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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

Re: Longitude to date

17 July 2015 - 3:46pm
I've had mine for over six months,long enough to draw a considered opinion.
Not much more to say than in the first impressions thread really the bike's great everything works as it should,except the OBB chainset which can only be described a rubbish system which is already making a ticking when under hard pedalling,though no play in it as yet,it's the only thing on the bike that I can really criticise.
I've just changed the brake calipers for BB7s mainly because they give more spoke clearance on the front,but also the three other disc braked bikes I own have BB7's,so it standardises maintenance and pads etc.
It's no criticism of the Spykes fitted as standard just personal preference though the original Organic pads wore through within 250miles in winter muck and mud.
I replaced them with Clarks sintered pads which are lasting but can be noisy when heated up.

Another small point which was irritating,I had to replace the seatpost collar(which quite simply was cheap and nasty and should have no palce on such a bike and wouldn't hold the seatpost in place )with a Salsa one same as fitted to my Vaya's which is very good well made kit.


The bike is very stable,very predictable,safe as houses handling even at 25mph on quite rough gravel descents,it simply goes where it's pointed without deviation,and with the big 2.4 in tyres at low pressures(15psi fr/30psi r)is very comfy even at speed on off road gravelly tracks,with no nasty surprises.


To sum it up,I waited a while for such a bike to come along for the type of MTBing I do,it ticked almost all the boxes,and quite simply I'm loving it
The downside is ,Genesis in their infinite wisdom have inexplicably totally changed it for next year so much so that the new one is a Longitude in name only,more about the Longitude and silliness of Genesis' current example hear:- http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic ... e-thoughts

Re: Longitude to date

17 July 2015 - 9:48am
Thanks but both those threads are 'first impressions' was hoping for an update now a few months have passed.

Re: Longitude to date

17 July 2015 - 9:13am
reohn2 is your man: viewtopic.php?f=18&t=93462
Some useful info here too: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=92974

Longitude to date

17 July 2015 - 7:44am
Any Longitude owners care to share experience to date.
Interested in any mods/upgrades you have made not adding bits but changing/replacing original equipment.

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

16 July 2015 - 9:12pm
Lovely looking bike deliquium

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

16 July 2015 - 8:04pm
deliquium wrote: .....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? .......

I've just been reminded by Mrs R2 that we did walk some of it


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
It'll be a doddle on you trusty steed

I might be ?
You just need to get over the fear of getting dirty

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