September 12, 2006

New Bike

The bike I bought from Chris May last year has finally died. It needed a bit of work doing which got more complicated to the point where repairs were getting a bit expensive really, so took the plunge and bought one of these:

Went for a 30 mile circuit yesterday and the bike is great – very stable and quick, though the setup still needs some adjustment to get the gearing spot on.

Hope I get a lot of mileage in before winter really kicks in.


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  1. Eleanor Lovell

    Please don’t fall off again!

    12 Sep 2006, 13:30

  2. Chris May

    Very nice. Love the pimpy radial spokes; glad to see that you’ve got started on the upgrade ladder ;-)

    What’s wrong with (and what’s to become of) the old one? I’d hate to think of it ending up in a skip (unless the frame’s busted, or something equally catastrophic) – want to exercise your buy-back option?

    Gear cables always stretch from new. Give it about 100-150 miles or so, then tweak it / get it tweaked by the bike shop if you’re lazy like me.

    12 Sep 2006, 13:36

  3. Chris – there was a problem with the bottom bracket and Chainrig – the middle cog was bent for some reason and in replacing the set the shop discovered some wierdness related to the bottom bracket – you may be able to enlighten me as to why the frame was cross threaded there? Anyway, the cost of sorting that out, plus replacing the rims, which needed doing, just got to the point where I thought I’d just get a new bike. I’ve had a good year out of the old one, but time to move on.

    And yes – it may be that the old bike gets stripped and binned -but there you go.

    I have an appointment with the bike shop in 6 weeks to get a free safety check and adjustment, but may need to fiddle with the gearing before them – or stop ever time I shift to the big cog to put the chain back on…

    12 Sep 2006, 13:50

  4. Chris May

    Hmm. I think I got through a couple of BBs on that bike before it went to you, though replacing them is not something I’d try myself (it requires lots of tools that I don’t have!) I guess it’s possible (though disappointing!) that the bike shop stuffed up installing a new one – crossthreading a BB is not that hard to do, I’m told. Sorry about that!

    If you do decide to bin it, let me know and I’ll buy what’s left of it (after you’ve removed any bits you think you might make use of) off you for a suitable sum. – I’m still attracted to the idea of a fixed-gear singlespeed for commuting, and that frame + forks would be an ideal starting point (assuming the BB shell isn’t totally stuffed).

    12 Sep 2006, 14:13

  5. I think that a previous Bike Shop did screw it up – my lot said that the current BB fitted perfectly, but none of the 5-6 new ones would. They tried rethreading the BB shell to no avail, so basically it’s buggered. The bike shop kept it as a v limited exchange on the new one so apologies, but it’s gorn – not that it would be much use anyhoo as you couldn’t fit a new BB anyway.

    Sorry – wipes tear from eye

    12 Sep 2006, 14:26

  6. Chris May

    gah. Oh well, my garage is getting cramped anyway; fitting another bike in would have been a squeeze :-)

    12 Sep 2006, 14:44

  7. well, what with the people carrier as well I am sure the wife would appreciate an addition to the pile

    12 Sep 2006, 14:49

  8. I knew that I shouldn’t have mentioned how far my manic cycling sesh was. I am an phatty :(

    12 Sep 2006, 16:49

  9. I’m just glad I got back before the enormous thunderstorm hit – would not have liked to have been caught in that. My thoughts go to the lady I chatted to on the Walton Road who had already done 60 miles that day and was most likely still on the road when that hit – wherever she is, I hope she a) got back ok, b)wasn’t too pissed off at the end of the day

    12 Sep 2006, 17:02

  10. When being pitched over your handle bars try and land on your helmet (Huh George!) rather than your face. Your helmet is designed to resist impact your face is not.

    Tom Abbott 22 Feb 2006

    Now you’ve got a new bike and assuming that you don’t want serious brain injuries, re-think that notion. Cycle helmets are only designed to withstand impacts equivalent to falling under gravity from a stationary riding position. They are no substitute for avoiding risky situations or in the event of a crash using your hands and arms to break your fall. As a last resort it is better to have a broken jaw than a broken skull.

    Pitching over handlebars could well be the result of incorrect braking, possibly of having brakes that are too effective. Practicing emergency stops might be advisable.

    13 Sep 2006, 10:59

  11. That’s me told then

    13 Sep 2006, 11:01

  12. Chris May

    Cycle helmets are only designed to withstand impacts equivalent to falling under gravity from a stationary riding position.

    FUD.

    They’re only certified against impacts as you describe; but they’re designed to absorb energy from any impact that strikes them. Of course, not going over your handlebars is desirable, but if you do go over, the overwhelming majority of evidence suggests that you’re better off wearing a helmet than a tweed flat cap, or whatever it is that George prefers.

    13 Sep 2006, 12:22

  13. Can I put out a request that further discussion on helmets happens elsewhere. I rather like my new bike and don’t want this post to descend in the usual tit for tat arguments about the efficacy or otherwise of bonce covers.

    So there. Any further helmet related comments will be consigned to the dustbin of last week.

    13 Sep 2006, 14:11

  14. Eleanor Lovell

    Oooh – look at you getting fussy about your comments.

    On another note…. are there enough spokes on that bike?! I have never seen a bike with so few spokes… I haven’t had a bike since I was about 15 though!!

    13 Sep 2006, 14:50

  15. Chris May

    20 spokes is more than enough :-)

    13 Sep 2006, 14:53

  16. Ellie – shouldn’t you be learning stuff?

    13 Sep 2006, 14:57

  17. Eleanor Lovell

    Sorry boss!! I am learning stuff

    13 Sep 2006, 15:50

  18. I’m sorry if I appeared a bit patronising.

    It’s just that as someone trying to promote cycling I’m concerned that many people have a lot of mis-perceptions about it. E.g. some people think that cycling to work is too time consuming as cyclists must shower afterwards. But while they have a point if their commute is over five or ten miles, it’s an entirely different picture for 2/3 mile journeys – and an awful lot of those are made by car.

    14 Sep 2006, 10:19

  19. well, here’s a tale George…

    My father, just turned 60, is planning to do Lands End to John o’Groats next year to raise funds for a particular Charity working on Muscular Dystrophy.

    I am tempted to join him on this, so would have to start doing some long distance training – cycling to work for me would be a good prep for this – 23 miles twice a day should put me in good shape.

    14 Sep 2006, 10:48

  20. I wish you every success. 46 miles a day five days a week is quite a lot.

    Apparently there’s some rather elderly man in Britian who has cycled 800,000 miles so far in his lifetime.

    Tommy Godwin rode from Lands End to John O’Groats and back every week for nearly a year and a half.

    15 Sep 2006, 09:30


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