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by jameso
Sat Aug 15, 2020 8:05 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Very minimal tarp tents
Replies: 16
Views: 212

Re: Very minimal tarp tents

James, your local to me, if you want to borrow my Altaplex for a night give me a shout, I’m only up in Banbury. Thanks Steve, that's a kind offer. If there's a local ride happening and you brought it along it'd be good to have a look at it, though it's a bit bigger / more luxurious than I've got in...
by jameso
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:57 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Very minimal tarp tents
Replies: 16
Views: 212

Re: Very minimal tarp tents

I knew this post would come up with the goods :-bd I'd seen the Gatewood cape before but this is an area of kit I seem to have no memory for somehow. Thanks for the reminder. Can you ride while wearing it? It's a great idea. But There’s the z-packs pocket tarp with doors @ 172g :shock: That might be...
by jameso
Fri Aug 14, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Very minimal tarp tents
Replies: 16
Views: 212

Very minimal tarp tents

If I was looking for the lightest, smallest-pack and simplest tarp tent, what should be on the shortlist? I'm thinking no midge net, single pole or better, no pole and upright bike supported, no need to be truly storm-proof. Just a good rain shelter at the weight of a proper mountain bivi bag. I lik...
by jameso
Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: who rides Ti ?
Replies: 55
Views: 807

Re: who rides Ti ?

why UTS is about as useful as buying a camera for good photos (shapr, high dynamic range what not) solely for its pixel count.
On it's own it's not much use, no. Agreed.
by jameso
Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: who rides Ti ?
Replies: 55
Views: 807

Re: who rides Ti ?

^ true on the weld process, though afaik even the best custom builders (Eriksen, Potts etc) use the back purging methods and have a very solid rep for durable frames. They have less time pressure than a mass-producer. I suspect that ISO testing standards possibly haven’t don’t titanium frames any fa...
by jameso
Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: who rides Ti ?
Replies: 55
Views: 807

Re: who rides Ti ?

It's a shame Brant's not doing so much in bikes now or posting on there, was always interesting to read. He's seen a lot more Ti frames produced / producers than I have.
by jameso
Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: who rides Ti ?
Replies: 55
Views: 807

Re: who rides Ti ?

^ thanks but it's just an 'imho/immo*'. *In my moderate experience. Don't forget the reason that 1 of the 3 Ti frames I've owned cracked is probably due to my design :oops: I thought I'd accounted for 'it' and it passed testing, but still...
by jameso
Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: who rides Ti ?
Replies: 55
Views: 807

Re: who rides Ti ?

Concerning fatigue and durability, ti doesn't even closely fatigue like steel In terms of stress cycle curves and UTS starting points it does? Pretty close anyway. But it's the welds that cause most issues and that's a more complex area of fatigue, way beyond my knowledge and into QA processes as m...
by jameso
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: who rides Ti ?
Replies: 55
Views: 807

Re: who rides Ti ?

been doing a fair bit of reading about Ti frames. cracking does seem common. I think cracked Ti frames are more visible online rather than significantly more common in terms of failure rate. The owners are more likely to have bought a bike they see as a real premium or durable option and will be mo...
by jameso
Wed Aug 12, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: who rides Ti ?
Replies: 55
Views: 807

Re: who rides Ti ?

I recently bought a steel custom frame for about the same cost as I could have had a Chi-Ti frame for, some might think that was odd. I've had a couple of Ti road frames that were nice but I've had steel bikes that were equally nice to ride. Paint/lack of and ~25% weight drop is the main benefit of ...
by jameso
Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again
Replies: 27
Views: 529

Re: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again

I also managed to get one of the few remaining copies of Gareth Lovett Jones' English Country Lanes that Jack also recommended; if you can get a copy from someone it is a fabulous philosophical read with great photos too. It's a book crying out for a sensitive re-print or reissue, no idea if the au...
by jameso
Wed Aug 12, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again
Replies: 27
Views: 529

