General Bike Thread (Desiderata, questions, porn)

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  1. DrZRM

    DrZRM Senior member

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    Hey Howard,

    If you can find one in your size, the Bianchi Milano Alfine is a fun bike with an 8-speed internal rear hub. Not super light, but very durable, fenders, covered chain to protect your pants, and a reputable internal derailleur (they are also offered at a lower end for much less money with a three-speed derailleur). I got one for my wife a few years back and she loves it.

    http://www.bianchiusa.com/archives/2...milano-alfine/

    I'm thinking about getting a bike, my first since I was a kid, and I'd love some recommendations from the bike experts here.

    It would be used only in the city, for occasional commutes and weekend rides--I'm close to off-street paths. I'd like something new, readily available in stores, pretty classic looking, reliable, relatively light, and under, say, $800. I think I'd like at least a partial chain guard, for what it's worth. Any ideas? I saw the Gary Fisher Simple City and that looked nice, but I have no idea how it rates. Also, best bike store in Manhattan for someone like me who hasn't ridden in a while?
     
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    Lessee, the guy is asking for a commuting bike with a chainguard and I recommend one. It has a chainguard AND some fenders for the rain AND a rear rack. Have you guys ridden an xmart bike in a while? Their quality is improving. Most of the xmart bikes come with vbrakes now, which are great for stopping.

    One guy recommends a "gary fisher" and the other one an internal gear hub? (?). I know what an IGH is, but does anyone else? At least try to link up a model.

    I'd also not want to go into the general snobbishness of LBSs.


    chorse123 is the one who specifically asked about a Gary Fisher. Specifically the Simple City which appear be IGH across the line.

    And if you're bitching about some one not linking up to a model, wtf didn't you? You posted a picture of some bike off of Amazon with some vague description. No link.

    Buying a bike from an LBS will give you a good probability that it'll be put together properly. And if it's not, you can go back and bitch about it to them. Buy an Amazon bike and you're going to get a box of bike with "some assembly required". Even if you get an assembled bike from xmart, how well do you think it was put together?

    And seriously dude, vbrakes seem more like a minimum feature rather than something to aspire to.
     
  3. acidboy

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    Buying a bike from an LBS will give you a good probability that it'll be put together properly. And if it's not, you can go back and bitch about it to them. Buy an Amazon bike and you're going to get a box of bike with "some assembly required". Even if you get an assembled bike from xmart, how well do you think it was put together?

    that. and unless you're real tight with an lbs that is willing to assemble a bike that you bought off the internet for you, getting it from a trusted lbs is worth the price difference imo
     
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    Just won a pair of new Tiagra brakes for 35$ and a san marco ischia for 15$ off ebay

    I'm also bidding on some ultegra and durace shifters but I doubt I'll win either.
     
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    http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2010...-mongoose.html

    This is why you don't buy a department store bike. This is about the most simple bike you could make--single speed, basic brakes, 2 wheels....and yet they manage to ship a piece of crap.

    Imagine if the same bike had been assembled by a walmart employee and not someone very familiar with bikes...do you think they would have tried to figure out what was wrong with the brake? Would they have adjusted the headset? no!
    I have seen many department store bikes put together horribly wrong...we are talking about backwards forks (which makes the bike very dangerous to steer), loose bolts, non-functional brakes..etc.

    If you don't want to spend bike store prices (and don't have the mechanical ability to go the bikesdirect rout), buy a used bike that someone else bought at a bike shop and left in their garage for a couple of years
     
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    http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2010...-mongoose.html

    This is why you don't buy a department store bike. This is about the most simple bike you could make--single speed, basic brakes, 2 wheels....and yet they manage to ship a piece of crap.

    Imagine if the same bike had been assembled by a walmart employee and not someone very familiar with bikes...do you think they would have tried to figure out what was wrong with the brake? Would they have adjusted the headset? no!
    I have seen many department store bikes put together horribly wrong...we are talking about backwards forks (which makes the bike very dangerous to steer), loose bolts, non-functional brakes..etc.

    If you don't want to spend bike store prices (and don't have the mechanical ability to go the bikesdirect rout), buy a used bike that someone else bought at a bike shop and left in their garage for a couple of years


    Yeah I accidently hopped on the department store bicycle train as well.
    Not much I can do about it since the bike is well over four years old, serving me well. It's enough for me to enjoy a lasting bike ride throughout the city but I agree that it's best to support your local bike shop.

    As for the bike itself, I'm thinking of just painting it black then riding the crap out of it until it gives in or something. But I honestly don't see that happening. My dad taught me how to take fantastic care of my bikes when I was younger and I only got a new one because I was growing out of my smaller one. Due to low funds, I can't buy a new one at all.

