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Would this be a good commuting bike?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Plax, 16 Mar 2008.

  1. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
  2. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Location:
    Melksham, Wilts
    I used to own A marin I recomend them cant comment on that model though.
     
  3. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    Seems good, but remember to add 2x brake pads, cassette, chain, jockey wheels, 2x brake + 2x gear cables and possibly front chainrings to whatever you are willing to offer, then decide if it is a good buy.

    His cassete looks pretty worn, hence the above. Though you will need cables, brake blocks whatever state the rest is in.
     
  4. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    but jaco, it's only been 'used occasionally'!
     
  5. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    e-mail the seller to ask the reserve price. It might be more than you want to pay anyhow.

    I like Marins. Well put together bikes.
     
  6. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Location:
    Logopolis
    The larkspur is fairly similar to what I have for pleasure and commuting, suits me fine but I'm not the speediest person in the world. I'm guessing the cassette on it is identical to mine and that's not brilliant. The UG50 chain you might as well replace too. When I replaced mine the one it was changed for was miles better.
     
  7. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    ah, that's the bike LBS offered me when I first went in for something cheap, about £350 as I recall, serviceable but not special

    suspension seatpost ...
     
  8. Maz

    Maz Guru

    remember it's 'pickup only'...you're in wales but i dont know how far you are from anglesey.
     
  9. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    you'll know it's pronounced "amlook" won't you? :biggrin:
     
  10. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    I went for an interview there once: Manufacturing plant.

    I didn't get it but the travel money paid for a slap up breakfast on the way back :biggrin:
     
  11. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    I like Marin bikes. They are always among the lightest available for a given price range and, as a result of this, tend to be nice to ride.
     
  12. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    well if theres a reserve it'll be at least £50.
     
  13. OP
    OP
    Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    How long ago exactly are we talking here, I can't think of any Manufacturing sites in Amlwch. You're not thinking about Wylfa Power Station up the road in Cemaes Bay are you?

    About 25 miles or so I'd say. Not all that keen on Amlwch I must say, it's in the back of beyond. The Viking Festival is quite good though, they set Parys "mountain" on fire the last time I went. I don't know why they call it a mounain, Anglesey is pretty much all flat with the exception of the other "mountian" in Holyhead.

    I think I would consider a Marin, but the components on the larkspur aren't that much different to the one on my GT Nomad Sport.
    There is a Carrera Subway going, again on Anglesey;
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI....m=150226424149&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT&ih=005
    Tempting but not enough gears for all the hills round here I don't think.

    I'm quite disappointed there doesn't seem to be any cheap road bikes knocking about near me - they all seem predominantly MTB with the odd Hybrid thrown in.
     
  14. Crackle

    Crackle Pah Staff Member

    Location:
    Wirral
    We are talking about 15 years ago and you're right it wasn't Amlwch. I just looked it up on Autoroute and remember going past RAF valley on the old A5, so it must have been Holyhead. I think they manufactured hoover parts, can't quite remember now. They took me round the plant and then asked me what I saw wrong with the processes. Obviously my analysis wasn't good enough.

    Plax, is that your daughter in the Avatar? And is she holding up two fingers :biggrin:?

    :sad:
     
  15. OP
    OP
    Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    Thankfully I'm not old enough to have a 26 year old daughter - It's my little sister, taken in the late 1980s I think. Yes, she is holding up two fingers. I was finding really embarrassing photos to put up of her (yes, I am a mean older sister, but she was asking for it!:biggrin:) and thought this was really funny. Then Bonj made a pop at my avatar and thought I'd put this up just for him:tongue: