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Devcon111/07/2019 08:23:03
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Picking up a little theme from the good news thread there seems to be one or two cyclists lurking.

Interested to hear what sort of bikes/riding some of us do.

To kick off I'll show my cards.

Calibre Triple B full suspension 27.5" wheels. Downhill, bike parks and rougher XC

Cube Reaction C62 Carbon 29" wheels. General XC most off-road stuff.

Specialized Sirrus X Comp Carbon 700 wheels. Tarmac fitness riding and long distance rides.

Specialized (very old) Hotrock 26" wheels with Hope hubs and brakes. Pub visits.

Enjoy riding as much as I do flying.

Edited By Devcon1 on 11/07/2019 08:24:40

David Ashby - Moderator11/07/2019 09:42:41
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Me too, although not as seriously as yourself.

I do wonder whether my next bike will be an e-bike, those I've spoken to who have one think they're wonderful but I just can't bring myself to buy one yet.

Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 11/07/2019 09:43:01

Don Fry11/07/2019 09:56:59
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Black and white Emotion electric bike, comfortable, battery lasts forever.

Beloved has a Furo systems all carbon frame/tubes job. Also comfortable, battery lasts forever. Her bike weighs 12 kilos, road weight. She loves it as she can't handle the weight of a conventional metal framed bike.

I like electric bikes, gets you out, provides as much exercise as you feel like doing. The only thing I find, being quite able to sustain 15 mph up hill and down dale on one, you have to start switching on the motorbike brain, on country roads and tracks.

Doc Marten11/07/2019 10:17:43
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A Saracen Kili flyer and a 'bitsa' that I made up on a GT frame.

Nigel R11/07/2019 11:11:23
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Riding is great. Kids are usually more than happy to come along too, so that's always good.

Our shed is too full. All have been home build projects. Including the wheels.

Surly Long Haul Trucker, 105 road bike kit, bar end shifters, cantilever brakes, racks & mudguards, brooks saddle. Favourite ride.

Aluminium Carrera hardtail, XT kit, Light, quick, but a bit fidgety on the steering.

Iron Horse Ojiki. Little used these days, I'm getting too old and have too little time for downhill riding.

Several tagalongs for the kids. My wife has six bikes - hardtail / full suspension mountain bikes, a shopper, and three roadies one of which is a Dedaccia carbon frame with carbon deep rims and is race day only.

Andy Symons - BMFA11/07/2019 12:31:59
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I have a Giant Defy Advanced Pro carbon roadie for serious riding, its the one I did the 100 miler on to raise money for the Air ambulance a couple of years ago. Also got a Whyte Suffolk roadie which I put 32mm tyres on for audaxes and more leisure riding.

Been a bit too busy to get out much this year though. sad

colin wray 211/07/2019 12:32:33
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love riding my bikes nearly as much as flying Agt avalanche hardtail mountain bike GiantTCR advanced pro2 carbon fibre which is a super ride and great fun and last but least my vintage time trial bike

Dwain Dibley.11/07/2019 12:44:48
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I ride to work most days, distance depends on the weather......Work is always in the same place.... LOL.

Winter commuter is a Trek Crossrip 3 all rounder, Summer commuter and longer rides is a Giant Defy 1, and a Cannondale 29er for hols and fun.

D.D.

Percy Verance11/07/2019 15:12:43
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I'm seriously considering a e bike for inter-village commuting. It's just that 2k+ I need to get my head around.......

Nigel R11/07/2019 15:19:48
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If you can build a plane, you can build a bike. Dave Hess is your man to talk to, I believe.

Martyn K11/07/2019 15:59:30
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20 odd years ago I was very much into Mountain Biking (proper technical stuff, big climbs and hairy descents) so I built my own bike.

Kinesis taperlite frame. the Tube wall thicknesses are waisted. Very light. No butt joints

Spin CF wheels

Kore Stem

Richie lite fittings

Titanium and Kevlar saddle

Shimano XT groupset

Mazzocchi Titanium Forks

Weighed 22lbs - which was very light. It cost me about £1500 to build over 2 years

Although my health wont let me indulge in the lunacy I used to get up to in my early 40's, the bike is still a total pleasure to ride and still get admiring looks from those in the know.