Re: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again

Routes for those interested, https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33106715 - Severn to Tregaron inc LL routes in green https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33106864 - Tregaron to Bala inc LL routes in green https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33578670 - Bala to Long Mynd via Llanberis pass - didn't colour-code the n...
by jameso
Tue Aug 11, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again
Replies: 27
Views: 529

Re: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again

Thanks Jack, really. I'd say it's largely about how your books made me appreciate how much I often miss when I'm riding a bit head-down. I tried one of the routes in the Chilterns from the first book and it took in the best of what I know in an area I've ridden in detail for ~15 years or more, but a...
by jameso
Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again
Replies: 27
Views: 529

Re: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again

Chew wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:32 am
so I drank the rest of the beer like a true wino
:-bd

Thanks for the inspiration
I try to set a good example :grin:
by jameso
Tue Aug 11, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again
Replies: 27
Views: 529

Re: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:00 am
The sh1t coffee was actually meant to be kept a secret .... at least until after the WRT :wink:
Oops. The visit or the coffee and the fact you have it at all?
by jameso
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tent repair tape or patches
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: Tent repair tape or patches

Tenacious tape? Pretty good stuff. https://www.fruugo.co.uk/gear-aid-tenacious-tape-nosew-peel-and-stick-repair-tape/p-32809215-68221116?language=en&ac=croud&gclid=CjwKCAjw4MP5BRBtEiwASfwAL_mMiP8Zz96zCS9Z3T2CjJ7IE9mbpnQlumsV_2NduP-dBjfBkoIBixoCirAQAvD_BwE That's the stuff. Fixes small holes in matt...
by jameso
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tent repair tape or patches
Replies: 7
Views: 160

Re: Tent repair tape or patches

Tufftape is really good for sheets, waterproofs and mattresses. Park innertube patches also work on small nicks. There's another option to Tufftape that's equally good, looks pretty much the same, I've used it but forget the name.
by jameso
Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again
Replies: 27
Views: 529

Re: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again

Yes, great ride and write up. Enjoy following your descriptions of the route in my mind's maps :cool: That's Patrishaw Church up there ^^ - definitely a steep out and back no-through-road on your route although the lane leads to some great off-road riding for a more suitable iron horse. Yes, just l...
by jameso
Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again
Replies: 27
Views: 529

Re: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again

Thanks.. glad I got it all down as I generally don't get round to it before reminiscing turns to jumbled memories. Enjoying the other UK trip reports on here recently, accessible is inspiring.
by jameso
Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: The Great North Trail.
Replies: 9
Views: 140

Re: The Great North Trail.

Ok thanks Rich. Will look it up, does look interesting.
by jameso
Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A wild camp to remember
Replies: 10
Views: 344

Re: A wild camp to remember

Lovely morning there, nice to see the film as I wasn't far from there last week. Did think of a few more miles to see the coast but was short on time and didn't have weather that good either! Cheers
by jameso
Mon Aug 10, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: The Great North Trail.
Replies: 9
Views: 140

Re: The Great North Trail.

Good stuff, cheers for the link Rich. I'm not sure where that second pic down is (and don't tell me!) But it makes me want to ride that whole trail to find out. What's the approx road / off-road mix?
by jameso
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again
Replies: 27
Views: 529

Re: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again

(place name typos edited up there. I can struggle with names of places at the best of times and Wales is a real test of that weakness!)
by jameso
Sun Aug 09, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again
Replies: 27
Views: 529

Re: A Lost Lanes, TINAT-revisit meander through Wales, South to North and South again

https://www.komoot.com/collection/995333/-albion-mid-wales?mc_cid=ebfe51a507&mc_eid=9bbc84c7e5 https://www.albioncycling.com/2020/07/dispatches-from-the-mountains-of-mid-wales/?mc_cid=ebfe51a507&mc_eid=9bbc84c7e5 Just saw Albion's recent mid-Wales Komoot collection via their mail-out. Worth a look. ...