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    Friendly Hello

    Been hanging around for a while so I thought that I would be polite and say hello and introduce myself.

    Many I know call me MAX and I hang out 60Km West of London, often in Swinley Forest and ususally after dark.



    This is one of my best mates we do a lot of stuff together and the riding which is 35% on road and 65% off road does keep me fit.

    My bike is a project, built it myself and it is a constant learning curve. My aim was to keep it under 40ibs, which I have, but if I remove the fancy lights and the fanicer batteries, then the weight drops to around 32ibs.. but at 200ibs (with kit), what is a pound or two!

    Riding it is fun, sweet on the road and very controlled when doing light Freeride/Downhill stuff.. I am at the beginning of my MTB Education and at 50, learning how not to get hurt is important.

    Hello to you all.

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    Welcome to BF! Great looking bike.

    I used to live near Swinley Forest - just off Devenish Road in Sunningdale. (That's less than a mile away, I think).

    We took a walk once to one of the sites of the hill forts in Bracknell Forest - must be close to where you mountain bike?

    http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/leis-caesars-camp#


    I never did off-road riding but used to ride my road bike over to Windsor Great Park and roam around the paths there. My kids were younger then so we did lots more hiking/walking around the Great Park than biking.
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    Welcome! I'm your friend here, not like the others....

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    Hello and welcome - this is a very friendly forum

    Myself, ex-Kingston upon Thames, used to ride a lot in Thames valley

    And you'll be the more welcomed the more you talk about gooseberry pie, so get ready.....

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    I like anyone whose goal is to keep their bike's weight under 40 pounds.

    One of my recumbents fails to meet that goal.
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    Welcome Max.............how could I not be friendly..........

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    If you come down to the Eastern end of the South Downs- Give us a call. But you might have to lighten the bike for the slopes we have.

    Great to see another UK offroader on the forum- so get out and ride and take pics of the route. Think the rest here are bored with me showing them the same old Hills.
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    Hello Max. Welcome aboard. That is one fine looking bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EFMax View Post




    This is one of my best mates we do a lot of stuff together and the riding which is 35% on road and 65% off road does keep me fit.

    My bike is a project, built it myself and it is a constant learning curve. My aim was to keep it under 40ibs, which I have, but if I remove the fancy lights and the fanicer batteries, then the weight drops to around 32ibs.. but at 200ibs (with kit), what is a pound or two!

    Riding it is fun, sweet on the road and very controlled when doing light Freeride/Downhill stuff.. I am at the beginning of my MTB Education and at 50, learning how not to get hurt is important.
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    I understand that Lance will be riding a bike just like that in one of the mountain stages of the TDF this year. Just to show off.
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    Welcome - but don't listen to anything the others have to say.
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    That's a mean looking bike. Welcome to the club.
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    Welcome to 50+, Max. That's a wicked bike you've got there.

    Most of my night rides are the after-work variety in winter when we do not have daylight saving time. Perhaps I'll have to try a summer time night ride or two.

    Glad you joined the group.

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    Thanks for the kind words.. Although I have been riding a bike since I was a kid, there is nothing quite like giving up your car for a year to make you think about other forms of transport. Lucky for me I live 2mins from a train station and I have started to use the train to get to certain locations and then just go off road and then cycle back.. still having trouble doing more than 50miles in a day but then with a single speed bike, hills just wear you down..

    This is my justification for the extra weight.. Night riding takes on a whole new meaning.


    ENJOY..
    Last edited by EFMax; 05-20-09 at 02:32 AM.

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    Now that looks like some serious lighting. How many watts/lumens is that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    Now that looks like some serious lighting. How many watts/lumens is that?
    There is the Lupine Wilma which is 15w (4 LED) I have modded the battery pack so now it gives me 12hrs at full power.

    There is the Eclipse SMR16 which is a 30w HID (defo off road only), that too has a modded battery pack to give me approx 3.5hrs at full power.

    And there is a helmet torch which is really just to help out with the corners and stuff.

    Total lumens is 3000, which is bright.

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    That is indeed "good" lighting. I am planning on some night rides in July and August when the daytime temperature gets excessive. Most will be on dirt and I will need enough light to see the pot holes and water "gulches" across the trail.

    Looks like some experiments upcoming with lighting.......how much I want, vs how much I want to spend.

    Next problem to solve......what to do about the critters. We have everything from skunk to cayote's, to the rare possibility of bears.

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    That is some serious equipment for some serious riding. Welcome to the BF community.

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    A friendly Welcome to your friendly hello...welcome aboard, like the light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
    Next problem to solve......what to do about the critters. We have everything from skunk to cayote's, to the rare possibility of bears.
    I know where I ride I am not like to see much nore than the odd dear, but as a precaution I always carry with me (now temp attached to the bike at night) a can of (aersol) deep heat pain relief spray.. legit to carry and if push comes to shove the smell and the effects on the eyes and lungs is enough to deter most living things and give you escape time.. this is strictly for emergenceies where animals are concerned.. but also effective for anyone trying to rob me..

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    Hi Max, from another new forum member. Those lights are amazing!

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    We should be able to see that light from across the pond.

    Welcome to the group, Max.

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    A friendly thank you to all, 50 not such a bad age really, I love it.. wake up each day with a smile on my face!!

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    Welcome aboard Max and keep the light shining
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    Awesome light's Max, if they can't see you coming, their just plain blind Enjoy the forum, it's got a lot of good folk in it. I was stationed at RAF Upper-Heyford, England in the USAF in the early-mid 70's I remember English Forest's being very thick. As they say down under, "Good on ya Mate"!
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