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  • elstoof 11 Jun 2013 14:33:09 8,322 posts
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    They look like H+Son Formation Face rims on that. Hip. Hardy. Hella heavy.
  • Trafford 11 Jun 2013 14:59:17 5,975 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Handlebar moustache, deep V t-shirt, rolled up stonewash denim, canvas plimsoles and some playing cards slipped between the spokes, then you're all set for the single speed commute. Not sure if cycling to your friends cupcake workshop-come-yoga studio counts as commuting though.
    Sounds hellish.

    Edited by Trafford at 15:16:36 11-06-2013
  • motti82 11 Jun 2013 20:06:10 2,924 posts
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    Back riding after an enforced month off. Had to bail as a BMW almost knocked me off on my commute in. Chipped bone in my arm so still can't fully lock my right arm straight.

    Feels good to be back on again. Gonna sign up to the Manc Skyride in August. Enjoyed that lots last year.
  • Psychotext 11 Jun 2013 20:20:31 55,051 posts
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    /thumbs up
  • caligari 11 Jun 2013 21:20:04 17,194 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Handlebar moustache, deep V t-shirt, rolled up stonewash denim, canvas plimsoles and some playing cards slipped between the spokes, then you're all set for the single speed commute. Not sure if cycling to your friends cupcake workshop-come-yoga studio counts as commuting though.
    Hah, so very true.

    I love wearing my standard 'road bike' gear on my single-speed - I think it confuses the hipsters.
  • Trafford 12 Jun 2013 00:54:26 5,975 posts
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    @LeoliansBro & Load

    A Singlespeed is an excellent choice. I've ridden one for years and have done a few continental centuries on mine.

    Apart from the obvious simplicity when it comes to maintaining the bike, the key for me is that you are always in the right gear.
    Great when you are in stop/start traffic situations. Focus on other things like avoiding motorists. You can spin out to accelerate out of tricky situations and keep a higher average speed than most with the right gearing (42/18 is common)

    Hills are not a problem, after a week or so, you will be powering up them as you have no choice.

    I would suggest, as always, to not get a standard SS, look for a CX bike, much more rugged and versatile. Things like Genesis Day One or All City Nature Boy.
  • elstoof 12 Jun 2013 08:42:40 8,322 posts
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    I ordered a Campagnolo Record headset from wiggle the other day. In the parcel I received a Shimano Deore XT rear hub..

    Even if I could somehow make it fit, I'd probably only be able to steer it one way after the freewheel kicks in.
  • Load_2.0 12 Jun 2013 09:43:53 19,675 posts
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    This is what I am looking at.

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/jamis/allegro-sport-2012-hybrid-bike-ec031791
  • grey_matters 12 Jun 2013 20:47:54 3,863 posts
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  • grey_matters 12 Jun 2013 23:08:28 3,863 posts
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    Drunkenly ballsed up two posts.
    EPO era
    Fairly serious (and as a consequence, hopeful) drop down to Cadel Evans after the ridiculous unwatchable Pantani/Armstrong/Ullrich years.

    Edit: And also, unfortunately, the Indurain years (among others).
    :(

    Edited by grey_matters at 23:38:12 12-06-2013
  • Psychotext 12 Jun 2013 23:51:32 55,051 posts
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    Drugs are bad, mkay.
  • grey_matters 12 Jun 2013 23:52:35 3,863 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Drugs are bad, mkay.
    Also, booze.
  • Psychotext 13 Jun 2013 00:06:58 55,051 posts
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    Oddly enough I'll be getting my prescription asthma meds soon enough (Exercise induced) so I'll almost be like a pro rider!
  • mal 13 Jun 2013 00:22:15 22,842 posts
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    Load_2.0 wrote:
    This is what I am looking at.

    http://www.evanscycles.com/products/jamis/allegro-sport-2012-hybrid-bike-ec031791
    Don't see much wrong with that. Looks to me like a bike you could live with for a long time - 8x3 gears meaning plenty of low gears to get you started (though it's worth noting the smallest chainring is 28 teeth, which is pretty standard). I like the internal cables. No quick release skewers front or rear maybe means you're less likely to have them nicked if you're a bit lax on locking up, but I couldn't vouch for that. QR seat post means you can take the saddle with you when you leave it locked up but correspondingly means if you don't take it it's easier for an arsehole to nick it.

    Geometry's a bit different to mine though, so I couldn't begin to talk about that. As with these things, best to find out by sitting on it and giving it a test ride, though personally I found that a bit daunting being fresh to cycling when I picked up my first hybrid, and just picked a random one of t'internet. One thing worth noting versus mine is that if you want to change the handlebar angle you'll need to buy a new (fairly cheap) bit so they only thing you can fine tune for free is the seat. Personally on mine I found it useful to be able to push the seat back and the handlebars forwards but YMMV.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Load_2.0 13 Jun 2013 10:16:45 19,675 posts
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    Thanks Mal!

