• Facepunch Cyclists
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wooooooo, my bike is ready. Gonna go pick it up and cycle it home at 3, heeeeeeeeellz yeah.
My bike is siiiiiick, so much fun. it has a flip-flop hub aswell so I stuck the fixie cog on, why did nobody tell me they're that hard to brake!!
bopie how did I know I'd find you here anyways, I ride a hybrid, the 2003 Fuji Supreme [img]http://www.bikepedia.com/Images/image2.aspx?w=500&h=500&filename=2003-Fuji-Supreme.jpg&f=Photos[/img] [img]http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/223269_213958975281933_100000034978281_843607_6039267_n.jpg[/img] Not sure why, but it cost me $400 new back in the day. I love it, and honestly the way I ride around between trails, gravel, fields and zippin' down the road I need a hybrid, but it's gettin' old on me. Here's a few problems I'm having with it, and I'm wondering if it'd be worth fixing up, or looking for something else. Half considering getting a more racing-oriented bike, but would that be workable on trails at all? -The rear wheel is now bent off-axis and wobbles nomatter what I do, rubbing against the brake. -Last fall, The plastic gear-spoke divider got brittle and decided one day to pop off of whatever was holding it on and jam into a tight spot and halt the wheel entirely. I was in the middle of a forest preserve, miles from anything, so I spent a half hour 'fixing' it with a hefty stick. -Even with new inner tubes, riding it feels like it's dragging ass and still flabby. I wonder if it's an issue with the gears/pedals/wheels not being oiled enough. (I'm not mechanically savvy, don't ask me) -the little swingy-gear-thing by the back wheel that's supposed to hold the chain taught and allow easy rear wheel release is often a little wonky and will stick up. -1/3rd of my gears are bitches, and will fall in and out of the gear beneath them, or click on every rotation. So, what would you guys suggest, fix this up or replace? Should I consider a race-only even if I still intend on forest preserve paths? I hit 20mph/30kph with some moderate effort on my current bike, and I hear from bopie and a few others that they go much faster on their bikes, so I'm curious on what is attainable on average with the different styles.
Road bikes get alot more speed because of the size of the wheels/tires. But that's only on roads/smooth ground, they're awful on anything else. Stick to a hybrid, it's your best bet. I'd say go for a new bike, really splash out because it's worth it in the end. Something like a Kona Dew would be a nice bike to go for, they're not very expensive and are very well made. (owned a kona caldera for 8 years? and a Kona Scrap for 5 and never had problems)
my friend who built a pink bike (some may have seen my photos in CC) just built another and its sweeet [img]http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/229082_10150247165241259_696361258_9253017_4851379_n.jpg[/img]
seems a bit unnecessary to get a new bike unless you want something different or much higher quality, i would get the cables changed and the gears reindexed if that fixes the gearing issues have a new rear wheel fitted and the bike will be fine for minimal cost. even if reindexing doesnt work it would still be cheaper to replace the required parts than to buy a new bike
[QUOTE=Angoose;29805798][img_thumb]http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/229082_10150247165241259_696361258_9253017_4851379_n.jpg[/img_thumb][/QUOTE] Incoming bike snob: Always photograph from drive-side.
[url]http://velospace.org/node/27295[/url] this is a fucking incredible bike
[QUOTE=waylander;29805868]seems a bit unnecessary to get a new bike unless you want something different or much higher quality, i would get the cables changed and the gears reindexed if that fixes the gearing issues have a new rear wheel fitted and the bike will be fine for minimal cost. even if reindexing doesnt work it would still be cheaper to replace the required parts than to buy a new bike[/QUOTE] just went to the bike shop and had them look at it. It's the only bike shop in the area that actually does repairs/tuning/etc, and it costs $100 for a tune-up. The rest will cost "much more" if it requires fixing and replacing parts. I'd rather dump that money into a new bike at the moment since it sounds like I'd be spending almost as much as it cost in the first place. after looking around the shop today and riding around on a few different bikes, it seems I'm leaning into road bikes. (hurr, leaning). I got to take one out for a while, blasted up to 30mph on a sidewalk and had what I can only call a nerdgasm for bikes. I can live without off-roadin' for that thing, maybe keep my normal bike for when people HAVE to take me on trails.
