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Re: Floating Rotors

6 hours 38 min ago
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?

8 hours 28 min ago
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.

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

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