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JJGEE 16 7.9k 18 England
27 Jul 2011 11:02AM

Quote:wearing pants/underpants

Suppose the solution is not to wear any ! !
digicammad 18 22.0k 40 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2011 11:15AM
One of them. Wink
whipspeed 17 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2011 11:19AM
Most don't wear any under their cycling shorts Wink the other saddle solution to try is one of the saddles with a gap running down the middle or an Adamo saddle, which a few racing people I know have tried.
jimthistle73 17 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2011 11:50AM
Yup - a good pair of padded cycling shorts, coupled with a Charge Spoon saddle will see you right (no pants are the way forward...).

And also, just wanted to second what Munro said back on page one - a cyclocross (CX) bike sounds ideal for you. You can do some pretty demanding offroad stuff on them - I've seen guys at Glentress flying down the black run on them, but they're also going to be a lot faster on road / towpaths etc. They're basically beefed up road bikes with the added advantage of dic brake compatibility (better stopping power ).

A mate of mine has the Genesis Croix-de-Fer which is excellently reviewed and certainly within your budget if you can find a second hand one.
digicammad 18 22.0k 40 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2011 12:15PM
I've also heard banana skins are a good way to prevent chafing! Not for me though, I'm allergic to bananas. Grin
CaptivePhotons 18 1.7k 2 England
27 Jul 2011 9:52PM
I think I've now settled on this one: Lapierre Speed 300

I have to make a decision so please don't try to put me off Tongue
whipspeed 17 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2011 9:07AM
Don't forget to try before you buy. Make sure it is comfortable, for instance I find the top tube of most bikes too long for me and get back ache.
fraser 17 631 14 Scotland
28 Jul 2011 9:52AM

Quote:I think I've now settled on this one: Lapierre Speed 300

I have to make a decision so please don't try to put me off Tongue



Don't want to put you off but that looks like a single speed. You do not want a single speed bike - pure cycling but hard work.
mohikan22 17 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2011 10:03AM
He is WRONG ! it IS NOT A SINGLE SPEED it has intenral gears in the rear hub (8speed)
as a retired bike tech/pro repairer we see these things Grin
Matt.
mohikan22 17 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2011 10:05AM
and to add ( i wasnt being snappish at Fraser, it meant to just be a statement to the contrary) its a very good bike for "round the town and a little country trail ways". halfords sell similar ones in their carrera range calle the subway 8 i believe
fraser 17 631 14 Scotland
28 Jul 2011 11:30AM
I stand corrected, especially when I'm shouted at.Tongue

It's hardly bleeding obvious from the website. It makes no mention of gears that I can see, it has a single chainring and a 20 tooth sprocket, and it looks like a single speed in the photograph. There is a mention of a shifter in the spec, but it's the only thing that suggests it has gears.
whipspeed 17 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2011 12:08PM
Just to add another to the mix. I've got the ladies version of this bike It weighs in at a lot less than most of the bikes, has a good range of gears & carbon forks. I've taken it on the road and off road round a local track and it performs really well.
jimthistle73 17 2.4k 1 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2011 3:43PM
Should do the job nicely, and the Alfine hub will save on lots of maintenance.... But it is a bit fugly - whipspeed's link is much prettier!
whipspeed 17 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
28 Jul 2011 3:44PM
Lighter & a few more gears for going uphill too Smile
cambirder 17 7.2k England
28 Jul 2011 4:40PM

Quote:& a few more gears


More is not always better, and it is difficult to compare hub gears with derailleur gears which always have a batch of duplicate gears which is why the 14 speed hub geared bike I have just ordered gives me just as many gears as the 27 speed derailleur geared bike I'm currently using without the hassle of doubling changing every time I need to select a different chain ring. A hub gear also lets you select any gear when you are stationary which is a handy feature.

P.S. I know you have already pushed the budget but if you can stretch to the Speed 400 it comes with the newer, lighter and superior 11 speed Alfine.

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