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A Possible Fix?

11 Sep 2007 at 18:04

Maybe I should swap all the components over from the Roadster to a cheap Ribble frame like this

or.. second idea is to swap them over to a cross frame, use that over the winter, then get a road bike in the summer. Ribble and Planet X both do cheap CX frames... however I'd need to spend money on brakes, could be fun though... and winter's going to be pretty grim this year.

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Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

18:10 11 Sep

You could use your pompino for the winter.
If you want to run gears then I'd suggest getting a frame that will take mudguards rather than a full on race frame. I quite fancy one of THESE

matthttp://mattmagic.com

18:35 11 Sep

f-me that's ugly.

Can't I run a crud catcher on a cross frame?

matthttp://mattmagic.com

18:35 11 Sep

anyway that planet x takes guards... or should do.

Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

19:10 11 Sep

> f-me that's ugly.

Nice frame, ugly build. Looks like someone from stw has built it :(

> Can't I run a crud catcher on a cross frame?

No, I'd have to kill you :)

> anyway that planet x takes guards... or should do.

Yeah, does.

Richhttp://blog.dynamite.org

19:11 11 Sep

If you're coming off the Roadster, I suspect you'd find all of those to be shit.

Brakes for a crosser shouldn't cost very much, unless you spend £115 on Paul Components ones like me :)

matthttp://mattmagic.com

19:47 11 Sep

Which do you mean, rich? the ribble road will be shit or the cross bike will be shit. I mean the cross bike to be used as a cross bike, and a road bike appear in the spring... so just re-using the groupset from the roadbike on a cross bike and going all new for 08 on the road.

I can't see the ribble road being shitter than the roadster, I dare say it will ride a lot better in the wind. I'd give up half a mph in forward to spend less time going sideways.

Richhttp://blog.dynamite.org

20:04 11 Sep

If you're using it as a cross bike, the cross frames will obviously be less shit :)

I reckon you'd find the Ribble a letdown after the Roadster. You'd be going from a reasonably high-end frame, to a mass-produced jobber.

My Ribble is certainly rubbish compared with the Lemond.

matthttp://mattmagic.com

20:07 11 Sep

I was banking on it being a bit less crap in the wind. I expect you're right though.

I'll continue looking for something nice, I like the looks of Sunday bikes, round tubes, titanium, not flashy.

Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

20:24 11 Sep

Silk road looks nice.

I can't really imagine you riding a cross bike offroad. If you do though I'll come and watch :)

Richhttp://blog.dynamite.org

20:29 11 Sep

Sunday bikes do look nice, except for them being stupidly short.

Richhttp://blog.dynamite.org

20:45 11 Sep

Actually the expensive one is almost long enough.

Simonhttp://www.simonbarnes.net

20:57 11 Sep

The 52 or 54 would be fine for me. We're not all freakshaped like you Rich :)

Richhttp://blog.dynamite.org

21:14 11 Sep

Phil is freakshaped, I'm just slightly taller than average :)

matthttp://mattmagic.com

21:20 11 Sep

The average bear.

Richhttp://blog.dynamite.org

21:34 11 Sep

Grant is the BGB, not me :)

samurihttp://www.samuri.co.uk

23:17 11 Sep

Matt, you have a pompino.

how much clearer could it be?

Tomhttp://tom.levell.eu

08:06 12 Sep

I've been wondering the same all the way through.

I have a set of Kogswell 120mm spaced wheels in my garage (double fixed but you can use a freewheel which you can have for a special price.

Timhttp://www.thehiddentrail.co.uk

09:26 12 Sep

[i]Matt, you have a pompino.

how much clearer could it be?[/i]

i thought that too :-)

Timhttp://www.thehiddentrail.co.uk

09:27 12 Sep

sorry, in stw mode :-)

Ollyhttp://thinkdrastic.net

14:31 12 Sep

Sod crossers, you want a proper road bike. Something like a Ducati 1098 should do the trick :)

matthttp://mattmagic.com

14:46 12 Sep

I would do, Olly, if it weren't for the fact that motorbikes need to be ridden FAST.

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