1. Post #41
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    July 2010
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    Just threw on a 13t sprocket. I'm waiting on a half link though, my chain is a cunt.

    I used to run 46/20 - 60 gear inches, now I'm at 46/13 - 93 GI. My knees are going to explode but I will be flying through flats. 34MPH at 120RPM!

    Page king, have a bike porn.

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  2. Post #42
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    September 2009
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    pictures?
    sadly i dont have a camera and i need to pay to upload pics from my phone
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  3. Post #43

    February 2010
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    those fixie track bikes look shit with gel saddels, man up and buy a brooks b15. once i have done John o' Groats to lands end i will probably get a fuji track classic and a b15
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  4. Post #44
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    October 2007
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    brooks saddles are pricey as fuck

    my bike might arrive today, should definitely have it by monday.
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  5. Post #45
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    those fixie track bikes look shit with gel saddels, man up and buy a brooks b15. once i have done John o' Groats to lands end i will probably get a fuji track classic and a b15
    Not sure if that's directed at me, but I don't ride gel.

    The B15 is a respectable saddle, but it will probably be worth more than that fuji.

    Protip: don't call em fixies. Perpetuates stereotypes.

    Edited:

    my bike might arrive today, should definitely have it by monday.
    Hopefully you get it in time for the weekend!
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  6. Post #46
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    I don't think i'll get it in time for weekend, i've got work soon and they'll be shut by the time I get home :(

    and it's the weed march in cardiff tomorrow so no way i'm missing that

    Edited:

    post 420 aswell, brilliant
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  7. Post #47

    February 2010
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    it depends which brooks, the B17 standard and B67 isnt any more expensive than a decent BG saddle some of the fancier saddles like the B15, Swift, Colt, Team pro and Finesse are pretty expensive though.

    i was looking at there roll up tool kit and roll up saddle bags they look really nice but they are over priced for something made in china, if i had a pashley i would buy them without thinking because they look perfect on one but on a regular tourer its not worth it

    Edited:

    anyone have a suggestion for a exercise to strengthen my right knee? my GP suggested riding 5 miles a day for a month then increasing it but i dont think she understands how short a distance that is it almost takes longer to get the bike in and out of my flat than to ride that distance.

    im thinking of doing 10 miles per day with hills in my favour, where i live its not really possible to do that distance over flat terrain unless i go and ride cucuits around the local running track
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  8. Post #48
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    July 2010
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    anyone have a suggestion for a exercise to strengthen my right knee?k
    Do the 5 miles with high cadence sprints.

    Keeping your gears below 60 gear inches should do wonders for your overall cycling stamina. Also increases your handling and stability.

    Always mashing in the fastest gears (low cadence) is extremely detrimental to your joints and doesn't offer the skills you get when you learn how to spin.
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  9. Post #49

    February 2010
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    hmm, i might join a gym for a month it would be easier to do that on a cycle machine than on the road and i could spend some time to improve my peddling technique before i start doing spinning, prolly better and cheaper longterm to buy a roller but i dont really have the space
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  10. Post #50
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    December 2009
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    hmm, i might join a gym for a month it would be easier to do that on a cycle machine than on the road and i could spend some time to improve my peddling technique before i start doing spinning, prolly better and cheaper longterm to buy a roller but i dont really have the space
    You can't nearly compare riding in a gym to the real thing. Besides, gym bikes have horrible saddles and you sit nearly up straight with your hands to the front. And the good thing about cycling is getting out there exploring and getting fresh air. Buy a road bike- you won't regret it
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  11. Post #51
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    Droppin in with some bike pron

    http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/1083/pistadrm4.jpg

    [url]http://i.imgur.com/fYDY5.jpg[/url]
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  12. Post #52

    February 2010
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    i already have a road bike, just for a specific training regime it seems easier to use a gym

    1) you can make sure your peddling technique is good rather than just pushing (a likely issue to riders new to cycling with some sort of restraining mechanism)

    2) no wear on my bike plus im guessing a gym's cycling machines have a computer to tell you your cadence

    3) no risk of a crash, maybe its different where you live but here people park in cycle lanes and drivers (especially taxi drivers and bus drivers) are arseholes within 2 days of owning the bike i had a taxi driver nearly kill me by pulling out when i had right of way, what made it worse i was approaching him at >30mph if i hadn't managed to stop it wold have been a very nasty accident
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  13. Post #53
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    You might as well never ride a bike again with that logic. :ohdear:

