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guffer
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8474 posts since 28/5/04

18 Sep 2008 09:24
haz wrote:
Stanleyboy wrote:
guffer wrote:
Stanleyboy wrote: Is 12 miles commute too much + London roads?

each way? depends on what shape you are in. for most people it will be too much


yep each way. I reckon an hour each way, which is about the same time on train, door to door etc. I used to do a lot of miles (proly around 80-100) per week 16/17 years ago on mtb's. Was a long time ago though.

My main concern is the traffic down here, too many bloody foreigners with no license/insurance an all round inconsiderate bastards - that, the winter weather and traffic lights!

I am trying to get our company to do the government cycle to work scheme so I can get a free bike. I think it's a fair whack what you can get them to give you to buy a new bike. The company claim it back as tax relief and usually the bike becomes yours after a year or so.

Loads of people used to smash 8-10 miles of hills on the way to work where I used to work…I'd say its doable

if your in good shape why not.

ps stan - you wont get a free bike, just about 41% off list price. i did it to get that bianchi. my work just takes out about £30 per month for a year
Noble Locks
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66963 posts since 10/7/03

18 Sep 2008 09:35
no cunt apart from lance armstrong when he wasnt ill could do 12 miles each way into london on a pushbike in winter. fact.
ill offer odds of 100 -1 that no one can do it every single week day for two months from november to january.

p.s cyclist got deaded up on southwark bridge this morning (true story), so if you die just trying to suss me out, all bets are void.
themistake
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10688 posts since 20/2/06

19 Sep 2008 12:34
guffer wrote:
haz wrote:
Stanleyboy wrote:
guffer wrote:
Stanleyboy wrote: Is 12 miles commute too much + London roads?

each way? depends on what shape you are in. for most people it will be too much


yep each way. I reckon an hour each way, which is about the same time on train, door to door etc. I used to do a lot of miles (proly around 80-100) per week 16/17 years ago on mtb's. Was a long time ago though.

My main concern is the traffic down here, too many bloody foreigners with no license/insurance an all round inconsiderate bastards - that, the winter weather and traffic lights!

I am trying to get our company to do the government cycle to work scheme so I can get a free bike. I think it's a fair whack what you can get them to give you to buy a new bike. The company claim it back as tax relief and usually the bike becomes yours after a year or so.

Loads of people used to smash 8-10 miles of hills on the way to work where I used to work…I'd say its doable

if your in good shape why not.

ps stan - you wont get a free bike, just about 41% off list price. i did it to get that bianchi. my work just takes out about £30 per month for a year


i do this scheme and its great… nealry paid off my bike, looking to get something new…
this may be me falling victim to the hypebeast but im genuinely looking for a faster bike and i like the look of the fixed gear bikes im seeing around at the moment….
as a complete nooooob to this fad, how much are fixed gear bikes to built/buy and are there any shops that a like a one stop shop so i can get sorted?
Best
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9855 posts since 21/10/05

19 Sep 2008 12:38
here is a fixed gear forum, they'll be able to sort you out - http://www.londonfgss.com/
guffer
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8474 posts since 28/5/04

19 Sep 2008 12:38
what do you have at the moment? just get a road bike, fixed wheels are daft imo
themistake
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10688 posts since 20/2/06

19 Sep 2008 13:18
i ride this

its a hybrid but is slow as fuck… a good bike but just want something faster and seeming as the ride to work scheme is bascially like giving you a free bike, i thought id get a fixie…i ride 12miles a day, completly flat.


best- cheers for the link, got a feeling they will laugh at me if i post there especially when i ask if any of the places they reconmend accept "ride to work" vouchures
Charles Winthorpe III
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5474 posts since 29/7/05

19 Sep 2008 13:19
project skoolyard - brick lane bikes
http://bricklanebikes.co.uk/

they have some stunning bikes starting at around 500. great people and service is 2nd to none.

these guys will build you one, but it was a 3-4 week list.
http://www.fixedgearlondon.com/

agree with guffer, i cant be bothered with my fixed.. just in the process of sprucing it up for cool point battles next year, but i much prefer my road bikes, more fun and control.
guffer
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8474 posts since 28/5/04

19 Sep 2008 14:13
i just think they are dangerous and you are asking to get killed by a bus riding with no brakes
andymakesglasses
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20393 posts since 26/1/06

19 Sep 2008 14:19
The greatest trick the hypebeast ever pulled was convincing the world gears 2 to 27 did not exist. And like that… they were gone.
aitch
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8923 posts since 19/8/07

19 Sep 2008 14:29
Just found out my place does that cycle to work scheme.

Not sure whether i'm going to go for a mountain or road bike yet. If I go for the road bike it will probably be that bianchi after what everyones said about it.

Whats a good mountain bike to go for? All my mates have specialized hard rocks/rock hoppers.

The ride to work will only be 1 mile tops.
themistake
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10688 posts since 20/2/06

19 Sep 2008 14:31
id put on a front brake….
i dont use gears 2-23 on the above bike so i dont need them.
i just like the look of them… simple, clean cut, and bold.
im not really doing it for a hypebeast thing, as i ride my bike to work where it sits alone in the bike rack, so ive got no one to show it to.
themistake
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10688 posts since 20/2/06

19 Sep 2008 14:32
aitch wrote: The ride to work will only be 1 mile tops.

walk for christs sake! Laughing out loud
aitch
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8923 posts since 19/8/07

19 Sep 2008 14:38
Laughing out loud I was contemplating using the car still, but i'd feel guilty.

I go to the gym after work and thats a mile, then about a mile back home from there, I want to get places quicker Cool
andymakesglasses
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20393 posts since 26/1/06

19 Sep 2008 14:39
aitch wrote: Just found out my place does that cycle to work scheme.

The ride to work will only be 1 mile tops.

Laughing out loud

that really is milking the system (no beef)
guffer
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8474 posts since 28/5/04

19 Sep 2008 14:47
i get the bus to work Laughing out loud
Charles Winthorpe III
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5474 posts since 29/7/05

19 Sep 2008 14:49
andymakesglasses wrote: The greatest trick the hypebeast ever pulled was convincing the world gears 2 to 27 did not exist. And like that… they were gone.

Laughing out loud

andymakesglasses
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20393 posts since 26/1/06

19 Sep 2008 14:51
guffer wrote: i get the bus to work Laughing out loud


I'm self-employed - can I do the cycle to work scheme? Laughing out loud
moog
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577 posts since 18/3/07

19 Sep 2008 14:59
project skoolyard wrote: id put on a front brake….
i dont use gears 2-23 on the above bike so i dont need them.
i just like the look of them… simple, clean cut, and bold.
im not really doing it for a hypebeast thing, as i ride my bike to work where it sits alone in the bike rack, so ive got no one to show it to.


Exactly why I got my fixie, I only ever used 1 gear on my old mountain bike so it seemed pointless to have a bike with them on. I don't think I would ever seriously consider going brakeless not just for the safety aspect but also the fact that it's just so much more effort to brake with your legs.



themistake
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10688 posts since 20/2/06

19 Sep 2008 15:02
moog- how much u spend on your bike mate?
andymakesglasses
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20393 posts since 26/1/06

19 Sep 2008 15:03
how can people only use one gear on bikes with 24+?

one low gear would leave me wanting to go faster all the time

one high gear would piss me off getting away slowly from traffic lights