Bike advice

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gazza58
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Bike advice

Postby gazza58 » 17 Jul 2010, 3:04pm

I am thinking of selling my road race bike and fixed wheel and buying a good tourer for commuting to work, training and touring. I am 6'3" so need a big frame, any advice on which models to look out for? Ideally i would like a good secondhand bargain but may be able to buy a new one if the price is right. I have heard the Dawes Super Galaxy is a good bike.

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horizon
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Re: Bike advice

Postby horizon » 17 Jul 2010, 3:27pm

gazza58 wrote:I am thinking of selling my road race bike and fixed wheel and buying a good tourer for commuting to work, training and touring.


Sensible fellow. :D
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Re: Bike advice

Postby gazza58 » 18 Jul 2010, 4:20pm

Thinking of a Thorn Sherpa. Will this fit my needs?

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Re: Bike advice

Postby horizon » 18 Jul 2010, 4:39pm

gazza58 wrote:Thinking of a Thorn Sherpa. Will this fit my needs?


I personally think so but it's quite a leap to a bike that is very practical rather than fast - those 26" wheels cry out for robust tyres and lots of load - maybe it's a step too far and a 700c tourer/Audax/Sportif is closer to what you are used to but still fine for commuting/touring.

BTW Thorn do make a point about their big frames so it may be worth looking at their 700c bikes.
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Re: Bike advice

Postby indy » 18 Jul 2010, 4:55pm

gazza58 wrote:I am thinking of selling my road race bike and fixed wheel and buying a good tourer for commuting to work, training and touring. I am 6'3" so need a big frame, any advice on which models to look out for? Ideally i would like a good secondhand bargain but may be able to buy a new one if the price is right. I have heard the Dawes Super Galaxy is a good bike.


The Super Galaxy is a cracking bike (so good in fact I've practically worn mine out, see post below). Some people might say its a bit heavy but if you have a decent commute then I think its a price worth paying especially if you have to use crappy roads. A real workhorse of a bike!

Scott....