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Once upon a time steel road frames were $5 at a garage sale... Now people actively look for them to turn them into hipster bikes.

The flipside of that is that a lot of old frames that would never have seen anything other the tip (just the tip?) get a second lease on life.

I really should grab the old steelie that I had earmarked for a makeover and get started, especially now that my BMX has been pinched.
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Where would one go to find a bargain if they were looking to get into cycling? Not too keen on forking out $1200-$1500 when a second hand bike would be fine for what I need. Is ebay my best bet? Do local bike shops sell 2nd hand bikes?
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Any recommendations of frames, groupsets etc? Shimano Ultegra the go?
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Where would one go to find a bargain if they were looking to get into cycling? Not too keen on forking out $1200-$1500 when a second hand bike would be fine for what I need. Is ebay my best bet? Do local bike shops sell 2nd hand bikes?

Your best bet is to check out a few bike shops and bikeexchange.com to see if you can get an unused or ex-demo 2008-2011 model. Can pick up some sweet deals this way.

What's your budget? Do you want gears? Road Bike, MTB etc?
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Road bike, gears. That's about the extent of it so far. Want to give road cycling a go and want to get out of it for less than a gorilla.
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gumtree and ebay as well.

groupsets: 105 and above is fine as are any SRAM

frame: ideally carbon but alloy is OK

brands... at that price any of the major brands are likely to be very similar if not the same.
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Carbon is nice but not in your budget. Could get some pretty nice clothes, helmet, extra's with the $$$ you'd have left over if you just went with alloy.

Check out Boardman Bikes.... new brand founded by this guy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Boardman. Rode a Comp not long ago. Was pretty nice.

http://www.boardmanbikes.com/road/road_comp.html

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...-comp-08-22946
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This is my new baby. 120 off craigslist. Steel frame, not too heavy but I like a heavy frame. All original parts from "73. The steel wheels even have the perforations in them that make a shitload of noise under hard braking.

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now tilt shift filter for added hipsterness

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well, according to dictionary.com
chilli is hot pepper food etc.
chilly is cold temperature.

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Look at this location, and the colour lines in the photo. It was begging to be tampered with
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I bought a.$250 bike.with front shocks which.iv.gone.downhill on plus done.over 1000 road.kms.on. Imo, as long as it.brakes.good.and.changes.gears.well,just ride
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^I know a few people that had the same attitude up until they actually rode a decent bike.
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Something like this would be fine, yeah?

http://www.cellbikes.com.au/Cell-201...category=12632

or should I spend the extra and go something like this?

http://www.cellbikes.com.au/Cell-201...category=12632
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Decided to get cheap single speed to cruise around on in the meantime before I get around to building one.

Budget of $500 max. Can get heaps of rubbish for under $500 but surprisingly not too many half decent options.

Narrowed it down to a choice between an SE Lager, Avanti Solo or a Fuji Declaration. Weight, build quality/finish and quality of components is pretty much the same with the Solo and the Fuji but I preferred the Solo's ride over the Fuji so ended up getting one.

Also, it saves me having to change the Fuji's bars to Bullhorns which I would have done anyways because bullhorns are fucking awesome. Going to eventually upgrade a couple of parts but will pretty much leave it stock otherwise.



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Yeah I wasn't sure at first but it's grown on me a lot
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'e's a jordie, mate. They bash horses and doesn't afraid of anything.

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Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.

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Something like this would be fine, yeah?

http://www.cellbikes.com.au/Cell-201...category=12632

or should I spend the extra and go something like this?

http://www.cellbikes.com.au/Cell-201...category=12632

Personally, I wouldn't go near a Cell bike. Know a couple of people that have had nothing but issues with them. Browse a few forums and the reviews are always negative to mixed. Plenty of people seem happy with their Cell's but imo you'd be better off getting an entry level Fuji, Avanti, Specialized or Cannondale. Orbea, Jamis and Felt also have some decent options especially if you can find a 2010-11 model for cheap.
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You seen this already Zodiac?

http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/articl...er-1000-32772/
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DFD I found a great SS on ebay for $250. great working order and obviously cared for.

only change I want to make is putting handle bars like the one in your pic (currently has standard drops)
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Yeah some good deals to be had on ebay and gumtree. I wanted a new bike with a warranty this time round though. Makes life easier if something does go wrong.
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yeah, fair enough. I figured even if something does go wrong on the 5 moving parts as long as there aren't cracks in the frame I'd be right.
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Helmets ftw..

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Rode my friends new Van Dessel Cyclocross bike the other day. So much fun!

I want one. "full tilt boogie disc"






Will be very tempted if I can find a Specialized Tricross for around the $900 mark
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It's like a fixie, a MTB and a roadie had a cracked out threesome in a ditch and that was the offspring.

I like it.

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Can anyone recommend a bike shop in the inner southern suburbs of Melbourne. Around St Kilda or surrounding burbs.

