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MTB-Idle

Member since Nov 2019 • Last active Jul 2020
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  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    I've been tubelessing a lot of tyres recently:

    • my dialled bikes steel hardtail with 2.3" tyres - all went up ok once I borrowed a ghetto compressor
    • my mate's Hunt Mason gravel wheels. Straight up no issues
    • my eldest son's 25kg commuter bike on 26" Schwalbe city jet tyres. No problem
    • my mates 29'er hardtail, again no problem

    Then last week I borrowed my son's 25kg commuter for a trip to the LBS as I CBA to change into cycle specific clothes and frankly, it's fun to ride an e-bike every now and then.

    Got there and back all okay and he said oh, was the tyre ok cos it was flat yesterday. Really I asked.

    Yes it got a flat cos he had been doing jumps in the local park on it. A 25kg bike and he's about 105kg at the moment. Cheers buddy...

    Looks like it has a reasonable sized split in the sidewall of the city jets but it's holding with just the sealant for the moment. I will take the tyre off and apply an old fashioned rubber and glue patch inside the tyre and all will be ok.

  • in Current Projects
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    good thread and build

  • in Rides & Races
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    and of course named after the Vapours classic track about masturbation...

  • in Rides & Races
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    but back to PDS, this is a pretty good illustration of my week away.

    LoPro

    Oh look, I'm wearing the same gloves as the pic taken today

  • in Rides & Races
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    in other news I was out on my MTB today and caught up with a guy on his offroad trike recumbent.

    Nice chap but man, that's a lot of niches.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I love the Porte du Soleil and have been there about eight times since 2005. Would deffo recommend but it kinda depends what type of riding you prefer.

    I'm sure people will disagree but IMO the PDS is mainly downhill trails with tabletops and doubles galore. There is some hidden singletrack but this is either super steep or super sketchy and you need to hunt it out.

    The main advantage for me is it's a 12 hour drive which is very doable. Morzine is a great town to stay in with plenty of chalets to rent and shops and restaurants for the evening, lift access easy to get everywhere around the PDS including Les Gets, Chatel, Mossettes, Les Lindarets etc. and it's easy to self-guide.

    Some of these other places are arse end of nowhere with one restaurant that you have to go to every night.

    If you prefer singletrack descents then I would look elsewhere like say Les Arcs (great riding but not much nightlife and only really one mountain) or Albertville/Areches-Beaufort which is great but not much of a developed lift system and you need guiding.

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    all look good. I'm a fan of dialled bikes too as i used to work with Mike in a large corporate and he lived around the corner from me.

    I sold a Prince Albert 520 frame during lockdown and built up my 725 Prince Albert (see below) and will be riding it on some simple gravel type MTB tomorrow.

    you know Mike is still going as FTB bikes and focusing on BMX? He may even have some old stock dialled frames hanging around too

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Alternatively the description indicates that the tool has a replaceable plastic head. Simply replace it ;)

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Wrong, wrong, wrong. You clearly need a shark's tooth toothpick.

    Dip the hammerhead in salted water and apply the toothpick to the blue plastic. It will float to the surface

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