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Getting back into Cycling

So I used to cycle all over the place until I fractured my right elbow and it no longer straightens - at a guess I ...

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    Default Getting back into Cycling

    So I used to cycle all over the place until I fractured my right elbow and it no longer straightens - at a guess I am probably about 45 degrees off of straightening the elbow.

    The other half though is a keen cyclist so I've decided I need to try and get back on a bike so that we can head off to places together.

    So I thought I would hit you lot up for advice about places to start, people to talk to and general ideas.

    The main reason I stopped is that I didn't feel as if I'd be able to stop effectively in an emergency as ime your arms are a lot more loaded than on a motorbike. For that reason I had considered maybe a recumbent may be more useful but living around London not sure I would want to be that low around traffic.
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    Default Re: Getting back into Cycling

    you've just hinted at the first questions you need to figure out the answer to - what are you going to use the bike for? on road/off road? and how far do you intent to go on a typical ride?

    after that the next question is how much do you want to spend?
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    I'll be sticking to on road - I can see off road going horribly wrong with the elbow.

    Distance wise the other half rides London to Paris in 24 hours every year for charity and I'd like to join him for that (next year), more regularly I'd be aiming for maybe 30-50 miles in a day.

    Spending wise I'd probably be looking to keep it under 1500 for bike and things like decent lights and clothing.
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    if you buy a bike with hydraulic disc brakes, you will be able to stop, in most circumstances, with one finger

    What cycling will you be doing?
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    Its mainly the arresting my momentum that felt bad (previous bike had hydraulic disc brakes) but that may have partly me being cautious after the accident.

    Cycling will largely be touring/days out although I may decide to commute as well (depending upon where I am working)
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    Perhaps take a look at an audax or light touring bike.

    It may prove a better option than an outright road bike, as it would have a more relaxed geometry etc.

    Kona Sutra looks a superb spec bike, although it may prove to be too heavy. The Genisis Croix de Fer might also be another contender.

    Having said that, both of those suggestions are based more upon my own hankering for either bike than knowledge. It just seemed to me that they might possibly suit your needs.

    The Genesis. http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/...t/croix-de-fer

    The Kona. http://road.cc/content/review/24541-kona-sutra

    Or possibly even a sportive bike. No preference here, just an example. http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/...equilibrium-20
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    Cheers Eddie - I shall have a google .

    Thanks everyone else - its all appreciated
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    Quote Originally Posted by EddieJ View Post
    Perhaps take a look at an audax or light touring bike.

    It may prove a better option than an outright road bike, as it would have a more relaxed geometry etc.

    Kona Sutra looks a superb spec bike, although it may prove to be too heavy. The Genisis Croix de Fer might also be another contender.

    Having said that, both of those suggestions are based more upon my own hankering for either bike than knowledge. It just seemed to me that they might possibly suit your needs.

    The Genesis. Croix de Fer | Genesis Bikes

    The Kona. Kona Sutra review | road.cc

    Or possibly even a sportive bike. No preference here, just an example. Equilibrium 20 | Genesis Bikes
    You are becoming a bike of a "bike-weenie" on the quiet!!
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    Man with replacement shoulder, wires in his elbow and a knackered wrist says:

    Road bikes = leant over, weight on arms = pain and discomfort unless you hold the upper part of bars, with bad elbow you'll try to take some weight using your back = more ouch.

    Hybrid = Ok ish, as the bars are higher, rigid forks and hard tail transmit all the shock vibration into you. See also Mountain bike as a lot of the stuff there can be applied to hybrids.

    Mountain bike = More upright riding position, less weight on hands. Handlebars available in a variety of 'raises and angles' so fairly easy to get a comfortable position. Stems available with different heights for even more uprightness. A longer stem and more relaxed angles make them less twitchy and easier to brake one-handed. Suspension forks absorb bumps, etc A full suspension bike is like riding on a billiard table.

    The downsides are you lose some pedalling efficiency and aerodynamic advantage but the gains are you actually enjoy riding the bike and don't feel like you are strapped to a medieval torture device. The other advantages are that on road its easier to look over your shoulder and you can slipstream other people to negate the aero.

    Plus you can wear baggy shorts, normal trainers and a cool T shirt = looking good. Lycra on 99% of blokes = not good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crust View Post
    Plus you can wear baggy shorts, normal trainers and a cool T shirt = looking good.
    You don't have a mirror in your house then ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by the phantom pieman View Post
    You are becoming a bike of a "bike-weenie" on the quiet!!

    You could be right. http://www.crw.org/youmaybe.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by crust View Post
    Man with replacement shoulder, wires in his elbow and a knackered wrist says:

    Road bikes = leant over, weight on arms = pain and discomfort unless you hold the upper part of bars, with bad elbow you'll try to take some weight using your back = more ouch.

    Hybrid = Ok ish, as the bars are higher, rigid forks and hard tail transmit all the shock vibration into you. See also Mountain bike as a lot of the stuff there can be applied to hybrids.

    Mountain bike = More upright riding position, less weight on hands. Handlebars available in a variety of 'raises and angles' so fairly easy to get a comfortable position. Stems available with different heights for even more uprightness. A longer stem and more relaxed angles make them less twitchy and easier to brake one-handed. Suspension forks absorb bumps, etc A full suspension bike is like riding on a billiard table.

    The downsides are you lose some pedalling efficiency and aerodynamic advantage but the gains are you actually enjoy riding the bike and don't feel like you are strapped to a medieval torture device. The other advantages are that on road its easier to look over your shoulder and you can slipstream other people to negate the aero.

    Plus you can wear baggy shorts, normal trainers and a cool T shirt = looking good. Lycra on 99% of blokes = not good.
    Our man Crust speaketh the truth. Fwiw, I can average as fast on road on my Mtb as I can on my road bike so I think a lightweight hard tail (suspension forks with no rear shock) would be perfect for you. Most can be locked out so they ride like a fully rigid bike anyway.
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    You don't have a mirror in your house then ?
    Ooh, bitch.

    I do, thats why lycra is a definite no no, baggy hides a multitude of bulges
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    Looks like what I used to ride is a reasonable start. Used to have a hard tail with hydraulic brakes. Anyone know decent places in London to try for sizes etc?
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    Not London, but if you can pop down to Paddock Wood, Everndens are very helpful and knowledgeable. They are also in no way pushy, which goes a long way in my book. Welcome to Evernden Cycles in Kent : Giant bikes : Giant Road bikes : Giant Mountain Bikes : Saracen bikes : Kids Scooters : Kids bikes : Giant TCR : Giant road bikes : Giant Mountain bikes : Giant bike : Giant bikes kids : Giant womens bikes : Prolo

    Wildside in Tunbridge Wells is another good one, and I gotta say that the two girls that work there, are exceptionally knowledgeable when it comes to getting bike fit correct. Once again, it is a no pressure to buy shop. Wildside Cycles, Bike Shop & Bike Repairs in Tunbridge Wells, Kent Don't know about the spec, but this looks rather nice and won't break the bank. http://www.wildside-online.co.uk/ite...uick-6-fem-blk

    The only downside of both shops, is that they probably don't have the range of bikes that somewhere like Evans would have. http://www.evanscycles.com
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