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by Scud
Thu Jan 21, 2021 11:16 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sidetracked Magazine Issue 20 Cover
Replies: 37
Views: 611

Re: Sidetracked Magazine Issue 20 Cover

This seems to be a clash between the impractical nature of high fashion and the Instagram love of "The Outdoors (TM)" where most mountains and beautiful views have been reduced to a backdrop for beautiful people to stand in front of for Likes...
by Scud
Tue Jan 19, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: MoJo
Replies: 39
Views: 637

Re: MoJo

I've come to realise that riding bike is good, riding bike with friends is better, riding bikes with friends kitted up for a night under tarp is bestest... so missing the social aspect mostly... But as i have barely left my village since March, I have just developed a coping mechanism of routine usi...
by Scud
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Clothing for discerning larger gent...
Replies: 2
Views: 175

Clothing for discerning larger gent...

- Brand new (only tried on) Alpkit merino cycle jersey - XXL size. Was £60 - £30 posted Exact same as this: https://alpkit.com/products/kepler-velo-short-sleeve-mens - Brand new Alpkit long sleeved Micro fleece base or mid layer (really quite warm) - XXL size £15 posted. Same as this: https://alpkit...
by Scud
Fri Jan 15, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wahoo element roam. please explain....
Replies: 14
Views: 336

Re: Wahoo element roam. please explain....

To add my thoughts, i had 6 Garmins before my Wahoo Element, and now my Roam. Every one of the Garmin developed a glitch of some sort, whether it failed to upload routes, would just start turning itself off randomly, or the last one the battery just died. I think the Garmin have good hardwear which ...
by Scud
Thu Jan 14, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Taking a knife to a gunfight.
Replies: 59
Views: 974

Re: Taking a knife to a gunfight.

i think for me, all my bikes on all types, have been bought or built with a bikepacking slant, including the gravel bike. So i have a fat bike as i live near miles of beaches that has mount for bags and jones-style bars, i have a "monster-cross" style Singular Gryphon with low gearing and bars set u...
by Scud
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: "local"? Ask Boris :-)
Replies: 44
Views: 1051

Re: "local"? Ask Boris :-)

My biggest regret was riding with Boris up one of the Surrey Hills on the first Ride London......and not pushing him in a ditch, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
by Scud
Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: XS bikes for 5ft women riders
Replies: 9
Views: 185

Re: XS bikes for 5ft women riders

I am looking for the same myself, my daughter at 10 years old has just hit 5ft and her bike i bought her last year, is now dwarfed..

There is a few on ebay if you type in "xs mountain bike" Spec. Hardrock, Cailbre Bossnut.

But why do people insist on "Collection Only" in the middle of a lockdown?!
by Scud
Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel bike gearing
Replies: 17
Views: 401

Re: Gravel bike gearing

Remember that 10 speed Shimano road shifters have the same pull ratio as 9 speed MTB stuff. So a very reliable wide-range system can be had potentially with some of the 9 speed stuff you have and some older 10 speed road shifters, ran it on my old Fargo and worked well. Or if you can get a whole che...
by Scud
Thu Jan 07, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: It'll pass..
Replies: 11
Views: 425

Re: It'll pass..

I'm thinking that if nothing else it will make us appreciate the little things more and our own locality.. I was looking forward to a bikepacking trip to Slovenia and to go to New York that we had saved up for, for my wife's 40th. Now, i would be happy to go for a bivvy trip to the coast 10 miles aw...
by Scud
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: bespectacled night time off road runners
Replies: 21
Views: 360

Re: bespectacled night time off road runners

I was thinking that you could use existing strap with the Joystick holding part over the top, then stitch to a blank thick band of elastic around the head, so torch sits at top?
by Scud
Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:15 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: bespectacled night time off road runners
Replies: 21
Views: 360

Re: bespectacled night time off road runners

Would it be worth just buying some thick elastic and making a different headband for the Joystick? Can't be too difficult to make one that had the band still round head, but then strip over the top to hold the light on top of your barnet? Seems a much cheaper way, as the Joystick is a great light.
by Scud
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hate to bring it up again but ...
Replies: 108
Views: 2261

Re: Hate to bring it up again but ...

I guess the 8pm show will mirror Scotlands announcement already, that we are going into a proper lockdown including schools closing?

So more poor attempts at home-schooling again for me!
by Scud
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hate to bring it up again but ...
Replies: 108
Views: 2261

Re: Hate to bring it up again but ...

