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    Re: Cycling

    Quote Originally Posted by Antimus
    I did this looking a few weeks back for cheap good mountain bikes.
    Here are the top two I found from reviews, spec, price, etc:

    VooDoo Bocor from Halfords - Yes, I know, Halfrauds, but this bike gets amazing reviews
    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_165499

    Decathlon B'Twin 8.1 - Cheaper alternative, still high end parts and good reviews
    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/8-1-20...7/#INFO-DETAIL
    That Decathlon looks a helluvalot better. The Suntour fork on the VooDoo is crap really, the RockShox Recon is much better. Also, X-7 components on the Decathlon are comparable to Shimano's SLX group, which is one up compared to the Deore stuff on the VooDoo. Brakes (Elixir 3 vs. Tektro) are also better on the Decathlon.

    Dunno about the frame and wheel quality of both bikes, but I'd go for the Decathlon from glancing over the specs.

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    Re: Cycling

    reviews from where?
    the bikeradar review seems to be the (better equipped) 2010 model
    2011 model has suntour forks, tektro brakes, vanilla deore drivetrain, 14kg (!)

    second one has better kit (recons, elixir 3 etc) despite the much cheaper price, not sure how they've managed that

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    Re: Cycling

    Quote Originally Posted by Antimus
    I did this looking a few weeks back for cheap good mountain bikes.
    Here are the top two I found from reviews, spec, price, etc:

    VooDoo Bocor from Halfords - Yes, I know, Halfrauds, but this bike gets amazing reviews
    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_165499

    Decathlon B'Twin 8.1 - Cheaper alternative, still high end parts and good reviews
    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/8-1-20...7/#INFO-DETAIL
    HA, Halfords.

    I worked there when I was at college. One day after the Christmas sales push, a guy came in with a broken arm and the handlebars that fell off the bike we built and sold to him.
    I think he sued.

    For bike stuff maybe try http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/

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    Re: Cycling

    Hey, cool, I didn't know FHC had a bike thread.

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    Re: Cycling

    Quote Originally Posted by Klesk
    Quote Originally Posted by Antimus
    I did this looking a few weeks back for cheap good mountain bikes.
    Here are the top two I found from reviews, spec, price, etc:

    VooDoo Bocor from Halfords - Yes, I know, Halfrauds, but this bike gets amazing reviews
    http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/s...egoryId_165499

    Decathlon B'Twin 8.1 - Cheaper alternative, still high end parts and good reviews
    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/8-1-20...7/#INFO-DETAIL
    HA, Halfords.

    I worked there when I was at college. One day after the Christmas sales push, a guy came in with a broken arm and the handlebars that fell off the bike we built and sold to him.
    I think he sued.

    For bike stuff maybe try http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/
    I like wiggle.co.uk but never bought a bike off them. To be honest I would be loathe to buy a bike that I hadn't actually sat on because frame geometries can be all over the place and I am an odd shape.

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    Re: Cycling

    Find a Halfords that stocks the bike you want, try it out then buy it online instead

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    Re: Cycling

    Halfords sell a lot of bikes that you can't get anywhere else, I bought a Carerra Fury a few years back, full SRAM set, RockShox Tora forks, fantastic bike.
    I'll admit, I brought it home, and spent a couple of hours semi-dismantling it and putting it together better.

    I have been looking at the Decathlon bike every time I go there, one of these days I'll just get it.


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    Re: Cycling

    Quote Originally Posted by Frools
    reviews from where?
    the bikeradar review seems to be the (better equipped) 2010 model
    Good point, didn't notice that


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    Quote Originally Posted by Klesk
    For bike stuff maybe try http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/
    Be a bit careful with CRC, I've bought from them before and they were fine but ~apparently~ they were hacked a couple of months back. Might be an idea to have a look into what the outcome of that was before delivering them sensitive details.

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    Cycling! I sold my car in October and I've been commuting with my Surly LHT (below) right along the beach every day. Its ~6.9km down hill on the way to work, and uphill in the evening, but I think I'm going to need to taking a longer ride in the morning or taking more lunch rides/runs - but I swear there's something about riding with a 35-40 pound (12kg) pack because my lunch rides are way easier than the rides to/from work. Its probably more informative to just link you to my riding log (on Runkeeper). I should reaaallly update my picture though - I've lost 50-60 pounds (25kg) since then, but I don't know if it'd show up in the pictures. I'm still sunch a lard ass.


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    Re: Cycling

    Quote Originally Posted by Liang
    I swear there's something about riding with a 35-40 pound (12kg) pack because my lunch rides are way easier than the rides to/from work.
    yes its the extra 12kg you're carrying around

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    Bah, I did some research on backpacks and it seems like try don't make any difference in calorie consumption. I would THINK that they would, or that the difference in difficulty would make my body work that much harder....

    But I guess I'm looking at 500ish calories/day anyway so meh.

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    What? The extra weight putting pressure on your muscles which you would not use otherwise during cycling is there, you said it yourself. Your 12kg backpack doesn't levitate

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    Re: Cycling

    Find a hill and the extra weight will soon make a difference.

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    Re: Cycling

    Hills you say?


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    Re: Cycling

    First ride of laythun's first to 500km challenge - 29.55km.

    Nice improvement on the 18km I was able to manage last week but still short, my legs are now burning and completely jelly

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    Re: Cycling

    I have one of these, it's fast and I've done some trail riding with it. I didn't find any crazy shit (big jumps) to try it on last year though.

    The fork also has a ton of clearance for wider tires. Stock tires were 700x32C, but before winter I had switched to road tires for faster speed when I was commuting.


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    Re: Cycling

    Quote Originally Posted by MaZ
    First ride of laythun's first to 500km challenge - 29.55km.

    Nice improvement on the 18km I was able to manage last week but still short, my legs are now burning and completely jelly
    Can I take part in this?

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    Re: Cycling

    Quote Originally Posted by The Monkeysphere
    Quote Originally Posted by MaZ
    First ride of laythun's first to 500km challenge - 29.55km.

    Nice improvement on the 18km I was able to manage last week but still short, my legs are now burning and completely jelly
    Can I take part in this?
    Also this. (It would be fair since I am completely out of shape and fat after exams )

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    Re: Cycling

    Quote Originally Posted by Snowman
    I have one of these, it's fast and I've done some trail riding with it. I didn't find any crazy shit (big jumps) to try it on last year though.

    The fork also has a ton of clearance for wider tires. Stock tires were 700x32C, but before winter I had switched to road tires for faster speed when I was commuting.
    Big jumps on a no-suspension road bike and just 700x32 tires? You crazy, man. I ride 700x35s on my commuter and wouldn't jump off anything much bigger than 2-3 steps.
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