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by Long Time Lurker
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Norco Storm 6061
Replies: 3
Views: 1606

Re: Norco Storm 6061

Probably because it is purely subjective. We can't comment as we don't know it's condition or how well it has been maintained. I'll also take a bet that the 6061 isn't the model - it will be the alloy that the frame is made of. Your best bet is to check the usual websites (eBay), or a specialist bik...
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Jan 23, 2018 15:31 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Extra-curricular sports
Replies: 36
Views: 2084

Re: Extra-curricular sports

Skateboarding (when my knees allow it)
Snowboarding (when the wife/bank balance allows it).

Other than that, do e-sports count (I play more Playstation that the average 40 year old with a wife and child should)?
by Long Time Lurker
Wed Jan 17, 2018 13:51 pm
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: Introducing myself
Replies: 4
Views: 1176

Re: Introducing myself

Well if no-one else is going to do it, I will...
Hi Simon - welcome to the forum.
(Lots of knowledgeable people here - just make sure that you have read the Forum Rules first, or you will get your wrists slapped.)
by Long Time Lurker
Thu Jan 04, 2018 09:40 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: E-Bikes, what do we think?
Replies: 344
Views: 59712

Re: E-Bikes, what do we think?

RockmonkeySC wrote:Pro riders get paid very little no matter what they're riding unless they're winning international races so I don't think it's about money.

It's always about the money. Whether it is paid in cash, or free bikes and kit, it's the money. :wink:
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Jan 02, 2018 14:00 pm
Forum: The Cake Stop
Topic: Laura Plummer and Tramadol
Replies: 218
Views: 7538

Re: Laura Plummer and Tramadol

I like that her family are ignoring the fact that she has also broken a law in this country too. She has 290 illegally obtained tablets; a Class C drug with intent to supply. She wouldn't have got any jail time, but you can't use ignorance as a defence in a court of law. I wonder if the police will ...
by Long Time Lurker
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: 26" Tyres for BPW
Replies: 18
Views: 1940

Re: 26" Tyres for BPW

I have a Cube myself and despite what everyone says about BPW, you are right about those tyres - they are no good on anything except tarmac and deadly on anything slightly wet or grassy/mossy. I went with Racing Ralphs - an all-rounder if you are using it as a XC/off-road commuter. Fast rolling and ...
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Oct 24, 2017 08:06 am
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: The Tyne and Wear Commuter Thread
Replies: 1370
Views: 55194

Re: The Tyne and Wear Commuter Thread

M Steel in Gosforth has announced that they have ceased trading :( http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/tyneside-s-m-steel-cycles-shuts-it-s-been-trading-since-1894/022025 :( It's a shame, but I'm not surprised. (I haven't had a good customer experience the times that I have been in.) I'm guessing that...
by Long Time Lurker
Mon Oct 16, 2017 16:41 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Long time lurker - Hello
Replies: 2
Views: 1426

Re: Long time lurker - Hello

Hello ;)
Welcome to the forum. Fettling droppers, going tubeless - sounds like you are technically ahead of most of us on here.
I spend most of my time swearing at my bike before taking it to my LBS with a backpack full of bolts and springs.

Edit: 999 posts!
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Oct 03, 2017 07:58 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Help A Newbie Find His First 29er
Replies: 20
Views: 3884

Re: Help A Newbie Find His First 29er

Where is your nearest bike shop? Is there a chance that you can sit on the same make (if not model)?
Even if I couldn't ride the bike, I would still want to sit on it to get a feel of the frame.
by Long Time Lurker
Mon Oct 02, 2017 08:01 am
Forum: Commuting General
Topic: Locking a bike and forget about it, possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 2345

Re: Locking a bike and forget about it, possible?

cooldad wrote:Easy. One locking a really cr4p bike.

