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Old 11-03-20, 03:23 PM
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Is a roadster a thing?

I was recently running through some episodes of The GCN Show and one of the more recent ones they were talking about the EF Pro x Palace Cannondales that EF Pro are riding, and they mentioned the mechanic got one as well. They showed a picture of a virtually identical bike but with what looked to be MTB flat bars on it and it sounded like they referred to it as a roadster. Is that a thing or did I mishear?
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Old 11-03-20, 03:36 PM
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No idea, but putting flat bars on a road racing bike sounds very hipster, so probably.
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"Roadster" is a nice name for a new marketing-class of bike.
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Originally Posted by msu2001la View Post
No idea, but putting flat bars on a road racing bike sounds very hipster, so probably.
I wanna be mad but I’m a fixed gear rider and it’s true...
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I think it's a regional thing, but I've heard it, too. "Roadster" seems to be applied to what are now unimaginatively called 'flat-bar road bikes'

Sporty, bars lower than the saddle, skinny-tire road bike running gear. Basically a road bike with everything but the drops.
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Old 11-03-20, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by LNKFixed View Post
I wanna be mad but I’m a fixed gear rider and it’s true...
Ha. Bars also must be also be super narrow, or super wide. I forget which one is trendy at the moment.
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Old 11-03-20, 04:31 PM
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Maybe Roadster is an English term? Much like bonnet, or lorry, or bobbie....
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Old 11-03-20, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by msu2001la View Post
Ha. Bars also must be also be super narrow, or super wide. I forget which one is trendy at the moment.
wide, some people are running like 770mm flats. The risers on my Leader are more like 600-620ish. So y’know... conservative.
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Old 11-03-20, 04:48 PM
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Or just call it a road bike; https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/...208:00:50%20AM
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Originally Posted by msu2001la View Post
Ha. Bars also must be also be super narrow, or super wide. I forget which one is trendy at the moment.
Interesting. My (cheap, old) road frame uses Sunlite Elson Roadster handlebars. You’d think that would perhaps make it a “roadster”, but the bars are swept back, not straight, and of middling (54 cm) width, so I guess it doesn’t meet the current “roadster” label. Oh, dear.

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Old 11-03-20, 05:43 PM
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Yup people do it all the time

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Yup people do it all the time

‘I’d be okay with that if it weren’t for the bell.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roadster_(bicycle)
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Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
Your link isn't quite working for me. I think forum software is mucking it up - closing paren is causing problems.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roadster_(bicycle))

During the past few decades, traditionally styled roadster bicycles have regained popularity in the Western world, particularly as a lifestyle or fashion statement in an urban environment.
Of course.
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Is my bike a roadster? Flat bars, road drivetrain, 28mm tires, seat higher than stem . . ..

Getting giddy that I may be hip!


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I have a similar bike, sans front derailleur. It was sold as a "flat bar road bike," an "endurance" bike, and an "urban" bike, to name a few.

It's a hybrid.
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Thanks for shooting down the notion that I may be hip at least once in my life.
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Originally Posted by Gresp15C View Post
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Your link isn't quite working for me. I think forum software is mucking it up - closing paren is causing problems.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roadster_(bicycle))

Of course.
That's the Roadster I know.

I'm pretty sure the euro brands still make traditionally styled and modernized versions. Something like the Gazelle below, and Pashley's.

https://www.pashley.co.uk/bikes/bicy...-sovereign.php

https://www.gazelle.nl/puurnl-midnight


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Originally Posted by Mojo31 View Post
Thanks for shooting down the notion that I may be hip at least once in my life.
You could always get the motorcycle version.

https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/e.../roadster.html
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
You could always get the motorcycle version.

https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/e.../roadster.html
Momma won’t let me get a motorcycle.
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My bike is the proper roadster!


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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
You could always get the motorcycle version.

https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/e.../roadster.html
Or the car version:

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