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Postby The Rookie » Wed Jan 02, 2013 04:30 am

I use the twist shift on my commuter as it declutters the bar and is lighter, I'm not 100% convinced for MTB use, although some of the WC XC riders use them and Doddy has them on his bike in MBUK (cut down so he can run full length grips!)

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Postby Greer_ » Sat Jan 05, 2013 14:14 pm

Well I had my first night ride last night .... scary stuff! And I wasn't even brave enough to try any trails, stayed on the towpath! The light is rather bright though, had to slow down to a crawl and tilt my head so I didn't blind anyone when passing.

How bright is too bright for use on paths/roads etc?!

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Postby jfry94 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 22:56 pm

Nice wheel's how are your's holding up. I can decide between the crest or the flow for next month's upgrade. getting some rockshox sid's this month. :D
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Postby paulneenan76 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 23:24 pm

Greer_ wrote:Well I had my first night ride last night .... scary stuff! And I wasn't even brave enough to try any trails, stayed on the towpath! The light is rather bright though, had to slow down to a crawl and tilt my head so I didn't blind anyone when passing.

How bright is too bright for use on paths/roads etc?!


I do one night ride a week - you've go to get on the trails, it's such a rewarding ride with familiar trails becoming completely unknown, wildlife popping out everywhere and farmers escorting you off their land :) it really helps your skills and you find yourself attempting stuff which you might not in daylight!

I tend to run two lights, fairly powerful at 1200 lumens, but not like floods at a football stadium, and I'd say that when you're on a main road, turn it down so that you can be seen but not annoy the driver/s. then turn it back up on the trails. Still get flashed every now and again though but not often.
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Postby Greer_ » Sat Jan 05, 2013 23:29 pm

I'm very pleased! The quicker acceleration is a feeling I'm still getting used too! The crests should be bombproof enough for XC/trail riding. It's more about build quality than components!

Lovely upgrade - part of me wishes I'd waited and saved up more for Rebas/Sids but too late now! I'll probably sell these on at some point and get a pair!

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Postby Greer_ » Sat Jan 05, 2013 23:33 pm

paulneenan76 wrote:I do one night ride a week - you've go to get on the trails, it's such a rewarding ride with familiar trails becoming completely unknown, wildlife popping out everywhere and farmers escorting you off their land :) it really helps your skills and you find yourself attempting stuff which you might not in daylight!

I tend to run two lights, fairly powerful at 1200 lumens, but not like floods at a football stadium, and I'd say that when you're on a main road, turn it down so that you can be seen but not annoy the driver/s. then turn it back up on the trails. Still get flashed every now and again though but not often.


Its more the yobs around here I worry about! I had a few incidents on the road with silly chavs running over swearing etc, its just lucky I can go faster! But I'll try and get out in a group sometime soon so I can actually enjoy it!

I don't fancy blinding the drivers, but at the same time, I really like knowing they've seen me! Bit of a predicament! It's useful for blinding said chavs though!

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Postby jfry94 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 23:39 pm

After a year out its finaly time to get riding again so alot of upgrade's will be happening. i will post in the carrera thread when i get time.
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Postby Greer_ » Sat Jan 05, 2013 23:42 pm

What else do you have planned? Wheels and forks are the important bits!

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Postby jfry94 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 08:54 am

everything... the frame is the only thing that will be from halfords by the time im finished, but even theen i plan to move the parts onto a new frame. :D
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Postby jfry94 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 08:55 am

i plan on changing everything to a combination of xt and x0-xx
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Postby paulneenan76 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 10:20 am

jfry94 wrote:i plan on changing everything to a combination of xt and x0-xx


Unless you're going for used parts or super sale prices, your plan is going to be a very expensive one. Still, it's your money and a very nice non-problem to have - a no expense spared Carrera upgrade - I like it :)

What's the current spec of your bike as it stands? Some of it could be worth keeping unless its FUBAR'd.
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Postby Greer_ » Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:36 am

paulneenan76 wrote:Some of it could be worth keeping unless its FUBAR'd.


Or sold on!

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Postby jfry94 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 18:05 pm

im sorry for hijacking your thread a little greer, after a minimum of 7.5k miles in 2 years and only 1 replacement part everything is worn out, (main reason ive been out for a year having no money to replace it i didnt want to wreck it, that and finaly having money i built a £1.2k gaming pc.) I have only one bill to pay to my mum per month (10% of that months earnings) and as much overtime as i can do at work money isnt realy an issue. i also cba to save for 4-5 months and buy a brand new bike. i would rather see something progress each month, the main plan is to build a dh bike using an orange frame. once the carrera is finished the frame will be swapped out to something like a on one whippet.... wish me luck.
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Postby Greer_ » Sun Jan 06, 2013 18:09 pm

I'd far prefer to build a bike! More fun and satisfaction! I'm considering an on-one whippet too at some point, but as I'm at uni, money is an issue! :lol:

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Postby jfry94 » Sun Jan 06, 2013 18:19 pm

Im at college 3 days a week so most of the time i work the other 4 in primark.

what are you studying at uni i do carpentry and joinery at college?
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Postby Greer_ » Sun Jan 06, 2013 18:59 pm

There aren't many jobs going round here ... I missed out at the start of term :( But i'm doing Chemistry with Forensics. I'm enjoying it bar the silly engineering module I have to do this year.

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Postby The Rookie » Mon Jan 07, 2013 09:22 am

I'm at work - money is still an issue!

Jfry, feel free to post your bike in the combined Carrera Thread Greer and I both link to.

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Postby Greer_ » Mon Jan 07, 2013 20:48 pm

This arrived, and is now fitted!

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It was a doddle to fit, and went up no problems with a track pump! The hardest bit was putting on the tape (and I can confirm that the 25mm tape does fit the 21mm rim, gives a much better seal IMO).

I found a loose spoke, which I then tightened up, but I'm not best pleased with the build. There also seems to be a bit of knocking in the hub, but I'm not sure if its just the QR adaptor that's loose .... :? Reckon its worth an email to SS? I don't want to have to send the wheels back now after all this :evil:

I have some X9 shifters on the way to me. :D I'm on the look out for cheap yet light finishing kit if anyone sees anything! (And if anyone is after a set of X5 or X7 shifters, PM me!)

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Postby Greer_ » Wed Jan 09, 2013 15:57 pm

Well the wheels are now being sent back to superstar this weekend. I noticed one loose spoke .... then two .... then a trip to the LBS today told me the wheels were falling apart on me. What a ball ache! :evil: Means I'll be without a bike for another week, and also I'll be out of pocket as I'll have to buy more sealant etc :evil: Here's to hoping they come back okay.

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Postby mrmonkfinger » Thu Jan 10, 2013 08:00 am

Greer_ wrote:Well the wheels are now being sent back to superstar this weekend. I noticed one loose spoke .... then two .... then a trip to the LBS today told me the wheels were falling apart on me. What a ball ache! :evil: Means I'll be without a bike for another week, and also I'll be out of pocket as I'll have to buy more sealant etc :evil: Here's to hoping they come back okay.


nightmare, sounds like you've been landed with a friday afternoon build :(

I've normally found most of the sealant can be saved if you're taking the tyres off.


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