    Also, a key component to spinning at higher cadences is balance. Seriously just ride your bike a few gears slower than you normally do. If you really want to get better at cycling in a safe, stationary environment, get some rollers. Rollers, not a trainer. Shouldn't use a trainer, because that holds your bike up.
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  14. Post #54
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    jesus christ that guy was spinning fast
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  15. Post #55
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    started with only being able to do 1 mi, then 2, then 4.7, then 8.7.

    now i've done 14 miles and i feel great.


    i've been bitten by the bike bug

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  16. Post #56
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    October 2007
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    Was expecting my bike yesterday, rang them up they said to ring them back today. So rang them up and they're still expecting a delivery from DHL, he said any time from 11-2

    Better get it today.
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  17. Post #57
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    October 2007
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    siiiiiiiiiiiigh, it wasn't in the delivery.. fuck knows when i'm going to get it now.

    Edited:

    where for art thou automerge
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  18. Post #58
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    December 2009
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    RIP Wouter Weylandt... Life is not fair

    started with only being able to do 1 mi, then 2, then 4.7, then 8.7.

    now i've done 14 miles and i feel great.

    how were you only able to do one mile? thats like 3 minutes....
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  19. Post #59
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    September 2009
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    by being out of shape niggie
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  20. Post #60
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    August 2009
    128 Posts
    Really really out of shape "Niggie"

    Got a hybrid crosssport pro specialize
    &
    a custom dean from the 90's with shimano 540.

    Problem with the dean is the seat was custom made for a certain height and the seat is welded.

    Got a nice ass bike track around this lake that is about 3.5 miles long and is wide as fuck paved.
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  21. Post #61
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    October 2007
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    wooooooo, my bike is ready. Gonna go pick it up and cycle it home at 3, heeeeeeeeellz yeah.
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  22. Post #62
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    October 2007
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    My bike is siiiiiick, so much fun.

    it has a flip-flop hub aswell so I stuck the fixie cog on, why did nobody tell me they're that hard to brake!!
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  23. Post #63
    dai
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    bopie how did I know I'd find you here

    anyways, I ride a hybrid, the 2003 Fuji Supreme





    Not sure why, but it cost me $400 new back in the day. I love it, and honestly the way I ride around between trails, gravel, fields and zippin' down the road I need a hybrid, but it's gettin' old on me. Here's a few problems I'm having with it, and I'm wondering if it'd be worth fixing up, or looking for something else. Half considering getting a more racing-oriented bike, but would that be workable on trails at all?

    -The rear wheel is now bent off-axis and wobbles nomatter what I do, rubbing against the brake.
    -Last fall, The plastic gear-spoke divider got brittle and decided one day to pop off of whatever was holding it on and jam into a tight spot and halt the wheel entirely. I was in the middle of a forest preserve, miles from anything, so I spent a half hour 'fixing' it with a hefty stick.
    -Even with new inner tubes, riding it feels like it's dragging ass and still flabby. I wonder if it's an issue with the gears/pedals/wheels not being oiled enough. (I'm not mechanically savvy, don't ask me)
    -the little swingy-gear-thing by the back wheel that's supposed to hold the chain taught and allow easy rear wheel release is often a little wonky and will stick up.
    -1/3rd of my gears are bitches, and will fall in and out of the gear beneath them, or click on every rotation.

    So, what would you guys suggest, fix this up or replace? Should I consider a race-only even if I still intend on forest preserve paths? I hit 20mph/30kph with some moderate effort on my current bike, and I hear from bopie and a few others that they go much faster on their bikes, so I'm curious on what is attainable on average with the different styles.
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  24. Post #64
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    Road bikes get alot more speed because of the size of the wheels/tires. But that's only on roads/smooth ground, they're awful on anything else.

    Stick to a hybrid, it's your best bet. I'd say go for a new bike, really splash out because it's worth it in the end.

    Something like a Kona Dew would be a nice bike to go for, they're not very expensive and are very well made. (owned a kona caldera for 8 years? and a Kona Scrap for 5 and never had problems)
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  25. Post #65
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    October 2007
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    my friend who built a pink bike (some may have seen my photos in CC) just built another and its sweeet

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  26. Post #66

    February 2010
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    seems a bit unnecessary to get a new bike unless you want something different or much higher quality, i would get the cables changed and the gears reindexed if that fixes the gearing issues have a new rear wheel fitted and the bike will be fine for minimal cost. even if reindexing doesnt work it would still be cheaper to replace the required parts than to buy a new bike
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  27. Post #67
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    July 2010
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    Incoming bike snob: Always photograph from drive-side.
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  28. Post #68

