• What salary was she offered when she accepted the job?
    If 22k then I don’t see how they can ask for it back, if 18k then surely she noticed the difference on the payslips and should have mentioned it?

  • ajantom replied to the topic Calling Devon MTB knowledge in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    only the obvious stuff

    Well yes, but the last few time I’ve been even the some of the secret squirrel routes are getting pretty tired.

    found a bunch of new to me stuff over by the race course this last weekend

    Shhh, we don’t talk about that πŸ˜‰ strictly on a a need to know basis.

  • ajantom replied to the topic Calling Devon MTB knowledge in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    Woodbury is fairly XC in nature. Used to race there years ago.

    There’s actually a fair amount of decent single-track up there, if you know where to look.
    Even some short, quite technical runs, with jumps and drops, etc. over the Yettington side.

    Not as much height gain as Haldon to be sure, but also a lot less traffic, so it holds up a lot…[Read more]

  • ajantom replied to the topic Calling Devon MTB knowledge in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    Newton Abbot is a bit of a shit-tip, but not as bad as Kingsteignton (right next door).

    Used to teach in the area, and probably the rudest kids I’ve ever met. A fair amount of social deprivation and unemployment in the area, which adds to the general feeling of apathy amongst the residents of the area.

    Some lovely riding up the reign valley and…[Read more]

  • ajantom replied to the topic What's your winter strategy? in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    I normally plow through on the MTB all winter, with the occasional road/gravel ride if it’s really manky out.

    However, it’s been so wet this autumn that my local trails are horrendously boggy, so I’ve sorted my Pompino fixie out, and will be doing some miles on that in lieu of the MTB for a while.

  • Seconded for the Buzzrack Scorpion.

    Fits my XL DMR Trailstar with 2.8″ tyres no problem, and also a Surly Krampus 29+.
    It’s rated for 2 x 30kg ebikes, so should take pretty much any bike weight-wise.

    Very solid bit of kit, had no problems with it for going on nearly 2 years now.

  • Well, ended up doing 38 miles with 2500ft of climbing on the fixie.

    Only skidded once (stood up to climb, and then briefly forgot I couldn’t freewheel. Oops!).

    The knee deep flood near Exmouth was interesting. Had to get off and push through in the end.

  • @ ajantom: woooooooooooooeeeerrrrrr get you ya hippy 😜

    Yeah man ✌️ ☮️ 😘

    I suppose I just see a lot of overstretched and stressed out people in my job, and this constant push, push, push to buy stuff we don’t need, and the environmental impact of rampant over-consumption depresses me a bit.

    You guys knock yerselves out…

  • I’m going to make a point of spending as little as possible over the next few weeks.
    I know we live in a capitalist paradise (sic) but the crass commercialism of black Friday, et al, does make the bile rise even more than normal.

  • I can’t face another mud bath, so I’ve rebuilt my fixie Pompino, and am going to do about 40 miles on that tomorrow.
    Should be fun πŸ™‚

  • ajantom replied to the topic Have Plus Bikes Died a Death ? in the forum Bike Forum 3 weeks ago

    Nope. They’re still great.

    uncle krampy

  • ajantom replied to the topic The Mandalorian – Trailer in the forum Chat Forum 3 weeks ago

    Enjoyed that, thought the Blerg(?) training montage was a bit daft though.
    Hopefully they’ll flesh it out a bit as he was pretty boring as a central character. I was more interested in Werner Herzog, some good baddy acting there.

  • Hahahahaha….breathe……hahahahaha…..
    To be expected from what I wonder? A year under water?
    Diamondback frame

  • Yes, but it’s my summer hardtail too (though I put a rear mudguard for winter).
    Loads of clearance, and a hub gear πŸ˜‰


  • I’ve got a Blackburn Outpost frame bag, zips out from a half bag to a full bag.
    Comes in 3 sizes to fit a variety of frames. Medium fits my Krampus spot on.

    Well made and though not fully waterproof my stuff hasn’t got wet yet.
    Very good as a starter piece of kit.

  • Not sure an Alfine is suitable for enduro MTB kind-of riding though?

    Tough as old boots is Alfine 8.

    Now I may have been lucky, but mine’s been over Dartmoor, Exmoor, Quantocks, BPW, Afan, etc. General summer and winter XC around Devon, and lots of winch and plummet type riding.

    Plenty of PRs and Koms on Strava on that bike, so it’s not…[Read more]

  • Not tried it on a Reba, but it fits all 3 sets of sus forks I own no problems – X-Fusion, Marzocchi and Manitou (though it’s not perfect with the Manitou’s rear brace it still fits and works).

  • Only one of the Sweep 27.5 left.
    Great fork, proper bargain, andvrvrn though it’s not boost it happily fits a 2.8 tyre in with plenty of mud clearance.
    X-Fusion Sweep 27.5

  • Most people who I ride with get really demoralised going uphill. More recently some of them have started riding EBikes and they seem so much happier. There are some who can’t afford EBikes and they remain miserable.

    Jesus, if that’s even half true, then it’s bloody depressing.

    If your only reason for buying an ebike is to make yourself less d…[Read more]

  • ajantom replied to the topic Winter Boots or what? in the forum Bike Forum 1 month ago

    The problem with most waterproof socks is that water gets in the top eventually.

    The solution?
    Really long ones!

    I’ve got some Sealskinz knee length, and with a pair of waterproof shorts that overlap them slightly you stay warm and dry in any weather.
    Just been out on an extremely wet and muddy ride.
    A few trails were basically 1-2 foot deep…[Read more]

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