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Reply to: Rack mounted mudguard?
Options are, as i see it;
1. Are you running 65mm SKS or 53mm?Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
2. can you not run it further from the tyre? (or is width still an issue?)
3. SKS Velo 65 is a half guard for MTBs, its flatter so shouldnt sit down around the tyre like a tourer SKS guard, but youd need to fashion a bracket to attach it to the rack as it uses stays. I made a bracket like that for my tourer SKS guard using a scrap piece of alu and a saw, drill and file, gave it a rattle can sparay and mounted it to the light mount on the tubus rack. Its been absolutely solid. Integrated a new light mount too (as not using a B&M on this bike)
Reply to: Santa Cruz HT LT with Hope brakes
I’m using the SC reserve wheelset with the DT Swiss 350 hub. I’ve measured it with calippers and it is 148mm.
Yep nothing wrong with the hub and wrong with the frame. It’s just not compatible with hope floating rotors as they are wider. You need a hope hub or a normal rotor. It’s annoying this is never mentioned anywhere but hope hub calipers and rotors are designed to accommodate this. Sure they will work fine most other times just not right on that combo at the end of the tolerance DT and SC run too.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Reply to: Santa Cruz HT LT with Hope brakes
You don’t mention the hubs you are using. Sadly hub manufacturers don’t use a standard spacing to have the disc in the same position. Hope tend to run more inboard than others so I’d guess that’s not a hope hub?
I seriously doubt it’s a frame issue and you are just a victim of a lack of standard for rotor spacing. Switch to a non floating rotor and it will be fine, or change the hub.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Reply to: spank spike vibrocore
Im not convinced there is a standard way to compare 2 bars just by rise alone. Plenty of companies seem to have the bar rolled forward of back compared to eachother based on the angle markings on the bar, so rise is never what they say by the time you have adjusted to suit your preference for rearward and upward sweep.
I have 2 sets of vibrocore bars, 50mm rise (which looks huge) and 15mm (which is does not look like a lot unsurprisingly). While I dislike the feel of bars that are too high, too low is worse IMO. Vibrocore is great though, very interested in seeing reviews of the vibrocore rims they are bringing out.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
coolhandluke – Member
You should buy the best helmet you either can afford or are prepared to pay for.
I wouldn’t want to be regretting anything regarding my helmet while I’m doing an over the bars pirouette.
On my over the bars pirouette manoeuvres, I can recall thinking,
Body armour, check
Elbow pads, check
Knee pads, check
It’ll be fine.
I certainly wouldn’t want to be thinking
helmet, wish I’d bought the better one, cross
..it’ll be fine… breaks neck; damn, forgot the neck brace.Posted 1 year ago | Go to post
Reply to: Spark rc 29er or anthem 29er
Kryton57 – Member
I want mine as a Marathon / everyday bike. In which case im deferring to a 120mm Spark with the twinloc.
That has. 67.2 HA – slack for racing. I do have a Carbon HT for shorter races.
The standard Spark is quite different to the SparkRC and even moreso the Anthem29. The Anthem29 is only 90mm on the rear and much steeper than the Spark, the Anthem27.5 is closer to the Spark in that it has 120mm and is slacker (but obviously not a 29er).Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Spark rc 29er or anthem 29er
blackmountainsrider – Member
In my opinion, the spark has far better geometry, which is more important than the spec.
Can you explain how?
Comparing 2018 29 models they are near identical.
BB drop, scott -50, giant -45
Head angle, scott 68.5, giant 69.
Seat angle, same.
Chainstay, 3mm diff
Ive been looking at these and the main put-off for me was the 2018 Giant has a 27.2 seat post.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Just want to resurrect this threat as my PD-8X 15mm hub has developed a little play. Got it in 2014 and it served duty as my offroad commuter wheel and bikepacking wheel. Its covered about 5k miles and had an unpleasant life being regularly dunked underwater through the puddle of doom and left outside on my winter commutes (i killed an alfine because of this!). If I was leaving it built id probably not even worry about it but im swapping rims with another wheel so now is a good time to get the bearings done.
So how do I get the bearings changed? do i need to contact the distributor or the manufacturer?Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
The dfly is nice to see your battery on screen but since Garmin and Strava dont actually present your gear info it relegates it to a £70 toy. The only use i got from mine was that it meant i had a spare cable to use when i was on holiday and the FD cable got nicked and stopped functioning (rare occurrence i accept). So when choosing what extra cable to buy to use it i suggest a long one and install the dfly in the seat-tube and stash the extra cable length in there.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
I think the main problem with cycle paths is the are mostly designed to be accessed like a pedestrian. They are not considered roads so have 90* access paths or end as pedestrian crossings, with no designed way to rejoin the carriageway. What they really need is slip-road style entrances and exitsPosted 2 years ago | Go to post
Like this but moar moderner
I loved those, they are so cool, if they made one in 29er length id probably buy it.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Old Ay-Ups for the Road
To not blind people coming the other way they would need to be pointed so far down youd be doing 10mph max. You can get proper road lights which let you see and be seen (better than just blinding the person you want to see you). B&M are the best but there are a fair amount out there.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Mark Beaumont's average speed?
