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Pushbikes

Post by Concrete » Mon Oct 01, 2007 18:24

I like pushbikes. Here's a thread in case anyone else does too.

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Post by Jono Volpone » Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:19

I do too, a lot. So you're not alone anymore!

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Post by nanski » Wed Oct 10, 2007 01:47

yay. i've started cycling to work again. it's still a bit too hot, though. or i need to get up earlier.
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Post by Concrete » Mon Oct 22, 2007 22:32

I went for a ride yesterday, for the first time in weeks. Not sure how far I went but it took a couple of hours. Stuck the knobbly tyres on my "road" bike, which will probably stay there for the winter now. Came in very handy for the muddy bits on the old railway line.

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Post by nanski » Mon Oct 29, 2007 06:46

i almost had an accident on my bike on Sunday. there's a little obstacle course to get to where i park my bike at work. there's a funny little gate thing you have to get around (whilst going uphill and narrowly dodging a curb) then a curvy sidewalk thing where you have to duck under a tree, whilst going downhill and have picked up a bit of speed.

well sunday, i decided to have a really big sneeze in the curvy bit. if i had fallen over the upsides were that (a) i'd have landed on grass (though there is that snake around still) and (b) it was a Sunday, so noone would have seen me.

i keep having really big sneezes when i'm driving, too. i'm realizing more and more advantages of public transportation. :)
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Post by nanski » Fri Sep 19, 2008 09:45

nanski wrote:yay. i've started cycling to work again. it's still a bit too hot, though. or i need to get up earlier.
ha. i came here to complain about not being able to cycle to work because it's still too hot. i guess if last year is anything to go by, I'll be waiting another month.

it is stupidly hot here still. hotter than the UK was all summer, and that's at night when it's cooled off a bit.

*sweats*
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Re: Pushbikes

Post by round bits of plastic » Fri Nov 28, 2008 15:05

i need a new (well, 2nd hand) bike. mine sucks arse. the gears are a knackered and the chain comes off when i go up hill :-(

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Re: Pushbikes

Post by will » Mon Dec 01, 2008 14:19

i've got a bike, you can... no wait, that was all.

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Re: Pushbikes

Post by round bits of plastic » Tue Dec 02, 2008 16:59

ooh you cheeky little tinker!

it's gonna cat me money to get a bike isn't it? why can;t it just snow bikes?

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Re: Pushbikes

Post by will » Tue Dec 02, 2008 17:32

there was a time when it did during the late 1950s, but it was banned due to the number of instances of people being seriously injured by them.

i'd offer to take a look at your bike but you're a bit far away.

(i was trying to do a Syd Barrett reference but i guess it didn't work).

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Re: Pushbikes

Post by round bits of plastic » Tue Dec 02, 2008 19:00

i wouldn't worry about it, there's no chance of me getting a syd barrett reference anyway.

thanks for sort of offering to look a my bike though. i think it needs to go to the great cycle path in the sky.

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Re: Pushbikes

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Sun May 24, 2009 18:27

i've FINALLY got a bike! turns out my mum had one she's never used gathering dust in the garage!

i've been out on it every day and i'm always a bit worried the local scallies will shout something at me for not only wearing a helment but riding a sparlky purple ladies bike. i don't really care though, i bloody love riding! i went nearly to the countryside today, bleedin' miles. it was GRATE!
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Re: Pushbikes

Post by Concrete » Mon Aug 31, 2009 19:34

I had an accident with my mountain bike frame a few weeks ago. Basically there was a heatwave here at the start of July and a can of paint stripper which had been happily sitting on a shelf in my utility room for 2 years suddenly decided to pressurise and burst such that the contents dripped out overnight. My mountain bike was right underneath it, so its lovely pearlescent white paintwork was ruined and my carbon-composite handlebar rendered something of a death trap (I've solved this by snapping up a half-price handlebar).

After much thought and advice about what to do with the frame, I've now spent about half the bank holiday weekend with sandpaper, wire wool, wire brushes and more paint stripper in the back garden and it is now pure, naked steel (and brass where the brazed-on bits are), ready to be powder-coated.

Now is your chance to suggest any colours I might not have thought about.

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Re: Pushbikes

Post by Sootyzilla » Mon Aug 31, 2009 20:36

What's so difficult about choosing a colour? Toss a coin.

Heads: Black.
Tails: British Racing Green.
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Re: Pushbikes

Post by Concrete » Mon Aug 31, 2009 20:46

Sootyzilla wrote:What's so difficult about choosing a colour? Toss a coin.

Heads: Black.
Tails: British Racing Green.
A coin? Maybe after payday...

I'm not that keen on racing green really. Black will suffice if I can't get a nice colour. I'm thinking maybe a pale turquoise or something; my mountain biker colleagues reckon pink is this year's shade but I'm not convinced - you kind of have to be fast to get away with pink.


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Re: Pushbikes

Post by Concrete » Thu Sep 10, 2009 21:59

I quite like that colour, but it does shout "Bianchi rip-off" a bit.

I've now got the frame back, and it's a bright blue, a litle like this NS Bikes Traffic in Aqua Blue, but very slightly more turquoise. I'm well pleased with the finish on it. I'll post photos once I've built it back up.

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Re: Pushbikes

Post by This Is Helena » Thu Sep 10, 2009 22:27

It is a bit 'Celeste' I suppose. From that picture it sounds like you've gone with a good colour. I look forward to seeing your pictures.

I had a very enjoyable ride yesterday until a spoke came loose 5 miles from home and I had a puncture (not on the wheel with the loose spoke) half a mile from home. I also seem to have joined some sort of club without realising because other cyclists have started waving to me.
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Re: Pushbikes

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:52

I'm totally obsessed with vintage bikes at the momentsuch as this. Is it a really bad idea that I buy a 30+ yr old bicycle with Sturmey Archer gears? Is getting a bike with rod brakes going to be the worst decision of my life?

I think I might need someone to talk me out of this. I really like the fixed-speed bikes but it's too hilly 'round here to consider one.

My ebay watch list is FULL of bikes that are older than me :-/
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Re: Pushbikes

Post by parfait amour » Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:21

I have a brand new bike (Pashley) & a Raleigh Superbe from 1950. the Raleigh is much nippier, and the rod brakes are so-so, not as bad as a lot of people think (probably).

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