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by AlasdairMc
Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:46 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Favourite kit from 2020
Replies: 54
Views: 1093

Re: Favourite kit from 2020

Special mention goes to the brake pads from China - buying direct from AliExpress means four sets for a fiver. Are you buying a new lid and pads as well? Just in case :roll: :roll: :lol: I hope they are more genuine than unbranded copies in fidlock buckles via AliExpress.. :o They’re the same pads ...
by AlasdairMc
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:10 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Favourite kit from 2020
Replies: 54
Views: 1093

Re: Favourite kit from 2020

I bought ScottL’s Orbea Occam on here, and it convinced me that I was wasting my time thinking a rigid bike could truly do it all. A light full suss is so much faster and comfier for certain rides - not to mention much more fun! Special mention goes to the brake pads from China - buying direct from ...
by AlasdairMc
Sun Jan 03, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Anyone seen a nice SS frame lately?
Replies: 31
Views: 592

Re: Anyone seen a nice SS frame lately?

Does it need to be slidey dropouts, or just anything that’ll do SS?

Both Jones and Stooge use EBB, although different formats (Stooge has bolts on the shell itself).

Travers Angus II? https://www.traversbikes.com/store.html ... y=15761034
by AlasdairMc
Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Overseas purchases and imports
Replies: 44
Views: 992

Re: Overseas purchases and imports

sean_iow wrote:
Sat Jan 02, 2021 9:56 pm
last season's styles bought in the sales.
That’s one plus about bike gear. I haven’t a clue what season my stuff is from, other than distinguishing between summer and not summer.
by AlasdairMc
Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Your top 3 ITT tips.
Replies: 32
Views: 972

Re: Your top 3 ITT tips.

- Practice everything that isn’t pedalling. Can you replace a spoke without removing your tubeless seal, can you set up your bivi in the rain, can you re-pack in minutes? Serious stuff. No. I cannot replace a spoke without removing my tubeless seal. And I'd REALLY like to know how. Im not bad on th...
by AlasdairMc
Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Your top 3 ITT tips.
Replies: 32
Views: 972

Re: Your top 3 ITT tips.

Mine is simple: Never scratch at night. Been there, done that - possibly to you Greg actually. My 3: - Learn to recognise the specific symptoms of thirst, hunger and tiredness, and know how to address them in advance. - Minimise the number and duration of stops by maximising what you do on them (ta...
by AlasdairMc
Mon Dec 28, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Best dropouts for ss or rohloff ?
Replies: 16
Views: 252

Re: Best dropouts for ss or rohloff ?

Do you need to do anything at all? You’ll need some way of tensioning the chain, so an eccentric BB of some sort. You can get solutions for any shell type.

Get the Rohloff disc brake mount of your choice and you don’t need a specific dropout or torque bar.
by AlasdairMc
Mon Dec 28, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are your feelings about next year?
Replies: 40
Views: 913

Re: What are your feelings about next year?

This pretty much echoes my thoughts and plans as well. I'm hoping the Costas/Balearics/Canaries will be open for the masses though so that Scotland isn't quite as busy as it was last summer. Wasn’t it said that those who went abroad and basically ignored all social distancing were responsible for a...
by AlasdairMc
Mon Dec 28, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are your feelings about next year?
Replies: 40
Views: 913

Re: What are your feelings about next year?

I doubt I’ll leave Scotland in 2021. I had aimed to do TD for my 40th but it’ll have to wait. I’m getting a van so will likely do a road trip up North when conditions permit, although I’m well aware that a lot of places have been swamped - I’ll be paying for campsites and travelling midweek. My main...
by AlasdairMc
Sat Dec 26, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: I had a good look Reg, but I couldn't see you...
Replies: 15
Views: 409

Re: I had a good look Reg, but I couldn't see you...

Cycle Touring without a map is like new potatoes without the smell of mint.
I love this. So of its time.
by AlasdairMc
Sat Dec 26, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ever wish you were strong enough to ride single speed ?
Replies: 62
Views: 1481

Re: ever wish you were strong enough to ride single speed ?

One day I'll have to have a go on a Jones. They get a whole lot of positivity. You’re welcome to a shot if you’re ever in the area. If I’m honest, I thought it was the best bike for everything until I got a full bouncer (Orbea Occam TR) from here and realised other bikes can be better for other thi...
by AlasdairMc
Fri Dec 25, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ever wish you were strong enough to ride single speed ?
Replies: 62
Views: 1481

Re: ever wish you were strong enough to ride single speed ?

