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Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« on: March 31, 2015, 04:29:56 PM »
Hi, Just joined.

As the username implies I'm better suited on the ground than in the air, and am a desk-driving but reasonably healthy not-too-old-fart.

Got into MTB-ing a few short years back.  Have ridden Bikefest, Oktoberfest, Mayhem and the Brecon Beast (but don't let that give you the impression I'm fit or any good!).  When I can manage it, I pop up to Brechfa, and Afan / Glyncorrwg / Cwm Carn but it'd be nice to broaden my horizons.

I ride a full suss Ghost (no idea what that says about me) which is apparently quite heavy (my prime excuse on the climbs) but so far robust, and in any case its way better than I am.

Really riding to enjoy it and keep fit, and have fun rather than try to bust time records (or myself!) every time out.  Having said that, I don't mind a bit of a challenge.

Cheers, G.
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Re: Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2015, 09:25:33 PM »
Hi. Welcome to the forum.
Hopefully see you on a Thursday night soon.
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Re: Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2015, 10:08:50 PM »
Hello and welcome.

Living a bit out of Swansea, I tend to be out and about in Afan more than Clyne.

Keep an eye on the forum for rides further afield, especially as the longer days approach!

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Re: Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2015, 11:04:10 PM »
Welcome G. Interesting that a choice of bike probably does say a lot about someone (once you've looked past the fiscal factors) Someone should do a study on that.   ;) Could get quite revealing.  :D

Hope to see you around G.  as Craig says, keep an eye out for rides that might float your boat.

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Re: Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2015, 07:48:05 AM »
Welcome to the forum, G. See you on the bike soon.
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Re: Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2015, 09:03:51 AM »
Thanks for the welcome all!

Have a few days off next week - so hope to get a couple of rides in (have winter pies and laziness to address).  Toying with the idea of heading North to try out Coed-Y-Brenin for a couple of days if I can (I've got an old van converted to a camper with mtb storage, so I can overnight up there easily hopefully).

My nearest runs (weekday eve) are at Brechfa and Afan (weekends) due to where I'm based during those periods.  But as my office is not too far from Llanelli getting over to Gower after work (can head over Lougher Bridge and across the flats?) isn't a biggie & probably takes less time to reach than Brechfa (traffic?).

I have off-road cycle lights (cheapy FleaBay Chinese Cree stuff but been surprisingly good!) as well.

G.
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Re: Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2015, 09:22:40 AM »
Hi Mr Sloth (I have a sneaking suspicion this may not be your real name!).  Good to have you onboard.  If you've got lights then you can join us on our regular Thursday rides at Clyne.  I'm currently on ebay specials too and they seem to be working pretty well.

See you out on the trails sometime.
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Re: Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2015, 12:55:20 PM »
Welcome G. Interesting that a choice of bike probably does say a lot about someone (once you've looked past the fiscal factors) Someone should do a study on that.   ;) Could get quite revealing.  :D

Started with a Giant Talon Zero 29'er 2012.  With no clue and no idea how much I'd really enjoy MTB-ing and spend any time, I went for a hardtail as budget at the time and research suggested that anything full suss at this price point would be a bad idea.

Tried talking to some mates who had MTB's - but I either got lost in the 'spec' babble or found they contradicted one another - so decided to make my own mistakes.  The Giant did me ok, but it did seem to be maybe not quite the thing for the likes of Afan (or for my fillings!) and I was soon getting problems with shifting and brakes etc.

Last Spring decided to take the plunge and get a full suss with half-decent boingy bits and stuff.  Trawled the reviews and looked at prices and started to try and understand some of the drivetrain stuff.  I found lots of Specialised and stuff that got great reviews but for the price point the drivetrain and other stuff often seemed 'lower level' than pricetag justified.  A mate then sent me a link to some big discounts on the Ghost Cagua 650B (not lots of info/revies on it UK, but some reasonable reviews from overseas).
Its not light (neither am I at 13-stone and 5'9") but has 34" Fox Talas fork (165mm) and a Rockshox Monarch rear (150mm).  I'm told that the design is quite slack with a short stem, and sits somewhere right at the very bottom of the 'Enduro' scale (or the top of the one below?).  The drivetrain is all Shimano (rear is XT Clutched) and Shimano hubs and brakes.  At the price it was at and the kit level I took a punt - looking for the most reliable and long-lasting 'bang-for-my-buck' and decided that I'd trade a couple of kilos over breaking down on a ride and the price considerations.

Even with the big Discount, the shop was happy to give me Zero Perecent Finance as well, so that meant I didn't need to create a big hole in the Ground Sloth piggy-bank in one hit.

So I guess my ride says about me that I played the percentages and played cost v spec & weight, and didn't worry about Brand (I still near choked at the cost though, when I've paid a lot less for biggish Motorcycles!).

Luckily I like the bike for the most part (bought over the phone and no test ride) and since purchase its been enjoyable to ride and is a big step over the Giant on the rough stuff (which I still have also).  Plus I can play the 'old-fart and heavy bike' excuse card if I'm blowing out my harris and being deathly slow on a climb  :)
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Re: Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2015, 02:48:38 PM »
Haha lol sounds much like my story, although I'm yet to convince the wife to let me buy a full sus, only been riding 6 months, hope to see u on the trails

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Re: Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2015, 03:25:35 PM »
Haha lol sounds much like my story, although I'm yet to convince the wife to let me buy a full sus, only been riding 6 months, hope to see u on the trails

Richard, rather than working on her to let you buy one, why not try to get her to buy one for you? Women love shopping...

BTW hi and welcome Graham
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Re: Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2015, 04:27:19 PM »
Haha lol sounds much like my story, although I'm yet to convince the wife to let me buy a full sus, only been riding 6 months, hope to see u on the trails

Thanks Richard!  I really do want to ride as often as work allows and get out n about, so with luck I will see you on a trail in the near future!  I do have demands on my time and finances of course, but I'm working on it.

(Ah - well I'm a long-term and cheerfully divorced bloke with no dependents!  Hence I only had myself to convince to shell out for the MTB and hopefully a planned Arizona MTB holiday late this year.  Ya can't have it all y'know  ;D)
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Re: Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2015, 09:12:48 PM »
Haha lol sounds much like my story, although I'm yet to convince the wife to let me buy a full sus, only been riding 6 months, hope to see u on the trails

Richard, rather than working on her to let you buy one, why not try to get her to buy one for you? Women love shopping...

BTW hi and welcome Graham

Well she bought my hard tail for me in November as a b'day pressie but I neglected to tell her it cost twice what she gave me towards it  ;D so it's another 6 months till I can possibly try that again, of course if I break it in the meantime then I'll have no choice to buy one, lol

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Re: Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2015, 10:26:12 PM »


 if I break it in the meantime then I'll have no choice to buy one, lol
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Re: Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2015, 10:58:00 PM »
Haha lol sounds much like my story, although I'm yet to convince the wife to let me buy a full sus, only been riding 6 months, hope to see u on the trails

Richard, rather than working on her to let you buy one, why not try to get her to buy one for you? Women love shopping...

BTW hi and welcome Graham

Well she bought my hard tail for me in November as a b'day pressie but I neglected to tell her it cost twice what she gave me towards it  ;D so it's another 6 months till I can possibly try that again, of course if I break it in the meantime then I'll have no choice to buy one, lol

Sounds like you've got a good lass there - a keeper lol (esp. as long as the lady doesn't actually read your last post that is - then you might be in a spot of bother!)
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Re: Hi from a (reasonably) local Sloth
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2015, 11:48:34 PM »
Hi and welcome Mr G :)!......

See you on the trails soon !
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