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by downsman
19 Dec 2008, 8:47pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Singletrack
Replies: 19
Views: 3264

I've bought copies of Singletrack, What Mountain Bike, and MBR. I agree that Singletrack reviews very (ridiculously so in my opinion :) ) expensive bikes, and the others review a much wider selection. After a few months I bought a Rockhopper and I am happy to use it until it wears out, as it's perfe...
by downsman
4 Sep 2008, 5:37pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Hello from Thetford Forest
Replies: 1
Views: 1006

Hello :)

Not local to you, but if I'm up your way I'll bring my bike :)
by downsman
23 Jun 2008, 10:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What do flies taste like?
Replies: 20
Views: 5768

My brother swallowed a fly while cycling when we were kids, and he swore it tasted of mint :D
by downsman
12 Jun 2008, 8:53pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hybrids Ability / Purpose
Replies: 7
Views: 1001

I have a hybrid with 700c wheels, and it is great around town on our awful roads, and the gearing is low enough for off road, but I soon bought a mountain bike as well when I tried going on the South Downs Way. If you want something tough with 700c wheels, I would suggest going for a 29er mountain b...
by downsman
16 May 2008, 8:50pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: 20mph for residential areas across the country?
Replies: 39
Views: 4305

Having this morning been about to cross a toucan only to have a driver speed up and shoot through at what must have been 50mph in a 30mph zone I say Bring It On! A short run at highly dangerous speed won't be stopped by these cameras. The problem with average speed cameras is you have to pass two t...
by downsman
13 May 2008, 7:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Freewheel advice needed
Replies: 9
Views: 1836

We live in a hilly area, and for novice cyclists 28/28 isn't low enough. My daughters bike was similar to your wife's and I went for the megarange cassette with 34 lowest gear and changed the crank set to 44/32/22. It has made a huge difference to her hill climbing, and she doesn't have any problem ...
by downsman
9 Apr 2008, 8:08pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Why I won’t be using a rule to check chain wear
Replies: 29
Views: 5179

I bought one of those Park tools chain checking tools after reading a post on this forum. They are brilliant, it is so quick and easy to check the chain in several places with it still on the bike. As you have clearly demonstrated, overall extension does not show up internal wear on the rollers, but...
by downsman
6 Apr 2008, 2:21pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Ridgeback
Replies: 6
Views: 1436

I have a recent Ridgeback Velocity and I think it should be ok for long distances. I've changed the grips on mine, and bar ends might be a good idea. I wasn't a fan of the saddle on my one, but your daughter may get on better with hers. I wonder whether the gears my be a bit high for the Alps though...
by downsman
4 Apr 2008, 8:26pm
Forum: Cycling Goods & Services - Your Reviews
Topic: Carradice - Quality service
Replies: 2
Views: 1316

I bought a SQR trax from them last year, and had a question about it when it arrived. I sent an e-mail and received a comprehensive reply the next day :)
by downsman
1 Apr 2008, 8:34pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: never been off road
Replies: 10
Views: 2746

I have found the following book to be useful for finding off road routes: Traffic-free Cycle Trails: More Than 400 Routes Around Britain. There is a link here: If you send me a personal message with your approximate location, I'll loo...
by downsman
27 Mar 2008, 11:09pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Best car?
Replies: 25
Views: 4572

just taken delivery of a Citroen C1. It's completely brilliant to drive, corners like a rat down a pipe, does nearly everything you might want a car to do We've just bought one of those, and you're right it is brilliant to drive :) Not a lot of good for carrying bikes though, we have a Berlingo for...
by downsman
25 Mar 2008, 6:56pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Higher gearing
Replies: 12
Views: 2676

I have exactly those ratios on a hybrid and my mountain bike. Even on the hybrid I only run out of gears on very steep downhill roads. However, on the flat the mountain bike is a lot slower, and I'm usually at least two gears lower than the hybrid. I'm sure it's all down to the rolling resistance of...
by downsman
12 Mar 2008, 8:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Topeak or to Carradice
Replies: 1
Views: 608

I had the same decision to make last year. I went for the Carradice SQR Trax, and so far I've been really pleased with it. An OS map fits in the side pockets nicely and the clip is very easy to use. You do need quite a long exposed seat post though.

Hope this helps :)
by downsman
12 Mar 2008, 8:10pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: How many of you always wear a helmet?
Replies: 291
Views: 23732

I always wear one, because I believe my children are safer wearing them, and if I don't how am I going to convince them?

They shouldn't be mandatory, and I'm not going to try and convince anyone else to wear one :)
by downsman
4 Mar 2008, 6:26pm
Forum: Off-road Cycling.
Topic: Thinking about a 2nd hand mud plugger
Replies: 16
Views: 5234

I accept discs might not be available at your budget level :)
But the best thing about them to my mind is not having to endure the sound of your aluminium rims being ground away when braking after a muddy path :shock: