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    Reply to: Swinduro 19, anyone else coming playing ?

    Also any chance to practice run on the day or us it ride blind?

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    Reply to: Swinduro 19, anyone else coming playing ?

    I am. I entered the swinduro months ago on a whim and now it’s coming up fast! First time doing this kind of thing. Any idea how hard/committing the features are or are there chicken lines? I’ve ridden at Swinley about 3 or 4 times, once resulting in a big crash which hospitalised me for 2weeks! (I went on about it at length in this forum) So this is exorcising some demons. I will try to get up there a couple of times over the next month to try and get my eye in. My usual riding spot is QECP.

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    Reply to: EU Referendum – are you in or out?

    I have a mate who plays a lot of golf. He voted leave.

    He also signed the petition and supports a 2nd referendum

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    Reply to: Fast rolling tyre with decent side walls?

    Interested in this thread…My T130 RS came with Trail Boss light/fast 2.4 on the rear but I have suffered 2 sidewall cuts that wouldn’t seal in 3 rides.  So ideally I’m after the same tyre in tough/fast or tough/grip in 2.4 width but they seem to be sold out everywhere. 2.25 still available (£15 at Planet X) so maybe I’ll go for that…Vigilante up front is fine so I guess I’d rather not mix brands

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    Reply to: Tubeless – a bit crap?

    Tyre/rim combo makes a difference.  Nightmare on my old 2012 Camber with DT swiss rims and various tyres (spesh, onza) but still doable.

    Bought a T130 RS recently with WTB tyres and rims and setting up tubeless (admittedly with an Airshot) was a surprising joy with no sweating or swearing or soapy water involved and the beads settling into the rims with a bang that actually made me flinch at first.

    Sods law I got a quarter inch sidewall tear on my 1st tubeless ride which wouldn’t seal but that’s now patched and set up tubeless again.

    The last time I had to put a tube in on the Camber I extracted about 7 big thorns from the tyre so I’m sold on the benefits of tubeless, even in the bad old days of sweating and fairy liquid

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    Reply to: New 2019 Whyte T130!

    Yep just ordered a 2018 RS. picking it up at the weekend. Trying to ignore 2019 t130 info…

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    Reply to: The SDW – just how hard to do in a day

    Ha ha – Naked Rambling Man! Bumped into him quite a few times over the years, most recently a couple of weeks ago.

    If it was the actual Naked Rambler (the bloke from Eastleigh) he wouldn’t have bothered covering his modesty up as Neil Donoghue describes

    Which means there’s more than one???

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    Reply to: The SDW – just how hard to do in a day

    this is on my bucket list (living close to the Winchester end) but I just don’t have the bike fitness at the moment –

    I would be relying mainly on Concept 2 rower fitness which definitely helps on 2-3 hour rides but not the full SDW.  Maybe I’ll try next summer assuming we get some decent weather again…

    I heard the SDW Trailwalker event was cancelled this year at short notice due to the heat – it was scheduled for the same weekend as the BHF SDW ride so I guess the powers that be thought MTBers could handle it?

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    Reply to: Whyte T130 RS any good

    Just had a chat with local Whyte stockist who deny all knowledge of the T130 C R as a 2018 model (I told them it had been on the Whyte site for a couple of months at least and that Rutland had it reduced).

    They claim its a 2019 model and is priced at £3250. They then contradicted themselves when I asked about the other 2019 T130 models, saying details were embargoed until 1 August.

    Anyway, I phoned Rutland who confirm it is available at £2600 as long as you can get to one of their shops and collect.

    I’m doing nothing until Ive test ridden in a weeks time so these C R’s might all be sold by then.

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    Reply to: Whyte T130 RS any good

    Thanks Lawman, I’m arranging a T130 demo very soon and assuming I like it , will do the right thing and ask if the LBS can get hold of this Carbon model as its around the same price as the alloy S was at full price

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    Reply to: Any riders from near Eastleigh, Hampshire?

    HI, I’m in Fair Oak which is on the edge of Eastleigh.  My regular XC ride is 3 miles on-road then bridleway following your nose to the east of Marwell zoo in a northerly direction to Cheesefoot Head, then back home again.  14 mi and takes about 1 hour 40 mins.  The return leg is best, particularly a fast rooty section called Featherbed Lane. Watch out for horses though – loads about.

    Access to the SDW at Cheesefoot Head if you want long out and back rides.

