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Find me a bike

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

  1. unjung

    unjung Senior member

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    Question: can you really climb (I mean really climb - Rocky Mountain switchbacks) on a cycle-cross bike?
     
  2. Southern-Nupe

    Southern-Nupe Senior 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.
    Unless he's planning on doing a signficant amount of miles (i.e. 50+ miles), I'm not convinced Aluminum makes for a choice to rule out.

    Even then, most modern day aluminum bikes are fairly forgiving when compared to those of years ago. Frame geometry and fit are a more determining factor when looking at levels of comfort.

    All in all, I have been considering the addition of possibly making room for a steel single-speed in the garage, it'll be nice to have something simple but fun to ride around the neighborhood.
     
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  5. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    [​IMG]

    Though I don't one, this is a beautiful bike.
     
  6. pabloj

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    Probably not what you're looking for but I like it

    [​IMG]
     
  7. lakewolf

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    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...

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    Ahhh Bianchi ....

    now you are talking about my true love [​IMG] [​IMG]

    here is mine

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  8. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Probably not what you're looking for but I like it

    [​IMG]


    Another beautiful bike, though it is strictly a town commuter.
     
  9. HEWSINATOR

    HEWSINATOR Senior member

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    I have one of these (Trek 2100): http://www.hodsonsbay.com/images/otherimages/2100-s.jpg for excercise and having fun.

    I have a A Rocky Mountain Stratos that I barely ride at all anymore (do they even make hard tail MTB's anymore?).

    And I am about to pull the trigger on one of these: http://www.norco.com/bikes/city-and-...io-vista-mens/ to go to the store and such. Need that chain guard for the grocery getter.

    Moral of the story is there is really no bike that will do everything you want. But, the best way to go for an all rounder is something like the first one posted.
     
  10. J'aimelescravates

    J'aimelescravates Senior member

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    I like Cannondale's Prophet 2
     
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    Probably not what you're looking for but I like it

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    Shaft drive?
     
  13. pabloj

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    Shaft drive?
    Yes! Good for your trousers (and less maintenance hassles)
     
  14. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I bought my daughter one of these:
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    She is nearly ten, but hasn't learned to ride a bike and yesterday was day-one of trying, without training wheels. I am now one step closer to pulling the trigger on one of my own.

    I am torn between spending a few hundred bucks on a decent bike that I will replace if I stick with it, or just pulling the trigger on one of these:
    [​IMG] or these:
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  15. Philosoph

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    I am torn between spending a few hundred bucks on a decent bike that I will replace if I stick with it, or just pulling the trigger on one of these:

    If you're reasonably certain that you'll upgrade, then I don't think there's much sense not getting the bike you want, if you can. That will make it more likely that you'll use it.

    Also, how did your daughter get to be 10 without learning to ride?
     
  16. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    If you're reasonably certain that you'll upgrade, then I don't think there's much sense not getting the bike you want, if you can. That will make it more likely that you'll use it. Also, how did your daughter get to be 10 without learning to ride?
    We lived in a neighborhood without many large parks and a lot of street traffic.
     
  17. Philosoph

    Philosoph Senior member

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    I'm sorry [​IMG]

    My road bike is sitting around not getting much use at all because I'm in a much less convenient riding area than I was when I bought it.
     
  18. culverwood

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    I’d go for the Sam Hillborne with rack and fenders.

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  19. zippyh

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    I am torn between spending a few hundred bucks on a decent bike that I will replace if I stick with it, or just pulling the trigger on one of these:
    [​IMG] or these:
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    Those Rivendells are kind of cool in an old school Fredilicious sort of way.

    One thing I regret is not spending more when getting back into cycling.
    If you think you'll stick with it, go for broke and get something nice.
     
  20. dopey

    dopey Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Those Rivendells are kind of cool in an old school Fredilicious sort of way. One thing I regret is not spending more when getting back into cycling. If you think you'll stick with it, go for broke and get something nice.
    Enablers like you and philosoph are just what I was looking for. A Waterford built frame in this color is likely what I am going get: [​IMG] It is a bit lighter in color than the frame I posted above. I am still thinking about the setup, but I am leaning towards cushy over speedy, except that I like downtube friction shifters rather than index bar end. But that is habit and perhaps I will be talked out of it. Some lugwork photos: [​IMG]
     

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