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LHL

Member since Dec 2012 • Last active Jul 2020
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  • in Rides & Races
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    Feeling sorry for myself today. Went out yesterday after recent rains, first ride in the wet for a while. Lost my front wheel on the first vaguely-technical trail I tried, leading to a nice selection of scrapes and aches today. On a related note, I've finally admitted defeat and ordered a pair of flat pedals, with 5-10s to follow once they're back in stock.

  • in General
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    I think Wales is still requiring people to stay within 5 miles of home when exercising. You'll probably be able to get in but will be breaching local laws, which are there for good reason- please don't.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    ^^ Gonna say, that sounds like some serious calories on a plate. Tasty though.

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    I'd say you could make an argument for alu, carbon or steel if you want value, depending on your preference and use. Only thing I'd argue strongly for is disc brakes, as it stops your wheel rims being worn down over time. Generally I'd be looking at bikes speed with shimano 105, or last seasons ultegra.

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    Forumite on a Roberts cycling along Portway towards Sea Mills (Bristol) yesterday - nice to chat, if briefly.

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    To add to the mix on this- access to credit. I suspect, going back a few years (decades?), that kit was determined by what you had spare month-to-month, and how long you were prepared to save. It seems there is easier credit is available nowadays, giving quick access to valuable equipment. Less obvious on bikes perhaps, but jumps out when looking at the quality of cars in my area. Ultimately shifts the decision from what people need to what people want.

    Other thought - I'm not sure there's huge difference year-on-year in performance, but there has been a real improvement in bike design & performance over the last ten years. Not road, but have recently gone from a good pre-2010 hardtail MTB to a good mid-range full suspension, and the difference is impressive. And I do find riding more fun as a result - smoother trails are faster, which gets me my adrenaline fix, and can tackle more tecky/steeper trails without quite so much fear. So I think my splurge is justified :).

  • in Rides & Races
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    I think going from a 9 speed cassette to 11 on the same hub should be OK, certainly on shimano. It's 12 speed things get funny. Check if getting sram- half remember some of the earlier 11sp setups also had proprietor free hubs.

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    We are also currently in a chain.

    We lowered our offer on the place we are buying following surveys due to unforseen works that need doing. It was accepted.

    Our buyer reduced his offer by 10% due to housing market drops. We negotiated this down to under 2% as ultimately any market drop is currently speculation. He accepted this.

    Make of that what you will!

  • in Rides & Races
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    Camelback octane is good. Space for everything you've listed, plus sweets and a sandwich or two. Not sure if you want waist straps, but I find them useful when mtbing to keep things stable.

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