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joeae

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Aug 2016
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    Just raise a dispute on aliexpress and there's a 'refund, no return' option or similar. Did this with Oakley's that were the wrong colour, no problem.

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    Agree about the handlebar bag. I had to be very careful packing it so it was the right shape not to rub on the tyre, even then it was about 5mm only. I got a lot in there without having to loop over the handlebars, and the roll ends didn't get in the way of shifters luckily.

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    I rate my naturehike as a 1 man, had no problems with it so far. Walls do sag in as mentioned, so is quite cosy with 1 man 1 woman, and kit has to go in porch. I guess for lightness, the inner is largely mesh, as is the inner door, so can feel the breeze sometimes. And at 6'2 it is just long enough.

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    Happened to me with two pairs now. One pair I didn't lose the pin and just 'fixed' it myself. The other pair I lost the pin, so got my money back through Aliexpress. Would be interested to know if it can be fixed too.

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    Went to Brecon in one, fully loaded, then had a few days riding without bags in the Beacons

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    Rode Manchester-Brecon to camp. Have a NatureHike tent, Alpkit inflatable mat, Decathlon sleeping bag; down jacket, flip flops, running shorts and long sleeve t-shirt for off bike. Small pan and beer can stove, but was not as successful as trial at home. Need to take trousers next time (cold), and spare bibs (wasted most a day waiting for them to dry after prior evening wash). Overall was happy with the setup, didn't notice it on the flats and made it up some sharp climbs, and great to be able to remove it all and have my best bike with me. Bit of a faff over the traditional panniers for packing up, but will get more efficient with practice.

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    I got the Okley Jawbreakered to use in evenings with clear/yellow lenses. Honestly, they aren't great lenses. Following a club mate with rear light there is a lot of reflection on the lense, so I see three rear lights. Not tested at night with headlights, but imagine will be pretty unbearable. They look cool though.

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    Thanks for the tip on the 'Apidure', mine has just arrived. Looks/feels robust, but very wide, half the material needs wrapping up to fit inbetween regular drops. Really impressed by how secure it is compared to the Alpkit dual dry bag I had been using.

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    i have a Doval 52/36 and it is good when in gear and when cadence normal, shit when changing front gear, and shit when cadence drops such as on long steep climbs. I won't be replacing it with another.

    If you normally ride a 52/36, should you be looking at a 52/36 oval? As they are equivalent to 55/39 or something at the widest points. Which may be why i struggle with it at low cadence...

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    Standard Alpina track, drilled

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