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kawashima
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PostPosted: 14:50 - 14 Mar 2016    Post subject: let's post your city cycles Reply with quote

What bike you got then? thread is for sport cycles I think.
So let's post your city cycles here!
Mine
Bridestone Albelt. Belt drive with almi frame hence Albelt. 20kg/ 3 speed(nexus).
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b295/kawashima_/20150429_160134_zpssc0xkdpj.jpg
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PostPosted: 16:55 - 14 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 13:30 - 30 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/19504_10153117961593476_2190133483339186381_n.jpg?oh=92f342ba387b6cf46d4849cdf6434e81&oe=57848F24


Mine and My Missus' old bikes, mine is an early 80's rayleigh, hers a 50's Triumph. Mine has modern running gear, hers doesn't Laughing

Here's a better photo of hers.

http://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/16912_10151427345183476_806866909_n.jpg?oh=cb59b81e0956800a4b7fb0719fed4f12&oe=5772B915

I took mine offroading once, not my best idea.

http://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/149058_10151537272923476_179219759_n.jpg?oh=86eac24403d5306c023a7431bc7e5f19&oe=577D9E16

Here is my more serious bike mid build, I don't seem to have any better photos.

http://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/1175651_10151828291063476_2046165691_n.jpg?oh=ddd8190fbdf3620fa9d09462efe19e4f&oe=5772DBBB

I also built my missus a more serious bike from a manky old 80's Sun Frame, I love 70s/80's frames, cheap ones are so much better than cheap modern bikes, Steel framed ones are more comfortable than aluminium I find.

Proper chuffed with how this turned out. I'm not sure how much it was in the end but I think it was just less than £300 it has great spec for the money. She was impressed as a little while before it was finished I pointed out a bike in a bike shop that was £1200 and had that same wheels as hers.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/chris-red/A6F68ED5-E72D-4684-BD74-A38C28F3135B_zpshhfaabwc.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/chris-red/63744070-B1F1-4878-8172-DDBCC7A0848F_zpsgzwd33p9.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/chris-red/CDA3D2D0-514C-4063-9C04-A6D8E7FF65B9_zpsnvws7wtg.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/chris-red/E17DB09A-47AF-404F-8AD3-0F292B2111F0_zpswhzlpfui.jpg

I also have a 'Rat' bike it cost me about £30 to build Laughing (Before I got tarty and spunked £20 on a used Brooks saddle)

I haven't got any decent photos of it, basically it was a Frame I got for a fiver and bolted a few bits too it. It's really light because it has no brakes or gears Laughing . I mainly built it because my girlfriend lived about a 5 minute walk away and I wanted a bike I could speed round there in a minute, and wasn't afraid to leave it outside for fear of it being nicked. It has a wicked 'Patina' on it. Now I live with my missus, I'll probably try to sell it to a hipster for silly money. Laughing

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/chris-red/A9B36A5B-6623-4188-A02E-76E035F9B76B_zpsfzkrd9ns.jpg
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PostPosted: 14:04 - 30 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are my btiches:
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kawashima
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PostPosted: 15:13 - 30 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

chris-red wrote:
http://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/19504_10153117961593476_2190133483339186381_n.jpg?oh=92f342ba387b6cf46d4849cdf6434e81&oe=57848F24


Mine and My Missus' old bikes, mine is an early 80's rayleigh, hers a 50's Triumph. Mine has modern running gear, hers doesn't Laughing

Here's a better photo of hers.

http://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/16912_10151427345183476_806866909_n.jpg?oh=cb59b81e0956800a4b7fb0719fed4f12&oe=5772B915

I took mine offroading once, not my best idea.

http://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/149058_10151537272923476_179219759_n.jpg?oh=86eac24403d5306c023a7431bc7e5f19&oe=577D9E16

Here is my more serious bike mid build, I don't seem to have any better photos.

http://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/1175651_10151828291063476_2046165691_n.jpg?oh=ddd8190fbdf3620fa9d09462efe19e4f&oe=5772DBBB

I also built my missus a more serious bike from a manky old 80's Sun Frame, I love 70s/80's frames, cheap ones are so much better than cheap modern bikes, Steel framed ones are more comfortable than aluminium I find.

