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by jameso
Sat May 15, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 'Modern' long geo frames with Jones bars?
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: 'Modern' long geo frames with Jones bars?

... this would put your hands behind the steerer axis. No reason why this is an issue... Never considered this: what effect does it have, if any? 🤔 Considering this as the most common bike type in the world, it's the norm. Our bikes with grips in front of the steerer are unusual. https://mir-s3-cdn...
by jameso
Sat May 15, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Touring complications - Brexit related
Replies: 10
Views: 126

Re: Touring complications - Brexit related

me and the wife were hoping for a month in france once all is open again. does this mean it will be a load of hassle to sort out. no more riding onto the ferry at portsmouth and off at st malo ? Probably no hassle and my OP probably makes it look more of a big deal than I intended. If you want to s...
by jameso
Sat May 15, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Touring complications - Brexit related
Replies: 10
Views: 126

Re: Touring complications - Brexit related

You might be able to book a hotel on booking.com for halfway through your trip, say you'll find campsites on your way there, then cancel it - or you might not need to. Although not camping, this is how the US border entry has always worked for me; just put down an address of the first hotel you've ...
by jameso
Sat May 15, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Touring complications - Brexit related
Replies: 10
Views: 126

Re: Touring complications - Brexit related

I've been looking into this recently and had come to the conclusion that we don't need visas for travel to France (for up to 90 days). Mind you my information is from the UK side, not the French side. Sorry yes you're correct and my post mentioned visas wrongly, I've edited to remove that line as i...
by jameso
Sat May 15, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Touring complications - Brexit related
Replies: 10
Views: 126

Re: Touring complications - Brexit related

Oh yeah, fk Brexit and everything and everyone to do with it. Just wanted to get that in first :grin:
by jameso
Sat May 15, 2021 11:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Touring complications - Brexit related
Replies: 10
Views: 126

Touring complications - Brexit related

"UK nationals are now third country passport holders and France is controlling its borders by ensuring everyone entering from outside schengen can be tracked if they're not staying in a Hotel, gite, chambre d'hote, where they'll be registered." One complication, as I've experience of before when ar...
by jameso
Sat May 15, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tarps and no bivi bags
Replies: 14
Views: 213

Re: Tarps and no bivi bags

I have a with-tarp bivi bag that's just a weather resistant cover. TerraNova Moonlight, 180g. I use it w/o a tarp when it's clear and not too cold. Will use the tarp w/o a bivi bag when it's warmer with no chance of condensation but in conditions like that I'm more likely to just bivi, no tarp.
by jameso
Thu May 13, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Whats todays Arkose?
Replies: 11
Views: 294

Re: Whats todays Arkose?

Evans still make them, but (bites tongue)

Camino would be my choice. Good bike, good price, good company.
by jameso
Thu May 13, 2021 8:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: And here's another for you.
Replies: 55
Views: 1037

Re: And here's another for you.

Not a criticism of the brand/video discussed here but reminded me of https://www.instagram.com/youdidnotsleepthere/?hl=en as an example of how things change in social media, things becoming cliched and a bit of a joke. Instagram's still got a fair bit of the campfire thing in the same way as those f...
by jameso
Thu May 13, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: And here's another for you.
Replies: 55
Views: 1037

Re: And here's another for you.

Fair dues to them getting in touch with you Stuart. I think the comment about using a previously used spot proves the point about how fire scarring leads to further use 'since someone already did it' and an abused area in the end. I've used a fire scar as a spot for my own fire in the past and then ...
by jameso
Wed May 12, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: King Alfreds Way.
Replies: 104
Views: 6696

Re: King Alfreds Way.

Some of the down hills are a bit rough and if its damp you may want the extra gription of an mtb tyre. It is doable on a gravel bike but I remember thinking 'I'm glad I'm not on the Camino' Make sure you've got a bit of spare food and dont expect all the pubs on the map to be open or still be a pub...
by jameso
Tue May 11, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: sleeping problems and cures ?
Replies: 25
Views: 646

Re: sleeping problems and cures ?

i rode 80 miles last saturday, got home exhausted, slept for 2 hours. It may be a cortisol response that's preventing good sleep. I don't know what your normal level of riding is but if you ride harder or further than your current fitness levels you generally get a stress response and elevated cort...
by jameso
Tue May 11, 2021 6:49 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Jones loops vs drop bars
Replies: 27
Views: 1384

Re: Jones loops vs drop bars

I think if I changed to a flat bar it would potentially suit a suspension fork more. This was my experience with one bike I had where I swapped between H bars and flats, rigid forks and sus, though it was some time ago now. H-bars helped with handling and engaged muscles in a way that benefitted ri...
by jameso
Sun May 09, 2021 6:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bells and alerters: your favourite (gone to poll)
Replies: 39
Views: 634

