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Re: Barbed Wire Trap set on trail in Kent

4 April 2016 - 9:29am
Lance Dopestrong wrote:Simply instilling terror in someone is not terrorism.
Instilling terror,terrorising is terrorism.
If you want to argue over the reasons and academic meaning of the word terrorism,play away.
I won't give you an argument,but I'll still say stringing barbed wire across a trail is an attempt at terrorising others which amounts to terrorism in my book.
YVMV.

Re: Barbed Wire Trap set on trail in Kent

4 April 2016 - 9:08am
Simply instilling terror in someone is not terrorism.

Re: Barbed Wire Trap set on trail in Kent

3 April 2016 - 8:27pm
Lance Dopestrong wrote:reohn2 wrote:Taken to it's logical conclusion it is terrorism

It's then use of unlawful force to achieve a political objective? How does that work?

Depending on the motive it's anything from being a pecker through to attempted murder, but I can't quite see the link with terrorism.

It's an attempt at maiming or murder which is terrorising other users of the path.
Whether that's for political reasons or out of sheer madness is anyone's guess,I dare say those that did it weren't available for comment or prepared to issue a press release

Re: Barbed Wire Trap set on trail in Kent

3 April 2016 - 10:43am
reohn2 wrote:Taken to it's logical conclusion it is terrorism

It's then use of unlawful force to achieve a political objective? How does that work?

Depending on the motive it's anything from being a pecker through to attempted murder, but I can't quite see the link with terrorism.

Re: Barbed Wire Trap set on trail in Kent

31 March 2016 - 8:36am
Taken to it's logical conclusion it is terrorism

Re: Barbed Wire Trap set on trail in Kent

31 March 2016 - 8:03am
Things like this just don't really bear thinking about regarding the possible consequences.

I wonder if it's just a prank to some without them really thinking about what the end result could be? Or are they really intent on serious injury being caused?

I have a relative who rides a lot of MTB in Germany, he says his local forests see this sort of problem a lot where some walkers don't think anyone on a bike should be in their woods. The riders are on a social media group to warn of such dangers and check it before rides. A sad state.

27th March 2016 to Brigsteer Park

28 March 2016 - 9:49pm
Wild Daffodils in Brigsteer Park by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of the photos of 27th March 2016 ride to Brigsteer Park at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/march-2016/27th.html

20th March 2016 ride to Beacon Fell

24 March 2016 - 11:25pm
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

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

24 March 2016 - 7:02pm
Dave W wrote:I bought a 29 incher last Autumn and whilst it's a very capable bike (Whyte) I can't help but feel that the 29 inch wheel on a mountain bike is total marketing hype.

I feel this way about 99/100 components, Di2 for starters but simple things as well like swapping everything to Octalink when square taper worked perfectly for decades. I have never seen a crank split or cracked at the square hole, maybe they exist, but IMO there wasn't a reason to change it apart from to keep on selling something new to people. Notice how its "Octalink v2" as well, because the first one wasn't quite up to it.

So something that worked perfectly (AFAIK) was replaced with something that didn't work and had to be tweaked to work. The only sense this makes is business sense.

Shampoo sales doubled when a company first said "Rinse and repeat" on the back of the bottle. I suppose after ten years they managed to get away with giving you the same bottle at double or triple the price because it "gives you two washes in one" This is marketing 101. To suggest Shimano aren't doing this, or companies making 29er bikes, is a bit naive. We just aren't taught that side of life.

The only thing I ever changed my mind on was the missing link (as long as it is KMC) because I was still going off what they used to be like in 2000 (metal blending into the chain making it impossible to remove) but they seem to work these days or the KMC 8s and 9s ones have.

OP a 29er does go over the trails better and you did say that. So it has positives to it... but yes I am 99% sure it is a marketing gimmick, what isn't these days, everything has already been invented, its just a case of "upgrading" people all the time then, which is what it is all based around.

I think the same thing about "I upgraded to 1x11" when removing the outer and inner chainring is definitely a downgrade! So the front mech can't get all clogged up... so what, how on Earth is that "equal" to never having a low gear or a high gear? Those guys on a 34t chainring and 11-42t cassette have got something like 22" to 85" gear inches. Sorry but 85" is a good 20" away from the high gear I need! 22" is about 4" higher gear than I have now too so, about 1.5 gears missing at that end and 2 or 3 missing at the other end.

