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Coed Y Brenin

30 August 2014 - 11:51pm
As per the title - should have just put a full stop after it!

Just got back from a weeks family holiday in North Wales, made even better by my youngest (5yo) shedding her stabilisers three weeks ago

We all did the Yr Afon trail (nearly 8 miles of traffic free forestry track), then later in the week I did the Minotaur trail with my lad (5.5 miles of whoop and holler, loads of berms, jumps and switchback climbs/descents) and to finish the week off I hired my lad a 24" wheeled bike as an upgrade to his 20" and this morning we did the Fox trail - 8 miles of mean, mean mixed terrain narrow single track

Even the practice/skills section and free ride area is worth going for

Can't recommend the place enough - can now happily take the knobblies off my my bike and put commuter tyres on it ready for my JOGLE trip next year having given it the chance to see what an MTB is capable of it it now being modified into a tourer (did get a few funny looks going round with pannier frames on and bags on the back, the guy in the hire shop was eyeing it up as a classic, and looked thoroughly disgusted when I told him what I'd paid for it!)

Anyhoo - might be my first and last post in the MTB section, but if anyone is planning a trip to Coed Y Brenin and wants to save themselves the £5 a day parking I'll happily point out on a road map where you can park for free and get straight on to the trails

Re: Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

29 August 2014 - 3:26pm
Frankly for that kind of riding I'd consider a cyclocross bike. If you want light then a rigid singlespeed should be around the 9kg / 20lb mark - and with no hills up or down in Cambs could be about ideal...

Re: Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

28 August 2014 - 3:50pm
Ask on the bikeradar forums, many more MTBers there than here.


Bike recommendations to replace my full susser

28 August 2014 - 3:19pm
I've had my Specialized Stumpjumper XC Pro now for thirteen years! Testament to it's build quality perhaps.
I mainly do road/bridleway/footpath riding with the occasional forest trail, so I need something light.
My current bike is full suspension with a lock-out, I don't often have to switch it on, so effectively my bike is mostly a hard-tail but it is nice to know it is there for when I hit the tough stuff.
I like Specialized but I am not partial to it so I wish to consider other makes of bike, my budget is £3000 which probably won't get me a carbon fibre?
I have always liked Trek and Marin but will consider all makes as I am now out of touch, my local shop is a Giant dealer but living so close to Cambridge, I can open this up but am willing to travel further for the right bike/service (most bike shop people I find pretentious and arrogant - so recommendation for friendly shop would be great!)

I'd prefer to get recommendations from people who do similar riding to me - so that's dirt trails, forest, bridleway - mostly flat stuff.

Many thanks in advance!

Blue Hornet.

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.

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.


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


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