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Old 04-03-11, 08:56 AM   #2076
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Thanks. It's not that I don't like it, I love it. I just suffer from the "I always want more bikes" disease, the problem is the size of my apartment.

If you need more bike space just hang them on the wall the same way people hang paintings, thats a much better form of art anyway.

A few years back I went to a dude's apartment in the next prefecture near a keirin track. He had two bikes on a stand at the inside of the front door, two on a stand and one against the wall the the hallway, three in the first spare room (which was his workshop) two in his second spare room, two in his living room, and one as a display on a coffee table in his bedroom.
OR there's this...
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Old 04-03-11, 10:10 AM   #2077
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You and your friends have an interesting cycling lifestyle, glad you share it with us.
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Old 04-03-11, 10:20 AM   #2078
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If you need more bike space just hang them on the wall the same way people hang paintings, thats a much better form of art anyway.
I was actually thinking of doing that... even with the space I have it can still get a little crowded and this would add a little colour to my livingroom and it is light enough I could get it up and down with one hand because she's a rider.

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Old 04-03-11, 10:37 AM   #2079
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Heavy gear ratio on that single speed and nice colours on the frame!
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Old 04-03-11, 10:45 AM   #2080
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Heavy gear ratio on that single speed and nice colours on the frame!
It is actually a pretty manageable 72 gear inches... I prefer to run some big chain rings and cogs to make the drive as efficient as possible so it looks steeper than it is. It is a fixed / fixed and flipping the wheel to a 17 tooth cog gets me 80 gear inches.
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Old 04-03-11, 10:54 AM   #2081
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A true cyclist you are and there's got to be down lights aswell to add extra atmosphere.
Is the bike in the pic the ron cooper repainted or did you swap some components over to another frame.
On the previous page I put three pic's of a australian made ricardo I think I can get it back to near new I dont think it been used much just left sitting to long it should be pretty comfortable to ride.
At least it will be fun to see the transformation back to good condition and have an extra bike to ride. I think you know what I mean.
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It is actually a pretty manageable 72 gear inches... I prefer to run some big chain rings and cogs to make the drive as efficient as possible so it looks steeper than it is. It is a fixed / fixed and flipping the wheel to a 17 tooth cog gets me 80 gear inches.
I've never used "gear inches" so I have nothing to compare that to.
I use the number of front teeth divided by the number of rear teeth to express gears.
So is it something like 52/19 then?
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Do the math! Front divided by rear multiplied by 27 equals 72. Front divided by rear equals 72/27 equals 2.67. 52/19= 2.73.
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Do the math! Front divided by rear multiplied by 27 equals 72. Front divided by rear equals 72/27 equals 2.67. 52/19= 2.73.
Close enough
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Is the bike in the pic the ron cooper repainted or did you swap some components over to another frame.
The decoupaged bike is a 1973 Raleigh Gran Sport which used to be my road bike until the Cooper came along... as the paint was pretty wretched I turned it into an art project but she isn't a garage queen. At a spec over 20 pounds she's a very fast and very comfortable bike. I have this smaller frame set up pretty aggressively while the Cooper is a long ride machine.

On gear inches...

The practical gear range on a bike ranges from the low you find on touring and mountain bikes which is about 16 gear inches and is good for climbing straight up or doing long climbs with full touring gear but is pretty useless on flat ground.

At the upper end racing bikes can get up to almost 130 gear inches which is too high a gear for solo riding and is only useful on high speed descents.

Normal people can usually ride quite comfortably in a 40-90 gear inch range and gearings higher or lower than that are utilized for special purposes as I mentioned above.

Hybrids usually come with a 28/38/48 and a cassette with a 12 -28 or perhaps wider spaced and lower geared 12-34 gearing which gives a low gear of 22-27 gear inches and a high of 109 gear inches and this is a nice set up for the many people who are getting back on a bike and need that lower gearing until they get in shape.

For most it is ideal if you can spin at 80-90 rpm and this keeps you in your aerobic range and keeps you out of the anaerobic range which will fatigue you fairly quickly.

Just set up my Moulden with a new triple and it has a 22 tooth low which gives me that wall climbing 16 gear inches and a high of 103 and as I like to spin at higher than average rpms it makes it fairly easy to bring the bike up to 50 kmh at 100 rpm and at 120 rpm (sprinting / descending pace) the bike will do 60kmh.

