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Member since Dec 2013 • Last active Aug 2020

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  • in Bikes & Bits
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    The other point I think has helped me on faster loose (non berm) corners is to try and drop the outside pedal. This helps the tyre side knobs engage and prevent washout. As your inside knee comes up, it helps you think about pointing this towards the inside of the turn too.

  • in Classifieds
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    They seem to work and look bling but caution - the purple one I bought has only been used by my 4 year old daughter so ymmv.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I needed some flat pedals recently. Most of the standard choices were out of stock in non lary colours. Think the nukeproof nylon pedal was the choice in the value flats world.

    I went for Bontrager line elite. Very impressed and much better than the random Chinese things I was using before. About £40.

  • in Rides & Races
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    This is for everyone's benefit, rather than just a reply to you, but the post office 'click and drop' online service has been a good find for me. Print a label at home (obvs need a printer) and then drop it at a parcel post box.

    Finding your nearest parcel post box is the challenge. Rather than a nice map, Royal Mail just have this massive list, but apparently their app has a finder function.

    Felt quite smug dropping three things off the other day without having to interact with any germy members of the general populous.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Nope. Drove out from Kingston, takes about 30 mins on a good day- another reason to move SW! The ride out on a more xc bike could maybe be done in a bit over an hour or so, but you'd have to be nailing it. It's a nice off-road route out though.

  • in Rides & Races
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    That's the one. Surrey Hills 2 or 3? I can never remember, but it's the route with Box Hill and we dont do it in the middle of the night.

    For this it makes for the perfect winch and repeat climb. There were quite a few others out doing the same thing last night. One guy absolutely smashing the climb each time. I was just taking it easy popping a few wine gums each lap so he passed me at least three times.

  • in Rides & Races
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    After the fun I had at Redlands the other day I decided to do another 'lap one hill and find all the good stuff' session on Ranmore.

    My word there are some lovely trails there. Basically just laps of the Ranmore Common Lane climb - there are options on both sides. Bendy Wendy was my favourite of the evening, but Flinty Badman, Golden Nugget and the one I don't know the name of (turn left off the road climb at the 'caution horses' sign) were all great and running superbly.

    I had intended to head further west as well and find the trails near White Down, but just got carried away on this stuff. 6 laps of the road climb plus 3 other slogs up other bits of hill had me fairly shattered and once the sun goes down it gets dark in amongst the trees.

  • in COVID-19
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    Yep - the first sniff of an over estimate/calculation and there is an "urgent review".

    Has a minister ever acknowledged or quoted the total excess deaths statistics over the formal covid numbers? I doubt it, as surprise surprise, thats a bigger but more accurate figure of the impact of this pandemic.

  • in COVID-19
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    The one benefit of the mask shambles I can see is that it keeps people talking and thinking about the virus - keeping it at the front of their mind.

    There is a danger in going back to relative normality everyone thinks its done and dusted, but having everyone whinging on about the importance of masks for two weeks helps keep it at the forefront of peoples mind - this thing is not over.

    I don't for a second think this is planned - this government's incompetence is too well proven for such a tactic to be purposeful, but you can't keep CV out of the news for various reasons, and this could be a useful one.

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