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  • Being seduced by the dark side * now have a bike!*

     Steve Kish updated 11 years, 7 months ago 7 Members · 38 Posts
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  • Abzz

    Member
    20 May 2009 at 12:43 pm

    OK Guys, I love my MTB and enjoy using it on the trails

    BUT, i am having a hankering to buy a cheap S/H road bike from e-bay as well, so I can use for going further afield as and when I fell the urge, also would make the commute to work easier.

    So as I know even less about road bikes than I know about MTB 🙄

    Whats the basics I need to have. I ride a 17″ MTB frame, can I just convert that to cm to get my ideal frame size for a road bike?

    I am 5’8″ and have 29″ inside leg and fairly short arms 😳

    At this stage I dont want a race winner, just somthing thats lighter and more built for the road than my MTB. What is the lowest I can spend?

    Any bargins out there?

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    20 May 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Whats the basics I need to have. I ride a 17″ MTB frame, can I just convert that to cm to get my ideal frame size for a road bike?

    No, doesn’t work like that. At 5ft 8ins, you’ll be looking at about a 22-inch road frame. I’m 6ft, have 19-inch MTB frames but a 23 1/2-inch road frame.

  • Abzz

    Member
    20 May 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Ah Steve, thanks for the reply, thought I had asked the wrong questions there for a while! 😀

    So about a 55 / 56cm road frame (they seem to come in cms)

    So how many gears do I need minimum? what should I avoid.

    Would I be able to pick somthing decent up for £150 – 200 S/H?

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    20 May 2009 at 6:21 pm

    Yup, you’d find something reasonable S/H with a bit of luck.

    Look for summat with (say) Reynolds 531C tubing (or at the very least, some kind of seamless mandrel-drawn tubing) and indexed gears, 14, 16 or 18 if you’re lucky. Nice wide ratio block, but you won’t need as wide a ratio as a MTB. Summat like 53/39 and 13-25 would be fine.

    Consider having one with mudguards if you’re gonna commute, unless you’re able to do without it on wet days.

    The whole key is to find one, go and see it and ride it. If it’s cumfy, you may well be OK.

    Post some prospective eBay ones here and we’ll let you know. 😀

  • Richard A Thackeray

    Member
    20 May 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I ride a 17″ MTB frame, can I just convert that to cm to get my ideal frame size for a road bike?

    I am 5’8″ and have 29″ inside leg and fairly short arms

    I’m about that height too, but have a slightly longer leg (long thighs) & ride these sizes;

    My Dyna-Tech is a 54.5 C-C (saddle as far back as it goes, with a 12cm stem)

    The Ridley is a ‘M’ (53cm C-C, saddle & stem as above, but a longish top-tube)

    The Expede 1.0 is a ‘M’ (53cm C-C, but it’s a cross-bike, so slightly smaller/shorter)

    All with 172.5mm cranks

    Nice wide ratio block, but you won’t need as wide a ratio as a MTB. Summat like 53/39 and 13-25 would be fine

    Dyna-Tech has 52/39 rings & 12-21 (8-speed) block, & is fine on the hills around here (even HolmeMoss & Snake Pass)

    Ridley is 53/39 & 12-25!

    Got to agree with your suggestion, but 13/23 would give closer ratios

    Consider having one with mudguards if you’re gonna commute, unless you’re able to do without it on wet days

    Not really an option for commuting in the UK, more of a necessity! (wouldn’t be without mine on the Dyna-Tech, even though they’re the silly Salmon ‘Profiles’)

  • Abzz

    Member
    20 May 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Cheers Guys I would probably take the car in the rain 😳

    Here are a couple, the first has a naff maker and the second will probably go over my price, what do you think?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=220415825467

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&item=260413992978

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    20 May 2009 at 10:53 pm

    The Claud Butler looks much better – those bars will need twisting downwards a bit though …. jeez!!

    With a triple clanger, you’d never be short of a gear. 8)

  • Gunner

    Member
    21 May 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Both look pretty good for the prices, just depends what they end up going up to, shouldn’t be too high I would have thought.

    I’d go for the Claude Butler too 😉

  • Abzz

    Member
    21 May 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I agree I like the CB better but it is up now up to £101 with nearly 4 days to go 🙁

  • Abzz

    Member
    22 May 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Bugger he has pulled the Claude Butler from auction so somone must have come in with an offer. 🙁

    Back to the drawing board 🙄

  • Gunner

    Member
    22 May 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Unless he’s been reading this Thread and realised what anice little bike he’s got………….. 😆 😆

    Hard luck 🙁

  • Abzz

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 9:55 pm

    OK Chaps I got outbid on a nice Giant SCR 4 today 😥

    How about this, another CB San Remo, this ones much more tatty so will need a bit of TLC 😕

    What do you think? worth a punt?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/CLAUD-BUTLER-SAN-REMO-HAND-BUILT-ROAD-RACER-BIKE-21_W0QQitemZ380126576957QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Bikes_GL?hash=item58814f413d&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Frame is too small! He’s measured it wrongly …. see the Q and A. 🙁

  • Abzz

    Member
    28 May 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Frame is too small! He’s measured it wrongly …. see the Q and A. 🙁

    But a 54cm (21 1/2″) is a medium and thats what is recomended for my height / inside leg on the size guides?

    That is also what Rich T rides and he is about my height???

    I am confused now 🙁

  • Steve Kish

    Member
    29 May 2009 at 10:18 am

    You measure frames from the centre of the crank to the top of the seat tube where it meets the top tube.

    This bloke has measured it right to the top of the seat tube. As the seat tube extends above where it meets the top tube, this measurement is inaccurate. Looks to be about a 20-inch frame, TBH.

    Also, he’s measured the top tube from seat post to ‘the stem’. Does he mean headtube ….. ‘stem’ could be to the centre bolt.

    I’d ask him for proper measurements, as it’s a bit too far for a ‘pop up and have a look’ visit.

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