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Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

8 August 2015 - 4:21pm
Cunobelin wrote:Because many of these are the same ones who will expect you to cycle on the pavement when they are in their cars.

There is a significant minority who expect this to be that case, and when they get on a bike carry it outI think you may be right. I've noticed many fast/close passes by those who have off-road bikes on/in their cars. It's always surprised me because I think it is these drivers, at least, who should know better. They seem to be part of the "cycles are for off road use only" brigade.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

8 August 2015 - 3:59pm
wahoofish wrote: I personally don't see the purpose of the 650b. How tall are you??? Our grandson has a 650b.

Re: Fat Bikes

6 August 2015 - 9:53am
Hi Tensile frame, freewheel and solid axles. It's essentially a fat version of a £69.99 Tesco bike. At 22kg my tandem is lighter. Avoid.

If you want a well-priced fat bike, try Planet X.

Re: Red routes, advice

5 August 2015 - 9:30pm
Thanks Ant, that video looks pretty full on, though maybe you don't need to go quite as fast! I should show my brother in law that video and let's see if he is still so keen The blue run sounds like a better starting point.

Re: Red routes, advice

5 August 2015 - 7:10pm
Never been but check out this footage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_mSMvZQeb4

It looks ace, but it is clearly a pretty tough route and for someone new probably not recommended. Blues are a lot more fun for non-experts.

Also helmet would be a good idea! I'm not a habitual helmet wearer but on a route like this? Always. And as I am now getting on a bit I personally would add elbow protection at the very least...

Red routes, advice

5 August 2015 - 4:11pm
Hi there,

My brother in law has got a plan for us to ride the red route down from the gondolas at the Nevis Range near Fort William later this month. The only problem is that he has never done any mountain biking before so I'm not too sure that it's a wise idea. Maybe I'm being over cautious? Not sure he would be happy to ride the green or blue trails instead, though I certainly would be, as I find blue runs scary enough!

The other thing I'm not sure about is that you are required to wear helmet, gloves and "protective clothing" and sign a disclaimer before you board the gondola. He will be hiring on-site so no problem there, while I can provide a bike, helmet and gloves for myself. But I'm not sure what extra stuff I would need. Any ideas?

Cheers,
Alan

Re: Fat Bikes

4 August 2015 - 9:16pm
£300 will buy you a decent second hand mountain bike, or a slightly lower quality new one on discount, but still perfectly rideable. It will not buy you anything worth riding when it comes to fatbikes. Sorry if that's bad news, but that's just how it is.
And at 6' I reckon you should be looking at a 19" frame.

Re: Fat Bikes

4 August 2015 - 6:56pm
starbug17
That's a very cheap Fatbike that I'd be inclined to shy away from TBH.

Re: Fat Bikes

4 August 2015 - 2:44pm
I am looking at getting my first bike in a VERY long time (don't ask how long it's embarrassing) and I am very interested in a fatbike partly for the looks (ex motorcyclist can see why I like the look of them) and I am wanting to go cycling around local off-road routes, down canals and along dirt tracks. I don't have much of a budget (£300 MAX I know it's not much but I honestly can't spare any more) and would like to know if anyone has any experience of the following bikes or can recommend me something for this budget??

http://www.parkersofbolton.co.uk/collec ... akes-black

I'm 6ft so would this frame be ok size wise? I do have a lil stomach due to putting on weight from a dodgy hip a few years back (am only 35 I hasten to add)

Any advice help or whatever would be great!!!

Re: Kona mahuna, voodoo bizango or orbea mx20

2 August 2015 - 8:46pm
Hi I might be a bit late with this but I have been riding a Bizango and it is a very easy bike to ride,the forks are good. I rode my first decent drop on mine.The finish is fine. Go for it. If you were closer to me I would sell you mine as a neck problem has forced me to stop mountain biking.

Re: New to mountain bikes but willing to learn

2 August 2015 - 3:21pm
Thanks everyone for your replies. I'm going to keep my Galaxy and will give riding into work a try next week (weather permitting). In the meantime I've been looking at a Montague Paratrooper folding MTB. I'll see how it goes next week first.

Re: All work and no play...

19 July 2015 - 9:23pm
Vorpal,
I hope I can do this more often.

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

19 July 2015 - 12:50am
deliquium wrote:Bicycler wrote:Lovely looking bike deliquium

Thanks Bicycler. Early tentative days but I'm loving it Who says a saddlebag swinging, mudguarded (and flapped) roads only man can't change his spots?

Very surprised at the easy rolling 1.9" Schwalbe Landcruisers on tarmac and they're quiet also. I thought they would drive me mad = WRONG

The limited, so far, rough stuff dry hardpack also feels good and confident.

Plus they only cost £18.95 for TWO inc postage

I found the same with 700x 40's L/C's though I now mostly ride Hypers for tarmac and the type of RS surfaces you've been riding.
Though if it's going to be really mucky L/C's do offer more traction and positive handling.

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

18 July 2015 - 5:16pm
Bicycler wrote:Lovely looking bike deliquium

Thanks Bicycler. Early tentative days but I'm loving it Who says a saddlebag swinging, mudguarded (and flapped) roads only man can't change his spots?

Very surprised at the easy rolling 1.9" Schwalbe Landcruisers on tarmac and they're quiet also. I thought they would drive me mad = WRONG

The limited, so far, rough stuff dry hardpack also feels good and confident.

Plus they only cost £18.95 for TWO inc postage

Re: All work and no play...

18 July 2015 - 10:37am
I've used work trips to go for a bike ride a time or two

I've even taken my bike with me (and paid for the baggage fees, myself) a couple of times.

Re: All work and no play...

18 July 2015 - 9:47am
I don't get to do this everyday. Maybe I'll get the desk and computer set up for next time. Loved it.

Re: All work and no play...

18 July 2015 - 1:31am
That's not fair at least put a desk and a computer on your bike

You lucky pup

Re: All work and no play...

17 July 2015 - 10:40pm
Hi,
WOW................looks like heaven to me, yep hard on the hands rear and feet.

All work and no play...

17 July 2015 - 10:29pm
Even a work trip can be an opportunity to get out on the bike. Cortina d'Ampezzo is a delightful place for a ride.
http://www.farawayvisions.com/solo-in-the-dolomites/

Re: Longitude to date

17 July 2015 - 10:17pm
Can't comment on the complete bike but I bought a frameset a few months back. I wanted a practical bike that would take a hub gear, large tyres with mudguards and racks, I was going to buy a surly ogre but the genesis was cheaper and didn't have such a stupid name. I fitted a pair of trekking wheels with 47mm Schwalbe Landcruiser tyres which I already had and so far haven't felt the need to upgrade to anything wider, much of my riding is on narrow Devon lanes with often very poor surfaces and just a little off road stuff.
I would second what reohn2 said about how stable and predicable it feels. My main impression is that it is a really long bike, in fact the front wheel is so far ahead of the bottom bracket that Coco the Clown would have no toe overlap issues.
Sadly the latest Longitude is no longer cheaper than the Surly, however if you work in a circus?
Mike

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