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Re: All work and no play...

19 July 2015 - 9:23pm
Vorpal,
I hope I can do this more often.

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

19 July 2015 - 12:50am
deliquium wrote:Bicycler wrote:Lovely looking bike deliquium

Thanks Bicycler. Early tentative days but I'm loving it Who says a saddlebag swinging, mudguarded (and flapped) roads only man can't change his spots?

Very surprised at the easy rolling 1.9" Schwalbe Landcruisers on tarmac and they're quiet also. I thought they would drive me mad = WRONG

The limited, so far, rough stuff dry hardpack also feels good and confident.

Plus they only cost £18.95 for TWO inc postage

I found the same with 700x 40's L/C's though I now mostly ride Hypers for tarmac and the type of RS surfaces you've been riding.
Though if it's going to be really mucky L/C's do offer more traction and positive handling.

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

18 July 2015 - 5:16pm
Bicycler wrote:Lovely looking bike deliquium

Thanks Bicycler. Early tentative days but I'm loving it Who says a saddlebag swinging, mudguarded (and flapped) roads only man can't change his spots?

Very surprised at the easy rolling 1.9" Schwalbe Landcruisers on tarmac and they're quiet also. I thought they would drive me mad = WRONG

The limited, so far, rough stuff dry hardpack also feels good and confident.

Plus they only cost £18.95 for TWO inc postage

Re: All work and no play...

18 July 2015 - 10:37am
I've used work trips to go for a bike ride a time or two

I've even taken my bike with me (and paid for the baggage fees, myself) a couple of times.

Re: All work and no play...

18 July 2015 - 9:47am
I don't get to do this everyday. Maybe I'll get the desk and computer set up for next time. Loved it.

Re: All work and no play...

18 July 2015 - 1:31am
That's not fair at least put a desk and a computer on your bike

You lucky pup

Re: All work and no play...

17 July 2015 - 10:40pm
Hi,
WOW................looks like heaven to me, yep hard on the hands rear and feet.

All work and no play...

17 July 2015 - 10:29pm
Even a work trip can be an opportunity to get out on the bike. Cortina d'Ampezzo is a delightful place for a ride.
http://www.farawayvisions.com/solo-in-the-dolomites/

Re: Longitude to date

17 July 2015 - 10:17pm
Can't comment on the complete bike but I bought a frameset a few months back. I wanted a practical bike that would take a hub gear, large tyres with mudguards and racks, I was going to buy a surly ogre but the genesis was cheaper and didn't have such a stupid name. I fitted a pair of trekking wheels with 47mm Schwalbe Landcruiser tyres which I already had and so far haven't felt the need to upgrade to anything wider, much of my riding is on narrow Devon lanes with often very poor surfaces and just a little off road stuff.
I would second what reohn2 said about how stable and predicable it feels. My main impression is that it is a really long bike, in fact the front wheel is so far ahead of the bottom bracket that Coco the Clown would have no toe overlap issues.
Sadly the latest Longitude is no longer cheaper than the Surly, however if you work in a circus?
Mike

Re: Longitude to date

17 July 2015 - 3:46pm
I've had mine for over six months,long enough to draw a considered opinion.
Not much more to say than in the first impressions thread really the bike's great everything works as it should,except the OBB chainset which can only be described a rubbish system which is already making a ticking when under hard pedalling,though no play in it as yet,it's the only thing on the bike that I can really criticise.
I've just changed the brake calipers for BB7s mainly because they give more spoke clearance on the front,but also the three other disc braked bikes I own have BB7's,so it standardises maintenance and pads etc.
It's no criticism of the Spykes fitted as standard just personal preference though the original Organic pads wore through within 250miles in winter muck and mud.
I replaced them with Clarks sintered pads which are lasting but can be noisy when heated up.

Another small point which was irritating,I had to replace the seatpost collar(which quite simply was cheap and nasty and should have no palce on such a bike and wouldn't hold the seatpost in place )with a Salsa one same as fitted to my Vaya's which is very good well made kit.


The bike is very stable,very predictable,safe as houses handling even at 25mph on quite rough gravel descents,it simply goes where it's pointed without deviation,and with the big 2.4 in tyres at low pressures(15psi fr/30psi r)is very comfy even at speed on off road gravelly tracks,with no nasty surprises.


To sum it up,I waited a while for such a bike to come along for the type of MTBing I do,it ticked almost all the boxes,and quite simply I'm loving it
The downside is ,Genesis in their infinite wisdom have inexplicably totally changed it for next year so much so that the new one is a Longitude in name only,more about the Longitude and silliness of Genesis' current example hear:- http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic ... e-thoughts

Re: Longitude to date

17 July 2015 - 9:48am
Thanks but both those threads are 'first impressions' was hoping for an update now a few months have passed.

