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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 19:27 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 19:57 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 20:36 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:44 
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I will post pics of mine later.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 10:46 
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My new mountain bike.


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 16:04 
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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 16:35 
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Mine is one like this. (not this exact one, but very similar)

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Mmmm... sub-£100 Halfords....


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 16:51 
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It gets better: It currently has a Child Seat on it, like this one...

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 17:24 
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I was in Giant on Saturday buying the boy a bike for his birthday. Now I want one.


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:11 
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'Kin 'ell.

I've been meaning to get the Proflex sorted out for some time. I think I'll end up getting shot of it in the end, but I wanted to sort it out. The rear MCU has hardened which is apig. I've got some Land Rover bushings which could replace it that I was very kindly sent (Thank you, Krazywookie!!) but hadn't yet put on. Anyways, I was clearing space in the garage and put the stripped frame out of the way, by the window. You can see where this is going can't you... I glance out this morning and thought "That looks odd". The rear MCUs have melted!

I did some quick googling, and there was a company in the UK that does spares, but their website is knackered (Rapid Descent, Scotland). more googling reveals a website in the US that will ship what I need (MCUs for front and rear shocks) and that'll be $106 thank you very much.

OR I can do this

EDIT: AHAH! Ebay could sort me out for £90 with springs. Still form the US, though.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 14:46 
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IDEA I HAD WHEN I WAS IN THE SHOWER!

Could I buy a spring (spring rate to be determined, but sufficient for 2.5inches rear travel and I want it to be supple, not just a big hit) and make it fit? Assuming i can, then that is all well and good, but there would be little rebound dampening apart from my body mass. Could I use the Land Rover doodahs that Krazy wookie sent me above and below the spring to absorb the initial rebound? Would that work, if they are less compressible than the spring, then the whole thing will compress fine, but o the rebound, the spring energy would go into compressing them a bit first?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 23:53 
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I would disassemble the shock, fit the doodahs and leave it at that! Is there a damper inside the shock or something? I think not and as such a spring would make for godawful oscillations. I think poly bushes have inert damping properties which is why they are so handy in car suspension! That inner tube trick doesn't look like it would last very long :S


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2015 20:35 
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Grabbed me some new kit from ebay


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:13 
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So in the pub someone was saying that if they really give it the beans on their bike they can hit 50mph.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:19 
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Downhill, with a following wind.


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:27 
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Grim... wrote:
So in the pub someone was saying that if they really give it the beans on their bike they can hit 50mph.

Really?


Not beyond the bounds of possibility. I doubt on the flat though. Downhill mind you, as Dp said. Top sprinters hit 40+ on the flat after 6 hours. Down the alps 70+ is reached.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:33 
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Grim... wrote:
So in the pub someone was saying that if they really give it the beans on their bike they can hit 50mph.

Really?


My road bike runs out of gearing at 42 mph - beyond that I'm reliant on gravity to pick up speed as I can't spin my legs any faster.
Mine's only a compact triple gear set though, so with taller gearing and a bit more hill, yep, plausible.

Oooh, wait, I have evidence, though I'm not sure the 50mph isn't a GPS glitch.
https://www.strava.com/activities/138197174


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2015 11:36 
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Grim... wrote:
So in the pub someone was saying that if they really give it the beans on their bike they can hit 50mph.

Really?


My road bike runs out of gearing at 42 mph - beyond that I'm reliant on gravity to pick up speed as I can't spin my legs any faster.
Mine's only a compact triple gear set though, so with taller gearing and a bit more hill, yep, plausible.


You would have to spin a 52:11 at about 200rpm

Edit: a 53:11 at 120 rpm on 23mm 700c wheels is 45mph.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 22:45 
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95℅ going for a Voodoo Zobop now, over a Boardman Team FS. It is bright green, has longer travel and reviews mention the need for a stiffer rear end on the Boardman. Will get sized up tomorrow.

First upgrades will be SPDs and probably new brakes. And removal of reflectors.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:07 
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Halfords bikes? Get a merida, they're better. Or indeed a giant or specialized or trek.


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:16 
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krazywookie wrote:
Halfords bikes? Get a merida, they're better. Or indeed a giant or specialized or trek.


Yeah, they review very well, and the Hoodoo I have is great for the price. Any reviews on a £1k meridia?

I'd like 140mm travel and stuff. Voodoo and Boardman do it for the price and review very well, you see, and this is what is driving this.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:34 
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Fair dos, I see them as a false economy thing, the frames are poor quality and so are the bearings and it'll be years before the geometry catches up to big brands. I'd rather folk spent a bit more and got proper bikes with good servicing backup and decent warranty cover. I.e. not halfords! Sorry not trying to be a duck here, but it's something I see a lot and it bothers me, ignore at will :)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:35 
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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:38 
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I got a Halfords bike and the front wheel collapsed within a year. I'd never buy theirs again.


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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:45 
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Not at all. I dug a bit deeper and the range isn't just limited to halfords so I will looksee this week.

I am limited to £1k as cycle to work scheme, and the saving makes it £680.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 15:18 
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zobop review is positive and gives it 9/10, bad points being slippy grips and saddle height. Which should be doable. It seems to have better tyres than the Boardman Team FS, and I think I'd prefer better tyres and a green coat of paint. Halfords are getting a 19inch Boardman in to sit on, but I think I have talked myself I to a Zobop now.

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All of changes that Boardman has made to the Team FS for 2016 are positive ones. You still get one of the best-dressed bikes for under a grand, but the frame now possesses a ride quality that’s every bit as fitting as the finishing kit adorning it. In the end, it was a very close call between the Boardman Team FS and the Calibre Bossnut. If the Team FS came with the stiffer, 142x12mm rear end, and better tyres, Boardman could easily be looking at a double-digit rating.
Read more at http://www.mbr.co.uk/reviews/full-suspe ... LkKohgD.99


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As first impressions go, the VooDoo Zobop certainly has impact; the eye-catching neon green front end contrasting nicely with the gloss black rear end. It’s not just the Voodoo’s frame finish that’s sleek though. The riding position is also dialled, and the bike pedals efficiently and makes surprisingly light work of the climbs for a 140mm-travel bike. It’s on the descents however, that the Zobop reveals its true colours. This bike is a total shredder. With better grips and a dropper seat post, we are 100 per cent confident that it could keep up with bikes costing twice its price.
Read more at http://www.mbr.co.uk/reviews/full-suspe ... 6G8IA9G.99

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2016 14:47 
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Going to get the Boardman. I went to Halfords and had a look a.d a chat. It's a lovely looking piece of kit and I prefer the suspension system on it. And red is a winning color.

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 Post subject: Re: Bikes
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Do you know the max weight\age that seat will work with? Thinking of getting a bike I can take my son out on.

Also anyone have a recommendation on balance bikes for kids? (3) was just looking at getting one from Tesco Direct as we have £200 worth of club card vouchers. But if there are better recommendations would be happy to look at them


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