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DISCLAIMER. MOUNTAIN BIKING CAN BE DANGEROUS. YOU JOIN US AT YOUR OWN RISK.

SAFETY BRIEFING.

  • 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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FAO Cliff - places to buy tyres

Cliff - i haven't forgoten but here are a couple of places we use to buy tyres and spares.

http://www.bike-discount.de (good for tyres but there is a delivery charge to watch out for)
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com
HTTP://www.evanscycles.com
http://www.wiggle.co.uk (a pack of Haribo with every order)

http://www.merlincycles.com (good for Shimano parts)

tyre choice for the winter......i use a 2.1 Schwalbe Rocket Ron on the front and a 1.8 Rocket Ron on the rear and rarely need more traction than that.

Paul Stafford is using a Bontrager Mud X.....not sure of the size.

IMO the MudX is a more hardcore winter mud tyre...and reports are it can feel a bit draggy and slow.

i suspect the Rocket Ron will more suit your needs judging by the tyres you had on last week, and is well suited to conditions around Cambridge. further afield i cant comment on.

i'm sure that there will be a few extra comments about tyre choice coming soon, it is a perenial favourite on here.

Re: FAO Cliff - places to buy tyres

Nextdaytyres.co.uk have a good selection and are reliable.

Been using Mud x at this time of year for.....years. Very easy to run tubeless, great tyre for when things get really muddy.
IMO only ever beaten by Panaracer Trailraker but these are not available in 29"

http://www.jejamescycles.co.uk/bontrager-mud-xr-tubeless-ready-tyre-team-issue-tlr-id87602.html