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Nothing at cathkin braes to go to ruin after the commonwealths! Will just grow over.Posted 5 years ago | Go to post
Try ebay for 29er wheels as bikers upgrade new bikes; ive ha e some real bargains oem with discs included. Bar ends are great; allow a bit more of a low position on the straights or splash out on something like woodchipper bars. Schwalbe marathons are my fave commuting tyres. Yes to mud guards; think abouta bar bag or frame bag if you don’t have to cart a ton of stuff to work. Great fun building the ideal commuter.Posted 5 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Sore ass!
+1 for the correct saddle size; your bum bones need to be well supported; if you have a wide oelvis and a narrow saddle you will get trouble. A hard saddle does not squash your perineum and allows better blood flow on long rides = less pain.Posted 5 years ago | Go to post
If you can’t bring yourself to buy chamois cream then sudocream for nappy rash works just as well. Just warn whoever does the laundry why your shorts are covered in white gunk.
Im running a niner carbon fork. Is a 2012 model I think. Great x country and interesting on tougher trails. Have a 2.4 tyre upfront which takes out some bumps but really noticing it on the thumbs. Maybe the flat bars don’t helo and something witha bit more bend would spread the vibrations. No plans to swap for sus just yet.Posted 5 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Langholm biking event – May 2013
Looks great; this is the best ale I know of in the Borders:Posted 6 years ago | Go to post
Guiding on local trails is a great way of learning new rides if you are not from the area.
There is quite a bit of sportive action around Newcastleton and Hawick this year (Tour O’the Borders, Ken Laidlaw and another 2-dayer); but good luck with the whole event – I’ll certainly pass the news on in Gala and Kelso.
Reply to: Road bike advice pleaaaase
Leave a few quid over to try out a few different saddle sizes and fit; the standard saddle may not suit you; you may also prefer pedals with a larger/smaller base so try out a few different types. Buy the shorts/jersey now that you will want to use and get use to it; no splashing out on new shorts the night before! I’d agree with everything here; 800squid should see you OK. Good luck!Posted 6 years ago | Go to post
As a solid piece of engineering you can’t beat a Maxxraxx; we have carried 4 quite easily and it is pretty quick to take down and bung in the back; also has a tilt thing to allow (some) door access. They also make a ‘bent’ arm to fit round spare wheels.Posted 6 years ago | Go to post
I’d urge anyone who regualrly uses energy or recovery drinks to have a look at this nice summary of the British Medical Journal special issue on energy drinks and evidence (or lack of).
Save yourself a lot of money and abdominal pain!Posted 6 years ago | Go to post
+1 for the crosser with discs and mudguard eyelets; a quick change of tyres makes it a suitable trainer/sportive bike as well should you ever get the urge.Posted 7 years ago | Go to post
Yes – listen and be prepared to try out stuff that feels unnatural to start with; also adds a lot of confidence to your rides if you are tackling harder trails than you normally ride. Buddy up and split the cost – you can also learn a lot by watching someone else (while you have a breather).Posted 7 years ago | Go to post
GPs are a great pet for a 10 year old; much better than bunnies or blood-drawing hamsters. Easily handled; make cute noises; eat bits of veg peelings; can be bathed occasionaly for extra ‘fun’. Droppings are also dry and not very smelly so cleaning out is easy and woodshavings go great in the compost.Posted 7 years ago | Go to post
Also make a tasty snack if you get bored of them 😉
Reply to: Movember/job interview dilemma…….
I went for a job interview with a movember many years ago – I had this great ‘I’m only doing this for charity…arn’t ‘taches such a joke!…’ patter all worked out. Walked in and the interviewer had an enormous soup-strainer – it kind of worked out OK as we bonded instantly over facial hair and I got the job.Posted 7 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Talk to me about chainsaws
Once you get a chainsaw you will start to see wood everywhere and slip into the habit of bunging the odd branch into the boot, friends will drop a variety of waste timber and pallets off. Quite soon the open fire will seem inefficient and a trip to the wood burner showroom will follow. It makes quite a lot of sense given fuel costs. So if you think you will be in it for the long haul go for a Stihl or Husky. Get some good safety gear and some training, your limbs will always thank you.Posted 7 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Crap picture I know BUT – NEW BIKE
My Soras have lasted for quite a few years, not the nicest to look at but reliable and work! Personally I like my variety of riding, my commute, evening club rides and a bit of blether, MTB ing with the kids. I’m always surprised how bike handling skills transfer from one discipline to another.
The shoddy white ducting really let’s down that wall though, should have used protected cable and buried it!Posted 7 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Jimmy and Lance – parallels?
A strange coincidence that the JS story comes out so soon after his death? Were the producers not so confident of the evidence to face up to legal challenge? I don’t see how the apparent victims or JS can get any real justice now, a real potty that this didn’t come to police notice while he was alive.
As an aside I bid on the JS estate auction for a few bits of memorabilia, what a relief I didn’t win anything!Posted 7 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Flat pedals on a road bike
Persevere with the clip ins, you will find your pedalling much more smooth and efficient, yes can be scary when starting out, busy roads are definitely not the best learning environment. I’d agree that crank bros candys are easy to clip into, but I prefer a spd pedal with a bit more support.Posted 7 years ago | Go to post
Try just eating breakfast during your commute; Cornflakes and milk followed by boiled egg and soldiers. I think that would guarantee more weight loss. 😀Posted 7 years ago | Go to post
Building a wheel with no training I’d say is going to be the weakest spot in your plan; but I’d love to hear if anyone has built a great set of MTB wheels with just youtube to coach them. Headset and BB fitting usually needs special tools and some frame prep; so you could get the LBS to do this. If you service an existing bike regularly, can set up gears, bleed brakes etc. then you should be OK building a bike from standard parts.Posted 7 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Quick help with basic nurtition
I agree go with something more complex for breakfast; wholegrain cereal plus some fruit; boiled egg if that’s what you’re used to. I think your lunchtime snack is fine – I like to have something a bit savoury if I’m going to be taking on carb drinks later. Mars bars would be a disaster in my opinion (especially if you have not tried eating them before and during a hard training session); massive sugar dump, feel on top of the world for about 2 minutes, and then an insulin rush that makes you feel like crap. Slow release/absorb carbs that are easy to eat such as bananas, fig rolls (poor water shedding properties) are my preference.Posted 7 years ago | Go to post