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Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby al_yrpal » 23 Jun 2019, 6:25pm

From the Guardian. You can pose on this!

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyl ... GTUK_email

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Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby random37 » 23 Jun 2019, 6:40pm

It looks nice.
I am not sure why you'd buy one of these when you could get four or five bikes of similar design and equal quality for about the same price though.

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Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby rotavator » 23 Jun 2019, 7:02pm

random37 wrote:It looks nice.
I am not sure why you'd buy one of these when you could get four or five bikes of similar design and equal quality for about the same price though.


Are you thinking about second hand bikes? If not can you point out some new similar bikes going for £110-£137.50? Just interested, not looking forn an argument :)

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Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby random37 » 23 Jun 2019, 9:18pm

Secondhand.
There's no reason to make another road bike of this design. There are thousands of machines of equal or better quality out there, some of which have never been used. The going rate for such a bike is £50-£150.

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Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby horizon » 24 Jun 2019, 12:08am

From the article:

But the bike also considers the needs of modern riders. There are lugs for racks and mudguards, and room to fit wider 32mm tyres as used on gravel bikes for better comfort and stability.


For modern riders? :shock: For gravel bikes? :shock:

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Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby brynpoeth » 24 Jun 2019, 5:01am

May one complain here about the style writing? The article rambles a lot to start with
Entertainer, juvenile, curmudgeon
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Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby pwa » 24 Jun 2019, 6:04am

The use of retro down tube levers neatly gets round the fact that on budget bikes the dual control brake / gear levers usually look very chap, nasty and very plasticy. From a purely aesthetic point of view not having those cheaper dual levers makes the bike look less budget and more classy.

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Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby Spinners » 24 Jun 2019, 6:34am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HRCZoi6iRo

2 x 8 would have been better.

TBH I was more shocked at the £65 T-shirt directly under the bike article.
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Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby random37 » 24 Jun 2019, 8:08am

Spinners wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HRCZoi6iRo

You'd have thought they could have set up the indexing before they did the video!
Yes, absolutely. One chainring = corner cutting.

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Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby geomannie » 24 Jun 2019, 8:25am

random37 wrote:
Spinners wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HRCZoi6iRo

You'd have thought they could have set up the indexing before they did the video!
Yes, absolutely. One chainring = corner cutting.


Personally I think it looks very pretty, but I agree about the single chainring is mean. I wouldn't want to go up serious hills with that gearing.
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Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby cycleruk » 24 Jun 2019, 9:22am

Not for me. Straight forks are a no-no and that style of saddle was the most uncomfortable I have ever ridden.

T shirt - check out the trousers at 19 sec's into the video. :?
Obviously the bike is aimed to look like something from the 60s/70s.
Also not aimed at the people who frequent this forum. :wink:
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Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby robc02 » 24 Jun 2019, 10:17am

Just being devil's advocate.......... in the 60's and 70's a single chainring would have been the norm on most sports bikes, albeit with a five speed block - typically 14 - 24T. If you weren't 'ard enough to smash it up the hills then you could always walk. :mrgreen:

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Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby Grandad » 24 Jun 2019, 1:53pm

in the 60's and 70's a single chainring would have been the norm on most sports bikes, albeit with a five speed block - typically 14 - 24T

My first tour was in 1950 with a school friend when we were both 15. It was 2 weeks of youth hostelling, riding from London to Lands End and exploring Devon and Cornwall. Gears were 14-16-18-20 with a 46 chainring. We rode everything, including Countisbury Hill, apart from a notorious one - name escapes me - up to one of the youth hostels.

My triple now has a 22 chainring and 28 sprocket :D

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Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby scottg » 24 Jun 2019, 2:24pm

If already have your hipster ride, but now need gears.

https://www.fyxation.com/products/six-f ... ersion-kit

What is interesting is a the 6 speed 120oln cassette hub,
would be very nice for my 50's Ellis Briggs.
Kind of modernized Baylis-Wiley Unit Hub. :)
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Re: Well I never...the hipsters steed!

Postby pwa » 24 Jun 2019, 2:59pm

cycleruk wrote:Not for me. Straight forks are a no-no ...:

Actually, the best forks I ever had in terms of smoothness over coarse road surfaces were straight steel forks. Forks with bends don't actually feel better.