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by mat_swan
Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: I just can't do it ...
Replies: 83
Views: 5434

Re: I just can't do it ...

I rode one of those into the ground, loved it. It sold about 10-15% of the volume of the 2x10 version at the same price that followed it though, despite the 1x10 bike having hydros. Bar-end shifters were a sticking point, oddly for me since 1x10 stick-shift works really well. Friend of mine has one...
by mat_swan
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 9027
Views: 1013476

Re: The post man's been ...

Nice little haul of cheap OS maps from millets- 3 local ones including a replacement for a very old one and 1 to take to a do we're going to for the OHs family up galloway way in the summer.

Quite happy about the included digital downloads too.
by mat_swan
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 9027
Views: 1013476

Re: The post man's been ...

Richard G wrote:
mat_swan wrote:Festive 500 badge. Go nicely with the BB200 one!
Hmm... I had completely forgotten about that. Hopefully I'll get mine soon too.
Not having ever ordered anything from Crikey, how much, i was a bit confused to get a letter from them until i realised!
by mat_swan
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 9027
Views: 1013476

Re: The post man's been ...

Festive 500 badge. Go nicely with the BB200 one!
by mat_swan
Sat Jan 21, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 9027
Views: 1013476

Re: The post man's been ...

A couple of sram cassettes to 1x11 both the OHs and my nice bikes when the winter is finished. Yesterday it wasn't the postman but I stopped for a coffee in a local bike shop/cafe job where i was persuaded into buying a half price stolen goat orkaan waterproof jersey thing. Not warm enough to wear i...
by mat_swan
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:27 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Wtd, 10mm qr thru axle
Replies: 0
Views: 434

Wtd, 10mm qr thru axle

Does anyone have one of these gathering dust by any chance? I bought some 10mm end caps to make getting the rear wheel out of the roadrat with guards on easier but superstar seem to have been out of stock of their 10 quid ones for some time and the next nearest is more like 30! Alternatively if anyo...
by mat_swan
Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 9027
Views: 1013476

Re: The post man's been ...

Some generic front hub boostifiers from ebay. Simple, straightforward, should let me use the nice cheap boost sid i bought a couple of months back!
by mat_swan
Sun Jan 01, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Is anyone Festive 500-ing?
Replies: 35
Views: 10879

Re: Is anyone Festive 500-ing?

Well, i made it. A couple of slightly short days (including a 35mile road ride- shock horror!) mid week made a fifty miler in order on the crosser on Friday. Quite nice actually to go out and loop round the tamer bridleways without doing too much singletrack hunting! Yesterday was very grey and most...
by mat_swan
Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:39 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Is anyone Festive 500-ing?
Replies: 35
Views: 10879

Re: Is anyone Festive 500-ing?

Made it to 248km today with a lovely cross ride. Mix of off road, singletrack and tarmac. Clearly not been eating enough the last few days because i thought i was going to bonk after a worryingly short distance and had to reroute via a cafe!
by mat_swan
Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:17 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Is anyone Festive 500-ing?
Replies: 35
Views: 10879

Re: Is anyone Festive 500-ing?

Ride home from family gathering gets me to 194km.

Are most people doing it on or off road? Finding it a bit more time consuming than I expected getting the off road miles in so may have to hack down to brighton and back by road to make up a few later in the week.
by mat_swan
Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:47 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Is anyone Festive 500-ing?
Replies: 35
Views: 10879

Re: Is anyone Festive 500-ing?

Day 1 I made 63 miles on the MTB. Yesterday sneaked out for 10 miles on the crosser, today did a good 35 on the crosser again including some excessively rooty and alippery trails- great fun. Riding down to the inlawd got me to 185km and riding home should catch me up with the target. Weather lovely ...
by mat_swan
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Is anyone Festive 500-ing?
Replies: 35
Views: 10879

Re: Is anyone Festive 500-ing?

I figure if I have the time I'll try and extend any ride early on a fair bit to make up for off days. That and ride absolutely everywhere i can when visiting peoplenover the christmas period to pick up odd miles while still being sociable. Got a bigish cx route lined up as a backup for later in the ...
by mat_swan
Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 9027
Views: 1013476

Re: The post man's been ...

