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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Looks a great bike Ben, Genesis make some great machines. I bought a Specialized Gravel bike called the Diverge a few years back and really loved it as it felt a bit like my road bike but you could tackle some off road singletrack on it aswell.

    What are the tyres you have on the GENESIS, mine are a bit more like slics but I need some knobblies for the roads at the moment because they are so terrible during this winter weather.
    Thanks for the positive comments!

    It arrived with WTB Nano 700 x 40 tyres which roll well on the road seemingly but still have a bit of tread for the rougher stuff.

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  2. #122
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    Quote Originally Posted by guy View Post
    Hi Ben, nice looking bike.

    I don't know if you are aware, but there is a good bike forum "cycle chat". They have lots of quite active discussions/advice etc on MTB's etc (I tend to spend quite a bit of time on the "vintage" section as I enjoy doing up old steel bikes as a pastime, photo is one of my favourites )




    I am a bit of a "fair weather cyclist", so looking forward to spring and drier roads.
    Thanks fir that, il certainly check out bike chat sounds like a good place to kill some time!

    Your bike looks great, I'm guessing that's a slightly different riding position that modern stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by guy View Post
    Pretty bike. Reminds me of the handmade Fiorelli I had as a lad. Old 'racing' bikes are great, I often wonder if we have actually moved on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoidburg View Post
    Thanks fir that, il certainly check out bike chat sounds like a good place to kill some time!

    Your bike looks great, I'm guessing that's a slightly different riding position that modern stuff?

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    Thanks Riding position is less upright than mountain/gravel bikes (more streamlined - like that makes much difference at my age ). I like drop bars though as they give more options for hand positions than flat bars.
    When I first got back on a racing bike I spent most of the ride "on the tops" or "ramps" as I was no longer flexible/confident enough to get my hands "in the drops". After a few rides though I managed to, and it led to a faster and more exhilarating ride

    I have about ten bikes, including a couple of MTB's - old school, steel and no suspension. One of my frames was built around the same time that I was born: work of art, fast and comfortable
    There is something about classic steel bikes imo.

    This is the state of my Mercian before powder coating and rebuilding (a gift from another member of https://www.cyclechat.net)

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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    Pretty bike. Reminds me of the handmade Fiorelli I had as a lad. Old 'racing' bikes are great, I often wonder if we have actually moved on.

    Fiorelli

    Italian bikes can be works of art, you are right about "old racing bikes".
    In my eyes "form and function" is epitomised by hand-built steel frames

    Modern bikes are lighter (generally), but if you want to save weight have a haircut and a good dump before you ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by guy View Post
    Thanks Riding position is less upright than mountain/gravel bikes (more streamlined - like that makes much difference at my age ). I like drop bars though as they give more options for hand positions than flat bars.
    When I first got back on a racing bike I spent most of the ride "on the tops" or "ramps" as I was no longer flexible/confident enough to get my hands "in the drops". After a few rides though I managed to, and it led to a faster and more exhilarating ride

    I have about ten bikes, including a couple of MTB's - old school, steel and no suspension. One of my frames was built around the same time that I was born: work of art, fast and comfortable
    There is something about classic steel bikes imo.

    This is the state of my Mercian before powder coating and rebuilding (a gift from another member of https://www.cyclechat.net)

    looks like you broke it
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    I commuted by bike until I was pushing sixty and always used a racing bike with flat bars fitted. The last one was an old Puch I'd found dumped, that was like Trigger's broom, near enough the only bits that hadn't worn out and been replaced in the thousands of miles it did were the bars and frame. Funny thing is, I can't for the life of me remember what happened to it!
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    There is a large interest in vintage bikes at the moment amongst cyclists with bikes from the late 1970s to 1980s particularly sought after.

    This vintage scene is very popular and there are quite a few vintage cycle events or there were before the dreaded covid hit!
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    Prices for bikes on eBay have gone mad over the last year. Once we are out of lockdowns there will either be a lot of bikes left in sheds, or lower prices as people try to get rid of them.
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    I have five of my eight to sell when the weather bucks up and lockdown eases. I'll be keeping the other three though .
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