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by ChrisF
Sun Oct 13, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 sightings?
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Re: BB200 sightings?

That’s good to hear Reg. We’re at Swansea next week, but I think Aber will win, without any additional pushing from me. He’s not a cyclist but loves the outdoors, hillwalking, backpacking, canoeing etc. He also plays rugby so that should work out too! Oh, and the course and department seemed great, ...
by ChrisF
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 sightings?
Replies: 4
Views: 289

BB200 sightings?

We’ve been over in Aberystwyth today for the Uni open day (son is thinking of studying there). On the way back, about 4ish, I spotted a gaggle of bike packing bikes outside a cafe in Machynlleth as we drove through. I haven’t been following the BB200 chat so didn’t realise it was this weekend, just ...
by ChrisF
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 892
Views: 50853

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

September done on Sunday night. Squeezed this one in a bit last minute and didn't have much spare time so it was out from home at about 6pm, short ride up onto Chinley Churn and found a nice spot overlooking the valley. It was dark by the time I put the tent up so only one picture. https://live.stat...
by ChrisF
Sun Sep 29, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 892
Views: 50853

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Am out doing my Sept BaM now. It’s a pleasant evening and forecast to stay dry. Fingers crossed. 🤞
by ChrisF
Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 892
Views: 50853

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Cheers Reg, will be busy making my own luck later. Have just had a couple of hours walk over Higgar Tor with my son, plenty of rain and all the paths are mini rivers.
by ChrisF
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: OAPs daily release (or 3)
Replies: 35
Views: 708

Re: OAPs daily release (or 3)

Great write up chaps, some proper Welsh weather! I wouldn’t have lasted past the first night.
by ChrisF
Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 892
Views: 50853

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

I planned to ride from work on Friday for a Peak bivvy. Sat in the office next to a 3m high window with the rain lashing outside all day dampened my spirits somewhat... I set off in the afternoon, got a proper soaking, and found that my handlebars turned for home, there was no stopping them 🙁 So tha...
by ChrisF
Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Are we "cool" now... and for how long
Replies: 20
Views: 803

Re: Are we "cool" now... and for how long

A gear tester friend of mine calls Patagonia “Patagucci”. Says it all.
by ChrisF
Tue Sep 10, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bonkers time triallists
Replies: 57
Views: 1710

Re: Bonkers time triallists

All good points Dave. It could well be that it looked riskier than it really was, and I may have felt quite different if I’d been on a bike rather than watching from behind the wheel. Human perception of risk is very inaccurate. As for signage - there wasn’t any where I joined the DC (at a slip road...
by ChrisF
Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bonkers time triallists
Replies: 57
Views: 1710

Re: Bonkers time triallists

^^ What Alpinum said makes sense to me.

Dave - you’re misrepresenting what I said, but as you’ve admitted to ranting, I’ll let you off :wink:
by ChrisF
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bonkers time triallists
Replies: 57
Views: 1710

Re: Bonkers time triallists

Blaming the victims isnt helpful either I think we’re in danger of arguing when we are all actually agreeing. :cool: No one is saying that TTs shouldn’t be held on busy roads if the riders want to do that. I just can’t for the life of me understand why they do it, but that applies to the vast major...
by ChrisF
Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bonkers time triallists
Replies: 57
Views: 1710

Re: Bonkers time triallists

I wasn’t making any points about they should/shouldn’t be there etc, it was more a visceral reaction to seeing them and thinking ‘f**k, that looks dangerous...’ It was clear that some of the riders were venturing as far out into the lane as they dared to get the best ‘push’ and ‘suck’ so to speak. 1...
by ChrisF
Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bonkers time triallists
Replies: 57
Views: 1710

Bonkers time triallists

Have just had a trip (in the car) down to Tamworth from New Mills, visiting family. On the way back we were on the A50 for a bit and there was a time trial event on. The A50 (on this stretch at least) is a really busy dual carriageway, loads of artics as well as cars, all doing 60-70, the lanes are ...
by ChrisF
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Thinking SS...
Replies: 35
Views: 911

Re: Thinking SS...