    I am opting for the ooooh looks nice on the internet purchase route, as I am not sure I could tell the difference between a £10k bike and a £100 bike on a test ride.

    Thanks for the tip on handlebars/seat.
  • Saucy 15 Jun 2013 12:11:25 2,614 posts
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    Does anyone have any recommendation for cycle storage? Garage is getting a touch full, so was thinking about the merits of storing bikes on a wall 
  • Trafford 15 Jun 2013 12:29:44 5,975 posts
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    Urban posted a rather novel book shelf/ bike hanger on here a year or so back.
    Wooden, handmade.
  • pistol 15 Jun 2013 13:08:19 13,019 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Yeah I got a bit burned too. Can't win.

    Good job on the ride.
    Yeah, especially chuffed as only 13 riders in 3800 got under 7 hrs. At least
    I was in the top region.

    Edited by pistol at 13:08:45 15-06-2013
  • elstoof 15 Jun 2013 13:28:16 8,322 posts
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    You can get wall hangers that you hook the wheel onto for about a tenner each from the usual places, wiggle, halfords etc. I use a few an they do all you could ask of them
  • elstoof 16 Jun 2013 12:17:45 8,322 posts
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    Good luck all those doing the ride down to Brighton today for the BHF.
  • Deleted user 17 June 2013 10:14:36
    Did the London to Brighton cycle yesterday.

    Bit frustrating to be honest. Took 2 hours to do the first 10 miles due to the amount of bikes and traffic lights.

    8.5 hours total. Loads of bike traffic jams and bits where you had to queue as they were releasing riders in waves.

    Usually I start a bit earlier so maybe that was the difference this time.
  • Psychotext 18 Jun 2013 13:35:43 55,051 posts
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    Danny MacAskill's Imaginate (short film): http://imaginate.redbull.com/
  • Wacko_AK 19 Jun 2013 09:22:23 207 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    Danny MacAskill's Imaginate (short film): http://imaginate.redbull.com/
    That's ace but I prefer the "rawness" of his street stuff although bouncing on that swiss ball to the rail track was a WTF moment.
  • Load_2.0 19 Jun 2013 09:42:43 19,675 posts
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    Rode home for the first time last night.

    13 miles so was a slight detour as I got a little lost, also rather than avoiding the busy junctions I managed to go through central London Strand, Westminster (Hot ladies at the Brazilian protest!) and through Chelsea and all the junctions in Shepperds Bush. Oops.

    Still all went OK, my bum hurts but legs seem ok.

    If the small of my back aches when I ride does that mean my seat is too high or the handlebars need adjusting? Or is that just my horrible lack of fitness?

    Edited by Load_2.0 at 09:45:02 19-06-2013
  • elstoof 19 Jun 2013 10:44:04 8,322 posts
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    Good stuff. If you've just jumped up to that sort of time sat on the then any minor aches would probably be down to you adjusting to the position. If there's no major alerts from your body then I'd be inclined to get some more hours in before tinkering with your position. Remember to adjust slowly and gradually, major changes can shock your body by suddenly using a muscle you didn't use before as much - I did my calf in by dropping my saddle and pushing it back while recently trying a more "normal" position.
  • UncleLou Moderator 19 Jun 2013 10:53:48 35,855 posts
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    SaucyGeoff wrote:
    Does anyone have any recommendation for cycle storage? Garage is getting a touch full, so was thinking about the merits of storing bikes on a wall 
    I can't recommend it because I haven't used it, but it looks nice.

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  • MikeP 19 Jun 2013 14:58:53 2,079 posts
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    Load_2.0 wrote:
    Rode home for the first time last night.

    13 miles so was a slight detour as I got a little lost, also rather than avoiding the busy junctions I managed to go through central London Strand, Westminster (Hot ladies at the Brazilian protest!) and through Chelsea and all the junctions in Shepperds Bush. Oops.

    Still all went OK, my bum hurts but legs seem ok.

    If the small of my back aches when I ride does that mean my seat is too high or the handlebars need adjusting? Or is that just my horrible lack of fitness?

    Edited by Load_2.0 at 09:45:02 19-06-2013
    Nice one, bike commuting is so the best way to get around London.

    What sort of a bike do you have? If the handlebars are low compared to the saddle and you're not that flexible it can put load on your back. There are lots of reasons it can hurt, but to start with just try not to push it too hard.

    PSN ID: Mikenetic

  • Deleted user 19 June 2013 15:05:28
    @UncleLou That‘s lovely. Going to bookmark this site!
  • elstoof 20 Jun 2013 09:41:36 8,322 posts
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    Huh. So I've got a new frameset sitting at Sigma Sports waiting for me now, the chaps at Colnago must have busted a nut getting it ready before the Italian summer holidays. Wasn't expecting it for another 4 months.
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