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How do I justify a new bike?

4 hours 36 min ago
I currently own a trek remedy 8 2012 when I bought the bike it was probably the most expensive single product I had bought up to that time. Bought untested (bike shop was too small to buy remedy display bikes).
From the start I realised it wasn't quite right for the terrain I usually ride owing to really having too much suspension and being aluminium it is heavy. To 'remedy' the problem I changed loads of parts, new stem, reverb seatpost new rear cassette, new rear wheel. I've probably spent an extra grand including maintance i.e. new bottom bracket, brake discs/pads etc.
In the summer it can be great fun to ride especially for big terrain and a great holiday in Spain where it was the perfect bike for what I was riding but the bike still isn't a top ten bike so I've tried to limit spend on it as much as possible and just use it for big jumps and downhill terrain. Selling it for under a grand would feel like I am shallow because it still works or just keeping it in a shed not being used much would be something I would feel guilty about.

My question is this what does everyone else with these very expensive bikes from only a few years ago?

Biking round a castle and hills

1 September 2015 - 8:38pm
So my plan was to go biking and wild camp on Drum mountain I was packed and headed off. The day was pretty nice and views where great.... Then disaster struck in form of a nutty sheep who jumped in front of me ( Maybe thinking I fancied it ) bringing me to a sudden halt and crash. Thankfully I was ok but nerves where shot and helmet had taken a beating so returned home. So next day I decided to head to Abergele woods and found some nice trails and had a quick spin in the local castle.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-fJGWvHsns[/youtube]

Re: Floating Rotors

31 August 2015 - 2:55pm
They are supposedly more tolerant of the calliper being slightly "off centre" and some people say they are less prone to warping.
Equally some people say they are noisy because slight sideways play can develop in them.
If I had to err on one side... Hype.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

31 August 2015 - 1:05pm
The thing is 26" wasn't a design decision based on extensive research. It was due to that size being available from paperboy bikes in the US and BMX cruiser alloy rims. If they had designed a mountain bike from the ground up at the start I'd wager the wheels would be bigger than 26".

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

30 August 2015 - 10:36pm
AIUI (and I'm not a mountain-biker), MTBs need to be able to ride over lumpy ground (that's large wheels please) and be nimble enough to avoid obstacles (that's small wheels please). 26" is obviously a compromise (albeit a good one) but the thing I find odd is that the smaller 26" wheel ends up on the rough ground while the larger 700c finds itself on the smooth tarmac. I know this has historical causes but it's surely bound to produce some marketing boomerangs from time to time. I personally believe all bikes should be 650B but that's just becasue it would make managing my eight bikes easier.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

30 August 2015 - 10:01pm
I was almost sucked in by the hype. Bigger was all of a sudden better. 29+?

Then suddenly there was a backlash about 'rideability' and 27.5 was decreed to be better. So all the reviews that I read were flawed and now I need 27.5 instead.

Just like I need 10 speed. Or double MTB chainsets. Or compact road chainsets... you get the idea.

For that reason, I'm out.

Floating Rotors

30 August 2015 - 4:59pm
There are floating rotors out there (Hope, Clarks, Brakeco, Hayes). Is it all hype or are advantages for them for a mountain bike?

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

23 August 2015 - 10:05pm
MikeF wrote:wahoofish wrote: I personally don't see the purpose of the 650b. How tall are you??? Our grandson has a 650b.

I am 6'4" but have been more than comfortable on a 26" frame mtb in the past. Nothing wrong with the 650b but it doesn't really serve a specific purpose imo.

Re: Out on the bike

15 August 2015 - 1:23am
Thanks glad u liked it

Re: Out on the bike

14 August 2015 - 6:40pm
That is a blooming fantastic video. Perfect view and weather as well (must be some alternate universe).
Thank you for posting.

Out on the bike

14 August 2015 - 5:24pm
After a few weeks of rubbish Welsh weather a sunny day came....Sadly I was in work but thought bugger this and had a sneaky early dart. I headed up the local hills and had some two wheel fun and some quite amazing views.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk0bhO73Z7s

Re: Newcastleton 7 Stanes

14 August 2015 - 4:33pm
Newcastleton ? That's a bit modern isn't it?
I'm sure everyone still calls it Copshaw Holm [emoji2]

Newcastleton 7 Stanes

14 August 2015 - 2:46pm
Just paid my first visit to Newcastleton since the introduction of the new trail section from the village. I always enjoyed the trails there but the way they have now restructured them makes them even more enjoyable. The new trail up from the village is fun, a lovely switch-backing bit of singletrack that allows you to gain height in a fairly painless and enjoyable way.

The new section back down to the village is an absolute hoot! Well surfaced, beautifully bermed and just a joy to ride. I enjoyed it so much I finished off the day by doing several laps of this section.

If you haven't tried Newcastleton I highly recommend it. The village has a good bakery and a very nice cafe, the Copshaw.

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

14 August 2015 - 3:22am
For your described activities rigid carbon mountain bike frames would be perfectly adequate.

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

8 August 2015 - 8:01pm
TonyR wrote:mjr wrote:She shouldn't do that (I'd be tempted to report the assault to help get split cycleway/footways)

Split cycleway/footways never work in my experience. The pedestrians are still legally allowed to walk on the cycleway and do, often in complete ignorance of it being a cycleway.Pedestrians are allowed to walk in the road in spite of it being a road, so no difference there!

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

8 August 2015 - 7:22pm
mjr wrote:She shouldn't do that (I'd be tempted to report the assault to help get split cycleway/footways)

Split cycleway/footways never work in my experience. The pedestrians are still legally allowed to walk on the cycleway and do, often in complete ignorance of it being a cycleway.

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.

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