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by Pirahna
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fed up with Garmin. Alternatives?
Replies: 26
Views: 327

Re: Fed up with Garmin. Alternatives?

I've never had any problems with my Garmins. There's a 500, 810, etrex 20x and 30x on regular use, all have been faultless.
by Pirahna
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Coldest winter in 30 years.
Replies: 19
Views: 761

Re: Coldest winter in 30 years.

They find some barmy meteorologist I'm fairly sure a lot of it comes from Piers Corbyn (Jeremys brother). He runs a thing called Weather Action which apparently has some success in long range forecasting. I could be wrong but I think councils use him for predicting winter salt stocks, newspapers us...
by Pirahna
Sun Sep 08, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bonkers time triallists
Replies: 57
Views: 1407

Re: Bonkers time triallists

With stories of people riding into things with their head down, one of the older riders I know was riding a time trial in Essex in the 70's. He reckons he'd got a fair bit of speed up riding down a slip road onto some dual carriageway, head not looking where he was going and rode into the back of an...
by Pirahna
Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bonkers time triallists
Replies: 57
Views: 1407

Re: Bonkers time triallists

Apparently the vehicles speeding past suck you along a bit, so faster times on a dual carriageway.
by Pirahna
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ireland - any long-distance off-road options?
Replies: 11
Views: 184

Re: Ireland - any long-distance off-road options?

My parents live in the midlands area of Ireland. I've never come across any off road cycle access, it's the last place I'd be looking to take a mountain bike. I don't even bother keeping a bike over there.
by Pirahna
Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?
Replies: 58
Views: 1647

Re: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:13 pm
I do sometimes wonder whether there's actually much of a call for long distance cycle trails?
The Divide?

I think that once a trail is published then people will ride it. One or two will post about it on here or a Facebook group, the vast majority of riders won't.
by Pirahna
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?
Replies: 58
Views: 1647

Re: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?

Relying on signage is similar to relying on a GPS and not taking a map out with you (or taking one and leaving it in your bag). All fine and dandy until it goes wrong and you haven't a clue where you are. A rough count says you'd need to start out with about 35 OS Explorer maps for that route. I th...
by Pirahna
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Waterproof shorts & trousers?
Replies: 20
Views: 446

Re: Waterproof shorts & trousers?

I've got Endura and Gore waterproof shorts. Endura if it's really shitty but only to avoid destroying the Gore shorts. If I had to choose between the two it would be Gore every time. They're nicer to wear, a lot less sweaty and pack a lot smaller.
by Pirahna
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?
Replies: 58
Views: 1647

Re: 800 miles, 98% off road - anyone?

I always fancied seeing Cape Wrath, it's only £196 on the train from London with a 60 mile ride at the end.
by Pirahna
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Brooks saddles
Replies: 20
Views: 564

Re: Brooks saddles

B17 Imperial for me if I'm touring, C17 Carved most of the time. Annoyingly the B17 is right in the middle of the C17 and C19 width wise, if they made a C18 it would be perfect. Having said that I'll happily ride a C17 in normal undies for long multi-day rides, so I suppose it's as close to perfect ...
by Pirahna
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: SPDs or flats?
Replies: 19
Views: 424

Re: SPDs or flats?

To add to my earlier post, one thing I missed is lifting your foot off the pedal on the upstroke, then spending time trying to get it in the right place on the downstroke. I don't find this an issue other than for seated efforts, climbing for example. I'm not a serious Strava user but it has it's us...
by Pirahna
Sun Sep 01, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: SPDs or flats?
Replies: 19
Views: 424

Re: SPDs or flats?

The things people don't tell you about flat pedals: The pins on modern flats make the shoe stick like sub standard to blanket, but it has to be the right shoe. The wrong shoe will not locate to your liking, that's why many people use flat soled stuff like FiveTens. Get the shoe right for you and the...
by Pirahna
Thu Aug 29, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 786
Views: 31453

Re: Tour Divide 2019

Looks like Rich and Tom spent the night at Jeffrey Sharp's having finished yesterday. A fantastic job both of you. :grin:
by Pirahna
Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Thinking SS...
Replies: 35
Views: 841

Re: Thinking SS...

