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  1. #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.
    2008 Mezzo D9
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    Senior Member alhedges's Avatar
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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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    Senior Member Pinigis's Avatar
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    It sounds like you will be back to the world of folders very soon. :-)

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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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    2008 Mezzo D9
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    Quote Originally Posted by jefmcg View Post
    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.
    Dual drive Mezzo (GOLD), Dual Drive Mezzo with bullbars (black), White Brompton thingy with Dahon Androes stem and bull bars. Birdie (old sytle) 7 speed. Downtube NS8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefmcg View Post
    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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