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by Long Time Lurker
Fri Jul 14, 2017 08:35 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Worth wearing ear plugs if creaks and ticks do your head in?
Replies: 10
Views: 2015

Re: Worth wearing ear plugs if creaks and ticks do your head in?

I just mask the ticking sound with the squeal of my brakes and the clunking of my badly aligned gears.
by Long Time Lurker
Fri Jul 14, 2017 08:31 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: 27.5+ or 29 which to buy
Replies: 10
Views: 2289

Re: 27.5+ or 29 which to buy

Guess it's the age-old question - where do you ride and what do your friends ride?
Personally, I ride lots of rooty/muddy, less technical trails - and more often that not, long adventures where we just head out all day. For that sort of riding, the group all ride 29ers.
by Long Time Lurker
Mon Jun 26, 2017 08:00 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Buy or build - which is usually cheapest?
Replies: 14
Views: 6739

Re: Buy or build - which is usually cheapest?

And time. The economist in me keeps screaming 'opportunity cost' - what is that extra time and effort worth to you ? I would rather get straight out on my bike than wait for bits to come through and build it myself (and it would take an age with me looking through youtube videos etc). I'll readily a...
by Long Time Lurker
Thu Jun 15, 2017 07:09 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Kask Rex Vs Giro Chronicle Mips
Replies: 3
Views: 714

Re: Kask Rex Vs Giro Chronicle Mips

Giro seems to be the only brand that fits my melon-shaped head comfortably.
But if the Kask fits, I would go for that as it looks better vented than the Giro.
by Long Time Lurker
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: What makes a good hydration pack
Replies: 6
Views: 4685

Re: What makes a good hydration pack

Comfort and size for me. I go on short rides with a Camelbak Rogue - just enough for tools, inner tubes, wallet and keys. Any other ride (coast-to-coast or anything over 3 hours), I use an Osprey Raptor 22L (not sure of they make them that size anymore). The most comfortable backpack I have ever own...
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Jun 13, 2017 08:01 am
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Mountain bike road tyres
Replies: 4
Views: 841

Re: Mountain bike road tyres

I have a pair of Conti Sports Contacts on my Cube. Great tyre and has good puncture protection. I will definitely buy another pair. The only criticism I have with them, is that they are a b***h to get on and off the rim - that said, they have helped me develop 'thumbs of steel', so I can cope with i...
by Long Time Lurker
Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: Noisy Gears Help.
Replies: 5
Views: 3780

Re: Noisy Gears Help.

1. Burst brake - without details or pics we can't tell for sure, but a leaky brake isn't good. Sounds like it could be the seals. It shouldn't cost too much at your local LBS.
2. Noisy gears - that will just need some fettling. Your LBS will be able to sort that in 2 minutes.
by Long Time Lurker
Sun Jun 04, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Nukeproof scout 275 frame
Replies: 1
Views: 711

Re: Nukeproof scout 275 frame

In general it will be cheaper to buy a complete bike. Check out a complete build of the Nukeproof Scout and then price up the entire spec yourself and I would expect there to be quite a difference in cost. The cheapest Rockshox Yari fork (that comes with the latest complete build of the Scout), come...
by Long Time Lurker
Thu May 18, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: South East England - Help please
Replies: 2
Views: 1496

Re: South East England - Help please

Done too. Since moving to the North East, I haven't had the chance to ride QECP. But I have a new car with a bike rack and am coming down next month to see the folks. Interesting to see how things have developed.
by Long Time Lurker
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Buying an MTB on a budget
Replies: 27
Views: 4517

Re: Buying an MTB on a budget

At that price point you are pretty limited to what you can get. Aside from eBay, look on https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/list/?location=193-*-* on 2nd hand - will also give you an indication of what is available on your budget. You live in South-West London - is your workplace secure? Will you need...
by Long Time Lurker
Fri Mar 17, 2017 08:35 am
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Paint or not paint?
Replies: 10
Views: 1079

Re: Paint or not paint?

