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Marcus

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MTB
« on: May 11, 2008, 06:44:08 pm »
I used to mountain bike quite a bit.  I've been thinking of getting a bike again.  *Until I saw the prices :(

Anyway I found this.  Major control!

http://www.youtube.com/v/5S2l9nlIkn0&hl

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Re: MTB
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2008, 08:26:43 pm »
I found my new ride.  I can't wait to park the car.  I should spend it on a new PC, but I can't bring myself to do it.  The weather is just too nice.  Besides I gotta stay fit. 

The saved gas money will pay for it before summer is over anyway.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom_comp08.htm

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Re: MTB
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2008, 08:38:06 pm »
Right on Marcus, I hope you get what you are looking for out of it m8 :)

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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2008, 09:29:00 pm »
really? $795? christ... I thought I paid a lot for mine... lol

I'm f*cked riding my bike, about 6 miles a day! used to ride everywhere when I was younger, didn't even have a drivers license 'till I was 22 as lived in London and had a bike! (anyone who knows London knows it's quicker on a bike!)

my bike

nice choice on a hard-tail marcus... the extra effort used on a dual-suspension is unbelievable... especially if, like me, it's only destined for on-road use... I do like the disc-break though, IMO it really only makes a difference on the front, being on the back as well is just showing off...

in 2 weeks I've cycled 40 odd miles, but I've lost 3 kilos in one week, didn't weigh myself first week... I bought a stretch over saddle cover last-week, I had too as my arse was being cleaved in 2 by it!

I now have my eye on this, I worry about not having tools with me, and hate having anything in my pockets, or on my back, when riding... and I'm not going for a full-on bike bag thing as I need to protect what infinitesimal street-cred I have left...

took me ages to decide on a bike, and in the end I finally plumped for this one because of it's matt blackness! rims, frame, brake calipers and all tubing is coated in lovely matt-ness!!

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Re: MTB
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2008, 10:37:58 pm »
For the price of the bike they should come with tools! lol  I really like the all black look.

I've been doing a lot of reading on Hard tail vs. Soft.  The reason you mentioned is the exact reason I went for hard.  Everything I could find said the hard tail is so much easier to get up the hills.  Where I live it's ALL hills.  So I'll have to take a bit more care on my landings, but should have a little easier time on the inclines.

You dropping any pie weight since the switch to biking?

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Re: MTB
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2008, 10:41:10 pm »
ahem...

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but I've lost 3 kilos in one week, didn't weigh myself first week...


lol

I hear ya on the hills, I have to ride over a hill on my route to work, in fact, to be honest, going to work is mostly down hill, coming back is mostly up hill... thats the bugger of living on a hill and working on the dock road...


oh, if you fancy a laugh listen to the words in this video very closely...

and no, I don't mean the text to speach sound, its the pronunciation!

ride the what???


2:00 makes me crack up... I'm so childish!!!

ps. I'm off to look at the horizon...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNLBKRpWt7w&NR=1


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Re: MTB
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2008, 10:46:15 pm »
Adjust the angel and ride the willie?

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Re: MTB
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2008, 10:54:29 pm »
Quote from: DP
Adjust the angel and ride the willy?


after you!! lol


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Re: MTB
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2008, 11:11:39 pm »
  Should be on the road soon (this week) on my hand-me-down. I need a lock most but some front brakes wouldn't hurt. Think it's 18 speed. Front shocks which I really like. My bro (where mine came from) just got one with the front disc brake. I think it's really cool, but I wonder how it would be in the rain. I used to wash my chopper in a spray booth, every time I would forget to dry the brakes. Made for a couple of heart stoppers.  :biggrin:

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but I've lost 3 kilos in one week

Damn. I hope I will also have that happen  :)

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Re: MTB
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2008, 11:26:34 pm »
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ahem...


but I've lost 3 kilos in one week, didn't weigh myself first week...


It was that other worldly unit of measurement that threw me off.

That's awesome.  I can't wait to lose a bit!

When are you guys coming to Utah?  Let's go bike Moab.

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Re: MTB
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2008, 01:23:49 am »
For the price of the bike they should come with tools! lol  I really like the all black look.

