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by ScotRoutes
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bivi Bags
Replies: 72
Views: 1477

Re: Bivi Bags

Just been thinking about this thread briefly today and the multiple mentions of the midge nets... I'm not sure if its just me, but has anyone else noticed that if you stay away from sugar, midges dont bother digging in to you as breakky (or maybe that was just Welsh and Scottish midges). Hence when...
by ScotRoutes
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Best Saddle and Shorts for ITT’s and LD XC Racing
Replies: 34
Views: 354

Re: Best Saddle and Shorts for ITT’s and LD XC Racing

If you like the size/shape of the Spoon but want something that last longer then the 143mm saddles from Specialized might suit you. There are different models for road and MTB. There are Gel models too that might provide additional comfort on longer rides.
by ScotRoutes
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Suspension Seatposts and Stems
Replies: 14
Views: 226

Re: Suspension Seatposts and Stems

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by ScotRoutes
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bivi Bags
Replies: 72
Views: 1477

Re: Bivi Bags

Aye, the Ascent has a zipped in midge net right around the top. On the current models there's a wee loop for attaching it to a guy line or similar so you can keep it wide open. IIRC the net on the Snowyside is more of a "letterbox" affair.
by ScotRoutes
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bivi Bags
Replies: 72
Views: 1477

Re: Bivi Bags

If the Rab Ascent doesn't pack small enough for you then how about the Borah Snowyside?
by ScotRoutes
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Broken Riders - Joining The Party (Long Read)
Replies: 54
Views: 787

Re: Broken Riders - Joining The Party (Long Read)

I've used honey on chicken legs. Adds a nice extra flavour. Dog though? :shock:
by ScotRoutes
Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Synmat leakage
Replies: 16
Views: 229

Re: Synmat leakage

I find leaks by blowing the mat up to fairly high pressure, then systematically running it along a few millimetres from my cheek. I can feel the draft from the leak that way that I can't find by running a (less sensitive) hand over it. Yep. Tried that method too, it's how I find holes in inner tube...
by ScotRoutes
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Synmat leakage
Replies: 16
Views: 229

Re: Synmat leakage

I fold and roll, so the mat ends up 1/3rd width. I'm guessing it's those longitudinal folds that can be the issue, especially as they are then subject to abrasion in your pack.
by ScotRoutes
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fatfighters 2019 Weigh-in Thread
Replies: 389
Views: 12547

Re: Fatfighters 2019 Weigh-in Thread

07/06 157.0 / 71.2
14/06 159.6 / 72.4

Like a sloth baby!

Previous good work being undone by severe lack of activity and some careless eating. Now it's holiday time and that's not a good sign.
by ScotRoutes
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 323
Views: 5903

Re: Tour Divide 2019

I heard that all the bears were carrying Dave spray this year.
by ScotRoutes
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: TD 2019 rigs ('bikes' for the English speakers).
Replies: 51
Views: 1053

Re: TD 2019 rigs ('bikes' for the English speakers).

I always clean all my kit before the start of a race and the bike, it needs to look good on instagram :wink: If you're flying in to canada or the USA would having a dirty bike and bags be an issue? With the risk (perceived or otherwise) of bringing in a biohazard? Whether or not it's a legal requir...
by ScotRoutes
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Synmat leakage
Replies: 16
Views: 229

Re: Synmat leakage

Colin, I've found that the one-way flap in the valve sometimes doesn't seal right and it leaks air. If it's really bad the mat won't even inflate :roll: I'm assuming this isn't the usual softness due to the air inside cooling on contact with the ground? I doubt one company's inflator bag will work ...
by ScotRoutes
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Synmat leakage
Replies: 16
Views: 229

Synmat leakage

I have a Exped Synmat HL7. It's slowly deflating. I've tried to find the leak by partially inflating the mat and holding (parts of) it under water. This is comedic enough. However, nothing is showing up. So...... (a) any hints for finding the leak? (b) should I just put in some Stans sealant and squ...
by ScotRoutes
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Shelter Help.
Replies: 6
Views: 221

Re: Shelter Help.

TheBrownDog wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:57 pm
You're more likely to drown from the condensation inside your Lunar Solo than a few drips through the seams. They are very tightly sewn.
I've only had condensation once in my Lunar Solo - and that was a beach camp in the haar. Maybe it's just always windy where I camp :lol:
by ScotRoutes
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What cables for brakes and gears.....
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: What cables for brakes and gears.....

Shimano SP41 for gears.

Jagwire Pro Road compressionless for the BB7s. The bendy tubes under the bar tape make a massive difference.
by ScotRoutes
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What the go to GPS these days?
Replies: 11
Views: 320

Re: What the go to GPS these days?

Ah, cool. Bob beat me to it!
by ScotRoutes
Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What the go to GPS these days?
Replies: 11
Views: 320

Re: What the go to GPS these days?

Recently bought an Oregon 700 Screen is a little small (compared with the Montana) however the battery life is amazing Oregon seems fine if one is merely following a line Does the Oregon 700 use AA Lithium batteries and how many hours do do they last ? Lithium or AA rechargeable. My 600 will do up ...
by ScotRoutes
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: I know I probably shouldn't like it ...
Replies: 18
Views: 476

Re: I know I probably shouldn't like it ...

Just because you can, ......
by ScotRoutes
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What the go to GPS these days?
Replies: 11
Views: 320

Re: What the go to GPS these days?

Judging by the number of problems folk have with the Edge series, I'd be avoiding those. Etrex if you want small, with a choice of button-operated or touch-screen. Otherwise, Oregon (probably the 700 now) if you want larger. Montana looks too big for me. Not sure I'd be trying other brands, though a...
by ScotRoutes
Wed Jun 12, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 323
Views: 5903

Re: Tour Divide 2019

Even if the film crew don't help in any physical way, just knowing that there's somebody nearby who can help you out if you get into trouble is an advantage. You can take a lot more risk knowing there's a bail-out option. You can carry less kit. Lighter sleeping bag, etc knowing that if the weather...
by ScotRoutes
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stitching GPX files together
Replies: 7
Views: 184

Re: Stitching GPX files together

Easy done in Basecamp too.
by ScotRoutes
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Seat Post Shims
Replies: 14
Views: 250

Re: Seat Post Shims

Shims work fine. An application of carbon assembly paste can help stop any slippage.

FWIW a thinner seatpost will generally be less stiff and therefore more comfy on long rides.
by ScotRoutes
Tue Jun 11, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 493
Views: 23854

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Colin, is that renovated/sanitised track the WHW leading south from the White Corries? It wasn't like that at Easter when we rode it. If it is, how far does the work extend? Not far then. Certainly nowhere near the high point of the WHW as that was by far the roughest section. It was very lumpy dow...
by ScotRoutes
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 493
Views: 23854

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

darbeze wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:39 pm
I enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing...

Si
Cheers.

I write these things down for my own pleasure really, and to create a bit of a diary that I can delve into to revive memories. If other folk enjoy them, that's just a bonus.
by ScotRoutes
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1378
Views: 198121

Re: Todays ride

Some scrambling about to find suitable gpx’s to remind me of the route I know someone who could have helped you with that... Did you stick to the new path all the way up to Loch Tarff or do the sensible thing and take to the road? Sounds like you almost made it round despite your reservations/dicky...