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by Long Time Lurker
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Injuries and problems to do with mountain biking equipment
Replies: 42
Views: 1477

Re: Injuries and problems to do with mountain biking equipment

Friend broke his sternum going over the front wheel and landing on the upturned handlebar... Sounds horrible, did your friend have any chest protective gear on? Also how did he go over the wheel? Did his bike lose grip or was he going downhill quickly? No chest protection - was a short downhill sec...
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Injuries and problems to do with mountain biking equipment
Replies: 42
Views: 1477

Re: Injuries and problems to do with mountain biking equipment

Friend broke his sternum going over the front wheel and landing on the upturned handlebar. From the screaming, I'm guessing it hurt a lot. Needed a helicopter extraction for that one.

Me - just bruised shins, and I fractured my knee-cap back in Feb. Not healing as quickly as I hoped.
by Long Time Lurker
Thu Jul 12, 2018 07:40 am
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: WHAT DO I DO?? BUY NEW BIKE OR KEEP KRAKEN ???
Replies: 12
Views: 1246

Re: WHAT DO I DO?? BUY NEW BIKE OR KEEP KRAKEN ???

If you have the requisite skills you can ride your bike on anything. It does depend what you refer to as 'downhill' mountain-biking. Do you mean bombing down some trails on the side of your local hills, or are you talking full-face helmets, body armour, rock-gardens and vertical drops? If it is the ...
by Long Time Lurker
Wed Jul 11, 2018 13:54 pm
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: 20+ Years
Replies: 12
Views: 2364

Re: 20+ Years

Any advice on building up mileage etc or anyone who has done what I am starting would be much appreciated I started to try to get fitter after sciatica and the resulting back op. Put on some weight while recuperating. Just take it short and slow and work from there - and find a route or destination...
by Long Time Lurker
Wed Jul 11, 2018 13:46 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Best for around £500
Replies: 19
Views: 1338

Re: Best for around £500

...just a shame it's not the best looking! After a final scour of the appropriate sites, I put an order in for the Bizango. But ultimately you went for the best bike. And at least you haven't made the mistake that I (and many others) make with my first MTB - basing my purchase on looks and colour :...
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: So I fell off!
Replies: 5
Views: 849

Re: So I fell off!

Thanks for that, I'll get Googling. Cannock may be a touch far for me to travel for a lesson as I live in the North East. I'm based on the coast, but if you can get over there, head to over to Hamsterley Forest in Co. Durham. Good fun. This lot operate out of there - haven't used them so can't vouc...
by Long Time Lurker
Mon Jul 02, 2018 14:49 pm
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: Kielder Intro Courses?
Replies: 1
Views: 461

Re: Kielder Intro Courses?

Hi - another NE-based rider!
Your nearest riding spot (other than local trails), will be Hamsterly Forest over in Co. Durham
Found this but can't vouch for them: http://endeavourcoaching.co.uk/
by Long Time Lurker
Thu Jun 28, 2018 08:52 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Rules of the Road
Replies: 1
Views: 403

Re: Rules of the Road

To be fair, a lot of cyclists are equally as stupid as car drivers. Just that if we have an accident we end up hurting ourselves and breaking our bikes. My number one rule for commuting has always been " assume that all members of the public are idiots, so ride accordingly " - whether that...
by Long Time Lurker
Thu Jun 07, 2018 15:10 pm
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: Frightend to get on my bike
Replies: 15
Views: 1679

Re: Frightend to get on my bike

Where are you based?
Always found it helped if you have a riding buddy to suggest new routes. Part of getting back on the bike is to vary your routes to keep things interesting. If you can find somewhere with some nice scenery, it might inspire you to do some exploring.
by Long Time Lurker
Thu Jun 07, 2018 14:59 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Helmet for big headed guy
Replies: 4
Views: 245

