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 Post subject: Re: A Little bike ride.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:55 pm 
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Good for you! I really mean it. I wouldnt have had the breath to catch the bus to the top, let alone crack on with that :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: A Little bike ride.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:31 am 
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well done fella, next year, rigid with no gears. :D beats replacing stuff all the time, lol.

(note: I'll join you if you do it as a single speeder, you can keep the suspension)

alien, i'm still on panaracers too, albeit mine are all black now, still the best all round tyre out there if you ask me.

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 Post subject: Re: A Little bike ride.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:51 am 
There appear to be at least 3 mtb'ers here. Just wondering if there are any others and what mtb sites (if any) you frequent?


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 Post subject: Re: A Little bike ride.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:32 pm 
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Well for me it's a simple choice.

Occasional visits to the Gwydyr Forest and the Marin Trail, Coed Llandegla and Grisedale and The North Face Trail.

Mainly though my playground is the Clwydian Range ( http://ridenorthwales.co.uk/ )
Although I really enjoy the man-made trails I much prefer the natural ones and all of their natural hazards.

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 Post subject: Re: A Little bike ride.
PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 7:56 am 
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dont really do cycle forums, i find they are full of kids with mummy and daddy's money and no sense of reality.

for me it's all about the riding, so i tend to hit the peaks, lakes or local trails a lot, living in the cheshire plains means there isn't much to keep you entertained so you ride trails a lot because they lead somewhere mildly interesting.

not in to cycle parks either i'm afraid, went to coed y brenin a few times before it became massive (thanks MBUK).

think i fall in to the oddball mountain biker, i ride a steel single speed everywhere, normally rigid unless i'm expecting to have to work then i stick a set of z5s on the front.

it's not just mountain bikes either, I have a few road bikes, a BMX, a recumbent (when i put it back together, got no space) a few folders and stupid chopper, I want to build an ordinary next. =))

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 Post subject: Re: A Little bike ride.
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:00 am 
Good stuff. I try to avoid the cycle forums but tend to get drawn in to STW - at least they have recently got rid of many of the dickheads that ruined it for most normal bikers!

Not a fan of trail centres either, went to Glentress about 9 years ago and have given them a miss since but Hamsterley is on my doorstep and loads of other natural stuff nearby.

I also have a couple of s/s on the go at any one time which I've ridden for 12+ years and have just 'winterised' my Sanderson Life so it's rigid with some forks from a 29'er. Will probably stick to that and my Scott cx for next few months and leave the Maverick full bouncer in the garage till spring. Also just about to rebuild a fixie mtb 'pub bike'.

Problem with having a few bikes is that it's too easy to spend hours tinkering instead of riding! ;)


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 Post subject: Re: A Little bike ride.
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 10:26 am 
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Woody wrote:

I also have a couple of s/s on the go at any one time which I've ridden for 12+ years and have just 'winterised' my Sanderson Life so it's rigid with some forks from a 29'er. Will probably stick to that and my Scott cx for next few months and leave the Maverick full bouncer in the garage till spring. Also just about to rebuild a fixie mtb 'pub bike'.

Problem with having a few bikes is that it's too easy to spend hours tinkering instead of riding! ;)


Ive been thinking of using 29er forks for a while, hows it worked out? i find with the 80-100mm normalised forks the nose is a bit low (not a real issue till you want to hop about on it)
the pub bike is hung in the shed ready for winter duties, again single speed, rigid and steel, that has a low front end intentionally though.

yep, i spend more time playing than i do riding some weeks, it's all part of the fun for me.

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 Post subject: Re: A Little bike ride.
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 11:11 am 
Seems good and well balanced on the Sanderson which has been designed for circa 120mm travel forks. Only been round the local park to test so far as I've still got a chest infection but the axle to crown seems spot on - I think it's 465mm.

Had a pair of cheap On-ones on before (400mm axle to crown I think), which apart from being very unforgiving made the steering too quick for me. Was considering some carbons but I have an inbuilt mistrust of carbon forks, especially at my weight on an MTB. Have them on the cx bike though as I'm a bit more careful/choosy on where I ride with that. Probably no need though if you have a look at martin Ashton's latest vid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... ZmJtYaUTa0


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 Post subject: Re: A Little bike ride.
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:05 pm 
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yer someone sent me that yesterday, i do wonder how many bits snapped. wouldn't want to see anybody else do what he did, he was always known for his light touch.

I run the on one steel forks, they are rather stiff but nothing i'm not prepared to ride with (they sit well on the inbred).

been looking at the exotic carbon forks for a while, still not made my mind up on them though, 465mm was exactly what i was looking at so thats good to know.

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 Post subject: Re: A Little bike ride.
PostPosted: Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:07 pm 
The exotics seem to get a good rep. I've had a few sets of Pace carbons and they've been fine, certainly a big improvement in comfort compared to the On_one rigids although the 29'er ones in the pic have a little more 'give'. Going to put on a bigger front tyre though, just to give a bit more cushioning.
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