    As a previous poster said get the OS map and highlight the bridleways and you’ll be able to piece together lots of routes.

    Loads of stuff on the far side of Winchester, Farley Mount etc but I don’t know it as well.

    Bike Park Bishopstoke (in Stoke Park Woods between Fair Oak and Eastleigh) is now open but Ive not plucked up courage yet as its a bit jumpy and I don’t have the skills but its all rollable, no gaps. I’ve also had a (cheeky) tear around the rest of the woods which can occupy a spare hour in the evening but its a case of following your nose and being polite to dog walkers. You are meant to stay on the gravel main paths.

    Mostly these days I head east to QE Country Park as its a half way point with my riding buddy who is in Portsmouth.  There is a blue and red trail and easy access to SDW and other XC routes.  Park at the (free) carpark on the Buriton side and cycle up the hill to the start of the blue.

    Ive not checked out Soton Bike Park or Lordshill yet.

    Further afield…

    IoW is a boat ride away and is like the south downs on steroids – haven’t been riding there for 20 years but must go again.

    Purbeck Hills also good – did the Wiggle Purbeck-o-Saurus there a couple of years ago

    Surrey Hills and Swinley within easy enough reach although I have not been to Swinley since i broke my pelvis a year ago!!

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    Reply to: Garmin watches .

    and even then, its a reference system that attempts to map a curving 3d surface onto a flat plane to make paper mapping easier. there is error pretty much everywhere. accuracy is almost a meaningless term…

    OK yeah fine but accurate enough for practical purposes 😀

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    Reply to: Garmin watches .

    still not going to get to 1m accuracy though are you. 1mm square on a 25k OS explorer map is a 25m square on the ground….

    sorry Jambo if you point is the impracticality of 1 sq meter accuracy on a map then I agree! (unless very large scale)

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    Reply to: Garmin watches .

    still not going to get to 1m accuracy though are you. 1mm square on a 25k OS explorer map is a 25m square on the ground….

    If a 6 digit grid ref gets you to within a 100 x 100 square , an 8 digit gets you to a 10x10m square, then a 10 digit gets you to a 1x1m square (on the ground).  Map scale not relevant.

    Or have I got that wrong?

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    Reply to: Garmin watches .

    plus note I said “in conjunction with a map”.  GPS for me is backup / confirmation for map and compass.   This probably seems very old school to a lot of people these days who go to the hills with map, GPS, compass all contained on their phone

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    Reply to: Garmin watches .

    if you are a navigation nerd then you should know that precision ≠ accuracy 😉

    Oh I agree. 10 digit grid ref is completely OTT.  You’d only ever give some a 6 digit grid anyway so I’m usually rounding digits up or down as required.  I’m very happy with its accuracy to a 100 metre square

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    Reply to: Garmin watches .

    Happy Garmin Fenix 3 HR owner here…great watch, week long battery life.  A bit big but not too big. I wear it all the time as my main watch.   I went for the Fenix due to superior navigation smarts:

    1. ability out of the box to convert lat/long to a 10 digit  OS grid reference, or the equivalent in many other countries.  Use this in conjunction with map to get your position down to 1 sq metre.

    2. altimeter (although like all altimeters this needs frequent calibration at known heights)

    This is more useful for annual hillwalking trips to Scotland to bag Munros than biking but it would definitely come in handy on more remote rides in actual mountains. Most of my local rides I know where im going so don’t need it.

    You might be able to add apps to the other watches in the Garmin range to achieve the same thing.

    Otherwise it does all the usual activity tracking and steps / floors etc.

    If you aren’t a navigation nerd like me, the other Garmin watches will be fine.

    I actually like Garmin Connect these days and have an autofeed to Strava from it

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    Reply to: Whyte T-130 2018…S vs RS

    Also had a jockey wheel snap on it, writing the mech off

    yes I’ve read the threads about problems with the GX Eagle jockey wheels seizing / snapping and this was putting me off a bit.  I ride 1×10 at the moment and can get up most things around here so I was thinking the XT might give me more gears but keep the reliability.

    Re fork I’m coming from a 26er Reba RL which hasn’t been serviced  so i think any fork is going to be a massive improvement over what Ive got (and I will get it serviced this time honest).

    I’m fine with the noise of the Hope and if it lasts longer than the rear on the Camber, then good.

    I think I prefer the colour of the RS to the S, so maybe it does come down to colour.

    I may get completely derailed by the S150 which Im hoping to demo the same day so this could all be academic.

