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So you ride a pushie hey - The Aus Bicycling Thread

Discussion in 'Australia' started by clarky, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    I used to a fair bit.
    Great fun and fast bikes. Ended up fitting skinny flat bars with bar ends and using them for single track training. Makes you pick good lines and learn good cadence. Also more fun after you get bored with full suspension bikes. Fit Maxxis Locust 700c tyres and hydro discs.
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  2. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    Ok I have put a deposit on the
    Avanti Torrent S 7.1 2016

    https://www.bikeexchange.com.au/a/d...es/avanti/vic/preston/torrent-s-7-1/102752388


    Ok ok they are only a cheap bike but it will suit me just fine being an amateur and looking for something to keep me fit is all I require.

    Now the bike is in Melbourne and I have to either somehow work out how to get it up here or shoot down and pick it up. They won't ship nor can I get a courier to pick it up. Like duh muh! :dunno
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  3. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    Looks like a decent buy
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  4. poppy

    poppy Slow and Steady

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    Good stuff AUSSIEADV, don't you love that you buy a pushbike and you literally get to push it as they don't come with pedals, surprised they give you a seat.
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  5. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    Yeah what is with that? :dunno
  6. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    They think your going to buy the special pedals that you like. I my case 2 out of 4 bikes came with pedals. One of those pedals I used for a while ... but all my bikes now have 'special pedals' (Shimano SPDs - yes even the road bikes .. no getting SPD-SL as I'd have to get shoes to match.. 3 sets of special shoes now). The last bike came with pedals .. they are unused by me and sit in a box, .. they look cheap too.
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  7. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    If your motorcycle came with a cheap helmet ... would you not rather chose your own?

    Of my 4 bikes 2 came without pedals. The last one came with pedals and they sit in a box unused. I'd rather chose my own pedals thanks .. Shimano SPDs - all my bikes have them and I have 3 pairs of special shoes for these pedals.

    Considering the variety of pedals/helmets it would be hard for a supplier to pick the one that would suit all of the customers.
  8. Reeksy

    Reeksy high state of hiatus

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    But why pedals and not tyres or seats or handlebars? Weird I reckon.


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  9. Warin

    Warin Retired

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    Price of typical pedals and shoes can be >> tyres, seats, handle bars .. though not when combined. Think my most expensive seat ~= price of pedals + shoes (one pair of each). Certainly the tyres and bars are cheaper. And when you buy a new bike I am certain a good bicycle store would change tyres etc and give you some consideration for the rejected pieces. I did ask about tyres on one bicycle I bought to see if they had something better ... only to be advise they thought those were the best MTB tyres available (at that time, and they were right .. I still have them and they do well in loose stuff). Considering the cost of bicycle parts compared to motorcycle parts you'd have to say the bicycle stores show more customer consideration.

    The more expensive the bike the more likely that the store will do some basic 'fitting' that will usually include stem/handle bars if required. You don't get that on a motorcycle... And there are specialist bicycle fitting if your so inclined .. they will have all sorts of stems/bars/seat posts to adjust your position on the bike (of course the bits will be extra cost on the fitting fee).

    Seat is a fairly personal item too, but then so it is on a motorcycle.
  10. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    All those items are far more important on a bicycle than a motorbike though, due to the wear and damage an incorrectly setup bike can do to a human body over a period of time.For many new riders who dont pedal correctly and just stomp on the downward pedal stroke it just accelerates wear and tear on the body and on bike parts. Many long term riders still ride that way
  11. galbo950

    galbo950 Been here awhile

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    Hi Cruz, so what's wrong with stomping on my pedals? My Trek loves it. Can't bring myself to go clipless, all I can see is pain in my future if I do.
  12. poppy

    poppy Slow and Steady

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    But you can spend $150.00 on a bike at K Mart and get pedals. It seems an odd thing considering they are a nessasary part of the bike, personal yes, but the same as everything else, you could purchase aftermarket/ specialized ones afterwards. Surely spending a few k on a bike would allow for even a basic flat pedal so that a person could actually use it. Not complaining or trying to argue a point, just interesting. Would be great to hear from someone that is in the pushbike industry.
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  13. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Most bike shops used to have boxes of low price flat pedals laying around and would fit them at no price if you bought a new bike. They wouldn't fit them to higher priced bikes though. The reality is, nearly all experienced riders would have their own brand/type of pedal/cleat/shoe combination already and either own multiple pedals or just move them from bike to bike. All lower priced bikes always came with flat pedals so the bike could be ridden straight away and with no more cost.
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  14. Bluetonguejak

    Bluetonguejak Pretend racer

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    +1 on SPD pedals
    Wellgo WPD-823 are my preferred pedal - nothing fancy, but are durable and give enough support when riding rough trails.
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    Shimano MTB shoes (Velcro strap x3 type) are my preferred for cyclocross and MTB - usually have pedal tension backed-off a fair way, so easy to release, but not un-clipping when climbing.
    They are only entry level, but comfortable to walk/run/carry bike with.
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    I keep my white SIDI MTB shoes clean for pure road riding - they don't quite meet the image standard of the road riding set, but that's sumfin that I don't aspire to meet!

    Think GS and Starbucks!:hide
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  15. darren70

    darren70 I don't own a KTM

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    Just remember to look out for white landcruisers when your riding around Bright in your lycra mate..
  16. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    Hmmmm you own a white Landcruiser. Mt Beauty is worse, way worse.

    Yeah yeah yeah Leanne has been on about the lycra. By the time I'm finished pushing (and pulling, Cruz) pedals I would have worn a suit more than lycra. That was once.
  17. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    So SPD Wellgo and Shimano shoes?
  18. Hoots

    Hoots Long timer

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    I'd go to the bike shops and find shoes that fit and are well priced

    Being able to walk comfortably (reasonably) is a good thing
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  19. AUSSIEADV

    AUSSIEADV 2wo left foots

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    Oh I will mate with my hoof.
  20. Dr AT

    Dr AT Long timer

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    Don't do it....you're being sucked in by the rays discounted bike purchase and now they're going to rape your wallet on bling. There's a reason they refuse to courrier the bike to you!

    Fancy pedals, shoes, special merinolycra hybrid undies, silk gloves, a new lid, and perhaps some interchangeable lens glasses. All sold by the rays spotty faced sales boy with fries on the saide.

    Just turn up with some k mart plastic pedals and ride the bike to the nearest small bike shop , then buy the shoes that fit you, the pedals that fit those shoes, and get out of there before they realise you've saved $1 k on the bike
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