Re: Helmet for big headed guy

Not sure what size head I have (but it is bloody massive). The only brand that fits my melon-shaped bonce comfortably is Giro. Other than than, Troy Lee Designs helmets fit, as do POC, but I haven't found anything that fits as well. As said previously, you will have to try a few on and see which bra...
by Long Time Lurker
Mon May 14, 2018 06:55 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Bought my first MTB need Help/Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 499

Re: Bought my first MTB need Help/Advice

Don't know where your little 'adventure' is going to take you - so be prepared for the vagaries of the British weather and associated conditions. I don't know how remote you're intending to go, but you don't want to get lost in the middle of nowhere, so an OS map would be a good idea - you can't alw...
by Long Time Lurker
Fri May 11, 2018 06:41 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Upgrade or Refurb?
Replies: 1
Views: 246

Re: Upgrade or Refurb?

Check with your LBS first.
My local shop also services forks, so works out cheaper, easier and quicker than sending them away.
by Long Time Lurker
Fri May 04, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Your Mountain Bikes
Topic: My 2018 Vitus Escarpe VR
Replies: 48
Views: 11473

Re: My 2018 Vitus Escarpe VR

How is the sizing? Although your username suggests that XL may have been the only option for you.
(Considering pulling the trigger but am concerned that at 6ft and with stumpy legs, I normally fall right between a medium and large.)
by Long Time Lurker
Fri May 04, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Your Mountain Bikes
Topic: My 2018 Vitus Escarpe VR
Replies: 48
Views: 11473

Re: My 2018 Vitus Escarpe VR

... Duplicate post
by Long Time Lurker
Wed May 02, 2018 15:28 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: electric conversion kits
Replies: 2
Views: 261

Re: electric conversion kits

Welcome to the forum. We don't really do 'e-bikes' on here, so you may get the inevitable; get a better/lighter bike, get fitter etc etc. And I haven't got a clue, but there was something on the main site a while ago, which will give you a starter for 10... https://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/ele...
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Apr 17, 2018 14:58 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Coast to Coast - which shoes are best?
Replies: 4
Views: 340

Re: Coast to Coast - which shoes are best?

Whatever ones are comfiest and dry out quickly. Have done a couple of stages (not the whole thing - that was brutal enough.) Lots of lugging the bike and picking your way through peat bogs. I had a pair of old Shimano AM40s - comfortable on and off the bike and the vibram soles were grippy on rocks ...
by Long Time Lurker
Wed Apr 04, 2018 08:00 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Magped
Replies: 5
Views: 1959

Re: Magped

May work for me too.
I have a busted up knee and ankle from years of falling off of a bmx and skateboards, meaning the twisting action on a regular SPD can be pretty painful.
Would want to try before I bought them though.
by Long Time Lurker
Thu Feb 22, 2018 14:22 pm
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: Where do I start?
Replies: 39
Views: 3896

Re: Where do I start?

JesseD wrote:...so I suppose my next purchase is a shock pump.

And it begins...
New tyres
New pedals
New shorts
New gloves
Hydration pack
Off-road lights
New shoes
and so on until next year and it's ...
New bike. :wink:
by Long Time Lurker
Wed Feb 07, 2018 16:41 pm
Forum: Commuting General
Topic: Heads up - B'ham canal/towpath safety
Replies: 5
Views: 877

Re: Heads up - B'ham canal/towpath safety

Sorry - apologies for the tone. Just asking, not judging. Winking smiley didn't help. But yes, if you were to make a claim, the insurance company will need a ref number. I have heard that some forces don't always have the manpower for a face-to-face visits so have given numbers over the phone. The i...
by Long Time Lurker
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Commuting General
Topic: Heads up - B'ham canal/towpath safety
Replies: 5
Views: 877

Re: Heads up - B'ham canal/towpath safety

You sure it's not one of those; "I heard from a friend of a friend" stories ? :wink:
Because if someone (especially a surgeon) was attacked with a machete, it would have made the national news.
Likewise someone left in a pool of blood after a bat attack.

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