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by mat_swan
Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Fs: 29er wheels, Garmin 500 and general clear out
Replies: 3
Views: 1121

Re: Fs: 29er wheels, Garmin 500 and general clear out

Might be interested in the bars, any idea of sweep?

Cheers
by mat_swan
Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: shimano disc pads with fins .....worthwhile??
Replies: 28
Views: 2820

Re: shimano disc pads with fins .....worthwhile??

Personally I find in deep in enough puddles the fins add some much needed downforce to boost traction.
by mat_swan
Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BBC programme
Replies: 15
Views: 4282

Re: BBC programme

Other half has just got this on- I wondered if there's be a thread here!

He did just say it took him 11 hours to do 42miles so I'm guessing either stu did the route planning or filming takes a lot of time
by mat_swan
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Genesis "Fugio"....
Replies: 34
Views: 10434

Re: Genesis "Fugio"....

I'd like to compare it to something like the Cotic RoadRat or Escapade frames I had a pompetamine, when it got stolen I replaced it with a mk1 roadrat second hand. The roadrat definitely feels springier- now there may be something in the fact that I tend to run the Roadrat singlespeed and the Pomp ...
by mat_swan
Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Anyone done the Tour de Manche?
Replies: 3
Views: 642

Re: Anyone done the Tour de Manche?

No, although in a week I should hopefully be trundling back along the french coast leg of it after a lap of Brittany so I hope it's good!
by mat_swan
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 699
Views: 62753

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

Wow, lost one I really have expected- right in the middle of loads of others! Very happy that reloading a ride got me back one square in particular though- it's right in the middle of an awkward bit of land, all the roads and bridleways go round it except for one which just skirts the corner. I chec...
by mat_swan
Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: wtd, XL Krampus. frame or bike
Replies: 1
Views: 604

Re: wtd, XL Krampus. frame or bike

I don't know if it's helpful but I saw a large Rooster frame on stw- the reach figure is pretty close to the XL krampus. The ETT is a fair bit shorter, but I thought it might be worth a look.
by mat_swan
Tue May 30, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: M4 Corridor Bikepacking (England)
Replies: 37
Views: 6704

Re: M4 Corridor Bikepacking (England)

Ok, I'll have a think and see if I can come up with something interesting to give you an option
by mat_swan
Tue May 30, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: M4 Corridor Bikepacking (England)
Replies: 37
Views: 6704

Re: M4 Corridor Bikepacking (England)

Do you have a rough idea of the sort of mileage/hilliness/amount of 'proper' singletrack you'd want to cover? You'd be in the sort of area where you can drop in and out of towns easily so this may influence you one way or another if you want remoteness vs reassurance of a pub/shop. That said, I did ...
by mat_swan
Mon May 29, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: M4 Corridor Bikepacking (England)
Replies: 37
Views: 6704

Re: M4 Corridor Bikepacking (England)

If you did want to come in thw general direction of the surrey hills but not into audi and enduro bike central I'd be hapoy to advise on a route- lots of trails that the majority of people on leith, holmbury and pitch will never ride. For example if you wanted a point to point you could do a pretty ...
by mat_swan
Wed May 10, 2017 11:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 8694
Views: 957575

Re: The post man's been ...

Tiny little early rider bike for my OH's niece. It's vaguely exciting. Lovely shiney tubes. Would add a picture but can't figure out how to make it small enough on my phone
by mat_swan
Fri May 05, 2017 7:12 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 2037
Views: 280586

Re: Todays ride

Bit of a zig-zaggy deviation on the commute home today, south of the greensand ridge, to pick up some odd veloviewer squares that arent really on the way to anywhere i go. Saw some nicely bluebelled woods and managed to tie the ends of few roads I'd not been down together. And bumped up the max squa...
by mat_swan
Wed May 03, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 2037
Views: 280586