If you are really serious, the best option would be to strip the bike down and get it properly powder-coated and finished. If you live near in a suburban area, you will find a place that does it. There was an article on here a few years ago: http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/article/workshop-how-to-refu...
by Long Time Lurker
Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Commuting General
Topic: Advice
Replies: 13
Views: 1705

Re: Advice

Interesting dilemma. Would like to know the route that you take. I live in Tyneside too (albeit the north side) of the river. I ride along the Coast Road cycle route - lots of stopping to cross slip-roads. However, I would never dream of riding along the actual road. Far too dangerous for a cyclist,...
by Long Time Lurker
Wed Jan 11, 2017 15:23 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Shin guards
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Re: Shin guards

I'm afraid you cannot be a MTB rider and have nice legs! Agreed. I've got scabbier legs now than I ever had as a kid. :oops: I think that the nerve-ending on my shins have been battered into submission. I seem to have new bruises and scars every time I come back from a ride, but never feel anything...
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Jan 10, 2017 13:46 pm
Forum: MTB Buying Advice
Topic: Shin guards
Replies: 15
Views: 857

Re: Shin guards

661 Veggie shins - they don't make them anymore, but you can find them on e-bay and similar.
As they are made of neoprene, I use them more as leg warmers than for leg protection in winter.
by Long Time Lurker
Thu Dec 22, 2016 13:46 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Anyone experience/info on Coast to Coast or other long distance events?..
Replies: 7
Views: 1329

Re: Anyone experience/info on Coast to Coast or other long distance events?..

It's very scenic. There are a couple of nasty climbs (long and winding), but as long as you take it easy you should be able to do it.
Google 'Hartside Pass' for the worst one - but there is a lovely cafe at the top. And it is all more or less downhill from there to Tynemouth.
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Dec 20, 2016 13:13 pm
Forum: MTB General
Topic: Anyone experience/info on Coast to Coast or other long distance events?..
Replies: 7
Views: 1329

Re: Anyone experience/info on Coast to Coast or other long distance events?..

The Coast to Coast is easily doable over 3 days; more challenging over 2. I've done it a few times now - every time we took it fairly easy and by leaving after breakfast, we were at our accommodation by 2 or 3 (so plenty of time to get drunk, eat food and sober up by the next morning). Always go as ...
by Long Time Lurker
Fri Dec 09, 2016 08:24 am
Forum: MTB Beginners
Topic: Cleats/Pedals/Shoes feeling
Replies: 7
Views: 3662

Re: Cleats/Pedals/Shoes feeling

Unfortunately, some shoes fit better with certain pedals. You need to find the perfect combo (unlikely and expensive), or at least one that works for you. There will be people on here that will recommend setups. Haven't used cleats for a couple of years now (dodgy knees), but the shimano shoe / shim...
by Long Time Lurker
Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:00 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Your rants here.
Replies: 17369
Views: 1102962

Re: Your rants here.

Rolf F wrote:And your beard is stupid. It looks like a load of rusty wire wool stuck to your chin. And get a proper bike.

I have a beard.
And ride mountain bikes. :cry:
(I don't live in Amley though)
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Commuting Chat
Topic: Experiences of Deliveroo riders
Replies: 35
Views: 4171

Re: Experiences of Deliveroo riders

No problems up here in the North East.
But I must be getting old - all I think when I see them is that they will all end up with bad backs in a few years time. :oops:
by Long Time Lurker
Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:40 pm
Forum: Commuting General
Topic: How to post a cycle to US
Replies: 4
Views: 1623

Re: How to post a cycle to US

Are you talking about 'who to ship with' or how to get the bike in a state so it can be shipped?
Try this for starters. Couriers like UPS will be able to handle shipping.
http://www.wikihow.com/Ship-a-Bicycle-Cheaply

Worked for me when I sent an mtb to Canada.

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