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by jameso
Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: jones advice
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: jones advice

i must resist..................... :lol: Don't - the inevitable positives from owners needs balance? OP, if it's the older QR frame they will take 2.4" Ardents at the rear with mud room, maybe a 2.5 in summer. The unicrown fork will take fat fronts up to 4" I think but not 100% sure. The guy who wa...
by jameso
Fri Jan 15, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Taking a knife to a gunfight.
Replies: 59
Views: 815

Re: Taking a knife to a gunfight.

In my mind, Monster Cross always seemed a term applied to a 'conversion' of a mountain bike rather than something designed to be that way? The rules on that seemed strict on MTBR a while back. Bans issued for posting a CX bike with a bigger tyre for sure (probably). Lots of rep for taking any rigid...
by jameso
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Taking a knife to a gunfight.
Replies: 59
Views: 815

Re: Taking a knife to a gunfight.

Can't remember what we called these bikes before gravel. All-road? Tourer? When I bought my Kona Sutra (around 2007/8) some were calling them Monstercross . Ha... yeah, tourers, I hope. When I had the Croix de Fer at sample stage it was still 'a CX bike the sales guys want' but it wasn't a CX bike ...
by jameso
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Taking a knife to a gunfight.
Replies: 59
Views: 815

Re: Taking a knife to a gunfight.

Can't remember what we called these bikes before gravel. All-road?
by jameso
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Taking a knife to a gunfight.
Replies: 59
Views: 815

Re: Taking a knife to a gunfight.

Stu, the main reason for the proliferation of gravel bikes in videos is marketing, these people are the Instagram generation, making a ‘lifestyle’ choice. A choice made because of how cool it looks on the various ‘social’ media sites. Social media presentation's no different to people parking an ex...
by jameso
Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Taking a knife to a gunfight.
Replies: 59
Views: 815

Re: Taking a knife to a gunfight.

If you look at early CTC photos and RSF archive then the bike style of 'choice' is mainly drop bar. I would dare to suggest that tradition is on their side. :shock: The Japanese touring bike market of the 70s-80s had hints of ATB appearing with the 'pass hunters', trad rando bikes with flat swept b...
by jameso
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Taking a knife to a gunfight.
Replies: 59
Views: 815

Re: Taking a knife to a gunfight.

Re: Spesh Epic, doesn't lael wilcox ride a loaded up spesh epic?
Dunno tbh, a Spesh of some sort : )
Bad example then, if so.
Forget the detail of the point, was more of a general one about visibility of loaded rigid MTBs vs loaded gravel bikes in wider bike brand marketing : )
by jameso
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:13 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Taking a knife to a gunfight.
Replies: 59
Views: 815

Re: Taking a knife to a gunfight.

Another Q on these lines, about how the gravel bike that appears to be more presentable/acceptable than an MTB for bikepacking or adventure brand marketing. I think the answer is that a bikepacking MTB is a very niche product, Is there such a thing as a bikepacking MTB? 😳 I use a specialized epic C...
by jameso
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Taking a knife to a gunfight.
Replies: 59
Views: 815

Re: Taking a knife to a gunfight.

Interesting point (and valid title). RE what most groups of bikepackers will be using, I've been suprised how many gravel bikes I've seen among the 'racer's rigs' reports for AMR and SRMR. I expect that's partly trends and partly racers with a road riding background as others have said here. Also a ...
by jameso
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: "local"? Ask Boris :-)
Replies: 44
Views: 879

Re: "local"? Ask Boris :-)

If we're following our "glorious" leader's example, travelling no more than 7 miles from home....a circular route allows 58 miles of riding :ugeek: . Could be worse... :wink: 44 miles, no? Or have I missed the devious trick in your plan.. Got to ride out to the circle and back? Oh yes, of course :g...
by jameso
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: "local"? Ask Boris :-)
Replies: 44
Views: 879

Re: "local"? Ask Boris :-)

MuddyPete wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:21 pm
If we're following our "glorious" leader's example, travelling no more than 7 miles from home....a circular route allows 58 miles of riding :ugeek: .

Could be worse... :wink:
44 miles, no? Or have I missed the devious trick in your plan..
by jameso
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: "local"? Ask Boris :-)
Replies: 44
Views: 879

Re: "local"? Ask Boris :-)

Kerrin Wilson, Assistant Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, who said of one local rider going 50 to 60 miles: 'What you have to understand is if he falls off his bike and is so far away from home , how is he going to get help if he gets a puncture. Genuine WTF :lol: A puncture? Unreal. "Define...
by jameso
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:20 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Simplest/cheapest way to increase the 'cold-temp' of spd boots
Replies: 80
Views: 1333

Re: Simplest/cheapest way to increase the 'cold-temp' of spd boots

So, being that waterproof (whatever the preferred term is) which don't have a hole from the cleat to the inside of the shoe, would still benefit from a glue-gun jobby over the excess recess around where the cleat is sat?? Is that what we're saying physics says? If so I might just get the gluegun ou...
by jameso
Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Simplest/cheapest way to increase the 'cold-temp' of spd boots
Replies: 80
Views: 1333

