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    bike touring newbie's

    Oooh sounds exciting, I got into touring just last year but not attempted a real biggie yet. I agree with all of the above but suggest you avoid falcon, I don't think they are up to the long distance. If your going second hand see if you can get a giant or trek (but not sure £200 would be...
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    Bigger chainrings on MTB?

    thanks, she (betty is the name of the bike!) is about 12 I think but has been well serviced but thanks for advice will check out bottom bracket too. new chainset arriving in next few days and hopefully she will be readly to roll. Thanks al for your help :cool:
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    Bigger chainrings on MTB?

    thanks for the advice guys. My cassette is 8 spd I think 11-27? (ish ... lost count!) and was new last year so not sure about changing it yet, as was the rear derailer so think I will try moving up to 48 and a new chain and see how it works out (will I need a new FD?), its great having people...
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    Bigger chainrings on MTB?

    After a little help, have my old Giant ATX set up for whizzing around roads with slicks & spds but over time got fitter and find myself sat in the big (can never remember top or bottom) chainring for all of the journey. My question is ... I would like to change the chainring set from current...
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    Newbie questions and hello

    Durham has some fun hills to cycle up and down! When i started I just did what was comfy, generally 5 miles most days but then up to 10/20 miles of an evening for a ride out and longer on weekends when i got the time! 10 miles a day tends to keep me healthy but not super fit if it has some nice...
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    MTB alterations? - or should I buy a tourer?

    great thanks all for you advice, the handle bars were probably the problem, the stem is short so bought a 'zoom heads up A head adjuster' which has raised the handlebar position by about 2 inches! the seat seemed about right once i'd measured properly so have added some bar ends and the whole...
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    MTB alterations? - or should I buy a tourer?

    thanks cyclesafe, useful article, am tweeking the MTB today and see how it goes!
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    MTB alterations? - or should I buy a tourer?

    thank you people. I am 32 (or 21 in my head) and have not riden a road bike since i was a teenager! Yes I did wonder about the tourer being a less upright position .. a friend who road races said it would be an idea but im not keen! I bought the giant 6 years ago and had it set up suitably and...
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    MTB alterations? - or should I buy a tourer?

    I am generally a mountain biker but recently taken to touring a bit. Own a giant ATX (women specific) have changed tyres to roadies which help with speed but finding i get a bad lower back after more than 20 miles. Would like to do weeklong touring and wonder if anyone could suggest some...