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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/19 22:33:53 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby MaxPower 2016/04/09 22:33:10
I think it depends on what you want from a ride. As I'm a vain bastard, I like the fact my ride makes things harder for me because it's a workout each time I use it. It really is preferential.
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/19 22:36:15 (permalink)

ORIGINAL: Johnny Quest

Yeah I'm just under 6' and on a 56 but it will depend on your seat and legs.

I really wouldn't recommend a mountain bike for commuting, heavy and slow. A friend has one and I'm ahead of him in seconds on roads.

http://www.evanscycles.com/products/kona/paddy-wagon-2009-road-bike-ec017275

Reccomended by 3 Londoners all who commute in the review aswell.


Looks like only small options available, plus as I said commuting will be a secondary requirement, canal paths, cross country parks and the odd local concrete ride are the most important journeys I'll be doing!


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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/19 22:44:55 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: realysm42

I think it depends on what you want from a ride. As I'm a vain bastard, I like the fact my ride makes things harder for me because it's a workout each time I use it. It really is preferential.

I used to have that way of thinking when I used to steal bikes from the dump when I was 15 but ever since getting a road one it's all about the speed and getting as much momentum as I can.

Joga - Don't you think that bike could do with a splash of colour? Too vintage for my liking.
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/19 22:45:11 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: realysm42

I think it depends on what you want from a ride. As I'm a vain bastard, I like the fact my ride makes things harder for me because it's a workout each time I use it. It really is preferential.


is it a singlespeed? or a heavy bike?

if its the latter - in that case why don't runners wear clogs?
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/19 22:54:46 (permalink)
I've got that Orange G2 but with different shocks. Very nice bike, I use it for the kind of stuff you would, nothing too hardcore. I'm 6 1'' and use a 20''. Do it.

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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/19 22:59:14 (permalink)

ORIGINAL: DJ_PrOpS

I've got that Orange G2 but with different shocks. Very nice bike, I use it for the kind of stuff you would, nothing too hardcore. I'm 6 1'' and use a 20''. Do it.


u got 2010? ...ive got the chrome 2008 model
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/19 23:00:25 (permalink)

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ORIGINAL: realysm42

I think it depends on what you want from a ride. As I'm a vain bastard, I like the fact my ride makes things harder for me because it's a workout each time I use it. It really is preferential.


is it a singlespeed? or a heavy bike?

if its the latter - in that case why don't runners wear clogs?


9 speed. Again, it's preferential.
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/19 23:03:06 (permalink)
on a side note - can anyone recommend any good bike insurance?
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/19 23:06:00 (permalink)
majik is this part of a cycle to work initiative? A mate of mine just got a bike at discount through his work too.
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 10:25:16 (permalink)
Can't go wrong with a GT, good bikes in my experience.

Some tosser stole my Avalanche a couple of years ago


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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 10:34:15 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: Johnny Quest

Joga - Don't you think that bike could do with a splash of colour? Too vintage for my liking.


Not at all, it's meant to look vintage. Stylish as foooook.

You're young so I'll let you off
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 10:35:21 (permalink)
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majik is this part of a cycle to work initiative? A mate of mine just got a bike at discount through his work too.


Dunno about elsewhere, but in the NHS they don't do C2W through Halfords.
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 10:38:07 (permalink)


ORIGINAL: Majik

I'm pissed that BT don't offer the cycle2work scheme.

Wank.


 
that is fucking bent, they're a HUGE company, you'd think they'd be one of the first the govt would try to sign up.
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 13:11:01 (permalink)

ORIGINAL: Cinq

Whose looking forward to the tour de france?


why would you worry about that when we've got the giro d'italia and tour of california still going as we speak :P
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 15:10:52 (permalink)
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ORIGINAL: Cinq

Whose looking forward to the tour de france?


why would you worry about that when we've got the giro d'italia and tour of california still going as we speak :P


Been keeping half an eye on the Giro. Mate has told me you can subscribe to eurosport for £3.99 a month, gonna do this for june and july
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 16:38:32 (permalink)

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ORIGINAL: Majik

I'm pissed that BT don't offer the cycle2work scheme.

Wank.



that is fucking bent, they're a HUGE company, you'd think they'd be one of the first the govt would try to sign up.


They even have a cycling network in BT, what a joke.


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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 16:41:38 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: Joga

If I could get this bike I would be the coolest guy I know.




That is rather pimp. You can imagine wearing a monacle whilst riding that.
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 20:19:53 (permalink)
some tidy bikes.




