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12 hour question - What are the best trails at Kowen / Sparrow

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I've made a last minute call to head down to Kowen/Sparrow tomorrow and I really have no idea what I'm in for.

What are your favourite trails and or loops?

I will be on my XC Dually, but I don't mind a bit of fast flowing descending.

Cycling Clothing

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For those who may be looking for something completely different to stand out in the crowd whilst riding, if your into this sort of thing then check these Items out, as there is plenty to choose from.

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Night ride lights

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So with the end of daylight saving time to start thinking whether I can get my fix after the sun goes down. I'm into AM riding, preferring trails with some help from gravity. Any tips on what lights would be required, helmet mounted or bike mounted or both? Any recommendations? Thanks dudes

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CTMBC Easter Epic

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Bit of a rough edit of our Easter ride,

Lithgow, Newnes forest, Blackdfellows Hands, Baal Bone, Capertee


http://vimeo.com/124254759

Fluid Trainers

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Hi folks,
After many years avoiding the wind trainer this weather has forced me to dig out the old trusty machine. Unfortunately it's well past its used by date so I'm considering a new one.
All reviews say the Kurt Kinetic is the best but at $500 I'll pass. T7 have a Force Fluid on special - delivered for $213. Anyone used it and care to post their opinions?
FYI I happy to just use the roadie (save the mtb tyres) and prefer as quiet as possible.
Thanks

Reverb dropper post

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I just got a reverb dropper post and there is a little bit of sideways twist movement between the internal and external posts. It's not much maybe about 0.5mm side to side at the saddle nose, but it's enough to notice when ridding. Wondering if this is normal? Or if anyone has had the same issue?

Tips and hints for next year

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Joe's Eco Sealant

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Thumbs up to Joe's Eco Sealant, been running it in my tyres for a while now. I managed to pick up four thorns the other day when I accidently ran off a track, It took a little while, about 30 mins all up I'd say, but Joe's sealed all the holes and the tyre is holding air fine.

27.5 rear wheel

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I have a giant trance sx that I use for all mountain riding. Back wheel has gone a bit egg shaped after a few medium sized drops. I am clueless / uninterested in gear specs. Basically I want a good solid wheel that can handle some abuse and is reasonably priced. Any suggestions greatly appreciated, thanks

Convict training

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Hi Guys,

Some may skoff at this post as I may be leaving it a bit late but I was wondering as I'm new to XC races, I signed up for the Convict 100km a few months ago and due to the rain on the weekends and a new baby, training has been slightly limiting, done about ten, 40-65km rides in the last 3 months.
Question is what is the minimum single training ride (km/hours)one should do to make the Convict enjoyable.. not looking to compete with the best, just to complete the ride without wishing I was elsewhere..

Frameskin Fitting

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Has anyone got any experience with letting a shop apply a frameskin here in Sydney? I have read that Alan from frameskin does actually fit these for a reasonable fee and apparently does a flawless job but he's down in Canberra. Looking for actual experience recommendations please, if not, I may have a pop at it myself.

Cheers

What to clean my brake calipers with?

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Guys any recommendations as to what to use to clean my calipers?
I have a bit of brake drag and assume the pistons aren't going back all the way.
Want to give them a thorough clean but always wary of contaminating them.
Cheers
Nige

The old Hornsby Cycles mechanics

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Hi all
I am wondering if anyone knows the location of the workshop that the mechanics started up.
They were great at Hornsby Cycles but went out on their own after the shop changed locations. I did get an email at one point early with all the details but didn't record the phone number etc.
So if anyone here does know that would be great.
cheers

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Review: Absolute Black oval chainring

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I bought one of the Absolute Black oval chainrings a few months ago and got around to fitting it recently (broke my hand so been off the bike).

See product here on Chain Reaction:
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/au/en/black-b...

First up, I got the 32 tooth version. This is 34T in the 'power' zone and 30T in the 'weak' zone as you pedal. I normally run a 32T ring.

Posting a bike

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Hi guys just a question for those of you who have sent a bike interstate.

How did you do it? And roughly how much am i looking at dollar wise?

Im selling a bike and theres someone who wants we to post it to S.A and im having trouble getting a quote.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Jono.

Riding the White Line

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WTF!?


http://youtu.be/GzhlDnTv0pc

Grips

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Hi Guys, looking for recommendations on new grips. My Giant Trance grips are almost worn through after only 5 months. Most my rides are 60km XC rides around Terrey Hills or Manly Dam for a few laps.

Cheers

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Caroline Buchanan - Stealth Bike Ad

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Caroline Buchanan has featured in a Stealth Bikes advert on facebook.
In her facebook status she did make note "No Mountain Bike trails where harmed in the making of this film"


http://youtu.be/0ZFq-09gzTw

HT plus LT dually, or do it all FS bike?

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Hi all, I'm after opinions to help work through a new bike choice.

I'm thinking about getting a new bike later in the year and I'm having trouble deciding what way to go. Mostly the choice centres around how much travel to get, so I'm not after advice on what bike model/brand is better.

Creating a smart phone app for cyclists - online survey to help a nobmober/masters student at UTS

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Hi nobmobers

-nobmober/mum/worker and forever the uni student here

- Hoping I can post a cycle survey link for anyone who fancies procrastinating at work and helping a group of mature age Masters students?

SURVEY: http://goo.gl/yMCoJ0

We are creating a cycle app and I would value anyone willing to smash out a response for us - if we had prizes and incentives I would definitely provide them.....

Random thoughts, meaningless trivia and re-direction of this post welcome.

Thaaaaaaaaaaanks
Anna

Top up sealant?

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Hi all,
I'm running tubeless and got a puncture today - a piece of steel ended up in my tyre. I pulled it out and a bit of sealant came out. I put it hole side to the ground and lent on it and it self sealed. So far all good. I was on my way home and the ride home was fine. I've since pumped it up hard and it's pretty solid.
Do I need to add more sealant or just let it be as it's all good? If so what's the best way (I've heard of people using a syringe??)
FYI the tyres are only about 4 weeks old and a lot of sealant was used originally and all is working fine.
Thanks heaps.

Track pump recommendation

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I'm after a decent track pump that is both high volume for mtb but also does high pressure for the road bike. One with a gauge would be good too.

What do you recommend?

sram guide rsc

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Looking for some info bought a bike new 3months ago with these brakes on it they work great as good as or better than my old xt set up.

question is as I didn't get any paper work about how to adjust these brakes how dose the pad adjustment work

I have wound the wheel on the lever both ways fully makes no change to how much travel it takes for the lever to engage the pads.
I removed the pads the other day and noticed i had 3 out of 4 sticky pistons in the calliper so exercised them until they are working again but still the pad adjustment wheel makes no difference.

Thanks

Duncan

GPS for Offroad?

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I'm thinking of upgrading my basic trip computer to a GPS, predominantly for navigation when on new off road trails. Do they work well for this kind of thing and is it worth the mega $ of something like the Garmin 1000?

Norco Sight 7.1 v Nukeproof Mega TR

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I'm currently on a cheap 29" hardtail and after a few journeys over the bars am looking for something that will allow me to hack down hill with more confidence, yet be ok on the flats and back up too.
After looking at and riding a few different 27.5 dual suspension models including Giant Trance, Scott etc, I'm leaning toward either the Norco Sight 7.1Alloy or the Nukeproof Mega TR Race. Both around 3.2K - 3.5K

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