Just about to put wifeys Charge singlespeed up for sale. It's an 18 inch frame with the 650 plus tyres if anyone is interested.
by Pirahna
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WNTD - Profile clip on aero bars or similar
Replies: 5
Views: 214

Re: WNTD - Profile clip on aero bars or similar

I've got some Profiles which have done about 10 miles. I'm away until Tuesday and will post up details then if anyone is interested. One thing the Profiles have is the arm rests attach to the end of the bar, not the handlebar clamp. This means the aero bars are adjustable for reach. There's also a b...
by Pirahna
Wed Aug 21, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pentasin oil
Replies: 9
Views: 268

Re: Pentasin oil

A quick Google has the brand name as Pentosin, which I assume is correct. They do 2 brake fluids, both DOT, Shimano use mineral oil.

DOT fluid is synthetic and has the potential to damage the seals used in mineral systems. Don't use it.
by Pirahna
Wed Aug 21, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Zpacks Hexamid and a HOLE !
Replies: 11
Views: 398

Re: Zpacks Hexamid and a HOLE !

Isn't cuben supposed to be a bit rubbish when it comes to resisting abrasion and folding?
by Pirahna
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Can Anyone Identify These Bars?
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: Can Anyone Identify These Bars?

Aero bars clipped under straight bars, no idea what either bar is though. Going by the shiney gold end plugs they're ESI grips. In my worthless opinion, to use a setup like that on a modern mountain bike you'll need a really, really long torso and be very good at yoga. I've got a pair of Profile aer...
by Pirahna
Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: OS Map Question - Tracks with red dots
Replies: 7
Views: 403

Re: OS Map Question - Tracks with red dots

Cheers. I'll plot some routes using them and see how I get on.
by Pirahna
Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: OS Map Question - Tracks with red dots
Replies: 7
Views: 403

OS Map Question - Tracks with red dots

A question I don't think was asked or answered in Stu's map reading blog posts, can I ride along tracks with red dots? The reason I'm asking is I'm off to Norfolk (again) over the bank holiday and whilst there's a shortage of bridleways and byways there's lots of tracks with dots. Looking on Google ...
by Pirahna
Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Wanted - Jones Carbon bars
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: Wanted - Jones Carbon bars

I think a friend has some, I've sent him a message on Facebook.
by Pirahna
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: RIDE LONDON BIKE SHOW
Replies: 9
Views: 362

Re: RIDE LONDON BIKE SHOW

Oli.vert wrote:
Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:12 pm
Pirahna wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:37 pm
in 1994 Cycle Courier World Championships were held there, I still bear the scars.
You were there? I was there! I led the after-party ride into soho. The arrests were not my fault!
We've probably met at some point then. :grin:
by Pirahna
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: RIDE LONDON BIKE SHOW
Replies: 9
Views: 362

Re: RIDE LONDON BIKE SHOW

Some useless trivia about Excel.

Before building Excel it was a wasteland of derelict buildings. The Vietnam war film Full Metal Jacket used the site in 80's, in 1994 Cycle Courier World Championships were held there, I still bear the scars.
by Pirahna
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Saddles; Any Brooks users?
Replies: 23
Views: 786

Re: Saddles; Any Brooks users?

I swap saddles around. B17 Imperial sometimes, I can't ride a saddle without a cutout and find this super comfy with lycra shorts, without a pad I find the cutout pinches a bit. C17 Carved, I can ride this all day in normal undies so it's getting a lot of use at the moment, I'd like to try a C19 jus...
by Pirahna
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Laff a sentence
Replies: 24
Views: 785

Re: Laff a sentence

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:38 pm
You missed out Restricted Byways.
Nope
My mistake, sorry.