I've been doing a lot of reading on Hard tail vs. Soft.  The reason you mentioned is the exact reason I went for hard.  Everything I could find said the hard tail is so much easier to get up the hills.  Where I live it's ALL hills.  So I'll have to take a bit more care on my landings, but should have a little easier time on the inclines.

You dropping any pie weight since the switch to biking?


I wont even tell you guys how much I spend on my mountain bikes.  That being said its a whole lot cheaper than my track car.  Being single my whole life means I have a garage full of toys.

For onroad use, full suspension is useless although many can be locked out.

I rode hardtails for years (1991-2000) and bought a specialized FSR (best cross country design IMHO) in 2001.  Never thought I would buy suspension but one ride and I walked out the door with it (Paying of course, went to store to by shoes :)).  While it is slower than a hardtail, I never really care as it is sooo much more comfortable in every aspect(especially long rides) and just rips going downhill.  Rode this setup for 7 years and just recently got a new frame (bargain replacement on ebay).  Of course its pretty rocky in these .....rocky mountains (boulder, colorado).  The traction of a full suspension is unbelievable.  If you have to climb technical bits, you will be faster on a full suspension.  Much better on downhills and when you preload the suspension prior to bunny hopping, you go alot higher.

I also have an old MTB frame (94 GT zaskar) that I pulled out of the basement and rebuilt into a rigid and use it for the non rocky stuff out here (bike paths).

Disc brakes are actually toted to be better in the rain.  I just recently converted my FSR to disc brakes and absolutely love then...and I fought that for a long time as well.  The only disadvantage is weight.   Everything else is a 'significant'  advantage. There is also some controversy over how disc brakes can overload the quick release mechansims on front forks but I have never heard of anybody crashing over this.

Moab is awesome....crowded but awesome.  Fruita, Colorado is also really popular.

I was hoping to by a dedicated downhill bike for the ski resorts this year but being unemployed for 7 months has put a damper on that.

Gary

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Re: MTB
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2008, 01:27:08 am »
I live in Salt Lake City.  So I get up into the mountains quite a bit.

Now you have me second guessing my choice!  Is it possible to get a full suspension at a reasonable price?

:cry:  I need more money!  lol

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Re: MTB
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2008, 01:45:31 am »
If your budget is less than 1k than I would not recommend a full suspension as they are just too heavy at that price point.  My 'bargain frame' was $700 and it was 5 years old but new.

Enjoy your hardtail, you can always upgrade later.

If you ever get a chance, try riding at night.  I started doing that last year and it is now 90% of my riding.  Of course you need a few hundred in lights but there is nothing like it.

Salt lake huh, been trying to get a job there as I am a wannabe ski bum.

Gary

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Re: MTB
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2008, 01:57:37 am »
Well we were just named one of the ten most "recession resistant" cities in the country. lol

What is your occupation?  Go ahead and move out here would ya?  I need someone to remind me how to ride.  It's been many, MANY years for me.

Every review I could find on this bike has been a good one.  I think I'm going to spring for it, as long as the missus doesn't threaten to kill me. 

Then I need the helmet, and pads.  God knows I'm going to fall. 

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Re: MTB
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2008, 02:39:26 am »
I am in the software/aerospace industry.  Had a job offer at L-3 in salt lake 9 years ago but decided to move to boulder/denver instead. Still cursing my ex-girlfriend on that.

That bike has awesome specs for the pricepoint.  Just be sure to ride one if you can as sizing info can sometimes be misleading.  The best bike is one that fits you...dont ask me how I know...expensive mistake.

Gary

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Re: MTB
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2008, 02:45:41 am »
I am 6'3" tall, and most of it is in my legs.  I was going to buy online because they have the best price.  I don't even know a local dealer who carries that bike.  My plan was to go with the biggest (22" with a stand over of 33.5") model. 

Think that might be a mistake?  Now I'm nervous.  lol

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Re: MTB
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2008, 04:00:17 am »
Yeah go easy on the size, I'm 6 foot, and I ride a 17.5" hard tail.  Big frames are ok on the road, but off road you get a lot more control with a smaller one.... and when off road control is good!!

Lockout on the front forks is great too, I've got a set of RockShox Reba's with it, means you can setup the front quite soft and not look like a retard bouncing all over the place when going up hills.

