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Re: New and ready to ride...

Postby Fibre-Lyte » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:07 am

I wonder how many stateside Boardmans there are? I remember when the range first came out and were sold by Bikehut/Halfords, literally a local motor store. Seems that times have changed!
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Re: New and ready to ride...

Postby rj1031 » Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:38 pm

Fibre-Lyte wrote:I wonder how many stateside Boardmans there are? I remember when the range first came out and were sold by Bikehut/Halfords, literally a local motor store. Seems that times have changed!


I also wonder how many Boardmans here in the States...

The owner of my local bike shop (Sprocket Cycles in Redondo Beach, CA) was in surprise when I took mine in for a complete tune-up. He was more than excited to see it and was amazed how nice the bike looked. He told me he was jealous (because of its raw nature).
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Re: New and ready to ride...

Postby garyniem » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:29 pm

Well, you can add one more to the stateside total. This one arrived from England two weeks ago and was assembled by a local bike shop (needless to say, it was the first one they'd seen). The mechanic was impressed at how well-prepped the bike was by the Boardman folks: very little adjustment was needed along the drivetrain (although the hubs were deemed "slightly overtight" and loosened a bit). The bike rides like a little black stallion. I will raise the bars a little with either a stem extender or adjustable stem. The seat is a racy, taut design that is excellent ergonomically but provides precious little padding. The Boardman was clearly conceived as a 'go-fast' bike... It really does take the hybrid genre into new territory. The SRAM Double-Taps are a delight once you get used to them. Shifts are super-fast and assured (as you'd expect from the Rival derailleur). The carbon forks, beautifully eccentric seatstays and carbon seatpost all work together with the bike's frame geometry to provide a comfortable, supple, yet thrilling ride. It's not jarring in the slightest. The Vittoria tires are confidence-inspiring. The flared chainstays come so close to the back of the pedals that my heels often brush slightly against them, but not enough to be a big deal. After a couple of rides, I'm thrilled, and look forward to (hopefully) a long fall season here in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
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Re: New and ready to ride...

Postby rj1031 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 8:41 pm

garyniem wrote:Well, you can add one more to the stateside total. This one arrived from England two weeks ago and was assembled by a local bike shop (needless to say, it was the first one they'd seen). The mechanic was impressed at how well-prepped the bike was by the Boardman folks: very little adjustment was needed along the drivetrain (although the hubs were deemed "slightly overtight" and loosened a bit). The bike rides like a little black stallion. I will raise the bars a little with either a stem extender or adjustable stem. The seat is a racy, taut design that is excellent ergonomically but provides precious little padding. The Boardman was clearly conceived as a 'go-fast' bike... It really does take the hybrid genre into new territory. The SRAM Double-Taps are a delight once you get used to them. Shifts are super-fast and assured (as you'd expect from the Rival derailleur). The carbon forks, beautifully eccentric seatstays and carbon seatpost all work together with the bike's frame geometry to provide a comfortable, supple, yet thrilling ride. It's not jarring in the slightest. The Vittoria tires are confidence-inspiring. The flared chainstays come so close to the back of the pedals that my heels often brush slightly against them, but not enough to be a big deal. After a couple of rides, I'm thrilled, and look forward to (hopefully) a long fall season here in Grand Forks, North Dakota.


Congrats! I am glad you got yours right away!

Have fun and be safe :)
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