A gentleman's bike

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Post by Thunktank » Tue Jun 23, 2009 11:35 pm

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Post by coco » Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:37 am

I have a Brooks B-17 on my Surly Long Haul Trucker, and I like it. In comparison with 99% of the Brooks users in the world, I don't think that it is undeniably the most comfortable saddle ever. I have had foam and naugahyde saddles that were just as comfortable. However, the Brooks will last longer, and is a much more aesthetically proper choice for a gentleman's bicycle than a foam one.
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Post by LushMojo » Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:27 am

Here's a few pics of my Kogswell P/R. I'm still waiting on my Pass&Stow rack and I have to shorten the cables a bit.

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Here's a link to a larger version of the first pic by our garden gate.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lushmojo/3 ... 8/sizes/l/

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Post by Zed » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:47 am

Gentlemen don't ride bikes. They go for strolls.
YEAH COBS

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Post by misterbeach » Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:46 pm

Zed makes a good point. Therefore I am no gentleman.

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Post by Skip » Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:47 pm

misterbeach wrote:Zed makes a good point. Therefore I am no gentleman.
Do you become a gentleman when Zed ceases to make good points?
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Post by A_Morley » Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:49 pm

Thoth wrote:No proper gentleman would ride anything other than a penny farthing bicycle.

(Though their Old English Roadster is nice and way more affordable than a Rivendell bike)
Indeed! The fact that any, any of you would consider another cycle and still deign to call yourselves gentlemen sickens and appalls me.
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Post by LushMojo » Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:12 pm

A_Morley wrote:
Thoth wrote:No proper gentleman would ride anything other than a penny farthing bicycle.

(Though their Old English Roadster is nice and way more affordable than a Rivendell bike)
Indeed! The fact that any, any of you would consider another cycle and still deign to call yourselves gentlemen sickens and appalls me.
Sickens AND appalls? See, I thought it would be one or the other. Had I known I would've been more in favor penny farthing. Come in carbon fiber, does it?

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Post by ArtGuy » Wed Jun 24, 2009 2:09 pm

I just got into cycling. I have the gay little tighty shorts and everything. Well, everything but a bike. I have a 2009 Raleigh Grand Sport on the way that I will pick up on July 4th.

Right now I am riding a loner from my buddy. A really cool, all carbon fiber Trek 5000 something or another. Man I am such a poser LOL.


PS. Lush, that fixed gear @#$^ rocks!
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Post by coco » Wed Jun 24, 2009 3:42 pm

ArtGuy wrote:PS. Lush, that fixed gear @#$^ rocks!
yep
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Post by coco » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:04 pm

FoxHound's avatar, on a gentleman's bike

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Post by LushMojo » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:18 pm

ArtGuy wrote:I just got into cycling. I have the gay little tighty shorts and everything. Well, everything but a bike. I have a 2009 Raleigh Grand Sport on the way that I will pick up on July 4th.

Right now I am riding a loner from my buddy. A really cool, all carbon fiber Trek 5000 something or another. Man I am such a poser LOL.


PS. Lush, that fixed gear @#$^ rocks!
Thanks, John. It's not a "fixie" though. It has a Sturmey-Archer 3 speed internally-geared hub. Just looks like a fixed gear.

Good choice with the Raleigh!

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Post by colton » Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:04 pm

The answer to the question depends greatly on what the gentleman will be doing with the bike. For tooling around town, I don't think anything can rise above the old three-speed English Raleighs: comfortable, bombproof, and the drivetrain is enclosed away from one's trousers.

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If the gentleman will be touring (or taking any rides longer than 15 miles), however, he'll need something a bit different. In this arena, I'm not old-fashioned, and I suggest the Surly Long Haul Trucker. Though I've not ridden one, they seem to be the universal standard of touring bikes, and the steel frame and endless options secure my vote.

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There's a lot of space in between (and I haven't even considered mountain bikes, which I think would need to be modern), but those two cycles would serve a gentleman well.

By the way, Will, that bike is so freaking money that it hurts.

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Post by coco » Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:09 pm

colton wrote:I suggest the Surly Long Haul Trucker.
I have 1500 km on mine, and I can't say enough good stuff about it.
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Post by colton » Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:41 pm

coco wrote:
colton wrote:I suggest the Surly Long Haul Trucker.
I have 1500 km on mine, and I can't say enough good stuff about it.
That's what every owner I've talked to says. Someday when I have the money, I would really like to own one. For now, I've very content with my Kona (or at least I'm going to chant that as a mantra so I don't succumb to Bicycle Acquisition Disorder).

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Post by Thunktank » Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:04 pm

Here are two of my rides. The first pic of my hybrid has some Rivendell parts and inspiration and acts as a comfortable practical bike that meets my needs. It is a commuter/errand runner, not a touring bike. It sports bar end shifters, Albatross bars (good choice Lush), clear plastic bikini chain guard that works pretty well, and a brooks saddle. The saddle is great once broken in and it shows no sign of giving out. I love it.

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This is my sports bike. A very light weight hardtail Mountain bike. Lots of carbon fiber on it. Lighter in weight than my sons first 12" bike.

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Post by misterbeach » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:00 pm

Those spokes (or the lack of them) would scare me on the trail.

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Post by Thunktank » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:09 pm

misterbeach wrote:Those spokes (or the lack of them) would scare me on the trail.
They are thicker than normal spokes. But your right about the fact that it isn't as bullet proof as some mountain bikes. But is is very nimble. Additionally, it is not a downhill, full suspension model so it doesn't need to be as strong. I've pounded it pretty hard without problems so I do trust it so long as I'm not taking on bolders while vertical.

But alas I'm not as young or thin as I used to be. I'm far more gentle with it these days. It would be better served with someone younger and thinner than myself now.

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Post by LushMojo » Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:14 pm

My un-gentlemanly bike.

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Post by Thunktank » Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:44 pm

LushMojo wrote:Here's a few pics of my Kogswell P/R. I'm still waiting on my Pass&Stow rack and I have to shorten the cables a bit.

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Here's a link to a larger version of the first pic by our garden gate.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lushmojo/3 ... 8/sizes/l/
I swear I've seen this bike before this thread came along. Have you had these pics on the net for a couple of years Mojo?

Nice bike by the way.

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