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Discussion in 'Sports' started by pinewood, Jan 26, 2018.

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do you like it?

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  1. pinewood
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    I think i'm in love ....

    This beauty is out of those back alley stores near trendy Shoreditch, I can see those handlebars going onto the Rapid 001.jpg 002.jpg 003.jpg 004.jpg 005.jpg 006.jpg 007.jpg
     
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    Good components, not sure about the retro look
     
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    Really?
    I actually love the retro vibe. Once youngest is out of Uni, it will be such a steed, or an audio upgrade to the X3
     
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    If they only made those bars, differently, flat bar with the hangover, that would make a 29er the perfect all round companion

    Edit - they do and I’m tempted
    AEBE491C-5275-4B42-80E5-C5AEC4023420.jpeg

    Ps lovely looking bike
     
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    https://www.alpkit.com/products/love-mud-confucius

    Not the best component, nor manufacturing technique, though they’d be very purposeful

    I’m giving serious thought to giving them a try as I’ve found my 29er an accomplished all rounder
    At £35 theyre very cheap, once tried and proved may search for Another

    Ps the Sonder bikes is worth a look, can’t recall a bad review!
     
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    I love em, order shall be placed in a month or two, but not for the 29er, prefer to keep that as a pure trail bike. The Rapid however will look great with those. Will probably cut them back to 740mm, so i can filter through traffic easily
     
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    I love that - especially the Retro look (shows my age). The bars look comfortable, full mudguards - sensible.
    Not too sure about that front chain ring and the 10 speed rear block. :confused: I would personally go with a Rohloff Speedhub - it suits the Retro image, as well as working much better.

    rohloff-oem-speedhub.jpg
     
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    Yeah works for me. But if you want retro you can't beat the real thing !
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    Kindest Regards
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    I remember your thread and history behind the super galaxy
    A real credit.
     
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    Are you sitting comfortably? Then I shall begin.
    The Galaxy was my Christmas present in 1977 when I was just about to turn 14.
    I remember seeing my Dad (Bless him) trying to sneak it up the drive on Christmas Eve.
    It cost somewhere in the region of £300 which as you can imagine was a lot of money then.
    I had a group of 5 friends who were all into touring and it replaced a Puch Free Spirit 10 speed that was well used.
    Needless to say over the next 3 or 4 years we covered a huge mileage together it was not uncommon to rack up 150 miles a day.
    We joined the local CTC and always went on the Sunday rides. The local group were all in their 60's and above and suddenly a bunch ot teenagers turned up.
    They tolerated us very well and we learnt a lot from them.
    Then at 17 I discovered the motor car and the Galaxy went into semi retirement.
    In the mid 80's as I was no longer using it I gave it to my brother who lives near Oxford as he thought it would be handy for nipping into town etc.
    Then about 5 years ago I noticed a bit of a 70's revival going on. They were starting to appear around London and I chanced upon a few magazine articles.
    A quick call to my brother revealled the Galaxy had been unused for at least 20 years and had last been seen behind his shed.
    So I reclaimed it.
    IMG_20140927_101843.jpg The frame was sent to Argos racing cycles in Bristol who did a great job even down to the year specific Reynolds 531 decal.
    When the bike was ordered Dawes had just dropped the chrome rear stays much to my disappointment 40 odd years later I finally got them.
    The wheels were rebuilt using the original hubs and rims.
    My brother had replaced the saddle and handlebars so a new Brookes B17 was my Christmas present that year.
    The randonneur bars were picked up on eBay as were the original Suntour power shift gear levers which somebody in Poland still had unopened in the box.
    Everthing else is original.
    Needless to say it only comes out on sunny days. It is an absolute joy to ride, you can feel every bit of effort flow through the frame from the pedals to the back wheel.
    When ever you stop gentlemen of a certain age will have a double take and then come over for a chat.
    Sadly Susan won't let me mount it on the wall in the lounge so it's currently in the shed under a coat of wax waiting for the spring.

    Kindest Regards
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    A superb piece of kit Carl. I would have kept the original pedals, but that's just me.

    The saddlebag is a good idea - somewhere to keep a big lock and chain; I'd be fearful of parking it anywhere given the thieving scumbags that exist nowadays.
     
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    high end value bikes should never be left locked up outside in my view, too many scroats walking about. Ideally I would carry two D Locks on every ride, but that's not practical.
     
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    Just pulled the trigger on those bars - pics when it arrives and mounted ;)
     
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    Mine gets left at the station, no choice. Its either that or I take the car, which wont do it any good - 2 miles each way.
     
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    Dahm!
    Can I request a full review [please]
     
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    I'd change the bars, but otherwise I love it
     
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    There's always the commuters favourite - Brompton

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    Not this commuters favourite. I hate them.
     

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