getting a good deal less exercise now so am considering adding an extra day of cycle commuting (currently only do it 3 days a week).
    In general (mostly for the above reasons) I think it's a great bike for commuting... the downsides are I'm struggling to get totally comfortable on it - which is what I'm waiting for before increasing the commuting days. Too much weight on my wrists and tail-end discomfort... but the downside is outweighed by the good (plus the commute is now so quick I can easily put up with the discomfort). I'm fairly confident I'll get to the bottom of the bike fit in time (I hope so anyway - on my 3rd seat and 2nd stem so far).
    Thanks for all the help I got here.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #
  13. chdot
    Admin

    “2nd stem so far”

    That’s probably where I would start.

    Obviously you already know you can different lengths and also angles to raise bars.

    Perhaps consider different bars too.

    Posted 2 weeks ago #

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