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I'm Going Green And Buying A Bike

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Being a thoroughly nice chap 'n that Ive decided to ditch the car in favour of two wheeld transport, with the environmental and health benefits Its a no brainer.

However theres such a lot of choice isnt there and pitfalls like safety - can it take luggage - security - etc etc

Anyway I have narrowed it down to a few, so if anyone can help me choose I will be very happy.

First up - saddle comfort Would you recomend sprung saddle or normal ones

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Secondly - luggage and carrying stuff would you prefere the back pack aproach like this

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or a bucket thing on the front like this

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Lovely front bucket there misses.

Now onto security - thieves will nick anything.....look the oportunist b*ggers nicked the owners front wheel right in front of her eyes here

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Hello hello hello I think we may have a culprit your honour

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Lookey here this person has had their bike totaly stolen we cant see it anywhere

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Does the height of the saddle matter this one seems quite high

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Bike clubs?................................. Should I join one for socialising with these people? They are very safety concious, see them all looking back before setting off

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With their standards of road awareness I certainly wouldnt mind riding right up the back of them people, I might even shoot off on a couple of them...to show how fast I am.

Finally clothing - some cyclists like to wear all the gear but Im not too sure about all that tight lycra its not really me

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As you can see I like to research stuff, can anyone tell me which one they'd like to have a go on, there's some nice stuff there I'd like to lube up (maintenance is everything) throw my leg over and pump and pump and ride for hours and hours

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Being a thoroughly nice chap 'n that Ive decided to ditch the car in favour of two wheeld transport, with the environmental and health benefits Its a no brainer.

However theres such a lot of choice isnt there and pitfalls like safety - can it take luggage - security - etc etc

Anyway I have narrowed it down to a few, so if anyone can help me choose I will be very happy

bicycle20girl202.jpg

SPD pedals are for clipping in, she won't get far like that.

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Make sure no one palms you off with an old Sturmey Archer 3 speed geared model. 18 gears and a good hat are essential for uphill riding in hot weather. A saddle slippery with sweat can be a real hazard.

A colourful handlebar label is also useful for recognising your bike in a crowded bike park.

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Oh..and ride within the Law. Getting arrested is unpleasant, and is a waste of valuable police time...

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I wouldnt bother guys.

This ....special interest.... thread on another forum currently runs to 126 pages. After that, you'll have RSI in your hand (from clicking on your mouse button).

http://www.bikeradar.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=15600046

Bike: If you're a newbie, buy something costing about 200-400 quid from Halfruds, decathlon or the like. If you can get it on a bike to work scheme, or get something good secondhand, all the better, but beware a lot os secondhand bikes on ebay etc are knicked. Not so crap it will fall apart before you get to the end of the road, but not so expensive that you wonder why you've spent so much and get all funny about it. In a year or two, if you take to it, you'll be in a better position to decide what suits you and what to buy next. Do not buy a new BSO costing less than 200 quid - it will be a pile of crap and put you right off cycling.

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Yes, and no mudguards either. It's going to get messy if she encounters any muddy puddles.

If I were her, I'd be more worried about grit and gravel thrown up by the tyres than by mud.

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I wouldnt bother guys.

This ....special interest.... thread on another forum currently runs to 126 pages. After that, you'll have RSI in your hand (from clicking on your mouse button).

http://www.bikeradar.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=15600046

Bike: If you're a newbie, buy something costing about 200-400 quid from Halfruds, decathlon or the like. If you can get it on a bike to work scheme, or get something good secondhand, all the better, but beware a lot os secondhand bikes on ebay etc are knicked. Not so crap it will fall apart before you get to the end of the road, but not so expensive that you wonder why you've spent so much and get all funny about it. In a year or two, if you take to it, you'll be in a better position to decide what suits you and what to buy next. Do not buy a new BSO costing less than 200 quid - it will be a pile of crap and put you right off cycling.

Shame on you. The man said green, god knows how many pixies and butterflies those Halfords contraptions kill. This is more like it.

http://ezsezblog.blogspot.com/2008/09/bamboo-hemp-bike.html

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