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by pistonbroke
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wide Range Gearing Question
Replies: 26
Views: 445

Re: Wide Range Gearing Question

Did you mean Dolan Colin? For the TNR last year, I built a setup using a Shimano hydro 11 speed groupset but changed the chainrings for Absolute Black 30/46 oval rings and the cassette for a Sunrace 11/40 cassette. I needed a wolftooth roadlink widget to get the 105 mech to clear the 40t sprocket bu...
by pistonbroke
Thu Jan 16, 2020 1:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wide Range Gearing Question
Replies: 26
Views: 445

Re: Wide Range Gearing Question

My brother in law has one of these. https://www.dolan-bikes.com/dolan-gxc-carbon-disc-gravel-bike-shimano-grx-build.html and with the double crankset 30/46 upgrade seems to offer a range of 30/34 bottom to 46/11 top. It has plenty of tyre clearance, lots of bottle and bag mounts and at c:£1800 fora ...
by pistonbroke
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Brompton slow Puncture saga...
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: Brompton slow Puncture saga...

This is a common problem with all Bromptons that need any sort of work doing, it's possessed! Best take it to your local hipster coffee emporium for an exorcism. (I'm a qualified mechanic and still have the mental scars from doing a suspension bush change and Sturmey Archer service on one of these i...
by pistonbroke
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stealth camping.
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: Stealth camping.

Clearly a cautionary tale on the dangers of not waxing regularly
by pistonbroke
Sat Jan 11, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dam Busters.
Replies: 89
Views: 3063

Re: Dam Busters.

Hope he brought his chocolate labrador for full effect, now what was the name of that dog?
:wink:
by pistonbroke
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dam Busters.
Replies: 89
Views: 3063

Re: Dam Busters.

Probably get there about 1930 Based on the decor last time I was there, you should feel right at home :smile: All the chat about Nant yr Arian and the various lakes around Anglers Retreat has made me all nostalgic. Wonder if any of the route markings I spent hours nailing up for the Mach 1,2 and 3 ...
by pistonbroke
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bivvy a month for prizes !
Replies: 9
Views: 278

Re: Bivvy a month for prizes !

They seem to have recovered from my linking a post on their forum to Dave Barter's report on the Spanish C2C trip where he ripped the piss out of the CTC and their pannier, beards and Ron Hill trackster fetish. :grin:
by pistonbroke
Thu Dec 26, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Go on then, what did you get?
Replies: 29
Views: 656

Re: Go on then, what did you get?

Several WhatsApp messages from our neighbours back home complaining that it didn't feel like Christmas as it was 22° and sunny, while we've been driving up and down the UK in the pissing rain. Back to Barca on Sat and home for New year's Eve. Just ordered octopus takeaway for NYE party at our friend...
by pistonbroke
Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: MYOG
Topic: drj0n bagworks
Replies: 27
Views: 2617

Re: drj0n bagworks

Very neat, perfect for clearing snow as well.
What is the name of those Syntace stems? Are they readily available and from where?
Edit, doh! I suppose Twinfix is the model.
by pistonbroke
Mon Dec 16, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Spanish bikepacking trip ideas, 4-5 days (Picos de Europa?)
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Spanish bikepacking trip ideas, 4-5 days (Picos de Europa?)

From memory, you're based in East Anglia? If Stanstead is an option, you can get to Castellon which is about 90 mins from here. A quick look reveals return flights out Thurs 24th of Sept back Tue 29th for £75 plus bikes. March is a bit cheaper but may be a bit early to avoid snow as the Burrally and...
by pistonbroke
Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Spanish bikepacking trip ideas, 4-5 days (Picos de Europa?)
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Spanish bikepacking trip ideas, 4-5 days (Picos de Europa?)

Yes I remember we were staying at the same hostal, I was using the chainrings you sold me as well.
Airport choice depends what time of year you're coming. April to October it's Reus which connects to several UK airports, rest of the year Barcelona is about 2 hours north of here.
by pistonbroke
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Spanish bikepacking trip ideas, 4-5 days (Picos de Europa?)
Replies: 6
Views: 215

Re: Spanish bikepacking trip ideas, 4-5 days (Picos de Europa?)

