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by jameso
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Groupset advice for new bike
Replies: 16
Views: 391

Re: Groupset advice for new bike

It’s a way to differentiate all-road from gravel I suppose The Bike Industry Will Eat Itself .. :grin: 46T-30T chainrings with GRX shifters/deraileurs. Good ratios that more bikes should use but be wary of FSA proprietary ring/BCD specs and their BBs aren't great. Not the worst though. I'd recommen...
by jameso
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Does this bike exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 291

Re: Does this bike exist?

I see a few of the Montagues on train travels, they're look like a good way to do it. If you can find a decent one S/H the Dahon Lockjaw is a good system but it's an allen key fold, takes a minute longer maybe but still faster than trad couplings. That Change bike - + The only folding frame to achie...
by jameso
Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: How do you support the (adopted) local economy?
Replies: 18
Views: 333

Re: How do you support the (adopted) local economy?

Good Q. On my last trip I was looking at the pile of plastic wrappers from a Tesco Metro dinner and seeing what was wrong. I've never really got out of that 'gas station raid' mentality with getting food on solo trips - tend to go to places I know will have what I need. But that's too often a big-na...
by jameso
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lights - is this available?
Replies: 37
Views: 884

Re: Lights - is this available?

You might be able to steer clear of most "advancements" by getting stuff from the outlet store (which conveniently has the 600 lumen Strada for 115£, as well as a handful of slightly brighter versions!). https://exposurelights.com/outlet-store An update, just to say I went for this in the end, than...
by jameso
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 17
Views: 328

Re: Crank length

I think I wasn't clear. I'm not saying that there's no need different crank lengths for different sized folks only that the current mainstream off the shelf offerings (mostly 165-175mm) aren't sufficient to cover everyone's needs and yet those 3 options are touted as being radically different. ..in...
by jameso
Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 17
Views: 328

Re: Crank length

Yeah, get that but I just don't really see how 5mm here and there will make much difference when my legs might be up to 300mm longer than a tiny wee persons. You're lucky, like me you're a taller rider and crank designs seem biased to fit us. Shorter riders could see more need for those variations?...
by jameso
Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Crank length
Replies: 17
Views: 328

Re: Crank length

I have 175mm on the SS, 172.5 on my geared bikepacker MTB more by chance of having a nice crank available in that spec, and 170s on my road and gravel bikes. Basically, the longer I spend on the bike in one position or spinning a reasonably low gear the more I prefer a shorter crank. I'd generally g...
by jameso
Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: 3 day/ 2 night loop along Ridgeway....
Replies: 7
Views: 258

Re: 3 day/ 2 night loop along Ridgeway....

Have a look at this, 1st is a quicker and easy off-road way from Woburn Sands to Ivinghoe Beacon via Rushmere (follow the bike trails through Rushmere instead of the GPS), under 25km. Uses some canal towpath but it's a quiet section. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34445518 Then Ivinghoe Beacon to th...
by jameso
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Then there was WaM (aka 12 seasons!)
Replies: 14
Views: 249

Re: Then there was WaM (aka 12 seasons!)

FWIW my house is at 270m. I think you can go up a fair bit from there though, right? :wink: I pass by the highest point in this general area regularly, it's as lovely as any hill top is, hard to think of it as a destination though. Perhaps that's the point of this thread... and I do like the season...
by jameso
Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Joe's shop for bikepacking gear
Replies: 93
Views: 1488

Re: Joe's shop for bikepacking gear

Borderer wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:34 pm
Toothpaste pills instructions:
1 - chew pill,
2 -brush teeth
:grin:
You need that. Otherwise, it wouldn't suprise me if you had an email one day from someone who "took the pill and found my teeth weren't clean, even one hour later?" :smile:
by jameso
Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Then there was WaM (aka 12 seasons!)
Replies: 14
Views: 249

Re: Then there was WaM (aka 12 seasons!)

Nice idea.

