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by Charliecres
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 24
Views: 376

Re: What are you drinking now?

A nice cup of tea, made in a pot, brought to me in bed by my lovely wife. Living the dream.
by Charliecres
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Jones loops vs drop bars
Replies: 18
Views: 509

Re: Jones loops vs drop bars

After a fair amount of experimenting I’ve concluded (for now) that I like ‘normal’ MTB bars on bikes that I want to be as technically capable as possible (my Smuggler and Fatty Trail), I like swept bars (Currently loops and On-One OGs) on rigid MTBs, to save my wrists and arms, and because they some...
by Charliecres
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: The Badger Divide In Pictures
Replies: 20
Views: 398

Re: The Badger Divide In Pictures

Good stuff! And great pics :-bd
by Charliecres
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: A question - everyone can play.
Replies: 40
Views: 609

Re: A question - everyone can play.

Camping’s great. A good wild camp can’t be beaten but a good campsite is still great. And it’s a fabulous experience for kids.
by Charliecres
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fox rear shock click?
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Re: Fox rear shock click?

Pretty sure you can’t. Needs to be charged with nitrogen, requires special tools and Fox won’t sell you parts. Or so I’ve heard.
by Charliecres
Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: An Turas Mor
Replies: 33
Views: 761

Re: An Turas Mor

That was a great read. Thanks Borderer. :-bd

When I stopped at Inchbae (think it was 2017) the owner had just had some people pioneering the ride come through. That was the first time I heard of it.
by Charliecres
Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:42 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD: Small road or gravel bike
Replies: 5
Views: 172

Re: WTD: Small road or gravel bike (now sorted)

My daughter’s now sorted. Thanks all
by Charliecres
Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD: Small road or gravel bike
Replies: 5
Views: 172

Re: WTD: Small road or gravel bike

Thanks Lazarus, will PM back
by Charliecres
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD: Small road or gravel bike
Replies: 5
Views: 172

WTD: Small road or gravel bike

My 5ft 6in daughter Is getting into cycling and is looking for a road or gravel bike, ideally Tiagra or above spec level. Anyone got anything?
by Charliecres
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 178
Views: 4135

Re: BB200 2020

I’m in. Really looking forward to it and may possibly have persuaded a mate to do his first BB200. :-bd :lol: :???: :YMDEVIL: =))
by Charliecres
Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 646
Views: 38092

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

I squeezed in my August bivy last night with an emergency trip to an old standby spot just a few miles from home and a few minutes from the pub. This spot is well used by others and has been for years but someone has been busy, “fencing” the area with logs and digging a deep fire pit. Hmmm. Anyway, ...
by Charliecres
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What Bike
Replies: 24
Views: 765

Re: What Bike

It depends a lot on what you intend to do (obvs). I generally ride a rigid 29er with a 29+ front when bikepacking because it suits the sort of riding I do on those trips. But I also have a gravel bike for when there’s less bumpiness and more road in the mix. You’ll know best what works for your wris...
by Charliecres
Fri Aug 28, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What Handlebar Bell - I know forgive me
Replies: 37
Views: 815

Re: What Handlebar Bell - I know forgive me

The Lezyne bells are useless IME. I have a mini one that looks lovely but is so quiet I have trouble hearing it myself. I swallowed my scruples and bought a job lot of Rockbros bells. Very pleased with them. However, it is definitely true that old people sometimes just don’t hear a high-pitched bell...
by Charliecres
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 178
Views: 4135

Re: BB200 2020

South?! That sounds spot-on. A couple of hours less driving the night before would be ace. :-bd
by Charliecres
Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 178
Views: 4135

Re: BB200 2020

Good plan! It’s hard to say no to that. I think the motivation to keep plugging away overnight will be harder to find but a) it’ll be interesting to see and b) it doesn’t really matter. :-bd
by Charliecres
Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:07 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pimp my breakfast
Replies: 21
Views: 690

Re: Pimp my breakfast

With a little pre-trip prep, I’m sure this should be possible:

https://youtu.be/T_U996f25fU
by Charliecres
Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Routes
Topic: King Alfreds Way
Replies: 2
Views: 410

Re: King Alfreds Way

Yes, the link gives me a map of the world and no route. I’ve just plotted something similar - although starting and finishing in Dorking, because that’s where I live. Interested to see how they compare. I did a variation last year but included more road than I’d intended between Salisbury and home b...
by Charliecres
Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 29 plus carbon fork options
Replies: 22
Views: 451

Re: 29 plus carbon fork options

I plumped first a Kinesis fork for my Stooge, mainly because the A-C and trail matched the Stooge spec. I’ve no complaints. From what I remember the Selcof was longer and the Exotic wouldn’t take a 3in tyre. I found a couple of branded Chinese options (Flyxii and BXT) I’d have taken a punt on but ne...
by Charliecres
Fri Aug 21, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cycling glasses... getting old
Replies: 28
Views: 721

Re: Cycling glasses... getting old

I wear contacts with one eye adjusted for distance and one for close-up. This is usually OK but I struggle with reading when I’m tired. After a similar thread a while back I bought some riding glasses with a small reading lens built into the bottom of the main, plain (riding) lens for use on long ri...
by Charliecres
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to
Replies: 26
Views: 621

Re: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to

This looks great and it sounds like you had a fun trip. I’d also like to add this to my to do list if you wouldn’t mind sending me the gpx to charliecres at aol dot com

Thanks! :-bd
by Charliecres
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Guiding on the Slate trails (Video)
Replies: 24
Views: 617

Re: Guiding on the Slate trails (Video)

Nice vid. Looks fun. Amazing scenery and industrial archeology :-bd
by Charliecres
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hammock underquilt advise please
Replies: 42
Views: 1215

Re: Hammock underquilt advise please

There was someone on eBay making custom underquilts in the UK when I looked a few weeks ago. Looked good to my inexperienced eyes. I’ve been using a Neoair in the summer and been perfectly comfortable. I also have a Cloud Cover and have done a trial attachment using shockcord and mini carabiners. Ve...
by Charliecres
Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Drive train cleaner / degreaser?
Replies: 22
Views: 833

Re: Drive train cleaner / degreaser?

I’m a great believer in minimal cleaning. When it’s wet and muddy I hose the bike down with plain water and scrub lightly with an old washing-up brush then wipe the chain dry with a rag. That’s about all the cleaning it ever gets. If it’s dry, I might remember to wipe the chain or I might not. This ...
by Charliecres
Sun Aug 16, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacking mistakes you’ve made
Replies: 31
Views: 1012

Re: Bikepacking mistakes you’ve made

Delv4 wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:17 am
Charliecres wrote:
Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:21 am
Not checking my chainring bolts every once in a while. That’s got me twice. :roll:
never ever have I checked mine on any of my bikes, never had an issue, am I just fortunate?
IME yes. But maybe I’m unfortunate. :grin:
by Charliecres
Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:26 am
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...

Sounds like an evo loop might do the trick. A super simple and lightweight solution https://youtu.be/j3c4rgetTtU