Speaking as the self appointed BB Spanish expert, I'd not chose the Picos for a gravel bike trip for a couple of reasons. Firstly the climate, North West Spain can be quite wet, it's not the Costa Verde by accident, we had a fortnight there in August a few years ago and it rained every other day. Se...
by pistonbroke
Sun Dec 15, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: On One Whippet
Replies: 9
Views: 438

Re: On One Whippet

I'd say it's an updated Maccatuskil (who the hell thought of that tongue twister) rather than Lurcher, I have 2 Lurchers and although they're not the lightest, they are pretty bombproof. I've not compared angles but it seems the Whippet is aimed at racing rather than all day comfort. Internal cable ...
by pistonbroke
Sun Dec 15, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1516
Views: 225572

Re: Todays ride

Penistone to Peniscola It's 4 years and 3 months since we took a deep breath and moved all our worldly goods to Spain. None of this dipping the toe by buying a bolt hole, doing it up and slowly merging into ex-pat life abroad, we couldn't afford to do it that way anyway. We jumped in at the deep end...
by pistonbroke
Sat Dec 14, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The bikepackers map of mid-Wales.
Replies: 8
Views: 430

Re: The bikepackers map of mid-Wales.

You missed off that little valley favoured by home movie fans Cwm Shot.
by pistonbroke
Thu Dec 12, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: 5 Go Mad In Spain, aka Montañasvacias meets Bearbones
Replies: 14
Views: 764

Re: 5 Go Mad In Spain, aka Montañasvacias meets Bearbones

Thanks for the kind words guys, this has popped up on the MV facebook page
https://youtu.be/Qk3Cc_viDUY
Some familiar views and refugios. These 2 did about half the route in 6 days.
by pistonbroke
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New video from Montanus
Replies: 3
Views: 201

Re: New video from Montanus

Nice vid but I must admit I burst out laughing at the fork mounted knife.
by pistonbroke
Thu Dec 12, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Favourite bike of 'all time'?
Replies: 61
Views: 1935

Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

My problem with this is the definition of bike. I can list the bikes I've ridden which bear any resemblance to the catalogue version on the fingers of a myopic sawmill worker. Most of my bikes have been "trigger's broom" specials built up from components chosen by combination of price and blingness....
by pistonbroke
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 7785
Views: 811951

Re: The post man's been ...

Sean I'd say it was an 11 speed as the 11t (or poss 10) sprocket is held on the inside of the plastic retainer as it won't slide over it when in the packaging, probably Sunrace, I have an 11-40 11speed on my gravel bike and it looks similar.
Edit, missed your edit.
by pistonbroke
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 2 wheeled adventure of a different kind.
Replies: 12
Views: 481

Re: 2 wheeled adventure of a different kind.

I'm sure Prof Steve Peters would approve, it would appeal to my inner Chimp.
Link for those wondering what the hell I'm jabbering on about.
https://chimpmanagement.com/books-by-pr ... p-paradox/
by pistonbroke
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: 5 Go Mad In Spain, aka Montañasvacias meets Bearbones
Replies: 14
Views: 764

Re: 5 Go Mad In Spain, aka Montañasvacias meets Bearbones

That pool on the rio Tajo was crystal clear and the green colour is the reflection of the surrounding trees. The bridge led to a rare singletrack section that was just about ridable and popped out onto a forest road and a cafe that was closed. The "season" here is very short, basically July and Augu...
by pistonbroke
Tue Dec 10, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: like google maps, but better
Replies: 17
Views: 624

Re: like google maps, but better

The roads were devoid of any form of traffic at all bar us sweaty British cyclists as we toiled up the hill in the midday heat. Duncan told me of recent road races that had used these roads and I could see why as they were perfectly surfaced and scattered with views. I began to chant the lament of ...
by pistonbroke
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: like google maps, but better
Replies: 17
Views: 624

Re: like google maps, but better

Perhaps the lack of an Ordnance Survey in other counties encourages more people to update the OSM map as they don't have a good alternative? In my humble opinion, the area of Spain where I live i.e Cataluña has mapping which is at least on a par with OS and it could be argued, is less cluttered. Th...
by pistonbroke
Fri Dec 06, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Winter bivy comp: How cold can you go!
Replies: 53
Views: 1816

Re: Winter bivy comp: How cold can you go!

A non-serious suggestion, the only way I stand a chance is if the recorded temp has the greatest difference from the highest temp recorded in the area during 2019. We topped out at 40° in July so a variance of 35° is doable. It's only dropped to freezing twice since we've lived here. Cue coldest win...
by pistonbroke
Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you doing next year?
Replies: 69
Views: 2275

Re: What you doing next year?

Re Holyland Challenge.
Steve Heading has done it, twice I think, but bailed once with illness. He said it was properly tough and riding along with shellfire rumbling in the hills was a bit disconcerting :shock: