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    I've been riding recreational for the last 20 years or so around the Welsh mountains. I have 2 MTB's one is my old faithful Alpinestars which i bought from new about 20 years ago, The only original bits left on it are the frame and the derailleurs! I did have rock shocks on it but recently put the original rigid forks back on and added some slicks so i only use this for cycle path use now as I recently bought it's off-road replacement... a 2004 Kona Cowan.

    So let's see what you lot ride, be it Road/MTB/BMX/Cruiser and also your favourite ride tracks?

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    Original Poster

    Alpinestars Al Mega (1991)
    http://i627.photobucket.com/albums/tt357/chriscarley_photos/HUKD/DSCF2083.jpg
    http://i627.photobucket.com/albums/tt357/chriscarley_photos/HUKD/DSCF2081.jpg
    http://i627.photobucket.com/albums/tt357/chriscarley_photos/HUKD/DSCF2091.jpg
    Edited by: "Carley" 18th Mar 2011

    Original Poster

    Kona Cowan (2004)
    http://i627.photobucket.com/albums/tt357/chriscarley_photos/HUKD/DSCF2086.jpg
    http://i627.photobucket.com/albums/tt357/chriscarley_photos/HUKD/DSCF2089.jpg
    http://i627.photobucket.com/albums/tt357/chriscarley_photos/HUKD/DSCF2087.jpg
    Edited by: "Carley" 18th Mar 2011

    This is one of the very first mountain bikes :-) suprising how popular these thing are now. They even have races on them .The way the fuel is rising in cost , we'll all be going back to these things in a couple of years time.

    http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t295/Rickardo_21/penny.jpg

    There's been all sorts of photo threads on here about, people, home cinema, houses, pets, cars & general photography but iv'e never seen a Cycle photo thread?

    I wonder why that is! (_;)

    I used to be a bike X)

    Banned

    I'm out before the menstrual cycle pics

    I am picking this up on Saturday coming.


    http://www.evanscycles.com/product_image/image/6a6/d1f/2e0/51836/large/specialized-rockhopper-2011-mountain-bike.jpg

    Here she is....the current love of my life. Just been out and done a few more miles on her. Slowly getting to grips with the gears, but still suffering on hills.....

    http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt240/lanc_red/HotUK/IMAG0597.jpg

    Keep at it, it will get easier, nice bike btw

    Toasthduk

    Keep at it, it will get easier, nice bike btw



    made me laugh last night. thought i was going at a decent speed. i managed to catch up to another cyclist at a set of lights, we chatted then as soon as they changed he was off. must have easily been about 30m ahead within 4 secs. couldnt believe it......makes me wonder how quick he got to this speed.

    btw loving yours aswell, do you do a lot on MTB?

    I will be, but i need to work on my fitness levels first, I will be riding 8 miles to work every day and doing some XC at weekends

    Banned

    lanc_red

    made me laugh last night. thought i was going at a decent speed. i … made me laugh last night. thought i was going at a decent speed. i managed to catch up to another cyclist at a set of lights, we chatted then as soon as they changed he was off. must have easily been about 30m ahead within 4 secs. couldnt believe it......makes me wonder how quick he got to this speed.btw loving yours aswell, do you do a lot on MTB?



    I have a race every morning with a keen mountain biker. He always accelerates faster than I do but is slower at top speed. Makes the journey more interesting as there are a few lights.

    I love the unspoken competitiveness of commute cycling.

    w00t off to get my new bike now, will post some pics later

    LOL, turned up at the bike shop and they had ordered me the right bike in the wrong colour, they ordered me the b/w version, I was a bit annoyed as i have been waiting 2 weeks, but I decided to buy it as i was desperate to get on the road. Now I have had a few hours riding it I am more than happy despite the wrong colour.

    http://www.evanscycles.com/product_image/image/6a6/d1f/2e0/51835/large/specialized-rockhopper-2011-mountain-bike.jpg


    http://www.leedsbicycle.com/smsimg/8/5021-14292-main--8.jpg
    picking this little one up in a week or so
    should make my 20 miles commutes a little more interesting

    was going to be this one but i went for the CB instead
    http://www.thebikefactory.co.uk/img/pds2/get_imageCAH6LJTI.jpg

    i've got one of these, great bike

    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/_generated/_generated_uk/bikes/models/images/2000/2010/Anthem_X_4_white_GE_GA.jpg

    In the Flesh....

    This is my boxfresh 2011 rockhopper, I will be adding/removing bits here and there and will update as I do.

