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Find me a bike

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by dopey, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    No one has mentioned frame material yet. I am going to assume, comfort is an issue. Outside of seating stance, I think frame material plays the biggest role. I would stay away from aluminum. From there, your price point will determine, i.e chrome moly vs. titanium, etc.
     
  2. shoreman1782

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    Any experience with swobo? Too gimmicky?
     
  3. otc

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    No one has mentioned frame material yet. I am going to assume, comfort is an issue. Outside of seating stance, I think frame material plays the biggest role. I would stay away from aluminum. From there, your price point will determine, i.e chrome moly vs. titanium, etc.

    Steel

    unless you want to spend a bunch of extra money (saving weight costs exponentially more money as the weight comes down)
     
  4. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    Steel

    unless you want to spend a bunch of extra money (saving weight costs exponentially more money as the weight comes down)


    I agree that steel is far more comfortable that AL and gives the best bang for the buck. Ti and carbon are good choices too, but as you point out, far more pricey.
     
  5. photofabix

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    No one has mentioned frame material yet. I am going to assume, comfort is an issue. Outside of seating stance, I think frame material plays the biggest role. I would stay away from aluminum. From there, your price point will determine, i.e chrome moly vs. titanium, etc.

    My post above #16 included frame material, I also rode the bike I didn't notice anything wrong with the frame being alum. I personally ride a Cro-Mo frame, but wouldn't mind an aluminum frame to save on some weight.
     
  6. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Well-Known Member

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    You should get an ironic, hipster bike.
     
  7. Piobaire

    Piobaire Well-Known Member

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    My post above #16 included frame material, I also rode the bike I didn't notice anything wrong with the frame being alum. I personally ride a Cro-Mo frame, but wouldn't mind an aluminum frame to save on some weight.

    The nature of aluminum is such that it's less flexible than steel. For this reason, and its light weight, it is why it makes a good choice for a certain type(s) of bikes. Less flex in the bottom bracket when proj'ing hard. However, this stiffness comes at a cost: comfort.

    So since I figure dopey is not looking to do a sprint like the Lion King, I figured I'd drop the comfort aspect of frame material on him. FWIW, I rode a Trek AL frame for years. The reason being, I'm a big guy, and I'd loose mucho energy when I'd stand up and nail it due to bottom bracket flex.
     
  8. DNW

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    dopey, a steel frame is nice, but depending on where you live, you might have to worry about rust. In any event, I just bought a commuter bike to ride around the neighborhood and for local errands. It's a Specialized Sirrus and you can find a basic model for under $600. It should get here in a few days, and if you can wait, I'll give you my impression on it after I take it out. In the short term, I'm only going to change a couple of things on it, e.g. the suspension seat post. [​IMG]
     
  9. zippyh

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    I had a Specialize Sirrus. It's a nice enough bike for what it is which is a sort of roadish flat bar bike.
    The flat bar/lack of hand positions is a killer for longer rides.
    It ended up being my gateway drug to road bikes though.

    Also, unless one is storing the bike out in the rain, rust isn't going to be an issue on a steel frame.
     
  10. dopey

    dopey Well-Known Member

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    I had a Specialize Sirrus. It's a nice enough bike for what it is which is a sort of roadish flat bar bike.
    The flat bar/lack of hand positions is a killer for longer rides.
    It ended up being my gateway drug to road bikes though.

    Also, unless one is storing the bike out in the rain, rust isn't going to be an issue on a steel frame.


    This is what I am thinking. I want a relatively forgiving geometry, not a hardcore road bike, but definitely want drop bars. Not that bars are a big deal in a decision - I should be able to get whatever I want pretty easily.

    Rust won't be an issue for me as the bike will be kept indoors - it is not a commuter bike that will be locked up on the street every day.

    There have been a lot of good suggestions on this thread - thanks, all.
     
  11. wmmk

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    I'm actually looking around for a fixed gear bike to ride around D.C. (or Chicago, if I can't find a job in Washington) this summer. I'm down with irony.[​IMG]

    Is craigslist my best bet?
     
  12. Tck13

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    I'm late but I'd say that the hybrids are the best for the OP's demands. I had a couple of Giants (Link) and they were ok hybrids. I didn't see them mentioned yet... I assume that the components are better today then when I had them. Hybrids suck for any kind of real mountain biking though. I ended up getting one of the first full suspension mtn bikes (front and rear) when they started making them and they sucked as well.
     
