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by darbeze
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New group starts for 2020
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: New group starts for 2020

Dartmoor will certainly provide plenty of BB200 like challenges!

The hills may not be as big as Wales, but there are many. Much bog, many tussocks, and lots of suffering available...

Si
by darbeze
Mon Oct 14, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Many Thanks
Replies: 15
Views: 559

Re: Many Thanks

A fab weekend in Wales. I had a cracking ride in some wonderful scenery. I didn't finish the full 200 this year, but I had the most sociable ride I think I have ever had at a BB event. I had a great chat with Shafiq, a very amusing walk through bog and carry across streams with Al, and a very agreea...
by darbeze
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:42 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Diary of a Randonneur
Replies: 24
Views: 1034

Re: Diary of a Randonneur

Sounds interesting. There is a night event round these parts called the Dartmoor devil (or ghost)I have been thinking of having a go at for some years...

Si
by darbeze
Tue Oct 08, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 279
Views: 13057

Re: What you done t' your bike today

bike cleaned, chain lubed, crud catcher fitted, GPS mounted, lights charged, bivvi equipment packed and mounted.

Getting ready for this weekend and the BB200...

:shock:

Si
by darbeze
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 route on the way.
Replies: 129
Views: 2198

Re: BB200 route on the way.

Thanks Stuart,

Route received. You have brightened my morning (genuinely)!

Si

:shock: :-bd
by darbeze
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bb200 Waffle Thread.
Replies: 357
Views: 6920

Re: Bb200 Waffle Thread.

B but that doesn't necessarily mean a sub 24hour time for me!

No tracker

Si
by darbeze
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 anyone done them all?
Replies: 14
Views: 520

Re: BB200 anyone done them all?

Started 6, finished 4

Really want to finish this year as I feel like I may have lost the ability to do it, and I don't like that thought...

Si

:cry:
by darbeze
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 894
Views: 51216

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Not forgotten a mat but have forgotten the sleeping bags (once!) when camping. There's a hysteresis or lag in ground temperature compared to air temperature across the seasons - the ground takes a while to heat up but by the same means stays relatively warm as the air temperature begins to drop at ...
by darbeze
Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 894
Views: 51216

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

September BAM done. I was planning to go out on Saturday night, but torrential rain and high winds did rather dampen (haha) my enthusiasm, so I postponed until last night. Despite it being a school night the weather was very obliging so off I went. Another very local spot on a cliff top overlooking ...
by darbeze
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bb200 Waffle Thread.
Replies: 357
Views: 6920

Re: Bb200 Waffle Thread.

Don't worry about talking to yourself. I do that loads on the 200, especially through the night. Often questioning why I am in mid Wales on my bike in the middle of the night and using alternative names for the evil genius who put the route together! Keep moving... Even when pushing, carrying or cra...
by darbeze
Thu Sep 19, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Tour Divide Part 1.....
Replies: 9
Views: 484

Re: Tour Divide Part 1.....

My boys are 28 and 30 years old now. We used to paddle kayaks on white water together when they were in their early teens. We had a blast and all enjoyed it very much. Then they got interested in other things and the paddling together fizzled out... We still don't paddle together, as they live in di...
by darbeze
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:47 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 894
Views: 51216

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

August shows me that it doesn't always go to plan. Not every night out under the stars is a triumph of man or woman against nature. I had picked a spot a few weeks ago whilst out having a van picnic with Mrs Darbeze (Fi). So late Friday night I ventured out a couple of miles down the road to a spot ...
by darbeze
Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Clear out part 1: Luggage. Reductions and pics added.
Replies: 43
Views: 1319

Re: Clear out part 1: Luggage. Reductions and pics added.

Frame bag received safely thanks.

My first frame bag. Looks like it fits a treat too... My set up does make me smile. Every piece of luggage is made by a different manufacturer. Don't think I would make a very good "Influencer", whatever that means :lol:

Much appreciated Stuart :-bd

Si
by darbeze
Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Clear out part 1: Luggage. Reductions and pics added.
Replies: 43
Views: 1319

Re: Clear out part 1: Luggage.

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:18 pm
Usual PP to you with a note to detail what Im buying?
Yes please Si but no need for a note as I've already packaged it and added it to the post pile :wink:
All done :-bd
by darbeze
Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Clear out part 1: Luggage. Reductions and pics added.
Replies: 43
Views: 1319

Re: Clear out part 1: Luggage.

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:26 am
£15 is fine Si ... I'm on a roll now :wink:

Usual PP to you with a note to detail what Im buying?
by darbeze
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Clear out part 1: Luggage. Reductions and pics added.
Replies: 43
Views: 1319

Re: Clear out part 1: Luggage.

Can I go for the Lomo frame bag if it is still available?

Is £15 too risqué?

Si
by darbeze
Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: The best bikepacking bike is?
Replies: 14
Views: 692

Re: The best bikepacking bike is?

I always use a small backpack. Despite what most people say, I like the feel of a bag on my back. I do have a rigid framed 20ltr bag which spaces the bag off the back, so you don't get too sweaty...

Si
by darbeze
Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:42 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Ride the Sweary Dave-ide
Replies: 33
Views: 1420

Re: Ride the Sweary Dave-ide

F*CK me Dave! That was truly amazing! Seriously, I was riveted. I cannot comprehend how you finished and in such good shape too. Best moments for me? "Sorry Clacton" The way you got on with it despite the hardship. "We're out here riding our bikes. Stop moaning. There are people worse off and having...
by darbeze
Sun Aug 18, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Oregon Timber Trail - who's coming?
Replies: 19
Views: 812

Re: Oregon Timber Trail - who's coming?

:shock:

Ooh that looks amazing... Not convinced I could get enough time off though...

Will keep an eye on this thread...

Si
by darbeze
Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Saw this on FB - one for all those wussing ;-)
Replies: 4
Views: 341

Re: Saw this on FB - one for all those wussing ;-)

Good grief...

Most of us have no idea what hardship is. What an example to us about making the best of what you have, perseverance and making things happen for yourself rather than sinking in a pit of self pity.

A lesson to learn.

Humbled.

Si
by darbeze
Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1466
Views: 214230

Re: Todays ride

Too many tourists down here at the moment. Can’t you northerners take a few more in please. Your'e not wrong Dave. It was definitely a smart move riding up onto Dartmoor last weekend at gone 11pm for a bivvi... Far too many people in the bay at the moment. One of the small inconveniences of living ...
by darbeze
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Memories are made of this ....
Replies: 26
Views: 1092

Re: Memories are made of this ....

My favourite bike riding related memories are seeing dawn and sunrise after riding through the night.

The only times I have done this have been BB200 rides. A very special feeling daring to believe you are going to make it!

:lol:

Si
by darbeze
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 894
Views: 51216

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

I actually managed to get a BAM done before the last day of the month! I almost didn't go when some friends invited me out for a meal on Saturday evening. I had planned to ride onto Dartmoor and bivvi, but also wanted to go out with my friends. So I combined the two as our meal out was on the way to...
by darbeze
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: New 'boo. Underway.
Replies: 43
Views: 3492

Re: New 'boo.

Ooh nice :-bd

Initial leaning is egg plant...

Si