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Re: Are mtb tyres changing?

20 January 2015 - 1:13pm
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 - 6:06pm
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 - 5:20pm
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 - 5:15pm
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 - 5:10pm
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 - 4:15pm
Road skills and technical MTB skills are very different I guess?

Burly blokes on the pavement - why?

19 January 2015 - 4:12pm
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 - 4:45pm
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 - 2:50pm
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.


Re: Yak attack (Jungle Run)

16 January 2015 - 2:28pm
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 - 7:38pm
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 - 11:45am
Little vid of a trail in adelaide
Hope u all like

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

12 January 2015 - 8:27pm
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 - 4:23pm
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

Re: Quick little DH vid

12 January 2015 - 3:11pm
Looks like great fun Corey. Thank you for sharing

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

12 January 2015 - 11:26am
Lezyne HV Micro Floor Drive V2 ABS Pump from edinburghbicycle.com

The Lezyne HV Micro Floor Drive V2 ABS Pump lets you enjoy track pump-like performance from a lightweight portable pump.

HV stands for high volume. The Lezyne HV Micro Floor Drive V2 ABS Pump is a fatter-barrel pump designed to move more air per stroke into a high volume mountain bike tyre. You could use this pump to inflate high pressure road bike tyres up to around 60psi on a 'get you home' basis. However, for road tyres, we would recommend a high pressure pump such as the Lezyne HP Micro Floor Drive V2 ABS Pump.

When you need to use the pump, unscrew the ABS Flip-Thread Chuck that secures the hose to the pump's base in transit, screw the chuck onto your tyre's Presta or Schrader valve and flip the 3mm-thick stainless steel wire stirrup. You can then inflate the tyre, track pump style, with a foot on the stirrup.

Alternatively, you can use the Lezyne HV Micro Floor Drive V2 ABS Pump like a good quality hand pump and enjoy the fact that the hose connection frees you from the sometimes awkward action of holding a push-fit pump's head perpendicular to the valve it's connected to.
•CNC machined aluminium barrel, shaft, base and handle for light weight and precision performance.
•The pump's ergonomically designed T-handle manages to be very comfortable without protruding in transit.
•The pump's machined Flip Head Chuck is Presta threaded on one side and Schrader threaded on the other to ensure an air-tight seal for years to come.
•The Flip-Thread Chuck features an ABS Air Bleed System button. Once your tyre is inflated, press the button to release air pressure from the hose, thus reducing the risk of air escaping when you remove the Flip Head Chuck.
•Supplied with Lezyne Speed Chuckshould you prefer a push-fit pump head.
•Also supplied with needle valve for inflating footballs and so on.
•The 24"/| 60cm long rubber hose makes it easy to access your tyre valves.
•Supplied with composite matrix frame-fit bracket that mounts onto your bottle cage bosses.
•30cm long.
•Manufacturer's published weight: 150g.

'A compact HV pump design that brings floor pump function and power along for the ride. The aluminium barrel, shaft, base, and T-handle are custom CNC-machined for durability, ergonomics and reduced weight. A stainless steel wire foot peg provides stability while pumping. The ABS Flip-Thread Chuck and 24" | 60cm long rubber hose make it easy to reach both Presta and Schrader valves. Speed Chuck also included. Includes Composite Matrix frame pump mount.'

'Fact: mini pumps are largely just a waste of time and effort. What you really need is a track pump that has been made small enough to carry with you in a pack when you're hitting the trails. Which is why we have been making good use of this battered and bruised old Lezyne Micro Floor Pump.

This pump has survived countless rides and lots of use and abuse and still continues to fill tyres quicker and with much less effort than any mini pump we've tried.'
WhatMountainBike magazine.

Why Does No-one Want To Work As A Mechanic In Castle Douglas

12 January 2015 - 11:21am
Studio Velo in Castle Douglas is looking for a bicycle mechanic to repair £5,000-£6,000 mountain bikes and road bikes as well. The shop owner can find no-one at all. The Jobcentre arranged an interview for me as are the only one to come forward in the whole area. Now realise are good though not at this level at what I can do with my bikes and others which are usually are worth two zeros less! Feel it's well above my league as are the bottom end of cycling mechanics not the top echelon, was always taught my place in society. This is a genuine job offer, so here's the details;-

Gareth Montgomerie



01556 503069


Re: Quick little DH vid

12 January 2015 - 9:55am
I soaked up the sunshine and the heat. (Envious)
I'm sure the descent is better to ride than to watch. (Not very exciting)
Cr*p music [emoji3]

Re: Quick little DH vid

12 January 2015 - 7:15am
Any feedback would be rad [emoji106]

Re: Pumping up 29er 2.4inch tyres

11 January 2015 - 10:56pm
Congrats on the new toy John, I'm jealous
You'll be thankful of those wide bars when you hit narrow twisty singletrack. A short stumpy stem might benefit you there you too. I don't know what the fashion is nowadays but back when I were a younger lad us downhilling types all used that set up as it did really make the bikes easier to handle.
For those years I used one of the earlier versions of Blackburns Mammoth pump. Back then they were almost indestructible and did (from memory) a great job of inflating a 2.3" 26" tyre to 40 ish psi. http://www.evanscycles.com/products/bla ... p-ec018763
I would imagine that the newer version is better...assuming the suits at Blackburn have any sense.


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