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Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

29 March 2015 - 12:55pm
Vantage wrote:Pretty please with sugar on top, explain to us 'non-serious' types what a serious rider is. I await with baited breath.

To be honest, I'd dismissed you as a serious rider once you'd quoted Thorn as some sort of world authority on modern mountain bike design.

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

28 March 2015 - 5:25pm
Regurgatron wrote:
The 29ers are significantly faster up and down the mountain compared to my old 26" bikes,

B******s.

The good news for the 26" dinosaurs is that they can now pick up loads of high-end 26" kit cheap as chips as the serious riders move to 27.5 and 29.

Pretty please with sugar on top, explain to us 'non-serious' types what a serious rider is. I await with baited breath.

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

28 March 2015 - 1:29pm
I've got 2 29ers - a long travel full sus and a rigid singlespeed.

The 29ers are significantly faster up and down the mountain compared to my old 26" bikes, and the idea they are somehow less 'agile' or 'nimble' is just plain nonsense. I would not contemplate going back to a 26" wheeled bike.

The good news for the 26" dinosaurs is that they can now pick up loads of high-end 26" kit cheap as chips as the serious riders move to 27.5 and 29.

Re: Should I just stick with 26" wheels?

28 March 2015 - 10:56am
I rode 26" all my mtb-ing life and will choose that size again when I hopefully get another mtb.
29er is a fad and nothing more. Thorn (I think it was them) did a test to see if there was any difference in ride quality between 26" and 700c and found very little between them. So they stuck to 26" as it's easier to find tyres in that size, anywhere, not just in Tibet.
Mountain bikes are supposed to be nimble, light, strong and have decent mud clearances. Bigger wheels require bigger frames reducing the nimbleness for certain sized cyclists. The extra material used to make bigger rims and tyres adds weight (although little). It's easier to bend and break a longer stick than a short one so in my mind, the same applies to longer spokes and clearances between frame and tyre will be smaller unless the frames get bigger, again, bad news for shorties like me.
With any luck, the idea of 29ers will go the same way as URT suspension frames and Cannondales famous but amazingly more stupid one legged suspension fork (if there was a facepalm smiley I'd use it here).

Re: Are mtb tyres changing?

28 March 2015 - 10:32am
Si wrote:It wasn't a snow specific tyre - meant for claggy mud more than anything, and very good at it it was.

Agreed.
I had a pair for a while and used them a couple times through snow covered moors and mudbaths and they were fantastic. Absolutely terrifying on hardpack trails or tarmac though!

22nd March 2015 ride to Gawthrop in Dentdale

25 March 2015 - 1:33pm
The view looking down Barbondale by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of 22nd March 2015 ride to Gawthrop in Dentdale at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/march-20 ... march.html

Re: Simeon's ride photo galleries

23 March 2015 - 12:45pm
Thanks geocycle, I made it as far as Dentdale on yesterday ride and busy editing the photos today as I am off on holiday this week.

Re: Simeon's ride photo galleries

23 March 2015 - 11:48am
IMG_20150322_152303830 (Medium) (Small).jpgWonderful pictures Simeon thanks for sharing. Got out to Clapham on Saturday: spring at last.


PS. I am concerned that I can recognize some of your locations just from the cake on offer!

Re: Simeon's ride photo galleries

23 March 2015 - 10:40am
It is indeed a great area to live and ride.

Have fun on your new more independent rides and keep posting!

Re: Simeon's ride photo galleries

22 March 2015 - 7:19pm
Thanks Bicycler, I am just lucky to live in one better cycle touring areas in England and decide last year to start more of my Sunday cycling from my front door instead back of my van and if anyone want to join me on Sunday ride, I start imformal group up, which mainly me and my camera, which meets at Halton Station (which is few minutes in driving time from junction 34 of M6 with free parking) on Sunday morningS at 9.15am in the Winter Months and 9.00am in the Summer months.

Re: Simeon's ride photo galleries

22 March 2015 - 3:08pm
Hi Simeon, I always enjoyed the RSF photos you put up so good to see you back posting on here

15th March 2015 ride to Burton-in-Lonsdale

21 March 2015 - 6:44pm
Heading along the lane towards Higher Broadwood. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of 15th March 2015 ride to Burton-in-Lonsdale at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/march-2015/15th-march-2015.html

8th March 2015 ride to Dunsop Bridge

21 March 2015 - 6:40pm
The view looking down Losterdale by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of the 8th March 2015 ride to Dent at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/march-2015/8th-march-2015.html

1st March 2015 ride to Brigsteer

21 March 2015 - 6:37pm
Moss on the bridge across the Marsh Drain on the Marsh Road. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of 1st March 2015 ride to Brigsteer at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/march-2015/1st-march-2015.html

22nd February 2015 ride to Kirkby Lonsdale

21 March 2015 - 6:34pm
A tree at side of the B6254 near Newton. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of the 22nd February 2015 ride to Kirkby Lonsdale at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2015/22nd.html

15th February 2015 ride to Wharfe

21 March 2015 - 6:31pm
Morning sunlight in Wray. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of the 15th February 2015 ride to Wharfe at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2015/15th.html

8th February 2015 ride to Knott End

21 March 2015 - 6:27pm
Reeds at side of lane on way to Bank Houses. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of the 8th February 2015 ride to Knott End at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2015/8th.html

1st February 2015 ride to Mill Side

21 March 2015 - 6:23pm
A view of the platform outside the Refreshment Room. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of 1st February 2015 ride to Mill Side at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2015/1st.html

25th January 2015 ride to Leighton Moss.

21 March 2015 - 6:20pm
Marcus and Ruth on the climb out of Halton to Four Lane End. by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of 25th January 2015 ride to Leighton Moss at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/january-2015/25th.html

18th January 2015 ride to Forton

21 March 2015 - 6:17pm
The cake photo at cafe at JC Country in Forton by simeonorme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the ride photos 18th January 2015 ride to Forton at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/january-2015/18th.html

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