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PostRe: Cycling
by Sputnik » Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:27 am

smurphy wrote:I would definitely wear a helmet. Your head is about 6' from the ground on a bike, a fall from that height can easily kill you. Especially if there's a car involved. Riding on the pavement is actually illegal, though I do it all the time. Lights aren't really necessary at this time of the year, but definitely, definitely get them as it gets darker. If you drive I'm sure you appreciate how invisible cyclists can be even when it's still fairly light.


I also use my helmet all most :shifty: of the time. My brother-in-law crashed his bike, broke his shoulder, and said when he took off his helmet it was split in half. If he hadn't worn a helmet I don't wanna know what would have happened. His skull probably wouldn't be split in half because there's different dynamics involved, but it definitely would have been ugly.

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PostRe: Cycling
by smurphy » Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:29 am

Sputnik wrote:My brother-in-law crashed his bike, broke his shoulder, and said when he took off his helmet it was split in half.


That is exactly what happened to me. As you say, I don't think my head would have been cleft in twain, but it would have been much worse than it was.

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PostRe: Cycling
by Sputnik » Sun Aug 07, 2011 12:31 am

You'd probably end up with the mental faculties of that guy in your sig.

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PostRe: Cycling
by Jonathan86 » Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:20 pm

It seems nowhere has that Rockhopper in the colour/size I need, so thinking of going for a Boardman. The only thing holding me back is that the dedicated cycling forums do nothing but whine about Halfords build quality and support. Anyone got any experience of this, and is it them being a bit too picky?

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by TigaSefi » Tue Aug 09, 2011 5:21 pm

Jonathan86 wrote:It seems nowhere has that Rockhopper in the colour/size I need, so thinking of going for a Boardman. The only thing holding me back is that the dedicated cycling forums do nothing but whine about Halfords build quality and support. Anyone got any experience of this, and is it them being a bit too picky?


Never seen a good write up of halfords

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PostRe: Cycling
by Fargo » Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:25 pm

Right I think I'll get this http://www.specialized.com/gb/gb/bc/SBC ... e=Mountain

Just have to wait for the insurance money from my stolen bike to come through.

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PostRe: Cycling
by Dancing Brave » Tue Aug 09, 2011 8:46 pm

Jonathan86 wrote:It seems nowhere has that Rockhopper in the colour/size I need, so thinking of going for a Boardman. The only thing holding me back is that the dedicated cycling forums do nothing but whine about Halfords build quality and support. Anyone got any experience of this, and is it them being a bit too picky?



Some Halfords are ok and some are rubbish. To be honest, all Halfords will be doing is a bog standard PDI on your bike before you pick it up and there is then nothing stopping you getting your bike serviced and maintained in the bike shop of your choice.

The Boardman bikes are probably the best value for money option on the market and are superb bikes. I really wouldn't let whoever you are buying trhe bike off put you off as you are getting a cracking bike and once you wheel it out of the shop you will never need to bother with them again.

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PostRe: Cycling
by smurphy » Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:53 pm

Apart from potential warranty issues. There's no denying Boardman are good value and decent bikes (except SRAM kit, :vom:), but I really wouldn't want to deal with Halfords at all.

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PostRe: Cycling
by KjGarly » Sun Aug 14, 2011 1:58 pm

Which of these 2 should I get?

This.

Or this.

I'll only be using it to commute to and from work which is about a 15 - 20 minute ride and I won't really have any more to spend on a bike as my wages are more or less spent up for the next couple of months :cry:

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PostRe: Cycling
by Jonathan86 » Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:03 pm

KjGarly wrote:Which of these 2 should I get?

This.

Or this.

I'll only be using it to commute to and from work which is about a 15 - 20 minute ride and I won't really have any more to spend on a bike as my wages are more or less spent up for the next couple of months :cry:


If it's purely for commuting on pavements and roads, are you sure that you really need any kind of suspension? Just get a bog-standard bike without suspension which will likely have a better build quality than the ones you linked

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PostRe: Cycling
by KjGarly » Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:04 pm

Jonathan86 wrote:
KjGarly wrote:Which of these 2 should I get?

This.

Or this.

I'll only be using it to commute to and from work which is about a 15 - 20 minute ride and I won't really have any more to spend on a bike as my wages are more or less spent up for the next couple of months :cry:


If it's purely for commuting on pavements and roads, are you sure that you really need any kind of suspension? Just get a bog-standard bike without suspension which will likely have a better build quality than the ones you linked


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PostRe: Cycling
by KjGarly » Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:36 pm


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PostRe: Cycling
by smurphy » Sun Aug 14, 2011 2:39 pm

Those aren't really proper bikes. They will weight a strawberry floating tonne, and the suspension will barely work. You'll need to build it as well, so unless you know how to true wheels and set up gears (or are willing to pay a bike shop to do so) you'll be stuck. The ride quality on bikes like that is disgusting as well, it'll make you want to cycle less. You don't need any suspension for commuting. As much as I hate to recommend Halfords, on such a small budget there's no other option. Any of these bikes will do you a lot better than that other one. Plus you'll get them properly set up, and you can try them for size in the shop.

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PostRe: Cycling
by Errkal » Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:16 pm

I like my bike...

I have a GT Aggressor, don't remember which model is niiice :D

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PostRe: Cycling
by smurphy » Sun Aug 14, 2011 3:39 pm

If anyone's interested in buying a MTB frame: Link

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PostRe: Cycling
by Floex » Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:09 pm

Just finished with my first day of mountain biking, it was fantastic :mrgreen: Never realised we had great country parks dedicated to off-road cycling. I have seen my home town in a whole new light! Sure, my back wheel came off and nearly crashed into a bush but I'm going to be blame that on my noobie statues when it comes to bikes. I didn't put the quick release back on properly after fixing on my new tyres and it kicked out as I was going downhill. Nothing major happend (thank god) but it has maybe more aware for next time

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PostRe: Cycling
by KjGarly » Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:29 pm

Went with the JEEP Renegade bike. It's supposed to have a light-weight frame and isn't a full suspension bike and at £179.99 from a Marketplace seller on Amazon, it's £60 cheaper than what Tesco sells it for :shifty:

Also bought a coiling bike lock and some lights.

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PostRe: Cycling
by Sputnik » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:17 pm

Smurphy do you do downhill or freeride?

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PostRe: Cycling
by smurphy » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:11 pm

Sputnik wrote:Smurphy do you do downhill or freeride?


Nah just trail riding. I'm really not that good at mountain biking. Currently trying to jump, so far the results are a broken collar bone and then an extremely sore leg. Getting into 160mm+ travel bikes is just too extreme for me, no need for the £3000 outlay for what I'm doing.

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PostRe: Cycling
by SuperFinal » Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:20 am

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That's my one; The Specialized Rockhopper Pro 2010. Only just got it back after house moving shenanigans. Superb bike though, and incredibly light. Just need to get some more air in the tyres and front suspension, as it's been sat in a garage, untouched for the past four months.


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