Cycling in Brisbane Australia
So my holiday is suddenly feeling very real after I bought the bike I am taking with me on our month's touring holiday of NZ. She'll be delivered mid-may hopefully, which will give me 6 months to get my fitness up and used to handling her. Also how to care for her.
I think she's perfect.
You can read her deets here. No idea of a name, yet.
Share your thoughts!
I am squeeee excited.
I have no idea what I'm talking about but that looks brilliant!
Look pretty cool. Quick question from someone who doesn't understand the mechanics as much. That bike and all the ones in the comparable models part of the webpage are bikes that use most kind of brakes except disc. Are these bikes pitched as long distance tourers where replaceable and serviceable part requirements are being kept to a minimum on purpose? Which does kind of make sense... My understanding from reading on the internets though is rim brakes are often preferred for low-ish maintenance but disc brakes are good on tour for stopping power through mud and working with a rim that's not true. Do you happen to know why none of these have discs?
Rim brakes ARE disc brakes (with a very large 'disc' - the rim - and peripherally mounted pads).
Having brakes that allow you to easily lock the wheels is actually a Very Bad Thing™ so I just don't buy the 'increased stopping power' argument over good rim brakes which some people tend to carry on about. Smooth controlled braking, staying well away from a lockup, is what you want from brakes on a two wheeler.
For most riding disc brakes make no sense over rim brakes to be honest, but they have some advantages (particularly relevant for mountain biking):
Personally, for an everyday transport bike, disc brakes are total overkill. Even on a tourer they're not the wisest choice. Mountain biking - definitely worthwhile.
Why a female name? You should call it "Bob." It looks like a Bob to me.
n+1 strikes again :P
It appears that Vlinder has a small front wheel (26") and a larger back wheel (700C or 29").
Is this the case?
So whats it like being under your own steam again?
Good. The difference between my bike and the mountain bike I hired on holidays earlier this year is massive.
There isn't enough slack in the outer front brake cable (need to replace) for me to have my bars in my perfect position - you can see what happened when I tried in the photo - no slack at all!
Only 1-2 mins slower than the XT and now that I'm getting more confident with all those tricky gear thingys, only slightly more effort.
EDIT: I just looked at the official photo from Gazelle above. They have the same problem when they put the butterfly bars into the right position - zero slack - so unsafe.