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Old 10-10-05, 03:07 PM
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A wee hello from Scotland

I've been lurking for while and really like the forum, so I think that an intro is now in order. I'm just getting back into cycling here in Glasgow after being away from it for several years. My riding generally is along leisure/commute/shopping lines rather than distance rides currently. I'm currently borrowing a bike from a friend while looking for a decent ride. My current preference is for a folder, possibly a Dahon with hub gears. Another reason for the folder is that it looks like I'll be moving back to mainland Europe within the year (probably Germany or Norway) and it would be nice to take the bike with me (by air) as it would become my primary transport. I used to live in the Netherlands near Haarlem and cycled a lot on a super heavy Raleigh which was fine on the flat, but murder on any kind of incline. It had a 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub gear and front and rear drum brakes. I really long for something with it's ease of use, especially in Scotland's rainy season (autumn, winter and a lot of the spring). That all folks, if there is anyone local to me shout out!
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Old 10-13-05, 11:42 PM
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Was that a big 'Omafiets' you had in Holland ? They're great on the flat alright but even a canal bridge has you out of the saddle at 1 mph. I wouldn't buy a fold-up bike for a couple of flights.....they're very expensive and only really worth it if you're commuting daily-ish by tram or train with one. You can fly anyway with your bike for a small fee if it's half packed.......

Anyway, Fàile gu Bike Forums !!

Lorcán.
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Old 10-15-05, 02:46 AM
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Hey

Omafiets!!!!!

I haven't heard that in years! It really takes me back. (translates as Granmother bike)

It actually wasn't a genuine Omafiets, aren't they made of cast iron? I'm sure it was a Raleigh, but I'm not quite sure of the model, the closest I could find was this http://oldroads.com/pqdb_img.asp?p=fdbdown.asp?1090&mod=DL-1_(Tourist)&mak=Raleigh but with cable acctuated drum brakes rather than the rod brakes as shown. It did have the neat little steering lock which I wouldn't trust. I don't remember the saddle being quite the same, but it was leather, a Brooks if memory serves me. There was a full chain guard as in the picture which was heaven sent. You could commute in a suit if you wanted without any problem! Lovely bike. I think that my dad may still have it in his garage. I'll have to check. Hmm, you've got me thinking now...

(nostalgia trip over)

As far as a new bike is concerned I've been doing a lot of reading here and I think that I'll wait until I'm in mainland Europe until I make a decision. You may be right about the folders, though I'm still really sold on the idea of the hub gears and there are so many wonderful recent developments. I think that I'll have to do a bit more research and not rush into things.

How do you find cycling in Dublin? The last time I was there it seemed like quite a busy place, but that was several years ago. You mentioned trams. Are there trams (cool) in Dublin or did you mean in Europe?

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