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by Alpinum
Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cafe lock recommendation please
Replies: 14
Views: 288

Re: Cafe lock recommendation please

I've been using a very similar one to this for a bunch of years: https://www.eaglecreek.com/shop/travel-security/3-dial-tsa-lock-and-cable-ec041028 Thanks. Do you think TSA is really that safe though? I mean surely you can buy that key on the dark web or something? As stated, mine is very similar, ...
by Alpinum
Sun Mar 07, 2021 6:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cafe lock recommendation please
Replies: 14
Views: 288

Re: Cafe lock recommendation please

I've been using a very similar one to this for a bunch of years:
https://www.eaglecreek.com/shop/travel- ... e-ec041028
by Alpinum
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)
Replies: 40
Views: 692

Re: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)

They are all at it.... https://bikepacking.com/plog/what-is-bikepacking/ I quite like the part at 03:30 by Joe Cruz. Also and especially his strong last sentance "bikepacking is as bicycling was intended to be". Thomas Steven comes to mind. As do shearers in Australia. The leasure, but also the nee...
by Alpinum
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Trail HTs with lots of mounts for bikepacking
Replies: 11
Views: 250

Re: Trail HTs with lots of mounts for bikepacking

Not everyone is as capable a rider as you Gian :wink: edit to say "vs" is probably the wrong way of phrasing it in my post, but there are bikes that are clearly aimed for different bits of the Venn diagram covering those three variables. If you find one in the sweet spot for you then happy days :-b...
by Alpinum
Tue Mar 02, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Trail HTs with lots of mounts for bikepacking
Replies: 11
Views: 250

Re: Trail HTs with lots of mounts for bikepacking

Pipedream Sirius S5.


In Reverse wrote:
Tue Mar 02, 2021 3:29 pm
comfort vs how much climbing are you likely to be doing vs how much will you want to let loose on the descents etc.
Misconception.

Can't say more, off for a ride on a comfy bike that climbs really well and descends superb.
by Alpinum
Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bike/raft packing ‘58 style
Replies: 26
Views: 311

Re: Bike/raft packing ‘58 style

(so I suppose I’ll even have to apologise to alpinium for being right, bollocks!) No bother. That's what we're here for. Discuss things, share opinions. Be right or wrong about some tiny little detail no sensible person would otherwise care and learn about the flip side etc. I always chuckle at cla...
by Alpinum
Tue Mar 02, 2021 8:54 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bike/raft packing ‘58 style
Replies: 26
Views: 311

Re: Bike/raft packing ‘58 style

I wanted to write this yesterday, but well... priorities... And I have not yet read the background on the other site. Well, somebody edited them in You don't believe they were there? Perhaps they jumped out of a car, took some photos with the bikes, jumped back in and pitched a tent for 10 min in th...
by Alpinum
Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bike/raft packing ‘58 style
Replies: 26
Views: 311

Re: Bike/raft packing ‘58 style

I've done it so often, I feel it's okay to say the todays way of seeing a ride across Hardly battling adversity . Because of climate change? :lol: The ratarse riders look like a bunch of fops in comparison. why compare? "Ohhh... those were the real hard boys" kind of bs is more off putting for me th...
by Alpinum
Mon Mar 01, 2021 9:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What is 'Gravel?'.
Replies: 18
Views: 376

Re: What is 'Gravel?'.

https://letmegooglethat.com/?q=gravel I guess the good thing for this 'someone' is, he/she can sell whatever he/she wants, gravel riding kind of applies to all ways of riding a bike (in my point of view). It's the only surface which regularly sees my trailbikes, everyday bike and even penny farthin...
by Alpinum
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sidetracked Magazine Issue 20 Cover
Replies: 65
Views: 1361

Re: Sidetracked Magazine Issue 20 Cover

Just Patagucci. A 6 years late response by a some magazine. A 20 year late response to what you got to see walking through Chamonix after doing some stupid things on the steep faces of the granite spires above town. Some might remember Valandré's ads "don't wear this [down jacket] in town/for shoppi...
by Alpinum
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:21 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildlife
Replies: 214
Views: 15284

Re: Wildlife

I know somebody who recently ran over a puking gnome.
by Alpinum
Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:16 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: European travel planning ?
Replies: 19
Views: 414

Re: European travel planning ?

Let me know should you be heading to Switzerland :-bd Always welcome to stay Dave. And feed you not just on local food and drinks but also route knowledge :wink: MMM Switzerland you say :grin: Put my name down for the Hope1000 this year in the hope ha that I might get to the start. so might ask a f...
by Alpinum
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: European travel planning ?
Replies: 19
Views: 414

Re: European travel planning ?

