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New Bike Lust

Posted: 18 Oct 2020, 3:48pm
by cooper_coleraine
I find myself being tempted to buy a new bike. I do not need one and I like the bikes I have. I have two Raleigh Randonneurs (1987 and 1988 models).
Between them they have covered over 100,000 miles and they are in first class order. I have several other good machines. Nevertheless I hanker after a new machine. I have spent this afternoon cleaning them. This always makes me appreciate what I have. Is there a cure or should I give in? I am 82 and should know better. Our 'trade' magazine encourages me to stray. In normal times I do one Scottish tour each year and I cycle everyday for at least 20 miles.

Re: New Bike Lust

Posted: 18 Oct 2020, 3:59pm
by Jdsk
Admirable honesty. : - )

How about adding a recumbent?

Jonathan

Re: New Bike Lust

Posted: 18 Oct 2020, 4:16pm
by Mick F
Buy a Moulton.
http://www.moultonbicycles.co.uk/models.html

Not cheap though, and not ideal, but you can get hooked.

Re: New Bike Lust

Posted: 18 Oct 2020, 6:40pm
by philvantwo
Low stocks of bikes and frames everywhere!

Re: New Bike Lust

Posted: 18 Oct 2020, 6:43pm
by peetee
[quote="cooper_coleraine”]I have two Raleigh Randonneurs (1987 and 1988 models). I have several other good machines.

Nevertheless I hanker after a new machine.[/quote]

You are deranged and I suggest you seek immediate help.

Re: New Bike Lust

Posted: 18 Oct 2020, 7:03pm
by Cyril Haearn
'several other good machines'

Please, how many is "several" :wink:

Re: New Bike Lust

Posted: 18 Oct 2020, 7:12pm
by mercalia
philvantwo wrote:Low stocks of bikes and frames everywhere!


Buying a Brompton not so easy at the moment

Re: New Bike Lust

Posted: 18 Oct 2020, 7:46pm
by tatanab
Find a frame from your youth, 60 or 70s years ago, and build it with all the parts that you could not afford at the time. e.g. I have a 1956 Higgins dripping in 1960s Campag mainly. I certainly could not have dreamed of owning that when I started club riding.

Re: New Bike Lust

Posted: 18 Oct 2020, 10:07pm
by peetee
tatanab wrote:Find a frame from your youth, 60 or 70s years ago, and build it with all the parts that you could not afford at the time. e.g. I have a 1956 Higgins dripping in 1960s Campag mainly. I certainly could not have dreamed of owning that when I started club riding.


I have two bikes like that. One is a Condor Professional the other a Colnago Super, both with Campagnolo Super Record groupsets. When they were top machines in the peloton I was bumbling around on a hi-tensile frame, plastic saddle, dual safety levers and stamped steel crankset. I got the Campagnolo parts on the super-cheap through the ‘back room’ of the bike shop I worked in. At the time loads of riders were trading in those parts for the new, aero, Corsa Record group.

Re: New Bike Lust

Posted: 19 Oct 2020, 7:36am
by gbnz
cooper_coleraine wrote:I find myself being tempted to buy a new bike. I do not need one and I like the bikes I have. .


+ 1. Have to admit I'm the "tight" sort of individual, who owns six pairs of socks & 1 carrier bag. And I've never had the slightest interest in mountain bikes - but when a £200.00 mtb was advertised for £130.00 last week, vey unusually mounted with a quality rear deraileur etc, superb looking, flat barred full frame, fantastic colour scheme & shiny parts, I was struggling to resist the temptation to BUY. Thankfully after several days of resistence, the offer had been withdrawn by yesterday morning :(

But as above, a decent clean of an existing machine, stripping the bike down, adjusting it to ensure any excess wear in bearings etc is sorted, always helps (Nb. I need to buy a paint brush today and give the pannier rack a new coat of paint!). And fit a front reflector. Merely wish I hadn't "dumped" my Specialized Tricross framein 2015 when transferring all the parts to a Spa frameset !

Re: New Bike Lust

Posted: 19 Oct 2020, 8:02am
by Tangled Metal
mercalia wrote:
philvantwo wrote:Low stocks of bikes and frames everywhere!


Buying a Brompton not so easy at the moment

Too right. Moving house end of year and need a brompton to travel to work after that. Unlikely I'll find one.


Secondhand recumbent from d-tek and Kevin I believe. They're fun. Got a touring recumbent for £500 and it's a great touring bike. Great fun riding. Just be prepared for people talking to anyone with you like you're disabled physically or mentally. "It's good they can get out like that!". :lol:

Re: New Bike Lust

Posted: 24 Oct 2020, 3:24pm
by markjohnobrien
cooper_coleraine wrote:I find myself being tempted to buy a new bike. I do not need one and I like the bikes I have. I have two Raleigh Randonneurs (1987 and 1988 models).
Between them they have covered over 100,000 miles and they are in first class order. I have several other good machines. Nevertheless I hanker after a new machine. I have spent this afternoon cleaning them. This always makes me appreciate what I have. Is there a cure or should I give in? I am 82 and should know better. Our 'trade' magazine encourages me to stray. In normal times I do one Scottish tour each year and I cycle everyday for at least 20 miles.


A man of taste and distinction owning Raleigh Randonneurs as I have three:

One Blue 708 circa mid 90’s
Two Red 708 with Magura hydraulic rim brakes from 99/2000.

While Randonneurs (and you have the 531 version) are great bikes, if you want, hanker, or lust after a new one, go for it!

Do you mean a brand new bike or good quality second hand, as the latter is still a new bike.

Indulge yourself as there are some great bikes out there for every type of rider.

If you do get an additional bike, please update the thread.

Re: New Bike Lust

Posted: 24 Oct 2020, 4:34pm
by Oldjohnw
I had my hand built JRJ - predecessor to Bob Jackson - stolen in the mid 1970s. Recent mention of the Closure of Bob Jackson has made me yearn to rebuild my lost bike. Very unlikely but I can dream.

Re: New Bike Lust

Posted: 24 Oct 2020, 5:08pm
by honesty
I’m tempted by a new bike... but my wife won’t let me buy a Moto Guzzi ;)

Re: New Bike Lust

Posted: 24 Oct 2020, 5:49pm
by peetee
Oldjohnw wrote:I had my hand built JRJ - predecessor to Bob Jackson - stolen in the mid 1970s. Recent mention of the Closure of Bob Jackson has made me yearn to rebuild my lost bike. Very unlikely but I can dream.


Don’t give up. Search the internet. I found my Rick Powell. I didn’t buy it in the end though. I made the mistake of telling the seller it was built for me and as a result he wouldn’t budge on the (already excessive) price.