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Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

22 January 2015 - 9:21am
Their mum told them not to ride on the road as it is dangerous

My first ride on a 29er.

22 January 2015 - 7:24am
I got my first MTB way back when they first appeared on this side of the Atlantic. It was a long wheelbase heavy Motobecane. Since then I've had 9 other ones, 4 of which I still have. All 26 inchers.
While cycling with Spaniards in Andalucia where we have a flat, I noticed that two of them who had 29ers, descended faster than me on road, coasting, where I should've been coasting past one of them because I'm a bit heavier (I was on a 26) and my bike was heavier than theirs, and I also noticed that a particular stretch of cobbles from hell bothered them not and was torture to me.

So, I bought a cheap 29er and went on my first hilly road ride yesterday. Surface excellent to poor. What did I think?

I absolutely loved it. It handles really well and the ride is definitely less "robust". I did not push it and I averaged 12mph on a route with 1000ft climbing and riding knobblies. I reckon it's a mile an hour faster than its 26 equivalent.

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

22 January 2015 - 7:06am
"Having the confidence for road riding..."

Well, I do both. I cycle on main roads as little as possible, cycle on minor roads a lot and go on really rough roads, unsurfaced stuff etc (mostly in Spain)...

Confidence in road riding is just a little bit of an illusion...

I'm cycling all my life (I'm nearly 65) and I'm getting less confident as the standard of driving is getting worse, a lot of drivers are on their phones and there isn't a policeman to be seen...

Re: Trail Manners?

21 January 2015 - 9:46pm
It does sound pretty ignorant.

You'd expect novices on such trails and ride accordingly, unfortunately there's always a small percentage of people in any group, be it mountain bikers, road bikers, walkers, car drivers, etc. Who seem to think they own the place.

I'd probably chalk it down to experience and and use it as a good example to your kids for how not to act, manners cost nothing etc.

Re: New to mountain bikes but willing to learn

21 January 2015 - 9:17pm
If you get the opportunity to try some out, that's the best bet.

From what you have said a hard tail front suspension bike would be more suitable. A full suspension bike would be a waste as it will add weight and and if you don't do any real down hill /off piste stuff the rear suspension will just be an energy drain.

I'm 6'3 and have a 22 inch frame, but frame sizes are a bit like shoe sizes, different makes can vary slightly.. If you're going to pay 2k, I'd expect the bike shop to fit you up properly and make any nessesary adjustments.

Re: Are mtb tyres changing?

21 January 2015 - 8:11pm
Pretty much agree with the above, smaller more spacial knobs shed mud much quicker, returning grip sooner and it allows for lighter construction.

Re: Are mtb tyres changing?

20 January 2015 - 12:13pm
I think it's largely because they were overkill for most things except sand and thick mud. Even thick mud just clogged them up. Smaller knobs seem to work just as well.

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

19 January 2015 - 5:06pm
I notice people in full on DH gear on the pavements around here too.

I'm guessing that, as CS said, they don't have the confidence for road riding - perhaps that's why they took up MTBing in the first place?

thing about MTBing too, is that if you've just done a sketchy DH and seen your life flash before your eyes, you might well be tempted to go back and redo it several times until you nail it. If you've just had a close pass by WVM on the road you probably won't want to go back and redo it until you work out how to beat it! Both have their dangers/perceived dangers but the approach to each invokes a different mind set.

Are mtb tyres changing?

19 January 2015 - 4:20pm
Is it me or are the days when you would see knobbly tyres with a sugar cube tread are becoming extinct? All seem to have wee blocks nowadays. Is there a reason for this?

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

19 January 2015 - 4:15pm
Seriously, a mountain bike cyclist, without the gear likes to hear the same tyre whine noise as an old army Land Rover as get asked for whiney or we say girny tyres just purely for the road! He hates slicks for the cycle paths as they are too quiet! So maybe as modern tyres are getting quiter they ride on a smooth surface to enjoy the noise, the very same noise Roadies hate!

