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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:52 am 
Dirt Disciple

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I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right section because I'm not interested in drop-handle racer type bikes, I'm looking for a purely comfort + style bike preferably with hub gears.

I saw a photo of a 1930's Hawthorne Zep and I thought "oh yes, I want one of those!" but I seriously doubt I could buy one for £500 ($800 US).

*drools*
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My other choice is a Pashley Roadster which would be just within my budget and it's brand new:
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I don't care if the bike is modern or vintage but I do want it to be a traditional steel framed bike built to high standards. Any suggestions on what bikes might be available to me? I'm in the southwest of England btw.

edit* I wish the forum allowed longer subject titles. :idea:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 2:46 pm 
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Have a look at the Felt range of cruisers the 7 spd Heritage could be right up your street.£spd's nice too. Can't find a UK price though maybe need to find a local Felt dealer.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:56 pm 
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Ooh, now that's pretty. :)
Felt Cruisers seem to be a rarity in the UK, the closest match I've found so far is the Nirve Fifty-Three - no brakes though.

http://www.chopperdome.co.uk/Images/Nirve%20copyright%20pictures/53glossblack.jpg

I want to see these bikes up-close, it's hard to tell from glossy air-brushed website photos whether a bike is well-finished or just "plasticky" but I don't think there are any bike stores in my area that stock cruisers.

I guess it's the price you pay if you want a bike that nobody else has got; they have to be hard to find or everyone would have one already.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:33 pm 
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Huh. My posts aren't posting. :?
One more try:

Ooh, now that's pretty. :)
Felt Cruisers seem to be a rarity in the UK, the closest match I've found so far is the Nirve Fifty-Three - no brakes though.
http://www.chopperdome.co.uk/Images/Nirve%20copyright%20pictures/53glossblack.jpg

I want to see these bikes up-close, it's hard to tell from glossy air-brushed website photos whether a bike is well-finished or just "plasticky" but I don't think there are any bike stores in my area that stock cruisers.

I guess it's the price you pay if you want a bike that nobody else has got; they have to be hard to find or everyone would have one already.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:35 pm 
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I thought you would like it :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:39 pm 
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What's going on? Can anyone else see my posts? I posted twice but they show as blank for me. :?:


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blank, blank and better :)


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:51 pm 
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Cool Mint wrote:
What's going on? Can anyone else see my posts? I posted twice but they show as blank for me. :?:

Fixed, be careful with those url tags :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:13 pm 
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Ah, thanks Kaiser and John. I forgot about that url thing.

Damn, I've got £500 burning a hole in my pocket and I've still got to wait!
I really like the look of the Pashley but I don't want to blow money on the wrong bike. There used to be a shop in Exeter selling chopper bicycles; that was years ago and I've never been in there but maybe they stock cruisers.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 03, 2009 10:36 pm 
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My local shop (Atkins in Leamington) used to do some cruiser style bikes as per the first pictured. Unsure of the brand.

Alternately the Pashleys look sweet and have a little British history too. Particularly like the guv'nor although understand it's a bit more than you want to spend...


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