Go for a test ride on a few frame sizes if you can :yep: 

 

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Re: MTB
« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2008, 04:33:40 am »
I'm going to hit a couple bike shops this week, and test out some frames.  I appreciate the advice guys.  I think you will save me a whole lot of heart/head/butt/leg/arm ache.

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Re: MTB
« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2008, 04:38:03 am »
 
    Hey Marcus, I have a friend who is staying here now, he is very tall and a bike guy (had his own shop). He told me a formula for figuring it out. When he gets in I'll ask and post.

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« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2008, 04:45:49 am »
 
    Hey Marcus, I have a friend who is staying here now, he is very tall and a bike guy (had his own shop). He told me a formula for figuring it out. When he gets in I'll ask and post.


Great!  :)

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Re: MTB
« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2008, 04:47:24 am »
Here is a chart I found.... and just for good measure it's metric!!!  :biggrin:

(just to save you a bit of time 6'3" = 190cm)


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Re: MTB
« Reply #21 on: May 12, 2008, 04:58:10 am »
This is turning out to an unbelievable read.....



Ppl NOT FROM THE NETHERLANDS discussing Bikes.... MOUNTAINBIKES for a change...
(instead of the Harleys/ducati's)
 rotfl


Woof ~ Woof


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Re: MTB
« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2008, 07:18:03 am »
Looking at the motobecane specs, and hearing you say you have long legs the 22 inch might be the ticket.  Note the standover height is shown to be at the center of the top tube and it is sloped so you will probably have more.  Not sure how sloped the 22 model is as different sizes within the same frame model can vary and the frame in the picture appears to be small.

Although the effective top tube is .25" shorter on the 20 inch, if you extend the seatpost 2" (to have the same leg length as the 22") you add .58" to the effective top tube length so you are actually sitting further back.  Bet you didnt think of that :)

Be wary of generic bike fit charts as all manfacturers use different top tube/bike size ratios and these can vary amongst models and even amongst  sizes of the same model.  Also how you want to fit will depend on your intended usage and flexibilty/age.  Recent fads/trends in the MTB industry is changing this as well.  There is a new trend of using really short stems and wide bars which demands more top tube length.  Assuming you have sufficient crotch clerance, the top tube length is the most important dimension in sizing a bike.

Be sure when talking top tube length, you compare 'effective top tube length' which is shown in the sizing chart for this bike.  It is from the top/center of the head tube parallel to the ground to the center of the seat post....and dont forget the example given above.

At this point, I am probably overwhelming you, hence my recommendations to just try some bikes and see what works.  Go to the best shop in town and see what they say and try some bikes noting which ones work and then we can compare specs.

Also, www.mtbr.com is an EXCELLENT resource and they have a motobecane forum.  Might get some answers there.

Gary

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Re: MTB
« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2008, 12:54:30 pm »
That is a ton pf information!  Thank you.  I will chack out that site as soon as I get home tonight. 

:)

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Re: MTB
« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2008, 05:31:57 pm »
This is turning out to an unbelievable read.....



Ppl NOT FROM THE NETHERLANDS discussing Bikes.... MOUNTAINBIKES for a change...
(instead of the Harleys/ducati's)
 rotfl


Woof ~ Woof




If I lived in the low countries, I would cycle everywhere stein... you should get back into it... increase your health after your recent successful smoking quit...

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Re: MTB
« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2008, 05:36:07 pm »

At this point, I am probably overwhelming you, hence my recommendations to just try some bikes and see what works.  Go to the best shop in town and see what they say and try some bikes noting which ones work and then we can compare specs.



   Basicaly what my buds said. "The only way to find out is go to a shop and try them out." He did feel that you would want to be looking at 22" and over.

(he wasn't real hot on buying on the internet)


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Re: MTB
« Reply #26 on: May 12, 2008, 07:14:07 pm »
I am 6'3" tall, and most of it is in my legs.  I was going to buy online because they have the best price.  I don't even know a local dealer who carries that bike.  My plan was to go with the biggest (22" with a stand over of 33.5") model. 

