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Re: Road Bikes

Postby stephh » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:06 am

I'm a fan of the compact chainset. There are no hills in the UK that you can't get up without a compact. You don't need a triple ring.


When back in London for meetings I still cycle 40+ miles on the fixed so they are not just for short distances. When I first moved to London I was a bike messenger and I'd cycle over 100 miles a day ].



I' suggest then the two things above are linked - for a newbie or inexpereinced road biker I wouldn't write off a triple. It may be a bit more macho to have a compact but have you tried riding "the struggle" out of Ambleside up to the Kirkstone pass - I think you may differ on your opnion on the need for them if you try that :-D

Nice looking bikes - I'll see if i can find photos of mine :-D

Agree on the audax bike option - that or the sportive versions should be appropriate :-)
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby stephh » Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:11 am

Surley - ride without touring bits on - they just came with it

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And Scott for racing about :wink:

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Re: Road Bikes

Postby danny1 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:19 pm

onefinleary wrote:Oh and the fixed gear thing was said a bit tongue in cheek. I'm sure when couriers older than me saw me ride one for the first time they were the same - seen it, done it, got over it, and just got on with it.


ok... how is it going with the meriono wool baselayer for surfing...that was actually interesting!
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby purpleandy » Mon Mar 14, 2011 6:43 am

this is what i've been hacking about on for the last couple of years. bought it for the equivalent of 400 quid new cos i wasn't sure i'd use it, the cheapness soon became apparant, the rear wheel didn't last long and the sora gears were a bit wank. spent the last year or two upgrading the componentry (full ultegra, mavics, carbon seatpost, a very nice selle carbon saddle etc). now looking to get a carbon sportive frame to hang it all on - i like the relaxed geometry - use it for commuting to work each day (a 20 mile round trip) and don;t fancy spending it all bent double giving my back shit.

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whatever you buy, get out and have fun !!

oh, and i agree with the compact cranks statement - i'm now off compacts and on to standard cranks, running a 12/27 rear cassette to maintain a fairly low 1st for climbing. unless you're going up the side of a house, compact cranks should be fine !!
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby J L » Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:39 pm

Road Bike?



You fucking homo :roll:
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby ATTMFKH » Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:42 pm

J L wrote:Road Bike?



You fucking homo :roll:


That directed at me :? if so , I admit I am a homo :wink:

Anyway , mate just delivered 2 slicks for £10 so gonna stick them on the moonter and se how I go.
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby J L » Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:46 pm

ATTMFKH wrote:
J L wrote:Road Bike?



You fucking homo :roll:


That directed at me :? if so , I admit I am a homo :wink:


thought you would appreciate it :-D

ATTMFKH wrote:Anyway , mate just delivered 2 slicks for £10 so gonna stick them on the moonter and se how I go.



way to go :wink:
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby Chris F » Fri Mar 18, 2011 3:40 pm

stephh wrote:Surly - ride without touring bits on - they just came with it


I like the idea of a bike brand called surly - can imagine everyone riding around on them being foody muckers.
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby kookie-monster » Fri Mar 18, 2011 4:41 pm

Chris F » Fri Mar 18, 2011 4:40 pm

stephh wrote:
Surly - ride without touring bits on - they just came with it


I like the idea of a bike brand called surly - can imagine everyone riding around on them being foody muckers.


Don't need to imagine it, every cycle rider I pass seems to have a face like a bull dog licking piss off a nettle
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby purpleandy » Thu Apr 07, 2011 5:32 am

my new toy - not even ridden it yet !!

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ribble carbon frame, ultegtra / dura-ace groupset, deda newton shallow bars etc etc, it's light as and bloody lovely :-D
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby ATTMFKH » Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:42 pm

^^ That bike looks right .................. from a design / geometry perspective - Nice one 8)
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby stephh » Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:17 pm

Nice, I know a few people with Ribble bikes - very foxy indeed. :-D
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby alec » Wed May 11, 2011 10:14 pm

Nice bike mista.
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Oh + what Gav said.
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby purpleandy » Fri May 13, 2011 9:30 am

cheers alec - stuck about 600 miles on it now and it's bloody loverrlllyyy, specially with my fancy new carbon stem. oh, and i don;t shave my legs and refuse point blank to wear lycra :lol: pm's checked ....
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby stephh » Mon May 16, 2011 1:28 pm

Hi all. Don't know if anybody would be interested in this bike. It's my brother-in-laws who has hardly used it as he is at heart more of an MTb'er. Anyhow I've brought it back from france to see if I can sell on for him.

