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by John_Carter
Sun Feb 23, 2014 15:00 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: I have a mudguard - why is my 'lower back' still muddy?
Replies: 56
Views: 1538

Re: I have a mudguard - why is my 'lower back' still muddy?

Because mud. Guys, I don't buy this - I accept there is mud everywhere but it doens't meanb we shoudl just accept it. But that really is it – mountain biking is an inherently dirty activity. Get over it. Other than try and keep mud out of my face because I don't like the taste of cow shït and agroc...
by John_Carter
Sun Feb 23, 2014 13:05 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: I have a mudguard - why is my 'lower back' still muddy?
Replies: 56
Views: 1538

Re: I have a mudguard - why is my 'lower back' still muddy?

Because mud. Guys, I don't buy this - I accept there is mud everywhere but it doens't meanb we shoudl just accept it. We don't say 'because gravity' - we wear helmets, or protection or have better tires for traction - in mud, or ice whatever... Mud is everywhere but it strikes me like a simple issu...
by John_Carter
Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Correct way of descending a steep hill?
Replies: 25
Views: 1425

Re: Correct way of descending a steep hill?

Thanks,
That's some great feedback.

What about breaking while turning in a steep decline? Which brake should you use? front or rear? I believe I saw somewhere that the bike turns on its front wheel so its more sensitive?

Thanks for all the great advice!
by John_Carter
Wed Feb 19, 2014 09:09 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: I have a mudguard - why is my 'lower back' still muddy?
Replies: 56
Views: 1538

Re: I have a mudguard - why is my 'lower back' still muddy?

Thanks for all the feedback everyone. Yes I know riding off road is muddy etc, and I really don't mind being soaking wet, the only reason I'm concerned about 'lower back' mud is because after the ride I usually go back into my car and the leather seats had lots of abuse already... Good advice re a l...
by John_Carter
Tue Feb 18, 2014 20:37 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: I have a mudguard - why is my 'lower back' still muddy?
Replies: 56
Views: 1538

Re: I have a mudguard - why is my 'lower back' still muddy?

It is fairly close to the tire...
by John_Carter
Tue Feb 18, 2014 20:28 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: I have a mudguard - why is my 'lower back' still muddy?
Replies: 56
Views: 1538

I have a mudguard - why is my 'lower back' still muddy?

Hello, I have the Crud Catcher twin pack (down tube and rear wheel) installed in my 29" Cube Acid. The front seems to work fine but the rear doesn't catch anyhting and my back/backpack/jacket is full of mud... Am I missing attic? Is there a solution? My tires are wide Maxxis 2.3 but not that wi...
by John_Carter
Sun Feb 16, 2014 20:03 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Should I upgrade my fork?
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Re: Should I upgrade my fork?

OK, thansk guys, you've convinced me not to bother with upgrading the fork at the moment - at least until I can afford something much more expensive (£600?) and mainly feel that it's holding me back - I'm not at that level yet. Am I right to assume that all Solo air RS forks are similar-ish in perfo...
by John_Carter
Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Should I upgrade my fork?
Replies: 8
Views: 364

Should I upgrade my fork?

Hello People, I have a Cube Acid 2013 that came with a RockShox XC32 Solo AIr fork - i've been rising teh bike and slowly improving my skills. As many of you I too have an upgardeitis bug and constantly upgrade parts of the bike, most recently better brakes and tires. I keep seeing amazing deals on ...
by John_Carter
Fri Feb 14, 2014 19:59 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Correct way of descending a steep hill?
Replies: 25
Views: 1425

Re: Correct way of descending a steep hill?

jairaj wrote:If you haven't already, drop your seat down and out the way.


Why?
Are you supposed to lower it for decents and bring it back up to normal hight for regular pedaling?

PS
Thanks for all the great advice!
by John_Carter
Fri Feb 14, 2014 09:42 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Correct way of descending a steep hill?
Replies: 25
Views: 1425

Correct way of descending a steep hill?

Hello, I'm sort of new to this and wonder how to correctly defend a hill, assuming its steep and I font want to take too many risks (i.e. lose control and fall) - it's not a DH thing just how to deal with steel decants when XCing. Specifically if its wet and slightly muddy, do you brake all the way ...
by John_Carter
Wed Feb 12, 2014 13:06 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: New Maxxis tires - rolling resistance?
Replies: 16
Views: 967

Re: New Maxxis tires - rolling resistance?