Re: Simplest/cheapest way to increase the 'cold-temp' of spd boots

Air, yes! I'd already glue-gunnned the holes there. Good place to start. In some shoes it's a hole through to the insole, in others the plate is almost sealed into the sole layers so the difference sealing the holes makes will vary. Had wondered about airflow effect, around the pedal may get the air...
by jameso
Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Simplest/cheapest way to increase the 'cold-temp' of spd boots
Replies: 80
Views: 1333

Re: Simplest/cheapest way to increase the 'cold-temp' of spd boots

I'm wondering if the cold spot being felt is more to do with pressure than actual temperature. I was thinking along those lines riding home today - started to feel cold at the ball of the foot area first and wondered if it was simply about reduced pressure and blood flow. The shoes fit well, I don'...
by jameso
Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Simplest/cheapest way to increase the 'cold-temp' of spd boots
Replies: 80
Views: 1333

Re: Simplest/cheapest way to increase the 'cold-temp' of spd boots

psling wrote:
Sun Jan 10, 2021 5:33 pm
jameso wrote:
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:31 am
I begged a couple of dog poo bags from a walker once on a ride that almost had me howling in pain from the cold-wet : )
Used, for extra warmth? :shock: :lol: :lol:
Seriously, if they were full I'd have taken any warmth available that day :grin:
by jameso
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Simplest/cheapest way to increase the 'cold-temp' of spd boots
Replies: 80
Views: 1333

Re: Simplest/cheapest way to increase the 'cold-temp' of spd boots

Not read all the replies do apologies if its already on Try an empty family bag of snacks like doritos...thet are large enough to go over feet and ankles so they keep you dry They are silver lined for freshness ? But that equates to keeping in heat Very cheap ..with a try ...works for me A good eme...
by jameso
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:30 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Simplest/cheapest way to increase the 'cold-temp' of spd boots
Replies: 80
Views: 1333

Re: Simplest/cheapest way to increase the 'cold-temp' of spd boots

Plastic pedals are, presumably, not as efficient at transferring heat as metal ones? Yes, like pinned resin body flats? Just on a material basis there's a big difference, but I think the real drawback of the SPD system is that plate>cleat>pedal body link between the sole area and the outside. A boo...
by jameso
Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Simplest/cheapest way to increase the 'cold-temp' of spd boots
Replies: 80
Views: 1333

Re: Simplest/cheapest way to increase the 'cold-temp' of spd boots

Damn my feet were cold yesterday. Was thinking about this as I got that 'standing on a cold stone floor' feeling again, hours from home. As a very rough estimate, looking at the approx surface area X conductivity rates of the materials, a Shimano MTB SPD cleat has around 10x the conductivity value a...
by jameso
Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Favourite kit from 2020
Replies: 54
Views: 1067

Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Easy for me - Lost Lanes Wales. As much as I like the bike kit side of things I don't buy a lot that really changes things that much for me, I guess I'm pretty lucky in a mix of work-related product availability and low needs. But inspiring a great week-long ride on my doorstep (well, a full day's r...
by jameso
Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rear light?
Replies: 21
Views: 570

Re: Rear light?

Really like that Blue Lug light, was looking for similar for my audax bike as a back up. I mounted a Gaciron round light off the brake / guard bridge for a similar effect. Works really well, good light and it sits nicely between the stays above the brake. It's mounted to a piece of Al sheet cut and ...
by jameso
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rear light?
Replies: 21
Views: 570

Re: Rear light?

Al wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:52 pm
an old disc brake adapter to mount it inboard of the dropout above the cassette.
Neat :-bd
Sections of chainring get used for front dyno lights and I like re-purposing of bike spares like that, using a brake mount at the back is a new one to me.
by jameso
Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hate to bring it up again but ...
Replies: 108
Views: 2190

Re: Hate to bring it up again but ...

Bloody hell this is getting a bit posh now isn't it!?!? Tea pots for proper tea and taking the pi55 in verse :shock: feeling very inadequate now :grin: It's a chocolate teapot. It's chuffing useless :grin: But it's very well used / useful as a simile? Now I'm confusing myself. Anyway.. I stand with...
by jameso
Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me some.... plus fours?
Replies: 28
Views: 792

Re: Recommend me some.... plus fours?

Thanks PeterC, and Jack, sorry I missed the earlier mention of these and the 32s you had there.

These do look almost ideal though the cotton content would limit the value for me. Hadn't considered climbing/bouldering clothing brands as a place to look though - thanks.
by jameso
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rear light?
Replies: 21
Views: 570

Re: Rear light?

Do you have any M5 mounts on the upper seat stay? I've used a small L bracket to mount a light there. Same bracket type can also fit to the seat clamp via a longer bolt with a few washer-spacers.