 

Edited By Martyn K on 11/07/2019 15:59:51

Tim Kearsley11/07/2019 18:46:48
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I took the plunge last year and bought a Cube Acid Hybrid e-bike. I've had a few comments when passing the Lycra brigade on a hill of "Cheat!" but my response is that as I'm not in a competition how can I be cheating!

Seriously, you can choose to exert yourself as much or as little as you like with an e-bike. 95% of the time I'm well over the 15.5 mph point where assistance tails off. It's the hills where I really appreciate it. As an old fogey of 64 I think I deserve a bit of help!

Tim.

Dwain Dibley.11/07/2019 18:50:40
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I wouldn't mind if you passed me Tim.............................Everybody passes me.........in fact a kid pulling a wheelie went past me the other day.sad laugh

D.D.

Don Fry11/07/2019 19:22:38
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Some time past, Beloved had her first E bike, a folding small wheel bike.

The car needed a service, about 5 miles from the house, so I dumped the bike in the car, delivered the car, and rode home. Ancient car, don't change cars very often.

Return jouney is across a series of valleys. Serious slopes.

Lecci bikes were rarer in those days. The look of horror, as this (slightly ) overweight middle aged bloke on a folding bike goes uphill past this Lycra clad God is embedded in memory.

Don Fry11/07/2019 19:45:07
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Posted by Percy Verance on 11/07/2019 15:12:43:

I'm seriously considering a e bike for inter-village commuting. It's just that 2k+ I need to get my head around.......

Depends how much you want to spend. You can spend less. But that is that is the price of a mid range E bike. A car is? Yesterday, I rode home in perfect comfort, 4 miles, 30° plus temperature. And they eat hills, like there is no slope in front of you.

Alex Ferguson 211/07/2019 23:42:38
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I don't see mention of Claud Butler bikes here? Yes, have one though my longest tour, the 3,500 km tour up the west coast of USA was on a locally made bike. So a Claud Butler and an Avanti for day-to-day riding as the Claud Butler is kept at our holiday home.

Partner? Yes, she has two bikes too.

Straight bars on the Avanti, drop bars on the Claud Butler with bar-end shifters.

Now do you want the story of our cycling across Singapore looking for a railway station which led to sailing across the East China Sea to Japan because we were on our way to Scotland? No? OK.

Devcon112/07/2019 07:25:18
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I would say yes, Alex.

Kevin 21612/07/2019 07:54:04
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Posted by Don Fry on 11/07/2019 19:45:07:
Posted by Percy Verance on 11/07/2019 15:12:43:

I'm seriously considering a e bike for inter-village commuting. It's just that 2k+ I need to get my head around.......

Depends how much you want to spend. You can spend less. But that is that is the price of a mid range E bike. A car is? Yesterday, I rode home in perfect comfort, 4 miles, 30° plus temperature. And they eat hills, like there is no slope in front of you.

My wife's does not drive and has a Giant e-bike (cost £1800), she uses it almost every day and gets about 30 miles from a single charge. I think its worth ever penny as I don't have to taxi her about! smiley,

Alex Ferguson 212/07/2019 10:03:37
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Posted by Devcon1 on 12/07/2019 07:25:18:

I would say yes, Alex.

You mean the Sailing to Scotland story? No, well maybe not first.

I'm lazy, I like to sit down. In my mid forties, after Xmas (summer here) I'd go and do a triathlon - bike 400+km (loaded touring), spend a week or so sea kayaking and walk to the supermarket - that's 3 "events". OK, walking is standing up but can't get it all right. Then I'd take a short cut home, only about 390 km but over mountains. A gentle Sunday ride would be up to 100 km.

Doc Marten12/07/2019 11:51:42
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Posted by Alex Ferguson 2 on 11/07/2019 23:42:38:

Now do you want the story of our cycling across Singapore looking for a railway station which led to sailing across the East China Sea to Japan because we were on our way to Scotland? No? OK.

….if this is a poll then put me down as a 'No' also.wink

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