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Old 08-04-12, 04:09 AM   #1
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Life on a full size bike

I recently bought myself a 700c road bike, after using a 16" folder exclusively for the last 4 years, travelling 12,000km in the last 18 months. I have been using my new bike exclusively for the last 3 weeks.

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  1. Those ridiculous, huge clown wheels!
  2. I feel anonymous: when I see someone pull up in the bike box/ASL riding an Airnimal, I can't use the secret handshake anymore.
  3. Missed out on a bit of sesh last night: would you leave your brand new road bike on Victoria Embankment, London? If I'd had the folder, I would have been sitting in the stern of the Hispanola with a glass of Becks Vier
  4. My excuse has gone: when I did the Dunwich Dynmo (do a forum search) people said "you're brave" and "wow, you did well passing everyone on that ascent". On my road bike it would be "you only averaged 18kmh?"
  5. Related: now I have a higher top gear, it's clear to me the limiting factor is my legs, not my bike.
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Old 08-04-12, 12:41 PM   #2
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If you sell it now, you can probably still get back most of what you paid for it. :-)
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I never thought I'd see the day lol. What bike did you procure?
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Old 08-04-12, 06:16 PM   #4
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It sounds like you will be back to the world of folders very soon. :-)
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Old 08-05-12, 12:47 AM   #5
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:-)

Didn't mention I've done 651km in 3 weeks, that it's taken 10-15minutes off my commute each way and that I am cycling more and harder on it - bringing a road bike onto the train would be shameful.

It's a Giant Avail

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Old 08-05-12, 07:11 PM   #6
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I like the tram sign poster... I'm in South Melbourne.
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I'm in Twickenham, but grew up in East St Kilda. Other poster is from National Gallery in Canberra.
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I sold my road bike with reneulds 653 tubing and ulterga group set after realising that my upgraded 8NS downtube with ultra graoupset and bull bars was pratically as fast. I thensold the Down tube because the Mezzo I upgraded was only a tad slower than the Downtube but folded much smaller therefore it was more verilatie. Wish I had kept the 8NS but I had too many bikes for the storage space available at the time.

I got in to folding bikes because I realised that the overall time for me to get to work and secure my bike was the same or better on my folder . Even for a 10 mile commute. But using the folder meant I could expect a lift, go in to shops, and so on. I think its a bit like when you first get a microwave oven that you did not realise you needed.
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I'm in Twickenham, but grew up in East St Kilda. Other poster is from National Gallery in Canberra.
Hey - small world! I grew up in Twickenham before coming to Oz!
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