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Anyone on here up to date on the latest & greatest in bikes?

I used to race a long, long time ago in road time trials and spent the majority of my RAF Scholarship on a bike, much to my parents chagrin but I did cycle at least 50 miles per day, every day. I was thin(ner) then too! Funnily enough, my peak was around when I was 16-18 so 90-92 and Chris Boardman was the man. I used to wear a reflective (lights were too heavy) and on the back I'd written 'My other bike's a Lotus' !!!

I'm wanting to get another bike but I'm not up to speed on what's good and what isn't nowadays. I'm very tempted by another road bike as I do enjoy chomping miles at speed but am also keen on the practicality of a mountain bike.

Who's got what, any recommends and any advice is all welcome.

PS I've very tempted to get the new Chris Boardman 'Team' bike, it looks very good!

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I think you would suit a chopper...do they still make them?

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A few tweaks and the exhaust could exit from the bottom of her boots.

Nice and distracting. Should help to while away the time.

Graham.

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Where do you put the petrol? :whistle:

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Recently bought a Giant Trance 3, which I've found to be an excellent mountain bike.

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-GB/bikes/...402/29657/zoom/

It's a full suspension bike so not really much use just used for road, if you're after a mountain bike to use on the road, consider a hardtail like:

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-GB/bikes/...ain/1409/29683/

I'm pretty brand loyal to Giant, great brand with quality components which are upgradable, so I'd suggest any of these as dedicated road bikes:

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-GB/bikes/road/1399/29638/

Other brands I've considered are Kona, Specialized, Mongoose, Orange and Trek.....all quality kit.

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I used to follow the London to Brighton in my younger days, these days I have one of these

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Not great, but wasn't very expensive either, very economical and no problems in almost 4 years.

Roger

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Despite classing cyclists as 'road nits'...

I very good friend of mine runs probably the biggest bike shop in Oxford,

He'll know his stuff from specialist top end racers and mountain stuff through

to town 'road pest' stuff.

Can give you a number to speak to a nice guy who both

knows his stuff and more improtantly sells it/can get it for you.

:)

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Would he have time to talk to me if we were to pop in on Saturday on the way over to yours d'ya think?

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All sorted. Paul, thanks for putting me in touch with Andy, had a very useful chat with him yesterday and went out and bought Laura and I a bike each last night!

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Great minds think alike, I was looking at getting a bike to lose this erm.....relaxed 6 pack. Might have to save up though with things the way they are.

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I have a great bike in the garage, A Giant SCR2. Just need to stop hooning and start pedaling LOL

Kimbers the relaxed six pack is a great look! I just have the Case Pack - better value IMHO

I did some good miles last year on it , just nothing since last JUly though

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Great minds think alike, I was looking at getting a bike to lose this erm.....relaxed 6 pack. Might have to save up though with things the way they are.

That's not called a relaxed 6 pack, it's the industrial sized units beer is supplied to pubs in- I didn't actually state you look like a beer barrel.

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Bugger late to threads as per usual. To late to recommend my pick now. You can get bikes for really cheap but the money worth spending is in the running gear (cranks, gear shifters and cassettes etc) . I noticed the other day Avanti Cycles here was promoting a fully built carbon Specialised brand bike for $2K that about 700 pounds yr money. Thats a bargin. but closer inspection of the running gear was the bottom of the barrel and in my books $hit ! And youll spend the next year upgrading your parts when you should have just shelled out more in the first place. So its not just the brand and type of frame, look at the complete package.

Cycling is in my blood and people who know me im def no leaf eating hippy clogging up the roads.

This is my custom ride which was built last year.

The frame is a full carbon Reiker brand frame ive painted to the theme of Leonardo Da vinci artwork with sunflowers and villas plus ive thrown in wood grain, rusty metal, copied some of his artworks for the handle bars and more.

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Token full carbon rims 50mm profile de badged and custom painted.

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Token full carbon ergo handle bars, de badged and custom painted

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Ive painted ripped metal, rusty rivets and woodgrain

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All the running gear is top of the line Campagnolo Record/Chorus

Build cost me $12,000 NZD Is it worth it yes it rocks B)

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LOL I bought a new bike today :

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Last straw was last week when I got clipped by a car and nealy got run over again by another one later on in the journey, roads are just too dangerous - I dont mind, the fact that I'm training to get shot at not run over by the same side !!! :thumbsup:

This one is great - 10 gears (difficulty settings) - no risk of getting squashed / falling off and you get to watch dave TV (top gear re-runs) on the go :welcome:

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Well, I have a Scott scale 30 with xx1  and 26" Wheels. I am now making one with 27,5" Wheels.

