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by AlasdairMc
Sat Aug 15, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What's like a small carabiner but not...
Replies: 20
Views: 426

Re: What's like a small carabiner but not...

Oval screw gate karabiner or a maillon rapide would be my recommendation. The oval karabiner, with the webbing in each of the rounded ends will ensure that the strain is pulling across the gate as per a typical climbing load. The maillon rapide is more permanent, whereas the screw gate is designed t...
by AlasdairMc
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: who rides Ti ?
Replies: 69
Views: 1667

Re: who rides Ti ?

Three. And I've sold two others. I like the feel. I like the weight. I like the bare metal look. I like the fact that I can mistreat the frame by strapping bags to it and it comes up like new. I like the fact that I can buy custom Ti frames for much less than alloy and steel frames from some of the...
by AlasdairMc
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: Borders 350/220 Major Route Change
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: Borders 350/220 Major Route Change

Hi Ray,

Can you email or message me the route please? I’m just nosy, but I’ll put it on a Google Drive link that you can then put on the Facebook page.

Cheers,

Alasdair
by AlasdairMc
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Coffee bags or other options
Replies: 33
Views: 1050

Re: Coffee bags or other options

Allow me to introduce the GSI Java Drip Ultralight: https://www.outdoorgb.com/p/GSI_Outdoors_Ultralight_Java_Drip/ I’ve used this for years, it does mean you need a second water receptacle, either to pour from or pour into, but a water bottle won’t die with a mild exposure to boiling water. I take j...
by AlasdairMc
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3409
Views: 587858

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Lidl have SIS gels at £6 for 12 at the moment. The one I was in had some decent flavours - apple and cherry. They have less of a snot consistency when properly warm, as I discovered yesterday,
by AlasdairMc
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3409
Views: 587858

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

techno wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:12 am
I'll pass, it'll still get furred up with limescale in 6 months and need replacing. An yes I'm too cheap to buy a water filter.
Seeing as this is the bargain thread, you can save money on a limescale filter by moving to Scotland instead.
by AlasdairMc
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 2mm, 2 'kin mm.
Replies: 7
Views: 345

Re: 2mm, 2 'kin mm.

I’ve posted handlebars in massive cuboid boxes so I can use the maximum internal diagonal instead of paying for a large parcel price if I send it in a thinner box.

Sorry to anyone who has had to pick up one of those monstrosities (that weigh almost nothing helpfully).
by AlasdairMc
Sun Jul 26, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: SRAM gx 12 speed rear mech (SOLD)
Replies: 6
Views: 142

Re: SRAM gx 12 speed rear mech £45

Yes please! I’ve pringled mine and a spare would be great.
by AlasdairMc
Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:45 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do you ever count how much crap you have?
Replies: 25
Views: 817

Re: Do you ever count how much crap you have?

I only ever consider it to be a problem when I’ve got more than a bike’s worth of spares. Thankfully I’m still at least a frame and fork short of that, but I have a fair few random wheels dotted around.
by AlasdairMc
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 233
Views: 6407

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

I'm in two minds for this. You should go, or at least be in the area, I like to have a plan B in case I scratch :wink: Sadly my van has gone to heaven. I do know many of the bailout spots on the Cairngorms Loop, and the best return routes to Blair Atholl. In many cases you’re quicker finishing most...
by AlasdairMc
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 145 quid per night to bivi (breakfast included)
Replies: 7
Views: 473

Re: 145 quid per night to bivi (breakfast included)

It's the middle of July, you can't see the mountains for the mist, it's raining and about 12 degrees. Hopefully, anyone who buys into that pretentious middle class bollox will have the same. :-bd Yeah, they'll get about 30 seconds of Instagram-friendly heaven at the start, and will wake up midway t...
by AlasdairMc
Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 233
Views: 6407

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

I'm in two minds for this. I'm woefully unfit so couldn't do the route much justice, but then having a route to ride would focus my training. It's also tempting to just solo the route so I'm not pressured into riding at a race pace (not that I could tbh) and blow up.
by AlasdairMc
Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 145 quid per night to bivi (breakfast included)
Replies: 7
Views: 473

145 quid per night to bivi (breakfast included)

Is it just me, or is this a posh bivi without much consideration for the reality of a bivi night (no sleep, being awoken by wind)?