Think that might be a mistake?  Now I'm nervous.  lol


I'm 6'4", and I think you'll be fine with the largest frame availible.  You might need them to install a higher right angle mount thingy for the handle bars, but my dealer had it on hand.  And your seatpost will stick up a fair amount, but it's O.K.
Steve


the internet?  No, have your dealer set up the bike for you before you put your money down.  If it doesn't work, see what they suggest...

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Re: MTB
« Reply #27 on: May 12, 2008, 07:33:37 pm »
right angle handle mount thingy...are you referring to the stem :)

Marcus, since your talking about doing this later on in the year, you will probably get a good deal at your local bike  shop.  They usually drop prices in the fall/winter.

Gary

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Re: MTB
« Reply #28 on: May 13, 2008, 03:55:53 am »
I'm going to hit some bike shops this week, and ask for some test rides.

I will keep you posted.  Thanks for all the great advice.

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Re: MTB
« Reply #29 on: May 12, 2009, 08:56:29 am »
It's only a year later, and I still don't have a bike.  My budget is much smaller than when I started this thread.  I am going to go out tomorrow and look around again.  I want a nice hard tail.  I want to get in shape, and I think a bike is a good place to start.  Even if nobody in this city walks, or rides anywhere. 

If you aren't in a car, you are an alien.   :grr:

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Re: MTB
« Reply #30 on: May 12, 2009, 09:11:35 am »
If you aren't in a car, you are an alien.   :grr:


How ironic, all the aliens around here are in cars...  lol

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Re: MTB
« Reply #31 on: May 12, 2009, 09:26:02 am »
A few weeks ago I bought a MTB, it's a Giant Terrago 1. So far I'm quite happy with the bike.

I'll post some pics later  ;)

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« Reply #32 on: May 12, 2009, 10:14:30 am »
I rode here last week
http://www.cwmdown.co.uk/mediavideo.php

no riding uphill at all, fantastic, lovely jumps, twisty technical sections and fast scary bottom section.


check this out
Inspired Bicycles - Danny MacAskill April 2009


amazing

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Re: MTB
« Reply #33 on: May 12, 2009, 10:27:01 am »
My mate and his dog on one of our local trails
me & my dog.

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« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2009, 10:38:02 am »
haha, the dog won and he didn't even have a bike!

Nice stuff, although if you want real danger you're still more likely to find it on our roads :( Had to offer one driver to step out of his car on my way home again today after he nearly ran me off the road (third time this year, last time a taxi driver got out after he hit me with his wing mirror in slow moving traffic (I was stationary, he hit me - so I removed his wing mirror, but he had to get back in again when he saw I was serious :handbag: :knockout: :lol )
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« Reply #35 on: May 12, 2009, 12:04:29 pm »
Me and my dog Lillian needed a sit down, a cup of tea and a Bob Martin's each after watching that. He gave me that 'don't even think about making me go out there' look :)

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« Reply #36 on: May 12, 2009, 08:54:35 pm »
That dog must LOVE doing that.  Not often a house pet gets to run like that. 

I can't wait until my young pup is grown next year so I can take her for proper exercise.  How fun.

lol Pete

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Re: MTB
« Reply #37 on: May 12, 2009, 09:37:19 pm »
Staffys are ACE! they will run for ever  thumbs up

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« Reply #38 on: May 12, 2009, 10:21:54 pm »
I found my new ride.  I can't wait to park the car.  I should spend it on a new PC, but I can't bring myself to do it.  The weather is just too nice.  Besides I gotta stay fit. 

The saved gas money will pay for it before summer is over anyway.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/fantom_comp08.htm


looks good marcus for the money. Get on that bike.

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Re: MTB
« Reply #39 on: May 12, 2009, 10:25:16 pm »
Kris Holm Freeride video

Maybe you only need one wheel.. :o

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« Reply #40 on: May 12, 2009, 10:36:18 pm »
Check this one out too


Kris Holm - Extreme Unicycling

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« Reply #41 on: May 12, 2009, 10:56:17 pm »
At 2.00min. in that last video I suddenly laughed out loud.
A famous Senna quote came to mind.
This guy, man, this guy.  :o

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« Reply #42 on: May 12, 2009, 11:04:50 pm »
nice post Dunki, im in two minds as to show my daughters that one though. Danny Macaskilly is the Don here for now.
(oh and that mate of Tonys Staffordshire)  8-O

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Re: MTB
« Reply #43 on: May 12, 2009, 11:31:49 pm »
This is my little brother aged 16 yrs...


