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.

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I have no idea what I'm talking about but that looks brilliant!

No motor. Then again she weighs stacks less and has a much larger range of gears.

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):

  • they don't require the rim to be true (but the rotors still need to be true)
  • they are 'out of the way' with respect to the tyre & rim
  • they are less likely to be contaminated with mud, dirt
  • they won't wear out your rim

Disadvantages include:

  • stopping power can be excessive (ie. the ability to lock up the front wheel is nothing to boast about), but useful off road, particularly when 'holding' on a steep rock, etc.
  • more components to worry about/break
  • no less risk of 'squeal'
  • braking forces are transferred across many components (not an issue with good quality parts though, but cheap ones can fail spectacularly)
  • Much easier to find replacement parts in strange places for rim brakes
  • Some are controlled with hydraulics which are amazing... until you get a leak, then they're crap and hard to fix on the trail (a different topic though).
  • It's something else for things to get tangled in (can be an issue with some panniers, etc).

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.

I'd be guessing but cost and weight? Since I'm not planning to ride through mud or take it on mtb trails I should be okay.

Why a female name?  You should call it "Bob."  It looks like a Bob to me.

Really? I don't see masculine at all. Also Bob is Shaun's Brompton.
I'm actually thinking Vlinder.

I finally got my new bike!!

I decided it's a girl. Her name is Vlinder

Here is Vlinder at the station as part of my multimodal commute. She's sporting one of my favourite panniers from FastRider.

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?

I can assure you it is just the angle of the bike then my standing on an hake to make it fit in the frame.

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.

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