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The Cycling Thread

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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #180 on: April 26, 2019, 09:58:41 PM
My 2 cents but it´s over 50 years of bicycle experience:
 
Choose a quality brand with a good dealer network and spare parts available.
Good bikes don´t come cheap.
Not so good bikes are nothing but trouble.

 :iagree:

But, a lot of famous brands have bikes from the previous year on sale at a nice discount.  I just bought myself a brand new Merida Silex 700 Gravelbike from 2018 at a really nice discount, and funny thing is, the model didn't even chance for 2019  :D.  (often they only chance colours from one year to another, sometimes its a completely new design).

And you do have to be lucky to have one in the right size, I need and XL bike and a lot of times these are still leftover from the previous year.

Don't know about other brands, but Merida has an outlet on their site (at least on their Benelux site, don't know about other countries sites), on which you can see all the models and what discount you get on them, and which sizes are available, but I found my bike at a local bikeshop, because on the Merida site it was only available at normal retail price, since they only had the 2019 model (which is exactly the same as the 2018 as far as I know). But the bikeshop owner said he had that bike in stock for a year, and since it was a size XL he thought chances of him selling it to anybody else than me were slim ... so I got a discount  :D.

Here's a pic of my latest bike:





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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #181 on: April 26, 2019, 10:21:00 PM
Do you use it to ride exactly next to the bike lane too? :pok:

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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #182 on: April 27, 2019, 01:39:35 AM
Do you use it to ride exactly next to the bike lane too? :pok:

:rofl:

As the matter of fact, yes  :twak:.

It's a gravelbike, which is a crossbreed between a mountainbike, cyclocrossbike, roadbike and touringbike ... We bought a cyclocrossbike for my oldest son and since cyclocrossbikes are a bit too uncomfortable for my aging bones I prefered the gravelbike, which is a lot more comfortable, but still able to go off-road or go quite fast on-road.  Most of our biketrips contain a mix of off- and on-road, but we try to go off-road as much as we can, which isn't that difficult in the area here.

Here's a pic from my boy on his new cyclocross bike (Merida CX600 Mission) at the same location, but showing the other side of the first pic.



As a fellow Belgian you should know that we love to take bikes like that into the field ...  :twak:


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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #183 on: April 27, 2019, 01:45:14 AM
I almost bought a bike and helmet today at a tag-sale, both were cheap, but the bike didn’t have any suspension and the helmet just didn’t fit right,
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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #184 on: April 27, 2019, 09:23:06 AM


As a fellow Belgian you should know that we love to take bikes like that into the field ...  :twak:

Fair enough...

What age is your son?


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Reply #185 on: April 27, 2019, 11:26:46 AM

Fair enough...

What age is your son?

He turned 14 last january,  but he's already 1,83m tall, while only weighing 52kg.

What I can't understand is how the 10cm that I am taller than him can add 60kg in weight...  :think:.

Weird...  :dunno:


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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #186 on: April 27, 2019, 11:39:59 AM
He turned 14 last january,  but he's already 1,83m tall, while only weighing 52kg.

What I can't understand is how the 10cm that I am taller than him can add 60kg in weight...  :think:.

Weird...  :dunno:
Muscles...let's keep it at muscles.

I'm 28yo and 1,80m...
Was it a choice to start breeding giants? :rofl:

Anyway, on topic, you guys ride together, right?


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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #187 on: April 27, 2019, 08:27:07 PM
Found a seat while out tag-sale hopping, must say a BIG diff in size and way more comfy!
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As I sit on my Crapper Throne in the Reading Room and explode on the Commode, thinking, how my flush beat John’s and Jerry’s pair? Jack’s had to run for the Water Closet yet ended up tripping on a Can bowing and hitting his Head on the Porcelain God! 🚽


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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #188 on: April 27, 2019, 09:01:35 PM
Here’s a pic of the seat,
Look at the under half and the size of the springs, I must say it feels a little diff since it’s not solid and you bounce around a little but way more comfortable the. That other one!
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As I sit on my Crapper Throne in the Reading Room and explode on the Commode, thinking, how my flush beat John’s and Jerry’s pair? Jack’s had to run for the Water Closet yet ended up tripping on a Can bowing and hitting his Head on the Porcelain God! 🚽


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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #189 on: April 27, 2019, 09:02:37 PM
Found a seat while out tag-sale hopping, must say a BIG diff in size and way more comfy!
JR

Good find, a comfy seat makes bike riding so much more fun  :tu:.