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Re: MTB
« Reply #44 on: May 13, 2009, 01:43:00 am »
I rode here last week
http://www.cwmdown.co.uk/mediavideo.php

no riding uphill at all, fantastic, lovely jumps, twisty technical sections and fast scary bottom section.


check this out
Inspired Bicycles - Danny MacAskill April 2009


amazing


OMFG! How does that guy manage to ride a bike with nads that big!
"amazing" is probably the understatement of the year!

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Re: MTB
« Reply #45 on: May 13, 2009, 10:33:39 am »
A pic of my bike, I bought it 3-4 weeks ago. It's actually my first real MTB bike.

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« Reply #46 on: May 13, 2009, 10:35:24 am »
Nice looking ride Kristof.  I like the color.

Why don't you bring it around my house so I can test drive it? :)

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« Reply #47 on: May 13, 2009, 10:59:31 am »
Nice looking ride Kristof.  I like the color.

Why don't you bring it around my house so I can test drive it? :)


I think it might be a bit too small for you (I'm 1m65, bike size=small)... and there's another small problem  :)

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« Reply #48 on: May 14, 2009, 07:26:45 am »
Nice bike Kristof!

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« Reply #49 on: May 14, 2009, 04:56:41 pm »
Thought I'd show you mine  :)

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« Reply #50 on: May 14, 2009, 05:08:14 pm »
Nice bike, looks expensive  :) I was doubting whether to go for a full suspension, but for a total beginner like me I guess a hardtail was the obvious choice. If I continue to spend time to ride I guess I'll go for a full suspension one day  :)

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« Reply #51 on: May 14, 2009, 05:16:10 pm »
Hard tails are better at climbing and can be quick in single track, great fun. :D Yours looks like it has a good spec. I love my fulls sus as you can launch off of anythang that the trail offers and soooo comfy on long rides. I also have a couple of hard tails.

get out and ride it's summer!!

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« Reply #52 on: May 14, 2009, 06:55:54 pm »
Man Dunki, that's the equivalent of my Citroen CX! Loverly!  :excited:

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« Reply #53 on: May 14, 2009, 10:07:06 pm »
cant see most of my ride as there is some northern monkey is stood in front of it.
its a Ikon i salvaged from the local tip  :o shes a  fulyl sussed beauty and very comfy when im playing pack horse but not a patch on the girls ride, or bessie the big fat yankie camper van  :D

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« Reply #54 on: May 14, 2009, 10:13:12 pm »
hehe, nice description of your stable, Lee.

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« Reply #55 on: May 14, 2009, 11:33:39 pm »
can't see your pic  :cry:drokk.

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Re: MTB
« Reply #56 on: May 14, 2009, 11:40:09 pm »
is this better for yer Dunki?
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« Reply #57 on: May 15, 2009, 02:14:01 am »
It just seems out of place to have that Dodge Van in the background. 

Cute kids.

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« Reply #58 on: May 15, 2009, 06:30:08 pm »
she's very much in the foreground when your sat in our front room  :o

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« Reply #59 on: May 15, 2009, 06:39:36 pm »
she's very much in the foreground when your sat in our front room  :o


lol I only meant out of place because it's a big American van.  Did you have trouble squeezing it into the parking stall?

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« Reply #60 on: May 21, 2009, 03:25:37 pm »
she's very much in the foreground when your sat in our front room  :o


lol I only meant out of place because it's a big American van.  Did you have trouble squeezing it into the parking stall?

 well its a 17 point manoeuvre to get her in  :toker:

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« Reply #61 on: May 21, 2009, 05:24:58 pm »
Clearly the wall was built after the van ;)

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« Reply #62 on: May 21, 2009, 06:02:46 pm »
 lol :twit:

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« Reply #63 on: May 21, 2009, 11:55:24 pm »



What do your nippers think of that Lee? I've just bought this...


