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2011/03/21 18:07:43 (permalink)

Another bike thread!

I bought a cheap (£100) mountain bike 8 years ago, i know nothing about bikes and assumed a bike is a bike is a bike!
Anyway i only started using it last week, i'm using it in my local park where most of the pathways are tarmac, we hardly go onto grass or rough ground, god it's heavy and cumbersome and makes cycling hard work...unless i'm just being a wimp.
I've noticed a few of you know your stuff about bikes, can you recommend something cheap, cheerful, lighter and more suited for roads/pathways.
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    swordfish
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/21 18:44:07 (permalink)
    whats the budget?
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/21 18:47:37 (permalink)
    grr I keep thinking these threads are going to be about proper bikes, i.e. ones with engines in them :)

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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/21 18:51:27 (permalink)
    Budget up to £200.
    Lol @ SecondRow, i have got an old Yamaha SR125 in the garage from when i did my CBT!
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/21 22:08:53 (permalink)
    No need to go for a lighter bike, that's crap banded about by cycle snobs. "my bike only weighs 8 lbs, blah blah" so what, you are hauling your weight plus the bikes weight around, having a 12 lb bike means you are hauling another 4 lb around, big deal, that's not making it a lot harder.
     
    However, if you are on a mountain bike on tarmac/firm tracks then it's the fat, knobbly tyres that are making it hard work. Go to a decent bike shop and some "skinny slicks", thinner tyres with little tread, you'll need new inner tubes too. Pump them up hard and you'll notice a massive difference, easy 3-4 mph gain for the same effort and around 30-40 quid, keep your chain oiled too. If your bike has suspension (which is a waste of time for what you are doing) lock it out if you can as it's just absorbing your energy.
     
    Don't waste your money and get suckered into the light bike mentality, sure it makes life a little easier but trust me changing tyres will make a hell of a lot more difference.
     
    I used to commute 15 miles each way on my mountain bike at my last job, changing my tyres to skinny slicks instantly cut about 12 minutes each way off my journey.
    post edited by i like poached eggs - 2011/03/21 22:10:05
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/21 22:23:27 (permalink)
    £200 isn't going to get you a lot of bike, even second hand. I would do what ^^^^^ says and get some some skinnier, slick tyres with the right inner tubes.
     
    If you take to cycling then you can look for a better bike that you will get your moneys worth out of. If it's a fad then you haven't got a load of cash tied up in something you aren't using.
     
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/21 22:37:36 (permalink)
    Eggs has got it right. If you go to a decent independent cycle shop you should be able to get an OK "Hybrid" bike for £200 (I did, it's still with me 5 years later) which is like a road bike but with slightly fatter tyres - nothing like a mountain bike though. You can go so much faster for a given effort than with a mountain bike.
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/21 23:10:12 (permalink)
    Buy a cheap second hand hybrid from ebay. £200 will get you something half decent. 700cc wheels + thin tyres will roll much faster and be more fun to ride on the road.
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/22 03:52:42 (permalink)
    Been honest i would be looking at spending 300-350 if your budget can stretch to that
    mate of mine recently spent 220quid on a bike in halfords it weighed about 40k lol
     
    spend that bit more cash and the bike will be lighter and have a better speck
     
    take a looks on evans cycles website
     
     
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/22 09:34:18 (permalink)
    To give an example of what a new bike does for you, I regularly used to do a 45 mile circuit around the countryside near my home which is mainly rolling hillside. On my mountain bike with skinny slicks my best time was 2 hours 36 minutes. I bought a £1000 worth of Boardman bike which is brilliant but my best time over the same circuit is 2 hours 24 minutes. That's only 12 minutes over 45 miles, not a huge gain. That said, I love the Boardman bike but I wouldn't recommend spending a lot of cash on a bike unless you intend to do serious mileage.
     
    Skinny slicks are definately the way to go for a cheap, easy performance gain. As Wes Borland said, if you get into cycling then you will probably want to get a better bike, but you won't gain massively over a mountain bike with skinny slicks, friction is the enemy, not weight.
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/22 13:03:19 (permalink)
    Thanks for the help fellas, i'm going to take eggs and Wes's advice and get the tyres changed, i've located a couple of cycle shops local to me. Can't wait to get them done. Thanks for the tip for Evans cycles GTFO, bit too much for me though! 
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/22 13:41:28 (permalink)
    get the bike shop to give the bike a quick service too, you might just find that if it has sat around idle for years that the hubs etc need a bit of lubricating, if thats the case then the bike will move along better as there will be less friction holding it back.
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/22 14:35:04 (permalink)
    Good luck with the cycling, come back and let us know how you are getting on.
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/23 17:07:36 (permalink)
    klein

    get the bike shop to give the bike a quick service too, you might just find that if it has sat around idle for years that the hubs etc need a bit of lubricating, if thats the case then the bike will move along better as there will be less friction holding it back.

     
    Thats good advice. Also make sure you keep your tyres at the correct PSI. Inflate once a week with a foot pump that has a gauge on it. Keep it clean (a clean bike is a fast bike) and get some chain lubricant as that will fail quickly if you don't look after it and will wear down other parts of your drive train.
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/23 17:21:47 (permalink)
    Apollo is a very high standard bicycle
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/23 18:16:46 (permalink)
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    Apollo is a very high standard bicycle


    is this a joke?
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    Re:Another bike thread! 2011/03/23 18:20:00 (permalink)
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    Apollo is a very high standard bicycle

    is this a joke?

     
    There's one parked behind my garage that was there when I moved in.  I think a year in the snow and rain has actually improved it!

      




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