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Re: Enjoying mtb'ing

17 May 2015 - 11:54am
Another lover of MTB. Need to get myself another one in a smaller size. I like going up into the woods (which totally creeps me out) i think fear makes me ride faster . Hope to hit Cannock Chase when i get my new bike.

What MTB are you riding.....and if you have any pics (of the bike) i wont complain

Enjoying mtb'ing

17 May 2015 - 11:15am
I recently ventured out in the local woods on my mtb and had a good time. This after 3 years of having a mtb and not using it. It was helped by the fact that it has bee dry and I have not got very muddy. I think what I enjoy is being away from cars and that I don't mind going slow.

I am lucky that my road journey to the woods is only around 0.5miles and once I get deep into them I hardly see anyone. So finally I begin to see the whole point of it. Does feel slow though sometimes and it's a relief that the bike is so light as I have to lift it over some of the gates.

I must confess I do walk over some of the very boggy bits if I can't ride around them as I still hate getting muddy. Also the hearing works much better than I expected as I hated riding the mtb on the road as could never find a happy flow.

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

17 May 2015 - 11:09am
I have a suspension fork on the front and locked it out and forgot. I calmly then rode for a hour thinking suspension is great. However towards the end I did unlock it and it did feel easier.

10th May 2015 A ride to Ambleside

16 May 2015 - 4:25pm
Welsh Poppy at side of the bridleway by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of the 10th May ride to Ambleside at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/may-2015/10th.html

Re: Simeon's ride photo galleries

16 May 2015 - 4:16pm
A yellow bike in Wigglesworth by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of the 3rd May 2015 ride to Waddington at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/may-2015/3rd.html

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

8 May 2015 - 9:14am
tempsperdu wrote:She seemed oblivious to the fact the she was walking on a cycle path and took umbridge that I was there almost stationary so tried to shove me off as she walked past.
She shouldn't do that (I'd be tempted to report the assault to help get split cycleway/footways) but did you ring a bell or say hello? And I'm increasingly of the opinion that hi-viz helps dehumanise us so people feel they can hit us like they might a vehicle that mounted a path

Re: Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

8 May 2015 - 8:49am
Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

This seems to work both ways.
I apparently startled a 'lady' pedestrian yesterday after cycling towards her for some distance wearing hiviz.
She seemed oblivious to the fact the she was walking on a cycle path and took umbridge that I was there
almost stationary so tried to shove me off as she walked past.
There would have been plenty of room if she and her partner had walked in file but abreast just no room and giving way to
an almost stationary bike seemed too much.
She wasn't even very burly.

Hey ho.

Mountain bikers take aid to Nepal victims

7 May 2015 - 6:30pm
Although technically cargo bikes it's certainly off road.
We can go places land rovers fear.

Re: What's wrong with the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB?

7 May 2015 - 3:38pm
Yep, it's an urban myth that they slide. They do sound like rice krispies though...

Re: What's wrong with the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB?

7 May 2015 - 1:15pm
Riding them on tarmac or any solid surface would be lethal as the metal studs will slide. They will also wear out very quickly.

I've found that in the four years that I've been using studded tyres I've not noticed them sliding on tarmac, let a lone being lethal. Yes, the studs will wear but not stupidly fast.

Re: What's wrong with the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB?

7 May 2015 - 1:13pm
Mattyfez wrote:Spike tyres are designed for riding on ice for extra bite.

Riding them on tarmac or any solid surface would be lethal as the metal studs will slide.

It isn't and they don't. Or, at least, there isn't any tarmac in Leeds which is even close to smooth enough that the studs slide on it. Noisy and slow, yes, but not lethal in my experience of a regular short journey through two winters.

Re: What's wrong with the Schwalbe Marathon Plus MTB?

7 May 2015 - 12:15pm
Spike tyres are designed for riding on ice for extra bite.

Riding them on tarmac or any solid surface would be lethal as the metal studs will slide. They will also wear out very quickly.

With schwalbe, you have 'big block' tyres like the hans damph and magic Mary which are more mud tyres, intermediate tyres like rocket ron and racing ralph for less weight, more cross country general purpose, which have smaller blocks and then slicks like the marathon etc.

Tread pattern really is a matter of what terrain you mainly ride.

