Old v/s Modern bikes

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by johnnyb47, 3 Dec 2018.

  1. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Location:
    London
    well I've learned something.

    And for all I know the riders' testicles may drum a beat though the frame.

    will be sticking to my discreet steel.
     
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  2. KneesUp

    KneesUp Veteran

    The highlight of any commute for me is keeping up with or passing someone on a more modern / more expensive / lighter bike than mine. If they are younger than me, even better.

    As I am quite old, and my bike is a 1989 rigid mountain bike with drop bars and slicks, for which I paid less than £40 on eBay, this is essentially any other cyclist.
     
  3. Grant Fondo

    Grant Fondo 'Real Life, and Postcard Views, Europe Endless'

    Location:
    Cheshire
    I prefer my old Cannondale to newish carbon Ghost as its a great all-rounder. Had it well over 20 yrs now and no way i would ever sell...may well get rid of Ghost soon though as don't use much, anyone know what i could get fot it? Its 2016 Nivolet tour LC 3 Ultegra with Ksyrium discs. 15440169856381022304742.jpg
     
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  4. rogerzilla

    rogerzilla Guru

    It is a mistake to choose cycling shorts that are too loose up front. Don't ask how I know that.
     
  5. 12boy

    12boy Über Member

    Location:
    Casper WY USA
    Steel chainrings last longer than aluminum. I have an 80s Holdsworth, a Surly Steamroller and a Brompton which are heavy compared to carbon or aluminum bikes and have fairly heavy components too. They all fit perfectly and everything works like it should. I enjoy them all. When I find a hill or headwind tough going my thought is not the bike is too heavy but rather I need to be fitter. I also have a couple of aluminum mountain bikes and an aluminum folder and they work very well too, but the steel bikes are my first choice. They seem less l;ike riding and more like wearing old comfortable clothes.
     
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  6. Rusty Nails

    Rusty Nails We remember

    Location:
    Here and there
    I love letting slow old riders on heavy bikes pass me when I'm out on my expensive modern bike

    Putting a smile on their little strained faces just gives me a nice feeling that I've made their day a bit better.
     
  7. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Location:
    London
    That's what I thought. So surely better for non racing cycling unless there is a price differential which wipes out the increased life?
     
  8. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Steel rings will last longer than alu ones. However, chainring replacement due to wear is a non issue for most people as they last for years.
     
  9. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Location:
    London
    Thanks for confirming my idea.

    In that case, steel chainrings seem better to me. Can't think of any downsides.

    Replacing them can be a fag. Had to replace one on a pretty new chainset a while ago. Took me quite a while to figure out where the slipping was coming from, ie: not from the back.

    I also have a bike with a single chainring paired with a 7 speed rear mech and 3 speed hub gear. That is shot. Could do without the hassle of replacing it.

    Maybe you don't do many miles.
     
    Last edited: 5 Dec 2018
  10. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Not these days, but I used to and I never replaced a chainring through wear.
     
  11. Cuchilo

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

    Location:
    London
    I just find my bikes in skips along with any clothes and stuff i can find . Dont listen to the lycra clad lot with their expensive carbon bikes they just want to buy new things rather than hunt around in skips and maybe smell a bit of wee and stuff . Ive been smelling of wee and finding bikes in skips for years and i can still nearly go as fast as the lycra clad lot without spending all that money .
     
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  12. CarlP

    CarlP There’s no need to live in a pit of doom

    Some of the posts on these pages should be in the Pretentious Waffle thread.
     
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  13. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Location:
    London
    Tsk tsk

    By the by I use a fair bit of lycra and still value old sensible stuff.

    I fear your self imagined biting satire machine needs a bit of tuning.
     
    Last edited: 5 Dec 2018
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  14. Blue Hills

    Blue Hills ^

    Location:
    London
    Surprised at that to be honest.
     
  15. Cuchilo

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

    Location:
    London
    I was just getting in before @SkipdiverJohn rocked up :laugh:
     
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