Spending, say, a grand, on a bike to ride, in order to have less bikes.

legrandefromage

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Having ridden around Kingsands, Cawsand and the lumpier bits around Torpoint on an old Gazelle cx bike, it wasnt so bad with a big ring up the front.
 

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Having ridden around Kingsands, Cawsand and the lumpier bits around Torpoint on an old Gazelle cx bike, it wasnt so bad with a big ring up the front.

Fair play, if you want to big ring it πŸ’ͺ. But I personally like to spin up the climbs a bit, save the knees πŸ˜‚..
Equally the above are less extreme bits of Devon/Cornwall in terms of leg breakers, but difficult if using the big ring. Making me feel like a sh#t cyclist posting this up πŸ€£πŸ˜†
 

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For the record, I didn't post the bit of OS map because it's an exceptionally hilly spot, but rather because it's a fair example of what surrounds me.

Obviously there are way fitter cyclists than me out there, and bigger hills than the ones I can see out of my back window. I'm a 45 year old man, in a hilly area, with creaky knees who wants to cycle more. Besides I've always tended to be more of a spinner than a masher. Low gears are more critical than high ones and based on my other bikes I'd say that the gearing on the on one would be about right as a compromise, especially assuming I prefer not to get off and push it when I hit a 1:5

Obviously I get that 1x is a compromise. I also ride a single speed bike. Most people would say it's geared too low but it suits me.

Anyway I've sort of made a start at building up the Dawes Synthesis. It will have a triple chainset. Besides I can't really afford a new bike at he moment, and I like old stuff.
 

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There is a reason they are called 'push bikes' you know

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