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I've just ridden a stainless steel Starley bike - oh my!

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Globalti, 30 Dec 2016.

  1. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Made in Altrincham, Cheshre. A pal has one and I jumped on it for a couple of miles. He's got 25mm tyres on it and I didn't check the pressures but the impression was of a super-smooth ride and very fast, possibly thanks to the no-name alloy rims with carbon aero shrouds he uses. It looks absolutely fabulous, really svelte and slender. The position was quite racy, which may also have helped with the speed. It was definitely smoother, faster and racier than my carbon Roubaix. Nice.
    HLaB and mudrock like this.
  2. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    Reynolds 953 ?
  3. OP

    Globalti Legendary Member

  4. Hacienda71

    Hacienda71 Mancunian in self imposed exile in leafy Cheshire

    Wilmslow, Cheshire
    I have a couple of mates who ride Starley bikes. They seem to like them and it is a local business albeit their frames were carbon and made in the far east. Also met one of the owners once who seemed like a nice chap.
  5. Cycleops

    Cycleops Veteran

    Accra, Ghana
    We need pics.
    GrumpyGregry likes this.
  6. S-Express

    S-Express Guest

    Unlikely to be made in the UK - Starley frames are all sourced in the far east.
  7. OP

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I didn't take any pics but you'll find some on Google Images. One thing my pal mentioned and pointed out was some tiny rust spots on the frame, which looked like pockets of impurity in the material. What would a metallurgist say about this?
  8. S-Express

    S-Express Guest

    A metallurgist would probably call it pit corrosion.
  9. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah Staff Member

    Barmy in Barming
    That SS frame au naturel looks the dogs danglies
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  10. GrumpyGregry

    GrumpyGregry More gruff than grumpy

    West Sussex
    might have kissed some ordinary steel in the workshop at some point?
  11. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    Though they claim otherwise on the website.
  12. S-Express

    S-Express Guest

    I can't see the bit where it says they are made in the UK - can you put a link up?
  13. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    Reading it again, I think it merely contrives to give that impression. http://www.starleybikes.com/about/
    S-Express likes this.
  14. S-Express

    S-Express Guest

    Likewise - I think if the frames truly were constructed in the UK, it would be all over the website in big, neon, flashing capital letters ;)
  15. Pale Rider

    Pale Rider Guru

    That's how I read it, a bit cheeky but they are not the only bike company to do it.

    As @ianrauk says, the steel one looks the part.

    Prices look reasonable, given there's some customisation in terms of choice of frame size and finishing kit.