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Reply to: Interesting E-Bike article on the BBC
I have no problem with E-Bikes when they are used in the same way an unassisted bike would be. Whether it’s enabling riders to complete loops faster, or help those who need it, all great stuff.
Where I often ride we have some tucked away trails (that walkers don’t use) that have always been descents because they are too steep or loose to climb or because there is an easier climb or fire road nearby. Now, for the first time, I have seen E-bike riders climbing up them. We can argue all day about ‘it’s not a trail centre’, or ‘you should be in control/able to stop’ etc, but it increases the chances of a collision occurring in a manner that had never previously existed. Secondly, bike wheels, motor assisted or human powered, going up hill under load result in levels of trail erosion far greater than those caused when freewheeling down hill, particularly in woodland areas where the ground is soft, loamy or muddy. This behaviour will most likely lead to resentment and conflict with other riders and landowners in the future if it continues.Posted 1 week ago | Go to post
Reply to: Anyone fancy going to Madeira with me?
I often travel solo for bike trips myself. It can sometimes make things trickier in terms of cost and logistics.Posted 1 week ago | Go to post
Freeride Madiera is on my ‘Must Ride’ list, but February is not possible for me. Good luck in you search :0)
Reply to: Riser bars vs spacers
It will affect the reach slightly too.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
I run my Fox 34s at 150. Never felt particularly noodley but not as good as my 36’s either.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
They do seem to have developed a creak somewhere in the crown of late but whether this is related to them having the longer airshaft fitted I couldn’t say.
Reply to: Spanish winter riding
Not Spain, but Sospel is open year round. If you can get a few of you together (4 minimum), for 45 euros per person per day, you can get Coolbus to run uplift for you.
Also look at DH Guide Canarias http://www.downhilldays.com Not used myself, but looks like they offer what you’re looking for.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
Ebay. Get the big ones. I just cut or rip them down to the size in need. You can mend some pretty big holes with them. I got a cut while in the Peaks that took 3 to fill but still in there and perfectly sealed 6 months and 1000km later.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
Basque MTB – Hign Pyrenees or Ainsa Enduro, depending on when you want to go in either October or Novemnber. Bike hire is available too.
Edit scratch that, these are week long trips. 🙁Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
Reply to: Geometry Fiddlers Assemble!
Thanks for the replies.Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
I’ve just seen the new Ibis Mojo HD5 specs. It’s a 6″ travel DW link bike just like mine. The geo on it is almost identical to what I have planned, so I can’t be far wrong.
Angle Headset ordered, 36 Forks go for 170mm Airshaft, Vorsprung Luftkappe and Fractive damper upgrade tomorrow.
Reply to: Do I need a full face helmet?
Depends where and what you ride. My local trails are all Surrey Hills and surrounds, where it’s almost all dirt and loam so I don’t feel it’s necessary to where a full face. If away riding rocky terrain, riding at a bike park where there are lots of jumps and drops to deal with, or racing so pushing hard, then I feel much happier in my Proframe FF.Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
As has been said, you don’t need a full face until you really need it!
Reply to: Oneup or revive dropper
One up is possibly the shortest for a given size but if you have to shim a One-Up 180 down for use as a 170 or 160mm extension, you still have the longer body of a 180 under the collar, which can be a problem on frames with a kinked seat tube.Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
Reply to: Oneup or revive dropper
This thread has been quite timely for me, as I’ve been thinking about a longer post for a while, for more clearance on super steep descents and jumps. The 125mm Fox Transfer I have works well but is long for the amount of drop it provides.Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
I’ve ordered a 160mm Revive which should fit my frame with a few millimetres to spare in terms of insertion length for my saddle height. The ‘Triggy lever that come with the Revive also mounts directly to Matchmaker, which is handy for me.
One-up looks good value, but the 150mm wasn’t enough in terms of increased drop and a 180mm shimmed down to 160mm would be too long to fit my frame.
Reply to: Kids Bike For 8 Year Old
We got our eldest a Early Rider T24 for his eight birthday. Pricey, but light and we’ll get good use out of it, as it’ll get passed down to his younger brother, just as the Belter 20″ has.Posted 4 weeks ago | Go to post
Our boys are both 91st centile on the growth chart, so tall for their age but even so at 8 years old the eldest was only just big enough to ride the 24″ wheel bike even though he was 135cm tall when he got it. I think 26″ wheels are too big for their age.
Reply to: Someone explain brake jack to me
This article explains almost every different suspension design and their various characteristics, including anti-rise aka brake jackPosted 1 month ago | Go to post
Reply to: MTB specific tops vs just tops
I don’t think there is any real benefit over generic sports tops. The cheap tops I’ve bought in Sports Direct have been no worse the Endura or Royal Racing MTB tops I have.Posted 1 month ago | Go to post
In summer, when there lots of bramble and gorse encroaching on the trails, I prefer them as I’m not bothered if a £5 top gets snagged.
You shouldn’t be pumping them all the way up to the required pressure in one go. Put in 20psi at a time and then compress the fork slowly as possible several times to allow the positive and negative chambers to equalizePosted 1 month ago | Go to post
I usually exercise every day, so in theory this should be easy, but in reality doing 100 consecutive days is hard.Posted 1 month ago | Go to post
I don’t think I’ve ever managed it. Things like a travelling on holiday or full day out with family/friends will often scupper you.
Reply to: XO1 Eagle with XTR 12sp shifter?
I believe there is a tiny difference the the spacing of the sprockets, something like 0.1mm, between Shimano 12sp and SRAM Eagle. That would equate to 1.2mm across the whole cassette.
To miniimize the amount of drift as you go through the gears, I would suggest setting it up and tuning in gears 6&7.Posted 1 month ago | Go to post
Brand X is good, Just spend a bit more cash and get a decent remote, such as a Wolftooth, that attaches to your brake lever clamp. I found the Brand X one to be rather flimsy.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
I’ve invisiframed 2 bikes, including a Yeti. Yes it is a ballache to fit, just be patient and take your time, but it’s well worth it, especially if you plan to ride anywhere with sharp rocky terrain or use frame bags.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
I’ve binned in the Alps, and I have no doubt the Invisiframe protection took the sting out of some nasty rock scrapes that would otherwise damage the carbon layup.
We’re heading back to the 3 Valleys (Les Menuires) again in Feb. First time there with the kids. We are going with Neilson Ski again, as they do a great job occupying the kids, if they’re too tired/don’t want to ski in the afternoon.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
I second the LifeLine Motion Floor Mount Mini Pump…except it may be a little long to go in a jersey pocket!
True, but it comes with a handy mount which can be used on bottlecage bosses or zip-tied to a tube of your choice.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post
Lifeline motion floor mount mini pump £9 works brilliantly.Posted 2 months ago | Go to post