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

6 May 2015 - 6:43pm
reohn2 wrote:deliquium wrote:reohn2 wrote:you being a Leghorn

I had to look that one up Only the English could bastardise the easily pronouncable Italian town of Livorno into Leghorn
I dithered when typing that
It's a term of endearment,meaning small(light) chicken.
Sorry if I caused offence.

Following your usually dependable and respected advice reohn2, I've ordered a pair of Schwalbe Landcruisers 26" x 1.9 and see if I can take to this riding off road thing - as long as there's no mud and my bike doesn't get dirty And my eyes don't rattle in their sockets
Don't blame me if you're bike gets mucky,there shouldn't be too much eye rattling with those tyres

Absolutely ZERO offence - just never heard the term and then discovered it was yet another beautiful language story

£20 for 2 tyres that are regularly recommended - and may well change my perception of riding - on road TO then being able to enjoy the tracks away from traffic? I'm happy - and usually late to the party

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

6 May 2015 - 6:00pm
deliquium wrote:reohn2 wrote:you being a Leghorn

I had to look that one up Only the English could bastardise the easily pronouncable Italian town of Livorno into Leghorn
I dithered when typing that
It's a term of endearment,meaning small(light) chicken.
Sorry if I caused offence.

Following your usually dependable and respected advice reohn2, I've ordered a pair of Schwalbe Landcruisers 26" x 1.9 and see if I can take to this riding off road thing - as long as there's no mud and my bike doesn't get dirty And my eyes don't rattle in their sockets
Don't blame me if you're bike gets mucky,there shouldn't be too much eye rattling with those tyres

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

6 May 2015 - 11:31am
reohn2 wrote:you being a Leghorn

I had to look that one up Only the English could bastardise the easily pronouncable Italian town of Livorno into Leghorn

Following your usually dependable and respected advice reohn2, I've ordered a pair of Schwalbe Landcruisers 26" x 1.9 and see if I can take to this riding off road thing - as long as there's no mud and my bike doesn't get dirty And my eyes don't rattle in their sockets

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

6 May 2015 - 10:26am
deliquium wrote:reohn2 wrote:
It's a nice trail .
What TP's do you have in the Rando's?

For road use approximately 40 front and 45 and a bit rear........

Forgot to answer this bit,you being a Leghorn and not much over 10st I think you could reduce the front by 3 to 5psi.
Landcruisers are a good off/on road tyre,the centre unbroken tread makes for good progress on tarmac and the side knobs help on rutted tracks.A larger volume one,559x47 or 50mm will increase comfort without much loss in tarmac speed with even lower PSI than the Rando's.

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

6 May 2015 - 8:05am
Merry_Wanderer wrote:I ride on green lanes, bridleways and the like, including some singletrack on a Surly Disc Trucker with 1.75" wide tyres and drop handlebars. It is a much better bike on and off road than my old mtb

What tyres do you use?

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

5 May 2015 - 10:53pm
I ride on green lanes, bridleways and the like, including some singletrack on a Surly Disc Trucker with 1.75" wide tyres and drop handlebars. It is a much better bike on and off road than my old mtb

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

4 May 2015 - 1:52am
I knew someone with a Blueridge! Blue and orange IIRC. I loved the MTB colour schemes of that era and Raleigh really did some of the boldest. All too boring these days. We're in a world of blacks, whites, silvers and 500 shades of grey and all the worse for it.

Glad to hear you've found a new type of cycling to enjoy

Re: How limiting is a rigid bike?

3 May 2015 - 1:01am
deliquium wrote:I didn't realise one could do an off road track from Joe Brown's to Llyn Ogwen - MUST investigate, cos the A5 trunk road is OFNADWY!
Yep,just follow the road 'till you run out of tarmac

I know and love the lanes from Bethesda to Llanberis - but prefer to avoid the traffic strewn Llanberis Pass and take the longer minor lanes via Ceunant and Waun Fawr back home
Agreed!
I just love the that road from Waun Fawr

You'll have to come over, be kind, and show me how to ride off tarmac John?
We'll definitely have to get together for a ride when I'm over your way,hopefully in the not too distant,not so sure I can teach you anything though,you looked pretty capable to me last time we met

NO I am NOT ever going to have disc brakes or suspension forks - BY THE WAY
I don't blame you about the suspension forks,but the discs are really good off road 'apparatus'

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