Numpty IM Bike Thread

Bike ponces only welcome if they don't speak in tongues

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26/07/2005 at 14:42
'ta Quimby, might have a little to spend in September, currently riding my MTB which is cool but slow...
26/07/2005 at 14:49
slugster, try any that have a good price and that your trusted LBS recommends. Trek and Specialised are like Vauxhall and Ford - perfectly good, very popular and common... but you wouldn't be insane to buy a different make!

if you see one, start a thread on here and i'm sure that some bike ponce will give you an objective view. but really, if it fits, its great.

as its an "IM Bike" thread, i would say that for an IM i'd insist on carbon forks and seat pin (although you can get the seat pin separately as an aftermarket accessory... but they do cost £50-£100). this is because carbon fibre absorbs road vibrations, that can cauuse discomfort after 5 hours in the saddle.

(a seat pin is the little tube that your saddle bolts to, that then sits in the frame and is adjustable to get the saddle to the right height)
26/07/2005 at 14:59
Is a seat pin the same as a seat post?
cougie    pirate
26/07/2005 at 15:00
26/07/2005 at 15:00
Ditto what candy says, but if the LBS recommends something you've never heard of, it might be good to use the spec for a Trek or Specialized as a benchmark, eg print it out from their web site, and ask the LBS which bits are different, better, etc, on the bike they show you.
26/07/2005 at 15:09
i got some clip on ones that i think were designed for mountain bikes. one fastens to the seat pin and covers the back wheel, the other fastens by rubber band things to the downtube and covers the front.

winter kit is something you need to find too. i use motorcycling gloves, neoprene over shoes, some "ron hill bikesters" that are a bit thicker than normal tights and surprisingly warm, a motorcycling balaclava under my helmet when its very cold, or alternatively a Buff, and a dayglo reflective waterproof coat. its great! i can't wait for the winter....
cougie    pirate
26/07/2005 at 15:12
I've got a bike for winter as well as my race bikes.

It's got full mudguards, so long wet rides aren't much of a problem. Helps you keep a bit more comfy than you'd be otherwise.
26/07/2005 at 15:36
has it got a roof?
26/07/2005 at 15:36
Bike ettiquette also says you should fit mudguards to your bike over winter so that if you go out with someone else training you don't cover them in shite !

Clip on ones are fine.
cougie    pirate
26/07/2005 at 15:42
A roof would be a good idea Jj - I'll get busy with my meccano.

Bike etiquette also says that dark coloured shorts are the best to wear. Anything else goes transparent.
26/07/2005 at 15:42

Was thinking I could start out on my trusty 20 year old Dawes Galaxy. It's not like I am going to be fast anyway.

Would be handy with the panniers anyway.

Is there a cycle-touring version of IM ? You know, gotta do a brass rubbing on the way round and stop for a swift cream tea ?
26/07/2005 at 15:42
the other thing you can also take into account with frames - male or female - is that you can adjust stem length, stem height, seat post (some are bent so reversiable), seat placing on the rails etc...........all this will also give you additional positions to suit...........but the best way to go if you want to pay the dosh is getting a custom made frame which is based on a whole load of measurements including inner leg measurement, arm lenght, shoulder width, riding style etc etc...............

ultimately it's the frame that counts - the kit can be specced to suit preference and wallet
26/07/2005 at 15:44

Custon Ti. Pics of mine in a few weeks :-)))))
cougie    pirate
26/07/2005 at 15:45
Alex - I'd start off with that no problem. At the moment you want to build miles in the legs and get used to handling a bike again and stuff. No need to jump in with a carbon lo pro this week.

Get some miles in and enjoy.
Calf    pirate
26/07/2005 at 15:45
don't tri and run (I think) make Tri bikes to measure for 500 notes?
26/07/2005 at 16:00
"carbon lo pro"???

cough *graham norton*
cougie    pirate
26/07/2005 at 16:03
Yeah - you know - like Binky ?

26/07/2005 at 16:04

Gotta get back in to it really. Up to about 15 years ago I used to cycle a lot and was in to strenuous touring. Sort of 1200 miles per 14 days stuff.

Since then work etc etc. Only the odd 5 or 10 miles.
26/07/2005 at 16:05
i'm sure she'd be offended to be described like that though, not to say bewildered.

she's "a black one"
26/07/2005 at 16:06
oo'er. In that case I've currently got "a black one" from Planet X telling me it wants a home
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