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Re: Cycling

Post by Markymark » Mon May 04, 2009 10:17 pm

Squatski wrote:Image
this is my bike (a raleigh diamondback) I like my bike and my bike likes me
is that really your bike?

dont you lie about things like this to try and fit in? everyone else's pictures look genuine sat inside homes/garages etc. i know what i think :lol:

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Re: Cycling

Post by Double Drop » Mon May 04, 2009 10:31 pm

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JAZ wrote:Just wondering how your getting on DD, still riding? Is it getting easier? Beating your distance & times?
I hope your sticking with it & enjoying it.
That has to be my shortest fad ever - I've given up.

I'll be fucked if I'm going to beg to be allowed out for thirty minutes here and there. I'm just going veg-out and get fat, she can fucking bury me at 40 instead.
this is the first time ive read this thread, that fucking cracked me up though :lol:
I was having a "moment". :lol:

All sorted now. I beg, she says yes occasionally, status quo remains.

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Re: Cycling

Post by squatski » Tue May 05, 2009 1:41 am

markymark wrote:
Squatski wrote:Image
this is my bike (a raleigh diamondback) I like my bike and my bike likes me
is that really your bike?

dont you lie about things like this to try and fit in? everyone else's pictures look genuine sat inside homes/garages etc. i know what i think :lol:
not the one in the picture no (obviously), i have that model.

, and wait, i dont lie about tingz

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Re: Cycling

Post by Double Drop » Tue May 05, 2009 7:19 am

ILL ADVISED wrote:As DD already knows i bought a nice little bike today and my lord riding it back from the shop really showed my how damn unfit I am! Right up for some hardcore cycling now though, gonna blow those cobwebs out my lungs for sure!
What bike did you get in the end?

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Re: Cycling

Post by ravegirl » Fri May 08, 2009 2:36 pm

Double Drop wrote:
ILL ADVISED wrote:As DD already knows i bought a nice little bike today and my lord riding it back from the shop really showed my how damn unfit I am! Right up for some hardcore cycling now though, gonna blow those cobwebs out my lungs for sure!
What bike did you get in the end?

I let him buy this one:

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Re: Cycling

Post by J3D » Fri May 08, 2009 10:15 pm

lol ravegirl !

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Re: Cycling

Post by bazfalty » Sat May 09, 2009 3:01 pm

I've just had mine serviced today £28 and had a new front gear changer on. Looking forward to a 22 miler tomo. my house to derby football ground and back. It's gonna be a killer.

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Re: Cycling

Post by jaz » Sun May 10, 2009 10:19 am

Trying to justify another new bike for myself :lol:
There's a great deal on a Titanium Voodoo D-Jab hardtail at work, it's great value at the rrp of £1500, I can get it reduced too £1000 but then I get £150 discount bringing it to £850.
If I got it on Cycle2Work it would cost me about £550!
Don't need another bike but.......

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Re: Cycling

Post by bear » Sun May 10, 2009 8:51 pm

JAZ wrote:If I got it on Cycle2Work it would cost me about £550!
How does it work then ? I know its a good saving.

I'm back on two wheels again, went for a Scott P6

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Re: Cycling

Post by jaz » Tue May 12, 2009 7:21 pm

Looks really good Bear, a perfect city commute bike.

Cycle2Work allows you to buy a bike & pay back in monthly installments, the saving is made by the fact they take out the payment before you have paid tax/NI.
So a chunk of the cost is swallowed by tax/NI payments you would have made anyway.

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Re: Cycling

Post by fannypad » Tue May 12, 2009 10:52 pm

Calling all bike nerds:

I've just been given a shitty old 80's racer, all the bits are rusty/cracked/fucked, but the frame is OK, just the right dimensions... looks a lot like this:

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...but the slot for the rear wheel bolt points forward rather than backwards.


I know a bloke who does powdercoating on the cheap so am looking to strip the frame, buy new bits for it and convert it into a nice, simple and light fixed gear city cruising bike.

Looking to spend the bare minimum though as it'll inevitably get nicked at some point... need new wheels, tyres, crankset, chain, front brake assembly (fuck riding about in London traffic with no brakes) and possibly one of those rear hubs with both fixed and freewheel gears on either side so I can revert to a normal single speed if fixed ends up pissing me off.

I don't care about high end custom pastel coloured parts as I have no desire to blend in with the Brick Lane trendy fixie ponces.

How little can I get away with spending on all that shite and still have a nice tight ride at the end? Does the fact that the frame I've got is made for derailleur gears at the back make a difference?

Would be a shame to have to chuck the thing.

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Re: Cycling

Post by Double Drop » Tue May 12, 2009 11:13 pm

Fannypad, good question.

I've just got an old Falcon Oxford off of Freecycle in the same sort of state: flat tyres, rusty as fuck chain, rusty patches all over in fact.

Would be interesting in doing the same as you're looking to.

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Re: Cycling

Post by jaz » Wed May 13, 2009 11:55 am

For the spare parts I would go to local small bike shops & see if you can buy 2nd hand parts, or even better buy another cheapo racer that has the bits you need.
If you have a vertical dropout like >
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It's still do able but you need to find the magic gear ratio that allows you to join the chain.
If it's like this >
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You should have enough adjustment to run fixed easily.

Theres other things you can do like file the rear axle to get it to fit.
The hub you want is called a flip flop hub, that allows a fixed & a freewheel depending on which way you flip the wheel.
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html
That's an amazing site for bike knowledge & there's a lot of sites on google search.
Fixed gear bikes are a bit scary dangerous though.

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Re: Cycling

Post by bear » Wed May 13, 2009 2:24 pm

fair play to the guys that can do it ... but i would be tempted to just get a new cheapo bike

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Re: Cycling

Post by Double Drop » Mon May 18, 2009 7:14 pm

Just been out for the first time in a fortnight; eleven miles in just over an hour.

Bloody windy out.

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