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Last Post 05/08/2016 07:36 PM by Frederick Jones. 35 Replies.
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longslowdistance

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02/15/2016 04:54 PM
I want another bike.

This one would be for short rides, to the pool or grocery store. Upright bars, fenders and an internal hub like an 8 speed nexus would be ideal.

Searching around the web, found this Focus bike:
http://www.focus-bikes.com/us/en/bikes/2016/allround/urban-planet/planet-pro-plus.html
belt drive, very cool, probably too expensive but I'm intrigued. Anyone know anything about Focus bikes?

Any other suggestion would be appreciated.
Dale

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02/15/2016 05:19 PM
This was the pinnacle of cool. Unfortunately Bianchi screwed up the lines on this bike a couple years ago and it now looks just like an ordinary bike. Find a used one and buy it.



I like the Focus but the Bianchi is cooler.
Orange Crush

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02/15/2016 05:57 PM
The Bianchi is better in that it has a chain guard. If you are going to bike in your civilian outfit, pants can get caught in chain with Focus. Not cool.

But a fully covered chain as per Dutch bikes is way better. And those are also waaay cooler. These two still look like some awkward compromise between I don't know what. Neither qualifies as an upright. And what the heck is up with saddle on Bianchi.
smokey52

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02/15/2016 06:32 PM
Have you checked Rivendell or a Rans crank-forward?
longslowdistance

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02/15/2016 08:21 PM
Will do.
BTW, the Focus uses a belt drive.
OC: the Linus Dutch 8 is on my radar. Way overpriced, but just perfect in black.
Orange Crush

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02/16/2016 11:42 AM
That looks better LSD. Still only partial chain cover and a half-ass rack that no adult could catch a ride on (the dutch way), plus it's a girl's bike! OK, my dad has one of these low instep ones now too given that he's in his mid-70s and swinging that leg over bar has gotten a little harder.

Looks like you need to score a trip to Amsterdam and bring one home at reasonable price.
longslowdistance

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02/16/2016 02:11 PM
I'd love to go to Amsterdam and score.
Cosmic Kid

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02/16/2016 02:33 PM
Here is your answer.....late 90's Schwinn Panther. Classic cruiser / cantilever style frame, but built on MTB geometry. Could be set up for either single speed, fixed gear, internal geared hub or rear derailleur. Fenders had a cool carbon fiber graphic on them. Stealth black frame and parts....



Pictured here in real life, but w/o fenders.....

Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Cosmic Kid

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02/16/2016 02:34 PM
Meh...second shot won't come through....

try again....
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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02/16/2016 03:12 PM
Have hills. Want gears
Dale

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02/16/2016 03:14 PM
oooo, CK, that's nice! Good call.


LSD, I'm just not sure how to take "I'd love to go to Amsterdam and score."
Cosmic Kid

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02/16/2016 03:25 PM
Posted By Frederick Jones on 02/16/2016 03:12 PM
Have hills. Want gears


The Panther accommodates both internal gear hubs or rear derailluers. Yeah, you're gonna hev to get a rear wheel to work with it, but the cool factor is sublime.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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02/16/2016 04:10 PM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 02/16/2016 03:25 PM
Posted By Frederick Jones on 02/16/2016 03:12 PM
Have hills. Want gears


The Panther accommodates both internal gear hubs or rear derailluers. Yeah, you're gonna hev to get a rear wheel to work with it, but the cool factor is sublime.


But where's he gonna put his groceries?
Cosmic Kid

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02/16/2016 04:16 PM
Groceries go in a backpack.....

I'll try and grab a pic of my Panther later....threw some thinner tires on and swapped out the curved HB for an inverted OnOne Mary bar w/ roadie brake levers. Pretty damn cool looking, if I do say so myself....

Old product managers don't die, they just make weird schitt for themselves.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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02/16/2016 04:38 PM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 02/16/2016 04:16 PM
Groceries go in a backpack.....


Oh man...fail! :-)

LSD - here you go...3 speed internal gearing), proper fenders, proper lighting system, proper carrier, and comes with its own lock so you don't have to haul that around too.

https://www.gazelle.nl/fietsen/esprit-c3/

now go and score!
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