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by Blackhound
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Winter Event 2021?
Replies: 38
Views: 627

Re: Winter Event 2021?

a 'yes' from me, think I have a 100% record on winter events and would like to keep that up if event proves practical. One of the nice things is nattering about the previous year (!) and wonderful stuff we have planned for next 12 months over a cuppa with folk I don't usually see. I suppose this is ...
by Blackhound
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 838
Views: 17235

Re: BB200 2020

Hope we can all still ride:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/202 ... outh-wales

Maybe just trying to scare peeps into behaving properly and nowhere near our potential route but I suppose we should keep an eye on and then follow any rules.
by Blackhound
Thu Aug 20, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Your go-to waterproof trousery pants
Replies: 35
Views: 912

Re: Your go-to waterproof pants

I have been using Montane Atomic DT if still available, wore them yesterday for a walk as it happens. Lightweight and zips below the knee. Wore them on the Tour Divide and now on second pair having lost the first.
by Blackhound
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Shirts for the discerning gentleman
Replies: 26
Views: 1242

Re: Shirts of the discerning gentleman

I like my Alpkit Woodsmoke but as said above to warm for now. Looking at the Shimano Transit - never heard of it until this post - but bikester.co.uk have a large shirt reduced to £27 +p&p. To big for me but someone might be interested. https://m.bikester.co.uk/shimano-transit-check-bike-jersey-shor...
by Blackhound
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Ruska2020
Replies: 11
Views: 855

Re: Ruska2020

I have been following it for a couple of years and it does appeal. Might look at 2021 route depending on other plans. Seem to recall organiser has a few years of routes planned. We were in Roveniemi two years ago and a lot of English spoken. Food, drink and bum cream are all easy enough to ask for b...
by Blackhound
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 706
Views: 65618

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

Well done Andy, 50x50 very impressive and I am way off getting that far. Barely moved my score in last three years due to long rides required.
by Blackhound
Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2020
Replies: 19
Views: 1050

Re: Tour Divide 2020

I did wonder if some local folk might be tempted to do the border to border option this year. Must check out. Will post some pics next time on laptop.
by Blackhound
Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 706
Views: 65618

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

Never heard of Eaton Hall until this thread but just imagining a bunch of cyclists clogging up the local roads every open day who take a quick look at the hall and retreat. A few rich ones having a cuppa before disappearing.
by Blackhound
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 706
Views: 65618

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

In Reverse- I am in Derby and have access to decent tracks, former railway lines and canals as well as a decent local cycle path network for getting out. Last summer I caught a train to Newark and cycled home. I could have stayed on river paths the whole way but I had a few squares to bag. Very luck...
by Blackhound
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 706
Views: 65618

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

Achieved 20x20 in 2020 this morning, quite chuffed with that. A closed road added a bit of distance and even more climbing in the area just east of Carsington Water.
by Blackhound
Thu May 28, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 706
Views: 65618

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: 706
Views: 65618

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: 706
Views: 65618

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: 706
Views: 65618

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: 706
Views: 65618

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: 2604

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: 2604

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: 1270

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: 377

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: 377

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: 1270

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: 2009

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: 2009

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: 339

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.