- Best/Worst purchase in 2012?
Best? No question…
despite the fairly modest spec compared to a lot of stuff, its absolutely brilliant! no doubt due to the fab frame. I’ve not done too bad on the upgrade-itis front either. New wheels (to get rid of horrible shimano hubs!), bars, saddle. That’s it
Worst? Nothing springs to mind. Which is nice. Actually… wheels with horrible shimano hubs!Posted 5 years agoDancakeMember
I sold up ‘cos I am broke but have got going again..
Best buy: All of this:
Commencal Combi Frame off Ebay for 26 quid
Reba Race forks with mahoosive stanchion scratch. . Was going to change the bushes but they are unmarked and the stanchion flattened out lovely even if it looks nasty (its right at the top anyway ) Cost me £50 plus some seals and oil
Dual Control shifters 25 quid new unused
Built up wheels with cheap spokes and mavic 119 rims @16/ pair
rest is parts bin stuff
Crank+bb one of those 25 quid HT2 jobs from CRC that didnt have a picture on their website
just got a nice XT RR rear mech off here for £12, and a new chain
Cheap build but it is tight and rides well…not that I have been out on it since the new mech!Posted 5 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Best- I reckon it’s my Ragley Ti. Paid a little over the odds, possibly, but it’s the first hardtail I’ve had since my Soul that I wasn’t immediately finding fault with. Ace.
Also grown fond of my slightly sheddy Mondeo, wasn’t really the most sensible of choices but it’s worked out really well.
Worst- my Camber Pro. Just didn’t like it, seemed to combine all the worst points of both xc and mid-travel bikes, for no actual benefit. But even that won’t work out too bad once i get the last bits sold.Posted 5 years agoslugwashMember
First Best = a pair of Lidl 3/4 length shorts. They’ve been doing sterling work during the mild/wet latter half of 2012 under a pair of waterproof shorts. The material is not too thick so you don’t end up overheating on those long, arduous hill climbs but being 3/4 length keeps most of the muck off your flesh and your knees cosy. 😀
Second Best = Zoomable Cree torch
nice, adjustable, even spread of light and brilliant mounted on my helmet 😯
Worst = two chainrings I bought off ebay. Brand new middle one has worn down quicker than one fashioned from a rich tea biscuit and the second hand inner one was almost as worn as the one I was replacing 😕Posted 5 years agomarsdenmanMember
Best – bike wise
Joint first goes to Crossmaxx ST front wheel (CRC bargain) and the 20mm maxle Rev’s that were a bargain via classifieds on here. Transformed bike handling for the better.
Best non bike was a Lastolite HiLite background – so easy to use on headshots / school shoots. Paid for itself many times over.
Honestly struggling to think of anything naff – tight budgets tend to keep frivolity in sharp focus 🙂Posted 5 years agoAlexSubscriber
oh and have to include this just for the smile it brings to my face every time I remember surprising my long suffering wife with a rather cool anniversary presentPosted 5 years agomogrimMember
Best: Quebrantahuesos, first big road sportive and it was excellent, great atmosphere, spectacular scenery (Pyrenees), and reasonably priced.
Worst: Soplao, mtb sportive, 8.5 hours of heavy rain, cold, then they stopped it so didn’t even manage to finish. Although TBH I was so pissed off with the whole thing by then I didn’t care too much.
Second worst: the rechargeable rear light I got from Decathlon, one rainy day and it stopped working.
Edit: and Mackem, given the price of that wine what were you expecting???Posted 5 years agomcmoonterMember
Best purchase of 2012 was my new wood stove.
Worst purchase? Perhaps failure to purchase would be more apt. I failed to buy some winter gloves in Washington, having decided not to pack them, then refusing to buy another pair knowing that I had a perfectly good pair at home. How Scottish is that? I got frostbite two days later.Posted 5 years ago
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