Big wheels and massive handlebars
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RobF



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:44 pm    Post subject: Big wheels and massive handlebars Reply with quote

Why?

Suddenly after mountain biking for 25+ years (and one race win...out of one entered...which is a lot better % success than I managed on the road) I have discovered I have been riding on wheels that are too small and handlebars that are too narrow.

Oh really...lol Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're my hero Shocked
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RobF



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Penny farthings had big wheels (well one big one at least) and wide handlebars. They handle well lol. You gott admit the big wheels and massively wide bars is total bs.
If big wheels were so darn good and had such a great advantage when rolling how come TT machines dont have massive wheels. Its cos of the energy losses through flexing.
As for the handlebars...yeah great on a single track tree lined route and just as marvellous on wide open head wind firetracks when you are opened up like a big sail.
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Kajjal



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me if the bike rides well and feels right don't worry about the wheel size etc. My wife has a 26er XC MTB and I have a 29er XC MTB both enjoy riding the bikes. I also have an older 26er which it good to ride to.
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Threevok



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Switching the bars and stem on the GT soon, and it looks like the bars will be a lot thicker and wider than the current setup.

I can see me cutting the bars down to the bare min though Twisted Evil

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RobF



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, angle grinder out tomorrow...660mm bars all the way.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

no such thing as right or wrong,it`s all down to personal choice. I run 760 bars on my xc bike cos that`s how I like em. it would be a boring scene if we all had the same set up Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

low-cogger wrote:
no such thing as right or wrong,it`s all down to personal choice. I run 760 bars on my xc bike cos that`s how I like em. it would be a boring scene if we all had the same set up Wink


Bit of troll feeding mate? Laughing

OP. If you've been MTBing for 25+ years, how have you only "suddenly" realised that 29ers/650b/wide bars exist? They've been around for ages.

And TT bikes have got big wheels.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smurf wrote:
low-cogger wrote:
no such thing as right or wrong,it`s all down to personal choice. I run 760 bars on my xc bike cos that`s how I like em. it would be a boring scene if we all had the same set up Wink


Bit of troll feeding mate? Laughing

OP. If you've been MTBing for 25+ years, how have you only "suddenly" realised that 29ers/650b/wide bars exist? They've been around for ages.

And TT bikes have got big wheels.


dunno mate,but it gives me something to do,i`ve been up since 5.30 and none of me mates are playing out yet Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

low-cogger wrote:
dunno mate,but it gives me something to do,i`ve been up since 5.30 and none of me mates are playing out yet Laughing


I can trump that, been up since 3:30am Sad
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Euans2 wrote:
low-cogger wrote:
dunno mate,but it gives me something to do,i`ve been up since 5.30 and none of me mates are playing out yet Laughing


I can trump that, been up since 3:30am Sad


but I didn`t have to be Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

low-cogger wrote:
Euans2 wrote:
low-cogger wrote:
dunno mate,but it gives me something to do,i`ve been up since 5.30 and none of me mates are playing out yet Laughing


I can trump that, been up since 3:30am Sad


but I didn`t have to be Razz


You mad? what you doing up at that time then Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been up since 4am Sad its still pissing it down.

And the OP should just get on with life instead of trolling like a dimwitted dipshit.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hammy wrote:
I've been up since 4am Sad its still pissing it down.

And the OP should just get on with life instead of trolling like a dimwitted dipshit.


We've still got sun buts thats to change around lunchtime Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Euans2 wrote:
low-cogger wrote:
Euans2 wrote:
low-cogger wrote:
dunno mate,but it gives me something to do,i`ve been up since 5.30 and none of me mates are playing out yet Laughing


I can trump that, been up since 3:30am Sad


but I didn`t have to be Razz


You mad? what you doing up at that time then Laughing


the medical term is "owd codger syndrome" Laughing
I wake naturally about 4.30 and stay in bed for about an hour if I`m lucky.i`m the same when I`m away on holiday too,that`s why I was riding glentress at 6am most mornings last year.
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