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by benp1
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lockdown tarp talk
Replies: 10
Views: 285

Re: Lockdown tarp talk

Being tall, I find a lot of the set ups to be quite limiting on space unless they're pitched quite a ways up in the air, which then gets quite breezy! Just a heads up

Might be OK at 2.8m though!
by benp1
Fri Mar 20, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Wtf: woodchippers, 34t chainring and Shimano road shifters
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Re: Wtf: woodchippers, 34t chainring and Shimano road shifters

I think you meant wtd, not wtf! Although the latter is funnier
by benp1
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Salsa go SS Gravel.
Replies: 60
Views: 1303

Re: Salsa go SS Gravel.

Great concept, spicy pricing

Mind you, all the Salsa stuff is pricy. Surly not cheap either.
by benp1
Thu Mar 12, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Anyone bother with a lock when out?
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: Anyone bother with a lock when out?

I use the abus retractable cable lock, handy for cafe stops. Can’t remember if I’ve used it before for a bivy, maybe in a bothy? Have 2 of them, plus a knog one. Had the knog one first, then took it without the key for a trip, when to combination abus ones after that! Good for any quick stop on any ...
by benp1
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Oldest bit of kit you own - and still use.
Replies: 44
Views: 928

Re: Oldest bit of kit you own - and still use.

This is a little unfair, some of you silver foxes have more ability to have kit thats old :lol:

Maybe we should move to percentage of life, or percentage of adult life? :grin:
by benp1
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Oldest bit of kit you own - and still use.
Replies: 44
Views: 928

Re: Oldest bit of kit you own - and still use.

I’ve still got some of the kit I used from when I was a kit, and still use some of it. Two bits stand out initially

- Silva 7 compass
- Victorinox Huntsman Swiss Army knife. Have since acquired many, many other knives but still have and use it

Still have my first ever CCF mat somewhere as well
by benp1
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: anyone else proper had enough of the weather?
Replies: 37
Views: 856

Re: anyone else proper had enough of the weather?

Getting wet most commuting days now, ranging between damp and soaked. Rubbish
by benp1
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: You already know this, but.....
Replies: 19
Views: 736

Re: You already know this, but.....

I'm also a little cynical about foil bivy bags. They're not particularly robust (I have one) unless they're plastic backed, and even if they are, how useful are they really? I'm not convinced they'd be used unless it was a proper emergency, rather than a situation that was just undesirable. A bothy ...
by benp1
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tow bar bike racks?
Replies: 5
Views: 182

Re: Tow bar bike racks?

I have an atera strada evo rack. Takes kids bikes no problem

Will be selling mine as changing to non tow bar car but I’m in north London so miles away
by benp1
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: You already know this, but.....
Replies: 19
Views: 736

Re: You already know this, but.....

http://www.everythingoutdoors.co.uk/hypothermia-facts-causes-treatment/ I've read this before, it's a good article. You could get a similar thing from bonking, you lose concentration, then do silly things and don't look after yourself It is a bit scary how little fell runners (and bikers or walkers...
by benp1
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 7991
Views: 836794

Re: The post man's been ...

The orange and the blue levels of os map for my “back yard” as it often feel I try to escape with my bike trips but actually live in an area of outstanding natural beauty that I know mere ribbons and bulges of. My next trip I want to go depth rather than breadth. This is a great use of the veloview...
by benp1
Sat Feb 29, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Magnetic windshield for gas stoves.
Replies: 42
Views: 1189

Re: Magnetic windshield for gas stoves.

Can't imagine there'd be any, too much surface area and not much material in contact with the canister
by benp1
Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is this being unreasonable
Replies: 29
Views: 654

Re: Is this being unreasonable

My MW7 boots are generally excellent, and I have warm dry feet most of the time. But when it's REALLY wet I get wet. Like today, very wet this morning, waterproof jacket on but just normal bib longs. Wet legs, wet socks, wet feet. Inside of boots damp but in fairness, there's a whacking great hole i...
by benp1
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 270
Views: 10498

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

I like that hut, I stayed in there a while back and stayed on the side you were on. My mate slept where your bike is and didn’t seem to be wet in the morning, and it was very wet that night. Was a couple of years ago now

It’s in a convenient spot too
by benp1
Wed Feb 26, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Track Pump
Replies: 11
Views: 348

Re: Track Pump

I have the Joe Blow booster, has a gauge at the top (and a pressure release button on the pump and on my head which is nice)

The head works a lot better with presta valves than it does with schraeder though
by benp1
Sun Feb 23, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Crap end to the weekend.
Replies: 14
Views: 757

Re: Crap end to the weekend.

Sorry to hear that

Was it really deep or was the air intake quite low?
by benp1
Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 7991
Views: 836794

Re: The post man's been ...

Wouldn't that potential just preserve the virus rather than kill it? You'd be better off with an alcohol wipe Postman delivered a Harveys 1:40k British mountain map map of the central Lakes area. So far I quite like the way it looks compared with OS. And more importantly it covers an area that would...
by benp1
Fri Feb 21, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do you own an unsuitable bike?
Replies: 82
Views: 1639

Re: Do you own an unsuitable bike?

atk wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:57 pm
Where do singlespeeds count on the spectrum of suitability?

Quite a few SS users on here. I did some trips on mine when I had it, all local though

Skinny little hipster fixie would also be fine for the right trip

I think all bikes can work, just needs the right trip
by benp1
Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do you own an unsuitable bike?
Replies: 82
Views: 1639

Re: Do you own an unsuitable bike?

I've only used two of my four for bikepacking. Other two are a surly big dummy, would be able to take loads on that, and a Brompton. Just waiting for the right trip to use that on. I know Reg has already used his but I'd like to do a multimodal trip on mine (bus, train, maybe something water based)
by benp1
Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New bike Thursday
Replies: 12
Views: 401

Re: New bike Thursday

Nice one Tim, looks lovely that. I really like the look of the big Bro. Looks like a big that isn't trying to hard, just wants to be a simple, fun bike to ride
by benp1
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: non cyclist cycling clothing
Replies: 13
Views: 555

Re: non cyclist cycling clothing

I have/had a few Vulpine bits, quite nice stuff

Have a look on the Always Riding website, they have some nice things that might suit

Vulpine currently on the sportpursuit website

Morvelo stuff seems pretty good too. Also use general outdoorsy clothes for that sort of purpose
by benp1
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bike Pressure Washers
Replies: 11
Views: 378

Re: Bike Pressure Washers

Worx hydroshot Bought one based on the STW recommendation. I don't have a tap at the front the house and it's a right faff taking the hose through. Needed something for washing the bike after horrendous local muddy rides. Works great, very happy with it. Was about £100 on amazon with all the accesso...
by benp1
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: USB Power Banks using AA Batteries
Replies: 9
Views: 424

Re: USB Power Banks using AA Batteries

It's not just the mAh to worry about, it's the voltage. You want to know how many watts (or watt hours) it has Most powerbanks run off lithium cells, like an 18650, which means they run at 3.7V-4.2V. An AA cell, alkaline or rechargeable, runs between 1.2V and 1.5V Unless you're desperate to use AA c...
by benp1
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5731

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

The pace is ridiculous Never say never and all that, but the idea of a race doesn't do it for me. Especially given the terrain and the scenery. I'd want to take twice as long (or more) and just enjoy it But I have a normal, everyday life with 3 kids so don't have time for that, hence I'm sticking to...
by benp1
Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5731

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

Yep, two. A few v brakes, quite a few trek pro calibers, salsas (cutthroat or Fargo) and quite a lot of bomb tracks with a few spesh too. Nice mix of bikes, lots of aero and drop bars