do you need a 26 inch or what?
I'm still a while away so I don't really have a budget in mind, I guess under $300? I'm kinda looking at touring bikes, can you get them at that price? Also, I live in Minnesota so I have to deal with snowy winters. I could always save up for a little.
Yeah I will. The budget can change since I really have no frame of reference though.
Thanks I'll have a look into it.
Do you have any examples of some good ones?
Most dutch bikes usually have the following -
single speed or 3 speed hub
dynamo powered lights
swept back "club racer" style bars
They're not the sportiest looking bikes, far from it. But they're solid, dependable transportation with all the features you'll ever need, and if you're riding under 10 miles at a time they're more than adequate.
Similar to a stingray? So you mean one of the Schwinn cruiser type of bike?
Check craigslist or whatever you use, see if you like anything.
how often do you regrease your bb? after a recent 60mile ride on my singlespeed where it got very dirty i noticed the headset was really gritty, the shop sorted that but while cleaning/reoiling the chain i noticed the bb sounds and feels like its full of crap as well surely that shouldnt happen over such a short period of time even if the bike doesnt have mudguards and gets dirty.
cant wait to get a proper road bike, rode 50 miles today on my singlespeed and now its covered in bitumen from riding on a freshly resurfaced road also the relatively high gearing makes my right knee feel like its going to explode when climbing, with the mone im going to have available though i should be able to get a really nice spec bike, i could skimp a bit and get alu frame campagnolo centaur for ~£700 or spend about £1000 for the same groupset on a 1kg carbon frame
If you've never tried the different groupsets (Shimano, Campy, Sram) then I'd advise you go out and test ride them.
They're all different in shifting mechanism and general feel. Campy has a very clunky feel to it, and a really loud freewheel. However, the shifters are easily serviceable as parts are readily available.
Shimano is generally fairly quiet. Personally it fitted me very well so I chose that. The downside is the shifter is not easily serviceable, and usually costs an arm and a leg.
Sram, I've read about the double-tap system and it having a bit of a learning curve to it but then eventually they're hooked. I've never personally tried Sram.
Rode 10 miles on the brompton today... I need a more comfortable saddle.
i damaged my right knee in a cycling accident when i was a teenager thats why it hurts when i ride up 2 mile long 10% slopes with 42/16 gearing.
shimano 105 seems kind of expensive compared to equivalent campag or sram groupsets, as i havnt ridden geared that much i dont really have a preference
brooks are probably the comfiest saddles even better than bg saddles, mine isnt broken in yet and its more comfortable than the specialized bg saddle i have
This is what riding is all about... Look how close his right handlebar is to the ground!
Oh god, new chain, sprockets, bushings, headset bolt... pricey service. :(
I always hear of people changing out their bike saddles and I have never understood it, whatever bike I have the saddles always feels just fine, no matter the distance I ride. Just wondering if I am the only one.
Can one of you tell me the benefits of having a fixed geared bicycle? I've never really given them much thought.
Some would argue they give you a better workout because they force you to pedal, but if you were going for workout you'd pedal any bike constantly anyways, or should.
They can screw your knees up easily if your not careful, the back force on your knees is something they weren't really designed for. But that's not a benefit.
I personally own one because the tricks are fun and it's damn good lookin.
easy maintenance also. And some people just don't feel the need to change gear.
Thanks, guys. Very informative.
As a thread revival, riding a fixed gear is almost like a culture, it's pretty cool. My bike (frame) has about 4000 miles on it so far.
Probably going to get a new one soon, i'm 6' and a 54cm isn't cutting it anymore.
I know some people like to ride fixed gear MOUNTAIN BIKES as opposed to road bikes for the challenge. And let me tell you, it is a challenge.
Got the brompton back today and took it for a spin. Feels much tighter now.
Went down a SHORT (400m or so) road with parked cars either side and speedbumps, some asshole in an astra zips past me, jams on his brakes to clear the speedbump and stops dead because of incoming traffic, meanwhile I have to lock my brakes and try my best not to shout.
the sort of road you describe you should ride in a position where drivers dont have enough space to pass you at high speed, what annoys me is when drivers are so close to the pavement you cant filter upto traffic lights on the inside, once i was doing that at high speed and some retards car was so close my forearm whacked there mirror even with my relatively narrow track bars leaving me with a bruised arm and them with a broken mirror.
picking this up tomorrow, http://www.orbea.com/gb-en/bicis/mod.../#presentacion £950 from a LBS pretty decent price for full 105 could have got a frame with 105 for less from ribble but the orbea frame is nice and by purchasing from a lbs future servicing on it and my other bikes is easier.
before my clubs sunday run they are holding there annual 1 mile hill climb which i probably have a decent chance of winning
Anyway, I really don't understand red light jumpers. Saw an absolute salmon of a cyclist on my way to waterloo after work. Blew through 3 red lights on his fixie with NO GAIN whatsoever - every time I sped past him on my lil' Brompton. 16 stone fatarse speeding past a skinny rake on his fancy bike, wonder how he felt?
The icing on the cake though was right at the last set of lights - up the inside of a bus about to turn left, through the lights, then straight on to a busy roundabout. He's probably the sort of twat who wonders why drivers in London have such low regard for cyclists, when in fact he's likely to get himself killed.
Edit - Once I start cycling to work every other day, I WILL start wearing a helmet cam.
I recently bought a road bike off of craigslist and started to ride a bit every day and then. I want to lose some weight with biking as the excercise. I can't run or jog (i'd love to) but I have some pretty bad asthma and my doctor reccomended I do different excercise from running. How should I start to start excercising with my bike? How many miles should I bike a day?