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Old 23.05.2011, 17:12
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Any views on fixed gear/singlespeed bikes?
A real fixie ? Stupidest idea mankind has ever had, often ridden by (future) Darwin Awardists
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Old 23.05.2011, 17:20
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Sporting fixed gears belong in velodromes only. The global fixie trend is so 5 minutes ago, and what we see in Zürich is the a few SOHO try-hards who's identity consists of a fixie, a Freitag bag and a BradyBunch replica T-shirt.

If you feel you must get a fixie, at least have brakes, a reversable hub (one fixed, one free-wheel) and a good knee surgeon.
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Old 23.05.2011, 17:41
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Sporting fixed gears belong in velodromes only. The global fixie trend is so 5 minutes ago, and what we see in Zürich is the a few SOHO try-hards who's identity consists of a fixie, a Freitag bag and a BradyBunch replica T-shirt.

If you feel you must get a fixie, at least have brakes, a reversable hub (one fixed, one free-wheel) and a good knee surgeon.
Haha! Well that put me in my place

Was planning on brakes and reversible hub (flipflop or whatever they are called), but wasn't planning on investing in a good knee surgeon, a Freitag bag or a replica T-shirt.

Am somewhat worried by what SOHO might actually mean... esp. looking at definitions #9 & #10...
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Old 23.05.2011, 18:01
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Re: Buying a bike

actually, i tried a fixed gear bike in amsterdam it it was nice and simple to use and quite fine for travelling on mostly flat places.

but yesterday, i was glad to have gears for some stretches going uphill. one thing that made me laugh was when i was over-taking a bunch of kids on a steep uphill slope and we saw a road sign saying we had 1.2km more of uphill cycling to do and i could hear them whinging "oh, naiiiiii".
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Old 25.05.2011, 12:08
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Re: Buying a bike

Man alive, didn't realise buying a bike could be so complex. Been to about 4 bike shops in the past few days, each one offering a completely different opinion about what I need, each with their own brands, of course...



Any opinions on bikes from Cannondale vs. Bull?

On that looked nice (yes, I'm drawn by the looks ):


From Cannondale - Bad boy - 900 CHF before mounting with "street" stuff, but comes with what I can only describe as "slick" tyres...

Then Bulls Cross Mad.

I find it difficult to see any difference between the bikes TBH, which is why it is sort of boiling down to what I can afford and whether is looks nice...
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Old 25.05.2011, 12:33
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Re: Buying a bike

They both look the same to me ;)
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Old 25.05.2011, 12:35
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They both look the same to me
Quite......
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Re: Buying a bike

I read reviews on that "bad boy" how the parts are not so good for such pricey bike.

Looks like it's all in the "look"- Anyway it's reinforced in the marketing name "bad boy"...
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Old 25.05.2011, 13:32
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If the bike is for city commuting, you better get a more visible one.

Ninja cyclists are dangerous.
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If the bike is for city commuting, you better get a more visible one.

Ninja cyclists are dangerous.
My wife has banned me from cycling in town... so I'll be going on farm tracks (mised of tarmac and unmade roads) until I hit the Basel commuter belt, whereby I will switch to tram... (as a colleague mentioned, I should get a good lock ).

It's a 5 km route, so I reckon 10 k a day should increase my fitness, or at least keep my callorie intake in check... although clearly I will remain a fair-weather cyclist...

But point taken.
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Old 25.05.2011, 13:43
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If the bike is for city commuting, you better get a more visible one.

Ninja cyclists are dangerous.
That link has a lot of useful guides:
http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/articl...the-dark-19256
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Old 25.05.2011, 13:45
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Get yourself a Cyclocross frame and build a bike on it with quality components.

you can get one built for around 1000.- to 1500.- that would be fair superior to that Cannondale and would also be great for sports on and off road.

Look at this so you see the bike I built as my commuter/supertouring bike, including fenders, chainguard, lights, bell etc.

The bike is great I am on it everyday come sun, wind, rain, sleet or snow.

you can fit slick tyres for the city, knobbly tyres for off-road, spike tyres for winter.

simply great.



I have since then updated it, but I can't post pics from the office as I havve no access to my photobucket account in the office.
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Old 25.05.2011, 13:51
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Re: Buying a bike

10K each day, mainly off road but on paths/tracks etc? Just get anything costing around 500 CHF; you'll be fine.

I always recommend riding upright (I don't like drop handlebars - they seem pointless to me unless you're racing or like neck ache).

EDIT to add: And cycle all the way. Find a good route on quietish roads through Basel and don't bother with the tram. The drivers here are very good to cyclists and even the busyish roads are full of cyclists and careful car drivers.

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Old 25.05.2011, 13:55
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Get yourself a Cyclocross frame and build a bike on it with quality components.

you can get one built for around 1000.- to 1500.- that would be fair superior to that Cannondale and would also be great for sports on and off road.
While I fully appreciate the sentiment, you can probably spot the difference between a XV500 and FH/0009 set of brakes/pedals/gears etc. at 100 m... (yes, I made those up)

I, on the other hand, am starting from scratch, so the time-to-reward ratio of having to learn everything... and then translate to German... makes building a bike from scratch too time consuming and costly.

As much as I like the idea of making my own bike (and I did toy with the idea, honest), it is not something I can do at the mo.
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Old 25.05.2011, 13:57
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Ninja cyclists are dangerous.
Or wear one of these:

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Old 25.05.2011, 14:01
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Yes, but the real problem are not Ninjas, but Kamikaze cyclists...
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Torsos can get quite heavy.

I do like the strap though. That might help with visibility if he's carrying the torso at night.
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Old 25.05.2011, 14:05
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My wife has banned me from cycling in town... so I'll be going on farm tracks (mised of tarmac and unmade roads).
I noticed the cool bike you picked out doesn't have any front suspension (never ever take rear suspension!!!) even though you will use it off-road a lot ? Front suspension really reduces the stress on your arms...

My suggestion: mountainbike hardtail, Trek 3xxx or Trek 4xxx will get you a very good bike for around 700 chf

http://www.trekbikes.com/ch/de/bikes/mountain/sport
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Man alive, didn't realise buying a bike could be so complex. Been to about 4 bike shops in the past few days, each one offering a completely different opinion about what I need, each with their own brands, of course...



Any opinions on bikes from Cannondale vs. Bull?

On that looked nice (yes, I'm drawn by the looks ):

From Cannondale - Bad boy - 900 CHF before mounting with "street" stuff, but comes with what I can only describe as "slick" tyres...

Then Bulls Cross Mad.

I find it difficult to see any difference between the bikes TBH, which is why it is sort of boiling down to what I can afford and whether is looks nice...
From whats ive seen you dont get much better value bikes than those from Canyon, the spec blows many similar-priced bikes out of the water (for example the Cannondale you linked is very basic for the money) http://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbikes/
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Old 25.05.2011, 14:10
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From whats ive seen you dont get much better value bikes than those from Canyon, the spec blows many similar-priced bikes out of the water (for example the Cannondale you linked is very basic for the money) http://www.canyon.com/_en/mountainbikes/
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I noticed the cool bike you picked out doesn't have any front suspension (never ever take rear suspension!!!) ? Front suspension really reduces the stress on your arms...

My suggestion: mountainbike hardtail, Trek 3xxx or Trek 4xxx will get you a very good bike for around 700 chf

http://www.trekbikes.com/ch/de/bikes/mountain/sport
Arrghhh more options

The reviews I've read state that for the kind of cycling I need, suspension is optional...

See just how naive I am?
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