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  • askew 13 Apr 2019 08:56:42 18,806 posts
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    Have fun!
  • mothercruncher 13 Apr 2019 09:12:31 16,040 posts
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    Hope you SMASH IT, as the kids say 👍
  • challenge_hanukkah 13 Apr 2019 09:22:49 10,264 posts
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    Get me one of these:

    http://www.woodrupcycles.com/rohloff-1-1
  • mothercruncher 13 Apr 2019 09:28:09 16,040 posts
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    Thatís pure bikesex.
  • elstoof 14 Apr 2019 11:39:06 22,736 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Dirty Reiver day, 200km of gravel starts in an hour and itís fucking freezing up here
    Fucking rough, 3500m of elevation in the cold on relentless gravel trails for 10 hours. On the plus side it was dry
  • Psychotext 14 Apr 2019 16:53:27 64,886 posts
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    Tis a tough ride, but there are definitely nastier out there!
  • elstoof 14 Apr 2019 17:15:52 22,736 posts
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    Not on road/gravel in the UK I think. Iíd rather do the Fred Whitton than Reiver. Never go ful MTB
  • Flying_Pig 14 Apr 2019 17:49:02 16,095 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    elstoof wrote:
    Dirty Reiver day, 200km of gravel starts in an hour and itís fucking freezing up here
    Fucking rough, 3500m of elevation in the cold on relentless gravel trails for 10 hours. On the plus side it was dry
    Wow - hats off to you!

    I topped 100km for the first time today. Feeling pretty good, although i do have sore elbows...?!
  • Psychotext 14 Apr 2019 18:28:35 64,886 posts
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    You're doing it wrong. :p
  • Flying_Pig 14 Apr 2019 22:32:00 16,095 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    You're doing it wrong. :p
    ;p
  • SnackPlissken 15 Apr 2019 10:55:51 794 posts
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    I want to get back into cycling again. I've got a Sensa Romagna road bike from 2013. It's had a fair bit of wear out of it. I'm half thinking of getting something else, but it's got a 105 groupset, which is still half decent according to some research for mid-range bikes. As I've got pretty much everything with the bike already.. anyone ever just bought a frame, and put it together? I wouldn't know where to start though... probably would have to get my local bike shop to help.
  • Psychotext 15 Apr 2019 11:29:17 64,886 posts
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    If it's not something you're capable of doing yourself then you're better off just buying a bike.

    I have a 2014 105 equipped road bike that cost me £500, new. There are always good deals out there.
  • SnackPlissken 15 Apr 2019 13:05:25 794 posts
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    Ah fair enough. I might just take my bike along to the bike shop and see what they think/ give it a service. Might still have miles left in it.
  • elstoof 15 Apr 2019 13:09:37 22,736 posts
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    You need quite a few tools to put a bike together, especially single purpose stuff like a BB press tool thatíll set you back at least 50 quid for a good one. I build and maintain all my own bikes, probably sunk well over a grand in tools. Itíll save you money in the long run if you do all your own wrenching, but if itís to put one bike together then donít bother.

    If youíre thinking of swapping your drivetrain over to a new frame then youíll have to be sure things like the cranks will swap over, for example your 2013 BB is probably a threaded cup BSA affair - if you picked up a cannondale it wonít fit easily because of their BB30 standard.

    Also bike shops might frown upon you strolling in with your internet bargains and asking them to do the low profit assembly of all your stuff.
  • SnackPlissken 15 Apr 2019 16:14:57 794 posts
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    Yeah I've not thought this through ha! Maybe I was half thinking mmmm new shiny bike.
  • mothercruncher 15 Apr 2019 18:32:26 16,040 posts
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    Building a bike is pretty easy if youíre somewhat technically minded but, yep, youíll need to invest a fair amount in tools.

