I love cycling. IÃ¢â¬â¢m thinking about buying a new bike right now. I think IÃ¢â¬â¢m following the typical geek pattern of Ã¢â¬Ålearn as much as possible before making a decisionÃ¢â¬ÂÃ¢â¬Â¦ right now I think IÃ¢â¬â¢m hovering around the Ã¢â¬Åa little knowledge is a dangerous thingÃ¢â¬Â¦Ã¢â¬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 donÃ¢â¬â¢t understand, whereas the old hands see right through it and realise IÃ¢â¬â¢ve only been actually cycling for 2 years, and thatÃ¢â¬â¢s a 4 mile a day commute and a tour or 2. Theoretical knowledge is one thing.
Anyways, IÃ¢â¬â¢ve decided what kind of bike IÃ¢â¬â¢m looking for – IÃ¢â¬â¢d call it a hybrid but that term is already in use in the bike world. IÃ¢â¬â¢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 itÃ¢â¬â¢s possible to tinker with that tooÃ¢â¬Â¦ IÃ¢â¬â¢d love to have S and S Machine BTC retrofitted when I can afford that kind of thing in a couple years.
IÃ¢â¬â¢m also tempted by the idea of a custom frame because I think 215 lbs 5Ã¢â¬Â²7Ã¢â¬Â³ rugby players donÃ¢â¬â¢t fit the standard rider profile for mass production frames. That said, once a bike is close to the right fit, itÃ¢â¬â¢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 dealÃ¢â¬Â¦ say a 700c tourer style, something like 50-52cm with horizontal dropouts. You bet IÃ¢â¬â¢m serious. Leave a comment ð