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Reply to: Guy Martin’s Great Escape
That was shit….
In fact, I find most Guy Martin shows a bit shit. Poor planning and organisation always leaves them having to wait muddle through…. They didn’t know where they could jump /land.
They used water bottles in the gravity racer and chose a twisty road… And had to go all the way to France.
Meh. Meh.Posted 1 hour ago | Go to post
Reply to: Garden bike furniture for the kids….
I’ve chopped it in half and added a box section. Box is 40cm high, 95cm long. Will use theatre hinges to attach the box, or back to original configuration when he’s bigger /more confident.
I rode the original yesterday evening on the BMX…. Whether it was the Feierabendbier or I’m just crap, but I found it a bit intimidating so thought the middle section will smooth it out a bit….Posted 2 days ago | Go to post
Reply to: Those of you who suffer depression
I vividly remember that I was a surly, sarcastic, morose prick when growing up. Plenty of school and holiday photos of me looking unhappy.
Things haven’t changed much into adulthood. Find that life is a bit of a knife edge between smiling and not wanting to get up and face the world.Posted 2 days ago | Go to post
Have caught myself several times over the last few years slipping into a bit of a hole. Prefer to self diagnose and medicate (be that with drugs or sport or just getting the **** away from everyone) than sit at a doctors.
Reply to: The French
Fair play to them….
I heard similar sentiment to the op in the media here in Germany.
But why not stand up for what you want? Why let the governments do what they want with carte blanche? Further filling the pockets of those at the top whilst the plebs work longer for less.
Be more French and sod those few negatively affected by it for the odd day.Posted 3 days ago | Go to post
The travel pussy in German vending machines is rubbish…. You can achieve a similar effect with a half inflated balloon and some hand cream. Single use, too!Posted 3 days ago | Go to post
Or the frog has a really long tongue…..Posted 3 days ago | Go to post
Reply to: Knife Sharpening
Old bone China mug or plate. Turn it over so that you have the raw porcelain. Pull knife across it.
Seriously, this works.
A Chinese housemate showed me after another housemate bought a kit (German style). He sharpened knives quicker and better using an lass mug than the guy using his expensive, nerdy kit.Posted 5 days ago | Go to post
Reply to: Anybody ridden in Germany?
Lived in Bavaria /Munich for the best part of ten years. For the odd day out there are some decent trails, but if I’ve got a weekend spare I’ll drive south to Italy rather than ride in Germany or Austria.
Have a look on Trailforks and see how few trails there are in Germany and Austria compared to Italy! And the weather is better on the other side of the alps.
I’ve had too much conflict for my liking with walkers and even Hüttenwirt (mountain hut landlords?) who despite not understanding the laws insist that you are not allowed on the trails. (Art. 141 Bayrische Verfassung).
Tirol region of Austria is particularly backwards. There they do indeed have the <2m rule and technically you’re only allowed to ride on trails that have been specifically designated as bike trails.
Don’t know what things are like further north of the Danube, but from my perspective here in the south it looks flat.
Freiburg in the SW is, however, worth a trip. Nice town with a good vibe. Lots of bars, students and bikes in town.Posted 1 week ago | Go to post
Reply to: Anyone know Mikes Bikes in Germany … ?
I thought I knew them as there is a Mike’s Bikes in Munich, but yours is a different guy further south.
Shop looks legit and anyone selling on mtb-news needs to be registered /authenticated.
Not sure whether they will post abroad. I’m likely driving back to the UK from Germany in December. Mail in profile.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
Reply to: European ‘wilderness’
Bis of Croatia are pretty wild still.
Mate of mine travelled through the Balkans down to Greece and then back up to Germany via Serbia and Romania. He said there were great expanses of nothingness, awesome untouched (by tourism at least) mountains.
Have been to bits of northern Spain just over the pyrenees that felt like being in a wild west movie.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
Have had a hilo roof since 2015.
No idea on exact size, but it’s one of the highest lifting yet lowest profile pop tops.
Scissor hinges at the back giving lots of head/foot room; twice that of a California.
Bed lifts up through the van so you needn’t crouch (quite so much…. you’re lays going to have to crouch a bit).Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
Bit of a dog shit problem in Germany. It seems to be the exception rather than the rule that people pick it up.
The number of times I’ve shouted at people nonchalantly ignoring their squatting dog…..
Few weeks back I inserted a little German flag on a stick into a turd. It was gone later that day.
Have also written notes and taped them to an old chopstick: “sind wir in Berlin?” (I’m in Munich).
Berlin is terrible for it.Posted 2 weeks ago | Go to post
Reply to: Why no electric estate cars?
Is it because the UK is odd in its love of estates so the market isn’t big enough?
Have you driven through Europe recently?
Just about all my German colleagues have estates. In fact I can’t think of one of my close circle that drives a saloon.
yet get very excited about owning a T4 or 5, or even a Berlingo which is at least the same size as most SUV’s
Yeah, but with a ton more load space and lots more practicality.
When the GF was looking for a commuter we wanted a two seater. Looked at the tesla roadster, but due to cost ended up with an mx5.Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
Reply to: La Thuile recommendations
Was in La Thuile back in 2017.
Was awesome. The GF loves steep trails where you’ve no choice but drop in, hang on and ride. Not your typical bike park. All hands cut trails.
Italian friend of mine has a mountain hut in Pila. Need to borrow the key in the coming year…Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post
Ok, yeah, bottoming out the form happens occasionally, but this time round I felt a hard “dong” noise. I even stopped thinking something had happened to the frame.
Is there some sort of blow out valve on a 36?
The fork just felt really odd afterwards. Ended up using a mini pump to get some pressure back into the fork (had forgotten to take the shock pump with me) but it didn’t feel right, like it was blowing through the travel too easily.Posted 3 weeks ago | Go to post