Proper chuffed with how this turned out. I'm not sure how much it was in the end but I think it was just less than £300 it has great spec for the money. She was impressed as a little while before it was finished I pointed out a bike in a bike shop that was £1200 and had that same wheels as hers.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/chris-red/A6F68ED5-E72D-4684-BD74-A38C28F3135B_zpshhfaabwc.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/chris-red/63744070-B1F1-4878-8172-DDBCC7A0848F_zpsgzwd33p9.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/chris-red/CDA3D2D0-514C-4063-9C04-A6D8E7FF65B9_zpsnvws7wtg.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/chris-red/E17DB09A-47AF-404F-8AD3-0F292B2111F0_zpswhzlpfui.jpg

I also have a 'Rat' bike it cost me about £30 to build Laughing (Before I got tarty and spunked £20 on a used Brooks saddle)

I haven't got any decent photos of it, basically it was a Frame I got for a fiver and bolted a few bits too it. It's really light because it has no brakes or gears Laughing . I mainly built it because my girlfriend lived about a 5 minute walk away and I wanted a bike I could speed round there in a minute, and wasn't afraid to leave it outside for fear of it being nicked. It has a wicked 'Patina' on it. Now I live with my missus, I'll probably try to sell it to a hipster for silly money. Laughing

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v295/chris-red/A9B36A5B-6623-4188-A02E-76E035F9B76B_zpsfzkrd9ns.jpg

You build so many bikes. Shocked
And frames from 80's and 50's (more than 30 and 60 years old)
Sky blue 80's Sun Frame bike is really cool. Cool
I also heard alminium frame is harder than other frames.
Steal frame is thinner and looks nice.

Old frame + newer component + clean condition is so awesome.
How can you keep old frames so clean!
And you also have full carbon(?) racer too.
And that rat bike! You don't have to worry about parking it.
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PostPosted: 15:59 - 30 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Latest thing for my puch single speed. Not fully tensioned yet so still time for total disaster to occurr.

I've wanted a coaster brake for a while, I wanted an alloy rim on my 1973 puch but it's 27" so the chances of finding one off the shelf was slim to non-existant.

So I've made one. I also wanted it to look a wee bit special hence the spoke patern.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f216/stinkwheel/CIMG0404.jpg

I'd like to build a radial spoked one for the front with an old-school wide-flange rim. I found a 1970's campag track hub at a local car boot for a fiver but it's 32 hole and the pair of rims I got are 36 hole so I'll now need to find a 32 hole, alloy, 27" rim.

The spare rim will be handy to build onto my existing hub if the coaster hub turns out to be rubbish. It's not light!
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PostPosted: 16:06 - 30 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

stinkwheel wrote:
I also wanted it to look a wee bit special hence the spoke patern.


Check my rear on my Crosscheck Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 16:09 - 30 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pjay wrote:

Check my rear on my Crosscheck Thumbs Up


They're supposed to be a total bitch to true. How did you get on with it?
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PostPosted: 16:15 - 30 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

stinkwheel wrote:
They're supposed to be a total bitch to true. How did you get on with it?

I actually didn't think of it until it needed to be trued, then I thought oh shit...

It wasn't so bad though, just a bit harder than normal and now I find it easy.
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PostPosted: 16:33 - 30 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any benefit to that spoke pattern or just for tart factor?
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PostPosted: 16:41 - 30 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tart factor.
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PostPosted: 16:43 - 30 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

chris-red wrote:
Any benefit to that spoke pattern or just for tart factor?


Pure tarting.

You could probably argue a case for crows foot pattern.
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PostPosted: 16:49 - 30 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

kawashima wrote:



You build so many bikes. Shocked
And frames from 80's and 50's (more than 30 and 60 years old)
Sky blue 80's Sun Frame bike is really cool. Cool
I also heard alminium frame is harder than other frames.
Steal frame is thinner and looks nice.

Old frame + newer component + clean condition is so awesome.
How can you keep old frames so clean!
And you also have full carbon(?) racer too.
And that rat bike! You don't have to worry about parking it.


The sky blue one has been repainted, it looked very bad before!
The black one was my dads and wasn't used very often, it is in pretty good condition but not great there are chips and scratches in some places but for it's age it's good.
The old Triumph, the bottle green one is not in bad condition but the photos do it a lot of favours, some of the paint has flaked off, however the frame does not seem to rust, hi quality steel or some kind of coating I do not know. I think it looks very good because despite the missing paint because it is honest and original.

The carbon one hasn't had a lot of use, I think i have only done ~400 miles on it Embarassed It is very fast and effortless to ride but no where near as comfy as my Black one, also I can't leave it anywhere. I tend to save it for events.

I feel old frames are the best choice for a cheap bike. It is easy to make something good for Less than £200, which is what you'd pay for a mid range halfords special.

I think I enjoy building bikes more than riding them to be honest, with Bicycles I like that you can go from component parts to a full machine in a few hours, and very little can go wrong that a novice with a basic tool kit couldn't fix.

I would like to learn how to true/dish/build wheels I've tried and can't even true one well Laughing I'll give it another go at some point.
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PostPosted: 16:59 - 30 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

I live in the Netherlands which is cycling heaven. So intend to have 3 or 4 bicycles for various uses. Only just got my "fitness bike" which does the job perfectly fine whilst I save up for a road bike.

http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i126/teh_username/Bike/IMG_20150903_150015_zpsuirvtsjf.jpg
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PostPosted: 17:04 - 30 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with chris. I think old frames leave a lot of options to customise the bike how you want it.