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

19 January 2015 - 4:10pm
Ru88ell wrote:As I cycle far and wide I keep noticing the same thing; why are there groups of fully kitted up MTB'ers riding on the pavements?
Can anyone throw any light on this phenomenon? Surely they're a bit old for their moms to be worried about them being on the road.

Because they are riding "off-road" bikes.

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

19 January 2015 - 3:15pm
Road skills and technical MTB skills are very different I guess?

Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

19 January 2015 - 3:12pm
As I cycle far and wide I keep noticing the same thing; why are there groups of fully kitted up MTB'ers riding on the pavements?

I'm not referring to the odd work commuter on his £99.99 Y frame full susser, I'm talking about groups of blokes from their 20's to 40's, from three to eight or nine of them, all kitted out with helmet lights and cams, cammo baggies, Camelbaks, clipped in, etc, on the latest multi thousand pound full sussers and 29'ers - riding in a gang on the pavement as I whistle past them on the road on my trusty hybrid.

Can anyone throw any light on this phenomenon? Surely they're a bit old for their moms to be worried about them being on the road.

Re: Yak attack

16 January 2015 - 3:45pm
Hi,
We all want bigger feet and to be taller, but at 2Mtrs he is tall, I guess he is not 106 kgs (16.5 stone) anymore or would need to be.

Any way if you don't know the outcome don't go looking on the net
The runs going to be hell.

Re: Yak attack

16 January 2015 - 1:50pm
He was a rugby player, even the backs are not know for being petit.
I've been over the Thorong La the high pass that he carried his bike over, 700m up from his previous stop at Thorong Pedi and about 1500m down to Muktinath. Not easy walking at that altitude, I'm impressed carrying a bike at that altitude, and also pedaling one.

Neil

Re: Yak attack (Jungle Run)

16 January 2015 - 1:28pm
Hi,
Right post
Tonight Jungle run.
I thought that he looked a bit cramped on the MTB, legs very bent.

Re: Coed Y Brenin

14 January 2015 - 6:38pm
I used to take my son and his various cousins/friends here maybe about 15-ish years ago, with a trailer full of bikes.

I'm sure I used to travel north up the A470 then turn left into the biking centre (excellent beans on toast/giant bowls of rice pudding!).

But when I went there a few weeks ago with my other half I found myself driving into a craft centre - the bike centre was on the other side of the road, a bit further up. And it looked a tad bigger and less rustic than I rememberd.

My other half thinks I'm going doolally in my old age - but I think the bike centre has moved.

Has it?

NB I was clearing out some junk the other day and found a leaflet for the Karrimor trail - which appears to show the bike centre on the left-hand side as you go north!

Adelaide mountain bike

14 January 2015 - 10:45am
http://youtu.be/K6zPR7_tGJM
Little vid of a trail in adelaide
Hope u all like

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

12 January 2015 - 7:27pm
I got a chance to try out a Giant medium sized pump on the 2.4's today as I punctured about 3 miles from home,it was a slow one and as it was going dark I decided to pump it up from 5psi to 25+ according to the little gauge on the pump,I had to pump it up three times on the way.
It's as well I didn't take the tube out as it could've potentially been frustrating.
When I got home I repaired the tube found a small thorn in the tyre but decided to check out the rest of the tyre and found two more thorns stuck in it .
One had pierced the tube the other not,so if I'd found one in fading light I may have just replaced the tube and thrown the tyre on thinking all was well
Just goes to show,always check
Anyway the pump worked OK

Re: Greetings from aus video

12 January 2015 - 3:23pm
Welcome to the forum corey.
Nice vids but here's what you're missing out on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeamDfgQVUQ
Not my own vid, but long ago before I got chicken and flogged the MTB, this was one of my regular haunts. The guy at the end got off lightly as hitting those boulders halfway down, I can say with some authority, hurts, a lot, when you come off

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