bowglie

  • Just been having a quick look at this thread as we’re currently on hols in Portugal.  Long story short, I was chatting to the Portuguese property owner earlier this week – her advice for buying property in Portugal is to see what repossessed properties the banks are selling. (Reckons you can save a lot of money over estate agents pr…[Read more]

  • Just been having a quick look at this thread as we’re currently on hols in Portugal.  Long story short, I was chatting to the Portuguese property owner earlier this week – her advice for buying property in Portugal is to see what repossessed properties the banks are selling. (Reckons you can save a lot of money over estate agents pr…[Read more]

  • bowglie replied to the topic Other than Flaremax… in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    I’ve previously owned a FlareMAX, and still have my RocketMAX, but recently got a 2020 Trek Fuel EX8.  The RocketMAX has been ridden so infrequently since getting the Trek that I’ve stripped the frame to upgrade bits on the EX.  I much prefer the ride, handling and weight of the Trek to the Cotics – the latter do have a relatively perky feel for t…[Read more]

  • bowglie replied to the topic Santa Cruz ebike in the forum Bike Forum 1 week ago

    The choice of ‘cc’ carbon for the frame and 504Wh battery is interesting – maybe to try and keep the weight of the top spec bike in check eh? (They must be piss*d off with Specialized and their ‘lightweight’ Levo).  Whatever, I can see ‘em selling well.

  • My large Camino Al frame & fork will probably be up for sale next week if that’d be of interest.  Only bought it last year, but I like it so much, I’ve just treated myself to a Camino Ti frame. Once the parts have been swapped over, I’ll be putting on eBay.

  • My OH recently bought a new Giant Trance 29 to replace her stolen Cotic. The Giant was in a last year’s model sale for just over £1600.  Fairly boggo spec (but still a pound or so lighter than her nice spec £4K Cotic. The Giant is fantastic for trail centre reds and longer days on natural trails.  Only 115mm rear, 130mm front travel, but quite…[Read more]

  • I recently treated myself to an Endura MT500 freezing point jacket, and have been pleasantly surprised by how good it is.  I’ve used it for cold windy days in the Dark Peak (sloggy uphills followed by exposed moorland trails).  On the climbs, I’m down to just a thin base layer underneath, and just open the vents if I get a bit warm. Occas…[Read more]

  • Know what you’re saying about the steamroller feel of some ebikes. My nice ‘analogue’ bike was stolen about 3 months back, so with the insurance money I got a Trek ebike and sensible shoes spec analogue bike. The ebike has 20mm more suspension at either end, and it’s effectively an ebike version of Treks Enduro bike.  The analogue bike is a pretty…[Read more]

  • bowglie replied to the topic 2020 Trek Fuel Ex 8 and 9.7 in the forum Bike Forum 3 weeks ago

    Quick update on my 2020 EX8. So far I’ve only used the bike on trail centre stuff, but I took it for a loop around my favourite ‘test loop’ in the Peak District yesterday. Couple of classic Hope Valley descents and a bit of cheeky steep stuff in the woods (a bit like some 5he off piste Tweed Valley stuff). Really impressed with how the bike perfo…[Read more]

  • Oh thank Nick, that sounds promising. I know what you’re saying with the wide bars, as we have to skew ours at 45 degrees and fix in the Transit. (FWIR, our bike compartment is only 600 to 650mm deep though).

  • bowglie replied to the topic Tattoos? in the forum Chat Forum 4 weeks ago

    A tattoo sceptic I know (..ahem😉) didn’t get his first one until he was 57, and he really likes it.  I guess it depend on placement, how bothered you are about keeping it covered etc etc, but you’ve always got the option of having the tat put where you can choose to easily keep it covered.

  • er…Hope the title makes sense!

    We currently have a LWB high roof Transit camper van that we’re thinking of replacing with a smaller van.  In the Transit our bikes go in a bike cupboard in the back, they fit crossways on a shelf above the wheel-arches (front wheels out, bikes nose to tail).  We quite like this configuration, as it’s quite space…[Read more]

  • bowglie replied to the topic 2020 Trek Fuel Ex 8 and 9.7 in the forum Bike Forum 4 weeks ago

    No worries bud. I got the GX and it’s good, but my Mrs recently got a new bike with SLX 12 speed and it feels a bit more refined – much lighter shift action. Imagine the XT is better still.

    No probs with the bottom bracket BTW.

  • bowglie replied to the topic 2020 Trek Fuel Ex 8 and 9.7 in the forum Bike Forum 4 weeks ago

    I recently got a 2020 EX8 to replace my 2019 EX9.9 custom build that got pinched.  So far I’ve been really impressed with the 8, especially for the money (negotiated a bit a money off list!). Only mods I’ve made to the 8 are some lighter wheels – and that was only because I’d got some old ones in the shed.  Drivetrain, fork, brakes and handleba…[Read more]

  • Aluminium Giant Anthem or Trance 29, or Spesh Epic? For 3.5k you should get something with a reasonable spec if there are any 2019 models left.

  • bowglie replied to the topic E-Bike upgrades in the forum Bike Forum 1 month ago

    Can’t offer any advice regarding the range extender battery, but can on the brakes.  I’d definitely recommend some decent four piston brakes. I’ve got 2 piston SLX brakes on my 14.3kg analog bike and 4 piston SLX’s on my 22kg ebike.  The ebike has 200mm rotors front and rear, and the brakes are strong, but not eye-popping – they still need a re…[Read more]

  • bowglie replied to the topic Flat pedals 50 quidish in the forum Bike Forum 1 month ago

    Another convert from Vaults to Burgtec composites. I’ve previously used various Superstar and HT flat pedals, but I’ve been very impressed with the grip and comfort on the Burgtec’s – much prefer them to S’star and Vaults (FWIW, I use them with size 10 Five-tens).

  • Up in the North York Moors for a few days. The moors and more ‘interesting’ natural trails look a proper bog-fest, so probably going to stick to more armoured trails – Dalby, Sutton Bank, and maybe an easy spin around Rosedale on the old rail trail on Chrimbo day.

  • One of my neighbours was working for Nat West, got fed up with it and retrained as a central heating plumbers his mid 30’s.  I think it took him at least 3 or 4 years to get established, but 15 years on and he’s doing well.  Certainly seems a lot happier.

    After years of working in a pretty soul destroying ‘career’, I also retrained in my late 3…[Read more]

  • bowglie replied to the topic Sonder broken road sizing in the forum Bike Forum 2 months ago

    My wife and I have been sharing a large Broken Road (or should I say, I occasionally get a look in!:)). I’m just over 6’ and have to use a layback seatpost and 55mm stem to get comfortable on the bike, whereas she is 5’9” and uses the bike with an in-line seatpost (dropper Post) and 50mm stem.  Much as it pains me to say, it looks a better f…[Read more]

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