Mark

  • Cheers plumble. I’m not starting down there for a couple of months, but good to know there’s some fellow bikers around.

  • Qtip working at the Sanger?

    Close – working at the EBI. I worked for a year at the Sanger before, so I’m well aware of the need to travel for mountain biking.

    I don’t mind a fair bit of driving for a decent day of riding – with 2 kids under school age I only get the chance to go mountain biking every month or two. We currently live on…[Read more]

  • Hmm, not really interested in a gravel bike ATM. I’d rather stick to the road bike for local riding and do some ‘proper’ mountain biking on the odd day, even if that requires driving further.

    Will be based near Hinxton, so the Peaks is more like a 3 hour drive. The Chilterns are significantly closer, so was hoping there may be something there.…[Read more]

  • So a new job has prompted a move from North Wales to south of Cambridge. The only real disadvantage (apart from the cost of houses) is the lack of mountain biking. What’s the nearest place for some decent mountain biking? My normal riding is trail-centre riding, and the odd enduro race. I enjoy non-trail-centre riding so long as there are some…[Read more]

  • Sorry for your loss fella.

  • qtip replied to the topic Back to coil in the forum Bike Forum 2 months ago

    If your bikes linkage design is linear, a progressive spring will ramp up as it goes through travel so it doesn’t bottom out all the time

    I get that. I just don’t see why that is better than an air shock which is naturally progressive (and can be tuned to be more/less progressive to some degree).

  • qtip replied to the topic Back to coil in the forum Bike Forum 2 months ago

    New progressive springs from cane creek are going to open up the coil options now.

    What’s the advantage of a progressive coil spring over an air shock?

  • qtip replied to the topic The Game Changers…. in the forum Chat Forum 2 months ago

    Oil/fat is a pretty essential part of your diet, why are you trying to eliminate it?

    It’s not about removing fat from the diet. A large proportion of my calories still come from fat. It’s about focussing on nutrient-dense foods.

    I’ve only skim-read that article but I haven’t read so much quackery in one place for some time. Isn’t Klape…

    [Read more]

  • qtip replied to the topic The Game Changers…. in the forum Chat Forum 2 months ago

    Quick question, if you don’t mind? How would you define “processed” (and non-) in this context?

    Bad choice of words on my part. Maybe minimally-processed would have been a better description. Dairy, as you rightly point out, is fairly heavily processed but again the (my) general rule would be the less processing the better. So milk is bette…[Read more]

  • qtip replied to the topic The Game Changers…. in the forum Chat Forum 2 months ago

    I gained weight on a plant based diet.

    I’m happy to be corrected, but I’m guessing that this was just “plant-based” and not “whole-food plant-based”, the later of which being what The Game Changers is promoting (although the distinction could definitely be made clearer in the film). Replacing processed meat with processed vegan food isn’t…[Read more]

  • qtip replied to the topic Wide Winter Road Boots in the forum Bike Forum 3 months ago

    Northwave winter boots fit my wide size 12s perfectly.

  • Should i look beyond a brand x ascend?

    Nope!

  • qtip replied to the topic Favourite vegetarian recipes in the forum Chat Forum 3 months ago

    I’m not a Jamie Oliver fan, but just made his Aubergine Kuzi (as made for Joanna Lumley on the Friday Night Feast series) and it’s bloody gorgeous. I substituted soya yoghurt to make it vegan.

  • qtip replied to the topic Favourite vegetarian recipes in the forum Chat Forum 3 months ago

    This vegan tagine is a really good winter warmer. Dead easy to make and proper tasty.

    Delicious Magazine Vegetable Tagine

  • qtip replied to the topic Recommend me a windproof jacket in the forum Bike Forum 3 months ago

    Sportful Hot Pack range might fit the bill, apart from maybe the “not the thinnest” criteria. I’ve got the Ultralight version which is super thin, so not sure how thin the standard version is. I’m very happy with mine, but it’s used for warmer times of year. I hate the cold and it’s full thermal gear for me during the winter.

  • qtip replied to the topic Running away…. in the forum Chat Forum 4 months ago

    I could just hire a car and drive from heated hotel to heated hotel, but where’s the fun, where’s the adventure in that?

    In the things you do in between your comfortable nights’ sleep.

  • qtip replied to the topic Cycling in Menorca in the forum Bike Forum 4 months ago

    That looks like it could be good fun on an XC bike. Definitely starting to look more appealing than road riding, especially as I’ve been spoilt by road riding in Mallorca for the last couple of family holidays.

  • qtip replied to the topic Cycling in Menorca in the forum Bike Forum 4 months ago

    By coastal track, do you mean the Cami de Cavalles?

  • qtip started the topic Cycling in Menorca in the forum Bike Forum 4 months ago

    So it looks like this year’s family holiday is going to be Menorca. I’ll have the chance to escape for a few days of cycling, so does anyone know anything about cycling in Menorca and have any recommendations for routes, hire shops, etc.?

    I’m happy to do either road biking or mountain biking – which is the better option for Menorca? A mixture…[Read more]