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by brownm4
23 Jun 2009, 9:14pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: No Mudguards???
Replies: 38
Views: 9163

Re: No Mudguards???

Hi I can add my voice to the pro Crudguard brigade, at least the rear one. Sure you'll get muddy whatever but an hour in (or above) the saddle with a squishy buttock is no fun at all! The best thing about the Crudguard is that when you fall off, it doesn't break with only a quick twist required to m...
by brownm4
7 May 2009, 10:22pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: How to tackle the 'Can I do this' fear.
Replies: 9
Views: 999

Re: How to tackle the 'Can I do this' fear.

Re the clipped in issue - I have the 'spd one side, flat the other' pedals and find this gives the best of both worlds. It's definitely easier getting up the hills when you're clipped in. On the downhills, I tend to unclip and use the flat side when I'm unfamiliar with the route. Like the other post...
by brownm4
16 Apr 2009, 10:07pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: £500 Hardtails
Replies: 8
Views: 1674

£500 Hardtails

I'm sure that this one's been done before but what do people advise as the best bet for a £500 Hardtail? I don't do huge downhills but enjoy mainly bridleways (especially hilly rooty ones). Other reviews seem to suggest Rockhoppers, Giant XTC 3.5, Kona Hoss etc. - what do people think?
by brownm4
4 Apr 2009, 5:28pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: south downs national park - access
Replies: 8
Views: 1283

Re: south downs national park - access

That's really worrying! I'm sure that Cycle did a feature on cycling in the NF and said it was a cyclists pardise criscrossed by waymarked paths. If the reality is different, I just hope the massive load of bridleways where I live stay as they are and aren't compromised by the National Park status.
by brownm4
2 Apr 2009, 7:47pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: south downs national park - access
Replies: 8
Views: 1283

south downs national park - access

Anyone know how the recently awarded status of the SDNP affects access rights for mountain biking?

I'm assuming it should be pretty good based on what you can do in the New Forest - I'm hoping it will be like the New Forest but with hills!
by brownm4
20 Mar 2009, 7:54pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Folding Bikes
Replies: 54
Views: 4345

Re: Folding Bikes

I have a Dahon Speed 7. Extremely pleased with it - especially how good the gearing is. It's not the lightest in the world but it was £200 new on EBAY and has proved really useful.
by brownm4
14 Feb 2009, 10:16am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: New Jacket
Replies: 6
Views: 1064

I've had a nevis for a few years. Waterproof and warm but a bit too warm for summer. its a great jacket for winter and the pit zips help with ventilation ( they also make handy large pockets ). If my gets knackered I would go out and buy another. There are better jackets at a price. But its cheap a...
by brownm4
14 Feb 2009, 10:09am
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Helly Hansen Challenge
Replies: 3
Views: 1077

Glad you enjoyed it. I was one of the marshalls. The participants were great, I got called marshall, judge, thanked on numerous occassions for standing in the freezing cold for 6 hours and invited to a post race B-B-Q with beer. One of the nicest days out I have had for a long time (without bike th...
by brownm4
7 Feb 2009, 9:51pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: cold feet!
Replies: 17
Views: 4554

Thanks for all your tips. I went for the waterproof socks option (Sealskinz - on offer in the CTC shop) when taking part in the Helly Hansen Challenge event in Pirbright last Sunday. Despite freezing temperatures and some seriously wet terrain, my feet remained cosy and warm throughout. Definately a...
by brownm4
7 Feb 2009, 9:47pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Helly Hansen Challenge
Replies: 3
Views: 1077

HH Challenge (completed)

Just to say if anyone's interested, this event was great. The mountain biking was fantastic, running bearable and we even avoided the snow. Definitely doing some more in the Autumn. If you're tempted see http://www.trailplus.com
by brownm4
15 Jan 2009, 9:43pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Helly Hansen Challenge
Replies: 3
Views: 1077

Helly Hansen Challenge

Hi I'm doing the HH Challenge in Pirbright on 1 Feb with some guys from work. Anyone done one of these before and if so, what are they like? We're definitely in the 'if we get round, we'll be happy' mindset but hopefully if it stays dry and not too cold, it should be fun. I think most of it takes pl...
by brownm4
12 Jan 2009, 10:26pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: cold feet!
Replies: 17
Views: 4554

cold feet!

Hi

The recent cold snap really brought home the fact that wearing 2 pairs of socks alone does not prevent you feeling like Captain Oates in the toe department. What are people's suggestions for keeping their tootsies warm when it's below zero?
by brownm4
1 Nov 2008, 11:31pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: MOD land - Access Rights
Replies: 8
Views: 2804

I emailed the MOD contact and got the following reply: "I have spoken directly with the site managers relating to your query and the issue of cycling is a complicated one. The current, but historic, byelaws for this site do actually prohibit the use of bicycles on this particular part of our es...
by brownm4
14 Oct 2008, 8:42pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: MOD land - Access Rights
Replies: 8
Views: 2804

MOD land - Access Rights

Hi Does anyone know what the access rights are re MOD land? I live in Liphook in Hants, near which there is a wide gravel track surrounding some military ranges. I've always assumed there was cycling access to this track but was told recently that this was not the case and only walking was allowed. ...