Xt dynamo hub to go with my revo- first thing i did, naturally, was plug the two together and see how long it took to get the light going just turning it by hand.
by mat_swan
Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Is anyone Festive 500-ing?
Replies: 35
Views: 10879

Re: Is anyone Festive 500-ing?

I'm gona give it a go over 3 days. :shock: I'm severely impressed! I think I would be crucified by my other half, my family and her family if I tried to do that! trying to avoid a scenario where I'm just banging in miles for the sake of it Ditto, although a back up plan for this winter is to try an...
by mat_swan
Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: South coast winter Bivi 10/ 11 December
Replies: 25
Views: 8610

Re: South coast winter Bivi 10/ 11 December

I'd be up for something. Possibly midweek if that's doable/easier for you- I'm at the other end of the line, just up the road from redhill station so could show you round up here too if you like
by mat_swan
Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:25 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Is anyone Festive 500-ing?
Replies: 35
Views: 10879

Is anyone Festive 500-ing?

I know it's all a bit Crikey, how much but I may have a go this year. Looks like a nice little challenge- spend the days riding and the evenings working through the bottle of port I've got lined up. Wanted to last year but was on call for most of the week making long rides a bit awkward. I'm aiming ...
by mat_swan
Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 9027
Views: 1013476

Re: The post man's been ...

Revo from Wriggles of this parish (at least, I figure, there can't be two people with similar surname selling revos from the same part of the country but on different forums at the same time). It's a lot dinkier than I remember them being! Just waiting for the dynamo hub to make it here then I've go...
by mat_swan
Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: USE Exposure Revo dynamo light - SOLD
Replies: 15
Views: 1707

Re: USE Exposure Revo dynamo light - SOLD

Assuming that I've got my cross-forum identification right then the Revo turned up today! Wriggles might be quicker than wiggle...

Thanks!
by mat_swan
Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: South coast winter Bivi 10/ 11 December
Replies: 25
Views: 8610

Re: South coast winter Bivi 10/ 11 December

Sorry! I can't believe I forgot about this- I moved house two weeks ago and have no idea where the time has gone!

If it's any consolation it would have been much more fun than the saturday night I had sorting through boxes...
by mat_swan
Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Best SPD bikepacking shoes
Replies: 41
Views: 5185

Re: Best SPD bikepacking shoes

Rimes here too. Just a good general purpose bike shoe for me, although i will echo the comment about the velcro giving up.
by mat_swan
Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 29+ vs 27+ front
Replies: 22
Views: 1399

Re: 29+ vs 27+ front

Quite a few companies do that to a degree but tend to just limit it to 650b and 29, with maybe the small and med available as both so you can choose your trade off. I'm definitely influenced by advertising but i think trek have a tagline 'ride the fastest wheel that fits' (my lbs is a trek dealer......
by mat_swan
Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dear God make it stop!
Replies: 50
Views: 4981

Re: Dear God make it stop!

It's been easy this year. Other half and I just bought a house and spent yesterday moving in, so I had neither the time nor the willingness to spend even more money! Last year I had a list of things I needed and a list of things I really wanted but only at x price. Then made sure I didnt buy anythin...
by mat_swan
Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: How heavy is too heavy?
Replies: 10
Views: 685

How heavy is too heavy?

So, some idle thoughts here but not really having any basis for it I thought I'd see what people think- basically, how heavy a load do you think is the heaviest you can get away with before it starts to significantly curtail your ability to ride your bike in a 'normal' or enjoyable way, either from ...
by mat_swan
Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:25 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Magnetic dynamo connectors
Replies: 6
Views: 1203

Magnetic dynamo connectors

http://www.bikerumor.com/2016/11/10/dyn ... onnectors/

Seems like a pretty tidy idea if it does what it says on the tin and is properly waterproof.
by mat_swan
Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:47 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pinnacle Ramin 3 plus - anyone got one?
Replies: 84
Views: 11494

Re: Pinnacle Ramin 3 plus - anyone got one?

Cracking. Be gentle with it, I've rounded one of those out before on a very similar looking hub. Still not sure how, those end caps are not normally that tight.