A short intro, & a question about hiring/borrowing

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  1. eddiec

    eddiec New Member

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    Hi all,

    Have been lurking here for a while, but time to introduce myself...

    Been riding for several years now - MTB's mainly (currently operating a Marin Rift Zone), and do general XC trial riding, and commuting from the east to the city...

    My degree of bike commuting is about to ramp up a notch with the Mrs now on maternity leave and I'm playing about getting a bike more suited to commuting than the duallie (although it actually does very well - I'm just more concerned about wearing it out on road :) )

    I've played with a few ideas including adapting my old 21 spd steel hardtail, or modifying a 50 yr old 3spd sturmey-archered road bike i acquired... But before I do anything I'm tempted to give a nice road bike a go to see what I think, but don't know anybody who has one... The old road bike probably doesn't give me the best impression of what it could feel like.

    So - (and finally we get to the question) - Is there anywhere in Melbourne where you can hire/borrow a decent road bike for a week or so to get a good feeling for it?

    Nice to be here/meet you/read what you're all saying :D
     
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  2. flyingdutch

    flyingdutch New Member

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    a zillion elements to consider (but that's half the fun, aint it...)

    what are youre road/path conditions like?
    How much you gonna carry?
    How fast do you intend going?
    Budget?

    I think BikeNow in Sth melb may do it

    checkout:

    http://www.bv.com.au/download/ACFC562.pdf

    the 21spd mtb may very well do you well (especially with the hounds of winter beying at our doors...)

    whack some slicks on (check out hippy's site for more details on slicks, and scars for that matter :) ) and you wont go that much slower with less punctures and more comfort. rigid forks will make life easier too

    where east are you riding from/to ?
     
  3. eddiec

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    To be honest, I'm pretty chuffed with how the duallie handles my ride. I ride from Mont Albert Nth to the City, via some backroads, Balwyn Rd, a bit of cycle path, Kew Junction, and Bridge Rd, etc... So it's mainly road but with a bit of kerb hopping along the way where need be. I just carry me and a backpack, not too heavily and zip along relatively speedily (only get passed by one or two riders max!)

    I already run slicks and the Marin is fast without too much suspension-wasted energy. The hardtail is looking like an option, and rigid forks would be the go... Has anyone ever mounted drop bars on a MTB? I picked up a set of the funky tri-style bars (that seem to be all the rage amongst Finnish bike couriers!) at Bicycle Recycle on Saturday and am tempted to see how they'd handle it...
     
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    fitting the shifters may be the problem, but maybe you can hook up some barend style ones ( there's a melb courier with this setup. 1 barend lever and 'aero' brake levers on what look like tandem 'stoker' bars ). Perhaps go and talk to the lad at pushi (King St). saw him putting Sora STIs onto drops on a mtb for someone. cable pull for your, presumably, VBrakes will be an issue tho. Diacompe do a 'aero' brake lever which marries up to V's/canti's pretty well (refer On-one website for details)

    I run just the big chainring at the front and a 12-30 cassette for a decent range and less things to go wrong (refer winter comments in last post)

    I live up at the 48tram terminus (well, just a few blocks away)
    Gotta a whole myriad of routes to/from city to try out

    for eg, today
    Doncaster Rd/Kilby/bikepath-river/kewboulevard/bridge to Fairfield hospital park/dight falls/round back of VicPark/back sts of Collingwood/Fitzroy/Gertrude/Exhib Gardens/Latrobe/Queen.
    Freeway bikepath would avoid a lotta hills for you...
     
  5. eddiec

    eddiec New Member

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    We don't live that far away. I'm up on Belmore Road just past the roundabout/Bi-Lo... I used to take a similar route to your one when I lived in Nth Balwyn - Now I just take Belmore/Winmalee/Balwyn/Gordon/Bike path past cemetery/Kew Junction and down to Bridge Rd, then Highett St to avoid traffic and pop through Fitzroy Gardens... Not that many hills!! Besides, they're supposed to be good for you! :D

    I'll play around with the bars this weekend and experiment with a few options and report back.

    Then it'll just be a matter of retraining the bum to not expecting the suspension to take the hits!
     
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