[QUOTE=bopie;29805925]Incoming bike snob: Always photograph from drive-side.[/QUOTE] i didnt take the photo :v:
Yep, I ride MTBs. Not like real competitions, but still. Heres my XC (crosscountry) bike: [img]http://www.velosite.ru/wcmfiles/mer_matts_tfs_xc_600-d_10_800.jpg[/img] Its not the same year model, but almost the same, colors are black/green in my one.
i wish cyclocross wasnt so lame
I have a GT mountain bike and i'm thinking I should get the rear drivetrain and brakes replaced since they've gone to hell, any suggestions?
this is the bugger I'm eyeing right now- [img]http://gyazo.com/24cf20d0eb2fc46b12a1c8662424aa90.png[/img] I got to ride it around the neighborhood behind the shop since I used to live there and knew my way around, scared myself with how fast I got on the damn thing. My GPS said I topped out at 32mph, and I hadn't even shifted into the third front gear, nor took any straightaway very long. I feel all giddy, but I want to ask y'all bike snobs if trek is a reliable brand, since this model is runnin' $799 and I don't have much else available in the area given both shops that sell bikes in my general area are geared towards the young BMX kids, limiting their higher end stock. I'd hate to have to ship something around that costs much more than this, but I want something that lasts me a long while. on a side-note, anyone who's been riding these bikes care to share your opinion on your favorite brake/shift style on these bikes? I know older ones shifted with two levers on the frame, as well as had a second set of brake handles on the shorter part of the handlebar, compared to what is above being the apparent modern standard, with just the two brakes and a thumb shift lever (gear up) and pushing the brake inward (gear down)
what model is it? i cvant see a bike that looks exactly like that on the trek website
2010 Trek 1.2 Alpha, from what I can tell. They've also got the 1.1 and 1.0 if I recall. One's the same color frame with black bars/seat/different stripe pattern, the other is solid blue. They ran out of 2010 magazines so it's just memory on the other two right now.
my bike has mechanical disc brakes, a bit overkill for a roadbike maybe but there seem to be numerous advatages no rim wear, unaffected by weather, more likely to stop a laden tourer in bad weather and a couple of hundred grams extra per brake doesnt really bother me. i spotted the 1.2 now, the only thing that stand out from looking at the spec is the drivetrain is a bit of a mishmash of different parts if you look at similar bikes like the Specialized Allez Elite '11 they use the same parts all round (shimano Tiagra in that example) [editline]16th May 2011[/editline] is the shop your buying from the sort of place that hardly makes a sale or if they do all they sell is a $100 piece of shit? if so you should get them to give you some spd pedals and maybe a nice specilized helmet (there helmets are certified to a much higher standard than most other helmets on the market) you can rinse a shop desperate to sell a high value item if you want
Trek are a nice bike brand.
Here's my trusty old bike. Shame I have a small leak in the front wheel and have to get it repaired/replaced. Nbd though. Rode about 13 miles in some crazy rain today, felt amazing. [img]http://www.abload.de/img/imag0396q7fc.jpg[/img]
I've got a few. The '82 Ross Snapper [img]http://i55.tinypic.com/28vc21u.jpg[/img] (resto in progress) [IMG]http://i56.tinypic.com/14dod9y.jpg[/IMG] (fixie conversion / resto in progress) [img]http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs49/i/2009/180/d/8/Gears_by_Andrew94.jpg[/img] the gears of my 2008 gt outpost :) i also have a 70s(?) spartan 10 speed. this particular one is cool, I've never seen another one like it yet. a motebecane fs elite and an Eastern traildigger i built up from scratch. That i'm still trying to sell D: [img]http://images.craigslist.org/3ne3pd3lf5Q05W35S6b4a077bfd91047f1ae5.jpg[/img] If you'd like to follow the progress of the restorations, check out my site [url]http://www.bmx-restoration.com[/url]
[h2]Scott Aspect 50[/h2] [img]http://products.scott-sports.com/217992/500/217992.jpg[/img]
I was half-way into the tear down of my old ten speed I want to convert into a fixie. The rear dropouts are bent :(
[QUOTE=andy1337;29931225]The rear dropouts are bent :([/QUOTE] pics.
