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Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

16 July 2015 - 5:18pm
reohn2 wrote:Immaculate preparation and build as always,just need a pair of ugly black SKS's to finish it
I try and avoid plastic components (and bikes), as you probably know/guessed

reohn2 wrote:It's not a bad track that one,Mrs R2 and I have ridden up it on the tandem ,but we were quite a bit younger then
UP IT? ON a tandem? RESPECT. Its had a lot of new drainage work done and hence lots of rather large gravel/stone loose surfacing in parts. Going up will be interesting on the steep parts - on a SOLO?

reohn2 wrote:BTW,Have you tried the one from Waunfawr over to Llanberis?
The climb out of Waunfawr is tarmac(ish) and the descent is similar to the 'old road' you were on today.
No, but I will before next week is out That's the way the Snowdon Marathon runners descend - at least one's knees on a bike going very very slowly won't take that kind of beating

reohn2 wrote:You're hooked,admit it
I might be ?

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

15 July 2015 - 7:19pm
Immaculate preparation and build as always,just need a pair of ugly black SKS's to finish it
It's not a bad track that one,Mrs R2 and I have ridden up it on the tandem ,but we were quite a bit younger then

BTW,Have you tried the one from Waunfawr over to Llanberis?
The climb out of Waunfawr is tarmac(ish) and the descent is similar to the 'old road' you were on today.

You're hooked,admit it

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

15 July 2015 - 6:59pm
As a very late (always) adopter - here's my tentative SPD sandal toed dip into having a bike that will cope with DRY hard packed forest roads and bridleways. Encouraged by reohn2

Rode 10 miles up the Gwynant today as far as the Pen Y Gwryd Hotel and returned via the stony 'old road'

I didn't fall off or have any major concerns I think I might get to like the non tarmac thang

1990 Raleigh 'Blueridge' 531 frame/chromoly forks - got for free/karma off a wonderfully nice chap on http://www.retrobike.co.uk

The story in pictures: https://www.flickr.com/photos/obswerve/ ... 8805712932



Re: Fat Bikes

12 July 2015 - 2:34pm
A good blog. I like his quote, "Don't forget that fat tyres slow you down...In a good way."

I'm guilty in that most things to me in life end up being a race which has taken it's toll in all sorts of ways. I am enjoying learning to slow up........b

Re: Fat Bikes

12 July 2015 - 1:40pm
hamish wrote:I know..... but with a mixed terrain commute of blacktop cycle path, followed by beach followed by a bit of gravel the fat bike is great. Then again, when I commute without riding the beach due to tide or time constraints, I really don't feel the bike to be too heavy. I am probably a bit odd though and the ride is only 11miles. The best bit is when you get a SW gale and drop onto the beach and get blown for miles.... On the way home on those windy days I avoid the beach and a gale force headwind.

Without overstating it... I think what I mean is that the weight and drag of the bike is not half as bad as people seem to expect. For the right route It all adds up to a great way to cycle. For example... I rode Abergavenny to Neath - some 50 to 60 miles, 90% off road. It was a superb day and I feel that the fatbike was perfect for the job. I would not use a fat bike to ride the road equivalent of the same route.
The old saying 'If it feels good do it' springs readily to mind.
If you're happy being fat that's all that matters

I agree about 29+. I nearly went for a longitude as half way house and now they have gone! That's a shame as it was nearly perfect. One thing Surly do seem to do is keep producing models that work. Genesis have given Surly a run for their money on a few bikes- only to veer off in another direction.
Weird innit,you get the formula right,and I do believe they did with the Longitude,then drop it after only a years production,there had to be a lot more production in it than that,surely.
There's only a couple of small tweeks I'd make to it for a perfect bike.
It's strange change in course for Genesis,I can't get my head around their decision it's a retrograde step they'll regret IMHO .
I'm glad I got one when I did

Cass Gilbert sums fat bike touring up quite nicely here: http://www.whileoutriding.com/bike-talk/touring-in-south-america-on-a-fat-bike
Interesting account,with some great photos

Re: Fat Bikes

12 July 2015 - 12:57pm
reohn2 wrote:Hamish
After reading your posts on Fats I checked out the weights of 3.8 and 4inch tyres which are upwards of 1.3kg which isn't really a surprise as they're so big,rim weights aren't too bad though with,Rabbit hole's @ 600g+ being reasonable.
Off road on the terrain they're designed for that shouldn't be a problem but commuting on less extreme surfaces I think I'd find such weights to be a bit of a drag,literally.


I know..... but with a mixed terrain commute of blacktop cycle path, followed by beach followed by a bit of gravel the fat bike is great. Then again, when I commute without riding the beach due to tide or time constraints, I really don't feel the bike to be too heavy. I am probably a bit odd though and the ride is only 11miles. The best bit is when you get a SW gale and drop onto the beach and get blown for miles.... On the way home on those windy days I avoid the beach and a gale force headwind.

Without overstating it... I think what I mean is that the weight and drag of the bike is not half as bad as people seem to expect. For the right route It all adds up to a great way to cycle. For example... I rode Abergavenny to Neath - some 50 to 60 miles, 90% off road. It was a superb day and I feel that the fatbike was perfect for the job. I would not use a fat bike to ride the road equivalent of the same route.

I agree about 29+. I nearly went for a longitude as half way house and now they have gone! That's a shame as it was nearly perfect. One thing Surly do seem to do is keep producing models that work. Genesis have given Surly a run for their money on a few bikes- only to veer off in another direction.

Cass Gilbert sums fat bike touring up quite nicely here: http://www.whileoutriding.com/bike-talk/touring-in-south-america-on-a-fat-bike

Re: Fat Bikes

12 July 2015 - 11:11am
bikerwaser wrote:.......The Gen Longitude is great for bike packing and also is so much fun for a day out on virtually all terrain which it seems to just sail over easily.
It's also surprisingly quick and light.

