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12 hours ago, proftournesol said:

@frankn I love your kickstand,

I hope that it sticks around

Trademark ‘stickStand” should we go into business ?

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13 hours ago, frankn said:

My latest funtoy. 

 

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Baarrpp! 

good fun to be had indeed

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Fat Boss.. Awesome fun!

 

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Who has succumbed to the lure of an e-bike?

A coupe of years ago I hired the burliest (DH) Giant e-mtb and took it out with ex-UCI DH Giant team rider Will Rischbieth along out local state DH tracks.  Lots of fun.

E-mtb's continue to evolve for the better, both in XC, Enduro and DH.  Almost every bicycle company has an e-mtb range nowadays.  E-mtb's have been the largest selling mtb segment/class of all bicycle manufacturers - they are not going away. 

State/Australian and international racing are now including e-mtb classes.

You can get a good workout - e-mtb

https://www.facebook.com/753570552/posts/10162337747200553?s=100001459971603&sfns=xmwa

Anyone have one?  I can see one in my future but hopefully not for a couple of years.  However I will hire a few for some more fun & giggles.  Also I expect to hire one occasionally for my wife so we can go riding together when I ride my non-ebike on gentler trails.

   

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I have a Specialized Turbo Levo, I love it. It's now my preferred bike

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On 30/07/2019 at 11:37 AM, rossb said:

My latest acquisition - a Cervelo R5, with Dura Ace and Fulcrum 40C wheels. It's getting hard to explain to the wife why there are now 4 road bikes in the garage.

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Didnt know you rode mate. I used to do Mount Colah> Bobbin Head> Lane Cove and back every day.:)

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Prompted by this thread I have checked bicycle cover for my bikes whilst they are at home as I have always been skeptical. I now have it in writing from my insurer that my bike are covered up to the value of my contents insurance. 

 

 

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On 30/07/2019 at 11:37 AM, rossb said:

My latest acquisition - a Cervelo R5, with Dura Ace and Fulcrum 40C wheels. It's getting hard to explain to the wife why there are now 4 road bikes in the garage.

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Nice! What size is it ? Guessing small

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Yes, 51cm.

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Nice R5, I have the same size 51cm Gunmetal Grey 2014 model.

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I've always liked that colour for the R5. 

 

The Zipps look great. Are they 303 NSW? I've just bought some Enve 3.4s for mine, but am not entirely happy with them. 

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Thanks RossB, they are just the standard Firecrest 303's. I recently sold them and I"m running Enve 3.4's Gen 1 with Chris King Hubs.  I think the Enve's are stiffer in my opinion. 

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That's surprising. My mechanic, who sells both, reckons the Zipps are stiffer and generally steers people towards them rather than the Enves. The Fulcrums also feel a bit stiffer. 

 

The Enves do ride very nicely and look great on the bike. But the quality control is pretty crap - internally there are some rough and sharp patches which I had to sand down before mounting tires. I'm also not happy that I can't use Vittoria Corsa or Open Pave tires on them, particularly as I have a huge hoard of Open Paves which I bought before they were discontinued. But the Schwalbe Ones I am using seem fine. I also think the Fulcrum/Campag AC3 braking is a little better than the Enve brake track. But the wheels do feel smooth - I have DT Swiss 240 hubs - and I am enjoying riding them. 

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On 18/09/2019 at 9:47 AM, rossb said:

That's surprising. My mechanic, who sells both, reckons the Zipps are stiffer and generally steers people towards them rather than the Enves. The Fulcrums also feel a bit stiffer. 

 

The Enves do ride very nicely and look great on the bike. But the quality control is pretty crap - internally there are some rough and sharp patches which I had to sand down before mounting tires. I'm also not happy that I can't use Vittoria Corsa or Open Pave tires on them, particularly as I have a huge hoard of Open Paves which I bought before they were discontinued. But the Schwalbe Ones I am using seem fine. I also think the Fulcrum/Campag AC3 braking is a little better than the Enve brake track. But the wheels do feel smooth - I have DT Swiss 240 hubs - and I am enjoying riding them. 

I’ve recently heard that the QC on the Enves lately haven’t been well. Heaps of warranty claims and swapovers. I haven’t had issues on my Gen 1s, but there maybe issues with the later Generation. Enve has been bought out by Mavic and cost cutting production could affect the QC end product. 

 

I’ve just ordered a new wheelset from Germany called BikeBeat so I’m interested how they compare against the 303s and 3.4s. 

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New addition to the fleet.

Norco Section Steel.

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On 25/06/2019 at 9:30 AM, Jaxxon said:

 

Love it! I haven't seen many integrated seatposts on MTBs.

 

I also ride a Scott, my 2016 Spark 900RC still going strong.imageproxy.php?img=&key=a1aee8f6a7a51714  

 

Scotts work...

 

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This is my favourite bike. Not the one that gets ridden the most (for obvious reasons), but definitely the most special. 

 

It's a '92 Trek T200 touring tandem, cromo frame built up with old Deore XT and Blackburn expedition racks. We bought it 13 years ago in literal museum condition when the Canberra Bicycle Museum started downsizing its collection. Then we were expecting our first kid, now both daughters are big enough to ride stoker with me. And that's happiness on two wheels. 

