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Old 10-26-07, 03:58 PM
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Hi from an Essex virgin(a very rare thing)

Hi to everyone, Im Steve from Romford, North East London. Got back into MTB about 1 1/2yrs ago and after buying an off the peg bike have spent most of my spare time/money on making it a steve one off. Not much of the original is still there. Starting from front to back i now have Rockshox Rebas connected to Easton stem and bars via Cane creek headset, mavic wheels and shimano LX brakes,chainset,front/rear mechs, Rockshox Ario rear shock and there all attached to a DB S20 frame(its the last original part and soon to be replaced by either a BeONE or a DeBomb) Although i do have a love for the DB frame, its just a couple of kilos too heavy, and i aint getting any younger so i could do with all the weight save i can get!!
Im a mainly XC rider but have down a bit of downhill but to be honest, at the mo ive locked the forks and useing my baby as a way to get to work.(I read somewhere its good for you, and the envioroment).
Anyway, its good to find a place with other peeps with a common interest and look forward to hopefully getting to know others on this site.
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Old 10-26-07, 10:06 PM
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Hello Steve, good to see that you have quite the sense of humour .

So, where do you do your XC riding? I hope your commute doesn't involve XC...

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Old 10-29-07, 09:46 AM
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Hi East Hill

Thanks for replying, unfortunately my commute is just on road about 8 miles each way and in London that isnt much fun!! At the W/E i usually chuck myself and the bike on a train and head for the South coast near to Brighton, East Sussex, theres a few good trails there, nothing too demanding but enough to clear the head and theres useally always a good pub nearby when im/we're done.(Quite often the best bit of the day).
What do you ride and whats it like in your neck of the woods?

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Hi East Hill

Thanks for replying, unfortunately my commute is just on road about 8 miles each way and in London that isnt much fun!! At the W/E i usually chuck myself and the bike on a train and head for the South coast near to Brighton, East Sussex, theres a few good trails there, nothing too demanding but enough to clear the head and theres useally always a good pub nearby when im/we're done.(Quite often the best bit of the day).
What do you ride and whats it like in your neck of the woods?

Steve
Hi Steve,
Welcome to BF!
I am over the pond in the colonies from you...but the pub crawl sounds like a winner to me! I have a son working on his graduate degree at Leeds. We are planning an extended vacation next year to GB and NL at the very least. We hope to be able to spend at least two weeks in each.
I am a C&V cyclist as in Classic and Vintage, both me and my bikes I am what I consider to be a utility cyclist. I ride to get places and enjoy where I am going. Several of my bikes are over 30 years old. I have a real soft spot for the vintage Nottingham/Birmingham steel.

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Hi East Hill

Thanks for replying, unfortunately my commute is just on road about 8 miles each way and in London that isnt much fun!! At the W/E i usually chuck myself and the bike on a train and head for the South coast near to Brighton, East Sussex, theres a few good trails there, nothing too demanding but enough to clear the head and theres useally always a good pub nearby when im/we're done.(Quite often the best bit of the day).
What do you ride and whats it like in your neck of the woods?

Steve
Like wahoonc, I have a love of vintage bikes--although mine tend to be Japanese (heavy on the Nishikis, in particular). I feel bad about that sometimes, as I really ought to have a made-in-Brum bike (my mother's side of the family were gun makers and steel workers in Brum, not to mention factory workers for Cadbury). I have mostly road bikes, but one vintage rigid mountain bike as well.

If you did not know better, you would think you were still in England if you were to visit my neck of the woods, although we have slightly more evergreens here in the state of Washington. Come visit us sometime !

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Ive been to Cadbury World. Great day out but couldn't even look at a chocolate bar for about a month afterwards!! Also was in area at beginning of year(Well nowhere near you really). Had 2wks skiing in Vail CO. Perfect scenery, the best skiing and prob cheaper than going somwhere in Europe.

Hi wahoonc, You'll have agreat time in Yorkshire, Leeds is a great place and so close to some of the best natural beauty spots in England. York and Harrogate are highly recommended too. About your love of Nottingham steel bikes, i have a feeling my frame is made under license by 'Raleigh' for 'Diamond Back' Will have to investigate. Anyway nice to meet you

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Ive been to Cadbury World. Great day out but couldn't even look at a chocolate bar for about a month afterwards!!
It was always the highlight of Christmas to have those care packages coming in from England !

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i have a feeling my frame is made under license by 'Raleigh' for 'Diamond Back' .
Raleigh America is not more than five or so miles down the road from me, in Kent Washington!

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