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Mountain Biking

Discussion in 'Pedal Powered' started by Zefan, 2 Mar 2015.

  1. Begbie

    Caporegime

    Joined: 20 Oct 2004

    Posts: 25,368

    Location: ....

    Till they get ripped, or the zip fails, or you forget to zip your pockets up(which I do often) . If I'm riding with my bum bag, I'll clip them on but at bike parks/when the cars at the bottom of the hill I'll quite often ride without a pack.
     
  2. alexakasloth

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 13 Aug 2004

    Posts: 7,950

    Location: Newhaven, Sussex.

    Got myself a new (old) full sus MTB, 2013 Orange 5 AM. Some of the groupset components have been replaced over the years for worse so looking to replace with a 1x set up.
    Looking forward to getting out and down some trails! Have had a rubbish couple of years with my health and need to spend more time outside, there's only so much walking and gardening I can do!

    Edit: any recommendations on a wide-narrow chainring?
     
  3. ichabod crane

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 14 Aug 2005

    Posts: 5,207

    Location: York

    Burgtec
     
  4. fez

    Capodecina

    Joined: 22 Aug 2008

    Posts: 18,151

    Location: Tunbridge Wells

    Honestly, I would go onto facebook marketplace or pinkbike and get one from there if you can. Avoid "used" unless you really know what you are doing. Brand new from retailers, most chainrings are eye-wateringly expensive.
     
  5. Invertigo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Sep 2010

    Posts: 2,255

    Location: Manchester

    Unite, Blackspire and Uberbike ones seem decent enough, but still around £25-40 each. I'm running a Unite oval direct mount on my full sus and a Blackspire 104BCD on my hardtail
     
  6. Begbie

    Caporegime

    Joined: 20 Oct 2004

    Posts: 25,368

    Location: ....

    I just got a Unite one after bending in half my shimano one. Seems decent, and it's shiney.
     
  7. alexakasloth

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 13 Aug 2004

    Posts: 7,950

    Location: Newhaven, Sussex.

    Cheers guys, i'll purchase a unite grip ring and get rid of the altus front mech.
     
  8. illuz

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Apr 2012

    Posts: 3,962

    ****, Stiniog closed today for snow. Hoping it stays off / melts by Saturday otherwise our day is off!

    If it is closed, we're thinking about hitting Coed-y-Brenin for The Beast. Anyone done it? Didn't you mention it at Inners, @Hedge?
     
  9. Hedge

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 18,724

    Location: Somewhere in the middle.

    I cant remember tbh, all I know is its been yeeeears since I rode in Wales but Coed-y-Brenin was great back then. Weather is likely to be a problem this month.
     
  10. robj20

    Capodecina

    Joined: 9 Apr 2007

    Posts: 11,124

    You also have Penmachno, that's always open and one of my faves.
     
  11. illuz

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Apr 2012

    Posts: 3,962

    Yeah, we loved Gwydir, it was fantastic. But it's known to be wet if not the wettest in the UK, so I think we're gonna wait until the warmer weather next year.

    The beast might be a bit too much, maybe Llandegla or one of the smaller loops at Coed-y-Brenin.
     
  12. illuz

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Apr 2012

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    Got the vid up of the day at Farmer Johns, was great fun and the weather was just right up until the end of the day when it got a tad windy and spitty.
     
  13. Invertigo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Sep 2010

    Posts: 2,255

    Location: Manchester

    Odd to see myself in a video, but nicely put together!

    On an unrelated note, had the trail centre message me today that they've found some keys that match my lost ones... now whether they work after being outside for the last 10 days is another matter, but its something at least!
     
  14. illuz

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Apr 2012

    Posts: 3,962

    At least they found them, nice one mate!
     
  15. illuz

    Mobster

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    Stiniog today, is it always so windy @SpudMaster?

    40mph at the top and hailing at one point lol. Couldn't hit any jump really and still nearly blown off the trail a few times.

    Mint place though, would like to do it when it's less windy :cry:
     
  16. SpudMaster

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Jun 2004

    Posts: 3,297

    Location: blackburn

    Never been there in 40mph winds thankfully! Been a few windy times in the past but the majority of times I've been the wind has been fine.

    Atleast it wasn't cancelled :)
     
  17. illuz

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Apr 2012

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    Clip of Stiniog in 50mph+ winds. Brutal day lol. My mate had had enough :cry:

     
  18. soundb0y

    Mobster

    Joined: 19 Mar 2009

    Posts: 3,265

    Location: Hereford

    Stiniog definitely on the list to do sometime soon looks like a laugh.

    Ive been making a few changes to my 2013 lapierre zesty over the last few months to try and modernize things slightly. Set of 160 fox 36 grip 2s to replace the float 32s, a matching 140mm 2017 fox x2 to replace the float ctd shock, a longer 150mm pnw loam dropper to replace the old 100mm reverb stealth, and some offset bushings to try and slacken things out a little. Only had a few short rides at FOD but it feels pretty good so far.

    Would love to upgrade to a yeti sb140 but the price of new bikes is insane at the moment so going to try and hold out for a year or two.

    On the other hand ive struggled to get out much in the last few weeks, so I built myself a few features to practice on at home. Feel a bit like a kid again building ramps ha.

    The kicker seems really good fun. Not had a chance to try it with the adjustable lip yet but flat it feels great. The drop, I totally underestimated everything and when I tried it I cleared pretty much all the down ramp and bottomed out on the flat, so a little adjustment needed! The dirt jump is great fun too just waiting for it to dry up so I can take a load more soil up and make it 2-3x the size.
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    Its all pretty shonky but is providing decent entertainment!
     
  19. SpudMaster

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Jun 2004

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    Location: blackburn

    It was windy wasn't it?! :p Still looks like you had a good time though. That rock section on Black Powder isn't so bad tbh, just go straight down the middle and off the little drop. Looks worse at that top than it actually is :)
     
  20. illuz

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Apr 2012

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    Aye I know mate. The right side looked way worse tbh. But I just didn't wanna chance it in the wind. We're gonna go back when it's less windy