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« Reply #64 on: May 22, 2009, 12:55:17 am »
the munchkins love it to bits. its great if were out late with them or camping as they are cosy enough to just nod off to sleep in there. it has a mesh and plastic front so if the midges are up or it rains there protected. was a god send around Glastonbury in the muddy year before last (07) they were clean and dry while everyone else slopped about!
let me know how you get on with the rear wheel attachment though. Jasmine is ready to move on from the trailer Faith is ready to move into it from the pram  :excited:

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« Reply #65 on: May 22, 2009, 08:20:08 pm »
Here's a pic of my baby;


Only complaint I have with hydralic brakes is that they stop working when its -50c!

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« Reply #66 on: May 22, 2009, 08:32:28 pm »
i see no pic :?:

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« Reply #67 on: May 22, 2009, 08:48:11 pm »


This one work?

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« Reply #68 on: May 22, 2009, 08:49:43 pm »
 :yes:

Thats a beauty Forsythe  :funk:

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« Reply #69 on: June 06, 2009, 09:11:39 pm »
This morning I finally went out and did some shopping.  After reading, and contemplating how much I want to spend I got lucky and found this baby on Sale:

A 2008 Giant XTC 1.  Yes it's last years model, but they had one left in my size.  They tell me it's the same bike as this year's model, just a different color.  Mine is red, the '09 is blue.  This one is on sale for four hundred dollars cheaper.  I put down my twenty percent, and have ninety days to pay it off and claim my bike.  But I'm committed, and very excited.  I'll probably go by every day just to touch it and say hello!

I have a birthday coming up, and laying this away was an early gift for myself from the wife.  I'm really grateful she is so supportive.  She does know though that I've been waiting forever to get a bike!

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colour   Red/White/Brushed Alloy
frame   ALUXX SL alloy: double/triple butted, integrated gusset
fork   Rockshox Reba Race w/PopLoc, 100mm/4"
rear shock   
rear derailleur   Shimano Deore XTR 9 speed high normal
front derailleur   Shimano Deore XT
shifters   Shimano Deore XT rapid fire 27 speed
crankset   Shimano Deore LX Hollowtech II 22x32x44T
bottom bracket   Shimano Deore LX integrated, outboard
shift/chain guide   
chain   Shimano HG73 9 speed
cassette   SRAM PG970 9 speed 11-34T
brakes   Avid Juicy 5 hydraulic w/6" rotors
brake levers   Avid Juicy 5 hydraulic
hubs   DT Swiss 370 disc 28H
rims   Mavic XM317 disc 26" x 28H w/eyelets
spokes   DT Swiss 14/15G competition stainless
tyres   Hutchinson Piranha Airlight folding 26 x 2.0"
pedals   Shimano M520 SPD clipless
h.bar/stem   Raceface Evolve XC low rise/Raceface Evolve XC
seat post   Raceface Evolve XC 30.9
saddle   Velo w/composite base, hollow ti rail 190g
grips   Giant lock-on
extras    0.6mm lightweight tubes


If I can pull off a miracle and get the money together, I'm going to break the bike and my ass in on this MS event.

http://bikeutu.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=BIKE_UTU_homepage

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« Reply #70 on: June 06, 2009, 09:33:53 pm »
nice wheels, pop round, i'll hook me litlle'un up to the back of mine, and we'll go for a ride!!

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« Reply #71 on: June 06, 2009, 09:51:41 pm »
Nice :)

I particularly like the sound of the frame:
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triple butted, integrated gusset


You could race for Team Portly with that :P

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« Reply #72 on: June 06, 2009, 11:07:22 pm »
nice wheels, pop round, i'll hook me litlle'un up to the back of mine, and we'll go for a ride!!


:)  Sounds like a plan.  I've now taken to looking for my own trailer for the boy. :gtg:

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« Reply #73 on: June 08, 2009, 08:36:49 am »
nice one Marcus, enjoy  :)

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« Reply #74 on: June 08, 2009, 08:43:48 am »
Thanks Tony,

I can't stop dreaming about it.  I'm even toying with the thought of putting all the money I am getting from selling one of my tool boxes on Tuesday toward bringing the bike home early.  I want to ride it that bad!

