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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.

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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).

29th June 2014

12 July 2014 - 7:46pm
Heading up the public byway from the Old Hall Farm towards Colton. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 29th June around Coniston Water at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org.uk/2014p ... /29th.html and rest of ride photos of 29th June ride of the ride along the Walna Scar Road at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org.uk/2014p ... 29tha.html

Re: Air or sprung suspension?

8 July 2014 - 1:37pm
graymee wrote:Air forks and rear suspension units seem to be the way ahead... what else?
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Re: Rock'n'hill in Croatia

8 July 2014 - 11:12am
Nice, but a little bit scary for my taste.

Re: Air or sprung suspension?

8 July 2014 - 11:09am
graymee wrote:Air forks and rear suspension units seem to be the way ahead but what are the advantages? If you had forks and rear sus units with the correct spring rating would they perform as well as air units? Ok, you can adjust the air spring rating to adjust for changes in the weight of you and/or your kit but what are the advantages/disadvantages?

I imaging springs are heavier but air will be costlier, what else?

But can you find good quality XC coil spring forks and rear shocks any more?

Re: 20spd

6 July 2014 - 5:39pm
thanks for the feed back.
Yeah, I'm not worried about the range - it's whether I'll be continually changing between big and little ring, rather than keeping it on the middle like I do now!

Re: 20spd

6 July 2014 - 5:24pm
My first MTB was 21 speed (3x7) and rode it with no problems.
So 20 speed isn't that much different.
Biggest difference must be like 50/34 compacts where, when changing from large ring to small, makes a very big jump in gearing.

Air or sprung suspension?

6 July 2014 - 1:15pm
Air forks and rear suspension units seem to be the way ahead but what are the advantages? If you had forks and rear sus units with the correct spring rating would they perform as well as air units? Ok, you can adjust the air spring rating to adjust for changes in the weight of you and/or your kit but what are the advantages/disadvantages?

I imaging springs are heavier but air will be costlier, what else?

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