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  • mick_r replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 10 hours ago

    I guess Ulverston counts as a dry race by NW standards. Proper switch around of everyone’s usual positions in the mid-pack dads race :-). Revised course layout worked well.

    First time I’ve been lapped but it was Rob Jeb and right at the end so avoided an extra lap trudge. Saw TD getting a knee down 2 wheel drifting a bend – that doesn’t happen…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 3 days ago

    Time to dust off / unseize bikes for Ulverston – shouldn’t be any swamps on the slag heaps. Missed 2 races so will be way down in the league. Felt slow and stodgy riding to work yesterday. Pre-race prep is Wigan this afternoon for a colleague’s retirement do…..

  • Another top find is these shorts. Sort of XC fit baggies – light, tough, close fitting, quick dry and most importantly stretchy. From a “big” brand these would be £100 and rave reviews in all the mags.
    https://www.decathlon.co.uk/st900-mountain-bike-shorts-black-id_8381758.html

    And the big hooded swim towel cape things are super cheap and great…[Read more]

  • How does the Ribble gravel thing compare? If you visit on a Saturday you can talk to our eldest about it.

  • mick_r replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    Apex mechanical. So I have gears but no brakes after 30mins of pad wearing gloop 🙂

    Just caught a fleeting glimpse of twinklydave at B&Q. He appears to be fast everywhere……

  • mick_r replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    My Apex levers still seem to work after a couple of years cx. Sram mtb clutch mech they are paired with isn’t very clutchy anymore but chain seems to stay on. Seizing jockey wheels (all brands but Sram worst) and ht2 bbs seem to be our main issues.

    Chickened out of Stadt Moers. Work is manic and just couldn’t face additional jobs like clean up…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Fracking ban. in the forum Chat Forum 2 weeks ago

    Yes the shutdown level is 0.5, but it is slightly concerning that one tiny UK site has already caused multiple tremors up to 2.9. What happens with a big industrial setup?

    Fracking should be our last resort option – leave the stuff underground until it is desperately needed in hundreds (?) of years time. Not just using it to sustain current…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Carbon 29er hardtails in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    I was also going to say that nobody ever mentions stay length as an issue with Trek Stache.

  • mick_r replied to the topic Carbon 29er hardtails in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    Always good to talk about frames :-). Nice to see that you’ve tried lots and obviously think about what is going on.

    Obviously frames are a personal thing. Originally my short rear 29ers were for singlespeed in steep places (eg south Lakes) so obviously lots of standing climbing. This was in early days of 29 and I wanted something different to…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Carbon 29er hardtails in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    Cs645 – some nice bikes there, but why get so obsessive over 5mm differences in chainstay length?

    I’ve been riding home made 29er frames with chainstays between 395 and 410mm and never had issues with front wheel lift climbing steep stuff.

  • mick_r replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    Interesting. I really wasn’t feeling like racing but now slightly more motivated.

  • mick_r replied to the topic Cross 19/20 in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    I believe the Clarion guys went round with a shovel last time and collected multiple full buckets of dog turds from the cherished country park that we “destroy”.

  • One of the NW cross dads / bike club guys gave me a Ridley fork to have a look at in our materials lab. That was also a similar forged crown but bonded to aluminium legs (he thought they were carbon legs but the welded-on canti bosses sort of gave the game away).

    Just be glad yours failed where it has – his were umpteenth hand and fatigue cracked…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Alternative to ReGo? in the forum Bike Forum 3 weeks ago

    Xc training boy chugs through the Decathlon aptonia chocolate stuff with no complaints. Reasonably cheap in 1.5kg bag.

  • Watching this with interest.

    Mrs loves her new “Skikes” which are like xc roller skis with big off road tyres (heel can lift and one way clutch in front wheels). I can see the next step will be a ski holiday.

    Seems popular with xc mtb racers and fell runners so guess that tells you something…..

    A friend said young Scandinavian kids look at…[Read more]

  • Bugger. Love seeing all your woodwork projects. Hopefully the cladding isn’t too hard to replace. Trip to the tip for some “windows” I guess – are they fairly standard sizes or do you need to harvest a specific machine?

  • Ceeway has some new options part way down this page (just after the tapered steel steerer tube) – says they are two piece with a glue-in outer part for carbon and aluminium.

    https://www.framebuilding.com/what.htm

  • Plenty allow acompannied kids. The ones I know in the Lakes:-
    Sam Houghton mtb challenge.
    Dean Barwick school mtb challenge
    Slack Randy mtb challenge

    Other stuff in SW Scotland:-
    Dalbeattie Hardrock (duathlon)
    Hillbilly duathlon (Kirroughtree)
    10 at Kirroughtree. Another Galloway Hillbillies event but might be a more kid friendly alternative…[Read more]

  • mick_r replied to the topic Another El Mariachi dies in the forum Bike Forum 3 weeks ago

    Yeah I’m not saying x design is terrible or y design doesn’t work. Just that a combination of minor things can lead to longer term issues.

    You like how the bike rides, get it fixed with a bit of thought and it will go on a good time longer.

  • mick_r replied to the topic Another El Mariachi dies in the forum Bike Forum 3 weeks ago

    Interesting photo – the huge dropout makes the back end less a triangle and more of a parallelogram. So the chainstay is also getting less assistance from the seatstay. Fatigue testing things is the day job, and failures are often due to many small design or manufacturing details adding together.

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