July 25th, 2006

userinfo senji
2006/07/25 17:14:00 - Bicycle!
Since large chunks of my current bicycle are going to need replacing in the not too-distant future, and having an at least vaguely functional bicycle as a spare would be Very Handy I'm thinking it's time to buy a new bicycle. Unfortunately I'm not too up on the practice of purchasing bicycles, and looking at userinfoemperor's book of bike-pr0n merely made me think "yeah, they all look like bicycles".

Anyway, in the vague hope that people might be able to offer some advice, and because it'd probably be a good idea to write some of these things down so that I don't forget anything later, I thought I'd make an LJ post.

What do I want:
  • Some handlebars like this:
  • A lock like this:
  • A set of gears that make it easier to go faster, whilst retaining approximately the same "granny gear" capabilities — my current bike appears to have a 42-X-26 set of chainrings, and 6 rear gears with the smallest approximately a 13 (it's quite hard to count them)
  • A "gent's" frame
  • A fairly upright cycling position available (but, of course, using the bars above will give a wider range of positions...)
  • Pannier racks
  • A dynamo light might be nice, but hub-dynamos seem to be expensive, and I've only had trouble with bottles
  • A stand (great for short hops off the bike!)
  • Rear light integrated with pannier rack (I have this on the current bike, and it means one less thing available to forget!)
  • Oh, and a slow-release saddle that isn't hideously uncomfortable

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Entry Tags: cycling, emperor, life

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userinfo king_of_wrong
2006/07/25 16:54:04
a slow-release saddle that isn't hideously uncomfortable

Pah! Have you no concern for the welfare of bike thieves? Making the saddle hard to remove is going to cut into their valuable crack-smoking time!
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userinfo lnr
2006/07/25 17:07:28
Stands at least are dirt cheap and easy to fit to a bike afterwards. Same is true to a lesser extent of pannier racks, and handlebars too I guess. I dunno about the lock.

My "new" bike (now nicked) had a fun granny gear. Ridgeback Comet FWIW, comes in blokes version as well as gents.
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userinfo mair_aw
2006/07/25 21:24:40 - you iddn't mention a budget.
*insert obligatory brompton advocacy*

apart from the lock. brompton does not need lock. I think (but am sleepy) that you can do all the rest...
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userinfo senji
2006/07/25 21:35:41 - Re: you iddn't mention a budget.
Umm, probably about 4 hundred squids.

I don't want a Brompton because Bromptons are particularly good for folding, which isn't a feature I need; they aren't particularly designed for long distance cycling or comfort.
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userinfo caliston
2006/07/26 12:41:16
Choose your lockything carefully. My Mum's bike has one where the key cannot be removed when the lock is open. I suppose it's to prevent you leaving the bike without locking it up, but it's a right pain because if you have a bunch of keys they jam in the wheel. And it's welded onto the frame so no chance of changing the mechanism. I've just cable-tied the key permanently in the lock :(

Hub dynamos aren't too bad if you go for a low-ish end model. Mine is a Shimano NX-30/50/something like that, bought in 2002 for 30 quid from bicycles.de You have to get a wheel built up, but if you're buying a bike new they might have to do that anyway. I don't have a switch so the lights are powered all the time - there's a little drag at high speeds but not annoyingly so.
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