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SlowRower

New bike!

I've just taken delivery of my new bike. A humble steed in comparison to many ridden by JC regulars, but a new bike is a new bike! (And half funded by the taxpayer, as sourced via the Cycle To Work scheme.)

It's a Boardman Pro Hybrid, which is essentially a road bike in "sit up and beg" shape, with disc brakes and a carbon front fork. I hope its functionality exceeds its looks, as to be frank, it's an ugly brute. Not only that, but it has SRAM gears.

It weighs in at just under 10kg including pedals and aerobars. Not exactly threatening the UCI regulations, but much lighter than the old bike and comparable with road bikes in the same price range.

When I find my camera cable, I'll post a picture, so you can truly appreciate its ugliness.
thunderthighs

pictures please ... ciao
Bartali

Re: New bike!

I hope to see you on it next time I see you in Blackfriars .... now that would be a good training ride!
SlowRower

You don't think I'm actually going to ride it, do you?

New bikes are for looking at, picking up and balancing on one finger (never been able to do that before!) and tapping the fork with a finger nail to prove it's carbon. Smile

I have sat on it already, though. I can feel the Boardman-designed saddle getting the chop fairly soon. I can only conclude our respective rear-end shapes have as much in common as our respective lung capacities. Sad
CapeRoadie

Pics please
SlowRower

http://www.boardmanbikes.com/hybrid/hybrid_pro.html

Here's the official picture. Mine is every bit as ugly, albeit with SPD pedals. Mine also has some mud on it after its maiden voyage yesterday, which is obviously not good news!

Overall, it handles pretty much identically to its much sturdier predecessor, but has has vastly superior gear changes and accelerates a lot faster. (Or at least it would if the rider was in decent shape!)

The brakes are stunningly good. I proved last year that I could climb like Cancellara - with the new stopping power at my disposal, I'll feel confident having a proper go at proving I can't descend like him!
thunderthighs

aw !!!!
maffy

i like the boardman hybrids. they're sensible. i'd quite like some disc brakes too, but i'd probably go for bb7s. aerobars too, eh?
SlowRower

Maffy,

Aerobars are all part of my fantasy to become Leeds' answer to Big Fabian.

Due to a quirk of the purchase scheme, I had to specify the amount I wanted to spend before the end of last year and by the time the voucher came through, Halfords was having a sale on the "Stan" Boardman range, so I had some extra cash to waste on this fantasy. (There are no refunds on the voucher.)

I'd already had some ridiculously expensive - by my reckoning - pedals added, gallons of lube and cleaner, a pair of gloves "guaranteed" to keep my hands warm and a trendy 15-item toolkit thrown in, so the bars were pretty much all that was left to waste my money on!
MAILLOT JAUNE

Hope you enjoy your new bike SR, I'm afraid, I just don't like Boardman (Chris or Stan)
SlowRower

MAILLOT JAUNE wrote:
I just don't like ...Stan


You miserable Messerschmitt. Smile
paperman

Well wear with it! I wouldn't mind trying hydraulic brakes but doubt I will be any time soon.
SlowRower

I can thoroughly recommend a bike with hydraulic brakes. Being able to decelerate to a standstill from 40mph down a 10% hill using only the little fingers is quite something.
Bartali

Try descending down a 13% hill on a fixed with just your legs to stop you!!!
CapeRoadie

Enjoy your beautiful new bike!
SlowRower

Bartali wrote:
Try descending down a 13% hill on a fixed with just your legs to stop you!!!


That would require a level of skill and bravery that I've never possessed. I was brought up on an indoor rowing machine, where to "brake" you simply put the handle down and switched the monitor off. Even changing gear challenges my multitasking skills. Smile
paperman

I'm now in the market for a new bike I have a specialized langster about 4 years old which has developed a crack along the chain stay......bollox Sad ... and I liked the bike.....Maybe I'll chance the new Langster steel, via the cycle to work scheme.
Bartali

Paperman - quite a few singlespeed  fixie bikes on the market these days.  Far more choice than when you bought your original Langster.  Alternatively ... you could get a lovely old italian frame of ebay and build your own?
Guiness

SlowRower wrote:
http://www.boardmanbikes.com/hybrid/hybrid_pro.html


I like the white...! Happy times. I hope you are enjoying it.
SlowRower

Guiness wrote:
SlowRower wrote:
http://www.boardmanbikes.com/hybrid/hybrid_pro.html


I like the white...! Happy times. I hope you are enjoying it.


It's very nice, I have to say. It's lighter than its predecessor and has much better gears, but it's the handling that I really notice. It's a case of man and machine in something like harmony going down hill and round corners, so I'm going faster without having to put any more effort in. Smile

How's Mrs Guiness getting on with her Boardman?
Guiness

SlowRower wrote:


How's Mrs Guiness getting on with her Boardman?


Mrs Guiness. Not just yet but nearly there.  Very Happy  Yes she is liking the Boardman. Get quite a lot of bike for that money. It is in storage at the moment as she is on her TT bike quite a bit.

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