Re: Longitude to date

17 July 2015 - 9:13am
reohn2 is your man: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=93462
Some useful info here too: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=92974

Longitude to date

17 July 2015 - 7:44am
Any Longitude owners care to share experience to date.
Interested in any mods/upgrades you have made not adding bits but changing/replacing original equipment.

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

16 July 2015 - 9:12pm
Lovely looking bike deliquium

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

16 July 2015 - 8:04pm
deliquium wrote: .....UP IT? ON a tandem? RESPECT. Its had a lot of new drainage work done and hence lots of rather large gravel/stone loose surfacing in parts. Going up will be interesting on the steep parts - on a SOLO? .......

I've just been reminded by Mrs R2 that we did walk some of it


No, but I will before next week is out That's the way the Snowdon Marathon runners descend - at least one's knees on a bike going very very slowly won't take that kind of beating
It'll be a doddle on you trusty steed

I might be ?
You just need to get over the fear of getting dirty

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

16 July 2015 - 5:18pm
reohn2 wrote:Immaculate preparation and build as always,just need a pair of ugly black SKS's to finish it
I try and avoid plastic components (and bikes), as you probably know/guessed

reohn2 wrote:It's not a bad track that one,Mrs R2 and I have ridden up it on the tandem ,but we were quite a bit younger then
UP IT? ON a tandem? RESPECT. Its had a lot of new drainage work done and hence lots of rather large gravel/stone loose surfacing in parts. Going up will be interesting on the steep parts - on a SOLO?

reohn2 wrote:BTW,Have you tried the one from Waunfawr over to Llanberis?
The climb out of Waunfawr is tarmac(ish) and the descent is similar to the 'old road' you were on today.
No, but I will before next week is out That's the way the Snowdon Marathon runners descend - at least one's knees on a bike going very very slowly won't take that kind of beating

reohn2 wrote:You're hooked,admit it
I might be ?

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

15 July 2015 - 7:19pm
Immaculate preparation and build as always,just need a pair of ugly black SKS's to finish it
It's not a bad track that one,Mrs R2 and I have ridden up it on the tandem ,but we were quite a bit younger then

BTW,Have you tried the one from Waunfawr over to Llanberis?
The climb out of Waunfawr is tarmac(ish) and the descent is similar to the 'old road' you were on today.

You're hooked,admit it

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

15 July 2015 - 6:59pm
As a very late (always) adopter - here's my tentative SPD sandal toed dip into having a bike that will cope with DRY hard packed forest roads and bridleways. Encouraged by reohn2

Rode 10 miles up the Gwynant today as far as the Pen Y Gwryd Hotel and returned via the stony 'old road'

I didn't fall off or have any major concerns I think I might get to like the non tarmac thang

1990 Raleigh 'Blueridge' 531 frame/chromoly forks - got for free/karma off a wonderfully nice chap on http://www.retrobike.co.uk

The story in pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/obswerve/ ... 8805712932



Re: Fat Bikes

12 July 2015 - 2:34pm
A good blog. I like his quote, "Don't forget that fat tyres slow you down...In a good way."

I'm guilty in that most things to me in life end up being a race which has taken it's toll in all sorts of ways. I am enjoying learning to slow up........b

Re: Fat Bikes

12 July 2015 - 1:40pm
hamish wrote:I know..... but with a mixed terrain commute of blacktop cycle path, followed by beach followed by a bit of gravel the fat bike is great. Then again, when I commute without riding the beach due to tide or time constraints, I really don't feel the bike to be too heavy. I am probably a bit odd though and the ride is only 11miles. The best bit is when you get a SW gale and drop onto the beach and get blown for miles.... On the way home on those windy days I avoid the beach and a gale force headwind.

Without overstating it... I think what I mean is that the weight and drag of the bike is not half as bad as people seem to expect. For the right route It all adds up to a great way to cycle. For example... I rode Abergavenny to Neath - some 50 to 60 miles, 90% off road. It was a superb day and I feel that the fatbike was perfect for the job. I would not use a fat bike to ride the road equivalent of the same route.
The old saying 'If it feels good do it' springs readily to mind.
If you're happy being fat that's all that matters

I agree about 29+. I nearly went for a longitude as half way house and now they have gone! That's a shame as it was nearly perfect. One thing Surly do seem to do is keep producing models that work. Genesis have given Surly a run for their money on a few bikes- only to veer off in another direction.
Weird innit,you get the formula right,and I do believe they did with the Longitude,then drop it after only a years production,there had to be a lot more production in it than that,surely.
There's only a couple of small tweeks I'd make to it for a perfect bike.
It's strange change in course for Genesis,I can't get my head around their decision it's a retrograde step they'll regret IMHO .
I'm glad I got one when I did

Cass Gilbert sums fat bike touring up quite nicely here: http://www.whileoutriding.com/bike-talk/touring-in-south-america-on-a-fat-bike
Interesting account,with some great photos

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