I suspect the ability to break the record is a mental thing as much as anything else.
Totally, not many people up to that and also have the ability to do the teamwork thing so well, thats another big part of it, just trusting your team.
I can imagine the Jens Voight “Shut up legs world tour!”
Holy hell that would be epic!Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Read the Jeff Steber article in Singletrack 113 about why Intense only sell carbon bikes…
Not read it but assume its because re-welding all the cracked alloy frames was taking up too much of his time and fixing carbon takes five minutes with some glues and a wrap? 😆Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Mark Beaumont's average speed?
He has a very methodical mindset. He worked out how he could do this record and trained to do it. He knows that he can do 15mph day-in day-out. Even on quite easy stretches you can see he doesnt oush up the pace, just settles in. Quite amazing. As he himself has said, you can imagine his smashing the supported record will spur some amazing attempts over the next few years. Imagine if a pro cyclist did it, 20mph av over the same time per day, round the world in 60 days!Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Genesis bikes – new models
Oh and I road a drop bar TDF, last years. On the XL the reach is 30mm longer than every other drop bar bike they make and yes it really felt it. The bike w was in the shop as a customer had brought it and was now trying to work out how to reach the bars….
The reach is only 20mm more on the XL than the L (same 20mm jump as between every size). Eff-TT is 30mm longer but thats not reach. Genesis are doing what a lot of brands are doing which is make larger frame actually longer, most used to be the same reach just higher.
The gearing issue has been around as long as modern STI. Shimano STI need matching front mech, front mech specs wont allow anything smaller than a 30t or road spacing. Only approved solution (as on Vagabond) is bar-end shifters, most customers dont like them as they have to take hands off the bars so they fit STI.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
oikeith – Member
I just picked up a Mudhugger Front Race (FR) for my 29er, I’m running a magic mary and lyrik forks. I just cant seem to get the guard aligned so it doesn’t rub the tyre! Ive gone through so many cable ties and tried nearly all the holes to no avail!
Anyone had similar and overcome this?
Loosely fasten it to the fork legs with ties, fit the wheel and hold the guard in the right position/angle so it does not rub. Mark the front and back of the arch with a pen, remove and drill new holes where you made marks, refit and enjoy rub free riding. Its a universal fit item, some forks do benefit from a bit of adapting. Mind some forks (Pike 29ers) have hardly any mud clearance so with big tyres it is mm’s off rubbing with the best fit.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
WTB Nanos are good but im not convinced they last particularly long, or have much grip if you do go offroad (front clogs when muddy). Maxxis Crossmark on the rear is good with something a bit grippier like an Aspen or Ikon, keep it to 2″ and you wont get much more drag than anything else. Having said that it depends what your offroad is, i can get by with slicks on my off-road commute when its not very muddy.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
I’ve not been impressed by my Mudhugger, still get water splashing up my back at about 7mph – could do with being an inch longer.
Zefal No Mud is ideal.
It depends on the angle of your stays, my hugger hangs well back off the tyre and its a 29er. Zefal does let you set and angle.
Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Mudhugger. The rear 29er is great (as is the front one). Used one on my 29er commuter and its kept all the crap off my shorts and body, legs obviously still get covered from spray.
There are similar alternatives but i liked how solid the fit was, tighen it on and its solid. Its not a quick on-off type guard where you decide if you need it that day, put it on for winter and leave it.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Strava Flyby
I ran flyby for the sportive I did at weekend; I’m still dizzy from watching hundreds of little faces at 900x speed.
Thats the best part of it, seeing how many other people are out having fun too! Id love Strava to release heatmaps you can view ‘live’, would be great for seeing how popular areas are, and events too. The flybys for the ToB were great watching all the fans ride out to watch, and thats only the ones you pass!
Here is a flyby for ToB for riders watching at the Gibbet near Elsdon, its not my flyby as my garmin went bonkers and lost 3/4 of the data :0(. So cool being out there with that many riders on the road, and seeing everyone converging on the flyby.