Looking for something hybridy at $900-1000k. And for a shop that will actually spend some time with me to get properly fitted, and not give me all of 5 minutes.
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when in Melbourne i have had good experiences at a shop that's on the corner of st kilda road and carlisle st. on the border of st kilda and balaclava.

have only ever bought gear, not a bike. but they gave me good service anyways.

and then i went to the local taphouse near the corner of chapel st and carlisle. and then it gets blurry.
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Shit, forgot to come back and post my thanks for the advice.

Thanks dart.
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Any recommendations for roof mounted bike racks? I was thinking about getting the Thule ProRide, anyone have one?
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so I tried the hybrids, then tried a mountain bike, and bought it.

been losing out badly in the commuter cup, but whatever.

looked up good mountain bike spots in town and rode to one the other afternoon. it was dark and rainy by the time I got there, so couldn't really give it a go. But I wondered why there were so many cars in the carpark that was so out of the way. So I googled it, and yeah, it's a dogging meeting place. Rode home in the rain and loved it. Thought the car drivers had improved with their bike awareness in the years since I last rode.

That didn't last long though. Had 2 cars try to hit me tonight. I was right in fucking front of them. Going to head out tomorrow and get more lights and high vis shit.
Hey hey, you can change this shit again. Only a couple of years late.
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What are people's thoughts on helmet mounted lights?
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My light died a while back so I just threw my doof head torch over my helmet. Can't imagine a proper helmet light be any different. Didn't like it.... I zone out a bit while riding and tend to look around so I found myself having to look dead straight all the time to get a good amount of light to avoid potholes, bumps etc

Tbh, if you got decent lights, high vis won't make much difference imo.... Australian drivers are just absolute ****s. They can see us, they just don't care.
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Its worth spending the extra coin on lighting, always amazes me that people are willing to risk their lives to save a few dollars on safety gear. If you've got the money to spend, buy Ayup lights, they are Australian made and bulletproof, most people i know who run bikes at dusk use them and can be mounted either to the frame or the helmet, I use both. If you're trying to save some coin on them then the Magicshine from dealextreme arent too bad, bright but the quality isnt as good as the Ayups, but still OK for commuters. I'd also look at getting some fibre flares for the back and side visibility and a decent flashing rear light, something like this is decent, i usually run two, one on my helmet and one under the seat with the fibreflares on the rear triangle and a High Vis jacket on.
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I just use cheapie lights from Anaconda but I only use them for a commute where there's bike lanes most of the way. Still amazed by the number of people I see without lights.
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Good news everyone!

My bike didn't get stolen last night.

They only got halfway through the cable before giving up. Bought a big fuck off d-lock today.
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so long time no post. . .

2013 was the year of 5 dams & paris-roubaix challenge. .

2014. . . . . . 3 peaks!!



have heard the last 50kms is pretty tough, i'm expecting a world of hurt.

but all good fun once it's done eh?
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that looks like an aerial view of coastal australia. that would be heaps more fun than vertical stuff

you'd get mad long right handers off point hotham with a big southerly swell.

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chilly is cold temperature.

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These guys apparently run a good event http://www.alpineclassic.com.au/
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so long time no post. . .

2013 was the year of 5 dams & paris-roubaix challenge. .

2014. . . . . . 3 peaks!!



have heard the last 50kms is pretty tough, i'm expecting a world of hurt.

but all good fun once it's done eh?

my brother in law did this and said it was the worst/best thing he's ever done. In that order
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That looks strangely awesome. :/
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Decided to get cheap single speed to cruise around on in the meantime before I get around to building one.

Budget of $500 max. Can get heaps of rubbish for under $500 but surprisingly not too many half decent options.

Narrowed it down to a choice between an SE Lager, Avanti Solo or a Fuji Declaration. Weight, build quality/finish and quality of components is pretty much the same with the Solo and the Fuji but I preferred the Solo's ride over the Fuji so ended up getting one.

Also, it saves me having to change the Fuji's bars to Bullhorns which I would have done anyways because bullhorns are fucking awesome. Going to eventually upgrade a couple of parts but will pretty much leave it stock otherwise.




This has turned out to be a pretty awesome bike. I ride like a bit of a dickhead and generally trash my bikes but it's handled the abuse well.

Upgraded the pedals, saddle and replaced the suede bar tape with leather but everything else is standard.
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So my bad, was actually this one :


Went for a chilled 12 km ride last night

Someone stole my bike over the weekend, as I left it out in my backyard for a little while after cleaning out the storage room.


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Insurance of any kind, either house or theft?

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This has turned out to be a pretty awesome bike. I ride like a bit of a dickhead and generally trash my bikes but it's handled the abuse well.

Upgraded the pedals, saddle and replaced the suede bar tape with leather but everything else is standard.

what saddle?

I'm torn between buying a *cough*comfort*cough* seat for my daily ride or continuing with damn padded shorts.
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