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By fritz stelluto (Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:20:50 AM EST) (all tags)
I fed your answers in my supoercomputer. It churred, and hummed, and whirred, and thrummed.


Armed with that information I went around a few bike shops and realized my budget didn't stretch far enough to anything fancier than an off the shelf  hybrid - got myself this
<a href="http://www.bergamont.de/Bike.aspx?bikID=46174">http://www.bergamont.de/Bike.aspx?bikID=46174</a> [gosh what's wrong with autolinking on this site]

Two further questions:

  • butterfly handlebars. Good idea, or complete and utter waste of time?
  • clip pedals. Not for speed, but simply because I need extra exercise for the legs (doctor's orders). Never used them before,  so have no idea - do they really make one use muscles one wouldn't normally use, or are they only really for the super keen racer? Useful or more trouble than they are worth?
Thanks again.
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That's a handsome looking bike by lm (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:23:38 AM EST
But I want one like this.

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Don't we all? by fritz stelluto (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:25:26 AM EST
I'd love four of them, dragging a small chariot Ben Hur style..


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Not one more imperial style, with curtains? by lm (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:28:22 AM EST
It'd be like a private theater once the curtains were drawn.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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Note to self: no editing. by fritz stelluto (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 07:26:10 AM EST
Must. Proofread. Before. Posting.

Nice looking bike by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 09:59:35 AM EST
But that seat's gonna hurt. I bought a nice padded one, with springs, for $25, and riding is much more pleasant now.

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bah, wrong link by fritz stelluto (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Jul 27, 2012 at 04:35:32 PM EST
<a href="http://www.bergamont.de/Bike.aspx?bikID=46175">http://www.bergamont.de/Bike.aspx?bikID=46175</a>

no, this saddle seems ok - i just need to change the handlebars to something narrower + lower

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Clippy pedals by Herring (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 05:54:28 AM EST
Once you're used to them then there's no turning back. Can be a bit annoying in traffic though. Practise clipping in and out leaning against a wall or something until you feel comfortable with it.

Are they the "normal" SPDs? You can get shoes with recessed cleats that you can walk fairly normally in.

They don't make you pedal more of the stroke but they do enable it. Some people advocate doing some single leg drills to improve pedal action (unclip the other foot and pedal all the way round with one leg, then swap). You can just concentrate on being smother though. With flats you can only really mash on the downstroke, with clippy pedals you apply pressure in all directions.

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