My vintage Cooper runs a 40-108 gear inch range which is a little lower and wider than a modern road bike.
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New guy here all the way from Hawaii. Just picked up a new Raleigh Misceo 1.0. Rides pretty well! Can't wait to start posting!


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dude thats the first hybrid Raleigh I've seen on this forum.
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Old 04-04-11, 10:17 AM   #2089
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It's a hybrid, but it's also my commuter, my touring bike and my all-around primary form of transportation. You can't see the model because I took a crappy pic, but it's a Raleigh C500.
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dude thats the first hybrid Raleigh I've seen on this forum.
I guess you missed post #1941 http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post12323006 --- it is a long thread
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Old 04-04-11, 11:14 AM   #2090
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Yep I havent been here to long or seen everything while I've been here but it is the first Raleigh I've seen. I love that smile list.
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I was close to getting a Trek, but the LBS had a good sale on the Misceo. The ride was solid as well...
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Thanks. It's not that I don't like it, I love it. I just suffer from the "I always want more bikes" disease, the problem is the size of my apartment.




If you need more bike space just hang them on the wall the same way people hang paintings, thats a much better form of art anyway.
did someone say tiny apartment with bikes hanging on the walls?



the bike in the lower left corner normally hangs on the opposite wall when not being worked on

i also have a 4th bike which im selling which is in my kitchen right now (away from the work area so it doesnt get harmed)
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ALMOST got it right. I think over on the road thread you need a white roller-door. ; )
Your bike looks great!! By the way, I'm far from being an expert in bike fitting, but is the frame a bit small for you? I'm a bit confused with the height of the saddle vs angle of the stem and number of spacers. My guess is you've got very long legs.
Glad you like it

The short answer is yes, the frame could be a size bigger.
The long answer is that it's meant to be a performace hybrid, a flat bar road bike if you will, so the frame is fairly long compared to it's declared size (to be exact, this one is size 48, yet the actual top tube length is 55). If I wanted to use it with flat bars, I'd need a frame at least three sizes bigger; with drop bars, a size bigger would be perfect, but it would still look a bit strange with a lot of spacers and a lot of seatpost sticking out. I bought it used so I couldn't really choose the size; it was a great deal and I just had to have it. With a longer stem and seatpost it fits me very well, since I do have relatively long arms and legs for my height, and I don't mind the weird look.
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Glad you like it

The short answer is yes, the frame could be a size bigger.
The long answer is that it's meant to be a performace hybrid, a flat bar road bike if you will, so the frame is fairly long compared to it's declared size (to be exact, this one is size 48, yet the actual top tube length is 55). If I wanted to use it with flat bars, I'd need a frame at least three sizes bigger; with drop bars, a size bigger would be perfect, but it would still look a bit strange with a lot of spacers and a lot of seatpost sticking out. I bought it used so I couldn't really choose the size; it was a great deal and I just had to have it. With a longer stem and seatpost it fits me very well, since I do have relatively long arms and legs for my height, and I don't mind the weird look.
That's great that it fits you well. As long as you are comfortable all is fine. Take care out there. 
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It's the sickest


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Glad you like it

The short answer is yes, the frame could be a size bigger.
The long answer is that it's meant to be a performace hybrid, a flat bar road bike if you will, so the frame is fairly long compared to it's declared size (to be exact, this one is size 48, yet the actual top tube length is 55). If I wanted to use it with flat bars, I'd need a frame at least three sizes bigger; with drop bars, a size bigger would be perfect, but it would still look a bit strange with a lot of spacers and a lot of seatpost sticking out. I bought it used so I couldn't really choose the size; it was a great deal and I just had to have it. With a longer stem and seatpost it fits me very well, since I do have relatively long arms and legs for my height, and I don't mind the weird look.
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Here is my new baby... I am new to the forum and hoping to get into shape using her repeatedly! hahaha
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Here is my new baby... I am new to the forum and hoping to get into shape using her repeatedly! hahaha
Very nice bike. Looks like a Gary Fisher Utopia ?
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Here is my new baby... I am new to the forum and hoping to get into shape using her repeatedly! hahaha
Very nice indeed. That Utopia is sweet. I am quite close to pulling the trigger on the Montare myself.

Congrats.
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Here is my new baby... I am new to the forum and hoping to get into shape using her repeatedly! hahaha
Nice. I have the 2010 model. You're going to love that bike. I've had it on a couple of 60+ mile rides and it was like nothing compared to my old Trek 920.
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