Muscles...let's keep it at muscles.

I'm 28yo and 1,80m...
Was it a choice to start breeding giants? :rofl:

Anyway, on topic, you guys ride together, right?

Yeah, more muscles was my guess as well, that or more brain ...

And yes, we ride together, but I have to give it to him, he planned it very well.  About 5 years ago my mountainbike trips were all around 60km long (all off-road) and I did one of those at least once a week, then my boys (and especially the oldest one) wanted to ride along, but after like 15km he would be so tired that we had to end our trip.  And now, a couple of years later all my stamina and leg-muscle is gone, I've got about 20kg extra to push forward, and now mister 14 year old, 1,83m with his 52kg rides away from me on every uphill climb, while whistling a song ...

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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #190 on: April 28, 2019, 08:27:24 AM
thanks for the input guys.

as for your son, give him a barbell
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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #191 on: May 24, 2019, 04:18:08 PM
Kit update.
Swapped out the levers for some slightly smaller ones that came with some other stuff I bought.
Added a little oil bottle.



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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #192 on: May 24, 2019, 06:25:00 PM
That’s nice
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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #193 on: May 25, 2019, 12:32:21 AM
The pink gloves clash with the red bike though.  :ahhh


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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #194 on: May 25, 2019, 10:37:06 AM
The pink gloves clash with the red bike though.  :ahhh

But they match my shoes. Pic is from google but yes I really do have these.



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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #195 on: May 25, 2019, 11:06:41 AM
But they match my shoes. Pic is from google but yes I really do have these.

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Reply #196 on: May 25, 2019, 04:02:49 PM
Fabulous!  :like:  :pok:
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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #197 on: May 25, 2019, 04:56:39 PM
I could say something but I'm nice, but I like them, I’d wear them!
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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #198 on: May 25, 2019, 09:56:16 PM
Only thing missing now is a matching helmet ...  :pok:

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Reply #199 on: May 25, 2019, 11:34:04 PM
Only thing missing now is a matching helmet ...  :pok:

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No no no. The helmet matches the bike. And it all ties in with my yellow windbreaker, true story.

The clearance gloves have arrived, Neo Red looking pretty Pink.   :facepalm:

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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #200 on: May 26, 2019, 07:33:54 PM
I really need to get a pic of my bike


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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #201 on: May 27, 2019, 08:10:52 PM
I really need to get a pic of my bike

Definitely! :worthless:
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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #202 on: July 08, 2019, 02:32:36 PM
Can anyone recommend a good pump that has a flexible hose for my MTB? (Not a floor one)
I normally go Topeak for bike accessories but I think they only have one. Lezyne seem to have a few...


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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #203 on: July 08, 2019, 07:11:03 PM
Can anyone recommend a good pump that has a flexible hose for my MTB? (Not a floor one)
I normally go Topeak for bike accessories but I think they only have one. Lezyne seem to have a few...

I you can find SKS Spaero double action pump, I highly recommend it. The catch? It's discontinued.  :(

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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #204 on: July 08, 2019, 07:15:30 PM
Can anyone recommend a good pump that has a flexible hose for my MTB? (Not a floor one)
I normally go Topeak for bike accessories but I think they only have one. Lezyne seem to have a few...

I have this one now, really like it actually. Small, reliable, solid build, works well. Screws onto the valve and you don't lose air by screwing it on or off.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XLGKU2S
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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #205 on: November 03, 2019, 06:58:57 PM
Finally I join the club. :D


Display folding bikes in shops are far in between here.  >:(
Went with Tern partially because of being able to examine display models at one shop.  :cheers:
Is it a good or poor brand?  :think:

Ended up with the Tern Link B7.
Now to pimp it out with more lights and some unicorn stickers. :D
Maybe a better saddle.  :think: I want to use this bike to go exploring a little.  :D
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Hooked, like everyone else. ;)

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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #206 on: November 03, 2019, 08:47:16 PM
 :tu:

What's the terning circle like?  :facepalm:


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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #207 on: November 03, 2019, 09:06:07 PM
:tu:

What's the terning circle like?  :facepalm:
:rofl:
Smooth. But slightly over sensitive steering.
Hooked, like everyone else. ;)

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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #208 on: November 04, 2019, 09:42:03 AM
Smooth. But slightly over sensitive steering.
Ahh... a millennial bike then...

Can we see it folded up?


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Re: The Cycling Thread
Reply #209 on: November 04, 2019, 09:54:27 AM

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