Author Topic: Top twelve bikes for audax  (Read 5449 times)

Cudzoziemiec

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Top twelve bikes for audax
« on: 08 June, 2020, 08:57:14 pm »
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Comments on their choices? Or their criteria, such as they are? Things they should have added or stuff they've needlessly included? What would your top twelve (or nine or six or three or maybe just one) be?
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IanN

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #1 on: 08 June, 2020, 09:07:35 pm »
I'm disappointed they didn't include a fixed gear with a front basket...

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #2 on: 08 June, 2020, 09:11:37 pm »
The lack of both fixies and front baskets – bar bags just aren't the same – is a good spot.

And I've just spotted that it's an article that's a year or two old, 'updated' and polished. As so much of road.cc is nowadays.  ::-)
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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #3 on: 08 June, 2020, 09:15:33 pm »
Not convinced by the looks of the Mason Definition but thought it was worth clicking the Amazon link to see if I could really get one for £0.99.

Needless to say I was disappointed.

I guess that the article wasn't polished that much.

Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #4 on: 08 June, 2020, 09:34:31 pm »
I'm disappointed they didn't include a fixed gear with a front basket...



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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #5 on: 08 June, 2020, 10:04:46 pm »
A few people from round these parts in the comments.

Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #6 on: 08 June, 2020, 10:17:02 pm »
A nice looking Kinesis at a great price there WCTD  :thumbsup:

Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #7 on: 09 June, 2020, 01:15:37 am »
Only the Van Nicholas has a Brooks saddle, (what looks like a Cambium), others can't be real Audax bikes, where are the B17.

Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #8 on: 09 June, 2020, 05:23:52 am »
A nice looking Kinesis at a great price there WCTD  :thumbsup:

I think I'll pass  ::-)
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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #9 on: 09 June, 2020, 06:33:48 am »
No mentions of a Trike . Poor show , must get my name on the list before Mr Geoff Booker  completely retires . 
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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #10 on: 09 June, 2020, 07:28:08 am »
And a Moulton (I’m still fantasising)


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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #11 on: 09 June, 2020, 08:39:32 am »
Don't think I've ever seen anyone audaxing on a Moulton. Bromptons, Pashley roadsters, mountain bikes, fixies with ludicrously high gears... but never a Moulton. Well, there's only one way to change that...
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fboab

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #12 on: 09 June, 2020, 08:47:04 am »
HK & LW&B frequently use their Moultons, as does/did Socks.

You need to get out more, Cudzo.

No tandems on the list. Colour me disappointed.
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #13 on: 09 June, 2020, 08:48:59 am »
PBP03 on 1960s 2sp coaster brake Moulton, PBP07 and PBP11 on Moulton TSR30. Plenty of other long brevets on Moultons more recently, particularly foreign brevets due to ease of packing small (Eurostar, TGV, coaches, flights).
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #14 on: 09 June, 2020, 08:53:30 am »
HK & LW&B frequently use their Moultons, as does/did Socks.

You need to get out more, Cudzo.

No tandems on the list. Colour me disappointed.
Never met any of them.

Yes!

Good point. Or is that two points?
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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #15 on: 09 June, 2020, 10:01:45 am »
Don't think I've ever seen anyone audaxing on a Moulton. Bromptons, Pashley roadsters, mountain bikes, fixies with ludicrously high gears... but never a Moulton. Well, there's only one way to change that...
I've seen Judith wotsaname riding one in the Upper Thames 200k.

Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #16 on: 09 June, 2020, 10:21:13 am »
Only the Van Nicholas has a Brooks saddle, (what looks like a Cambium), others can't be real Audax bikes, where are the B17.

I can't imagine buying a complete bike 'off-the-shelf', and riding it just as it comes. 

Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #17 on: 09 June, 2020, 02:16:23 pm »
Audaxes are not competitions or races; really?

Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #18 on: 09 June, 2020, 02:28:52 pm »
They aren't for the vast majority of people that do them.
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citoyen

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #19 on: 09 June, 2020, 04:09:21 pm »
They aren't for the vast majority of people that do them.
aka the losers

Slightly surprised not to see the Trek Domane on the list (especially as the Roubaix is included) but I don’t know most of the featured bikes well enough to comment on them.
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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #20 on: 09 June, 2020, 04:27:22 pm »
I was going to say that for quality comfort and durability Im surprised not to see a Dawes Galaxy in there.  I did the very lumpy Tayside Transgression twice on my Dawes Galaxy 2002/3 my first ever 300s and while I was towards the back of the field, discomfort wasnt a factor. 

But then I just did a google search and see that they now have Aluminium rather than steel frames which rather negates my comment re comfort (and explains why they are cheaper now than almost 20 years ago).  I'm sure somebody will point out that theyve not had steel frames for about a century and I will feel very old.  I gave my Galaxy away to a younger skint colleague who had just bought a flat and was starting to cycle to work. I still see it every now and then.   :thumbsup: 

For audax I fell in love with a Specialized Roubaix in 2007 and apart from an il advised dalliance with a Van Nick Zephyr in 2012 (more sluggish than the Galaxy and its been hanging up in the garage for at least 5 years) Ive never ridden anything else.     

Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #21 on: 09 June, 2020, 06:39:08 pm »
No recumbent bikes, trikes, velomobiles, or Elliptigoes. They are not trying hard enough to reflect the variety of bikes / vehicles on audaxes.

Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #22 on: 09 June, 2020, 08:38:48 pm »
Don't think I've ever seen anyone audaxing on a Moulton. Bromptons, Pashley roadsters, mountain bikes, fixies with ludicrously high gears... but never a Moulton. Well, there's only one way to change that...
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IanN

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #23 on: 09 June, 2020, 08:56:33 pm »
The problem with threads like this is not that I now lust after <sensible, fast, comfortable bike of choice>, but that I have spent an undisclosed length of time looking up Longstaff and Trykit.  :facepalm:

HeltorChasca - you don't need a Moulton -  you need a fast tandem for team Leaf  :demon:

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Top twelve bikes for audax
« Reply #24 on: 09 June, 2020, 08:58:58 pm »
Triplet, surely? I'm sure something could be cobbled together skilfully constructed by welding Moulton space frames in line.
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