[QUOTE=bopie;29940552]pics.[/QUOTE] [IMG]http://i56.tinypic.com/2zgryp1.jpg[/IMG]
[QUOTE=andy1337;29950262][IMG]http://i56.tinypic.com/2zgryp1.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] Camera focus is shit.
[QUOTE=Da_Maniac_;29971317]Camera focus is shit.[/QUOTE] Not necessarily, it's focused on the drop outs which is what the purpose of the picture was. And I've seen dropouts bent way worse that function just perfectly.
Yo guys! The sad thing is, I have never had a bike before. I'm nearing 16 now and I believe the only bike I had was a broken one with flat tires when I was 8. I'm getting a bike in about a weeks time so I'd like some help on the laws of them. I'm in the UK. Are you allowed to ride them on the pavements? I'm not very comfortable with riding on the road especially seeing as I haven't rode a bike before. And do you have to have a helmet at all times? Of course I'd wear one, but I'd like to know if it is mandatory. Thanks
[QUOTE=Xenoyia v2;29988143]Yo guys! The sad thing is, I have never had a bike before. I'm nearing 16 now and I believe the only bike I had was a broken one with flat tires when I was 8. I'm getting a bike in about a weeks time so I'd like some help on the laws of them. I'm in the UK. Are you allowed to ride them on the pavements? I'm not very comfortable with riding on the road especially seeing as I haven't rode a bike before. And do you have to have a helmet at all times? Of course I'd wear one, but I'd like to know if it is mandatory. Thanks[/QUOTE] I completely understand. I'm 16 aswell, and I didn't even know how to ride a bike until around age 13-14. Now I love it, building, riding, selling, and collecting. I'm not sure about the UK, but in New Jersey your treated as another motorist, not as a pedestrian. Your expected to ride on the side of the road with ongoing traffic. However, if it is a thoroughfare(sp?) or a really busy road with sidewalks, cops are pretty lax about letting you ride on the sidewalk. Also with helmets, I briefly wore a helmet when I bought my first bike, but now I only really wear it while riding mountain bike trails and the like. Its mandatory up until age 17 here I think. [quote]Not necessarily, it's focused on the drop outs which is what the purpose of the picture was. And I've seen dropouts bent way worse that function just perfectly. [/quote] The reason I'm thinking about abandoning the rollfast frame is I want to build this fixie to sell to someone. If those dropouts bust the deal after I invest $150-250.00 in it I'll be kicking myself for all of eternity. [quote] Camera focus is shit. [/quote] I usually shoot film, so I didn't invest in a good point and shoot. I thought it got the point across. <3 always.
[QUOTE=andy1337;29988544]I completely understand. I'm 16 aswell, and I didn't even know how to ride a bike until around age 13-14. Now I love it, building, riding, selling, and collecting. I'm not sure about the UK, but in New Jersey your treated as another motorist, not as a pedestrian. Your expected to ride on the side of the road with ongoing traffic. However, if it is a thoroughfare(sp?) or a really busy road with sidewalks, cops are pretty lax about letting you ride on the sidewalk. Also with helmets, I briefly wore a helmet when I bought my first bike, but now I only really wear it while riding mountain bike trails and the like. Its mandatory up until age 17 here I think. The reason I'm thinking about abandoning the rollfast frame is I want to build this fixie to sell to someone. If those dropouts bust the deal after I invest $150-250.00 in it I'll be kicking myself for all of eternity. I usually shoot film, so I didn't invest in a good point and shoot. I thought it got the point across. <3 always.[/QUOTE] Thanks wallid. I checked online as well and it is illegal on the pavements it seems.. Shame. Going for my driving tests when I'm 17 anyway so might as well start learning on the road.
well shit. have to get a new crank cause my pedal came off and the thread was stripped. [highlight](User was banned for this post ("Chat flaming" - GunFox))[/highlight]
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