Thanks guys,
I'm not doing black routes (yet) but so far very happy with the tires. I'm not hugely concerned about rolling resistance as part of the reason I'm into cycling (other than the fun) is that I want to get fit - so more resistance means better fitness, no?

Thanks again for all the help!
by John_Carter
Wed Feb 12, 2014 13:00 pm
Forum: Health, Fitness & Training
Topic: Training in bad weather...
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Re: Training in bad weather...

njee20 wrote:Wear proper clothing, avoid getting too cold, avoid standing around in wet clothing when you're done, get warm ASAP.

Nothing wrong with bad weather. Wet isn't an inherent problem.


But does it make you tougher? ;-)
by John_Carter
Tue Feb 11, 2014 09:48 am
Forum: Health, Fitness & Training
Topic: Training in bad weather...
Replies: 9
Views: 881

Training in bad weather...

Hello, I wonder about the effects of training in adverse conditions - yesterday I spend almost 3 hours riding in cold and wet weather with my feet soaked... What effect does this do? Does it make us tougher or more likely to catch illness? I'm wearing proper clothes but in this weather you always en...
by John_Carter
Mon Feb 10, 2014 09:15 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: New Maxxis tires - rolling resistance?
Replies: 16
Views: 967

Re: New Maxxis tires - rolling resistance?

Tubeless gives a very minor reduction in rolling resistance. You have got the wrong tyre for what you want. Ideally a cyclocross bike is what you need, not an mtb Trust me, I need an MTB ;-) Not if you're riding a mix of road, gravel, muddy grass and dirt trails. Mountain bikes are no good on roads...
by John_Carter
Sun Feb 09, 2014 23:09 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: New Maxxis tires - rolling resistance?
Replies: 16
Views: 967

Re: New Maxxis tires - rolling resistance?

RockmonkeySC wrote:Tubeless gives a very minor reduction in rolling resistance. You have got the wrong tyre for what you want.
Ideally a cyclocross bike is what you need, not an mtb


Trust me, I need an MTB ;-)
by John_Carter
Sun Feb 09, 2014 19:23 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: New Maxxis tires - rolling resistance?
Replies: 16
Views: 967

Re: New Maxxis tires - rolling resistance?

RockmonkeySC wrote:Are you using them off road? If not get some slicks.


Yes,
The idea is to use them off road, I wnated a quick spin in central london so Regent park was it.

Tubless doesn't help with weight and rolling resistance? I see conflicting advice in this regard...
by John_Carter
Sun Feb 09, 2014 08:30 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: New Maxxis tires - rolling resistance?
Replies: 16
Views: 967

Re: New Maxxis tires - rolling resistance?

RockmonkeySC wrote:Well done for spell checking that post.
A knobbly tyre will drag a lot more than a slick.


Thanks,
appologies for teh spelling - bloody Autocorrect... ;-)

If I'll go tubeless would that help woth rollign resisstance? Wouls have a bit of weight and run lower pressure on the tires, no?

Thanks,
by John_Carter
Sat Feb 08, 2014 21:50 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: New Maxxis tires - rolling resistance?
Replies: 16
Views: 967

New Maxxis tires - rolling resistance?

Hello, I just replaces the tires on my Cube Acid (2013) deom twh Schwable Smart Sam taht came with it to Maxxis Minion (front) and High roller 2 (rear) 29" - I took them for a quick stin in the park (mainlyon tamrac) and was suprised at their rolling resisstance - I really felt how much more fo...
by John_Carter
Fri Feb 07, 2014 17:44 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Resin or Metal pads of XC in UK weather?
Replies: 19
Views: 2420

Re: Resin or Metal pads of XC in UK weather?

what do you mean by feel. if you mean lever feel the same. Sorry, I mean modulation sensitivity, the opposite of the 'on/off' feeling - I understand Resin is more sensitive? Modulation will not change as that is part of the brake design. sensitivity same it is part of the brake design. what i think...
by John_Carter
Fri Feb 07, 2014 14:15 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Resin or Metal pads of XC in UK weather?
Replies: 19
Views: 2420

Re: Resin or Metal pads of XC in UK weather?

nicklouse wrote:what do you mean by feel.

if you mean lever feel the same.


Sorry,
I mean modulation sensitivity, the opposite of the 'on/off' feeling - I understand Resin is more sensitive?

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