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by Alpinum
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:41 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Garmin, what's the future hold?
Replies: 9
Views: 196

Re: Garmin, what's the future hold?

They're really old school.
by Alpinum
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:20 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: anyone run any chris king stuff?
Replies: 35
Views: 705

Re: anyone run any chris king stuff?

[...] In Ians (Barrington) blog he talks about his rear hub. Said that (I think the Highland trail) on one of the races one year he ended up stuck cos his hope couldnt handle all the mud etc... then for the next year he took a CK and had similar issues. But cos it was so simple to rebuild he manage...
by Alpinum
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:41 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Garmin, what's the future hold?
Replies: 9
Views: 196

Re: Garmin, what's the future hold?

Still waiting for a function to open/close my trunk (seat bag) and doors (frame bags) by pushing a button/icon on the gps.
by Alpinum
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Basketpacking ... anyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 210

Re: Basketpacking ... anyone?

I guess most of you old farts don't use Reddit but https://www.reddit.com/r/xbiking/ has this sort of stuff come up all the time. :grin: Gosh. Reddit is has become an app. I so need this Wald basket and Reddit app. Feeling very uncool commuting today with a dirty, sandy ortlieb pannier bag, having ...
by Alpinum
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Basketpacking ... anyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 210

Re: Basketpacking ... anyone?

Had an old Tesco basket on the front of my pub bike for years - does this mean I’m ahead of the curve?? Only if you used it with a hashtag on your 5 different social media channels, on which you unadmittedly spend more than 2 h daily. Oh, and some sort of camping... oh wait. No, no sort of camping ...
by Alpinum
Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Basketpacking ... anyone?
Replies: 12
Views: 210

Re: Basketpacking ... anyone?

Plenty of basket cases here :-bd . "Riding with one can be a good reminder not to take yourself or your ride too seriously". For everyday use, yes indeed, despite riding almost always off roads, I've been keeping an eye out for quite a while now, but too lazy to order one. Still waiting for one to ...
by Alpinum
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New Bike Gear Out And Due Out...
Replies: 52
Views: 1700

Re: New Bike Gear Out And Due Out...

Cheeky Monkey wrote:
Tue Jul 14, 2020 6:10 pm
Does anybody else see that and then picture an over-sized tick twister that is going to pull of my testicles :shock:

Just me then :oops:
Not just you...
by Alpinum
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What works, what doesn't!
Replies: 19
Views: 640

Re: What works, what doesn't!

Ooh - too personal I think. Lot's of stuff that works for me but might not be for everyone, and vise versa. Agreed. Unless you know the context of what and who you are recommending things too it won't work. Lots of what others have already said here I would say the opposite. Very true. The frame ma...
by Alpinum
Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: SS Boost Hubs with freewheel thread?
Replies: 34
Views: 1692

Re: SS Boost Hubs with freewheel thread?

I had a look at using a Singlespeed Pro4 on my 148 boost frame a while ago. I am pretty certain you could convert a Hope Pro4 SS/T hub to 148 x 12 bolt through quite easily using a Pro4 148 axle HUB1004-10S and the normal X12 end caps. Got a Hope Pro 4 ssp hub for a former 135 mm frame. Then I dama...
by Alpinum
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Granguanche Canaries
Replies: 17
Views: 1080

Re: Granguanche Canaries

Since my girlfriend went to Lanzarote last January, the islands have gained more of our attention. I can well imagine doing some island hopping by bike or hike. Getting there from Switzerland without flying seems fitting too. Heck, I could ride from home and catch the ferry in Cádiz. Sleep near port...
by Alpinum
Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildlife
Replies: 163
Views: 8021

Re: Wildlife

Saw my first fox pup, size of a slightly small domestig cat. I scared it off the track I was riding on. It looked back at me, then up into the field, so I left thinking it's mum must be close. Saw both together minutes later from a distance. Then, funnily, I've spotted two nothern goshawks just rece...
by Alpinum
Sun Jun 28, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fuel canisters Highlands and Islands
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: Fuel canisters Highlands and Islands

Camp grounds shops, and even quite a few groceries shops in small villages will have them.
by Alpinum
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Carrying food /supplies on a multi-day bikepacking /touring trip
Replies: 28
Views: 1544

Re: Carrying food /supplies on a multi-day bikepacking /touring trip

Hi, Do you have a side view of the loaded bike? What was the daily food? Interesting to read more. Thanks. :-bd https://fstatic1.mtb-news.de/v3/24/2450/2450287-kz049ptdj91q-pb131016_1-medium.jpg Before leaving. https://fstatic1.mtb-news.de/v3/24/2450/2450324-541bt9efgwl3-pc011664_1-medium.jpg En ro...
by Alpinum
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Off Road Issue 3.
Replies: 38
Views: 1540

Re: Off Road Issue 3.

