Hey from Glasgow

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Harry_Palmer79, 15 Aug 2012.

  1. Hi, I've been looking to get back into cycling recently... used to go out most weekends when I was younger, (now pushing the grand old age of 33!) I moved within cycling distance of work a few months back and pedal-power seems like an ideal way of getting there and back (preferable to the train anyway). So, the more I read on here and about the web, the more I'm leaning towards fixed gear/single-speed. This one has caught my eye, amongst others, but I'm essentially new to this so any advice would be greatly appreciated... :smile:

  2. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

    Craggy Island
    Hello fae Dumbarton!! Where abouts in Glasgow are you??

    Oh and as for a fixie in Glasgow? Yes, I've seen it done before, but remember, there are all those lovely hills in the surrounding area (even the centre of Glasgow can be steep in places north of the river!).

    Still, if you want thighs like Chris Hoy then who am I to stop you? Ha ha!! Welcome!
  3. GlasgowGaryH

    GlasgowGaryH Über Member

    Hello from Cambuslang, as for using a fixed gear in Glasgow,best of luck to you. It's certainly not for me but it can be done
  4. Col5632

    Col5632 Veteran

    :welcome: from fife :smile:
  5. Rasmus

    Rasmus Without a clever title

    Hello and :welcome: from Dennistoun.
  6. OP

    Harry_Palmer79 Veteran

    Thanks to all for the kind welcome ^_^

    Hey Doug... It's a small world, I'm also a 'Son of the Rock' :hello:

    I recently moved to Anniesland and work in Charing Cross, so wouldn't have to deal with the hills in the very centre of town all that often, if at all... I've walked most of the route before, so I think it should be ok on a fixed gear as it's pretty flat. Lucky I don't live to the East I guess, as I wouldn't be too keen on riding up the hill from the centre of town to my office if I didn't have a low gear! The only hill I ever regularly did on a bike was the one on the cycle path up to the Bowling roundabout from Dumbarton, which isn't exactly a Munro!

    Any thoughts on the Macinato as a 'starter' fixed gear, or any other suggestions?
  7. Fubar

    Fubar Guru

    Hi and :welcome: from Dunfermline, there is quite a lively CC Ecosse - keep an eye on the CC Informal Rides and Events section. Regards, Mark
  8. Scoosh

    Scoosh Velocouchiste Moderator

    :hello: Harry_Palmer79 and :welcome: to CycleChat ! :wahhey:

    As Fubar says above, we have some informal rides - usually around 40-60km. We'd love to meet you and ride with you.

    Regarding the Macinato, I notice it has no lugs for mudguards nor for a rack.
    - this may not be an issue - clip-on type mudguards are available, if not as effective.
    - have you considered how you will carry your work clothes/'stuff' ?? backpack ??
    - are you only going to be using this bike for commuting or is it possible, in the future, that you will want to go further afield ? (like on a CC Ecosse Forum Ride ? :thumbsup:) Having said that, the last-but-one ride we did had 4 on Fixed/SS and 5 with gears - but it was pretty flat :heat:

    PlanetX/On-One do make good bikes, though and I know some who have a Pompino, which has both pannier and mudguard lugs - and is on Sale for the same £99 for the frame !

    Worth a look.

  9. Cheshire Celt

    Cheshire Celt Legend

    Where in Dumbarton are you from I was brought up in castle hill and went to school in st micheals and st pats
  10. Rasmus

    Rasmus Without a clever title

    My commute takes me past Charing Cross and up Woodlands Rd on the way to the Uni. Perhaps I'll finally have a reason to post in the "CC'ers spotted on the commute" thread!
  11. jim55

    jim55 Über Member

    i stay in glasgow and commute fixed .at present its on 48*16 and on the way home tonite i had to give up and walk ,between the wind (which was seriousley strong ) and the incline (possil rd ,not very steep but it was enough to defeat me tonite (in my defence i went to the gym on the way home and i was like bambi when i left lol).
    i commute from springburn to drumoyne and back its a lot easier going than it is coming back !
    its very doable ,in fact theres a glasgow fixed gear forum ,,check in there (gfgss in google)
    anyway :hello:
  12. Hiya from Fife, go south a bit (circa 300miles) and you are there :hello:
    I commute on a really heavy fixie, its fun but my commute is really short and flat, I think if I didn't have both of those I'd be going for a geared bike.
  13. Get In The Van

    Get In The Van Senior Member

    West Lothian
    Hello from another Scot, :welcome:
  14. Mad Doug Biker

    Mad Doug Biker Bikeoholics Anonymous

    Craggy Island
    True, although Charing Cross? There are some mahoosive hills (by Glasgow City Centre standards) round there going up to Blythswood Square from Anderston, etc etc

    No idea but it looks nice! I personally want a cargo bike instead, but that's just me. :laugh:

    Originally High Mains Avenue but now B*nhill Road going up to a certain other estate in Dumbarton beginning with 'B'....... on the other side of the A82 of course!
  15. Cheshire Celt

    Cheshire Celt Legend

    I don't know what age you are but do you know George Elliot ???
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