    Spec

    Frame:
    Specialized M4SL fully manipulated alloy frame, fully butted, integrated Head Tube, forged dropouts with replaceable derailleur hanger, disc only
    Fork:
    SR Suntour SF11-XCR-DS-26-LO-SP, 80mm, 1 piece alloy lower, 30mm steel stanchions, hydraulic damping with mic-tuned spike valve and lockout
    Front Derailleur:
    Shimano Alivio, 34.9mm clamp, top swing, dual pull
    Rear Derailleur:
    Shimano Deore 9 speed Shadow Long cage
    Number of Gears:
    27
    Shifters:
    Shimano SL-M590 Deore trigger
    Chainset:
    Shimano FC-M430-8, Octalink spline
    Chainrings:
    44 x 32 x 22
    Bottom Bracket:
    Shimano BB-ES25, Octalink spline, cartridge bearing, 68mm x 118mm
    Cassette:
    Shimano HG50, 9-speed, 11-34
    Chain:
    KMC X9, 9-speed, with reusable Missing Link
    Pedals:
    Alloy 1 piece body and cage, reflector kit, 9/16"
    Front Brake:
    Shimano BR-M505 hydraulic disc brake, dual piston, 160mm rotor
    Rear Brake:
    Shimano BR-M505 hydraulic disc brake, dual piston, 160mm rotor
    Brake Levers:
    Shimano BR-M505 hydraulic
    Handlebars:
    Butted alloy riserbar, 25mm rise, 8 degree back sweep, 6 degree up
    Stem:
    3D forged alloy, 7 degree rise, 31.8mm clamp
    Headset:
    Integrated 1 1/8" threadless, Campy type full cartridge bearings
    Grips:
    Specialized Enduro, dual compound Kraton, no flange, 131mm
    Rims:
    Alex RHD 26", alloy double wall, pinned with eyelets
    Front Hub:
    Forged alloy, hi/low flange, double sealed, ground race, machined disc mount and flange, Quick Release, 28 hole
    Rear Hub:
    Forged alloy, mid flange, double sealed, ground race, machined disc mount and flanges, cassette, Quick Release, 32 hole
    Spokes:
    2mm (14g) stainless
    Front Tyre:
    Specialized The Captain Sport, 26x2.0", 60TPI, wire bead
    Rear Tyre:
    Specialized The Captain Sport, 26x2.0", 60TPI, wire bead
    Tubes:
    Presta valve
    Saddle:
    Specialized Rockhopper XC, Body Geometry, 143mm width, front and rear bumpers
    Seatpost:
    Alloy two bolt, 12.5mm offset, micro adjust, 30.9mm
    Seat Binder:
    Forged alloy Quick Release, brass washer
    Extra Features:
    Chain stay protector, reflectors, clear coat

    http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/2466/dsc05476w.jpg

    First things first, there goes them wheel reflectors

    http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/2900/dsc05478o.jpg

    Original Poster

    Toasthduk

    In the Flesh....This is my boxfresh 2011 rockhopper, I will be … In the Flesh....This is my boxfresh 2011 rockhopper, I will be adding/removing bits here and there and will update as I do.



    Nice ride

    Banned

    Nice bike. What kills me with these bikes is no matter how much you pay you still get some crap components.

    I have a £2200 Kona and it still has some poor components on it.

    Elton Chong

    Nice bike. What kills me with these bikes is no matter how much you pay … Nice bike. What kills me with these bikes is no matter how much you pay you still get some crap components.I have a £2200 Kona and it still has some poor components on it.



    yep your 100% right, the biggest compromises with my bike are the suntour forks, and the wheels but I will run these into the ground before I upgrade, I have changed the pedals for some DMR V8's and added some Odi lock grips.

    A funny story, I picked up the bike yesterday, this morning I rode to halfords to pick up a pedal spanner and on the way back I got a puncture, a 2" screw was embedded in the rear tyre, thank god I had my rfucksack with me with tyre levels, pump and spare inner tube.


    Banned

    Toasthduk

    yep your 100% right, the biggest compromises with my bike are the suntour … yep your 100% right, the biggest compromises with my bike are the suntour forks, and the wheels but I will run these into the ground before I upgrade, I have changed the pedals for some DMR V8's and added some Odi lock grips.A funny story, I picked up the bike yesterday, this morning I rode to halfords to pick up a pedal spanner and on the way back I got a puncture, a 2" screw was embedded in the rear tyre, thank god I had my rfucksack with me with tyre levels, pump and spare inner tube.




    To complete my bike is gonna cost me over a grand. Iv already got crank bros pedals and im gonna go for the crank bros wheels and adjustable seat post. Then i need to get gold race face handlebars and a few other bits. I do love my bike and iv never had a thing go wrong in all the years iv had it, just had to put air in the tires

    Alright guys, realised my old bike is gonna give up any day now. Doing the London to Paris ride in July, and had not had enough money to fork out for a new one. Got to work today to find out the Cycle to Work scheme is being offered again from today. That gives me £1000 for a new bike, although I would like to get some accessories too. Can anyone recommend a bike for this trip, I will also be using it for a short commute to and from work, and longer rides over the weekend, they will all be on the road though. Plus can anyone tell me what type of accessories I will be needing?

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