In December I’ve ridden only my singlespeed, an hour a day, and it’s working wonders for my fitness - which had dropped a lot due to lockdown. My legs feel stronger, as does my chest. I seem to recover better, and can get through each session even if I don’t feel the love for the first part. I have ...
by AlasdairMc
Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: "official" UK Bikepacking Routes
Replies: 28
Views: 754

Re: "official" UK Bikepacking Routes

Oh dear. In the Scottish section they list the Southern Upland Way. Oh dear oh dear oh dear....... Seems like it’s one of those lists where the routes themselves haven’t actually been ridden by the contributors? There’s no mention of the HT550 - I wonder if that’s deliberate on their part, or Alan ...
by AlasdairMc
Sun Dec 20, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: How often do you rebuild/change?
Replies: 17
Views: 298

Re: How often do you rebuild/change?

I generally do lots of maintenance in one go, mainly when something breaks. Or I’ll be doing something minor and realise that loads more needs done. Example was changing my fatbike 10 to 11 speed (drivetrain came off another bike). Chainring needed sourced, then I realised the BB bearings were shot ...
by AlasdairMc
Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is Anyone Using Tideace Forks?
Replies: 21
Views: 459

Re: Is Anyone Using Tideace Forks?

The dropout looks far lighter than any other carbon fork I’ve ever seen or used. On all others it’s moulded into the fork instead of being a blob at the end of the leg. Hopefully that isn’t relevant or critical to its success. I had a set of eBay fatbike forks - no problems at all. Can’t remember wh...
by AlasdairMc
Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: West Highland Way record
Replies: 30
Views: 945

Re: West Highland Way record

A WHW in a day has long been on my ticklist. My plan has been to set off in darkness (possibly midnight) in order to get some of the busier, southern, bits done without encountering lots of walkers. For me, logistics also now favour a Northbound ride whereas when living in Edinburgh it would have b...
by AlasdairMc
Mon Dec 07, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Alpkit Edinburgh
Replies: 16
Views: 651

Re: Alpkit Edinburgh

Odd location if correct, must be pitching for the student market. Won’t be handy for me to get to from longstone anyway. Probably cheap rent and close enough to the Crags and Pollock for student climbers. Like you it’s miles away for me (Balerno). Unless they’ve got decent bike parking I doubt I’d ...
by AlasdairMc
Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Where is everyone?
Replies: 71
Views: 1704

Re: Where is everyone?

I think there may be a cookie thing as well. Not just eating them, as they’re delicious, but I have noticed I seem to be logged out a lot more often than normal.
by AlasdairMc
Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cutthroat - worth the hype?
Replies: 18
Views: 472

Re: Cutthroat - worth the hype?

Pretty much what jameso said. You need to be exceptionally comfortable on whatever you take - the rest is secondary. I think I'd logged close to 5,000km on my Cutty before the TDR to make sure it was as comfortable, if not more, than the Ti Fargo it replaced. FWIW, the setup I used for the TDR was ...
by AlasdairMc
Sun Nov 29, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cutthroat - worth the hype?
Replies: 18
Views: 472

Re: Cutthroat - worth the hype?

Would your Jones not be the tool for the job for the TD? I suffered badly with numb fingers on the HT550 on it, and I now have a fear of cracking it again while I’m somewhere properly remote. It’s already had two repairs, and I don’t want to risk it going while in the middle of a race. I do love ri...
by AlasdairMc
Sun Nov 29, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cutthroat - worth the hype?
Replies: 18
Views: 472

Cutthroat - worth the hype?

I’m considering a Salsa Cutthroat as a potential 2022 Tour Divide basher, and for general non-technical gravel type thing. I know there are several owners on here - what do you reckon? For info, I ride a Jones and a Warbird, and I reckon the Cutthroat would sit nicely between the two of them. What i...
by AlasdairMc
Wed Nov 25, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Reccomend a 650b Plus Steel Frame?
Replies: 26
Views: 558

Re: Reccomend a 650b Plus Steel Frame?

If the frame is designed right, you can get away with a 135mm rear hub on a fat bike. Just need to build it asymmetric and dish it to hell.

There was a Shand in the classifieds which is now on eBay - sadly it’s a 170mm rear
by AlasdairMc
Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Shand plus bike frame and forks (£550) price drop
Replies: 1
Views: 339

Re: Shand plus bike frame medium

Any photos? Where is it located? Do you have a geometry sheet given it’s custom made?
by AlasdairMc
Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rear hanger help
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: Rear hanger help

Option 4: bend it back. If it’s getting binned you can’t really ruin it much more, so ensuring the mech hole has a bolt in it, try and straighten it back up with a big adjustable wrench.
by AlasdairMc
Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Just when you thought the bandwagon was full!
Replies: 13
Views: 557

Re: Just when you thought the bandwagon was full!

Brooks are missing a trick. A bikepacking saddle bag that uses the saddle bag mounts on a Brooks saddle would be great. I always find that saddle rail mounted bags swing a lot, whereas the shape and position of the mounts on a Cambium improve stability a lot more.