I've got a feeling the background position/size has been altered to fit the frame of the photo. The perspective looks wrong. Telephoto in the mountains does some amazing things with perspective. Stop down the aperture and things look somewhat unnatural. I was going to ride around Sunnegga but the c...
by Alpinum
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 463
Views: 25871

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Given the amount of "proper" mtb'ing Gian does, I would be interested in his views... As per DM, I find it interesting and read your first post with some surprise as to how well they work, yet I simply don't want/need that amount of gear on my bike. A frame bag with rain gear, a bivy bag, a mat and...
by Alpinum
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Carrying food /supplies on a multi-day bikepacking /touring trip
Replies: 28
Views: 1544

Re: Carrying food /supplies on a multi-day bikepacking /touring trip

So, with your standard bikepacking set-up how many days food can you carry? If on a longer ride (say 10 days), how would you carry supplies with absolutely no opportunity for resupply , meaning all food, (cooking) fuel, and power (for GPS, phone, camera etc) must be carried (assume water is availab...
by Alpinum
Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Off Road Issue 3.
Replies: 38
Views: 1540

Re: Off Road Issue 3.

If you're struggling to get to the shops for your usual copy of Razzle, fear not as issue 3 of Off Road magazine can be bought on-line. There's a lovely picture ont' front. https://shop.cyclist.co.uk/products/copy-of-cyclist-off-road-magazine-issue-1 https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1954/4637/prod...
by Alpinum
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What GPS unit to get?
Replies: 32
Views: 762

Re: What GPS unit to get?

I know, but will it work I’m wondering? Chances are high. Some of my mates have bought 'fake' maps (not from ebay as far as I remember) and they were what seems unlocked versions and could easily copy them. Just for the record; I've been using Garmin Edge 8XX for about 6 years now, including Highla...
by Alpinum
Sun Jun 21, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping Bag Rated to -6 and a tent 3 edging into 4 season tent
Replies: 35
Views: 716

Re: Sleeping Bag Rated to -6 and a tent 3 edging into 4 season tent

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:51 pm
Is Criterion a UK subsidiary/distributor of Cumulus?
No, 'tis a misconcetion as both companies shared a name for a while but are in fact completely unrelated in every way.
Cheers Stu :-bd
by Alpinum
Sun Jun 21, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping Bag Rated to -6 and a tent 3 edging into 4 season tent
Replies: 35
Views: 716

Re: Sleeping Bag Rated to -6 and a tent 3 edging into 4 season tent

Is Criterion a UK subsidiary/distributor of Cumulus? Anyhow, my girlfriend has a Cumulus Liteline 300 which seems very similar to the Criterion offer. We had a few nights round about -5 to - 7.5° C and she was warm. Mind, she was wearing dry layers and a thin puffy jacket. Mostly she used it on a fu...
by Alpinum
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Buying down
Replies: 10
Views: 299

Re: Buying down

Also hydrophobic down does cause manufacture pollution which is why Patagonia don't use it. There are different ways how hydrophobicity is brought into down. First, down contains natural fats and is protected a little bit by its nature. Some manufacturers believe hydrophobic treatment destroys this...
by Alpinum
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Buying down
Replies: 10
Views: 299

Re: Buying down

In humid conditions, especially in winter, when after a few nights the bag has accumulated some ice inside the filling from condensated body moisture, regular down would loose a significant amount of loft. Since I use a bag filled with hydrophobic down (from Cumulus), I find that the loss of loft is...
by Alpinum
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tarp and Bivi curious
Replies: 53
Views: 1093

Re: Tarp and Bivi curious

Another Deschutes user here. As discussed in other threads, they (Deschutes and Gatewood) are similar and I too find it offers enough room to change clothes, eg getting under the shelter cold and wet, change into dry stuff and enjoy a brew, leaving the weather outside. I can't remember using a bivyb...
by Alpinum
Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 1028
Views: 108679

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

Went to pick up my new bike. Well... just a new frame (damaged the Kona beyond repair) but had it for once built by a mechanic, who worked into the evening yesterday. Just because he's passionate about nice bike :-bd the bike was handed over with 6 local beers. Then met friends I don't often see on ...
by Alpinum
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Smallest usable tarp
Replies: 16
Views: 439

Re: Smallest usable tarp

Without the need of a bivybag I go as little as 145 x 265 cm with my most used tarp. Also works for two, if you don't mind getting close and the rain isn't coming horizontally (find a sheltered place). With a bivybag I believe you could easily go 145 x 145 cm or so. But then you have a tarp which wi...