Bicycles, Jim!

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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Mon Nov 01, 2010 14:22

Over summer I taught my wife to ride a bike. Growing up as she did in Mexico City she never learned as a kid. She got one on loan for a month from a scheme whereby she could give them the bike back or buy it. She ended up giving it back as it was a bit too big but we bought her another. We realised that I was going to need a new bike if I was to go on rides with her so we got one of these:

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It's a Ridgeback Voyage touring bike. It has gears integrated into the brakes like they have in the Tour de France, but with the practicality of mudguards and a rack.

At £699 it's the most I've ever paid for a bike but I'm fed up with buying Halfords crap that falls to bits. We got it from a local bike shop that have been around for a while and seem to know what they're on about so I don't feel like I gave all that money to "the man." I currently don't really need such a good bike as I live 15 minutes walk from my job, but I'm hoping that it will last a long time, and historically I've always cycled to work where I could.

By the way, Sam. You ride a bike and you don't have Allen keys? Everything on bikes needs an Allen key to adjust!

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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by a layer of chips » Mon Nov 01, 2010 14:24

I've got some Allen keys at home, but I don't carry any around with me. I'm not Fred Dibnar.

Would sellotaping the mudguard to my back work?

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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by Your Funny Uncle » Mon Nov 01, 2010 14:39

a layer of chips wrote:I've got some Allen keys at home, but I don't carry any around with me. I'm not Fred Dibnar.

Would sellotaping the mudguard to my back work?
Ah now I understand your problem. I have a little multi-tool that has Allen keys and screwdriver bits. I take it with me along with a puncture repair kit and spanner that lives in my pannier. Very useful for such situations...

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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by DefenderOfPants » Mon Nov 01, 2010 22:30

i bought mudguards for my bike and it hasn't rained since!

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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by a layer of chips » Tue Nov 02, 2010 05:20

Alanis Morrissette should've contacted you before she wrote that song.

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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by DefenderOfPants » Tue Nov 02, 2010 21:53

i know, right?

i'm seriously eager for it to rain now. partly so i will feel justified for spening so much on a bicyle accessory, and just so i can see if they work.

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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:42

The bastard pedal crank thing snapped off my bike on the way to work today :-(
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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by heidisuperhero » Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:45

i recently got a year pass to boris bikes. <3 <3 <3

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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Mar 21, 2012 16:43

heidisuperhero wrote:i recently got a year pass to boris bikes. <3 <3 <3
Don't they cost about 12ZILLION Pounds? Yowza!
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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by heidisuperhero » Wed Mar 21, 2012 21:35

roundbitsofplastic wrote:
heidisuperhero wrote:i recently got a year pass to boris bikes. <3 <3 <3
Don't they cost about 12ZILLION Pounds? Yowza!
45 quid for the year. i think that's worthwhile.

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Post by roundbitsofplastic » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:31

heidisuperhero wrote:
45 quid for the year. i think that's worthwhile.
That's a LOT less then I thought. When I looked at hiring one for the day it seemed not far off that much. Maybe I was counting pence as pounds?
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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by heidisuperhero » Fri Mar 23, 2012 14:56

haha possibly! this is obviously a basal figure, and if you usethe bikes for more than half an hour it's a pound per half hour, but i only take short rides.

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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by Duracell » Fri Apr 13, 2012 07:01

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My baby :) A man's life becomes infinitely better once he start's biking to school everyday

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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by fads » Fri Aug 24, 2012 19:34

this is my bike.

i use it to get places, when i'm not on the bus:
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i'm paranoid about it getting stolen as it would be the third.

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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by leon » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:14

I finally taught Joe to ride his bike last night, and now I want one so we can go on bike rides together. Yeah I know, he's only six, but..

So on a whim I rejoined a Raleigh Burner forum I was previously a member of. I can't imagine myself on any bike other than a BMX, they just look right. Yes I know I'm 39 but who's counting? The last time I rode one (3 years ago) I got knocked off by a car but you can't keep a good man down, eh?

I started building an old school BMX when Joe was a baby, but foolishly gave up and sold up when all I needed was a seat, some handlebars and brakes. Think I might have another go.
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Re: Bicycles, Jim!

Post by leon » Sun Jul 21, 2013 20:38

So I bought a bmx, its older than some of you lot (1983 Raleigh Night Burner). I went out on it this afternoon, it was one of the most joyous things I've done in years, bunnyhopping along on the pavement. I'll never be a 'cyclist', but reckon I could get into this.
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