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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:10 pm 
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I can get a Kona Sutra on the Ride to Work scheme for £550.

I like the mountain bike looks and tourer style but I have been thinking of a classic galaxy as well.

I'm new to road bikes and wondered about advantages/disadvantages and whether anyone had ridden a Kona sutra?

Also is 30 pounds too heavy for a tourer?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:18 pm 
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The galaxy has a long history, but the Kona has the modern looks, if it was my money, I'd plump for the Kona, just becase of the name. If you are looking for a touring bike have a look at the CTC forum, they will answer this question with pleasure.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:58 pm 
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I wasted alot of money on a modern Galaxy and a Claud Butler Dalesman - they were rubbish - no twang in the frame, no nice 'feel'

I also had the 26" wheel Dawes Sardar which is similar to the Galaxy but is meant for heavy touring/ expedition.

Again, heavy rubbish - not quite sure at whom they're aimed at anymore.

I've had more fun with a rebuilt mystery 531 frame with canti mounts and some modern parts.

Try drops on a sorted MTB frame.... :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:05 pm 
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Interesting. I had thought about drops on a MTB but i thought it might feel a bit cramped and no big wheel benefit.

I want it quite upright as when i've tried racer racers I feel really uncomfortable. What about a retro galaxy?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:21 pm 
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this was hilarious and turned out to be very comfortable:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:49 pm 
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What about a surley long haul trucker ?, unless you want to carry a load look for what they used to call Audax frames, its a a racing bike that will take mudguards and a rack. what about a cyclocross bike ? many of them come with all the braze ons for racks & mudguards, have alook at the specilised tricross, not as fast as a Audax bike but a little easyer to get hold of.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:08 pm 
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30lbs is about right for an average tourer. Modern Galaxies, like legrandfromage said, are a bit on the agricultural side of a ride but great fun nonetheless.
The Kona sounds lovely but the thieves will think so as well if your parking is vulnerable at work. Ancient, tarty tourers cost bobbins ( like my 27" frame Longstaff ) and can negate your need to go for the Bike To Work payment option.
Either way, ancient or modern, have a go at loading up the bike with a decent set of panniers and lashings of ginger beer and take it out for a picnic.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:41 pm 
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Agency_Scum wrote:
Either way, ancient or modern, have a go at loading up the bike with a decent set of panniers and lashings of ginger beer and take it out for a picnic.


Wow, that is fantastic! Thank you for that. I have been born in the wrong era...Tweed jacket, pipe, bartholmew touring map and off into the countryside!

What have we done to our countryside since then?

What really strikes me is that the same fantastic camaraderie that exists amongst those cyclists exists on this website!!

That video deserves it's own thread!


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How tall are you? I'm doing a 23" Norman Fay 531 touring frame up at the mo.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:02 pm 
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I'm 5ft 7inches. Norman Fay means nothing to me I'm afraid being completely ignorant of the ways of the road!


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