Here's the town bike I built for my mother in law. Heavy-duty rims for bumping off kerbs and old lady friendly 3-speed gears. Basically a more stable and robust take on a raleigh shopper (which she used to have and really liked).

Frame is a bog standard, made in Nottingham, steel raleigh pioneer frame. £15. The pioneers were the first hybrid bikes I ever saw on the market and are famously bomb-proof.

Around £400 worth by the time it's all built up.

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f216/stinkwheel/pioneer/CIMG0853.jpg
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PostPosted: 17:20 - 30 Mar 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like the same saddle on my missus Triumph. Laughing

If you have specific requirements it's very difficult to get what you want off the peg, therefore you have less chance to haggle and find the best deal, building your own you can micromanage the costs.

The story of the her Sun bike is that she wanted to start doing longer distances, 'Betsy' (The Triumph) isn't really up for it, it's heavy and the brakes suck it's lovely to pootle on but not for distance.

She was going to do the cycle to work scheme, shopping around the bike she settled on was a Whyte Carnaby about £600 worth. The main thing she was after was only gears at the back, she had a mountain bike but couldn't get one with 2 separate derailleurs, it also had to have flat bars be 'pretty'.

This fit the bill.
http://whyte.bike/gb/mqtC3uAGYlodD9Io/uploads/Carnaby-2015-5000.jpg

Anyway I can't remember what happened it was something like work said cycle to work scheme was closed till next year. She was bummed out by this so I said I'd build her one just as good for half the money AND she could choose the colour.

Funny thing is at the time it was only available in Cream, when I google it for the picture now you can get it in...

Laughing Laughing

http://whyte.bike/gb/mqtC3uAGYlodD9Io/uploads/Carnaby-5000.jpg

She must be a trend setter.
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PostPosted: 12:31 - 24 Apr 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is mine, I was given it second hand by a work colleague for free. Had it about a year now.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v616/THXII38/temporary_zpstwou2jz8.jpg

(the 16mm security chain on the floor is for when I get my new 2 stroke)

I like the bike, but the tyre valves are a right old fiddle! I've ended up letting air out rather than put it in, and breaking the valve altogether before.

It's a good bicycle for a freebie though.
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PostPosted: 12:51 - 24 Jul 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bought a new one. Belt drive with 8 speed nexus.
A bit heavy(18kg). Runs faster than 3speed Albelt, slower than Bianchi hybrid. There's a clock&Calendar on the stem. Attached offroad motorcycle mirror which is more visible than bicycle mirror.
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b295/kawashima_/20160724_173326_zpsldplhxhr.jpg
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b295/kawashima_/20160724_173701_zps5s1kboq0.jpg
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PostPosted: 20:50 - 24 Jul 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like hub gears and I like belt drives. Keeps your clothes and your hands clean and grease-free. Thumbs Up

I'm not sure why they made the frame with that odd triangulated brace bit on the seat tube. It would have made more sense (stronger and lighter) to simply take the crossbar directly to where the brace is attached. It would have made even more sense to take it to where the seatstays attach for maximum strength and rigidity.
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PostPosted: 14:17 - 25 Jul 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

stinkwheel wrote:
I like hub gears and I like belt drives. Keeps your clothes and your hands clean and grease-free. Thumbs Up

I'm not sure why they made the frame with that odd triangulated brace bit on the seat tube. It would have made more sense (stronger and lighter) to simply take the crossbar directly to where the brace is attached. It would have made even more sense to take it to where the seatstays attach for maximum strength and rigidity.


I owned 8speed hub gear for the first time and I liked it Smile
This series have basic model(6 speed chain) and comfort model(8speed hub gear belt), and the latter one seems to have reinforced basic frame with the brace(for higher top speed). Maybe aiming at female riders wearing skirt too, and want to keep the crossbar lower.
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b295/kawashima_/e0353c78-7ca7-46f5-8050-cce2a0e415d2_zpse8nv4hpk.jpg
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PostPosted: 22:27 - 31 Aug 2016    Post subject: Reply with quote

No pics I'm afraid (can't be bothered to get it out at the min).

I have a 6 speed Brompton with the rear rack. Love it. Doesn't get used as much as it should since I'm not commuting at the moment sadly but it's a brilliant piece of kit, far faster than I expected with the tiny wheels.

Ridiculously expensive and probably not worth it (especially without cycle to work tax scam), I tell myself I'll make it back when I sell it.

Best part is bus wanking when you develop a mild sniffle. And watching children's eyes dilate when you fold it. Laughing
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