    February 2010
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    http://velospace.org/node/27295 this is a fucking incredible bike
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  29. Post #69
    dai
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    seems a bit unnecessary to get a new bike unless you want something different or much higher quality, i would get the cables changed and the gears reindexed if that fixes the gearing issues have a new rear wheel fitted and the bike will be fine for minimal cost. even if reindexing doesnt work it would still be cheaper to replace the required parts than to buy a new bike
    just went to the bike shop and had them look at it. It's the only bike shop in the area that actually does repairs/tuning/etc, and it costs $100 for a tune-up. The rest will cost "much more" if it requires fixing and replacing parts. I'd rather dump that money into a new bike at the moment since it sounds like I'd be spending almost as much as it cost in the first place.

    after looking around the shop today and riding around on a few different bikes, it seems I'm leaning into road bikes. (hurr, leaning). I got to take one out for a while, blasted up to 30mph on a sidewalk and had what I can only call a nerdgasm for bikes. I can live without off-roadin' for that thing, maybe keep my normal bike for when people HAVE to take me on trails.
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  30. Post #70
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    October 2007
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    Incoming bike snob: Always photograph from drive-side.
    i didnt take the photo
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  31. Post #71

    May 2011
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    Yep, I ride MTBs. Not like real competitions, but still.
    Heres my XC (crosscountry) bike:

    Its not the same year model, but almost the same, colors are black/green in my one.
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  32. Post #72
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    i wish cyclocross wasnt so lame
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  33. Post #73
    Nya~
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    April 2011
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    I have a GT mountain bike and i'm thinking I should get the rear drivetrain and brakes replaced since they've gone to hell, any suggestions?
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  34. Post #74
    dai
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    February 2006
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    this is the bugger I'm eyeing right now-



    I got to ride it around the neighborhood behind the shop since I used to live there and knew my way around, scared myself with how fast I got on the damn thing. My GPS said I topped out at 32mph, and I hadn't even shifted into the third front gear, nor took any straightaway very long.

    I feel all giddy, but I want to ask y'all bike snobs if trek is a reliable brand, since this model is runnin' $799 and I don't have much else available in the area given both shops that sell bikes in my general area are geared towards the young BMX kids, limiting their higher end stock. I'd hate to have to ship something around that costs much more than this, but I want something that lasts me a long while.

    on a side-note, anyone who's been riding these bikes care to share your opinion on your favorite brake/shift style on these bikes? I know older ones shifted with two levers on the frame, as well as had a second set of brake handles on the shorter part of the handlebar, compared to what is above being the apparent modern standard, with just the two brakes and a thumb shift lever (gear up) and pushing the brake inward (gear down)
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  35. Post #75

    February 2010
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    what model is it? i cvant see a bike that looks exactly like that on the trek website
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  36. Post #76
    dai
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    2010 Trek 1.2 Alpha, from what I can tell. They've also got the 1.1 and 1.0 if I recall. One's the same color frame with black bars/seat/different stripe pattern, the other is solid blue. They ran out of 2010 magazines so it's just memory on the other two right now.
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  37. Post #77

    February 2010
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    my bike has mechanical disc brakes, a bit overkill for a roadbike maybe but there seem to be numerous advatages no rim wear, unaffected by weather, more likely to stop a laden tourer in bad weather and a couple of hundred grams extra per brake doesnt really bother me.

    i spotted the 1.2 now, the only thing that stand out from looking at the spec is the drivetrain is a bit of a mishmash of different parts if you look at similar bikes like the Specialized Allez Elite '11 they use the same parts all round (shimano Tiagra in that example)

    Edited:

    is the shop your buying from the sort of place that hardly makes a sale or if they do all they sell is a $100 piece of shit? if so you should get them to give you some spd pedals and maybe a nice specilized helmet (there helmets are certified to a much higher standard than most other helmets on the market)

    you can rinse a shop desperate to sell a high value item if you want
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  38. Post #78
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    October 2007
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    Trek are a nice bike brand.
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  39. Post #79
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    August 2009
    709 Posts
    Here's my trusty old bike. Shame I have a small leak in the front wheel and have to get it repaired/replaced. Nbd though.
    Rode about 13 miles in some crazy rain today, felt amazing.
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  40. Post #80

    November 2010
    122 Posts
    I've got a few.
    The '82 Ross Snapper




    (resto in progress)



    (fixie conversion / resto in progress)


    the gears of my 2008 gt outpost :)

    i also have a 70s(?) spartan 10 speed. this particular one is cool, I've never seen another one like it yet.

    a motebecane fs elite

    and an Eastern traildigger i built up from scratch. That i'm still trying to sell D:



    If you'd like to follow the progress of the restorations, check out my site http://www.bmx-restoration.com
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