 

It was getting a bit tired so I've just spruced it up. No more than new cables, bar tape and saddles, but it's riding well again. 

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On 14/10/2019 at 7:17 AM, Monty said:

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This is my favourite bike. Not the one that gets ridden the most (for obvious reasons), but definitely the most special. 

 

It's a '92 Trek T200 touring tandem, cromo frame built up with old Deore XT and Blackburn expedition racks. We bought it 13 years ago in literal museum condition when the Canberra Bicycle Museum started downsizing its collection. Then we were expecting our first kid, now both daughters are big enough to ride stoker with me. And that's happiness on two wheels. 

 

It was getting a bit tired so I've just spruced it up. No more than new cables, bar tape and saddles, but it's riding well again. 

Awesome! I really, really want to get one of these to go riding with the kids!

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Out for a spin this morning in very windy Perth

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That looks like a fabulous bike Sergio and just what I'm looking for but I think well beyond my budget.

 

So everyone, you all seem to be mad keen super-fit and money no object but I'm a 30 - 45 minute a day fitness rider who's been riding a Giant Cypress for the last 7 / 9 years and enjoy my rides without needing to race anyone or kill myself going flat out (I'm 65) though a dog in my path, a flight over handlebars and broken bones, punctured lung etc. a few years ago almost saw to that. Nevertheless, a new bike is in order, despite the contrary opinion of the misses. To keep her sweet I don't want to break the bank maybe $1K to 1500?? possible for a decent machine?

 

I know Trek do some beauts and I know a trip to the local bike shop is the best way to start but would like a word from the wise as what's best to look out for and / or avoid.

 

Ged

 

 

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28 minutes ago, Grimmie said:

That looks like a fabulous bike Sergio and just what I'm looking for but I think well beyond my budget.

 

So everyone, you all seem to be mad keen super-fit and money no object but I'm a 30 - 45 minute a day fitness rider who's been riding a Giant Cypress for the last 7 / 9 years and enjoy my rides without needing to race anyone or kill myself going flat out (I'm 65) though a dog in my path, a flight over handlebars and broken bones, punctured lung etc. a few years ago almost saw to that. Nevertheless, a new bike is in order, despite the contrary opinion of the misses. To keep her sweet I don't want to break the bank maybe $1K to 1500?? possible for a decent machine?

 

I know Trek do some beauts and I know a trip to the local bike shop is the best way to start but would like a word from the wise as what's best to look out for and / or avoid.

 

Ged

 

 

Hi Ged,

You will be surprised what $1500 can get you these days.

This flat bar carbon fibre giant is all I need these days.

Maybe time for you to start test riding some new bikes.....best of luck brother.

 

Cheers

Sergio🚴‍♀️🚴‍♀️

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9 hours ago, Grimmie said:

 

I know Trek do some beauts and I know a trip to the local bike shop is the best way to start but would like a word from the wise as what's best to look out for and / or avoid.

You could do some pretty good upgrades to the bike you've got for that money

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Found this for sale second hand Specialized Sirrus Disk Hybrid Bicycle The ultimate in fitness bikes. Durable yet lightweight aluminium frame and powerful disk brakes for a fast, comfortable ride

700x32 tyres
27 speed Shimano gears
Tektro Auriga hydraulic disk brakes
Frame size is Large and bike weighs 13.5kg
Would suit someone from 170-185cm


Is this a substantial improvement over my current bike, looks pretty flash, got disk brakes. What sort of cost are these new?

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Prof, is it worth spending money on a heavy old clunker like my current one?

 

Found this review; underwhelming to say the least.

 

In fact there’s very little about the Specialized Sirrus that excites, and this very much a work horse for the daily cruise into work rather than going out and enjoy zipping along quiet lanes at the weekend.

>>> 15 top tips for commuting to work by bike

Indeed if you frequently run late for work then there are better hybrid bikes out there. The incredibly high front end means you’re always slowed down by the wind, while the tyres also hold you back, so much so that holding any speed above 12-13mph is a real effort.

 

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However, slightly more impressive is the comfort. I have to say that I wasn’t expecting much on this front due to the steel fork, but the Specialized Sirrus actually offers a relatively plush ride. You still feel potholes, but over your average rough British tarmac and things are very good. Of course a carbon fork would improve things further (indeed go further up the Sirrus range and you find carbon forks with Specialized’s Zertz vibration-dampening inserts) but this would take the price beyond the highly impressive sub-£500 price point.

 

Verdict

The Specialized Sirrus hybrid bike offers very good value at £425. Everything about it works without a fuss, with the frame equipped with mounts for mudguards and panniers, and I was particularly impressed by the Shimano Altus shifting. The only thing that lets this bike down is that it's incredibly hard to ride quickly when you're in a rush, due to the sluggish tyres and the incredibly upright position.


Read more at https://www.cyclingweekly.com/reviews/hybrid-bikes/specialized-sirrus-review#DfrFgU7bc4wqZDPP.99
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