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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 4:12 pm 
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Hahaha, excellent! 25 kgs though, empty as well!


True, but for people camping that weight of course includes the tent and fittings plus removes the need for panniers.

Still heavier I grant you but I'd love one.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:33 am 
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Lol that's nuts. BTW I'm thinking of getting a road bike now that my cycle to work scheme is coming to an end. Wheres the best place to sell my current bike and how much can I expect to get 25% of its original price?

It cost £525 retail and is almost a year old

Edit: Dammit just been looking at a Trek 1.1 at a bike shop I sooo want!:

http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/ro ... h2_compact

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 9:03 am 
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That's a nice looking bike and importantly it has carbon forks. If anyone is choosing a road bike and does not want to pay for a full carbon frame, carbon forks are really a big bonus when it comes to comfort and not all bikes around the 500 pound mark have them.

My wife's bike has the Claris group set which is one of Shamano's latest. It works very nicely I must say.

No idea about selling your other bike. My best guest is the local free adds.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:49 pm 
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Cool thanks, contemplating on a more expensive bike... but I should probably start cycling again first.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:56 pm 
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Nah, the more you spend, the more motivated you are so as to not think you've waisted money! That's my excuse anyway.

Remember, the formula for knowing how many bikes you should own is n+1, where n equals the number of bikes you currently own.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:49 pm 
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Hmm true, but then as this is my first road bike I think I'll get an entry level good brand, that way I can appreciate any upgrades better later on.

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Edit: Dammit just been looking at a Trek 1.1 at a bike shop I sooo want!:

http://www.trekbikes.com/uk/en/bikes/ro ... h2_compact


Went into another shop and so this Giant:
http://www.shopgiant-bicycles.co.uk/367 ... -bike.aspx

Now I'm not sure which one to choose....

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:41 pm 
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For that money you could get this which has the Tiagra group set which is two levels up from Claris. 20 speed instead of 16.

http://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CBPXRT58ALUTIA/planet-x-rt-58-alloy-shimano-tiagra-road-bike

My best bike is made by Planet X and it's amazing quality. Great service too.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:52 pm 
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That looks like good value thanks but sadly their stores are too far away for me to visit and bring the bike over.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:11 pm 
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They deliver.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:52 pm 
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Just make sure you shop around. There's a huge choice with a variety of group sets available.

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Specialized Allez is also excellent. I know someone that has ridden thousands of miles on one and loves it.

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Thanks Asphalt I appreciate the suggestions, unfortunately specialized allez dont seem to be sold in the LBS around here.

So I'm left with the Giant or Trek. Out of the two I'm veering towards the Trek (although I'd like to own a different brand) because the shop that sells it made a bigger deal of getting the fit right, offering to swap out the stem and get me to try out the new bike with my shoes/pedals and ensure the dimensions are all correct. As its my first road bike I suppose fitment/size will be give me the best difference for now.

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The Trek sounds good, especially if they're measuring it up accurately for you.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:07 am 
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Asphalt_World wrote:
Specialized Allez is also excellent. I know someone that has ridden thousands of miles on one and loves it.


Missed this conversation, my flatmate just bought the Allez to get into road riding and as a first time roadie he loves it. Quite cheap too for this kind of bike, around the £600 if I'm not mistaken.

Very sexy looking too!


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SchumieRules wrote:
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Specialized Allez is also excellent. I know someone that has ridden thousands of miles on one and loves it.


Missed this conversation, my flatmate just bought the Allez to get into road riding and as a first time roadie he loves it. Quite cheap too for this kind of bike, around the £600 if I'm not mistaken.

Very sexy looking too!


Yes, a of people like the curved to tube Specialized use. A fairly unique look. Just just have to make sure you measure up with a virtual top tube rather than measuring the curved one.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:49 pm 
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Asphalt, I got a new idea for the touring!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:33 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 10:13 pm 
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I'd genuine love to try the caravan for the weekend. Hope it's long enough for me to lie down in. I'm 6'2".

I've just booked as week in Belgium followed by a return to the Alpes this summer for more cycling.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 9:11 am 
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Wow how many miles do you cycle on those trips?

I got my new bike today :D and I managed to overtake three lycra ninjas who jumped the red lights.

Need to get used to the brakes I dont feel I have much stopping power or I'm not squeezing the brakes properly.

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f1madman wrote:
Wow how many miles do you cycle on those trips?

I got my new bike today :D and I managed to overtake three lycra ninjas who jumped the red lights.

Need to get used to the brakes I dont feel I have much stopping power or I'm not squeezing the brakes properly.


Week a week in Belgium will probably allow a couple of hundred miles. I have my family with me so it's not simply a cycling holiday. We'll be hiking and kayaking as well,

The Alpes is a different matter. Slightly more hilly... Probably 100 miles but it's more about doing 10 - 15 miles up an incredibly steep mountain. Last year was tough. I should be better prepared this year.

What bike did you get?

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Oh yes, about the brakes. The rims could need a few miles to clean off any polish bikes often come with. It gets on the rims sometimes. However, the problem is probably the blocks. A pair can cost 4-5 pounds but spending 10 or more for a pair makes a huge difference. I changed them on my Planet X bike immediately despite the bike costing quite a bit in the first place.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:56 pm 
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I have these and they work very well including all winter. Free cables are a bonus as replacing them every year is a sensible idea. After all, nothing more important than being able to stop quickly.

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/mobile/clarks-55mm-caliper-brakes-free-gear-cables/rp-prod94327

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:22 pm 
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Excited now. Ordered some 45mm carbon wheels today. Just for TT's and nice weekend rides when the sun is out. Bit extravagant but can't wait for them to arrive. Guarantee it will rain for 2 weeks solid when the arrive....