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    Reply to: Whyte T-130 2018…S vs RS

    it’s this fork ..and the picture shows black stanchions!

    Fox Float Performance Elite 34, 27.5″, 130mm Travel with 3-Pos FIT 4 Damper, Tapered Steerer, Black Coating, 110mm x 15mm Boost E-Thru Axle

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    Reply to: Did you get out tonight/last night?

    yes, 15 mile out and back around the South Downs near Winchester…thought I’d get away mud free, but of course I didn’t…hit a deep patch of drying out mud which brought me to a stand still.

    Our 4 legged fellow bridleway travelers were out in force…

    horse

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    Reply to: Stumpjumper 2019 rumours looking hot

    Threaded BB according to Bikeradar

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    Reply to: What trail bike around £2500

    OP thanks for posting this – this is exactly the market i’m in so will watch this thread with interest.  I did test the Aeris  145 at Swinley last year but the ride was cut short by me smashing myself up going OTB, so wasn’t able to form an opinion of the bike and the memory of that day has tainted it (unfairly) for me.  Will be interested in what decision you make as I’m in the market this year to replace my ageing Camber…thanks

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    Reply to: 2018 Bike goals.

    1. ride more in 2018 – 2017 was somewhat marred by breaking pelvis at Swinley in April
    2. ride the apparently soon-to-be-opening “Bike Park Bishopstoke” in my local woods
    3. get some coaching to enable me to jump and drop safely during 2. so I don’t end up doing 1. again

    also..buy a new bike…ride the SDW…MTB w/e away in the Lakes maybe

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    Reply to: Another dropper thread – servicability

    [whisper]Gravity Dropper[/whisper]

    I had one of these for a couple of years but managed to strip the allen key hole in the middle whilst servicing it. I’d buy another one if I could find one but none of the usual outlets seem to sell them these days. I got my one from CRC. I guess its direct sales only these days…

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    Reply to: Ridden much this year?

    Due to breaking my pelvis (riding) at end of April I have managed 8 rides this year all MTB. 6 of them were before and including the crash. Total Distance 87miles. Climb 7677 feet.

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    Reply to: Hampshire Riding

    Yep just checked google maps. Lime kiln is the mtb downhill lane. Harvesting is the tarmaced road.

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    Reply to: Hampshire Riding

    Sorry five minutes too late-but if I remember correctly the answer is no. I think lime kiln Lane is a eroded rutted chalky bridleway pretty steep in parts that even on a full suss MTB you have to pick your way down very carefully. Or maybe it’s just my skills. Apologies if I’ve got the wrong lime kiln lane.

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    Reply to: Weekend riding Plans and Pics.

    Yesterday was my first outside ride since fracturing my pelvis at Swinley in late April. Just over 8 miles (6 road, 2 bridleway). Main thing was a sore arse from being off the saddle for 3.5 months and swinging my leg over was tricky (!) but apart from that it’s good to be back.

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    Reply to: Worst bike you have ever owned

    My Camber was second best. It wasn’t terrible, it was perfectly adequate, but it was so completely pointless- worse at basically everything than a stumpy, not any lighter, and though it pedalled a little better it still didn’t pedal well. So it was basically either an overweight inefficient XC bike, or a kneecapped trailbike, either way it was stupid.

    Out of interest what Camber did you have? I have a 2012 Camber Expert, last year before the 29ers took over

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    Reply to: Islabike Beinn 26 small for 9 year old boy

    Yes islabikes are great. Nice and lightweight compared to the BSOs many kids get. My 4 year old was riding his cnoc 16 on xmas day afternoon. (However Now he’s 9 , he’s not that keen on riding. )

    His Little bro has inherited the Cnoc but he’s proving slower on the uptake. Depends on the kid I guess.

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    Reply to: Your Last Ride (in 3×3 words)

    Swinley Aeris test
    Red 7 OTB
    Pelvis pinned plated

    😐

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    Reply to: sat nav for mtbing????? whats best?

    But if you want to cut off a loop, or need to bail to a road, you’re getting the map out.

    Agreed…and that’s what I would do somewhere like Dartmoor or anywhere remote or mountainous – take a map and compass (which I am familiar with from hillwalking) for those change of plan or direction confirmation situations. Use the GPS to get an OS grid reference, see where you are on your map and navigate your way from there. Horses for courses – I’m old skool and I like maps.

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    Reply to: sat nav for mtbing????? whats best?