(...feel sad that I live in the south, 240m doesn't quite have the same pull :grin: Hardly 'The Beckoning Silence'... such a good book btw)
by jameso
Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Joe's shop for bikepacking gear
Replies: 93
Views: 1488

Re: Joe's shop for bikepacking gear

Thanks so much for this James. I can see hits coming through from Twitter already. Great stuff. People actually read the twitter posts? "Great" :grin: All I need to do now, with my pensioner brain, is make sure I get the toothpaste tablets and deodorant paste the right way round when I wake up blea...
by jameso
Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Joe's shop for bikepacking gear
Replies: 93
Views: 1488

Re: Joe's shop for bikepacking gear

Cheeky Monkey wrote:
Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:16 pm
You might want to ask Jameso to hold on spreading the word until he's had a few orders and got it all working reliably.

got it
by jameso
Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Joe's shop for bikepacking gear
Replies: 93
Views: 1488

Re: Joe's shop for bikepacking gear

Shop links shared on TNR FB page and twitter :-bd
by jameso
Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Joe's shop for bikepacking gear
Replies: 93
Views: 1488

Re: Joe's shop for bikepacking gear

https://www.weirdosonbikes.com/product/ ... ick-links/

This is a brilliant (I think you're underselling it!)
by jameso
Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Quick-link tools
Replies: 24
Views: 461

Re: Quick-link tools

Always found serrated or ridge-face pliers work fine when used at an angle. Hard to describe the method here but they pinch diagonally and apply force across the outer edges of the link, applied on the right sides (or corner) so that the links open under the pressure. The serrations grip and allow t...
by jameso
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Nighttime riding, fear and loathing.
Replies: 38
Views: 701

Re: Nighttime riding, fear and loathing.

Scud wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 2:43 pm
"he's got wheels on, he's got wheels on...". That was a weird night...
:grin: I think she might have taken a more direct route to the sort of hallucinations night-riders report!
by jameso
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Remember when we were discussing ...
Replies: 108
Views: 1757

Re: Remember when we were discussing ...

But isn’t that a presumption in itself? I don't think so, not for some people who've had past experience of people who've been abusive, held them back, etc(in the UK, good chance it was someone looking like us but of course not exclusively and that's not really the point here). People who have been...
by jameso
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Know of a tool to visualise my ride & kit list?
Replies: 27
Views: 468

Re: Know of a tool to visualise my ride & kit list?

Way back (gulp, more than 7 years ago) I did a blog page of my kit list, including a description of where it was packed. I should really do an updated one as things have moved on a bit! https://www.blog.scotroutes.com/2013/05/bikepacking-kit-list.html Be interesting to see how it's changed. https:/...
by jameso
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Remember when we were discussing ...
Replies: 108
Views: 1757

Re: Remember when we were discussing ...

Under represented groups need encouragement if for no other reason than to to make them know we welcome people of all descriptions and we are an ally
Good point and that last word might be the most relevant.
by jameso
Mon Oct 12, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Know of a tool to visualise my ride & kit list?
Replies: 27
Views: 468

Re: Know of a tool to visualise my ride & kit list?

https://www.instagram.com/kitgrid.cc/?hl=en

not much use I know, but it looks like 'kit grids' are a thing
by jameso
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Nighttime riding, fear and loathing.
Replies: 38
Views: 701

Re: Nighttime riding, fear and loathing.

Fear of the dark is not really that rational No, not rational now but instinctive to us all. Takes far longer for our instinctive brain to evolve than the time taken for our environment to have changed - a point I hadn't appreciated until reading something about why so many of us have a need for le...
by jameso
Mon Oct 12, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Nighttime riding, fear and loathing.
Replies: 38
Views: 701

Re: Nighttime riding, fear and loathing.

Interesting topic ... I'm with you on the Alpine starts PB. I love early mornings on trips but don't really get into the 'riding through' thing. I've done it a few times but it seems to negatively impact the daylight riding - you need to sleep some time so may as well do it when it's dark. There's a...
by jameso
Sun Oct 11, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Something for the coffee snobs.
Replies: 204
Views: 13392

Re: Something for the coffee snobs.

benp1 wrote:
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:09 am
Are you carrying spare pegs for it Mike? Or do you nick them from your shelter? (If it's the one that uses pegs to support itself on your mug)

Also, what do you do with the paper filter afterwards?
Twigs.. or chopsticks? I used twigs anyway
by jameso
Sun Oct 11, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: 1000mile Plus Route discussions
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: 1000mile Plus Route discussions

RE prep, a bit of a shift in intensity in your current riding (polarised, lots of low with some very high intensity) could get you a lot of the benefits of a training plan. Just a matter of understanding the basics. A winter of good base miles and some specific interval work will raise your all-day ...