ToB fans (scroll down and tick more people for the full effect!)Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Strava Flyby
yetidave – Member
I tend to crop the ride if it starts or finishes too close to home, which should be irrecoverable? going to have a look at some now…
The hidden zones do that for you, but nothing wrong with cropping more if you want extra peace of mind.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Strava Flyby
fifeandy – Member
I turned it off, as i strongly suspect it uses your uncropped ride hence neatly bypassing any exclusion zones you may have set up.
I’m more than happy to be proved wrong so I can turn it back on
You are wrong sadly, simplest way to see this is to find someone you share the ride with, copy the link, log out, go onto their flyby and see that your ride is shortened.
Of course opting out is fine but you realise people can still see your ride if you set any segment times? (either currently or if someone creates a segment in the future). Look at any segment and click on the times people set, you can see the ride that sets that time, even if they dont allow followers to see their profile.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Genesis Vagabond – anyone got one?
The 2018 Genesis are out the Vagabond frameset is looking pretty tasty. Not sure how long the candy style finish will last mind, they tend to chip pretty easily.
The full bike colour is very reminiscent of the original Salsa Fargo colourscheme.
Still loving my 2016, they really need to do an XXL though, im on a 120mm stem already and want a little more stretch.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Depends what you want from it in terms of fit. Pently of variety in fit even for someone your height. Im 6ft4 and find bikes far to short in reach and far too tall at the front, others on here say the same bikes are too low at the front and arnt interested in getting more reach.
If you can identify what model/year and even geo your cube was, and how you want the new bike to differ you’ll get better answers, otherwise advice will be almost useless as few people are your height and fewer still want the same as you out of their bike.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Keilder Water
Last time I looked for a map of the blue loop it was still missing the newest section. A quick google suggests some places still have the old map up (im looking at you bikeplace keilder!).
This is the current map. Ive not ridden the new Chick Line but i have walked it (to take pics at the K101 last year) and looked like it was fun to ride, lots of ‘whooping’ from the riders anyway. Its not especially long but would be a shame to miss if anyone does ride the blue (you climb up to it from the lakeside way on the return back to the castle, not on the way out).Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Yeah your requirements are almost impossible to meet, but as some have suggested a Genesis Datum is close. They are made by Ridley and are stiffer than the reviews would suggest, the comfort comes from 32mm tyres. Geo is not especially relaxed but the front end is a little tall.
I wasnt sure about mine for the first few months but once id put conti GP4season tyres on I was much happier than with the semi-gravel tyre it came with. Ive just used it for a few long rides in Portugal and the tyres (and the bike) handled the dusty gravel tracks with relish. Id love to keep it but mine is actually being replace under warrenty for an issue so ill be getting a replacement soon. It normally has full carbon gaurds, dynamo and Di2. You might be able to fit a rack but you would have to attach the guards to the rack as there is only one set of eyelets. I replace the wheels to fit the dynamo but dont run tubeless, I dont find its a benefit for road use for me.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
Reply to: Worst bike you have ever owned
swavis – Member
On One Summer season, absolutely horrid! I think it actually was made from scaffolding poles.
Yup, ive had a few not great bikes but the Inbred 456 SummerSeason was by far the worst. Just rode like crap, didnt matter what forks or wheels you put on it.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
I politely decline saying it is worth more than that and given he has decided to make my life more hassled
Trying to haggle with a guy who has already cut his losses and then insulting him in the process, well done OP, Hilarious 😆Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
philjunior – Member
CCTV footage played in the courtroom showed Alliston beginning to swerve as he approached Mrs Briggs at an average speed of 18mph – with crash investigator Edward Small saying she had stepped into the road 3.8 seconds before the crash.”
**** hell, that’s a long long time not to manage to stop – even accounting for the initial “must’ve seen me, they’ll move out of the way” reaction. It does genuinely sound like if he was riding with anything like an effective set of brakes he would’ve pulled up quite comfortably – I was a little suspicious of the fixed wheel no front brake causing the accident thing when I first heard about it.[/quote]Posted 2 years ago | Go to post
That was 3.8 from stepping out, no info on if they were visible to the cyclist or even on that side of the road. Or equally as in the other post about the driver, the rider might have assumed the person would stop in the middle of the road, so only shouted when they realised their paths were about to converge. We dont know.
Reply to: Skip Co. damaged property
wrightyson – Member
Not his issue if the cover has popped under the load of the lorry as the skip has been placed where it was asked to be placed when empty. It’s not in their remit to do a ra of the ground conditions if you’re requesting it in a certain spot.
Yeah, just carry on even though you know your actions will be causing damage. Throw is a sarcastic comment as you leave as well for good measure… then wonder why you dont get any more business from that client.Posted 2 years ago | Go to post