So how are these guys getting up hills, how are they speeding up from 30MPH to 35 MPH? They aren't able to. On a 29er with a 34t chainring in the 34x11 gear to go at 30 MPH is 123 RPM and to go 35 MPH is 144 RPM. All you can do then is put a bigger chainring on and make the gears that were already too high even higher at the lower end. I am sure they do it to test people, see if they do it... if they do that will they do this... what else will they do... these guys know more about us than we know about ourselves that's for sure.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

22 March 2016 - 4:17pm
Actually you might not need the gear range anymore:

http://www.glencoemountain.co.uk/mountain-biking.html

I don't think anyone really saw that coming.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

22 March 2016 - 3:05pm
Not as much hype as all this "1x11" everyone is "upgrading" to.

Removing your outer and inner chainring is an "upgrade" these days is it?

Give me a shout when you want to slap me around the face some more.

Isn't it amazing that one of the main things that set a MTB apart from other bikes going way back, was that it had a triple chainset - but now people reckon you don't need that gear range?

Did the world magically flatten itself out? (yes that was a deliberate reference to Flat Earth).

People copy each other like monkeys. One guy goes to 1x11 they all have to. One guy gets a 29er they all have to. Everyone is being marketed to and doesn't even realize it.

Soon those guys will be back on doubles I bet then in ten years some clever geek that doesn't even know what a triple is (too young) will say "Imagine how good this would be if we added a chainring and made it have three chainrings".

Egyptians were more advanced than we are today.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

22 March 2016 - 12:19pm
sbcoombs wrote: 650b can be considered as a compromise or a jack of all trades. For me, they are about marketing but I could understand the benefit for someone who only has one bike.

Thorn went over to 26" for its tandems. It was in considering this that I came to the conclusion that 650B was a Jolly Good Thing and wished that it had quickly become the standard for all bikes. Not everyone agrees with me and people then say that it causes problems at the top and lower ends of bike frame sizing so you end up with three wheel sizes in use, not just the one I hope for or the two we have present. But now that 650B has arrived in at least the MTB domain I would like to see it spread further, driven by marketing or not.

Re: 29 incher - all hype?

22 March 2016 - 8:23am
I'm quite tall, 194cm, never felt any particular benefit. Perhaps it's because I'm also a road cyclist so the feel of 700c isn't novel to me?

£ for £ I also encountered problems. A cheap 26" wheel is stiffer than a cheap 700c one, and even on my £1100 Spesh I could feel the flex. I also found the extra circumference was simply additional surface area to pick up mud and make the bike heavier. I couldn't feel the benefit, but others may love it so all power to them. I'm on 650B now, but won't be rushing to sell my 2 older 26" wheeled MTBs.

13th March 2016 ride to Horton-in-Ribblesdale

16 March 2016 - 8:47pm
The view at top of the climb, looking back down the Pennine Bridleway towards Feizor by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of the 13th March 2016 ride to Horton-in-Ribbledale at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/march-2016/13th.html

6th March 2016 ride to Bell Hill near Underbarrow

16 March 2016 - 8:40pm
The view looking across Milnthorpe Marsh from Marsh Road by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of the 6th March 2016 ride to Bell Hill near Underbarrow at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/march-2016/6th.html

28th February 2016 to Garstang and Calder Vale

16 March 2016 - 8:33pm
The view on the climb up Bell Lane. by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 28th February 2016 ride to Garstang and Calder Vale at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2016/28th.html

21st February 2016 ride to Wennington

16 March 2016 - 8:24pm
Members of Lancaster CTC group heading towards Butt Yeats on the B 6480. by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 21st February 2016 ride to Wennington at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2016/21st.html

17th February 2016 ride to the Row

16 March 2016 - 8:17pm
Snowdrops at side of the lane near Brigsteer in the Lyth Valley. by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 14th February 2016 ride to the Row at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2016/14th.html

7th February 2016 ride to Great Eccleston

16 March 2016 - 8:10pm
A view of the church at Cockerham by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 7th February 2016 ride to Great Eccleston at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/february-2016/7th.html

31st January 2016 ride to Arnside

16 March 2016 - 8:01pm
Setting off from Carnforth Railway Station by Simeon Orme, on Flickr

You can see rest of photos of 31st January 2016 ride to Arnside with the Lancashire Group of the RSF at this link http://www.southlakesgroup.org/january-2016/31st.html
 
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