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by Blackhound
Thu May 28, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 508
Views: 48619

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

Suspect the retired/ bugger all else to do was aimed at the likes of me. Can't say it isn't true- or hurts :wink: It has taken a few years but a couple of audaxes and various overnighters have helped some of the further squares. . I have never been good at sorting a strategy out like Neil/ Composite...
by Blackhound
Wed May 27, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 508
Views: 48619

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

I looked at the VV leaderboard only yesterday (it is on your VV summary page) and saw that I am in 7th place for 2020 with 18x18. Just ahead of me on 19x19 are Jack Petersen and local rider to me Pete Johnson or PeeJay. Hope to catch them by the weekend although they may have pushed on further. I ha...
by Blackhound
Fri May 22, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 508
Views: 48619

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

Got a square today that had been bugging me. I cycled out 53km, locked bike to a fence at a bridleway / footpath junction and ran 800m into a square and back again. I then cycled home into the teeth of that wind a sightly shorter way and around the block to get 100km in. The tile kept teasing me, I ...
by Blackhound
Sun May 17, 2020 5:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 508
Views: 48619

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

I enjoy it as well. As others have said once past say 20 x 20 it becomes a bit of a commitment perhaps but I have found some nice roads and trails I would not have bothered without this. And I am with Chew in that I will not drive out to ride or walk for a couple of minutes to get a square. I keep m...
by Blackhound
Sat May 16, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 508
Views: 48619

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

As far as I know it is just to get into them self propelled. I always cycle when I can but have walked or run when riding not allowed or just to cheeky. My own rule is not to drive out to get squares but I will use a train in normal circumstances. I used to ride through a square when possible rather...
by Blackhound
Tue May 12, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What tents do you lot use
Replies: 58
Views: 1506

Re: What tents do you lot use

@FLV - Yes it was a Laser, sorry.
by Blackhound
Tue May 12, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What tents do you lot use
Replies: 58
Views: 1506

Re: What tents do you lot use

I bought a TN Photon Elite for around £230 iirc in 2011. I was heading to the Tour Divide and did not like my ancient (1990ish) Vango LW tent. It has been all over the place, Tur Divide, Aotearoa, BAM's and other trips in Europe. Poles broke 2 years ago and I ended up replacing them rather than gett...
by Blackhound
Tue May 12, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Still worthy of the puking gnome???
Replies: 25
Views: 633

Re: Still worthy of the puking gnome???

BenP1 - by 'slides' do you mean sandals? It ws an 8 week trip to NZ (this pic on Haast Pass) plus Marin County and Reno NV so I nnededmore than my cycling shoes. Anyway they make the forks look good ;-) I got them at a good price through my bike builder, lot cheaper than I was expecting but still ha...
by Blackhound
Tue May 12, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Photo sharing / Flickr
Replies: 11
Views: 185

Re: Photo sharing / Flickr

Thanks all. Will have a look at imgur and consider dropping below 1,000 photo's for free. Not sure how many I have tbh. Wi ll also look at the STW thread later. I had a load on Google photos from my phone but it was using up all my memory so stopped the interface (if that is the right word) All I wa...
by Blackhound
Tue May 12, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Photo sharing / Flickr
Replies: 11
Views: 185

Photo sharing / Flickr

I have used Flickr for some years as a light user, so not a lot. Was happy to pay $25 for the premium service but I had missed the doubling in price to $50 last year as I was away at the time (Scotland) and did not pay attention. Anyway the new rate is £56 per year or £6.50 per month and I do not us...
by Blackhound
Tue May 12, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Still worthy of the puking gnome???
Replies: 25
Views: 633

Re: Still worthy of the puking gnome???

When I was getting a handbuilt frame a few years ago and had decided to go with Lauf forks my builder got hold of the RAL colour of the blue version and integrated it onto the frame panel as a contrast. https://live.staticflickr.com/1663/25936080933_89d8e1fcd2_3k.jpg 20160313_131440 by blackhound59 ...
by Blackhound
Wed May 06, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: TDR bike suitability
Replies: 33
Views: 1202

Re: TDR bike suitability

I forgot to mention tyres last night. Back in the day, a whole decade ago, Matthew Lee was talking abut at least 2.1" tyres and that is what I have ridden on long tours. I think next time i would look at wider ones as jameso suggests, although my Lauf forks are limited to 2.3". Looking at The Cordil...
by Blackhound
Tue May 05, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: TDR bike suitability
Replies: 33
Views: 1202

Re: TDR bike suitability

So I raced on a hardtail ( Voodoo Aizan with Reba 100 forks and toured to Hartsel on a Niner emd with Niner rigid carbon forks and noticed little difference in comfort. Probably just preferred Niner. I have a TD ready bike I did Tour Aotearoa and Bilbao to Caen on and that is a handmade steel (853) ...
by Blackhound
Mon Apr 20, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Free talk by Lael Wilcox, this Wednesday, 6pm BST.
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: Free talk by Lael Wilcox, this Wednesday, 6pm BST.

