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Excellent news, and for some reason the Ford price is a good saving compared to the rest of the market.

Just noticed that the Freeride is way cheaper though, 37 delivered from the same site - but I suppose that has a few disadvantages.
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Just noticed that the Freeride is way cheaper though, 37 delivered from the same site - but I suppose that has a few disadvantages.

looks like they changed the free ride style recently mine came with U bolts and plastic thumb turn/nuts to secure it

she makes it look so easy with the free ride but i found the need to tighten the thumb clamp which holds the frame to secure the bike

also after its been used a bit the friction that holds the clamping part up at the right angle gets slack so you have to hold it up and the bike along with do up the thumb clamp three hand job sometimes
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Ok, nice one - well I am thinking I should get the 2011 model of the 591 - it seems to be the Mk2 version, with some added benefits.
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when you get it soak the teliscoping section of the clamp with silicone oil over time it becomes stiff
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Ok, nice one - well I am thinking I should get the 2011 model of the 591 - it seems to be the Mk2 version, with some added benefits.

I'm now on a PC that lets me reply to posts. As per my PM to you the 2011 model looks better, for the extra 16 odd quid.

I've had my 591 for over a year with no problems. I am only 5ft 6" and i dont have any probs lifting my bike up, although its a very light Hardtail.
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I just had a thought about some cables and bits on that part of the frame.

I will take a picture of it tomorrow to show you what I mean - hoping it won't affect the clamping action with the 591.
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I just had a thought about some cables and bits on that part of the frame.

I will take a picture of it tomorrow to show you what I mean - hoping it won't affect the clamping action with the 591.
I have some gear cables on the down tube where the clamp goes, its not a problem. The only isue i did have was that i had to move my bottle cage to the upright tube so there was room for the clamp. I then had buy a side loading cage so i could get bottles in it. Got there in the end.
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buy a camel bac
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buy a camel bac

Ive got a 3L mule for long rides, but when out for an hour with the kids i prefer a bottle.
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its amazing what you can cram into one of those


here is a little secret for keeping it clean and sterile in storage

http://www.homebrewmegastore.co.uk/s...hite-100g.html

http://www.homebrewmegastore.co.uk/s...tric-acid.html

1 tsp each into a litre of water and pour into a clean bladder (both can be got at wilkinsons in the home brew section and some larger tescos)


just dont breath in the vapours
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Cheers, I use those sterile tablets you get for babys bottles , they leave a nasty taste though.

Yeah you can cram alot in a Mule.
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yes miltons and the like taints the plastic bladder

the stuff above is used to clean brewing equipment and once rinsed leaves no flavor behind and can remove the chlorine tant you get with other sterilizing solutions and miltons

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/ind...and_Sanitation


"Sodium Metabisulfite
'Sodium Met' is probably the most familiar 'no-rinse' sanitiser to homebrewers. It is sold as a white powder in all homebrew shops and most supermarkets that carry a range of brewing ingredients, and it is found in most starter kits. Unfortunately, it is one of the worst sanitisers available now that so many better alternatives exist.
Sodium Met is slow to act and often used ineffectively. To use it properly, dissolve the sodium metabisulfite in the correct amount of water, as directed by the instructions, rinse all surfaces with the solution and allow to air dry. Drying is essential because this is when the sodium metabisulfite does its thing. It does not kill bacteria outright but it inhibits the growth of wild yeast. The fumes are highly irritating (particularly to asthmatics) and should not be inhaled.
It does have other uses around the brewery though. Sodium Met (as powder or in the form of Campden tablets) is sometimes added to wine or cider to halt the fermentation process before it is complete, to leave some residual sweetness in the must. It is also effective in purging chlorine AND the more stubborn chloramines from brewing water, and some brewers add a pinch or two to the mash, in the belief that it protects against certain undesirable reactions and helps to preserve the finished beer. It is also useful as a way of sanitising water to use for rinsing other cleaning or sanitising products."
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Re: bike roof racks

Camel baks well worth the money. Spare tube and tool kit can also be carried

My bike fits in the car and with all wheels off I can also take a passenger. Something to consider before investing in a rack.
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My bike fits in the car and with all wheels off I can also take a passenger. Something to consider before investing in a rack.
I don't really want to take the wheels off everytime, at the moment it fits if I take one wheel off but then the front seat has to be pushed right forward. Just hassle plus it means I can't take a passenger and minimal luggage.

I will probably end up getting two racks for the top in any case
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Here we go - both the gear cables under that frame, plus the hydraulic rear-brake line the other side

Will that cause an issue with clamping?

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