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by Alpinum
Wed Apr 01, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 465
Views: 9355

Re: If we close up for a bit...

Escape Goat wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:47 am
I hear a lot more birds than usual.
Mating season.

Here, it's as calm as usual. Given that many are now driving the car rather than using public transport, the noise from traffic has hardly changed and birds have been noticeable as always. I bet though in cities it's very different.
by Alpinum
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Exped repair glue
Replies: 6
Views: 142

Re: Exped repair glue

Their little own branded glue is nothing else than Seamgrip. Not 100 % but quite sure. Seamgrip will do just fine. Follow the instructions by Exped and you'll get the same results. Seamgrip is a PU glue. Again, nothing special there. Don't use vulcanisers (for natural rubber). The Exped mat has a PU...
by Alpinum
Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 440
Views: 26796

Re: What you done t' your bike today

Alpinum wrote:
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:21 pm
Made it ready for a long ride tomorrow.
Rode it a long way and had many enjoyable moments. Also some thrills and in general a day that I'll definately remember.
by Alpinum
Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 440
Views: 26796

Re: What you done t' your bike today

Made it ready for a long ride tomorrow.
by Alpinum
Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Full suspender riders...
Replies: 57
Views: 954

Re: Full suspender riders...

I have Sram X0 on both my mountain bikes. I've got silicon boots on the ends. To protect the arms I have these Silicone booty? :???: So, I use those boots too. Are they really silicone? On one set (on the long travel bike with XX1 cranks) the original ones, on the other (Kona with X01 cranks) some ...
by Alpinum
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Full suspender riders...
Replies: 57
Views: 954

Re: Full suspender riders...

Those of us that ride a full suspension bike, what you got? Highly customised Kona Hei Hei DL (2017). Got it in summer 2017, so it was "a bargain". Total cost of the bike including the customisation was about 4500.- CHF. Original parts are frame, shock, fork and brakes. Built it up with - -2 ° ange...
by Alpinum
Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Project Virus
Replies: 67
Views: 1288

Re: Project Virus

Out of interest, who is actually and actively working from home and who's just at home? Actively working from home. It's good to catch up on office work without the pressure from the constant flow of new lab generated results. I also get to ride more, as it's easier to keep my working hours in cont...
by Alpinum
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 465
Views: 9355

Re: If we close up for a bit...

BigdummySteve wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:35 pm
Alpinum wrote:
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:27 pm
After all I had a 3 year education in virology and molecular biology, worked for a vaccine company and know very well myself how to deal with all that comes with the current situation.
You don’t need a new best friend do you?
Do you have toilet paper?
by Alpinum
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 465
Views: 9355

Re: If we close up for a bit...

Went out for a wee run today. It was so lovely I carried on a bit further than planned. Other than one farm I passed with a car parked outside, I must have been a couple of km from the next nearest human. Same here. From home office straight into the woods and up the hills yesterday. We've got sing...
by Alpinum
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The story behind your BB name (and whats your usual form of address)
Replies: 152
Views: 3144

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

My name is Gian, Rhaeto-Romanic (family origin in the area where they speak that language) for John. User name comes from the Alpine things I have around me when outdoors, one of the most symbolic would be the Edelweiss - Leontopodium Alpinum. The Alps have been a playground and much more for me sin...
by Alpinum
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Self Isolation
Replies: 62
Views: 1566

Re: Self Isolation

I think self isolation is a great thing. And bikes facilitate it immensely. Not too long ago I packed food and fuel for a 30 day long unsupoorted trip. It was fantastic. https://fstatic1.mtb-news.de/v3/24/2450/2450344-0ba3pegxglpa-pc062013_1-medium.jpg Marc Michel was on a 90(!) day trip completely ...
by Alpinum
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: inReach SOS use
Replies: 15
Views: 479

Re: inReach SOS use

BigdummySteve wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:07 pm
I actually meant to type’turn the stupid dial DOWN a little. I do wonder if I had one that I might take more risks and thus be more likely to need it?
I was just being silly. Hopefully we assess the risks without such a 'help' in mind.
by Alpinum
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: inReach SOS use
Replies: 15
Views: 479

Re: inReach SOS use

BigdummySteve wrote:
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:41 pm
In all seriousness I do sometimes think about getting one, could just turn the stupid dial a little?
Definately.
Like when wearing an avalanche air bag and -beacon you can't be burried and die from avalanches any more.