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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 20:32:30 (permalink)
if im trying to get slightly fit is going for a bike ride or a run better?
 
 
if i live 100 metres from work am i disqualified from blagging this C2W thing?
 



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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 20:35:20 (permalink)
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if im trying to get slightly fit is going for a bike ride or a run better?


if i live 100 metres from work am i disqualified from blagging this C2W thing?



I'd say biking, because it's less intensive and build more muscle in your legs and arse. You won't fuck up your knees quite so badly on a bike.

I base this on no scientific evidence whatsoever
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 20:40:36 (permalink)
Running burns more calories really, you have to hammer it on a bike to get the same calorie expenditure. However biking is way more fun. I reckon they'll let you do C2W anyway, one of the pre-requisites is you use the bike for the commute at least 50% of the time, without any mechanism of checking or anything
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 20:42:11 (permalink)
ive decided a gentle bike ride along brighton seafront once every couple of weeks should do the trick
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 22:20:59 (permalink)
I cycle about 150/200miles a week but going for even a short jog still knackers me out.  Based on that alone I'd say running's better for you.  Suppose a mixture of both is good but my knees are fucked from football injuries so running's not an option.  with a bike though it's just more interesting and you're more likely to keep it up or fit it into your lifestyle. 


don't get fitted at Halfords whatever you do!!!  you can get fitted for free at any local bike shop.  plus there's sites liek this that will help you out if necessary:  http://www.cptips.com/bkefit.htm   Halfords will do their best to fob you off with what they've got in stock.  In fact supporting them in any way is poor form when there are so many shops that'll treat you properly. 


don't buy a bike that's only distributed through Halfords unless you're absolutely sure about it and have done a ten miles test-ride minimum.  they really are jokers and will take the piss unless you're on the ball.  if a shop doesn't let you do test-rides (which Halfords don't) it tells you how much they want to sell you the right bike for you...


from what you say you need I'd say a good hybrid may be best - maybe invest in another set of cheaper wheels and knobbly tyres and swap them when necessary - quick release would be best if you take that option.  second hand is more than fine and it'll save the hassle of re-tyring every time you want to go to the woods. a hybrid with knobbly tyres will be more than adequate for the times you're on the tow-path or woodlands.  if you want to do rock-hopping stuff or downhills then you might as well get a dedicated bike. 


pinnacle, bianchi (sexy), felt or specialized will do you good hybrids for £4-500 or you could test out a cyclo-cross.  the specialized 2010 is well regarded.  definitely worth a try if you fancy drop handle-bars.  make sure you test a few out and tell them to go fuck themselves if they won't let you. 
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 22:22:36 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: Horsey Boy

if im trying to get slightly fit is going for a bike ride or a run better?


if i live 100 metres from work am i disqualified from blagging this C2W thing?



no.  my wife works from home and she got one!  plus I got a load of bits (stem, seatpost, wheels etc) on hers for half the price.
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 22:24:12 (permalink)
Thanks Typo


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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 22:36:03 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: Majik

Thanks Typo


safe. 

here's my ride if anyone's interested.  fixed gear road bike so not to everyone's taste.  not track suitable but wicked for the roads.  no weight to it at all: 


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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 22:42:55 (permalink)
ORIGINAL: Grade

Can't go wrong with a GT, good bikes in my experience.

Some tosser stole my Avalanche a couple of years ago


I just got a avalanche last week not been out on it yet as i have fucked my ankle but it seems like a good bike

@bumholeseeds WWW.cycleguard.co.uk/cs
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/20 23:41:08 (permalink)
Been cycling to work for about 6 weeks now from Wallington to Chelsea (11 miles ish ) on a Mongoose hybrid with high performance road tyres. So much better than the fustration of driving or the hassle of the train. At some point though there will be so many cyclists on the road in London they will have to build dedicated cycling roads
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/21 01:42:55 (permalink)

ORIGINAL: Typo

pinnacle, bianchi (sexy), felt or specialized will do you good hybrids for £4-500 or you could test out a cyclo-cross.  the specialized 2010 is well regarded.  definitely worth a try if you fancy drop handle-bars.  make sure you test a few out and tell them to go fuck themselves if they won't let you. 


a cyclocross bike is a really good shout!

def fits the bill better than a hybrid IMO.
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RE: Bicycle Guys 2010/05/22 11:18:42 (permalink)
Been walking like John Wayne past few days after adjusting to a road bike but bloody love it
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