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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Mottie, 19 Feb 2020.

  1. festive

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    MTB stripped to bits so stayed local. So instead I managed 15miles on my turbo trainer yesterday then got a puncture!!! Don't laugh.
     
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  3. Brigadier

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    I bought a new bike, as I don't buy myself anything really. A Ridley carbon mtb.
    Still getting used to it, but finding my hands and wrists getting tired on the bars, so fitted an old pair of bar ends for trial today.
    Neglected to move the gear shifters and brake levers inboard though, so the outsides of my hands were squished. Not comfortable.

    So, that experiment has been shortlived, and the bar ends are back in the bits box.....
     
  4. transam

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    Pulled all the resrsuspension
    Back axles
    Differential
    Steering rack
    Front hubs
    And steering column

    Off of a Ford Sierra ghia wreck today
     
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    Not sure if I can ask you this question, but do you find it stiff? My MTB is an old British Eagle with steel Reynolds frame. Had a ride on a friend's carbon framed bike and it seemed to transmit more shocks from the road. Seemed to have no give to absorb anything.
     
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    No.
    It has lock out forks, which are good for hills, and the road I ride to get to the Chase.

    Back in the day (when I rode bmx), I had a pk ripper.
    Aluminium fram . So stiff, I thought my teeth were going to drop out:eek:

    In short, a carbon frame is nicely compliant, especially with 2.25" tyres beneath you(y)
     
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    There is new bike shop that has opened down our way next door to a plumbers merchants

    They have spent a fortune on refutbing the premises Some german company? Selling electric push bikes bloke in the merchants reckons the cheapest model is 4 grand
     
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    Fortunately, no. :D
     
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    I'd heard that carbon is compliant, but the one I rode didn't seem to be. Maybe it wasn't the frame, but some other reason.
     
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    First of all jealous here, as a kid i only ever managed a borrow of my friends Rally Tough Burner as my ahem 'privileged' parents couldn't afford me a new bike i rode 2nd hand ones i built from scrap bikes, and my paper round just didn't cut it.

    And yep concur the most rigid frames of all are aluminium, i guess carbon next then steel. My road bike (spec tarmac) is all carbon with the cheaper option having ally forks and the better of course Carbon.

    MTB interest is predom XC here too, so i too have a manual lockout front and active rear. That is the 'cheaper' aluminium version as of course the down side of carbon is the potential issue of stone chip fractures. And with suspension already and im just not competing anymore i don't need to spend 1000's more on tech id never really benefit from.
     
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    Yep had the same issue with mine as the riding position has evolved alot hasn't it. My first road bike back in the day was a Colnago Reynolds 531 or was it columbus tubing with a campag super record group set my cousin was a superb cyclist and used to hand me down his sponsor parts. Paid for when i started working properly for a living.

    What i found incredible about modern bikes is how light they are and how much of that power transfers through the crank and not lost in flex quite impressive.
     
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    Yep.
    I have done basically nothing but swimming for a decade but, when lockdown happened, all I was left with was walking, running (can't manage ; calves keep pulling), and cycling (using first - born's £300 carrera) .
    The difference with a bike that costs a lot more is that it accelerates instantly and rapidly when you even go near the pedals and, even though I feel like I'm not trying (still wary after crashing and having my knee stitched up), I'm still setting much faster segments than I did before.

    It's a hardtail, btw.
     
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    I spent much of my teenage years on a Burner, which I had in bits and back together again hundreds of times.
    When I got my first job, I bought a PK Ripper. Twas the dog's danglies.
    While riding it near Sutton Coldfield on evening, a lad came out of his house and asked if I'd sell it to him.

    IIRC, I flogged him the frame and forks.
    Which I subsequently regretted.

    Being more of a suicidal / kamikaze sort, the Ripper wasn't well suited to that.

    Cro-mo Bully Piston did the trick instead.

    That was 1990-ish, and the Piston still resides in my brother's garden building.
     
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    I quite fancy one of those bamboo bikes.
     
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    Learning the layout of my new place of work. 4 floors with a multitude of rooms, laboratories, prep rooms, music rooms, dance arenas, sound studios, photographic studios and much more. Add to that one of my tasks was to set the clocks correct after them going back an hour at the weekend then finally checking every room was empty and secure at the end of the day before locking up for the night.
     
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  17. Do you like your new job? Hope all going well :)

    I've spent the day trying not to think of the dentist tomorrow.. it's going to hurt!
     
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