On yer bike!

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by Mike1973, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. Carlisle Blues

    Carlisle Blues My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I have a Cannondale Jekyl 1000

    I hooked up Panneirs and go mountain biking.


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  2. kampkatz

    kampkatz Practically Family

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    Your Jekyl is a nice set of wheels, but not cheap. Of course, for the rough landscape of "off-road" it would be too risky to not insist on quality.
     
  3. Carlisle Blues

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    It is quite expensive, but, the riding I do had broken bikes with inferior components and frames down to piles of junk.

    The roughest terrain was riding through pig ruts. Wild pigs would dig underground and expose roots. I would ride that terrain and I actually saw someone's bike crack two.

    So it is worth the green for that machine.;)
     
  4. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

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    The street named on the bike-sign, was the next street to me at my flat in Copenhagen-
    Oehlenschlaegersgade is the street. I thought I recognised the surroundings- this is down the bottom
    of town- Nybrogade.


    I have a 15 year old Kona Hahana, a very basic mountain bike
    that has travelled with me from London, to Denmark, to Sweden.

    It has a skinny frame(race-lite)and no suspension. In 15 years, I've only replaced tyres, brakes and a bearing,
    not even a cable but then, I probably don't use the brakes or the gears as much as normal folks.
    I have always washed it and oiled it very regularly and stored it out of the weather.

    It doesn't break.


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  5. Carlisle Blues

    Carlisle Blues My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    You made a great purchase no doubt! I took the need to experience the aggravation route until I found that Cannondale. lol
     
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    "Had a call from a Chap in Melbourne who has a Bike shop, he will be getting the "short John" in in Mid December, he has told me its quite heavy, and not good for long distances or for going Up hills"

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    "A Raleigh Carrier, bike from the 1960's"
     
  7. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    Not many hills in Copenhagen, just one that I had to ride every day.


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  8. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    That Danish company has a dealer in Alexandria,
    Morgans Bicycles
    95 Lawrence Street
    Alexandria 2015

    bicycles@morganco.com.au


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  9. Speedster

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    Yes, quite heavy. It weighs 25 kilos... :eek:

    But you can get as either single-speed or 3-speed. You will, eventually, get quite good legs... :)
     
  10. Carlisle Blues

    Carlisle Blues My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    A few years ago when I lived in Florida I read a magazine article regarding the plight of the migrant farm worker. I couldn’t imagine how these people got to work everyday.

    I decided to see if I could get some bicycles for these people to use as transportation. I placed an ad in the newspaper asking for donations of bicycles for the migrant farm worker. The response was overwhelming. All I had to do was retrieve the bicycles and fix them up and deliver them to an association that assisted those farmer workers.

    It was not as easy as it seemed; the some bicycles were so old and rusted they were fused together. I did manage to salvage roughly 50 or so bicycles. I repaired them all, as I have a small but well tooled repair station, and some I was tempted to keep and replace with new ones. There is one I will never forget; it was a very beautiful little girl’s bicycle that was German made and it must have been 40 years old, however, I made sure a farm worker’s daughter received it.

    My next challenge was how to transport 50 bicycles to the association site. As it turned out I contacted a local moving rental business called U-Haul. They donated a flat bed trailer to the cause and I transported and delivered those bicycles.

    I have done a lot of riding in my life, some great adventures some short trips, but, nothing has ever been so fulfilling or satisfying as this project in relation to my cycling endeavors.
     
  11. Miss Neecerie

    Miss Neecerie I'll Lock Up

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    another option is an Electra.

    I do not have one so this is in no way an endorsement, I merely lust after their Amsterdam series

    http://www.electrabike.com/home.php
     
  12. "Thanks for the Tip Miss N, The Amsterdam classic looks a "Corker" and is available in the Swan River colony!"

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  13. Carlisle Blues

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    Good lord Binkie that a girl's bike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eek: Why do you want a girl's bike??[huh]



    Besides the Classic is being recalled:

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

    Name of Product: Amsterdam Bicycles

    Units: About 1,500 (about 9,500 bicycles were recalled on July 22, 2008)

    Importer: Electra Bicycle Company, LLC, of Vista, Calif.

    Hazard: This recall involves some Amsterdam model bicycles in the Classic .

    Allso as reported in Pregnancy Today magazine. The front tray on the bicycle can come loose and contact the front tire, posing a fall hazard to riders.[​IMG]

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    "This the Chaps, version, and any Bicycle is dangerous, in certain situations!"
     
  15. Carlisle Blues

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    Nice ride!!!:eusa_clap :eusa_clap I agree, however, there are defects inherent in the manufacturing of the bicycle. I suggest you ask questions when you buy it. Moreover, are you aware that the frame is composed of steel. It weighs approx 30 lbs or 13.6077 kg. stripped. The more accessories the more weight.

    Great bike....:eusa_clap :eusa_clap
     
  16. Trickeration

    Trickeration Practically Family

    While the subject of "the dangers of cycling" is fresh, I'll post some pictures of my son's accident in July.

    He was riding his dad's bike when he was hit by a car. The girl driving the car was totally blinded by the setting sun and didn't see him until the impact. I guess she'd slowed down when she first couldn't see, and my son saw her slow speed and determined he had time to cross. However she then sped up to 30 mph, and my son said that when he looked to his left and saw the car right at his side, she wasn't looking at him. He was thrown 20 feet and into the left turn lane. We still wonder if she may have been distracted or possibly arguing with her mom, who was also in the car, since neither of them saw him until it was too late. She was 16 years old, my son is 15. The intersection they were at is a tricky one, and my son said he always thought that if anything happened to him, it would happen there.

    Anyway, Chris has vivid memories of flying up into the air in what felt like slow motion, but is, thankfully, okay. He got away with a few stitches and lots of road rash. He had minor internal bleeding but no organ damage. His helmet had a dent on the outside, and the a was totally cracked on the inside. It probably saved his life.

    Here are the pics, including one of my husbands poor Diamondback. If I remember right, they were able to salvage the handlebars and pedals. Everything else was too bent to repair.

    Tomorrow, I'll post pics of the bikes that replaced the Diamondback and the rest of our "fleet".

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  17. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    Hope he makes a good recovery Teresa. Every time I go out on the road on my bike, I'm always, always trying to anticipate what other road users will do, so that I have 'a chance' if one of them doesn't see me, or just doesn't care[huh] Helmets and Hi-Viz wear are essential on today's roads, but even those don't guarantee safety. It's a risk each time you venture out. But 'I feel' the benefits outweigh the risks!

    On a brighter note...some great looking bikes belonging to forum members!!:eusa_clap
     
  18. "After a few phone calls I think one may be going with this other bike, I contacted a bike shop here in the Swan river colony, who sells Electra bikes, he made a quick phone call to the wholesaler and got back to me, apparently the Amsterdam is not recommended to have a front carrier tray, seems there has been a few safety issues in USA"

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    Its only available in greyish,whitish colour, here in Australia
     
  19. Carlisle Blues

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    Excellent Binkie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:eusa_clap :eusa_clap

    I am glad you conducted your due diligence. No one need get hurt doing something that to be enjoyed!!!!!:)
     
  20. Carlisle Blues

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    Thankfully care was taken prior to riding. I am glad that Chris was able to "walk" away from this situation!!!!!!!!!!:)
     

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