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by ScotRoutes
Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: Off road ITT purely by written directions?
Replies: 3
Views: 33

Re: Off road ITT purely by written directions?

You don't need a GPS, just a map and, maybe, a highlighter pen.

plotaroute.com will create textual directions if you use it to create a route (even by uploading a GPX file).
by ScotRoutes
Wed Nov 20, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 990
Views: 59459

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Nice to finally meet up. There's a few others still to do on my BB ticklist but I suspect I'll need to make a few more trips South for that.

-9c Monday night/Tuesday morning....
by ScotRoutes
Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Groupsets
Replies: 13
Views: 411

Re: Groupsets

My cranks always scuff quickly because I pedal like a duck (heels inwards). It's less obvious with silver cranks too.



I'm using a XT cassette.

No idea on chain retention yet. This is a pre-clutch mech but it's not something I have much of an issue with anyway.
by ScotRoutes
Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Groupsets
Replies: 13
Views: 411

Re: Groupsets

As of 15 minutes ago, I can confirm that 50/34 and 11-40T works with a Shimano R8000 rear mech. I needed to fit a longer chain - 118 links. That's on a chainstay length of 445mm. Cross-chaining to the max works with no rubbing. The rear mech isn't too stretched at 50:40 and still has some tension le...
by ScotRoutes
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 7625
Views: 790054

Re: The post man's been ...

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by ScotRoutes
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1490
Views: 218828

Re: Todays ride

Must have seen 50-60 folk up the mountain today - mostly on skis. It was busier yesterday too.
by ScotRoutes
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gimp gilet anyone?
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: Gimp gilet anyone?

Is anyone else thinking of Arrakis?
by ScotRoutes
Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1490
Views: 218828

Re: Todays ride

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49090836187_b5b0df804c_b.jpg P1060205 by Colin Cadden , on Flickr https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49090832057_37bd88fa09_b.jpg P1060214 by Colin Cadden , on Flickr https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49090830797_05bf519447_b.jpg P1060218 by Colin Cadden , on ...
by ScotRoutes
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: SPOT Tracker Renewal Fees - Being Gouged?
Replies: 238
Views: 23537

Re: SPOT Tracker Renewal Fees - Being Gouged?

My renewal is due next week. I asked to have my account suspended as I'll likely not be using the Spot so much and so will set up a monthly thing as and when. I've just been offered a standard full annual contract for €85 (plus taxes).
by ScotRoutes
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Winter thermal jersey
Replies: 4
Views: 255

Re: Winter thermal jersey

Polaris AM Enduro Softshell. I bought one on a bit of a whim 3 years ago, wore it all through the winter (over a short-sleeved baselayer) and subsequently bought a second one. The first is still going strong, I just wanted another as a change when one is in the laundry.
by ScotRoutes
Sun Nov 17, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 990
Views: 59459

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

The hut has a wee solar panel and a battery in the loft. There's a PIR sensor inside, with some LED strips. Someone obviously decided to give it some festive cheer 😊
by ScotRoutes
Sun Nov 17, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 990
Views: 59459

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

The Half Way Hut is lovely and I've considered it for an overnighter. Maybe once there's sufficient snow. Need to be prepped though. I had little food with me this time and a winter ride would required a decent amount of water to be carried in as the weeburn could be frozen.
by ScotRoutes
Sat Nov 16, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 990
Views: 59459

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

When bikepacking is more about enduring than endurance It's not all lovely sunsets, wilderness fires and #danglemugs you know! There's a side of bikepacking the media keeps quiet about. No snow covered trails, no remote waterfalls, no hipster beards and Expensive hipster brand jerseys. It's Novembe...
by ScotRoutes
Sat Nov 16, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Groupsets
Replies: 13
Views: 411

Re: Groupsets

I'm just rebuilding my VN Amazon and looked at GRX but decided on a 105 compact (50/34) and a 11-40T cassette. I've been assured that this will all work fine. Gives me a good range and a much better/cheaper choice of cranks.
by ScotRoutes
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New shoes/boots time
Replies: 32
Views: 1004

Re: New shoes/boots time

I just bought some Columbia Fairbanks. Had a couple of very cold rides in them and, while they're not exactly toasty, they are warmer than my summer shoes, seemingly waterproof (lots of icy puddles) and grip the pedals really well. I shopped around and found them for £65 or so (on Amazon actually). ...
by ScotRoutes
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: How far north can you get ont' train?
Replies: 22
Views: 575

Re: How far north can you get ont' train?

Oh - there's a chance that the new Scotrail carriages will be on that line next year.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... s-50168117
by ScotRoutes
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Scotland gravel tracks
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: Scotland gravel tracks

Not much in the way of "gravel" tracks over that way. Topology mostly working against you. There's more in Caithness (see the GBDURO/GNT route), or further south around Corrour/Loch Ossian/Laggan/Dalwhinnie./ Then there's all the stuff around Aviemore. Argyll should be ideal but I'm afraid it's an a...
by ScotRoutes
Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: How far north can you get ont' train?
Replies: 22
Views: 575

Re: How far north can you get ont' train?

I guess that the JoG variation will be more popular than the Cape Wrath one just due to the logistics. Cape Wrath involves a small boat trip (i.e. a small trip on a very small boat) too. In addition to the Thurso train there is also a cyclists taxi service regularly going to/from JoG, based out of I...
by ScotRoutes
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 287
Views: 15006

Re: What you done t' your bike today

Took a hacksaw to the frame of my Amazon. Before https://i.imgur.com/KJ25KIX.jpg After https://i.imgur.com/hemoxTT.jpg Fitting hydraulic brakes (c/o Scud) and going 11-speed at the same time. Progress was fine until I discovered there's a bolt and plate missing from the rear mech. Replacement now on...
by ScotRoutes
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 27+ rim width?
Replies: 16
Views: 214

Re: 27+ rim width?

Yeah - 45-ish. If you run tubeless (and why wouldn't you?) then a second set of 29er wheels for thinner tyres makes more sense. That's the approach I took - though I've only done about 200 miles on the 29er wheels as I get on so well with the B+ setup. I've got a set of non boost that could be conv...
by ScotRoutes
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 27+ rim width?
Replies: 16
Views: 214

Re: 27+ rim width?

Mine do.

Or maybe I have 29er Rebas that take a 3" B+ tyre?
by ScotRoutes
Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 27+ rim width?
Replies: 16
Views: 214

Re: 27+ rim width?

Yeah - 45-ish. If you run tubeless (and why wouldn't you?) then a second set of 29er wheels for thinner tyres makes more sense. That's the approach I took - though I've only done about 200 miles on the 29er wheels as I get on so well with the B+ setup.
by ScotRoutes
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 566

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

His pic shows him on the climb out of Annat
Which pic?
by ScotRoutes
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 566

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Coffin Road re-route looks interesting.