Will listen in- I spoke to her briefly once- but note it clashes with Sofiane talking on Dotwatcher.cc. Hoping one or other I can catch-up on.
by Blackhound
Sun Apr 19, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 'Doping scandal of the Highland Trail 550'...?
Replies: 54
Views: 2528

Re: 'Doping scandal of the Highland Trail 550'...?

This thread was the first I had heard of it as well. I seem to recall reading that in the pro peloton the problem was that it was causing accidents due to riders being 'off there tits' as Alasdair put it. Had not realised it was on the UCI doping list though.
by Blackhound
Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Whats the one event you'll miss, missing out on the most this year?
Replies: 25
Views: 763

Re: Whats the one event you'll miss, missing out on the most this year?

I had entered the recent cross cartel event at aLudlow and hoped to have a few days in the area riding and walking. I had decided to miss WRT and booked a sleeper train to Scotland to ride the Great North Trail from Cape Wrath to home in Derby. Was looking forward to riding the length of Scotland pa...
by Blackhound
Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fiona Kolbinger - TCR
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Re: Fiona Kolbinger - TCR

Fiona was also chatting on R4 with Emily Chappell:

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cszj30
by Blackhound
Thu Apr 02, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Shaf's respirator appeal.
Replies: 103
Views: 2517

Re: Shaf's respirator appeal.

Will donate later when I switch on my laptop. Surely a Stop Being Soft sticker would be allowed?
by Blackhound
Wed Mar 25, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 508
Views: 48619

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

And the VV owner, Ben, is a Yorkshire man - or at lives in Sheffield. Pretty handy on the bike as well!

I was wondering how he may do when renewals come up. As said, £10 is not a lot, but if you lose your income then is an easy extra to cut back on.
by Blackhound
Tue Mar 24, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 508
Views: 48619

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

So I think I am going to concentrate on a yearly vv square max this year. I did a ride taking me to 9x9 for 2020 on Saturday and I intend to keep to mostly 2-3 hour rides for foreseeable future. A few years ago I had a look in November and got to 15x15 by year end with a couple of rides specific rid...
by Blackhound
Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: International book day
Replies: 51
Views: 1302

Re: International book day

Fat Tyre Kicker - I enjoyed the book by Pern, read it few years ago now. Have you seen his Youtube film called 'Hooks' walking the UK bothies?
by Blackhound
Fri Mar 06, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: International book day
Replies: 51
Views: 1302

Re: International book day

Not read the Bruce Dickenson bio, not really my cup of tea but my son in law was touring with the band last year and will be again this summer. He was saying they were nice guys and that a couple of the band joined the crew in a pub quiz in Chicago. Despite a number of punters having IM tees they we...
by Blackhound
Fri Mar 06, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The story behind your BB name (and whats your usual form of address)
Replies: 159
Views: 4359

Re: The story behind your BB name (and whats your usual form of address)

I am another who started using Blackhound on STW, and Gofar before that and it became my usual forum name across the interweb. Back in Ireland (in the 60’s and out in the West) the Irish version of your name was used in the school register. My name was Caoimhín O’Cundubh - if I remember the spelling...
by Blackhound
Tue Feb 18, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Prong > Lauf
Replies: 36
Views: 1265

Re: Prong > Lauf

Had mine just over four years, first real test was Tour Aotearoa and always been happy with them and no issues. As above not great in rock gardens but on gravel or the roads around here they are fine.

I seem to recall they came with a five year guarantee so I would hope any problem would be fixed.
by Blackhound
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 7067

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

Plenty of familiar names from endurance circles. Besides 'our' boys I have also met Mike Sheldrake, Chris Phillipps and Rudy Rollenberg a few times and Jason Black seemed a nice guy wen I met him briefly in Ireland last year. Nelson looks to be putting on another good race.