Ok, I know this is a silly question but will I look completely moronic bringing a mountain bike to Cambridge? I have quite an expensive mountain bike which I used to use lots but haven't ridden for ages. I don't see the point in selling a perfectly good bike though just to buy a new one and I don't want to buy a new one when I have one already!
However, I am well aware Cambridge is about as un-mountainy a place as you can get and I don't want to be the only person in Cambridge looking like a fool because I'm riding a mountain bike. Equally I don't want it stolen as it was quite expensive. Apologies for weird and rather vain post. Thank you.
Above and old wrecks are more 'in' anyway ;-)
over 2500 bikes get stolen each year in cambridge. mine was stolen 3 weeks ago.
DO NOT bring a decent bike here. buy a cheap second hand one when you get here, preferably one with a nice basket (h)
Lol... don't be silly. Just bring your bike with you! And buy a very good lock for it - one of those giant rubber coated padlock things. And when you're here don't get into the habit of locking the wheel - lock the bike to something irremovable! I reckon that's how most of them get nicked.
There are so many bikes in Cambridge, I -for one - am not going to notice if one person happens to be on a new mountain bike.
I agree, best bike for Cambridge = not too expensive, easy to ride city bike with a basket or saddlebags.
But no, you won't look silly, people will just think "oh, he's into mountain biking" or "oh, that's what he found for cheap at a second-hand shop" if your bike is a bit crap. And that is if they look at your bike at all, I don't think many people do.
And you can avoid getting it stolen with precaution (2 padlocks, park it in well-lit areas, etc.). I'd say that it all depends on how much you cycle: if you are going to use a lot, keep the bike you like and just make sure to lock it carefully etc. If you're only going to cycle occasionally, and you're not too fussy, just buy a random second-hand bike you wouldn't feel too bad about losing.
maybe i'm being stupid here, but aren't the vast majority of bikes (at least those owned by male students) in cambridge mountain bikes???
Yeh, my old mountain bike (in SA) had quick release wheels - that would have been a nightmare here!
The only reason I use my 'mountain' bike is for jumping. It's pretty much a BMX with 26" wheels anyway. My other bike is a steel framed cruiser with 3 gears and hub brakes that makes you so laid back and relaxed its unbelievable. My bikes are a big part of my life and I wouldn't want to worry about them getting nicked. An expensive bike doesn't get you anywhere quicker (unless you spend over 300 or so quid and get into decent materials/components) and is just something to show your status, like a flash mobile phone. The only time I bring my jump bike to college is when I'm going to the dirt jumps at lunch or in my frees, if I needed my bike for anything else I'd bring my cruiser which is a lot less desirable. Looking for an old racing bike to do up for the pure speed ***** in me though :P
get your bike insured and then it doesn't matter hugely if it does get stolen.
also loads of people have mountain bikes in cambridge. my advice if you're cycling lots is stick with a decent bike and keep it locked safely at night (the main time bikes get stolen)