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Cycling

Discussion in 'Cycling' started by Gagger, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. Tex Chilla Wilson (44)

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    That one is actually sensible as it would complete the capital city trail, which currently puts bikes and pedestrians too close together at southbank. It was never serious policy though, more good marketing from an engineering and design firm.

    A new one was announced today that would see an elevated cycle way above an existing bike path from the western suburbs. The port attracts plenty of trucks which makes the western entry to Melbourne incredibly sketchy. Good to see incremental improvements.

    Duncan Gray is a cnut.

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  2. The torpedo Chilla Wilson (44)

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    I'm jumping onboard the cycling bandwagon everyone. Any advice?
  3. redstragic Nicholas Shehadie (39)

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    3 bits of advice I got just before I started.

    1. "Buy a bike and ride the fuckin thing." - My heart surgeon telling me how to fix my weird heartbeat.

    2. Buy the bike you can't stop thinking about. You'll save money in the long run. - Internet Forum.

    3. "Your wasting money if you don't make riding part of your daily life" - The bloke at the bike shop who sold me my bike.

    Good on you for making the decision, it will change your life. No excuses, don't talk yourself out of a ride, get on the fuckin thing and ride it.

    Finally, get a roadie, way easier than riding a mountain bike if you are on paved roads.

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  4. Sully John Eales (66)

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    He's right. How do I know? from the size of the hole in my wallet.
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  5. Tex Chilla Wilson (44)

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    How's this? I bought a new bike three years ago from a small American brand with a good reputation. The bike was marketed as a 'monster cross', essentially a cx frame with clearance for big tyres and some mounts for racks and fenders.

    To make the frame fit large tyres they had to crimp the chain stays, which seems to have resulted in a structural weakness.

    I found a crack right on that point and have had to submit myself to a warranty claim, possibly out of date.

    Lessons:
    1. Be careful when jumping onto a new frame that is unproven in the field. Let others be the test dummies.
    2. Buy from your local bike shop. They can manage the process via their existing relationships and should have your back.
    3. Be wary of claims of bikes that are lightweight and durable. It's not impossible, and in many road bikes its the norm, but if you're a heavier guy or intend on riding on anything other than asphalt without bags or racks, it might be worth looking at beefier materials and frames.
  6. Inside Shoulder Nathan Sharpe (72)

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    I presume it wasn't carbon they crimped - can you give us the name?
  7. Tex Chilla Wilson (44)

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    No, cro-moly steel. Brand is Soma, bike is called Wolverine. From what I gather the rest of their lineup are fine - it's just the modifications needed to fit bigger tyres that have compromised the Wolvernine.

    My bike shop have assured me that it will be warrantied, but there's the issue of a like-for-like replacement just continuing with the same design flaws.

    Might be time to look at other options!
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  8. stoff Dave Cowper (27)

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    Before you give up on that one talk to the guys at Gripsport in Thomastown. They can fix just about anything, and if a straight repair is the wrong option they will re-engineer it into what you need it to be.


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  9. Tex Chilla Wilson (44)

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    Cheers. I think I'll see where the warranty discussion leads me first and then contemplate repair jobs. The problem with having a welder/bike builder have a crack is that you end up paying for the paint strip, welding and respray, which would probably come close to a new frame price.
  10. Sully John Eales (66)

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    Inspired by Pfitzy's posts in the running thread I thought I'd post some rides in here as my knees no longer run.
    I started riding more often 3 or 4 years ago after the knee surgeon told me I was heading into knee replacement territory.
    So I got the old steel 1992 flat bar out and started touring the footpaths of the Goldy.
    Then I bought a carbon flat bar and slowly progressed off the foot path onto the road. As my rides got longer my bottom got sorer so I invested in some padding to wear under my shorts.
    Here's where things go downhill. My riding mate went out and bought a nice cervelo drop bar roady and I couldn't keep up anymore. I bought pedals and shoes and road tyres but no good so I bit the bullet and bought a Merida drop bar and covered the body with lycra like all the other idiots.
    I'm now full MAMIL!
    The Merida has been upgraded so many times (unnecessarily) that only the frame and the cockpit remains.
    I may have a problem.

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  11. Sully John Eales (66)

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    Sundays ride.
    100.8 klm 408 metres climb 3hr 47 min
    Average speed 26.7 kph[IMG]

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  12. cyclopath Phil Waugh (73)

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    Correct number of bikes = n+1
    You have no problem.
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  13. Braveheart81 Rocky Elsom (76)

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    This sounds like my dad. He is currently after a cyclocross bike mostly because he doesn't have one and a friend he rides with sometimes does.

    I think n for him = 7 although one is purely ornamental.

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  14. Sully John Eales (66)

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    I'm currently trying to get the missus used to the idea of a mountain bike. It's not going over well so far.

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  15. Lindommer Andrew Slack (58)

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    If it doesn't allude to her weight yer in with a show. :D
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  16. Sully John Eales (66)

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    Saturday: I thought I could come straight off a 12 hour night shift and hop on the bike.
    I'd cancelled the assault on the hills around Terranora and thought I could do an easy flat forty along the coast.
    Hardest flat forty EVER!

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  17. Sully John Eales (66)

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    UCI world champs from Innsbruck on SBS today at 4 PM. Should be brutal.
  19. Sully John Eales (66)

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    Actually that's the rplay. Live on SBS viceland at 11pm.
  20. Sully John Eales (66)

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    Latest FTP up from 195 to 208. gains is gains.

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