matt slegg

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  1. Thanks for the comments. I guess I thought this might be a good option for anyone wanting to do a bit of everything from street to natural trials. Obviously you would ideally want one of each but it would be good to see options for something that sits somewhere in the middle of a pure street bike and a pure comp bike. Maybe like a bit more of an old school geo?
  2. Is anyone riding one of these? Im intrigued to know what they are like. I like the idea of a half way house but does it really work in practice?
  3. good luck
  4. As a self employed person this really pisses me off. Its discrimination and I would argue that self employed people are more secure as its there own business compared to someone that is employed.
  5. Thats great thank you and good luck. That sounds like a sensible price. It would be double that here and Im sure id be earning roughly the same up there. I really must move!
  6. Ali would you mind if I asked what a house like that cost up there please, just so I can torture myself!
  7. Yes I agree. The government is always talking about having a housing chrisis and that they need build more houses but surely if less people owned second homes there would more stock availabile for people to buy which would hopefully keep house prices sensible. A lot of people that live in my village own second homes, around here it seems very normal and I've noticed that some of my clients have started to buy 1 or 2 properties up North as investments as it's so cheap comparable to here. Cornwall is really bad like you've said. Locals can only afford the less desirable areas because of all the second homes bought for high prices in the nice areas.
  8. Im sorry but I dont think its quite that simple. I dont earn minimum wage but id earn exactly the same up north as I do here doing the same job. A friend of mine recently moved north as his wife got a job up there and he now actually earns more doing the same job and his new house literally cost half up there compared to what he sold down here. No doubt there are a lot of people living in my area that commute into London that earn very healthy salaries and that drives up the house prices in the "commuter belt". However there are also a lot of people living in this area working locally and earning modest incomes that have to pay the high house prices to stay in the area. Its actually getting worse since Coronavirus as many people that lived and worked in London can now work remotely so they are now moving out to areas like this where they can get more for their money but still get into the city occasionally.
  9. Lol! Hes living the dream in his castle in Henley.
  10. Yes the south is ridiculous. All my siblings live around Manchester and they've had no problem buying properties. My brother bought a nice 1 bedroom flat a few years ago in a good area for £100k. I recently saw a garage for sale near me for the same price! I've just been for a ride around Henley On Thames which is beautiful with some stunning houses but God knows what you'd need to be earning to live there.
  11. Very interesting reading this thread. Myself and wife are both self employed and have been for 15 years and its always been impossible to get a mortgage even with a huge deposit. We live in the South East where you need at least £300k to get 2 bed house! It makes us so angry that self employed people are so badly penalised however we are fine to pay over £1000 each month in rent! We just looked at a shared ownership property nearby that is £300k but we are just waiting to find out how much of it we could potentially afford. Id rather not do shared ownership but its better than renting forever. We are both seriously considering moving up north just because properties are so much cheaper. The only hard bit is having to close our business (hair salon) and start all over again. House prices in the South East are crazy.
  12. ok thank you
  13. Thanks Matt. Yes I actually think the short and low geo could be a good point. I had read somewhere about the frames being weak. Not sure is this is an early or late frame?
  14. Anyone know about these? Good or bad? Do you know the geometry? A friend wants a cheap build and I thought this might be ok?
  15. My thoughts exactly