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  • kiksy replied to the topic Blandford Forum in the forum Chat Forum 2 days ago

    Yes, Blandford is much smaller than Salisbury, but it does still have a decent buzz about it, many shops are independent and it doesn’t have that “dying a death” feel that many small towns high streets have.

    Really good bike shop Offcamber as well, they run a XC race series which is again ridable to from Blandford.

    Not sure when you are…[Read more]

  • kiksy replied to the topic Blandford Forum in the forum Chat Forum 2 days ago

    Okeford Hill Bike Park (formerly UK Bike Park) is close to Shillingston/Okeford Fitzpaine. Can be ridden to from Blandford though.

    Puddletown forest is also good for riding. Wareham forest has some too, and for nice views, the Purbecks.

    There are some bits in Blandford forest, but not loads, space to dig though.

    Most of the local villages are…[Read more]

  • Had a 2014 Trance, liked it.

    I’ve ridden the new 29er Trance, geo is better and it pedals really well with those big wheels.

    Scott Spark is similar to the Trance , but a little more playful.

    Not ridden one but a Ripmo AF can be had for £3100, that would be top of my test list.

  • kiksy replied to the topic Homemade Hydration Drinks in the forum Bike Forum 5 days ago

    I buy a big bag of maltrodextrin and dextrose from Bulk Powders or MyProtein and just add to water. They are only a few quid for a kilo.

  • kiksy replied to the topic Santa Cruz ebike in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    Another way I’d look at this – how many people can afford a £25k+ car on HP when paying half that does the same job? Many. In comparison a £5k bike isn’t a stretch? No-one’s being put off ‘the sport’ based on E-bike pricing

    I don’t know the figures, but a mountain bike is purely for leisure (unless you commute on it) . A car for many is a nec…[Read more]

  • kiksy replied to the topic Santa Cruz ebike in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    Pretty much everyone I know who rides started with a relatively cheap hardtail moved on to a better hardtail before getting a full suss .

    That’s kind of my point.

    What’s the cheapest ebike you can get that isn’t just complete tat? £2k? Maybe?

    What’s a decent non ebike? £600?

    The amount of people who just will instantly be turned off w…[Read more]

  • kiksy replied to the topic Santa Cruz ebike in the forum Bike Forum 6 days ago

    Backs up why I think a mid-range bike can still be aspirational, that £12k premium price aspiration doesn’t negatively impact on image/attitude type of aspiration.

    As alluded to already, ebikes are often touted as a way of getting people who maybe wouldn’t ride a normal bike out on the trails.

    Imagine someone who is interested in getting on…[Read more]

  • My issue with these groups is that I don’t think they understand the scale of the problem. If you think that an imminent (~10 years) climate catastrophe needs averting by an immediate reduction in CO2 emissions to essentially pre-Industrial Revolution levels, your only choice really is a global return to the Stone Age. Or an immediate global c…

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  • kiksy replied to the topic New Labour leader/ direction in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    What is, then?

    FWIW I reckon this is the second most unanswered question on any politics thread on here after ‘so what do you see as the benefits of Brexit?’

    How do you soft-soap exposing stupidity and petty nastiness?

    I guess just by asking them lots and lots of questions as to why they feel/think that way and then calmly and patiently giv…[Read more]

  • kiksy replied to the topic New Labour leader/ direction in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    The ‘just about managing’ in your average small to medium town are not directing their anger where it should go.

    Totally agree, they’ve worked the line that the Tories are for the hard working, Labour for the lazy and that tax cuts are always good thing.

    But

    It has taken a long time to pull the strands of this trick together, to con…

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  • kiksy replied to the topic New Labour leader/ direction in the forum Chat Forum 1 week ago

    Islington North CLP has nominated Starmer and Rayner.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/CLPNominations/status/1226139468073185280

    Make of that what you will.

  • kiksy replied to the topic New Labour leader/ direction in the forum Chat Forum 2 weeks ago

    Why Nandy? A complete liability. No talent, no brains, no principles

    She at least understands that Labour need to listen and reconnect to regain the lost northern seats.

    Seems to be able to handle herself well in interviews as well.

  • kiksy replied to the topic New Labour leader/ direction in the forum Chat Forum 2 weeks ago

    But the party faithful/Momentum/common room/PFJ’s preference is for Long Bailey and that numbskull Burgon

    It is, but the numbers of them are not as big as many make out, as displayed by the CLP nominations.

    Momentum has 40,000 members in total.

    Labour has had 100,000 new members since the election. It’s highly unlikely that these are h…[Read more]

  • kiksy replied to the topic New Labour leader/ direction in the forum Chat Forum 2 weeks ago

    If it ends up being a combination of ‘boring but across his brief’ Starmer, and ‘laugh off your erudite but condescending questioning style’ Rayner… that is probably the best outcome possible

    It’s going to be those 2 almost certainly, unless either makes a monumental gaff in the next few weeks.

  • kiksy replied to the topic New Labour leader/ direction in the forum Chat Forum 2 weeks ago

    For those saying the party has lost it’s mind and still has massive support for Corybn:

    “So far, 350 CLPs have nominated candidates to be leader of the Labour Party.

    Keir Starmer: 201
    Rebecca Long-Bailey: 96
    Lisa Nandy: 40
    Emily Thornberry: 13”

    “So far, 352 CLPs have nominated…

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  • kiksy replied to the topic Nukeproof Scout 290 in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    I too have the pre geo update model (2017).

    It is very stiff, to the point of being harsh in many cases. I do have quite a small low volume tyre on the rear which probably doesn’t help.

  • kiksy replied to the topic Alternatives to QECP in the forum Bike Forum 2 weeks ago

    Maybe not the answer you were looking for, but what about grabbing a shovel, rake and mattock with the money you’d spend on the car park and building something new somewhere?

    Remember, once upon a time QECP and head down trails didn’t exist. They came about because people put the effort in and built them

  • kiksy replied to the topic Brexit 2020+ in the forum Chat Forum 2 weeks ago

    Onward and upward, the battle for a better UK has begun.

    This. The anger and frustration at Brexit is to be expected. If we let that anger consume us and then lash out wildly at anyone who doesn’t agree with us do we really think it’ll improve the state of the country?

    Hard though it will be, the time now is for listening, understanding and…[Read more]

  • It sounds as though ebikes bring the same issue to the climbs as you now have to try to ride up a cliff to get the same challenge you used to get from a muddy bank.

    I was talking about technical climbs rather than just steep stuff. You have a the ability to put down a huge burst of power very very quickly so you can get up and over stuff much…[Read more]

  • I’m fairly small and light, and found the same, on descents they just feel like a big heavy lump that does it’s own thing. Not necessarily bad, but very different to a normal bike.

    But.

    And to be honest… Riding up stuff that’s hard interests me WAY more on a manual bike than it would on an ebike. It’s about the challenge, it’s about the gri…

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