    And for everyone that made the mistake of buying a department store bike: Just use it to get from point A to point B. There's no use beating yourself up about a mistake you just made. The best thing you can do is actually use it cause if you don't use it, you'd have just wasted a good chunk of money. I have no problem whatsoever with my Walmart mountain bike but if you are at all having a doubt about buying bikes from various selections, just choose your local bike shop. They know more.
     
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    Won my ultegra shifters on ebay, only 100$. They're the older model 2x9, the newer models are all 10 speeds so I had to buy the older version to fit my tiagra.
     
  8. rdawson808

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    You might check out bikesfortherestofus.com (I think that's the url, it might be at blogspot, google it). They focus on bikes that are generally reasonably prices, are not racing or mtb bikes, etc. They focus on basic bikes that can be used for commuting and rec riding. And they have tons of reviews. It will give you some ideas of what's available.

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    I'm thinking about getting a bike, my first since I was a kid, and I'd love some recommendations from the bike experts here.

    It would be used only in the city, for occasional commutes and weekend rides--I'm close to off-street paths. I'd like something new, readily available in stores, pretty classic looking, reliable, relatively light, and under, say, $800. I think I'd like at least a partial chain guard, for what it's worth. Any ideas? I saw the Gary Fisher Simple City and that looked nice, but I have no idea how it rates. Also, best bike store in Manhattan for someone like me who hasn't ridden in a while?
     
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    Question - I got a Brooks seat for xmas. Should I take steps to avoid theft, or is that just paranoia? I'm worried I'm leave work one day and have to get home standing up. But super gluing a ball bearing into the nut head seems pretty pessimistic. Any advice?
     
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    Question - I got a Brooks seat for xmas. Should I take steps to avoid theft, or is that just paranoia? I'm worried I'm leave work one day and have to get home standing up. But super gluing a ball bearing into the nut head seems pretty pessimistic. Any advice?

    I have mine locked to the frame. it's a measly little cable connecting them, but I figure it's a deterrent. And it's probably paranoia, but what the hell. My last bike was stolen and it was not great shakes. So I figure someone might try for a known expensive saddle.

    b
     
  12. LawrenceMD

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    the quick fix to that is to get an old chain thread it through a road bike innertube then connect the chain.

    [​IMG]

    http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...etting-stolen/

    its a cumbersome solution, but it works because its a great deterrent (since no one really carries around a chain wrench).

    when my wife and I bought hybrids last summer the LBS kinda tricked us into getting the seats "secured" with that method, but it was only really protecting cheap $20 bontrager seats.

    I was pissed afterwards, but now that my wife's bikes all have brooks saddles, I just switched over the chains so I guess it was useful in the end.

    Question - I got a Brooks seat for xmas. Should I take steps to avoid theft, or is that just paranoia? I'm worried I'm leave work one day and have to get home standing up. But super gluing a ball bearing into the nut head seems pretty pessimistic. Any advice?
     
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    I thought about that, but the chief reason I got the Brooks is because it's elegant. The chain in a tube solution negates that. The ball bearings in nut-opening, however, is an elegant solution (what thief will have acetone in his kit?).

    the quick fix to that is to get an old chain thread it through a road bike innertube then connect the chain.

    [​IMG]

    http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...etting-stolen/

    its a cumbersome solution, but it works because its a great deterrent (since no one really carries around a chain wrench).

    when my wife and I bought hybrids last summer the LBS kinda tricked us into getting the seats "secured" with that method, but it was only really protecting cheap $20 bontrager seats.

    I was pissed afterwards, but now that my wife's bikes all have brooks saddles, I just switched over the chains so I guess it was useful in the end.
     
  14. LawrenceMD

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    updated pic

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    you know you'll get spoiled with how a steel frame rides.... especially after trying out oversized aluminum tubing road bikes (which are harsh). hence the term "steel is real" its lively and forgiving.

    thats a pretty bike its good that you apparently have a good Kryptonite U-lock for it. what model did you get specifically? are you going to go full commuter with it and get racks and fenders? the weird thing is that fenders actually can make a bike look even better (since yours is retro to begin with). I put SKS road fenders on my wife's 1980's Lotus Mixte - they are thin low profile and have cool pin stripes on the top.

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  15. LawrenceMD

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    I thought about that, but the chief reason I got the Brooks is because it's elegant. The chain in a tube solution negates that. The ball bearings in nut-opening, however, is an elegant solution (what thief will have acetone in his kit?).
    that sounds very clean and neat actually but what if you have to adjust the seat? maybe just get a thin cable to loop around and under the saddle frame. just snake one end through the loop so its easy to reach onto a primary U-lock. [​IMG] if you are in work for a long time maybe just buy a quick release and bring the saddle into work with you, which is smart since if it rains outside you don't have to cover it with a saddlebag/plastic cover anyway.
     

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