Everywhere I go now I just think, I should have rode here.  lol

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« Reply #75 on: June 08, 2009, 09:00:25 am »
HA!  lol


Since last week, Thursday, I have done 85Km (52m) on my bike, I take the youngest to school every morning on it, and pick her up if I'm not working, go to the shops, the out-laws house, and just for fun too! I'd seriously miss it if it went, and would love to have the cash to get a new one...


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selling one of my tool boxes


what!! thats sacrilige! I still have every tool and toolbox I have bought since I started plumbing college 13 years ago!

you never know when you might need a rusty heavy duty phillips head screwdriver with half the head missing

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« Reply #76 on: June 08, 2009, 09:06:40 am »
Well I didn't want to let it go.  I just need some fast cash.  lol  I figured I might as well have something to show for all the time and money it took to get those tools.  That's where the bike comes in.

I wish I could have both!

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« Reply #77 on: June 13, 2009, 11:56:11 pm »
Well I got a bike for my girl friend for her birthday today, I know it is very pink, but it is the only way I could get her to ride bikes with me.

And no, she is not 8, she turned 26!

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« Reply #78 on: June 14, 2009, 12:02:27 am »
That bike is a sweet cruiser.  :)  You better post some pics of you two out riding together!

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« Reply #79 on: June 14, 2009, 12:10:35 am »
Here's mine



2007 Giant Yukon

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« Reply #80 on: June 14, 2009, 12:22:12 am »
That's a nice bike.  :) 

It feels like it's going to be forever before I get mine!

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« Reply #81 on: June 14, 2009, 12:48:20 am »
Specialised Rockhopper Pro...MB's wheels

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« Reply #82 on: July 24, 2009, 08:15:42 am »
Well I finally got a bike.  It's not what I had on layaway though.  I have no cash, so I just got something with what I had already invested.

2009 Diamondback Response

It's not anywhere near the bike I wanted.  It does seem fairly sturdy.  I plan on riding it this year, and once I get back on my feet, I'll step up to the Giant XTC 1 I had my eye on from the get go.

I have had it a few days, and done my best to beat the hell out of it.  I am planning on hitting the trail this weekend.

I'm guessing this picture is of a medium or small, because my frame makes the tires look small. lol I had to go with the XL.  Anyway once I have it out someplace worth photographing, I'll post some pictures.

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« Reply #83 on: July 24, 2009, 08:57:47 am »
Well done Marcus, looks like a good one,

get out and shred those trails (I think that's how you colonials put it)  :D

spend some time getting the saddle position right... makes a big difference

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« Reply #84 on: July 24, 2009, 10:33:45 am »
Nice one Marcus, hoping to get out into the peak district on mine in next few weeks, don't get out as much as I would like due to family work etc.

Rockrider 6.3 with addition of Simano hydraulic disks best money I spent.



Keep us posted. :hats off:
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« Reply #85 on: July 24, 2009, 05:22:19 pm »
I like this video, and it makes me very jealous.

Here in Utah, you are looked at as a handicap if you are cruising on a bike.

The city where bikes' everywhere, going green? starts from biking!!

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« Reply #86 on: July 30, 2009, 05:48:45 pm »
Had a great morning.  Got up early, and met up with a friend.  We rode from my town, to the capital of Utah, Salt Lake City.  We rode through SLC, and visited some friends.  I managed to get a flat tire with no visible puncture.  Walked the bike four blocks to a bike shop.  Replaced the tube out on the street, and then hopped the train back to our town.  Rode from the station back to the car.

We met a ton of people.  It was actually a really enjoyable morning.

Now I get to go water skiing.  I don't know if biking before skiing was a good idea.  My legs are spent!  lol

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« Reply #87 on: July 30, 2009, 05:53:58 pm »
Seems like a lot of fun Marcus  :)

I also managed a flat without visual puncture a few weeks ago, however I had a little accident the day before :)

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« Reply #88 on: July 30, 2009, 06:03:25 pm »
Great find that vid Marcus, enjoyed others views, as we dont seem to think about it lots.. hahaha


ehr.. due to the biking, you dont need a warmup for the ski's?



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« Reply #89 on: July 30, 2009, 06:06:24 pm »
Well done Marcus!  :excited: