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The Cycling Thread Part 2

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Dave, Feb 3, 2012.

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  1. IronGiant

    IronGiant Moderator

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    Bertie's, do you understand what sarcasm is?

    They are mocking you.
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    I really don't care either way.
  3. IronGiant

    IronGiant Moderator

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    You really should try and take the hint :(
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  4. Berties

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    Nah. I don't bow down to sad & pathetic people who think by mocking (because I have an opinion and some knowledge in bike) you'll go away. They're meaningless to me, I wouldn't wee on them if they were on fire.

    Haven't been fully following Mandys posts, but if she's looking for riding on road could consider second hand Carrera Gryphon V spec model. It's flat bar road bike so pretty fast.
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    IronGiant Moderator

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    "There is no fate but what we make for ourselves " Terminator 2
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  6. mattrixdesign2

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    Berties K.I.S.S.
    :)
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    An urban commuter bike is absolutly a hybrid.

    But anyway you are arguing semantics, a bike that has been designed with using on and off the the road and design decisions that facilitate that rather than choseing what is best for on or off road is a hybrid. There is no check list they must fulfil, a hybrid does not have to have 700cc wheels.
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    You would probably get that wrong as well :laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:

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  9. Berties

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    That's wording it differently to how I mean. Shoving road tyres onto a MTB does not make it a hybrid. The Subway is not a hybrid, it's closer to MTB side than road. It is virtually a retro rigid MTB.

    I'd say cyclocross is more of a hybrid than the subway is. Road shifters, 700cc wheels (but tougher rims) chainset is between MTB and road bike gearing of 46x36. Frame is tougher than road bike, with canti or disc brakes.

    Not knocking the subway, I do like the Subway 8 (suberb price) although I would prefer Gryphon Nexus.

    I don't know how you can look at it and state it's not a identical MTB from 80/90's era (apart from having disc brakes) just frame and fork and overall geometry.

    http://besthybridbike.co.uk/wp-cont...ikes, best hybrid bike-619093206032823710.jpg

    Urban communter - 26" wheels, either derailler or hub gearing. Designed for really bad city roads. Rigid or front suspension.
    Hybrid - 700cc wheels with 32-40mm tyres, higher than MTB gearing. Rigid or front suspension.
    Flat bar road bike - 700cc wheels 18mm-28mm tyres, higher gearing or identical chainset to road bikes, rigid fork, longer reach/TT, straight bars, not as wide bars, horizontal stem.

    Bike-Forum.Cz :: Fotogalerie (Naše biky)
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-nfb8Kmhu-2E/TgoZ2YsMe8I/AAAAAAAAAKU/vHGZBgQkJCk/s1600/105.JPG

    Also unless you (one or more of the following)

    a) Live in a really hilly area
    b) Are unfit
    c) Are pulling a trailer/heavy shopping

    You wouldn't want a MTB chainset on generally, it's just too low gearing. Been riding the Gryphon to work and MTB chainset will just be daft, you'd never use the 22 granny ring even in a climb, and 42 will be too small when you're pushing it. Gryphon has 50/36t - 36/26 fine for climbs (except when I have the trailer loaded up)
  10. Sebastalona

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    How did I miss these? Fantastic set mate:thumbsup: Number 4 from the ones you posted is my favourite, but the whole stream on Flickr are superb!
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    Much appricated ty
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  12. Sebastalona

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    Is there anyway to see the EXIF data from Flickr?

    EDIT: Ignore me, found it!
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    The German in the last picture looks like a monster :eek: I thought the same when watching in colour on the TV, but in B&W he looks even more powerful.
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    Someone posted this pic this morning on a cycling forum I frequent. I thought it was very good!
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    Recognised the bike first and then the name. TrailScotland! :laugh:

    That restoration is fantastic Dave, very nice indeed!

    Miss Mandy, perhaps I've missed it mentioned but at that price range a used buy is a very good option. Also, for what you're looking at a cyclocross bike wouldn't be the worst idea

    Some ideas for you:

    Merida Crossway 60 Cyclocross | eBay

    CUBE SL CROSS COMP 2011 HYBRID CYCLE (56cm frame) | eBay

    Specialized bike, Crosstrail, great condition. | eBay
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    Thanks everyone, I'll have a look into those models as well.
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    yeah - good forums
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    For any mountain bikers out there, this will be my 'backyard' in 3 weeks time


    Me and my Mrs are moving out to Andalucia in March, just for 6 months, but potentially permanently.

    Just thought I'd share the quality of the trails found about an hour from our house. :)

    The video was shot by the guide I spent a day with last October. Sadly not me following him (I'm a tad slower). But some stunning riding out there which I'm itching to ride.
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    I actually can't watch that video as going backwards makes me feel sick, but I'm sure its going to be a great place to ride.
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    I was in Spain last year with JoyRiders around the Andalucia area. Did a bit of riding in La Subbetica. Loved the holiday, loved the weather and loved the rocky riding!
    Lovely part of the world.
    All the best to you out there Mac Man.
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    Ok I picked up some schwalbe city jets, but I can't get my old tyres off! :mad:

    When I were a lad you could do it with a couple of spoons and some elbow grease. Do I need to get some tyre levers?
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    You should use tyre leavers, they are cheap, and the right tool for the job.
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    Lol, I used to do that too! My mum hated it when I bent the spoons and then put them back in the kitchen drawer! :D
    I think tyre levers are pretty much essential these days.
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    TBH I very rarely use tyre levers (perhaps on some of my road bikes if it's a low profile tyre and a deep wheel)
    Here is a handy link:
    Park Tool Co. » ParkTool Blog » Tire and Tube Removal and Installaton
    The Park Tool site is a great resource.
    Have a look at this link to see the best way to remove an MTB tyre:


    Perhaps not the best vids but a couple of decent ones.
    There'll always be some tyre/rim combos that will have you huffing, puffing and swearing though. :D
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    Working towards my goal of finding every slippery hill in the county...i will either make it or die trying lol



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    I went to Cannock Chase yesterday on my retro machine. Never been to Cannock Chase before but it is a purpose built mtb course with blue, red and black routes. The course is pretty awesome, technical descents, fast descents and some not too bad ascending - all in all a great morning, would recommend it to anyone in the area :)
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    Might be going later, it's a great place. :)
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    ^ Suitable level of fitness? Also is your road bike a double or triple? You may struggle on a higher geared double for steeper climbs / end of the ride when you're getting tired.
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    I'm hoping that by September I'll be suitably fit enough, 50 miles of hills should be enough motivation to get out as much as possible to train!

    Getting a Giant Defy 4, and pretty sure it's the triple version, not the compact, probably should have double checked when I ordered it, oops, lol! :blush:
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