1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Education We Like to Ride Bicycles

Discussion in 'General' started by RTT, 8 May 2008.

  1. icutebluezone

    icutebluezone The meaning of life is to MOD

    Joined:
    6 Aug 2007
    Posts:
    1,326
    Likes Received:
    19
    Use it for everyday use to bike to work and also on weekends to go offroad. :)

    No point driving my car to work when its only a 6min bike and the weather so so BLOODY HOT. Was in the 40's today.

    Have had it for like 3 years now and had nothing go wrong with it. Apart from flat tyres.
     
  2. Ramble

    Ramble Ginger Nut

    Joined:
    5 Dec 2005
    Posts:
    5,594
    Likes Received:
    41
    New bike today for racing and general nice weather, thought I'd share some porn. Sorry for the poor quality.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  3. ozstrike

    ozstrike yip yip yip yip

    Joined:
    19 Sep 2004
    Posts:
    2,946
    Likes Received:
    11
    I just got my old bike back from my friends house. It's been there, unused, for about 18 months so I'm guessing it needs a bit of a service! What do I need to do to it?

    If I start riding more often, I might put a bit more money into it. Would I be better off just upgrading parts on my current bike, or just starting again?
    It's a Marin Bobcat Trail, bought quite a while ago.
     
  4. gar

    gar Active Member

    Joined:
    15 Sep 2004
    Posts:
    1,190
    Likes Received:
    8
    Thats a lovely peice of kit! Bet your thrilled. If I'd known you were in the market for new kit I would have sold you my zipp 404's. Sold them buy it now for £300 in feebay, t'was a steal, but I needed the money!lol

    Again. Nice bike. What make tyres are those?
     
  5. RTT

    RTT #parp

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2001
    Posts:
    14,120
    Likes Received:
    74
    Nice. :)
     
  6. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

    Joined:
    5 Jul 2005
    Posts:
    13,933
    Likes Received:
    33
    I'm in need of some reccomendations for a bike.

    I have a cycle to work scheme about to start up for me in February (apparantly) so I need a good bike for the following:

    10 miles each way, monday-friday
    Relatively poor roadsurface (think country lanes, not well maintained)

    Budget: £1500

    Anyone?
     
  7. RTT

    RTT #parp

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2001
    Posts:
    14,120
    Likes Received:
    74
    Bored of £25 ebay bikes then? :p
     
  8. Jamie

    Jamie ex-Bit-Tech code junkie

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2001
    Posts:
    8,180
    Likes Received:
    54
    Looks like Schwalbe to me


    Make sure everything that should be lubricated is lubricated. The gear cables might have dried out so put some light lube into the gear cable outers and on the cable that is inside the outer. Make sure the brakes are working properly and adjusted correctly. The wheels should probably be the same as when they were left but just give the spokes a quick check to check none are loose. Make sure the tyres aren't cracked or decayed in any way.

    If you get into riding get a decent bike, don't upgrade the bits of a bad frame.
     
  9. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

    Joined:
    5 Jul 2005
    Posts:
    13,933
    Likes Received:
    33
    I left that in boro and it's an offroader, not a road bike. The current £200 one I got from halfrauds isn't really designed for as much as what I'm doing so I think the random squeaks are signs that something will break soon
     
  10. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

    Joined:
    21 Jan 2003
    Posts:
    23,453
    Likes Received:
    368
    With that kind of budget Doug, I'd be looking for a pair of bikes tbh. A roady for commuting, and an off-roady for weekend. :D

    A bit opulent, but that's the best bit.
     
  11. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

    Joined:
    5 Jul 2005
    Posts:
    13,933
    Likes Received:
    33
    Well, we have the option of it, I'd like to do it, but my priority would be to spend the majority of the money on a really good road bike.
     
  12. Jamie

    Jamie ex-Bit-Tech code junkie

    Joined:
    12 Mar 2001
    Posts:
    8,180
    Likes Received:
    54
  13. DougEdey

    DougEdey I pwn all your storage

    Joined:
    5 Jul 2005
    Posts:
    13,933
    Likes Received:
    33
    I saw one of those in a catalogue and I liked it, but aren't disc brakes better?
     
  14. phinix

    phinix RIP Waynio...

    Joined:
    28 Apr 2006
    Posts:
    6,000
    Likes Received:
    97
    Best one I had was Marin Bear Valley on STX equipment, back in high school. I built it myself from scratch. But that was about 10 years ago...
    Now have a new one - A6 ;)
     
  15. Ramble

    Ramble Ginger Nut

    Joined:
    5 Dec 2005
    Posts:
    5,594
    Likes Received:
    41
    Wheels were going to be the first thing I was upgrading, and my budget was around £300. :waah:

    Yep, depending on just how much money I don't have I may buy some more.
     
  16. Tomm

    Tomm I also ride trials :¬)

    Joined:
    12 Apr 2004
    Posts:
    2,249
    Likes Received:
    0
    Sort of. They're more powerful for sure, but they carry a pretty hefty weight premium over caliper brakes (like on that Spesh). Discs are also overkill on a road bike, and I would worry about locking up on tyres that skinny too. In short, I would definitely have rim brakes on a road bike.

    For what it's worth, I'm definitely in the "two bikes" group. Get one for commuting (~£300 is all you need spend), and spend the rest on a mountain bike. £1200 will buy you something really nice.
     
  17. D3s3rt_F0x

    D3s3rt_F0x New Member

    Joined:
    28 Oct 2004
    Posts:
    719
    Likes Received:
    6
    Yes and its in my garage still :p
     
  18. gar

    gar Active Member

    Joined:
    15 Sep 2004
    Posts:
    1,190
    Likes Received:
    8
     
  19. Ramble

    Ramble Ginger Nut

    Joined:
    5 Dec 2005
    Posts:
    5,594
    Likes Received:
    41
    I like Zipps although i've never ridden them. When it comes to crunch time (it may be sooner than I thought...) it'll be something like Zipps or some handbuilt wheels - a friend of mine has some handbuilt wheels which are the dogs bollocks although his wheels cost more than my bike so I doubt I'll be buying those.
     
  20. gar

    gar Active Member

    Joined:
    15 Sep 2004
    Posts:
    1,190
    Likes Received:
    8
    Aw man, you need to ride some zipps. they turn the bike into a rocket. I've owned many good hand built wheels, spinergyies, kysruims, mavic carbon tri spokes, campag areo wheels,and none of them close to the zipps. Hadle like they are no rails, accelerate really eaily due to carbon braking surface, and are super stiff due to the nipple ending at the end of the rim, rather than having an unstructural faring like corima, hed, and allot of hed, planet x.
    Not to mention the bling factor!lol
     

Share This Page