Any reasonable offer considered Have had it checked at LBS, all in good working order, so a good deal if somebody wants a training bike. Needs new bar tape- that's about it

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It is a TEC Road, ABT Heated treated Aluminium Alloy.
Hs Campagnolo components: Veloce brakes, mirage hubs
52/42 on the front (for people with strong legs/no hills!) and 12-23 on the back.
Wheels usual 700x23, has an ITM stem

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Re: Road Bikes

Postby J L » Tue May 31, 2011 4:15 am

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Ahh thats better a real bike :wink:
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby flacky » Tue May 31, 2011 8:48 am

thedeadly wrote:Image


Cycle for the pure cycling inteligenitalia?
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby Kamikaze » Tue May 31, 2011 11:23 am

flacky wrote:
Cycle for the pure cycling inteligenitalia?


We would all re riding these if not for the manufacturers of metal frames conspiring to make us believe that wood is no good for bike frames. Wooden bikes could be ridden on vert ramps, up montains, downhill at pipe line etc waaaay better than metal ones!


This is quite cool though. not technically wood though:-
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby flacky » Tue May 31, 2011 12:17 pm

that looks awful.
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby stephh » Tue May 31, 2011 1:12 pm

would you trust it doing 50mph down hill?
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby purpleandy » Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:51 am

well, the ribble frame is no more :oops:

anyway, enter frame number three - we really like this one ......

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just need to sort the stem and spacers....
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby flacky » Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:56 am

Kamikaze wrote:
flacky wrote:
Cycle for the pure cycling inteligenitalia?


We would all re riding these if not for the manufacturers of metal frames conspiring to make us believe that wood is no good for bike frames. Wooden bikes could be ridden on vert ramps, up montains, downhill at pipe line etc waaaay better than metal ones!


This is quite cool though. not technically wood though:-
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Wooden bikes on pipeline??? Well, bikes on waves aren't new... Something my mrs shot of me at Croyde last summer.

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Re: Road Bikes

Postby Vince Noir » Tue Oct 04, 2011 4:43 pm

What sort of attire are you guys sporting when cycling? I require something warm and some sort of lightweight breathable jacket to keep out the rain and cold when the winter kicks in!
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby purpleandy » Wed Oct 05, 2011 4:50 am

i got me an endura jacket - t'is bloody brilliant, had it two winters now and it's still going strong.
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby Chris F » Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:48 pm

Depends on your tolerance to cold / amount you sweat / fitness. I disappear into a puddle of sweat when I wear anything even vaguely waterproof out on the bike, even goretex or breathable equivalents, in all but the bitterest cold windy days. I've got a windproof fleece I wear with a short sleeve base layer, and never got wet in it, although to be fair I avoid going out when it's torrential rain as I don't enjoy it at all.
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby stephh » Sun Oct 09, 2011 3:55 pm

Rapha - expensive but very worth it for any cycling kit as is Assos, but it's a get what you pay for issue :-D
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby Leedsol » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:28 pm

Dredge

I got a voodoo masara after about 20 years without a bike for a cheap entry level. Got a hybrid as I thought I'd do trails more as there are some good old rail tracks converted round here with 25 mile round tripsmbut find I'm enjoying being more on the hills and roads now and the 700x42 tyres are a bit much. Realise now I might be on the nsp or bic equivalent and hope 700x30 or smaller might breath new life into it tho' it's not bad on steep climbs to be fair (mow cop killer mile and cat and fiddle if anyone knows these routes).

Wanna do the kirkstone pass and other routes in Lakes come spring (can drop kids off at parents who live nearby there).

Anyone got any good shouts for entry level road bikes query sport geometry for a more upright ride? Over and above those mentioned.

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Re: Road Bikes

Postby flacky » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:24 pm

Are you anywhere near stannage? Some nice rides that way. I am headed over as soon as spring arrives, ride, camp, climb at higgar tor.
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby Leedsol » Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:34 pm

Nah I'm not, that was on Fresh Meat t'other week
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Re: Road Bikes

Postby Chris F » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:05 am

This looks like it will be a great for road bikers. The VP Guides are alwats excellent.

http://www.v-publishing.co.uk/books/cyc ... lists.html

Get to Burbage South, flacky. Great bouldering across all the grades. Unless there's something at Higgar you specifically want to get on?
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