Oh and don’t worry if the climbs feel harder than you want. One thing that SS will do for you is make you better at recovering after big efforts 🙂
by ChrisF
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Thinking SS...
Replies: 35
Views: 911

Re: Thinking SS...

Redefined- if your commute is a road one, I think those ratios will be too low. You’ll be spinning out for much of the ride. I use 42:18 on my road commute on a heavy bike with a pannier and chunky heavy tyres. It’s 13mile each way with around 700ft climbing on the way home. With that gear I find up...
by ChrisF
Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Thinking SS...
Replies: 35
Views: 911

Re: Thinking SS...

A lot of love on here for single speeds! I’ve been riding ss off-road almost exclusively for ages (18 years or so). A bit less so in the last year as my fitness has dived a bit. I commute on a Genesis Day One too, have probably done 10k miles on that. Some learnt lessons/tips: Just convert your exis...
by ChrisF
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:50 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 892
Views: 50853

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

I’ve used it a couple of times, it can be a bit breezy as one side is almost completely open to the elements. No colder than a tarp and bivvy though!
It does have a very nice bench, proper mod cons. And a stream only a few metres away.
by ChrisF
Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:09 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 892
Views: 50853

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

by RIP » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:22 am Still alive Mr F? Certainly am thank you Reg :smile: The weather gods were very kind after the delugional commute in the morning. Aug bivvy done 8 out 8. I got an early finish from work Friday, bike waiting for me in the shed at work: https://live.staticflickr.com...
by ChrisF
Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 892
Views: 50853

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

I got caught in a biblical deluge just after setting off. After a couple of miles it eased off to bog standard pissing it down.
I live a couple of miles down the valley from Whaley Bridge. Hoping we don’t get a repeat performance.
by ChrisF
Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 892
Views: 50853

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Thanks for the encouragement :-bd Just getting ready for the ride in to work, windy ‘n wet already (the weather, not a description of me). Have only got a water resistant bivvy bag (and quilt), no tarp or tent. This is to make me do the longer ride to the shelter up at Ladybower. (A safe distance ab...
by ChrisF
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 892
Views: 50853

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

With holidays coming up, my only chance for an August bivvy is tomorrow night. The forecast here in the Peak is dire, so I’m posting my intentions here to stop me backing out :???:
Planning to head somewhere with a roof, trouble is it’s 4 hours ride from work.
by ChrisF
Mon Aug 05, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Peak District Wild Camping
Replies: 21
Views: 912

Re: Peak District Wild Camping

I’ve used the small shelter here a couple of times: http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?x=418927&y=388496&z=120&sv=418927,388496&st=4&ar=y&mapp=map.srf&searchp=ids.srf&dn=650&ax=418927&ay=388496&lm=0 Best used on an arrive late/leave early basis, a nice spot with a stream a few yards away. Can second the...
by ChrisF
Sun Aug 04, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 892
Views: 50853

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

A late post for July's BaM. 7 out of 7 Friday evening saw me setting off for an intended 4 hours riding to do a loop that brought me to a bivvy spot not far from home. Saturday morning we were heading off to Wales so I needed to be back earlyish. Good intentions soon faded as I hit the first decent ...
by ChrisF
Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A tough old slog! Now with video!
Replies: 19
Views: 646

Re: A tough old slog!

Nice one summittoppler. Having been up and around that area many times (on foot and climbing) not sure I'd fancy taking a bike :shock: . There's rideable and then there's "rideable"...
by ChrisF
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 892
Views: 50853

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

@Crewlie - I love the Gigha photos, we spent new year on Gigha this year, its a beautiful place (in a cottage, not bivvying :wink: ). The kids even went for a swim to celebrate New Year’s Day.

@Jaminb - a fully qualified BaM I reckon and extra points for involving the little uns.