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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:21 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:40 am
Posts: 16
Photos of the two bikes I now own - I used to own a GT Outpost (steel frame - sold to a friend & subsequently stolen :() & a silver Eddie Mercx racer (long since gone) which I was given one Christmas donkeys years ago - I loved it even though it just about bankrupted my Mum & Dad :(

The ones I still own are:
1.) Seaside bike: Dave Hinde alloy frame + assorted components - I bought the frame new & built the bike up to use mainly as a commuter bike. It's now enjoying a well earned retirement at our holiday home over on the east coast. I store it (part dismantled) in the understairs cupboard &, as we usually only go for weekends (out of season), I don't often build it up & ride it. When I do it's usually for early morning rides on the beach by myself ... tide permitting ... as my wife can't ride a bike (she's never learnt!). I understand that Dave Hinde doesn't have the best of reputations but I've never had a problem with the frame (which rides nicely) or the company when I had to return the frame for one of the correct size as, like a klutz, I ordered the wrong size (my fault entirely). Here's the bike on the beach :)

2.) Home/commuter bike: Scott Endorphin Elite - I've had this bike 3 years & have only just started riding it to work :roll: It's a 25(ish) mile round trip &, since I've become something of a lardy bulldog since my lean whippet days, I wasn't convinced I'd actually be able to make it! Anyway I bit the bullet & cycled into work last Thursday (hot sunny weather). I have to admit to walking up the steepest bits (sorry!) but at least I've made a start! I intend to start cycling at least twice a week when I get back off my hols. I'm not entirely sure of the year 1997 - 99ish I think - but I do know that it cost loads when new (£2000ish if my memory serves). This one, however, was cheap due mainly to the owner wanting some new wheels for his car & it having a knackered pair of Rockshox forks fitted. It's the only carbon bike I've ever tried & it's definitely the best bike I've ever ridden - light, quick steering but still stable & more than fast enough for me (even with mountain bike gearing). The Rockshox have gone in favour of a set of Marzocchi's (Z5's I think - they came off the seaside bike), brakes are a combination of Hope Mini hydraulic disc up front with Avid v-brakes at the back, gears are Shimano XT & the tyres are Schwalbe 26" road jobbies - not sure of the rims but nothing particularly special I'm afraid, the original saddle was a razor blade & has been swapped for a Halfrauds lardy arse one (it's comfy at least & has a gonads hole)! I realise that the bike's more of an off-road weapon (in the right hands) but the previous owner hadn't used it for a while & wasn't planning to use it much, if at all, if it didn't sell - I found advertised on a watch forum (I also like watches as well as bikes & cars) so it may well not have sold! The price was right for a bike I could only ever have dreamed of owning back in the day so I figured that it was better to use it - even if only on the road - than to let it languish unloved in a garage/shed somewhere ... right??


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 Post subject: Re: My MTB's
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:00 pm 
Retro Guru
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Joined: Fri Sep 19, 2008 4:37 pm
Posts: 5221
Location: North West
I have no problems with Dave Hinde either - two sets of retro wheels in the family, one road frame - all bought from new. I have also had wheels rebuilt and trued there :D


 Post subject: Re: My MTB's
PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:10 pm 
Old School Hero

Joined: Fri May 31, 2013 1:34 pm
Posts: 162
I have a set of mavic 516 on xt and hope hubs, built by Dave Hinde. Still going strong 15 years later

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