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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    JustAnotherRando My other bike is a Ferrari

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    Do I spy downtube shifters?
     
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