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by mat_swan
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pump recommendations please
Replies: 55
Views: 6574

Re: Pump recommendations please

I've had one of the lezyne 'mini track pumps' pretty much since they came out, which must be about, ooh, 2009 or so. Had a brief period of pressure loss due to dry o ring after a few years, now I take it apart, clean and regrease once every year or two and it's perfect. Still on the original o ring ...
by mat_swan
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Angle Adjusting Headsets
Replies: 27
Views: 2947

Re: Angle Adjusting Headsets

I put a -2° set in my mk1 Solaris a little while back. I was curious as it brings it fairly close to the newer models (but not the newest). Emailed cotic beforehand and the response was more or less 'thats what we did when we were designing the next one, you might like it. It's not night and day dif...
by mat_swan
Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 2037
Views: 280513

Re: Todays ride

Today I did my first 'proper' road ride of the year, a fun run down to the south coast and back. Incredibly hazy, then mist blending into low cloud in the south downs- you couldn't really see the downs themselves even in the middle of them. Visibility on the beach at seaford was troubling double fig...
by mat_swan
Tue May 22, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which lightweight "gravel" wheels?
Replies: 23
Views: 2374

Re: Which lightweight "gravel" wheels?

I should add crests are also fine but a bit (and by a bit i mean unusably- I thought I was going to have to cut a nano off an American classic, which is the same bsd) tight on some tyres.
by mat_swan
Tue May 22, 2018 12:22 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which lightweight "gravel" wheels?
Replies: 23
Views: 2374

Re: Which lightweight "gravel" wheels?

Wtb kom on your hub of choice is what I've gone for. Narrow on the cross bike, wider on the MTB. I think they hit a nice sweet spot of weight/width/light/not fragile and at a generally sensible price. They also come up very cheap on CRC from time to time. They are I think nominally UST bead spec, wh...
by mat_swan
Wed May 16, 2018 6:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dynamo output figures
Replies: 11
Views: 862

Re: Dynamo output figures

Smaller wheels have to spin faster :wink:
by mat_swan
Sat May 12, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Simple drop bar conversion
Replies: 10
Views: 1292

Re: Simple drop bar conversion

An 11speed Shimano road shifter + an 11s wolftooth tanpan will shift a 10s Shimano MTB mech ok. Setup is a finnicky but it will work and has let me run out a 10s drivetrain. I also have a complete 10s road shifter - 10s tanpan- 10s MTB mech which is firmly in the 'set and forget' camp.
by mat_swan
Thu May 03, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: Routes for skinnier tyres. Or not.
Replies: 18
Views: 3847

Re: Routes for skinnier tyres. Or not.

I took the cross bike along the South Downs, mostly on the SDW, from Eastbourne back to Hassocks at the end of that really hot week. Aside from getting rather rattled if you try and go too fast on some of the downs it's fine. Death by sliding in the wet though. Make sure you've got some decently low...
by mat_swan
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Hubs, Free Hub, Spyre Update Price Drop
Replies: 4
Views: 598

Re: Hubs, End Caps, Brake and Rotor ‘Free’ Stuff + P&P

If you get an ask for the 350 but with the Shimano freehub (or you'd be willing to swap them over) I would very gladly take the XD freehub!
by mat_swan
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hope hubs
Replies: 4
Views: 528

Re: Hope hubs

If the locking comes off separately it's not an XD cassette is it? I wasn't aware sunrace made them to be honest, I thought they only did normal/Shimano driver cassettes
by mat_swan
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Sussex bivi a month 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 8480

Re: Sussex bivi a month 2018

I'm freeing up at work and feeling the need to get out but April already seems to be disappearing! Friday is the OHs birthday, next weekend I'm at a wedding- where does the time go?
by mat_swan
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dhb or fat
Replies: 11
Views: 1462

Re: Dhb or fat

I tend to take a medium in shorts. DHB, morvelo and decathlon are all medium I think. I have some sportful winter tights that are wearable but rather snug in medium, so DHB certainly aren't the smallest for the size.
by mat_swan
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Braunton 150
Replies: 7
Views: 1205

Re: Braunton 150

This could be good for me. I wanted to make it this year, but work racking up and a load of prep for having holes knocked in our house meant I didn't want to commit and then bail. If it's delayed I may be able to do it. So, bad news I guess, but potentially good news for me
by mat_swan
Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Sram force 1 x 10 for force 22
Replies: 2
Views: 635

Re: Sram force 1 x 10 for force 22

Hmm. Tried PMing you last night, appears to be stuck in my outbox. He's interested though.
by mat_swan
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Sram force 1 x 10 for force 22
Replies: 2
Views: 635

Re: Sram force 1 x 10 for force 22

Oooh. Friend of mine might be interested. I'll pass it over to him
by mat_swan
Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3409
Views: 586106

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Apparently it's the same frame, the QC rejected ones - for what reason they were rejected I don't know. Interesting. I had to get mine second hand as I missed the last (only?) batch. I say missed, I talked myself out of it as I'd not had my pro6 more than a couple of years. I'm amazed they're not m...
by mat_swan
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3409
Views: 586106

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

If it's that competent off road
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I can heartily recommend it- it was a lot of fun today in the snow.
by mat_swan
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3409
Views: 586106

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Also, that's a bargain. Where on earth have they got it from?
by mat_swan
Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3409
Views: 586106

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Assuming it is the same as the foots Cray, and it looks identical, mine will get knards in there comfortably. The front will probably take a skinny MTB tyre but I haven't tried it yet. You're going to like it. It's astonishingly 'grrr' for a cross bike. Compared to my old pro 6 (with the same kit) i...
by mat_swan
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gloves
Replies: 21
Views: 1855

Re: Gloves

I seem to feel the cold in my hands a lot more than I used to and cold wet hands when riding is something that makes me really grumpy, so I'm a bit of a glove collector these days. 100% brisker is a cracking glove but it's not one I find enough for 'proper' cold. I'd not considered them for years be...
by mat_swan
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: More 'soft' stickers on the way.
Replies: 28
Views: 1884

Re: More 'soft' stickers on the way.

Ouch. I must admit I'd had 15 in mind, 20 at absolute the outside (I thought the picture design would be more expensive, but not that much more).

Is it the shading on the bear that needs the colour?
by mat_swan
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: More 'soft' stickers on the way.
Replies: 28
Views: 1884

Re: More 'soft' stickers on the way.

There is something nice about a message on your top cap to keep you going- mine was a present from my other half and says 'hey Mat, shall we cycle up a massive hill today?'. That was the morning refrain each day on the first big mountain biking trip we did together. Mine came from kapz I think. I wo...
by mat_swan
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Sussex bivi a month 2018
Replies: 32
Views: 8480

Re: Sussex bivi a month 2018

Registering general interest! I'm up near Redhill and would be interested.
by mat_swan
Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: WRT - Scary? Unappealing?
Replies: 125
Views: 8669

Re: WRT - Scary? Unappealing?

I've thought about it the last few years, and to be honest what's probably meant I've not got round to it is the time of year. It's been around the sort of time of a couple of other events I quite like. That and a regular club trip to North Wales late April all take up weekend days/weekends. It also...