None of the above - Any cyclists?

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  1. Prydz

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    It rides very well indeed, but its slow at climbs. I'm not conditioned very well for cycling yet, and prefer a high cadence. The heavy weight combined with gearing from the 80s is a real struggle. To avoid grinding I have to hold like 18km/h minimum. My friends have modern bikes so... :D

    I was actually looking at getting a modern bike, but have decided to wait duo to new rules for TDF.
    Hoping for a new Canyon Aeroad
     
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    They can be decent bicycles. Thing is, do you actually have (enough) grip with those thin tires?

    In the Netherlands hipsters with a bit of money who prefer and/or love cycling, race around on these bicycles. In the rain though on tarmac (especially fresh/new-ish tarmac) grip levels can be hit or miss. Even with wide MTB/Cross tires you have to dose the brakes.

    These bicycles have a drawback in urban areas. Without lights attached in the dark these can be almost invisible. Is that an issue for you?
     
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    Are you talking about grip for old road bikes, or road bikes in general?
    I've not tested the bike at its limits in corners, for obvious reasons.
    It came with Mavic GP4 rim with Dura Ace hubs, so its a tubular rim. That means that the tire is glued on. Not very convenient for us normal people. Therefore I bought some Mavic Open 4cd clincher rims with Dura Ace hubs aswell.
    I run 25mm Conti GP5000 tires.

    I live in a city so its never pitch black. But yes, I always make sure of my surroundings. That I see them before they see me.
     
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    I really dislike those skinny tires. Tram tracks and pavement edges are tricky.

    Yes, I prefer wider tires for more nimble handling. Too little grip on oddly shaped city streets and you start to wobble.
     
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    Wobble?:D Sounds to me like you never gave narrow tires enough time!

    I think we can all agree that bikes and tight corners isent ideal in terms of speed
     
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    Speed is overrated. Nimble handling is better.

    Top speed is not all there is. Acceleration is much more important if you want to flow with traffic. I now live and work in The Hague. Corners are everywhere.
     
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    Yes!
     
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    Bikes? Yes please!

    I spent my late 20s and early 30s chasing the audiophile obsession and built a pretty nice high-value system by the early 90s. Then my baby gave me a new focus for a few years.

    In 2001, though, I decided that I needed to keep creeping middle-aged softness at bay and bought a mountain bike. It didn’t happen all at once but within a couple years I found my obsession with bicycles had reached the level of my previous hifi monomania. And it turns out that even higher-priced bicycles are a hell of a lot more affordable that high-priced speakers or power amps!

    Over a few years I became a passionate cyclist. In the late 2000s through mid-2010s I was riding thousands and thousands of miles a year. And regularly buying bikes, wheels, components and accessories. I made friends, including the local crew I rode with nearly every day and a wide-ranging group of friends in the interweb. I was introduced to some of the leading lights in the custom frame world and some of them became good friends. And I bought bikes.

    This is a Kirk cyclocross bike. It was made for a friend but fits me perfectly. I raced it once , nowadays it's the bike on my trainer or on dirt roads.

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    Here's my mountain bike, a Specialized Stumpjumper in its preferred setting:

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    My tandem and my stoker. It's a Co-Motion Speedster and it come apart so we can cart it around the country:

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    My first full-custom bike, from a builder who's become a very close friend. This one's designed to be a racing bike with room for fenders and a rack. It's become my commuter for the duration:

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    My other full custom, built for me by one of the world's best builders. I had the honor of being personally fitted for this custom-painted stainless steel Grand Tourer:

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    And my favorite, from the same builder. This one is off-the-rack but it's the one I'd choose if I had to pick just one. Fat aluminum tubing makes this thing a rocket:

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    My passion for the newest has cooled. Part of that is that these bikes are so damn good. Part of it is that I've been riding a lot less. 2020 was going to be the year I got back into a daily rhythm. You can imagine how that has played out.

    But I’m hoping that, once the world rights itself, I’ll be riding a lot again. And listening to music through some damn fine equipment when I’m not.

    And hey - If any of this cycling obsession interests you, I’ve got a forum for you to check out.
     
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    Ooh, Dura Ace wheels. Very nice.

    Welp, since the gym has been closed for a while now, I'm getting a trainer now since I haven't done a decent outdoor cycle ride in what seems ages. Time to dust off the old equipment..
     

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