Totally agree with you Matt, whilst i don't live in a mountainous area, we have an island called Scolt Head, one of those you can wade across to on the lowest point of the tide, then have to wait the 12 hours to get back, being rescued from the island for people who don't realise tides comes in and ...
by Scud
Mon Jan 04, 2021 5:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hate to bring it up again but ...
Replies: 108
Views: 2261

Re: Hate to bring it up again but ...

I suspect Matt that people who rarely hike up a hill, or get out into the countryside often feel safety in numbers, if they can see a stream of people going up and down a hill, then they don't need to attempt to navigate anywhere or feel they might get lost, plus they know there will be an ice-cream...
by Scud
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hate to bring it up again but ...
Replies: 108
Views: 2261

Re: Hate to bring it up again but ...

I live in a rural area, and consider myself lucky to do so, my wife works as a consultant in our local hospital, but what bugs me is that every time there is a lockdown, we clearly see a stream of Range Rovers, Audi and Jaguar SUV's, with those driving it adorned in tweed and Hunter wellies all head...
by Scud
Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: SS road bikes for touring
Replies: 24
Views: 565

Re: SS road bikes for touring

I think for touring a Dinglespeed would be great, i run a Bombtrack Needle road bike with 46/16 and Singular Peregrine on 45c with 40/16 which works for me, but then i live in Norfolk and only do 1000m of climbing in a ride at most locally. The new Peregrine frame would make a lovely tourer? Love th...
by Scud
Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Something to look forward to
Replies: 1
Views: 114

Re: Something to look forward to

I read somewhere though that it won't be fully completed until 2040? So hopefully we'll be able to travel freely by then!
by Scud
Mon Dec 21, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cold weather tips
Replies: 41
Views: 1176

Re: Cold weather tips

As someone who has suffered severe frostbite, although it was working in a poultry abattoir as a student, and hypothermia as a squaddie, neither is much fun! The top tips given to me over the years that all i can think of to add to the above: - Your sleeping bag insulation whether it be down or synt...
by Scud
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Best trail / multitool of all time?
Replies: 47
Views: 1208

Re: Best trail / multitool of all time?

Always really liked these, found it good for bikepacking as it has a lock blade on it, plus all the allen keys come off making it a lot easier to reach awkward places and good chain tool that works and metal hook for holding the two ends of the chain, coupled with a chinese copy of the Wolftooth cha...
by Scud
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What capacity battery pack do you use?
Replies: 14
Views: 363

Re: What capacity battery pack do you use?

For a weekend i tend to use on the smaller 5200mAH one, that allows me to charge phone and Wahoo computer overnight and top up light if needed, i'd say it was equivalent of 2 full charges of my iphone 11. For an extended trip like Torino-Nice i had a big 20,000mAH one, this topped up phone, Wahoo an...
by Scud
Mon Dec 14, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Trek 1120
Replies: 7
Views: 216

Re: Trek 1120

They are around £2400 for complete bike or you can get frameset for £700, so leaves a lot to spec your own build?

If you have a fat bike already, why not have a 29+ set of wheels for that, and spend some nice money on custom racks for that? i have full fat and 29+ for Beargrase and works well..
by Scud
Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ever get proper fecked off with bikes ?
Replies: 17
Views: 591

Re: ever get proper fecked off with bikes ?

Other thing to do is to book an event (which i know is all up in the air) that slightly scares you that you'll compete it, every time you think about rolling over in bed, remind yourself just how many miles/ how long in the saddle the event is..... Or what about just doing something new, i had a wei...
by Scud
Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ever get proper fecked off with bikes ?
Replies: 17
Views: 591

Re: ever get proper fecked off with bikes ?

Always found Kate Bush is in the same league as Bjork, of "brilliantly batty!"
by Scud
Mon Dec 14, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ever get proper fecked off with bikes ?
Replies: 17
Views: 591

Re: ever get proper fecked off with bikes ?

There are days where it is difficult to scrape myself out of the door, but l know once out, especially if with a mate, then it'll be worth it. What i have found best in winter, is make my outside rides easy going, do the hard work a coupe of times on the turbo, just set your bike as best you can for...
by Scud
Thu Dec 10, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Googlepay NFC without an enabled phone
Replies: 16
Views: 396

Re: Googlepay NFC without an enabled phone

I've stopped carrying cash or cards, because i thankfully can pay with iphone and apple watch... There was a guy at one of the bike shows a few years ago, that had a company where you bought a ring with a chip in it you could pay with, cannot remember the company name, but something like this: https...