I go full gung ho with my InReach. Best experience ever. So free, so happy.
by Alpinum
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: inReach SOS use
Replies: 15
Views: 479

Re: inReach SOS use

Thanks for sharing. Whilst nothing new, it's always good to hear/read about such situations. I know of a few SOS stories with SPOT and one with InReach that sound very familiar - thankfully all went well in those cases, yet some cases it was hours until help came - due to the severe conditions - the...
by Alpinum
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Bar Bag
Replies: 15
Views: 689

Re: Bar Bag

Wow, really good stuff. Very well done :-bd
by Alpinum
Wed Feb 26, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: Nordest Sardinha steel frame
Replies: 11
Views: 832

Re: FS: Nordest Sardinha steel frame

If only the dropouts were horizontal. I'd kill the Krampus deliberately and get this lovely baby.
The geometry is near perfect. Completely down my lane. I hope it finds a suitable home.
by Alpinum
Sat Feb 22, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do you own an unsuitable bike?
Replies: 82
Views: 1670

Re: Do you own an unsuitable bike?

What's SMIDSY “Sorry mate I didn’t see you” or, when a car pulls out in front of you and you have to brake suddenly Edit - looks like I’m the slowest typer :lol: Thanks chaps. Hadn't heard/read that before and google said what it was, but I wasn't sure if it was the 'sorry mate' you meant. Thankful...
by Alpinum
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do you own an unsuitable bike?
Replies: 82
Views: 1670

Re: Do you own an unsuitable bike?

Riding a penny farthing is UCI illegal (as far I can make the rule out), so you’ll be ‘cheating’ riding one of those :lol: Wouldn’t fancy a SMIDSY on one of those! UCI? United capitalist income? Utilitarian cock impression? Unicycle International? Never heard of it. What's SMIDSY? Lets not forget T...
by Alpinum
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do you own an unsuitable bike?
Replies: 82
Views: 1670

Re: Do you own an unsuitable bike?

Funny how long travel fs, fatbike and ssp are named. I ride all these types of bikes and find all perfectly suitable. Of course it depends on the character of the route, but on all types of bikes I've had some really great adventures. The only bike I've not yet used for bikepacking is my penny farth...
by Alpinum
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5800

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

Well done Andy - sterling effort :-bd Have we just witnessed the catalyst for a shift in mindset with regard to racing? I've read a few comments on social media where people are saying how 'this isn't racing' and that a winner shouldn't be decided by the ability to forgo sleep. Personally, I'm of t...
by Alpinum
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: DT Swiss Dropper Post
Replies: 25
Views: 522

Re: DT Swiss Dropper Post

A friend has a mechanical dropper, actuated by a lever under the nose of the saddle, can't remember the name now but it's one of the earlier posts that came on the market. A quick search doesn't show anything. Gravity Dropper? Not sure I could bring myself to fit that to my bike when I have one of ...
by Alpinum
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5800

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

Lovely to see Ian back at it (Rovaniemi) and Andy going strong as usual.
Neil (composite) is back enjoying riding long distances too :-bd

Feeling really happy about our little Wales C2C attempt group :grin:

Parforce as we would say in Switzerland (like superb performance).
by Alpinum
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5800

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

Is there a much higher % of EIA in the pro peleton v's the general population because you have to exercise? Given how lazy the general population is I'm suprised the % is as high as it is. As it's induced by exercise, and given the volume and intensity of exercise required to become a pro cyclist, ...
by Alpinum
Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5800

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

Am I 'cheating'? Would it be considered any less acceptable if I was mixing things up at the pointy end of any given event? What do we think??? For myself I openly talk about what I took in drugs just as with what I eat and rode. It's all part of the experience. No matter at what point in the field...
by Alpinum
Thu Feb 20, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5800

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

I think 50% of the peloton have stress induced asthma so no need to signal him out. This is an unlikely high number when compared to the normal population. I thought  they could have 6 uses of an inhaler in 12 hours and 12 in 24  as I am not asthmatic is have no idea if this constitutes abuse or no...