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    true - i just love the things
    Me too. Something like a Honda CT110 Postie bike would be cheap to run.





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    Quote Originally Posted by -LJ- View Post
    Me too. Something like a Honda CT110 Postie bike would be cheap to run.


    i'd rather ride a push bike!


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    I`d push my bike before I rode one of those


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    Quote Originally Posted by -LJ- View Post
    Me too. Something like a Honda CT110 Postie bike would be cheap to run.
    a couple of years ago i was looking at getting a scooter ran off a chainsaw motor until victoria changed the laws , so then i was going to get a postie bike as they were dirt cheap to buy and run , fast forward to the present and postie bike cost a fortune even for a broken down one you are still up for a fortune
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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    a couple of years ago i was looking at getting a scooter ran off a chainsaw motor until victoria changed the laws , so then i was going to get a postie bike as they were dirt cheap to buy and run , fast forward to the present and postie bike cost a fortune even for a broken down one you are still up for a fortune
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    Did a test run today, Clayton to Fed Square mostly along Gardiner Creek Trail, some 23km in all supposedly.

    Left home at 0910, arrived at Fed Sq 1040, so 1hr30'. However, I stopped many times to check directions, a few times to adjust my bike - you can fiddle as much as you like when you put on new tyres, but really you just have to ride and see - and got two phone calls, too. So I think I could probably do it in 1hr15' without busting my arse.

    A few lycra-clad greybeards passed me. Those guys are the Volvo drivers of the cycling world - going too fast for safety in case of pedestrians or obstacles, pretty oblivious of others, and with more money than sense.

    Three times a guy would be dinging his bell and pass me, then 600 metres on he'd be struggling and I'd pass him in my stately way... I cycle the same as I used to march in the Army, slow but at a pace I could do for hours and hours.

    Then it was another 10' across the city, and 5' to park my bike, go to the loo and change my shirt. In all, 1hr45'. I think I'll allow 2hr in all, means I'll be setting out from home at 0700 or so.

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    How was the new tyres Kyle? Did you think they were better?


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    It was a bit hard to be sure with all my stops - and some of the route is designed for walkers, not cyclists, lots of sharp turns and little bridges over creeks - but I think it made a difference, yes. With the MTB tyres I just need to push harder, they have more bite into the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle Aaron View Post
    It was a bit hard to be sure with all my stops - and some of the route is designed for walkers, not cyclists, lots of sharp turns and little bridges over creeks - but I think it made a difference, yes. With the MTB tyres I just need to push harder, they have more bite into the road.
    You get used to it all in no time at all and be drifting around those tight corners with style lol.
    The tyres though I think may still be a little heavy but you'll never have punctures as long as you have the pressure up high enough.
    The tyres I use on my 4X mtb are 26x2.1 and are 450g with light weight tubes.
    What pressures do you run while on your trip as this can make a massive difference as well.
    Here are some pressure I like to use
    World Cup 4x style tracks I use about 30psi which feels like jelly.
    Downhill on a hard tail I go for about 40 psi to stop flats but alot less grip.
    BMX style tracks about 60 psi grip isnt an issue.
    And road rides about 80psi to decrease rolling resistance and make an easier ride.


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