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2020 ... s-the-tent
by AlasdairMc
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: How often do you take a stove?
Replies: 38
Views: 1078

Re: How often do you take a stove?

If there’s a bothy involved (and its use is intentional), I’ll always have a stove with me - it’s something to do to pass the time. Any kind of adventure from the house, no stove as I’ll leave after dinner and just roll home for breakfast. In between that, if it’s a trip where I can guarantee daily ...
by AlasdairMc
Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD: rear hub, Woodchippers
Replies: 4
Views: 243

Re: WTD: rear hub, Woodchippers

Drliamski wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:33 am
I've got a set of wider in the classified at the moment!
46 cm
viewtopic.php?t=16987
Wide is good. Once a mountain biker, always a mountain biker...
by AlasdairMc
Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD: rear hub, Woodchippers
Replies: 4
Views: 243

WTD: rear hub, Woodchippers

Hello,

Does anyone have a rear 32h Hope Pro 2 or 4 for sale? Non-Boost, QR preferably.

Also, Salsa Woodchippers, either metal or carbon?

Thanks.
by AlasdairMc
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fat wheel, Surly Rabbit hole rim
Replies: 6
Views: 257

Re: Fat wheel, Surly Rabbit hole rim

A Surly rim strip over the holes, then wide gorilla tape over that worked for me. It needs to be the wide tape as it needs to cover the whole width of the rim in one pass.
by AlasdairMc
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping Bag Rated to -6 and a tent 3 edging into 4 season tent
Replies: 39
Views: 1263

Re: Sleeping Bag Rated to -6 and a tent 3 edging into 4 season tent

I have the Quantum 350, and think it’s great. I do wonder if they’re being generous with the -6 rating, but I’ve never actually been cold in it, and that includes every Bearbones winter bivi I’ve been on. In terms of tents, I’ve got a Laser Comp, but I’ve wondered about the Solar as a winter tent. T...
by AlasdairMc
Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stupid ideas you can't shake.
Replies: 54
Views: 2184

Re: Stupid ideas you can't shake.

Potentially a silly idea, but I cant shake the Colorado Trail from my head. I've reconciled the positives and negatives of the race vs ITT / Tour style or the going alone / with friends either. Thinking about, its not actually that silly an idea so perhaps I should go for it... I also have the Colo...
by AlasdairMc
Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: I’m struggling...
Replies: 10
Views: 657

Re: I’m struggling...

I queued for 4 (four) hours to get into a techno club in Berlin a few months ago apparently. Don't really remember doing it so I'd recommend altering your mental state should you ever need to spend a similar amount of time in a queue. Doesn’t really work if you’re driving a car tbh, although the de...
by AlasdairMc
Thu May 21, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dropper/Seatpack thingamy
Replies: 10
Views: 435

Re: Dropper/Seatpack thingamy

Great idea. There’s a secondary use in that they provide a temporary collar if your dropper dies on a big ride - someone mentioned similar in a Facebook group I’m in.

Does 50mm cover other manufacturers too? From memory my Wildcat and Revelate packs have straps of broadly similar sizes
by AlasdairMc
Thu May 21, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 8827

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

htrider wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 10:21 pm
I was 80% decided on going SS. If I were to do a notional ITT (or any other trip for that matter) then single speed it will be....
I’m debating singlespeeding my Jones now that my Stooge is away. Like Sean I’ve got a bouncy bike now and it’s amazing, but singlespeeding is a lot of fun.
by AlasdairMc
Wed May 20, 2020 5:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 8827

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

sean_iow wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 2:22 pm
htrider wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 1:59 pm
Plus if you do an ITT there is a lot less urgency so no drama if you have to take some time out to recover....
You're confusing an ITT with touring :wink:

I'd be concerned about making round with my current form :lol:
Just put gears on and you’ll be fine :-)
by AlasdairMc
Tue May 19, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 8827

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

We’ll need to review the list of supply stops after this as there’s a real risk some may disappear in the next few months. Plenty of precarious operations using their summer takings to pay their winter debts, and if opening delays much then they may not have that chance. I'll do my bit by heading up...
by AlasdairMc
Sun May 10, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What tents do you lot use
Replies: 58
Views: 2403

Re: What tents do you lot use

Terra Nova Laser Comp 1 for me. It’s a really really good tent, just under a kilo with bags of space. Comfort is important for me, so having lots of interior space is welcome.