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Old 08-02-12, 11:50 AM
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i need expert opinion

hi everyone. im looking for help,
i would like to buy bikecycle and im not sure which one is the best for me! Ok. im 15stones, i want to use it every day to travel to work about 10miles one way all in london
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Old 08-02-12, 11:55 AM
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You're at the right place, we're all expert!!!

It depends on a lot of things and personnal preference so you will get a lot of different answers.
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Old 08-02-12, 12:01 PM
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i own racing bike (my friend give me) but i think im too havy cos i had to change tube very often so i give up...thats why im here, i need your little help
P.S. i like racing bike... i dont want to mountain bike...
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I ride a race bike for commuting 55 kms each day, I'm now a 215pound but started on my racer at 245 approx. and never had any problems. Maybe your tubes problemes are not related to your weight. You could look for a touring bike, it's stonger than regular road bike or racer and easier to fit with fenders and baskets and commuting accessories.
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Doesn't sound like you need a new bike. You might need better tires, start off with fresh tubes and get a pump with a meter so you fill it up enough that it doesn't cause a 'pinch flat.' What's the name of the tire that's on your race bike now (it should say something on the side of the tires next to the rim)?
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245pounds thats more then me!...so whats is wrong with my bike?
mayby u r right, problem is tubes, tyres, rims... its old bike and no worth it to spend more money...
i prefere race bike, i dont need baskets etc, my van waiting for me where im going
if you dont mind i ask in here! is there some race bikes i should not buy or something?
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Originally Posted by dramiscram View Post
You're at the right place, we're all expert!!! It depends on a lot of things and personnal preference so you will get a lot of different answers.

I'm not, everyday is learn something new. Sometimes yelled from passing cars.

There's no one perfect type of commuter bike so,

Some basic info -that would help....

Your level of riding experience -
Fitness level (matters if you want an upright or drop bar)
The amount of you want to carry and how you want to carry it (on bike or in backpack) -
Type of terrain you'll be riding on (asphalt, cement, singletrack, cobble stone, loose gravel..etc)
Budget Level -
Fixed gear or multi-gear -

There's alot more people may ask, I'm a little lethargic today.

My best advice, unless you have disposable income, don't break the bank on your first commuter bike. In my experience, commuter bikes take a fair share of abuse in their role as transportation. Especially if you're planning on multi-modal traveling.
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Old 08-02-12, 12:28 PM
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@muu continental catorskin 700c 18-23 i think...but i have notice there is some kind of tape inside and it is not cover holes so this is mayby one problem, next is preasure for sure...
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Gatorskins should be fine for city riding. How badly worn are they (may need to be replaced)?

I would definitely check tire pressure, and also make sure there aren't glass shards that's on the tires that you never removed. You don't sound like a super-heavy rider, and bikes shouldn't be mysteriously getting random flats.
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@SteamingAlong
-i feel confident on bike (i use to be very fit) im but a little put on weight
-im not sure about bar but i think i would prefere straight bar
-i dont want to carry anything except extra cloth in my bag and some drink
-terrain...london roads
-budget- i will be happy if i spend up to 400-500£ but if you tell me there is worth it to add 50-100£ then its ok
-Fixed gear or multi-gear. not sure about this one.
i use big one on pedal set only! ond on the rear i use 5 gear, that is enought for me

i hope thats help!
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Old 08-02-12, 12:46 PM
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@muu when i get this bike i had to change few things, like raer cassette, chain, chain set, gear knob, and now nothing is working good with others cos i could not get the right parts...this is the main reason i want to buy new bike,
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@muu when i get this bike i had to change few things, like raer cassette, chain, chain set, gear knob, and now nothing is working good with others cos i could not get the right parts...this is the main reason i want to buy new bike,
There is nothing inherently wrong with purchasing a new bike, it can be a really fun experience! Just make sure you try out several different shops and find one that you trust to get you what is right for you.

You mention that you will be in London, so make sure you get a left-hand side of the street bike, not those silly American right hand ones.
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Welcome To Bike Forums, Dyl!


1) What is the name of the bike you have right now?

2) Does it feel comfortable to you?

3) How tall are you?

4) Is your commute on flat land?

5) Do you have hills to climb?