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:35 pm 
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Carbon wheels? I was looking at some recently, they are NOT cheap!!!

I've ordered my custom made frame bag for the trip. So excited, getting out tomorrow for a proper off road ride after 5 months...


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Yep, Carbon. However, in order to not have to mess around too much when I switch wheels on my main bike, they have a metal rim. This means that you don't need to change brake blocks every time you switch wheels, plus carbon rims wear out a good bit quicker than metal ones.

Still lovely and light plus they should look fab on the bike.

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Nice! I want pics!!!

First 18m ride for me today, I do feel shattered.


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Oh cool how much lighter are the carbon wheels?

Yeah my brakes a bit better now that I'm more used to it and had the front brake lever adjusted as there was too much travel on it. Guess the rim will rubber in lol anyway.

My pickle is still sore though, I do use padded bib shorts but just noticed tonight the seat is slimmer than the hybrid I own. Do I just need to toughen up?

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SchumieRules wrote:
Nice! I want pics!!!

First 18m ride for me today, I do feel shattered.


When they've arrived and I've fixed the cassette and tyres I'll post a pick of them on the bike.

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f1madman wrote:
Oh cool how much lighter are the carbon wheels?

Yeah my brakes a bit better now that I'm more used to it and had the front brake lever adjusted as there was too much travel on it. Guess the rim will rubber in lol anyway.

My pickle is still sore though, I do use padded bib shorts but just noticed tonight the seat is slimmer than the hybrid I own. Do I just need to toughen up?


Carbon wheels vary dramatically due to different amounts of carbon used, hub weight plus other things. Whilst mine will be lighter than my standard wheels, the main benefits will be aerodynamic, they'll spin better due to better hubs, plus they'll look really cool!

Regarding seat comfort, you will get used to it with regular riding. Also, the thickness of padding in cycling shorts or tights can vary hugely. The other thing that makes a huge difference for me is a good quality chamois cream. Reduces friction......... Won't ride longer than 30 minutes without it. It's especially useful in hotter weather.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 10:52 pm 
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Oh, and what bike did you get in the end?

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My old front wheel (still going to be used most of the time)
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And my new carbon front wheel. (Sunday best wheel!!!)
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Just waiting for correct inner tubes, cassette and tyres to arrive. Should get their first outing this weekend all being well.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:24 am 
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Beautiful mate!

I just got my new front light today, 6800 lumens (alleged).

It's going to melt the faces of the oncoming drivers in similar fashion to the Ark in Indiana Jones!!!


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:17 am 
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Ooh nice one.

I ended up going with the trek 1.1 in the end. Had a few issues with thebgears thanks to the cables relaxing.

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f1madman wrote:
Ooh nice one.

I ended up going with the trek 1.1 in the end. Had a few issues with thebgears thanks to the cables relaxing.


When you first buy a bike you always have to take it back for a first service after 6 weeks or so. The cables stretch ever so slightly, so your gears will be skipping and so on.

This is normal, you should in fact put as much mileage as you can before the service in order to make sure that the cables are stretched properly. Oh, the place you bought it from should have offered it for free by the way.


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Yep, never known cables not to stretch on a new bike.

Sorted out the saddle soreness yet?

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SchumieRules wrote:
Beautiful mate!

I just got my new front light today, 6800 lumens (alleged).

It's going to melt the faces of the oncoming drivers in similar fashion to the Ark in Indiana Jones!!!


Think I know the one you went for :) All the Cree's are bright. I started with single led cree on handle bar and 2nd on head. Each rated at 1800lm..... way bright enough. God help any drivers with 6800!!!!!

Be aware though loads of Crees have been 'recalled' due to dangerous chargers and faulty battery packs. Charger can cause battery to explode and batteries expire prematurely.


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Ah yeah the cables relaxed while I was on the turbo trainer at the shop lol. They adjusted it then and within a week my gears went rubbish again making some unbearable to ride on. So I took it back last weekend and they re adjusted it and my brakes. I do have a free service later though didn't expect the cables to be this sensitive.

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Jezick wrote:
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Beautiful mate!

I just got my new front light today, 6800 lumens (alleged).

It's going to melt the faces of the oncoming drivers in similar fashion to the Ark in Indiana Jones!!!


Think I know the one you went for :) All the Cree's are bright. I started with single led cree on handle bar and 2nd on head. Each rated at 1800lm..... way bright enough. God help any drivers with 6800!!!!!

Be aware though loads of Crees have been 'recalled' due to dangerous chargers and faulty battery packs. Charger can cause battery to explode and batteries expire prematurely.


You kind of scared me now!

The reviews were all ok, not one saying a bad thing about the battery. So at least I take heart from that.

I can tell you one thing though, drivers respected me last night!!!!!


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Ah yeah the cables relaxed while I was on the turbo trainer at the shop lol. They adjusted it then and within a week my gears went rubbish again making some unbearable to ride on. So I took it back last weekend and they re adjusted it and my brakes. I do have a free service later though didn't expect the cables to be this sensitive.


Yeah, that does sound a bit excessive. Then again I wouldn't know with road bikes, my MTB has hydraulic brakes so I didn't have that fuss.

At least you have the free service sorted, so that's good. Where I live, there is this local shop that is very good, but also very expensive. I mean the full bike service is £120 upwards (it's the type of place that won't give you prices on the website!) and you have to book weeks in advance. More expensive than my last car service that was! To be fair they are Shimano approved specialists and VERY good at their work.

I just wanted to point that a free service is to be greatly appreciated mate!


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