I've been considering buying a road bike just as a means for short trips to the grocery and general exercise. I would probably ride it here around town (Hawaii), and already have a route in mind. I would primarily ride in the early morning or evenings on my off days.
I'm just wondering what all I would need to go along with the bike, I know headlight/taillight and lock but what kind of cloths would I need, obviously I can't ride in jeans but from seeing other people riding I don't know if I would get into the whole spandex thing, also what about shoes... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
If you're just doing low-effort rides like grocery runs, you can get by in normal clothing. Padded liner shorts are a good way to make jeans & trousers more comfortable without going full lycra mode.
That said, you will be a LOT more comfortable in clothing that is very light, breathable, and quick-drying. Avoid cotton.
Shoes don't matter much until you want to get into more "serious" riding. They can make a big impact in comfort and performance when you are pushing your limits, but for casual rides you will probably be comfortable in whatever you normally wear. Good socks are a bit more important. Again, avoid cotton.
>>979456 Thanks for the input. Reading some reviews online and about various bikes I figured it would be best to go to the local shop and talk to the people there versus shooting from the hip and end up with something I don't like.
>>979437 >riding with someone in car >at last second they scream and jerk the wheel >everything in car shifts, if there hadn't have been a field of yellow strips widening the road for a turn lane we would have been in oncoming traffic 100% >"what the fuck?" >there was a bicyclist, I didnt see him until the last minute!!
pic rel is a 28mm, and peloton is now running 25mm as a standard, as oposed to 2000s trend of 23mm, and in the 90s it was 19mm and 20mm tires.
In many of the gimmick new trends in road bikes (im looking at you 10-12 speed casettes and discs), going bigger tires is a positive move. Personally I run 20mm on a road bike, and 30mm on my commute and the difference is offcourse huge (20mm sucks btw but im stuck with them for now).
Tires on road will probably go to 28mm as a standard soon. Question is will the standard tires in the peloton go to 30mm? 32 seem to be the... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
They probably won't go over 28 mm. Above that you start running into Aero and weight issues with the tires.
I ride 25 mm tires on 25 mm wide rims. Makes for really easy wheelchanges when there's no need to touch the brakes at all when changing tires. I feel like 25 mm is around the ideal width when in normal roads. If you're riding in cobbles or shitty roads then 28 mm or even 30 mm is probably the better choice. Good quality 25 mm tires already feel smooth as fuck so there's not much need to go wider for comfort.
Also since pros ride tubs... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>978792 Hard to say what will get adopted and what won't. everyone's always eager to provide the next standard or tech to sell.
Having said that, as for now I've only seen 28s on endurance style, and 32 on gravel bikes like the diverge. I doubt they'll go over 28, especially on "le tour" type shit where everyone's riding super aero bikes.
Hey guys, I'm looking to buy an entry level mountain bike under $450 and I've looked at the Specialized Hardrock, Giant ATX, Cannondale Catalyst 4, Trek 3500, and a few others. However, I read some bike forums and they suggested that Diamondback was a better buy since most of the components are the same brand (sram/shimano) and the frames are probably built in the same place.
I'm new to mountain biking so I'm hesitant to buy Diamondback mainly because they aren't sold at my local bike shops, although I've read that I'm basically paying... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
> most of the components are the same brand (sram/shimano) and the frames are probably built in the same place. This is the key to buying bike. The name brand doesn't really matter. The components do. Research the components on the bikes you're looking at. Learn whats decent and what's shit.
Considering you'd have to get new brake hood rubbers and tires, I'd offer $200. But judging from the ad I don't think he'll go any lower. Guy seems to think it's some sort of holy grail. Plus those pedals are supposed to be used with clips, straps and special shoes.
>>973981 Yeah I was going to try and get it for $200 but I'm willing to bet he won't go any lower. Everything's in nice condition but the price of swapping out the pedals and getting new tubes+pads just makes it way more than it's worth.
Both are trash. What is your budget and are there a lot of roads near you? what bike shops are near you? I was in your shoes and learned the hard way... so if u let me know above I will tell u what I can.
I've tried the one in my city (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), and I've liked it. The system works fine and the city has enough bike paths for it to be not completely suicidal to try. But it has enough downside - the questionable maintenance of the bikes, the charges after 30/45 mins and the fact all the paths are along metro lines - that I don't think I'll get the season pass.
>>976781 It costs $8 to rent a bike for 30 minutes. The stations are far apart and the bikes are clunky. The city has bought it but there is no free transfer between transit and bikeshare. Helmets are required by law and cost another $2 to rent. There is no electric assist for Seattle's steep hills to entice the casual rider. $10 for 1 bike ride is far too much.
If you want help picking out a bicycle, post in >>>/n/bbg , not here.
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I have 50mm carbon clinchers on my cross bike right now for use on the road. I'm building a dedicated road bike and I'm trying to decide whether or not to get carbon wheels for it or save some money and get alloys. I don't like how much I... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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