I agree,I'm also surprised how nibble it is both on and off road.
I get the feeling I bought a classic,and Genesis are making a huge mistake with the changes to it for next(this?) year.

Re: Fat Bikes

12 July 2015 - 11:00am
+1 for the Genesis Longitude.
I love mine.
I'm running it as it's normal spec but i've put racks and mudguards on it. Was planning to tour on it but have decided against it.
I have a Thorn Sherpa and that's better for heavy touring in my opinion and has 26" wheels which i feel is also better.
The Gen Longitude is great for bike packing and also is so much fun for a day out on virtually all terrain which it seems to just sail over easily.
It's also surprisingly quick and light.

Re: Fat Bikes

12 July 2015 - 10:40am
Hamish
After reading your posts on Fats I checked out the weights of 3.8 and 4inch tyres which are upwards of 1.3kg which isn't really a surprise as they're so big,rim weights aren't too bad though with,Rabbit hole's @ 600g+ being reasonable.
Off road on the terrain they're designed for that shouldn't be a problem but commuting on less extreme surfaces I think I'd find such weights to be a bit of a drag,literally.

Re: Fat Bikes

11 July 2015 - 9:39pm
Also... I'd you want a 29+ too a Pugsley can take 29+ wheels and tyres... Google Krampug for more info.

The Longitude has changed for 2016.. It has 650b+ tyres and wheels now. That may be good. Have a look at the Genesis blog for more info. Not sure about an alloy fork but they know more than me about such things.

These guys use fat bikes for touring...http://www.mikehowarth.co.uk/bolivian-backlog-viva-bolivia/

Re: Fat Bikes

11 July 2015 - 9:24pm
I have a Surly Pugsley - probably the first production fat bike model. I bought one after using one in work for beach surveys and sampling.

I Bought it for beach riding (I can use about 3 miles of beach as part of my commute) and as a general trail riding MTB. What I found was that it is the most comfortable bike I have owned. Not just the soft ride but the fit and geometry.

I now use it for all kinds of riding.... Commuting, days out on bridle ways or across the hills in Mid Wales, touring on rough tracks with a mix of country lanes, bike packing, etc, etc. it's a great in town too. It is unbeatable in snow and sand.

We did the Cairngorm loop offroad last November. It was ideal for that. It's a dream on green lanes and rough gravel like the route around the Clarwen Resevoir.

With the right tires it is not as slow as people think on the road. On rough or soft surfaces it is faster than a normal bike.

In short I love my Pugsley and it is probably my favourite bike. While the range and diversity of fat bikes is increasing, the Pug remains the most practical and usefull and adaptable of fat bikes.

If you want any more info then just ask.

Re: Fat Bikes

8 July 2015 - 11:50pm
The bike will be fat, just like me. A match made in heaven

Re: Fat Bikes

8 July 2015 - 11:24pm
Halfords are coming out with their own fat bike


http://halfordsblog.com/2015/06/25/vood ... -fat-bike/


I really need a fat bike. Not just for mud,snow, beaches but in case there is a zombie invasion.....or a meteorite strike and dinosaurs.....and other reasons ..... The only thing that puts me off buying a bike from Halfords is that i used them once and i am still traumatized 6 years on from the experience

Re: Fat Bikes

8 July 2015 - 9:40pm
Fat bikes are for seriously deep mud/snow/sand due to the big 'footprint' of the 4inch wide tyres.
However there is a halfway house with the Genesis Longitude which will take a 3inch(still IMO) but comes with 2.4inch tyres fitted.
Due to my not riding on the beach or getting enough snow to worry about sinking into uncontrolably,or anything more than 3 or 4inches of mud.I needn't go any bigger than the 2.4's on my GL,they float n roll over just about any off road terrain likely to be encountered.
A great bike


BTW,IMO using Jesus as an exclamation/swear word,is likely to offend some Christian forum members.

Re: Fat Bikes

7 July 2015 - 9:25pm
Any sand dunes or snow near you? I think they look great fun but I take your pragmatic point of view as a 'mature' approach. I'm tight so 2 bikes will suffice for now [emoji49]

Fat Bikes

7 July 2015 - 9:10pm
Went into my LBS to enquire about the Genesis version. Jesus, first time i've ever had a shop put me off spending money. Are they just a fad? I really fancy one but would hate to spend a grand to end up sitttimg in the corner. Ive already got a Croix de Fer so should I bother. Any 'mature' owners out there?

Re: Giant MPH hydrolic disc brake jammed on..

5 July 2015 - 1:51pm
Its It's common in the hot weather on the MPH. If the adjusting wheel on the master cylinder doesn't have enough adjustment to cure it then crack open the bleed nipple on the caliper and let out a tunt dribble of fluid.

Re: Giant MPH hydrolic disc brake jammed on..

4 July 2015 - 6:15pm
Hi,

Just a note to say thanks, just came across this when having a recurring problem with my old mountain bike and never been really bothered to get it sorted (it's not that hilly to the pub )

But was playing this afternoon and finally got around to fixing it.

Couldn't work out why it wasn't working, then if finally dawned on me that the plunger wasn't supposed to be tightly screwed onto the thread !! Doh !!

Thanks again

B...

Re: Expected 'lifetime' of a 7005 alum frame??

4 July 2015 - 12:42pm
If you're heat treatment, yes. Even powder coating it requires the heat treatment be redone.

Re: Expected 'lifetime' of a 7005 alum frame??

1 July 2015 - 7:27pm
Does 7005 need heat treatment after welding?

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