off to CPH for 5 days:
off to CPH for 5 days:
back in the Mango saddle again and all seems good:
Copenhagen looks really nice. I flew into it on my way to Sweden recently, but didn't get to spend any time there.
The quantity and variety of city bikes in Sweden was really surprising. Ironically, the brand I spotted the most was called "Yosemite," the house brand of Biltema, which I think must have been a joke about Americans. They offered some pretty affordable stuff with IGHs and dynamo hubs.
salt isn't allowed as it's bad for the environment/infrastructure. so, sand it is.
in Germany, it's a punishable offence to use salt, not sure about the danish law.
I was able to purchase this fg/ss for ~295 British pounds:
using the store coupon to save an additional $50 by joining their savings club (free). So, $475 before tax, $507 out the door.
It's not a BSO by any means.
also, i'm not so sure what makes that bike so great ... don't say frame as i'm not sure that over the average first-owner-bike-lifetime there will be difference between 520 and hi-ten. alu and steel yes, steel vs. steel not so much.
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/...-bike-ec041519 and one went on ebay for 105 pounds as well.
How's the mango holding up? I do still watch this thread ;)
i don't buy anything on eBay*.
*except vintage '50s Danish furniture.
i think the 520/hi-ten debate is psychosomatic and if one did a blind test (the was properly controlled ... making a hi-ten frame look like a 520 frame) that i would wager that the riders couldn't discern between the bikes above random chance.
i can't believe that a bike company hasn't done this ... maybe they have and came to these results, which will never see the light of day ;)
edit: i paid £295 for the Mango ... the bike you linked is £450
375 it said actually, but you will notice the difference on identical bikes with tubesets that have that dramatic of difference, the closer the level of the tubeset though the less noticeable it becomes of course.. like riding 531 and SL I doubt anyone notices any difference between those two, with the exception of possibly frame builders and pro's.
What is bso
£450 to the UK
welcome to VAT :D
select buy in UK and ship to UK and you'll see the premium we have to pay :(
personally, i think people overrate the differences between frame material within different classes of steel. geometry and build quality really matter as do extra options like braze-ons and stuff, but the actually material IMHO isn't that big of a deal itself if it's all steel.
Boston Symphony Orchestra. Great to listen to whilst bike commuting.
fwiw, it's pretty much a BSO over here although you may be able to something a little cheaper, but not by much, especially not a coloured FGSS.
Oh you want videos?