    Depends where you ride, on the Yorkshire moors where you don’t have too many paths that’s not bad, but anywhere there’s a high density of paths it’s a very frustrating way to operate.

    yep i guess so…I ride the south downs so its basically long stretches of bridle way that usually diverge to other bridleways at nice big right angles. Pretty quick to spot a wrong turn plus the off course warning on the Garmin helps so never had the issue with the breadcrumb trail …i can see how it might be trickier if you have more complex systems of multiple trails diverging at narrow angles. My point is more about being able to process all the info a tiny on screen map is throwing at you, as well as following the route, whilst moving and trying to keep your eyes looking ahead etc.

    You can definitely do it. I’ll have a play around with mine tonight as I can’t remember exactly how.

    If you can figure it out let me know! Then I’ll give the mapping a go again. BTW I have the free OSM mapping on my Garmin, so there’s maybe better/clearer mapping available if you want to pay

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    Reply to: Embarrassing offs

    Inaugural ride on my new Spesh Camber 26″ FS bike out on the SDW near Cheesefoot. Early December 2012, clear blue sky, sub zero, frozen muddy ruts. Coming down the bridleway enjoying my new found full suss assisted confidence. Hit a frozen rut at too sharp an angle and front wheel gets knocked side ways and I sail OTB. As I lay there recovering I look up to see a group of about 20 ramblers having a tea break in one of the hay barns. Only comment offered was “It’s OK – he bounced”

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    Reply to: sat nav for mtbing????? whats best?

    How battery hungry are these devices?

    V good these days. My Garmin 800 charges via USB cable and easily retains enough power for a full days riding…when not in use it seems to hold onto power for a long time but I usually give it a charge overnight before a ride (or at least I did – injured at the moment)

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    Reply to: sat nav for mtbing????? whats best?

    It’s easy – When you select the course you want to follow press the spanner icon.

    Pretty sure you can change the colour of the route when you are reviewing the entire route on the map, but when you are actually following the route it defaults to purple which can be difficult to see. I’ve just tried it, changed the colour to bright green, but still get a purple trail to follow.

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    Reply to: sat nav for mtbing????? whats best?

    any basic garmin edge or other brand that gives you a bread crumb trail when you upload a TCX file. Then zoom out to around 100 meters.

    I have a Garmin 800 and have disabled the maps and just use the breadcrumb trail as the maps provide too much detail to read when riding and the route itself becomes indistinct amongst all the contours, tree symbols etc. My Garmin 800 may be particularly bad on this point as the trail defaults to a dull purple – there’s no way that I can see to change to florescent yellow or something more visible.

    I speak from experience on a January ride a couple of years ago when using the mapping I took a wrong turn around Kingley Vale and added an extra 4/5 miles of wet chalky hell, resulting in me having to call in the cavalry early.

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    Reply to: Hampshire Riding

    Hi all
    Just discovered this thread and have skimmed my way through all 46 pages! I am a Hampshire rider (MTB) based in Fair Oak near Eastleigh. My regular quick out and back is bridleways (Red lane, featherbed lane, warren lane etc) north to cheesefoot head and back home. About 15 miles, 9 of them off road and usually takes me about 1.30 – 1.40 depending on mud. It’s rideable most of the year round except for very wet periods.

    Unfortunately I am nursing a broken pelvis ( see Swinley Crash thread for gory details) and probably won’t be riding for a few months yet. Longer term plan is to trade in current bike (2012 Camber) for a new 2018 model – probably some kind of full suss 29er, next year.

    Just thought I’d introduce myself and perhaps see some of you out there before too long. On my return I’m planning to stick to the XC routes I’ve been doing for 22 years (SDW, QECP, KV etc) and avoid Swinley etc for a while. Need to build confidence!

    In the meantime feel free to fling bike suggestions at me so that at least I can dream…..

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    Reply to: Swinley crash

    Hi Bunnhop good advice thanks. Physio starts next week and I may augment with a few sessions via private medical. I think I’ll be the same on the bike – will stick to local XC loops and take it nice and easy to start with.

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    Reply to: Swinley crash

    Ouch Duncan I think you won that one! My femur head OK, just the pelvis part. I had 2 units of blood a day after the surgery as my hemoglobin was dropping.

    How long it was before you were walking normally again? I am touch weight only, ie 70:30 on the good side, for 6 weeks according to the physios. Better than the initial estimate which was 10 weeks.

    I realise no 2 cases are the same but would be interested to know.

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