This. There is a reason I've kept my old Felt. Unfashionable, ugly and no-one in their right mind will want to steal it.
(And if they do, my wife will be happy that there is more room in the garage.)
by Long Time Lurker
Wed Sep 27, 2017 08:31 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Hydration Pack Capacity
Replies: 6
Views: 721

Re: Hydration Pack Capacity

I have a 20 ltr Osprey that I use for long weekends (coast-to-coast etc).
For anything around 3 hours I would go a lot smaller - as long as it has room for tools and tubes, and has webbing for a jacket, you should be ok with a 9 or 10.
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Commuting General
Topic: Street Parking an expensive ebike in London?
Replies: 21
Views: 1769

Re: Street Parking an expensive ebike in London?

To be fair, commuting through London is an ordeal at times. I never considered commuting in Central London to be enjoyable, until I made it to the outskirts and away from the traffic.
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Sep 19, 2017 08:22 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Urgent Help Needed On 2 Choices
Replies: 1
Views: 600

Re: Urgent Help Needed On 2 Choices

Where do you live, and what sort of riding will you be doing? I have an old Cube Ltd, so my opinion may be out of date. But extensively its a cross-country racer. My friends say it is twitchy / unforgiving. It's certainly well specced, relatively light and fast. I found it best suited to longer ride...
by Long Time Lurker
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Commuting General
Topic: Bike lights for commuting - minefield!!
Replies: 18
Views: 3140

Re: Bike lights for commuting - minefield!!

Would also take Quins advice and buy a couple of red 'flashers' for the back.
I use a couple - one on my helmet and one on my backpack. Only cost £3 each.
I'm worried that a single red light on the frame will merge into all of the other lights from cars, shops etc.
by Long Time Lurker
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:08 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: 29ers and frame size.
Replies: 10
Views: 1013

Re: 29ers and frame size.

RockmonkeySC wrote:Wheel size makes no difference to fit or stand over height.

What he said - however I have found that where I am a large in 26 and 27.5s, I'm a medium for 29ers.
Definitely 'try before you buy' if you have the opportunity.
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Sep 12, 2017 13:27 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Winter MTB Waterproofs - which should I buy
Replies: 13
Views: 1911

Re: Winter MTB Waterproofs - which should I buy

Are the much more expensive coats made by Gore bikewear etc any better? I would say yes, but i still can't justify the cost in my head. I have a hand-me-down from a friend and it is the best made jacket I have. Excellent for temperature control - I never get too hot and sweaty. But it's a 3 season ...
by Long Time Lurker
Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: Mountain Bike Use
Replies: 6
Views: 4172

Re: Mountain Bike Use

What they said - don't worry about the hardtail/full-suspension - just enjoy yourself. The best rider among our small group of friends still uses a hardtail (when everyone else moved to FS). Since moving to a full-suspension bike, I have picked up lots of bad habits - I couldn't spot the right line ...
by Long Time Lurker
Mon Aug 14, 2017 07:57 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Bear protection???
Replies: 6
Views: 2365

Re: Bear protection???

I've been approached by a badger and had a near miss with a barn owl. No black bears though. (This is a UK based site, so the vast majority of us are based in the UK - so don't have to worry about anything other than angry dog-walkers. Pepper spray may be useful in those circumstances, but are stric...
by Long Time Lurker
Mon Jul 31, 2017 07:47 am
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: How tough is a Bizango?
Replies: 5
Views: 4152

Re: How tough is a Bizango?

The bike will be tough enough - the question is, do you have the technical skills/balls?
by Long Time Lurker
Fri Jul 28, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Commuting General
Topic: Osprey Talon 22 - Recommended? Alternatives?
Replies: 2
Views: 2061

Re: Osprey Talon 22 - Recommended? Alternatives?

I have an older version (3 years old) and love it. Plenty of space for a commute and can squeeze everything I need in when I do my 3 day coast-to-coast rides. Great ventilation down the spine and comfortable straps - also has a handy helmet clasp and magnet for the hydration pack tubing. The most co...

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