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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by kbasa, Mar 15, 2009.
Nicer ride, my next project might be a LDG Hammer build.
My LDG is great. Super light and I love the tight geometry. Their customer service on the other hand blows. Took em a weeks and multiple emails to confirm my order... Then sent out the wrong sized headset... Even though it was their frame and the forks were from them.... Sweet bikes just be vigilante.
Hey Peeps, Wonder if ya'll can help?
Ya see, I just started a new career in a new town and in love with it all. But one thing is missing. I have always wanted to commute to work by bike. Every placed I've lived before forced a highway commute or a road filled with blind curves and logging trucks splitting lanes. But now, my commute is 1.6 miles.. Yes 1.6 miles from my home to work. Greatest shit ever! You should try it Anyway I'm looking for a great bike. Light, fast and comfortable. Not looking to stay in shape aka not interested in Carbon fiber road bikes. But a 2013 version of a 70's Schwinn. Classic style is key here.
What I am currently riding is this heavy, creaky and slow 81 ish Schwinn World Tourist.
Aesthetically, this bike is perfect in every way to me. It just sits right. So I am looking for my 2013 version of this, maybe aluminum frame?
So what do you bike guru suggest?
It's the opposite of what you say you like, but given your commute (shortish, with steep hills, and with your son, not racing), and your budget, I think I'd look for an older hardtail mountain bike with good components in decent shape, put some street tires on it, and ride that. You'll have low gearing for the hills (some road bikes, especially older ones don't have good low gears), and it should be relatively comfortable. Prices drop on mountain bikes more than on road bikes in my experience/watching of CL. That said, there are good road bike deals to be had- I'd say minimum requirements should be brifters (shifters integrated into brakes), triple chainring up front, and ability to run a 28c tire (i.e., not a racing bike that only fits really skinny stuff.
You should probably at least look at bikesdirect.com, they have road bikes in your price range that fit all of those criteria brand new. I don't know if that's what you're looking for, but it will inform your shopping.
Check out Electras (maybe with a k instead of a c I don't remember)
You might take a look at the Bianchi Campione, too.
Did a quick trip to Saturna Island
^That's one fine, sturdy lookin' Lab!
Thanks. Ya he's a great hound, although he has really put a dampner on my ADV Riding. Keeps eating socks and dog toys. He has had 3 surgerys for foriegn object removal. He's F- ing suicidal.
78kms into a 100km mtb ride.
My mates look knackered but I felt worse on the Singlespeed.
Our lunch stop was nice though.
Your front brake hose should be routed to the inside of the fork leg. It's damage looking for a time to happen, the way you have it. Otherwise, that's a nice ride you have.
You have a good eye for detail. I'll fix that. Had the fork off recently being serviced and didn't notice that when I put it back together.
Defiantly diggn the Verse 24D Equip or he Ticino! Thanks for the heads up!
Found a company called Marin too, they make one sweet looking commuter
Only concern is the claim to be California based but parts come from Taiwan/China....
EDIT: Forgot to mention Jamis and Brezzer appear to have some lookers with good reviews!
Amazing how many "pro " shops dont even get that right even when the fork makers include guides to make it easy
its just asking to get snagged or to get dropped on a rock
yes pics i know will try to take some of my unusual bikes soon
Marin makes very good stuff.
Generally speaking, Taiwanese fabricators are world class when it comes to bicycles. China and Taiwan are like polar opposites. Taiwan = decades of investment in the fab infrastructure. China = cheap factories run by monkeys.
The Jamis, being steel, will ride nicer than aluminum.
does your rear bag get snagged by the tire under compression?