Oh... and I have only limited experience travelling by train and with bike in Europe. France, Italy have been easy, mostly I get the info I need from the national train network pages. Switzerland is a dream to use public transport with bikes. Weekends on some lines get crowded and for few, very spec...
by Alpinum
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: European travel planning ?
Replies: 19
Views: 414

Re: European travel planning ?

Let me know should you be heading to Switzerland :-bd
Always welcome to stay Dave.

And feed you not just on local food and drinks but also route knowledge :wink:
by Alpinum
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Who plans their routes?
Replies: 24
Views: 425

Re: Who plans their routes?

For big rides, I nearly always follow a line. Route planning in advance is part of the fun, I don't always stick to it but in most cases do In some cases someone else is leading so I just follow them! Similar here for big rides. Route and alternative routes, planning and all that. I quite like doin...
by Alpinum
Tue Feb 23, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fiveten Trailcross, any real world experiences?
Replies: 21
Views: 267

Re: Fiveten Trailcross, any real world experiences?

Great info, thanks. So maybe just go for the LT (without the neoprene cuff) and save a few quid then? Happy to help. To be fair, the cuff does reduce stuff coming in quite a bit. I'd most likely get them again with a cuff. Perhaps others on here have a different experience and my pair comes from a ...
by Alpinum
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fiveten Trailcross, any real world experiences?
Replies: 21
Views: 267

Re: Fiveten Trailcross, any real world experiences?

I've been on Trailcross SL when they were still Adidas branded and like them much. Took me 3 years and tons of hike-a-bike, literally hundreds of kilometers and some rough going riding to feel the need to throw them away (prolonged their life with some glueing). Now on the 5.10 Trailcross XT. Got th...
by Alpinum
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Jones goes electric
Replies: 32
Views: 503

Re: Jones goes electric

Money, money, money. Not surprising. Just surprisingly ugly and botched together. As a business, he'd be mad to ignore their increasing popularity and potentially new customer base Funny how many bike manufacturers must be mad then... It's not that your business will have to close if you don't jump ...
by Alpinum
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 27.5 plus? Where are you?
Replies: 12
Views: 371

Re: 27.5 plus? Where are you?

Since Continental has updated the casings a couple of years ago, apparently making it more sturdy, the X-King could be a good option. I used to like the Protection version, which comes with the black chili compound, much (good grip - especially in the wet - and low rolling resistance), yet their sid...
by Alpinum
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 1557
Views: 144743

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

I seem to have messed up by body clock by sleeping 1 - 2 h more than usual. Couldn't become tired to feel in need of sleep. Went to bed 01:30. Cat was a menace. F@ck it at 02:40, up for slow breakfast, prepared a few things and started riding to work (dead easy and mostly nice single tracks for 49 k...
by Alpinum
Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Multi-setups for multi-bikes?
Replies: 25
Views: 396

Re: Multi-setups for multi-bikes?

Most of my bikes are too different and/or are used for too different kind of trips to allow for bags to wander about. Exception 1: my first MYOG framebag. It suits two frames well, one is an offroad tourer/everyday bike, the other a trail bike. Other frames being different types of full susser, so e...
by Alpinum
Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Whats been your favourite-est forks ever?
Replies: 43
Views: 443

Re: Whats been your favourite-est forks ever?

Fox 36 RC2. I'm currently on a 2018 model and for my type of riding on the long travel trailbike it's really, really good. So much more support when I needed most. Right amount of stiffness, can be tuned whilst riding (slow, steep tech vs. full out speed on easier terrain), most low-maintenance and ...
by Alpinum
Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lightweight Tarp
Replies: 7
Views: 232

Re: Lightweight Tarp

Seatosummit Ponchotarp is okay. Well, more than okay. I often use it on solo trips and trips with my girlfriend or mate. Tie ins in the right places and works really well as a poncho for hiking/lightweight backpacking (also in wind, since its got poppers in the right places), if that's something you...
by Alpinum
Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:14 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Has anyone ever ridden owt with 36" wheels?
Replies: 17
Views: 337

Re: Has anyone ever ridden owt with 36" wheels?

fat bike standards in mind so no, you're not missing anything, I was :grin: Yep, Raceface crank on a 100 mm bb shell with a 197 mm rear doesn't lead to heal strokes in my case and I tend to stand a bit duck footed, yet when I shift my body rearwards I do often feel the seatstay on my calfs. There's...
by Alpinum
Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 1557
Views: 144743

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

ground nut oil. Gets me thinking. Are nut ground before they get squashed, or are they usually just trown in for squeezing with no further do? I could ask my boss, his background is food process engineer ETH, but I leave him alone 'till Monday. All packed and ready for a 1.5 day ride in the Engadin...