I love cycling. Iâ€™m thinking about buying a new bike right now. I think Iâ€™m following the typical geek pattern of â€œlearn as much as possible before making a decisionâ€â€¦ right now I think Iâ€™m hovering around the â€œa little knowledge is a dangerous thingâ€¦â€ stage.
You can learn an amazing amount from the internet. I tend to scare the younger guys working in the local bike shop with detailed questions they donâ€™t understand, whereas the old hands see right through it and realise Iâ€™ve only been actually cycling for 2 years, and thatâ€™s a 4 mile a day commute and a tour or 2. Theoretical knowledge is one thing.
Anyways, Iâ€™ve decided what kind of bike Iâ€™m looking for – Iâ€™d call it a hybrid but that term is already in use in the bike world. Iâ€™m looking for an all-rounder bike that I can tinker with and customise to my hearts content. What a surprise, eh? And steel, because, well itâ€™s possible to tinker with that tooâ€¦ Iâ€™d love to have S and S Machine BTC retrofitted when I can afford that kind of thing in a couple years.
Iâ€™m also tempted by the idea of a custom frame because I think 215 lbs 5â€²7â€³ rugby players donâ€™t fit the standard rider profile for mass production frames. That said, once a bike is close to the right fit, itâ€™s possible to fine tune the fit. Check out my current discussion thread about sizing a Cross Check on Bikeforums.net. You can see where my thinking is right now on that last thread.
And I see that we have a custom frame builder blogging too – hi Lee! Welcome to our world. Hey, would you like a complete website with webmail, contact form, database back end to list your frames, 3 year hosting package? I can do you a really good dealâ€¦ say a 700c tourer style, something like 50-52cm with horizontal dropouts. You bet Iâ€™m serious. Leave a comment 🙂