Finally ordered my bike after so much waiting for the cycle2work scheme voucher to arrive
Im getting this: Scott Aspect 950 2013 :: £449.00 :: Bikes & Frames :: Mountain Bikes - 29" Hardtails :: LANGSETT CYCLES. Dawes, Ridgeback, Genesis, WTP, Mongoose,GT, Sunday & Scott Bikes specialist.
And some assorted gubbins (mudguard, helmet, lights, better pedals) hopefully ready this weekend for pickup!
I've never tried a 29er, but people who've tried them say they'd never to back to 26"
The shop guy suggested i try it rather than a 26 as I have long legs and the ride is easier for a beginner as it rolls better because of the bigger wheels.
The only thing i cant have with a 29er is fix-to-hub mudguards and a pannier rack is more expensive because of the mount sizes, but for me thats not a big issue
Good news :-)
Will you be getting clipless pedals?
Also proper cycling trouser/tights make it easier.
Seeing this thread being resurrected has motivated me to get back into cycling to work again, but the wind is ridiculous round here at the moment. I'm struggling with the 0.5 mile journey to and from the gym, its always against me on the way home :(
When we had snow last week, I found it was a lot easier for me to walk! but that takes more time.
Tire Sizing Systems
Mudguards are great!
The height of the actual tyre ontop of the 29er rim would make it rub against the inside of the mudguard according to the guy in the bike shop...but he's ordered me a carbon fiber frame protector and some CrudCatcher post attached mudguards for free
Things like this RRP NeoGuard Fork Mudguard | Evans Cycles are worthwhile too - surprising how much muck gets from the front tyre into your face via the space in front of the bike.
Im not planning on riding through mud at all really, at the moment anyway, but the roads are not great here and as its Britain is often very wet, I will see how i get on with the one's they are fitting for me and if i need something more I can always buy it and fit it later. Im just looking forward to the mile to work and back each day take less time, and being able to go to the gym without relying on a lift or a bus
Welcome to the fold ;-)
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