About time too...

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Nonethewiser, 20 Oct 2017.

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  1. Nonethewiser

    Nonethewiser Active Member

    After months of indecision and general dithering about I've finally ordered a new BMC ALR 01 with Shimano 105 groupset from Evans. I know it is a far better cycle than I am a cyclist as I'm quite a bit out of practice! It should be here next week and I'll let you know how I get on.
     
  2. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Location:
    Nogland
    Your level of fitness and enthusiasm will soon catch up with the quality of your bike, giving you enjoyment and pleasure beyond your wildest dreams.

    Then this thing, n+1, WILL kick in. You have been warned! :evil:

    Enjoy your riding.
     
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  3. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Location:
    Accra, Ghana
    We all love shiny new toys. Have fun with it.
     
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  4. cyberknight

    cyberknight Legendary Member

    Location:
    South Derbyshire
    Im sure a pro would beat 99 % of us on arkwrights shop bike but it doesnt stop us having fun with whatever level of bling we can afford , or get past the wife, girlfriend, husband, boyfriend, parents , conscience , (take your pick )
     
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  5. Coppi's book is great according to the author a young Coppi was doing exactly that (well not Arkwright's but a shop bike) when he got noticed :laugh:
     
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  6. Nice bike that:thumbsup:
     
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    Nonethewiser

    Nonethewiser Active Member

    Finally after being away for a long weekend down Dorset and some general fannying about, I managed my first ride this morning. I'm pleased to report that it went well and at least I didn't manage to fall off! The bike is a revelation compared to what I have ridden in the past and behaved so well that after my initial wobbling I forgot all about it and concentrated on looking where I was going. The one thing that has changed since my old Raleigh is the use of the combined brake and gear shift levers and I have to admit that I approached these devices with some trepidation. I needn't have worried. The Shimano 105 groupset behaved impeccably and I had no issues, in fact I wouldn't want to go back to the old down tube shifters now as I found it much better being able to keep my hands on the bars.Similarly, riding on the hoods and braking from them was easy and effective. Only covered about 5 or 6 miles staying close to home but it's a start and the main thing is that I enjoyed it and the bike seems to fit me very well.
     
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  8. Enjoy it! That`s a good bike with a good spec:okay:
     
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  9. crazyjoe101

    crazyjoe101 New Member

    Location:
    London
    Doesn't matter how fit or fast you are, a bike you love enhances the ride and makes you want to be out more, my riding went off the chart (relative to before) when I got my first road bike, and it did again when I built up my 'dream bike'. Have fun with it.
     
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  10. J1888

    J1888 Über Member

    I really like BMC bikes, that's a corker, enjoy it :bicycle:
     
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  11. RegG

    RegG Senior Member

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Enjoy it.... but don't forget to lavish plenty of TLC on it when you get back from a ride especially if it is a bit damp and dismal out there!!
     
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    Nonethewiser

    Nonethewiser Active Member

    Cheers folks. I certainly enjoyed my initial outing on the bike and it's now going to be a matter of building up some handling skills and traffic confidence. As it happens, we live near quite a busy road that I can't avoid using in order to access quieter country roads so I've already had a bit of an initiation! I have a lot of road use experience driving cars and riding motorcycles but much less as a cyclist.
     
  13. buzzy-beans

    buzzy-beans Well-Known Member

    Make sure you are seen at all times and in my book that means bright clothing, lights on always and an all round awareness of and constant outlook for the dumb idiots who so very unfortunately are all around you.
     
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