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  • Wear a helmet. Despite recent advances in medical science, brains still cannot be mended nor replaced.
  • Wear gloves or mitts. Hands often hit the ground first. Cuts and grazes invite infection and a hospital visit.
  • Wear eye protection, it only takes a twig or thorn to lose an eye. Crud catchers are a good idea in mucky weather.
  • When downhilling, for your own protection, allow plenty of space behind the rider in front.
  • Bring a bare minimum emergency tool kit and a spare inner tube.
  • Breakdowns are a bore. Plan not to have any by ensuring your bike is in perfect working order.
  • Punctures are also tedious. You can minimise them by fitting latex tubes, slime tubes or running tubeless tyres.

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Stolen bikes and resulting stuff for sale

Hi All,

Sorry it's been so long since I came out on a run, I unfortunately might not be coming out again either. I'm moving back to Australia in January and all of our bikes were stolen on Thursday night in Comberton (where they broke into about 8 garages and took what they could find). We lost the bikes listed at the end of this document. Keep and eye out! I saw someone raiding a skip near my garage and they saw me on the XTC going out for a ride. They came back and snapped all the locks after I returned at 2030h and by 2230 all the garages were raided.

On a related note, I have a bunch of stuff I would like to shift rather than taking back to Aus, including some tyres that I am not sure I will ever use again, as I might only have 27.5 wheels after this...
I have the following:

A box of spares for Crud RoadRacer II mudguards - free to a good home

26" Maxxis Medusa*2 LUST with 95%+ wear left, £10 each or £18 for both
26" Bontrager XR4*2 comp with 95%+ wear left, £12 each or £20 for both
26" Maxxis High Roller Super Tacky DH*2 2.35", one 85% wear left, one 70% wear left, £25 for both or £15 and £12
29" Racing Ralph folding*2, one 95% wear, one ~75% wear (I never used them, but I think the first owner did a few skids), £15 for both or £10 and £7

I also have some other stuff, which you can let me know if you are interested in and how much you might pay for it including:
2 sets of crud catcher mudguards
Pushloc lever, cable and housing
shimano flat/clip pedals
giant connect low rise 690mm bar (31.8 clamp)
120mm bcd bashring and 32t narrow-wide (blackspire mono veloce) 80mm bcd chainring for single ring conversion on 120mm bcd cranks (both unused and never fitted)
A fixed gear lockring tool
couple of sets of Odyssey plastic flat pedals
a set of GT metal flat pedals
670mm wide 7" rise set of bmx bars
Cyclo Maillard large diameter 6 spline freewheel remover (which was not the right one for my bike)
a pedal spanner or two
about 200ml of fresh dot 5.1 brake fluid in its original bottle

Stolen bikes:

Trek Slash 7 2012, grey/silver
Fork: RockShox Lyrik R upgraded to mission control damper
Front Derailleur: SRAM X7 + Superstar Components chainguide
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X9
Shifters SRAM X7
Chainset Renthal single ring
Brakes Avid Elixir 5
Handlebars Renthal Fatbar
Rims: Bontrager Duster
Front Hub: Formula DC51
Rear Hub: Shimano M525
Saddle upgraded to SDG Duster
Seatpost upgraded to Rockshox Reverb Stealth
Tyres XR4 team with tubeless conversion
Pedals superstar nano pedals
Grips ODI
+Mucky Nutz bender fender

Giant XTC Composite 2 29er 2013, white, grey, blue
Fork: RockShox Reba RL, Pushloc lock-out (remote removed)
Front Derailleur SRAM X7
Rear Derailleur SRAM X9 type 2
Shifters SRAM X7
Brakes Avid Elixir 3
Handlebars upgraded to Ritchey 2x carbon
Rims: Giant S-XC2 29
Tyres Maxxis crossmark tubeless rear and Michelin WildgripR tubeless front + tubeless conversion
Pedals upgraded to shimano XT clipless
Grips ODI
+Mucky Nutz bender fender XL front and
+Mucky Nutz bender fender rear
+Bottle Cage
+Saddle bag with tube
+Lezyne pressure drive pump
+Rear light
+Garmin edge 800 mount
+Ay-up mount

Specialised Safire Expert 2008, Aqua
Fork upgraded to Fox TALAS 100-140
Handlebars upgraded to FSA V-Drive flat bar
Grips upgraded to ODI
Brakes: Avid Ultimate 7
Rear Brake: Custom Avid Ultimate 7
Brake Levers: Custom Avid Ultimate 7
Front Derailleur: Shimano M581 LX, DMD
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X-0
Shift Levers: SRAM X-9
Cassette: Shimano HG-50, 9-speed, 11-34t
Chain: SRAM PC-971 w/ Power Link
Crankset: Shimano M762 XT
Pedals changed to Odyssey flat
Rims: DT Swiss X420
Front Hub: Specialized Hi Lo disc
Rear Hub: DT Swiss 370
Tires: Upgraded to Schwalbe Nobby Nic with tubeless conversion
Saddle: Specialized Women's Ariel MTB, hollow Cr-Mo rails
Seat Post: Rockshox Reverb
+Pump and mount
+Bottle Cage
+Mucky Nutz Bender Fender

Re: Stolen bikes and resulting stuff for sale

OH bugger, sorry to hear about that. I will keep an eye out.

Re: Stolen bikes and resulting stuff for sale

Scum bag Scrotes! Keep your eye out on ebay etc. It was the first time in 10 years and a real surprise to see the police helicopter. (use to see it every couple of weeks in Chesterton).

Re: Stolen bikes and resulting stuff for sale

Hi Jason

That's a bugger. We had a couple of bikes stolen from the roof of the car outside the Six Bells in Fulbourn three years ago, and I still feel the pain :-(

If they're still going, I'll have the pair of Bontrager XR4s - since they're in a proper size! How can we do the tyre/money swap? Are you coming out with us again? Feel free to call or text me on O77l3 O75 7I5.


Re: Stolen bikes and resulting stuff for sale

Hi Jason,

I'll put the word around the Swavesey and Over Cycle Group, if you want.

Hope they catch the bastards.


Re: Stolen bikes and resulting stuff for sale

Thanks for the support everyone. Do tell anyone you can. I don't expect to see them again, but it's good to keep everyone aware of their mode of operation anyway. Beware of skips in front of your garage and know that they seem to be able to snap the locks in the handles very quickly and efficiently (there were marks from some form of gripper on all the handles I saw).