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AndyMedic

Member since Oct 2013 • Last active Apr 2020
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  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    5.10 Anasazi climbing shoes. Size UK 9.5/euro 44. I take a size 10 shoe as a guide. Well used & have been resoled but lots of life left in them. Save some money on shoe hire when you go indoor climbing! Pick-up from Balham. £10.

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    Thule square section roof bars. 135cm long. Used to attach a bike rack. Usual marks from the clamps but in good condition with no rust or breaks in the plastic coating. Pick up only from Balham, south west London.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Thanks for all the replies. The consensus seems to be to keep them. Having spent a good amount of money and effort on obtaining them (and grief!) it would be a shame to part with them and regret it I suppose. There's nothing like razzing down a dusty trail on a straight bar, fat wheel MTB, kicking up some dust! Life's short, I just need to keep trying to make the time to ride and appreciate my bikes.
    @PhilDAS the CX I've got is a few years old and doesn't have as much tyre clearance.
    @edscoble I hadn't seen that, will take a look if I change my mind.

    Happy riding!

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Has anyone got rid of their bikes and gone down the one bike does it all route? I live in London with 3 bikes currently:

    • Boardman CX set up with a rack, mudguards, and 32 mm tyres. I do 80 - 90% of my cycling on this bike and enjoy it. I do a 9 mile commute and short trips round town.
    • Cotic Escapade fixed. I built this up with some nice bits earlier this year - Thompson, handmade Hope wheels, decent front disc, etc. This gets used a couple of times a month round town.
    • Genesis Tarn fully rigid 27.5 x 2.8". Gets used a handful of times a year in the Surrey Hills, Scotland, Lakes etc including a couple of bikepacking weekends if I'm lucky.

    I'm so busy with work (junior doctor), kids, etc that I don't get much time to do a lot of cycling never mind fettling bikes and also we've limited space living in a flat. I've also recently been diagnosed with a rare disease that has basically destroyed 1/3rd of my lungs and will only go in one direction.

    With that in mind it's appealing to go down the gravel route and just have one bike that does it all - more space and only one bike to maintain. Something like the Arkose X or Genesis Fugio 20 (2019 on sale at the moment for £1100 and 0% finance at Evans) that is basically a drop handled MTB that will take 2" MTB tyres but I can stick some mudguards, rack, and proper road tyres on for commuting. Although I only ride MTB a few times a year I love these opportunities and don't want to be hobbled too much by a bike that is too much of a compromise.

    If I sell my bikes will I just end up regretting it? Thoughts appreciated from those that have done it/considered it.

    Cheers!

  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    Starter kit for making your own beer. Only used once (got to stop drinking alcohol - v v v sad face). Everything you need except a large pan, a thermometer (£3 in Wilko), and the ingredients for what ever beer you fancy. £15. No offers. Pick-up from Balham.

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    1 X 5.5 mts of good quality shed felt. Bought too much from Travis Perkins. Was £40 for 10 mts. Pick up from Balham. £5.

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