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MediumThrills

Member since Apr 2019 • Last active Jul 2020
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Mostly audax & longer rides. Derailleur stays at home when I'm feeling brave.

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    Pricey but I've had a pair of these for 2 years of solid mistreatment and they're just excellent - perfect for touring too.

    https://www.elevenpine.com/products/cran­k-it-up-2018

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    I tend to load mine up with luggage, plus I have zero shred skillz and terrible bike handling... so it feels really good having three brakes.

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    I suppose the harder thing to find is an appropriate disc fixed rear wheel?

    Been through this rigmarole recently. Some hub options available but you'll end up getting a Surly Ultra New, so just do that and save yourself the bother.

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    Genesis Day One fixed conversion, 38c tyres and luggage box.
    Loves dirt, hence never clean.

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    It's tempting to "just ride and screw what they think", but we're a small sport, people aren't reasonable, and perceptions matter. A friend in southern Spain was targeted/threatened online for posting a solo ride on Strava - in a rural/mountain area, before any restrictions came into force.

    What's there now will be here tomorrow. People are afraid and we'll see similar reactions to outdoor activities, regardless of actual public health advice / good sense. Expect tabloid articles/online reactions branding people as selfish "spreaders".

    Audax UK are in an impossible situation - if they officially endorse any kind of riding, they're turning all long-distance riders into targets, for a long time after this crisis has passed.

    Personally, until there's an official no-cycling rule, I'm going to ride my bike alone and enjoy it. No points, no groups, no cafes, no social media. I'm hoping that'll be enough.

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