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    Sorry, I'm rushing out and don't have time for a complete post, but i think a CYCLOCROSS bike would suit all your needs. Drop bars, almost roadbike, but with a much more forgiving riding position and tires that will be able to take you off the road.
     
  14. zippyh

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    I'm actually looking around for a fixed gear bike to ride around D.C. (or Chicago, if I can't find a job in Washington) this summer. I'm down with irony.[​IMG]

    Is craigslist my best bet?


    Urban hipster in training?

    bikesdirect.com has a bunch of cheapo fixed/single speeds.
    Actually they have a bunch of cheapo bikes in general.
    The problem with them is that you really need to know what you want and what you're doing
    if you order from them.
    The other thing is that they've licensed hallowed bike names from the past and slapped them on
    generic Asian made frames. That's really not going to pass the hipster test.
     
  15. lakewolf

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    Sorry, I'm rushing out and don't have time for a complete post, but i think a CYCLOCROSS bike would suit all your needs. Drop bars, almost roadbike, but with a much more forgiving riding position and tires that will be able to take you off the road.

    If you intend to do downhill mountain biking, then disregard, otherwise...

    If you want only one bike, to do the road, commute and eventually go off road on moutains and so, without jumps and such, probably a cyclocross bike is the one you need.

    A cyclo-cross bike is a bike with road geometry, drop bars, a little more relaxed and with clearance for wide tyres.

    You could have one cyclo-cross bike and 3 sets of wheels.
    • one set 700x23c to 700x25c to do sports-oriented road riding.
    • one set 700x35c to 700x40c knobly tyres for off-road
    • one set ~700x32c-700x42c for commuting/touring.
    or skip the touring/racing pair and have just one set of slick 700x28c for road and one knobly 700x35c for off-road.

    You could have also removable fenders, so you can use them when commuting and removing them for the sport.

    the disadvantages
    • A Cyclo-Cross bike has Canti-Lever brakes, for a wider tyre clearance, but these breaks are less powerful than standard road or MTB V-Brakes, anyway they can stop you, but you need to apply more force on the brake levers.
    • A Cyclo-Cross bike doesn't have suspension, so downhill or jumps are probably not possible

    • A Cyclo-Cross bike has drop handlebars, that could be somewhat less comfortable for touring/commuting ( however I much prefer them than flat bars)
    • A Cyclo-Cross bike has a gearing in-between road and touring. This could be an advantage more than a disadvantage however.
    Check out this generic pictures of cyclo-cross bikes

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    ... and this is mine [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  16. jkw

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    [*]A Cyclo-Cross bike has Canti-Lever brakes, for a wider tyre clearance, but these breaks are less powerful than standard road or MTB V-Brakes, anyway they can stop you, but you need to apply more force on the brake levers.

    Remember, you can get disc brakes on a cyclox, and trus me those make a hell of a difference.
    You can also get by with 28c tires, for most uses, including your dirt trail, as long as it isnt loose. 32cs might be useful, but either way, as long as it has a bit of knobbliness, you should be fine


    Edit, that's a sexy bike lake wolf... I'm very jealous [​IMG] it's actually jaw droppingly beautiful

    Here are some of mine...

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
  17. culverwood

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    You could go for style with a Pashley http://www.pashley.co.uk/
    [​IMG]

    But seriously the cyclocross or 700 wheeled tourer seems your sort of bike. I go for a 26" wheeled tourer myself but them I am after endurance and weight carrying (my wife's stuff as well as my own) rather than speed.
    [​IMG]
     
  18. DNW

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    Nice! This is turning into a bike porn thread. Gets my blood going. It's been a few years since I last rode a real bike (GT Zaskar LE, stiff as a pole).
     
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    Nice! This is turning into a bike porn thread. Gets my blood going. It's been a few years since I last rode a real bike (GT Zaskar LE, stiff as a pole).
    well while we're at it, i'm finally having my first completely new trail bike built. i've been hitting the trails since late last year on a 2nd hand xc bike and after getting to like the sport, and knowing what i think i want in a bike, i ordered a yeti 575 frame. once its done its gonna look like this (with the same group components and fork) [​IMG]
     

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