General Bike Porn

Discussion in 'General Bike Discussion' started by Nigal, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Nigal

    Nigal YAY BAIKS! Tavern Member

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    Just so we can keep the road dir's thread pure I thought I'd start a general thread.

    I'm lusting after this beauty these days...

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    Comes complete with racks and lights. I love the look but actually hate the fact it's there "eco bike". I bet they could have knocked another $100 off the $650 price without the green selling angle.
     
  2. snowbird

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    It looks like a custom made touring bike I saw. Except for the chainguard. That kind of gives it away as a 3 speed.

    I'll agree it's pricy too. Especially for a steel bicycle. There's lots better available for a lot less.
     

  3. HandsomeRyan

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    ^ What bike is that? I can't read the logo.
     
  4. funetical

    funetical Slowin it up.

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  5. HandsomeRyan

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  6. Nigal

    Nigal YAY BAIKS! Tavern Member

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    What comparable bikes are there? I liked the fact that everything has matching paint and it comes with lights and dyno hubs. Would be better if it was a seven speed too.
     
  7. BlazingPedals

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    Three speed seems kind of lame, considering they could have easily put an 8-speed on it. Nice looking package, though.
     
  8. funetical

    funetical Slowin it up.

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    I dig it. Reminds me of my Grandfathers Three speed. I always loved that bike.
     
  9. snowbird

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    I'm suprised! The two manufacturers I checked, Diamondback and Giant don't even have a "touring" bike category. Fully dressed with fenders, lights & carriers.
    This isn't even the same style, not much cheaper but a much better bicycle.
    Giant Tran Send DX - Bicycles and gear for every type of riding - Diamondback, Fox, Giant, Haro, Felt
    (sorry about that, couldn't make the link work)

    Personally I'd look for an aluminum hydroformed frame for strength & lightness, 700mm rims, casette crank bearings, and trigger shifts for something over 20 speeds.
    BTW all of which all of which this bike has. If I wanted lights & front carrier get them from nashbar.com. What I'm figuring out is that LED's are the way to go if they're 1/2 watt LED's or bigger. They're battery powered, no generator required.

    But..it's not the classic touring style.
     
  10. Nigal

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    Oh they make them just like that. I call them a road bike. LOL! I much prefer a classic look than high performance. I have a $1,200 Giant road bike and it is simply a souless tool. But my old $300 Trek hybrid? Now that baby's got personality and soul.

    While the belleville is only a three speed and I'd like it even more if it had a few more gears I don't think it's too few either. In reality I see little need for 20+ gears.
     
  11. HandsomeRyan

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    Most tourers I know prefer steel frames which are just as strong as aluminum but offer a superior ride quality.
     
  12. Nigal

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    I generally hate double top tubes but this looks nice. Rivendell Bombadil.

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  13. snowbird

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    I admire touring bikes, and the people who ride them. We saw a pair of guys on the bike trail just outside of Cincinnati. They had touring bikes with saddle bags front & rear. My grandson asked them where they were headed. They answered, "Pittsburgh".

    It'd be nice to actually go somewhere on my bike. Getting kind of tired of riding in a circle. It's a big circle, but still a circle none the less.
     
  14. BlazingPedals

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    Izzat about a 62cm frame? What do they do for smaller frames? Run the second top tube between the downtube and the seattube?
     
  15. HandsomeRyan

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    I believe that bike uses 26" wheels so that frame isn't that big but yes, I believe they just run the second tube from seat tube to down tube.
     
  16. Farnsworth

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    What's the point of the second tube?
     
  17. Nigal

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  18. TxCyclist

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    Always liked that bike aesthetically.
     
  19. stdu007

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    +1 i like it