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Bikepacking Handlebar Bag for Surly Big Dummy

20 May 2016 - 6:08am
Could anyone make a recommendation for me please?

So far I've looked at the new offering from Ortlieb and I've glanced over Alpkit's kit. This is for my Surly Big Dummy which essentially has a MTB set up in front hence deciding to post in this section.

Is @Bigdummysteve still out there?

Thanks in advance...b

Re: Help with new mountain bike options

18 May 2016 - 5:19pm
If you will ride mainly river paths and fire roads, a 29er should be your weapon of choice. As the tiding gets technical, I would agree a smaller wheel may be better.
In terms of your choices, I always go for the best frame, forks and wheels combination. The drivetrain will wear and need replacing quickly. In reality anything from Deore or X9 upwards is good enough to start with.


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Re: Help with new mountain bike options

17 May 2016 - 8:23pm
Don't get a 29er.
There,whittled it down quite a bit.
The Scott Contessa Scale 720 at 699 seems a reasonable buy to me

Help with new mountain bike options

17 May 2016 - 3:03pm
Hi,

After trawling the internet for quite some time, I've come up with a few options for a new bike.My old town bike is very heavy and has been better days. After building up my fitness level I am ready to move on to something else. My criteria is; I'd like it to be as light as possible. I'm using it for long distance leisure ride at the weekends and will be riding along river paths and forest areas.

Specialised Rockhopper Expert 29.http://www.evanscycles.com/specialized-rockhopper-expert-29-2016-mountain-bike-EV244880
Specialised Rockhopper Sport 29. http://www.evanscycles.com/specialized-rockhopper-sport-29-2016-mountain-bike-EV244882
Scott Contessa Scale 720.http://www.evanscycles.com/scott-contessa-scale-720-2016-womens-mountain-bike-EV253466
Trek X-Caliber 9. http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CTRK1001BG
Cube Access WLS SL. http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CCUB0747BB
Cube Access WLS Race. http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CCUB0746GK
Cube Access SL 29er. http://www.cyclesurgery.com/pws/UniqueProductKey.ice?ProductID=CCUB0692ER

I just wondered if anyone has any of these or can help me whittle it down..."I wouldn't go for that one when you could have that one" kind of thing.

Thank you.

Stuck seatpost.

8 May 2016 - 9:46am
Hi All

I have a stuck seat post and need access to a good quality bench vice in order to get it out.

Does anyone on the forum live in Doncaster and have access to a bench vice, for me to use for about ten minutes.

Thanks in advance.

Trebz

Re: Barbed Wire Trap set on trail in Kent

3 May 2016 - 10:44pm
Be careful if you ride on the Brynmenyn cycle track in Wales, the wire is happening again.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-sout ... s-36196234

Re: 20th March 2016 ride to Beacon Fell

24 April 2016 - 8:44am
Simeon wrote:Old petrol Station on Church Lane in White chapel by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest photos of the 20th March 2016 ride to Beacon Fell at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/march-2016/20th.html

I love this one.
That could actually make a great picture for the house.

10th April 2016 ride to Longsleddale

23 April 2016 - 5:53pm
Shadows on the Garnett Bridge Road by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 10th April 2016 to Longsleddale at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/april-2016/10th.html

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

22 April 2016 - 5:57pm
Let's not go there.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

22 April 2016 - 5:49pm
I actually like my Fat bikes more, now there's another can of worms.........

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

22 April 2016 - 5:35pm
flash wrote:I may look daft, but as long as I'm happy, so what....

Spot on.

Most of the naysayers haven't ridden a 29er long enough to form an educated opinion. If you have done so and didn't like it, fair enough. The last part of the above quote can stand for you too.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

21 April 2016 - 3:03pm
I don't know if 29ers are faster than 26ers (I've seen tests that go either way), but they ride more comfortably, as the larger diameter tire more easily rolls over bumps.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

21 April 2016 - 7:00am
Ok fair enough.
I don't record lap times,because well,I'm on a trail that has 60+ miles of track which can take you anywhere with one turn.
I think they are OK for the all out speed trails.
Other than that ?
The cumbersome wheel size (IMO) would restrict a lot of things and toe overlap must surely come into play.
But I'm glad you are getting on with yours

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

21 April 2016 - 5:43am
I don't agree. I am 5' 7" ride a 16" 29er. They ride well. I ride a Bikefest lap on my way home in Bristol most nights. My second fastest lap was on my fixed gear 29er, the same bike I rode the Gravel Dash, a 100 mile in a day off road ride and it's certainly a better all day bike than any of my 26ers. I may look daft, but as long as I'm happy, so what....

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

20 April 2016 - 8:34pm
For taller riders then yeah,a 29er will feel more "in size" for them.
But I feel anything under a 19" frame looks really stupid,and I'm convinced the ride quality would be compromised.
Saw a chap on a 29er who was no more than 5' 6",and the frame looked no more than a 16"
It looked like he had borrrowed his much larger dads bike.
And he couldn't handle the damn thing either, the front bucking and squirming downhill,I'm surprised he never got injured.
I think they made a massive balls up with the wheel size,having wheels the size of a road bike on a trail bike.
Hence the scramble to the middle ground 27.5.
Sure,professionals ride them,but they are paid to.
And people who have bought them will defend them to the hilt,as they don't want tosay they made a mistake.
If you just want to have a blast round fairly flattish trails then fine.
Take it off piste ?
You have a massive problem in front of you called a front wheel

6th April 2016 a ride up Roeburndale

8 April 2016 - 1:58pm
Reflections on the road up Roeburndale by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of the 6th April 2016 ride up Roeburndale at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/april-2016/6th.html

3rd April 2016 ride to Dent

6 April 2016 - 9:58pm
Reflections on the lane by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 3rd April 2016 ride to Dent at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/april-2016/3rd.html

Re: Barbed Wire Trap set on trail in Kent

6 April 2016 - 8:36pm
Bicycler wrote:I understand what you are saying that this is a serious incident but without any apparent terrorist motive I don't see it as an act of terrorism.

I fully understand the meaning of the political term.
But by restricting it's use means people who are truly terrorised by others,albeit on a small numerical scale with less spectacular impact trivialises it's effect by reserving it only for certain large scale attacks.
Those being terrorised are no less frightened,and in the case of bicycle v motor vehicle sometimes on a daily basis.
YVMV

Re: Barbed Wire Trap set on trail in Kent

6 April 2016 - 7:53pm
Dennis the Menace and domestic pets are frequently said to terrorise, but are never said to be terrorists. I think it's better if we stick to the established usage of very emotive terms. It is because of their established usage that they are so emotive.

I understand what you are saying that this is a serious incident but without any apparent terrorist motive I don't see it as an act of terrorism.

Re: Barbed Wire Trap set on trail in Kent

6 April 2016 - 7:09pm
Bicycler wrote:That makes them a terroriser, not a terrorist.
Both terrorise or do they not?

Hairs are being split IMHO.
 
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