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Re: Air or sprung suspension?

23 August 2014 - 9:26am
I use coil oil on all ny off road bikes, its by far and away the most comfortable and plush!

Re: Lesser known hazards for off-road cyclists

12 August 2014 - 10:37am
So many hazards. Who knew?

Re: Lesser known hazards for off-road cyclists

1 August 2014 - 3:04pm
Bat. One once flew into me, hit me on the chest. Perhaps it was hard of hearing.
Princess Anne. A friend once encountered one of those on a highland track. Despite the firearms and scary-looking companions, it proved harmless and no impediment to proceeding.
Highland cattle. Rather scary coming across those.
Wash-out. Came across a bad wash-out on a track in NZ. A curious feature is that they tend to create their own raised banks. So as well as climbing over those, there was a very muddy trudge of a couple of hundred yards carrying the bike and luggage separately from one end to another.

Re: Dog walkers or horseriders?

30 July 2014 - 9:34am
MichVanNic wrote:[
If you are approaching walkers etc why can't you slow down?

Why do you assume that I do not? The encounters I was referring to happened at walking pace. And I'm not a mountain biker!

Re: Dog walkers or horseriders?

30 July 2014 - 9:15am
Psamathe wrote:MDC wrote:Who gets your vote for the most irritating?
Abstain ... because our countryside should be for everybody to enjoy and we need to be considerate to all users.

So often on this forum there are "anti-motor vehicles" posts blaming drivers for anything and everything. Now we are "blaming" dog walkers and "blaming" horse riders. It is sounding like cyclists want everybody else to just get off everything and everywhere and have everything turned over for the exclusive use of cyclists.

A disappointing question.

Ian
+1
I couldn't agree more with this sentiment.

Re: Dog walkers or horseriders?

29 July 2014 - 2:26pm
Mountain bike is a marketing term. There's nothing that makes it unsuitable for use elsewhere. I preferred the old term ATB All Terrain Bicycle. They can be very versatile bikes and I bet most never see action in the mountains

Re: Dog walkers or horseriders?

29 July 2014 - 9:25am
I was under the impression that mountain bikes are for mountains, not the local tow path. Perhaps that's the best place for them

Re: Lesser known hazards for off-road cyclists

23 July 2014 - 10:52am
Over the years:
1 Forestry vehicle coming the other way with a loose snow chain 2m long flailing about - jumped into a ditch to shelter.
2 Rounded a corner and found two walkers both with long staffs tucked in the top of their backpacks...crosswise...and blocking the way
3 12 point Red deer stag standing in the middle of the track staring at me, having been surprised
4 A pair of red patent leather stilletto boots (without owner) by the side of the path...

Re: Lesser known hazards for off-road cyclists

23 July 2014 - 8:09am
Farawayvisions wrote:Birders and Photographers: Occasionally, they will have a companion who does not have a camera. This may be a girlfriend.

No.










Re: Univega Alpina

23 July 2014 - 6:16am
Thanks for the comments and that link!

Re: Univega Alpina

22 July 2014 - 10:04pm
According to Bikepedia most likely a 1994 http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/Bike ... CeGS1I_Zws

A Polish catalogue, but I don't think it shows the whole range as the 5.4 is missing http://www.retromtb.pl/pdf/univega94.pdf

Re: Lesser known hazards for off-road cyclists

22 July 2014 - 9:04pm
Once I was shot in the eyes, point blank, with the camera flash.
I was blinded for a moment. Luckily I was going uphill, but what had possessed that stupid man to fire camera with flash into my eyes - who can tell.

Re: Univega Alpina

22 July 2014 - 8:58pm
Good find! Congratulations!
I used to own Univega (not the antique as yours) Alpina 550 (silver/red) - it was stolen from the basement.

Enjoyed it and good luck!

Re: Univega Alpina

20 July 2014 - 4:42pm
Yes mid' to late 90s.
Possible double butted frame tubing.

Quite a bit of info' if you Google it.

Re: Univega Alpina

20 July 2014 - 9:36am
Looks like it might have some of the original bits on it - canti brakes, non compact triple, etc. I'd guess at a dx drivetrain.

Looks quite well looked after - ought to make a good tourer/commuter if it's the right size for you.

Univega Alpina

20 July 2014 - 6:26am
Hi all,

Not even sure this is classed as a mtb or if it's a hybrid? (if it matters)

Anyway, just rescued it from the oblivion of the scrap metal collector.

Just wondering what original components would have been on this ? (and is it approx 1994/5?)
Any info appreciated.

I'm not a mtb guy really so might make it more of a 'go anywhere' tourer. Anyone done a similar thing?


Univega skip find by Sooper 8, on Flickr

Re: Air or sprung suspension?

18 July 2014 - 4:52pm
Isn't the main advantage weight or rather lack of it?
I think in the early days air shocks were more primitive than they are now. Coil/oil shocks were generally a bit plusher and more reliable than air back then.

Re: Mountain Bike For Touring ?

16 July 2014 - 10:00pm



Hers mine... Works a treat

Re: Air or sprung suspension?

13 July 2014 - 12:01am
Coil/oil shocks are better at dealing with little bumps, air is better for big hits.
You need tighter seals with air units so the air doesn't leak out but this can lead to 'sticky' travel.
If a leak develops with an air unit, you can be left without suspension. If a coil/oil unit leaks, you still have suspension but might not have any damping and you'll be pogo sticking all over the place.
This is what I remember from my days as a mountain biker anyway, a while ago.

6th July 2014 A ride Winster

12 July 2014 - 8:04pm
Heading across Milnthorpe Marsh. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 6th July ride to Winster at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org.uk/2014p ... y/6th.html (the page may be slow to download due to large number of photos).

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