Re: Bells and alerters: your favourite (gone to poll)

Create ENE bell here on 2 bikes. Never had anyone complain about it. Loud, tone is good. Cheap ding-ding bell on the SS is even better off road, 2 rings per trigger pull like a kid's bike, I'd have a brass version of that if I could find one. I like the idea of the Timber also, quite liked riding wi...
by jameso
Fri May 07, 2021 6:41 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Diving down the dynamo rabbit hole
Replies: 21
Views: 558

Re: Diving down the dynamo rabbit hole

B&M usb-werk to charge everything Got two bikes with them on, they're generally good ime, very effective for keeping a Garmin etc going but do try to protect the wires from excess flex or sunlight, they're not as durable as I'd like. Had a good few year's use from one before cables started to go. A...
by jameso
Fri May 07, 2021 6:34 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wet Gear Query
Replies: 70
Views: 1584

Re: Wet Gear Query

If the primaloft beneath is getting wet albeit slowly, does it not render it useless later on for camp / sleeping duties? If both layers had got fully wet yes, maybe not useless but it's not a situation I'd want to be in somewhere cold, you'd have to be thinking about carrying on vs stopping to sta...
by jameso
Thu May 06, 2021 6:22 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wet Gear Query
Replies: 70
Views: 1584

Re: Wet Gear Query

I could justify carrying a heavier waterproof if it 1) keeps me dry 2) stops me ending up on the verge of hypothermia, and Have you tried a primaloft layer under the waterproof? I swear by them and often get away with a light 'proof (150g or so 7Mesh Resistance jacket - Gore Windstopper fabric, tec...
by jameso
Wed May 05, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New Bike Gear Out And Due Out...
Replies: 233
Views: 12962

Re: New Bike Gear Out And Due Out...

I see where you're going, but what's the advantage of a friction shifter over the new shifter that apparently offers more durability and better shifting? Unless you prefer non-indexed, which is understandable. Just that I don't need to faff with matching mechs shifters etc to get the more durable c...
by jameso
Wed May 05, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: New Bike Gear Out And Due Out...
Replies: 233
Views: 12962

Re: New Bike Gear Out And Due Out...

^ friction shifter, easy :-bd the wider spacing between the sprockets on the Linkglide cassette should only make it more tolerant of non-indexed shifting. IME friction shifts work surprisingly well with 9 and 10s chains, as if the main problem pre-SIS was the basic chain and ramp/tooth profile desig...
by jameso
Tue May 04, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: komoot live tracking feature
Replies: 2
Views: 99

Re: komoot live tracking feature

Yes, so not as reliable for safety-critical use.
by jameso
Tue May 04, 2021 6:28 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: komoot live tracking feature
Replies: 2
Views: 99

komoot live tracking feature

Komoot now offering live tracking, may be a useful Spot alternative?

https://www.komoot.com/premium/live
by jameso
Mon May 03, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: French end to end?
Replies: 7
Views: 249

Re: French end to end?

Is there a published French LEJOG equivalent - off road? I may have the chance for a medium term trip next year. One idea would be taking the train to Turin doing TNR then off reading back through France and heading for a ferry port for a boat to Portsmouth or Plymouth. That's what I did after the ...
by jameso
Mon May 03, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Torino nice who's doing it this yr
Replies: 375
Views: 36690

Re: Torino nice who's doing it this yr

James, Are all the spots already allocated for this year's event? I'm keen to go back and have another crack at some point... Technically yes but I'm not sure how it'll work out due to travel restrictions etc. All a bit fast and loose this year, if it can happen at all. Everyone who entered the dra...
by jameso
Mon May 03, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Torino nice who's doing it this yr
Replies: 375
Views: 36690

Re: Torino nice who's doing it this yr

Thread revival in case anyone's thinking of doing it this year, The route damage in the Tende-Roya area is being worked on, current route status on 2 sites - https://carto-tempete-alex.departement06.fr/infos_chantiers_en_temps_r_el/index.html https://www.inforoutes06.fr/ Looks like it's passable alo...
by jameso
Sun May 02, 2021 8:12 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Converting an old Ti HT to a gravelwanger
Replies: 8
Views: 345

Re: Converting an old Ti HT to a gravelwanger

As already mentioned, BB height could be worth considering there. 26 x 2.25" is about 660mm OD, 700 x 40 is over 700mm OD. BB of an MTB is likely to be >12" and you could be adding another 20mm to that from the 700C wheels. Plus you'll be adding trail / flop in the steering by increasing wheel dia. ...