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Alex_B

Member since Aug 2014 • Last active Jan 2021
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Am AlexB on a number of fora and used to be on the old LFGSS site as well.

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  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Yes, the Boost wheel choice is a bit odd as it's going to limit aftermarket wheels to 650b as far as I can tell. Not that it's really that important as I build my own wheels.
    The 110mm front wheel is also going to limit dynamo hub choices too.

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    What's the feeling about the SRAM Rival/Apex for gravel. Is it holding up better than GRX?

    I quite fancy the Alpkit Sonder Camino, but they may not have any GRX builds available until Novermber! The alternaitve might be to go with the Focus Atlas, which I quite like the look of, but I'm not convinced about the Boost wheels.

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    Ribble 725? Got the Gravel Bike of the year award on Road.cc

    Condor?
    Brother Mehteh?

  • in COVID-19
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    Got hit by a bloody car 200 metres from home after an incident free 50km ride. My first ride of the new year. Not sure how much damage to the bike yet. Front wheel is definitely toast. the tri bars are bent and there's a big scrape down the right hand fork, so I have to hope the frame is still straight. Driver came out of a side road without stopping and hit me side on. I'm bruised but ok, but so pissed off. Then got into an argument with the driver and his passenger, none of us wearing masks. I can only hope I don't get COVID as well..

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    I've got a pair with clip on aero bars fitted.
    To be honest, I don;t think they're worth it.
    They feel stiffer than the FSA Omega Compact that I replaced. Stiffer as in less vertically compliant, so a bit less comfortable.
    They're also much wider than advertised. I wanted to try narrower bars, so order 42cm width and they are an identical width at the controls as the 46cm FSA bars.
    The flat section is also tricky to get the control cables settled into (Campagnolo), so overall, not really impressed. The "flair" is only very slightly noticeable as well.
    I'm more tempted to try something like the Alpkit Spitfire next time around.

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    I've thrashed the living daylights out of my roadbike off-road and really need to buy something designed for off-road.

    Has anyone here tried a Sonder Camino? The reviews seem pretty positive and the price is about right.
    I'm quite tempted by their GRX1 build.

    Also 650b or 700c wheels?

  • in COVID-19
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    I've thrashed the living daylights out of my roadbike riding it offroad all summer. Am seriously considering getting a gravel bike and making it a lot easier.
    Riding Epping Forest on 28c road tyres with caliper brakes and mudguards was a hoot in the summer, but totally impossible now.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Oh and if anyone wants 3D printed light brackets, I can make them.

    The one on the bike is a bit crude, but works, so I made some nicer ones, including one that is designed to hold the lamp horizontally across the back of the seatpost.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    For those of you wanting to combine your dynamo fetish with a willingness to travel to coastal locations, there is this group that I've belonged to for something like 15 years: https://www.fnrttc.org.uk/

    Lovely, lovely people and super well-organised rides.

  • in Rides & Races
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    Finally put together my Downslink to Avenue Verte link ride that I've been trying to figure out for ages. It still needs some tinkering, but it was a great mix of off-road and quiet lanes, with some fast road sections to mix it up. 156km door to door.

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