For road use, I have my grey weather racer with Campagnolo Record, and for sunny days my Litespeed with Record.

And a fairly okay hybrid as the daily hack.

Kind regards,

Jacques.

 

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On ‎28‎-‎06‎-‎2008 at 00:17, kyliesmith.com said:

Bugger late to threads as per usual. To late to recommend my pick now. You can get bikes for really cheap but the money worth spending is in the running gear (cranks, gear shifters and cassettes etc) . I noticed the other day Avanti Cycles here was promoting a fully built carbon Specialised brand bike for $2K that about 700 pounds yr money. Thats a bargin. but closer inspection of the running gear was the bottom of the barrel and in my books $hit ! And youll spend the next year upgrading your parts when you should have just shelled out more in the first place. So its not just the brand and type of frame, look at the complete package.

 

Cycling is in my blood and people who know me im def no leaf eating hippy clogging up the roads.

 

This is my custom ride which was built last year.

 

The frame is a full carbon Reiker brand frame ive painted to the theme of Leonardo Da vinci artwork with sunflowers and villas plus ive thrown in wood grain, rusty metal, copied some of his artworks for the handle bars and more.

IMG_0373.jpg

IMG_0345.jpg

Token full carbon rims 50mm profile de badged and custom painted.

IMG_0381.jpg

Token full carbon ergo handle bars, de badged and custom painted

IMG_0357.jpg

Ive painted ripped metal, rusty rivets and woodgrain

IMG_0377.jpg

IMG_0355.jpg

IMG_0340.jpg

All the running gear is top of the line Campagnolo Record/Chorus

 

Build cost me $12,000 NZD Is it worth it yes it rocks B)

I like that bike ;) And I prefer Campagnolo Record too. Been using that since I started racing when I was a teenager.

Kind regards,

Jacques.

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Nobody does it better - than Lotus ;)

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On 29/04/2017 at 08:41, Jacques said:

Well, I have a Scott scale 30 with xx1  and 26" Wheels. I am now making one with 27,5" Wheels.

For road use, I have my grey weather racer with Campagnolo Record, and for sunny days my Litespeed with Record.

And a fairly okay hybrid as the daily hack.

Kind regards,

Jacques.

 

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I like that bike ;) And I prefer Campagnolo Record too. Been using that since I started racing when I was a teenager.

Kind regards,

Jacques.

That's Scott is really interesting. Never seen wheels like that one a mountian bike. What sort of stuff do you ride ?   XX1 is fantastic. My Enduro has 1-11 SRAM GX and its bee brilliant so far.

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Hi Liam,

Those Wheels are handmade by the Zentis Company. They have done these and many other Wheels for a number of years. They are quite expensive and a bit rare.

They are really light and super stiff, so they accelerate immediately. No Flex, no nothing. Mine are the Kappa 2 CC version. The CC designates competition.

I use it for normal cross country paths. The total weight of my Scott mtb is 7,3 Kilo. For example the brake discs are pure carbon too. Last extremely well and brakes well too. Very modular and easy to control. I use Formula R1 brakes. All titanium screws throughout. PLus some parts from Danish New Ultimate. I also inserted Danish Ceramic Speed bearings. Pedals are titanium too. Tehy are very easy to use as you can step in on all 4 sides. And they throw away mud etc.

Which is the same as my Litespeed Classic titanium road racer.

Yeah, never quite understood shimano. Much prefer Campagnolo.

Kind regards,

Jacques.

Nobody does it better - than Lotus ;)

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Massive Campagnolo fan here, every bike I have had for 35 years has been a Campagnolo equipped bike going through Gran Sport, Nuovo Record, Super Record, C-Record (with the lovely Delta brakes) and then onto Carbon record and chorus.

Current road bike (sadly not often used but recently dusted off and brought back into service as a try to Chapman myself - make lighter!) is a Fondriest with full Campag Chorus carbon group. It's red, just like my Evora. It's beautiful, just like my Evora!

The Campgnolo stuff is just lovely to use - superb craftsmanship, many parts still hand made/finished. To me, it's the Lotus of the bike world whereas Shimano is the Porsche.  Campagnolo is used by those that now, Shimano by sheep that follow!

Allez allez.....

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