    Iíd ride the old bike for a bit and see if getting back into it sticks, then hunt on eBay maybe for an unfinished project or something newer
  • askew 15 Apr 2019 18:39:28 18,806 posts
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    I have a carbon fibre Canyon Ultimate frame (size M) that will be going spare tomorrow, if you want? Headset and bottom bracket installed ;)
  • Psychotext 16 Apr 2019 18:45:37 64,886 posts
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    Beast: https://road.cc/content/news/259324-live-blog-victor-campenaerts-breaks-sir-bradley-wiggins-uci-hour-record-mexico
  • mothercruncher 16 Apr 2019 20:26:51 16,040 posts
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    I reckon that moustache cost him 50 meters. Heís going to rue that in years to come.
  • Zerobob 21 Apr 2019 11:32:26 2,204 posts
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    I've been looking at buying a good mountain bike and the market seems very jargon-heavy and inaccessible for first-time buyers.

    I'm more or less a beginner, and I'm looking to spend around £1000, maybe a bit more if it's worth it, and plan to cycle woodland trails and rocky downhill trails in the Peak District.

    So far the "facts" I've managed to establish after trawling the Net are that a full suspension bikes for around £1000 are likely to have poor components, so I'm better off looking at a hardtail for around £1000, air forks and hydraulic brakes are a must, and the best manufacturers to look at are Giant, Trek, Cube, Norco, Cannondale, and Specialized.

    The advice is to also buy a second hand bike if you're a beginner, because I'll probably trash it or not get on with it. However I don't have the knowledge to make an informed buying decision, and if it's a lemon or vastly overpriced there'll be no returns policy on a private sale.

    Can anyone recommend a solid, no-brainer mountain bike for around £1000?
  • Psychotext 21 Apr 2019 11:40:32 64,886 posts
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    This is an amazing bike if you're the right size for it (they only have one size left).

    https://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/mountain-bikes/voodoo-bokor-mens-29er-mountain-bike-18-20-22-frames

    I wanted to get the 20" as I like my bikes a little longer, but alas it's not available any more.
  • Zerobob 21 Apr 2019 11:56:56 2,204 posts
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    @Psychotext Ooh I quite like that. I'm around 6' 1". I could really do with going to a bike shop to establish what frame size suits me. My current mountain bike is an 18" frame, but I've no idea if a 20" would be better.
  • Psychotext 21 Apr 2019 12:16:43 64,886 posts
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    I'd personally be going for bigger, but if you're used to an 18 then it could work for you.
  • andytheadequate 21 Apr 2019 15:54:04 9,045 posts
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    @Zerobob - it's not necessarily true any more about full susses not being decent for a grand any more. If you're riding in the Peaks, I'd be tempted by the Calibre Bossnut. Costs around a grand, and the spec is pretty decent.

    If you're spending less than a grand then I'd definitely go for a hardtail though.
  • Zerobob 21 Apr 2019 16:10:45 2,204 posts
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    @andytheadequate Thanks for the specific recommendation. Why that model in particular? Is the spec just good in general, and has good quality shocks?

    Can be had for £849 at Go Outdoors at the mo, which seems reasonable.

    https://m.gooutdoors.co.uk/calibre-bossnut-evo-mountain-bike-p431792?utm_source=bybuybye&utm_medium=css&utm_campaign=nmpi&utm_term=generic&utm_content=generic&clickid=
  • mothercruncher 21 Apr 2019 16:20:26 16,040 posts
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    The Bossnutís are just well known as being brilliant bang for buck bikes.
  • Psychotext 21 Apr 2019 17:20:30 64,886 posts
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    Yeah, they're solid for the money.
  • andytheadequate 21 Apr 2019 17:30:07 9,045 posts
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    @Zerobob can't really go wrong for £850, that's a habit of a bargain!

    And they're probably the best value full suss available at the moment.
  • SnackPlissken 21 Apr 2019 18:15:49 794 posts
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    askew wrote:
    I have a carbon fibre Canyon Ultimate frame (size M) that will be going spare tomorrow, if you want? Headset and bottom bracket installed ;)
    I think Iíve been put off now haha. Does look really nice when I did a quick google. Iíve taken my bike to the lbs, so Iíll see what needs doing next.
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