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1) criterium. Claud Butler.
2) not really
3) 173 cm, 5 ' and 8"
4) my commute is 97% flat land
5) no hills

P.S. Bike i have right now is poor conditione, and parts not stick to the other parts

i was thinking about fixed gear bike...what do u think?
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Originally Posted by dyl View Post
1) criterium. Claud Butler.
2) not really
3) 173 cm, 5 ' and 8"
4) my commute is 97% flat land
5) no hills

P.S. Bike i have right now is poor conditione, and parts not stick to the other parts

i was thinking about fixed gear bike...what do u think?
Yes! That's exactly what I was thinking too!

A single speed bike! NOT a fixed gear bike, though...

Single speeds are inexpensive and they have low maintenance too!

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2x10miles , mainly flat terrain, all-weather conditions:
I would suggest a sportier style of non-suspension hybrid such as Specialized Sirrus that can accept luggage rack, mudguards and medium sized tyres (700cx32mm) on std spoked wheels (no fancy spoke patterns). The brand doesn't matter too much but the size does.
There are other styles that work well such as tourer, cyclo-cross and road (winter training style) but they all start at higher price brackets.
You can get disc brakes on some models, they provide good braking in the wet and I like them.
You need some accessories: rack, lock, helmet, mudguards, luggage, lights.
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Old 08-03-12, 05:34 PM
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@SlimRider what is the different between single speed and fixed gear bike?
@michaelW SIZE of tyres this is what i am worry about, cos i can hear every single stone under my tyre, and they shoot cars close to me
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Hey there Dyl!

For a single speed, I'd recommend the Fuji Declaration

www.fujibikes.com/eu/bike/details/declaration-usa

For a performance hybrid, I'd recommend a Fuji Absolute 2 or a Raleigh Urban 5.

The Fuji Absolute 3
www.fujibikes.com/eu/bike/details/absolute-30-intl2

The Raleigh Urban 5
www.raleigh.co.uk/ProductType/ProductRange/Product/Default.aspx?pc=1&pt=15&pg=7525

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Originally Posted by dyl View Post
i own racing bike (my friend give me) but i think im too havy cos i had to change tube very often so i give up...thats why im here, i need your little help
P.S. i like racing bike... i dont want to mountain bike...
Tell us what you like and dislike in the bike you own, except the flat tyres. If you like how it rides and the flats are the only problem, getting decent tyres and new tubes might be a cheaper option then buying a new bike. Can your frame accomodate wider tyres like 34 mm? I ride those at 5 bar in the city of Zaandam and have very little flats.

Getting a more expensive bike won“t solve getting flats.
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A Single Speed allows you to coast, or not pedal, while going downhill or if you're moving fast enough and want a little break.

A Fixed Gear forces your legs to always spin. Downhills mean you'll either be spinning really fast or you'll be exerting pressure against the cranks to help with braking. There is no resting on the bike while in motion with a FG (plus could wreak havoc with the knees if not careful...)
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Dyl says:

SlimRider, what is the different between single speed and fixed gear bike?
With a fixed gear bike, you have to constantly pedal and you can't coast down a hill...

With a single speed, you can stop pedaling for a while, take a break and coast downhill.

With a fixed gear bike, while your bike is going faster and faster downhill, your feet keep pedaling faster and faster too!

+1 No1mad

Yeah, what No1mad said!
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@RolandArthur except the flat tyres
seriously:
i dont like drope handlebars,
i think i dont like too many gears
i like dynamic drive
i dont want to do tricks on bike, not at all! Just want to drive from A to B smooth, quite fast,
i cant manage 34mm tyres and i dont want. i like something below
im ready to spend few pounds for bike i like.

"Getting a more expensive bike won“t solve getting flats." - i suppose

@no1mad thx for explain
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thank you very much. would you please tell what size i should have: 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61?

https://www.bike-discount.de/shop/a71...ion.html?lg=en
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Originally Posted by dyl View Post
thank you very much. would you please tell what size i should have: 49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61?

https://www.bike-discount.de/shop/a71...ion.html?lg=en

Hi DYL!

You'll have to make your own selection, if you're buying online. I wouldn't want to contribute to any mistake on your behalf!

Here's a sizing chart that you can use. We can tell you if you are definitely making a mistake or not, but we will not be able to give you any specific information without taking any risks...

www.ebicycles.com/custom/content_files/ebicycles-bicycle-sizing-chart-road-bikes.pdf

PS.

I think that they just might have a few left in your size...

* Your bike will arrive 95% assembled already! You will need to complete the assembly at home. You can use the following video for assembly instructions:

www.bikesdirect.com/instructionhelp.htm

Good Luck!

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super! i think 56 should be good. thx
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