Go Back  Bike Forums > Community Connections > Introductions
Reload this Page >

Hello from Oxfordshire, England

Introductions Welcome to the BikeForums community! Please introduce yourself to other forum members here.

Hello from Oxfordshire, England

Old 10-13-14, 01:19 PM
  #1  
Sew Lizzie
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: England
Posts: 2

Bikes: Trek WSD 7.3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hello from Oxfordshire, England

I got a new bike back in May and since then have done a lot more cycling than I'd done before, although I've cycled on and off for several decades...! I went to my local bike shop where we as a family have bought bikes in the past and chose a Trek WSD 7.3. I thought I loved the bike to begin with, but after weeks of painful niggles in the back, shoulders and wrist, which I've tried to put right by various tweaks, and by adding bar ends, I've finally come to the conclusion that I bought the wrong type of bike for me. I think I have one arm longer than the other which doesn't help.

So I'm now going back to my old elegant but sturdy step through steel Trek for a while until I get another - so glad I didn't sell it! Having to admit to having bought the wrong bike is embarrassing....almost.....but getting the new bike showed me that I was up to more cycling, and I have learnt so much more about bikes and cycling too. (I went through the exact same process with sewing machines!).

I've read a lot of useful information on here already. The bike I am considering (and I'll take a long time to consider...) is a Thorn Raven, or Raven Sport. I would love to hear from any ladies who have one of these.
Sew Lizzie is offline  
Old 10-13-14, 03:11 PM
  #2  
Fastfingaz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,322
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 149 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Well this is good lizzie,,, welcome to the forum,,,,,
Fastfingaz is offline  
Old 10-13-14, 03:26 PM
  #3  
Mark Stone
Tractorlegs
 
Mark Stone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 3,066

Bikes: New Balance 880v7 Kicks

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 82 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hi Sew Lizzie, welcome to the community!
__________________
********************************
Car Light since Nineteen Something
Mark Stone is offline  
Old 10-13-14, 07:18 PM
  #4  
cb400bill
Administrator
 
cb400bill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Kalamazoo MI
Posts: 16,307

Bikes: Fuji SL 2.1 (carbon fiber), Pinarello Stelvio (steel), Cannondale Synapse (aluminum)

Mentioned: 32 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1212 Post(s)
Liked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Welcome to Bike Forums.

Not having heard of these bikes before, I had to Google them. Both appear to be touring bikes whereas your Trek WSD 7.3 is a hybrid bike.

What type of riding are you looking to do?
cb400bill is offline  
Old 10-14-14, 04:46 AM
  #5  
Sew Lizzie
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: England
Posts: 2

Bikes: Trek WSD 7.3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for your reply. I am indeed looking to do more touring - not across the world but just more in my local area and maybe one day further afield in the UK. Yes I know the Trek 7.3 is a hybrid - to be honest when I bought it I was just thinking of buying something lighter to make cycling generally a bit easier for me, not faster, just easier. It has done that in some respects, but is uncomfortable on any journey longer than 5 miles or so, and on anything except the smoothest of roads. I've realized, after much research, that what I really want to do is, as I say, more on the touring side of cycling, so that's why I'm looking at the Thorns, which have some fantastic reviews. I'll be taking the process of buying another bike slowly to make sure that this time I get the right one for me. It worked with sewing machines!
Sew Lizzie is offline  
Old 10-14-14, 04:58 AM
  #6  
chewa
The Flying Scot
 
chewa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North Queensferry Scotland and London (and France)
Posts: 1,904

Bikes: Custom (Colin Laing) 531c fast tourer/audax, 1964 Flying Scot Continental, 1995 Cinelli Supercorsa, Holdsworth Mistral single speed, Dahon Speed 6 (folder), Micmo Sirocco and a few more

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Sew Lizzie View Post
Thanks for your reply. I am indeed looking to do more touring - not across the world but just more in my local area and maybe one day further afield in the UK. Yes I know the Trek 7.3 is a hybrid - to be honest when I bought it I was just thinking of buying something lighter to make cycling generally a bit easier for me, not faster, just easier. It has done that in some respects, but is uncomfortable on any journey longer than 5 miles or so, and on anything except the smoothest of roads. I've realized, after much research, that what I really want to do is, as I say, more on the touring side of cycling, so that's why I'm looking at the Thorns, which have some fantastic reviews. I'll be taking the process of buying another bike slowly to make sure that this time I get the right one for me. It worked with sewing machines!
Hi Lizzie,

Welcome from the Federal Republic of Scotland!!

Loads of nice areas to tour near you, and further afield. The Thorns are great bikes (I've managed to ride a couple).
__________________
plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

1985 Sandy Gilchrist-Colin Laing built 531c Audax/fast tourer.
1964 Flying Scot Continental (531)
1995 Cinelli Supercorsa (Columbus SLX)
1980s Holdsworth Mistral fixed (531)
2005 Dahon Speed 6 (folder)
(YES I LIKE STEEL)
2008 Viking Saratoga tandem
2008 Micmo Sirocco Hybrid (aluminium!)
2012 BTwin Rockrider 8.1
chewa is offline  
Old 10-14-14, 07:23 AM
  #7  
JerrySTL
Senior Member
 
JerrySTL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Near St. Louis, Missouri
Posts: 1,444

Bikes: Giant Defy Advanced, Breezer Doppler Team, Schwinn Twinn Tandem, Windsor Tourist, 1954 JC Higgens

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 30 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Hi Lizzie,

I did a fair bit of riding in Oxfordshire when I was stationed at RAF Upper Heyford from 1988 to 1992. I lived in Banbury at first then moved to Caversfield near RAF Bicester for the last 3 years. Rides to Oxford and Blenheim Palace were some of my favourites.
JerrySTL is offline  
Old 10-14-14, 07:59 AM
  #8  
linnefaulk
Senior Member
 
linnefaulk's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: florida
Posts: 1,805

Bikes: 1990 Trek 820, 1995 Trek 1220

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Welcome, Lizzie.
linnefaulk is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.