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jameso

Member since Oct 2013 • Last active Aug 2019
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    Interesting. I may be overthinking here but I had a similar experience. WTBs are a scooped design in side profile and Arione is flat. I've used WTB Rocket Vs and Volts on my MTBs for maybe 8+ years, on gravel bikes for 3 or 4. Recent lower back tension meant some experimentation (as well as added stretching and adjusting myself as well as the bike). On road / gravel I've found a flatter side profile lets me shift fore-aft more and also lets my hips sit at a more natural angle, no muscles used resisting tilt or roll based on the saddle surface angle. I swapped my WTB for a Fabric Scoop, the flat one. Though the saddle hasn't been a total cure for lower back pain it did reduce it dramatically. The other thing that helped was a size up or +10mm stem for a flatter back and more space when climbing out of the saddle, just subtly less cramped.
    Hard to isolate cause/effect but it seems that saddle shape affects hip angle or may be related to lower back tension.

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    I have some of those Contis to try out, they look great so far. Ride report asap.

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    The Arkose fork was to our spec to start with, a lot of companies use it now as we didn't pay tooling for it. But it was never intended to be used with a rack. Racks and carbon forks aren't a combo that I'm too comfortable with tbh. Would need proper ground up design, new testing and a compromise on added weight and stiffness.

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    650 x 50mm G-Ones with 55-60mm guards ~10mm above the tyre - varies with guard shape and how they attach at the CS bridge but generally no problem.

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    Saw some smart new Conti tyres for Brompton the other day. Not too heavy casing, 35mm, reflective strip. Half way between a Kojak and a Marathon / more towards the Kojak if anything. Out fairly soon I hope.

  • in Rides & Races
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    On the day? Nothing to stop you, though you may not want to - it's a potential headache for organisers and it could be interesting for you and an insurer's lawyers if you caused an accident somehow, or were blamed for it (INAL - just some layman experience of this area, if anyone does know the law in detail it'd be interesting to discuss that point). It's simply better to choose a different day. One rider makes no odds really but keep going that way and events may have problems, they need riders to self-police to some extent.

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    just nervous that I buy and then sales come online next week.

    No new models due until early spring next year, if that helps. Evans have been good with managing those situations in the past ime. Often OK to refund the difference if it was a recent purchase.

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    Stock of all due to Evans on the 12th.

  • in Wanted Adverts
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    Any going? Just want to try something and need a reverse lever that will fit a 16-17.5mm ID bar - these look like they'll do the trick. Black pref but silver is OK.

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