- old steel road frame? yay or nay?
ok, i’m not a roadie. i detest groups of lycra clad
nonces…err… cyclists ( :wink:) and don’t want to join their ranks.
… but i do quite like the idea of jumping on my bike for an hour or two in the evening and burning off a few beers/pig leg/brezen.
i don’t like carbon and i don’t care how many gramms i can save using “x” cranks and “y” wheels. i’m not a weight weenie.
trawling through ebay last night i found this (steel roadie). looks like it could be what i need to get rolling.
yay or nay?
or rather i’m 5’7″. is a 50cm frame too small for me? i like small bikes with knobbly tyres.
yay or nay?
cheersPosted 4 years agobrassneckSubscriber
Bit lighter probably. Don’t notice any reduction in comfort as for British roads I find 25mm tyres better anyway. Don’t rust if you ignore them in your shed.Posted 4 years ago
If you want a steel one for aesthetic reasons then go for it (though not necessarily that one), but there seem to be a lot of hipster wannabees spending silly money on any old shed with horizontal ish drop outs just because it’s steel, thus reducing the bargains to be had.
If you just want a cheap, usable road bike to get out on then don’t discount the 2nd hand alloy market, that’s all. I would try and get carbon forks if possible though, alloy forks are noticeably more harsh even to a dimwit like me.dannybgoodeSubscriber
Generally sound advice there from brassneck and agree 50cm is too small.
That said I would always go for a steel frame with steel forks – love the way a really good one rides.
But, if you’re just getting in to the whole roadie thing then looking at alloy ones is a good shout as it broadens you market and if you find you like the whole road experience there’s nothing stopping you hunting down your dream road ride.
Danny BPosted 4 years ago
I have one for salePosted 4 years ago
50cm will probably be too small, but ‘yay’ in principle – older steel frames can be great. I do most of my road miles on my ’92 MBK HPF frame (albeit with more recent components, and somewhat wider gearing than it originally had), and I find it’s very comfortable, even on it’s mismatched low end wheels. You might find some stuff a bit of a challenge to service / match up, but if you can live with compromises you’ll be fine.
(Friction shifting will get you out of almost anything! 😛 )
Granted, I am a bit of a flat-earther about bicycles, but I do love the feel of a good, well thought-out steel frame. Indifferent steel frames are out there too tho’ – so good luck picking through them.Posted 4 years ago
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