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by slarge
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Knots
Replies: 10
Views: 202

Re: Knots

To my shame I was a cub, learnt lots of knots and have forgotten most of them.... I know a bowline, reef knot, clove hitch (reef knot pulled the wrong way!) and tangle knot. Granny knots seem to feature when I tie things together as well.

Looks like I've got some learning to do...... :-bd
by slarge
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done to make a little difference today!?
Replies: 20
Views: 313

Re: What you done to make a little difference today!?

booked for my 2nd platelet donation, just got to go into Birmingham centre to do it. Not really a virus related thing, but donations are drying up and demand isn't....
by slarge
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Full suspender riders...
Replies: 50
Views: 645

Re: Full suspender riders...

I meant to add - mine is the Comp model, but I'm slowly getting it to S-Works equivalent spec. Thomson seatpost and light saddle took about 1 lb out, then carbon wheels and lighter tyres another lb. Removed the standard bottle cage (and multitool bracket) took some more out, then I'll be replacing b...
by slarge
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Full suspender riders...
Replies: 50
Views: 645

Re: Full suspender riders...

Robbie, yes, it's the carbon comp model. I love it, as long as the rear shock is set up correctly (it clonks if it isn't), but it is very easy to set up. It's a real mile muncher and speed machine, and whilst not a downhiller it's me that holds it back. Scott Spark or Orbea Oiz are excellent alterna...
by slarge
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: Atlas Mountain Race 2020

Enjoyed that, thanks Nige.

It's definitely on the list for next year (hoping there is a next year!!)
by slarge
Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Full suspender riders...
Replies: 50
Views: 645

Re: Full suspender riders...

I swapped to his 26inch Yeti and couldn't believe how old and slow it felt. In fairness Steve, it has got 23lb of glue holding the rear end together these days :wink: :lol: It was more the geometry - the little wheel is tucked under the front end, and it felt like I was perched on it rather than in...
by slarge
Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Full suspender riders...
Replies: 50
Views: 645

Re: Full suspender riders...

I've a Specialized Epic (2018) - weight when I bought it was circa 25 lbs (12kg) but with a few lighter bits it's now circa 23 lbs (10.5kg ish). Got some more bits in mind to get it to 10kg... https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49229398498_43bb7de252.jpg Specialized Epic by Steve Large , on Flickr ...
by slarge
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 354
Views: 43510

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

Chew wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:18 am
Leerowe76 wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:06 am
I've still not committed to Veloveiwer to get going yet tho but may do
Its the best £10 you'll ever spend :-bd
It's £10 / year, gives you loads of graphs and stats to look at, and supports a bloke in a shed / spare room who built the site then gave up his job to take it further.......
by slarge
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Project Virus
Replies: 67
Views: 1030

Re: Project Virus

Full time working from home. As no one is buying cars and our factories are now shut we have no income, and no view on when things will pick up. Currently working out how we can still develop the future models with a very different organisation. Not a particularly pleasant task........ Still, don’t ...
by slarge
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Films to watch while isolating
Replies: 34
Views: 808

Re: Films to watch while isolating

Misery

was the film my other half bought me to watch after I broke my leg.....

Similar scenario to this lockdown, just with extra mad person added
by slarge
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?
Replies: 84
Views: 3406

Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

To be honest I hope Chris cancels / postpones it. Whilst the riders will probably be fine, it seems like bad form for people to be moving from village to village and almost certainly calling in to shops etc for supplies, thereby spreading whatever good or bad news they could be carrying. Everything ...
by slarge
Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Jockey wheels
Replies: 6
Views: 231

Re: Jockey wheels

I think that means you’re running 12 speed, so sorry, I have no idea, but I’ve always wondered why jockeys have teeth, when they only guide and tension and don’t have to mesh with the chain
by slarge
Sat Mar 21, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?
Replies: 84
Views: 3406

Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

Ah, thanks Andy, that makes sense. Jane said at the hospital here yesterday the Chief Executive was in cleaners scrubs helping to set up a new ward ready. This obviously had a massive effect on moral as it shows they are in it together and got a lot of respect. Some of the other managers were simpl...
by slarge
Wed Mar 18, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1637
Views: 236623

Re: Todays ride

Jeff, my BiL is a Snowdonia ranger - lived in Bethesda and now in Llanfairfechan - he seems to know all the local farmers and back corners, and he's a bit suspicious of me asking about all the hidden gems in the area. I'll keep pumping him for info and when I'm up in his corner of the world (top end...
by slarge
Mon Mar 16, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Lakeland 300
Replies: 10
Views: 356

Re: Lakeland 300

Good effort - the 200 is hard enough!! It’s all good prep for the HT, and the crap weather makes it more realistic!
by slarge
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Italy Divide ...not refunding entry fee am I allowed to be miffed!
Replies: 15
Views: 488

Re: Italy Divide ...not refunding entry fee am I allowed to be miffed!

But back on topic, yes, you’re right to be miffed Rich. I could never work out where the entry fee was put back into the event - there are banners and a logo’d car at the start, a banner at the end. A sports hall hired, and a bar at the finish..... I reckon that’s £2k spent, but £100x 500 is a lot m...
by slarge
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Oldest bit of kit you own - and still use.
Replies: 44
Views: 929

Re: Oldest bit of kit you own - and still use.

Just found an old Timex Triathlon watch - I remember buying it around 2001 to do Trailquests as it had a countdown timer. The alarm still goes off every morning (but it's been buried in a cupboard so I never hear it), and it's on it's original battery. The screen goes blank if you use the backlight,...
by slarge
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Seatpost, or stem change?
Replies: 10
Views: 283

Re: Seatpost, or stem change?

Is the fit of the bike the problem, or do you have a weak core that allows your body to “relax” too much? I'm not the fittest person, so this is quite possible. Not sure how I'd know though... Can you hold a plank position for 2 minutes? Maybe go to a yoga or pilates class and see what "core" is al...
by slarge
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Seatpost, or stem change?
Replies: 10
Views: 283

Re: Seatpost, or stem change?

James / Ootini I think it's quite well known that cycling does little for core strength, but a good core is needed to stay "stable" on a bike - not that popular with roadies but more essential as you need to "handle" the bike (offroad etc). I've found over the years that since I stopped circuit trai...
by slarge
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Seatpost, or stem change?
Replies: 10
Views: 283

Re: Seatpost, or stem change?

Is the fit of the bike the problem, or do you have a weak core that allows your body to “relax” too much?
by slarge
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Oldest bit of kit you own - and still use.
Replies: 44
Views: 929

Re: Oldest bit of kit you own - and still use.

A couple of base layers that I bought in the 80’s still going strong
by slarge
Sun Mar 08, 2020 7:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 432
Views: 26206

Re: What you done t' your bike today

Cheers Shaf, I haven’t work out what my plan for this bike is yet. I rode it up the road and decided the 36cm bars are too narrow, and it needs new cables and chain.

I’d like to give it a quality repaint,, then work out what next
by slarge
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 432
Views: 26206

Re: What you done t' your bike today

Cleaned the commuter to help the wheel rims not get ground away by road grime, cleaned the Epic after last Sunday’s ride, and picked up a 1967 Falcon road bike. Reynolds 531, tubs and a spare front wheel, looking forward to a good clean, new cables and brake pads, and to see if the tubs “work”.
by slarge
Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: TransEngland
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: TransEngland

The updated rules seem a bit anal and the required use of twitter puts me off a lot, but I'd do the event and not fuss abo ut the results I think
by slarge
Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 839
Views: 96285

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

I would appear to have bought another bike. A 1968 Falcon road bike.......

Haven't mentioned it yet, but I think this might be bike #10 (plus a tandem which is only half mine). Pick it up tomorrow, happy days