Re: Todays ride

Finally got round to sorting some pictures out... Last weekend the club ride was from Bury Hill in the South Downs- I'm not keen on driving to rides if I can avoid it and the railway line to the start was out of action, so a last minute plan was hatched Friday afternoon at work. Got home, rushed aro...
by mat_swan
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 699
Views: 62753

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

Mine is still stuck at the 9x9 it's been since shortly after starting it. That said, I've been attempting to fill in all of my local OS map which means I'm getting pretty close to having a lot of equally sized squares making up a rectangle. Cross bike has been lovely for nipping in and out of the li...
by mat_swan
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: SS Boost Hubs with freewheel thread?
Replies: 34
Views: 2080

Re: SS Boost Hubs with freewheel thread?

but I'm not one for having things that need to be bodged to work on my bikes, I like things that work and don't need tweaking For what it's worth I've been using one of the front hub boost adaptors (2xmm spacers electrical taped to existing hope 15mm end caps and a 5mm rotor spacer) and it's gone e...
by mat_swan
Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Wtd: Cotic 'Solaris' - now sorted!
Replies: 4
Views: 772

Re: Wtd: Cotic 'Solaris'

Full bag, Alpkit, webbing loops/ladder around the sides rather than big velcro flaps. Seems in perfectly good order- to be honest I bought it and then a revelate bag came up on here that fits pretty much all of my bikes so that's what I've been using instead. Been meaning to sell just haven't got ro...
by mat_swan
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Wtd: Cotic 'Solaris' - now sorted!
Replies: 4
Views: 772

Re: Wtd: Cotic 'Solaris'

That's a shame- i was going to offer a frame bag if it was a medium. To my knowledge never been used, i bought it here/possibly stw second hand and then managed to get a tangle bag which fits other bikes as well. Been meaning to sell it on!
by mat_swan
Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 8694
Views: 957575

Re: The post man's been ...

It's my birthday- my friends clubbed together and bought me a kindle paperwhite which should be grand for reading in the tent as it glows of its own accord (and i was really jealous or my OHs kindle touring last summer). My sister bought me the Book of Lost Lanes for the south which i hope to make t...
by mat_swan
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Your input required.
Replies: 62
Views: 5446

Re: Your input required.

'Don't blame Stu, you chose to come'?
by mat_swan
Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: New 26er Frame?
Replies: 15
Views: 1051

Re: New 26er Frame?

I never knew you got an adaptor headset, cheers.
Hope do a crown race adaptor that works with their normal tapered headset- not sure if that's what was meant but it means i can swap back and forth easily between a tapered steerer suss fork and straight rigid.
by mat_swan
Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Best padded short for ITTs
Replies: 27
Views: 1315

Re: Best padded short for ITTs

I'll second the btwins. I find them great up to about a proper half day ride, then the slightly lighter pad starts to tell a little. I've used dhbs a lot in the past too- not the basic ones and not the expensive ones, mid range have been the ataple of my shorts wardrobe for a few years now. Having s...
by mat_swan
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pipedream Alice looks nice
Replies: 1
Views: 479

Pipedream Alice looks nice

http://www.pipedreamcycles.com/shop/a-l ... rame-fork/

Haven't looked at the geometry in any detail/at all, but it looks pretty!

I like the 30.9 seatpost, shame they haven't put a hole in for a stealth dropper for occasional bouts of mucking about on given it takes 2.1s
by mat_swan
Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 699
Views: 62753

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

I've been stuck at 9x9 for a while. There should be 10 or even 11 to come pretty easily but I've been filling in odds and sods slowly in pursuit of the long game!
by mat_swan
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dirt drops?
Replies: 38
Views: 6657

Re: Dirt drops?

Interesting, i like the fact the drops on the woodchippers are straight- on the singlespeed i can move to the ends to change the grip and get a bit more leverage.
by mat_swan
Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: I just can't do it ...
Replies: 83
Views: 5035

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

I don't know if you like pictures if your bikes being ridden, but here you go anyway...

https://flic.kr/p/pYLDQV