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by fatbikephil
Sat Apr 20, 2024 8:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildlife
Replies: 683
Views: 136431

Re: Wildlife

Isn't it a bit early compared to a normal year ? I thought that. Now trying to identify a bird that's taken to visiting - about the size of a Great tit but with a big white chest and black head. Coal tit? First swallow earlier, loads of skylarks and a selection of small birds of prey. Of more inter...
by fatbikephil
Fri Apr 19, 2024 8:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 3971
Views: 499485

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

Staying on the music theme, today's my last Paul McCartney day. The younger readers might not get the reference :wink: You 65 then Bob? After yet another hectic week at work (HVS in climbing terms, only just managed the crux move this afternoon to get me to 'top' i.e home time.) Had some restrained...
by fatbikephil
Tue Apr 16, 2024 9:08 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Gobowen->Berwyns: Wayfarer & Dirt Bike School 13-15 April 2024
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Gobowen->Berwyns: Wayfarer & Dirt Bike School 13-15 April 2024

:-bd
Always good to read proper trip reports Pete; in addition to those on the BAM thread!
by fatbikephil
Mon Apr 15, 2024 6:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New Front Harness / Longer Bag?
Replies: 21
Views: 443

Re: New Front Harness / Longer Bag?

If you have the space under your stem, one of these will support the bottom of the harness and will help keep it away from the head tube and front wheel -
https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/accessories ... -mm-0-deg/
by fatbikephil
Sun Apr 14, 2024 9:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hammock in the garden
Replies: 22
Views: 428

Re: Hammock in the garden

The shallower the angle of the suspension the greater the force - in theory if your hammock was strung perfectly horizontal there'd be an infinite force acting on the wall I think you might need to check your working there Bob :wink: But it's a fair point... Although with the right fixings and appl...
by fatbikephil
Wed Apr 10, 2024 9:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Eid pressie prize! (Prize updated so gravel strokers don't feel intimidated against)
Replies: 26
Views: 466

Re: Eid pressie prize! (Prize updated so gravel strokers don't feel intimidated against)

At the risk of being flippant, I was thinking along the lines of.... Gab - "Alright me old son, how's it going. Now. I want you to listen very carefully - you've to tell everyone they have to be nice to each other, got it?" Mohammed (after recovering from the considerable shock of having a...
by fatbikephil
Mon Apr 08, 2024 5:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Happy 'International Beaver Day'
Replies: 29
Views: 578

Re: Happy 'International Beaver Day'

The wording on the website almost admits it's a stretch (reading between the lines) and it also states there is evidence for them on the mainland at the locations they list but none for here. The consultation was meant to be completed and the introduction was supposed to be 2023. This has probably ...
by fatbikephil
Mon Apr 08, 2024 5:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 - 2024
Replies: 37
Views: 10700

Re: HT550 - 2024

Smidge also keeps ticks off and made from natural ingredients. Plus will keep the midges at bay - given the mild winter, the midges are going to be out in force this year.
by fatbikephil
Sun Apr 07, 2024 11:35 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Happy 'International Beaver Day'
Replies: 29
Views: 578

Re: Happy 'International Beaver Day'

That puts in my mind a vision of someone pointing sternly at a Beaver gnawing a tree down - "NO!"
by fatbikephil
Sat Apr 06, 2024 8:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cranktank 3 vs cages on fork + smartwater bottles
Replies: 20
Views: 471

Re: Cranktank 3 vs cages on fork + smartwater bottles

What they said, although I take a bigger bottle or a water bladder in my frame bag, but with never more than 1l in it (I often forget to fill up so like to carry a bit more) A couple of bottles on the forks work OK but can pick up mud. A bottle on the down tube and a crud catcher is better in my vie...
by fatbikephil
Fri Apr 05, 2024 10:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 4931
Views: 1209885

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

:-bd
by fatbikephil
Fri Apr 05, 2024 10:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 11447
Views: 1922821

Re: The post man's been ...

AKA the Darth Vader helmet - there was some apocrypha in the '80's that they used a Simpson bandit as the basis for Vader's lid....
Jealous, but would look a bit daft riding a '60's Triumph.
by fatbikephil
Fri Apr 05, 2024 8:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 4931
Views: 1209885

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Went to Halfords today after yet another lost rear light. Me being in black clothing I wasn't gonna risk a blind driver. The Viz150, 300 and 100 were £30, £40 and £21 respectively. Quick check on the website and they'd obviously been price matching others. Prices of £21, £30 and £16. Aero post frie...
by fatbikephil
Fri Apr 05, 2024 7:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hap.... no, I'm saying nowt :)
Replies: 17
Views: 486

Re: Hap.... no, I'm saying nowt :)

:-bd Happy birthday Stu, being in your 50's is much worse than being 50 :grin:
by fatbikephil
Thu Apr 04, 2024 10:36 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a Month 2024
Replies: 497
Views: 22387

Re: Bivvy a Month 2024

Sorry to hear that Jimmy, glad you are recovering. Seems to be a few mishaps going on this year... The pic of your specs reminds me of those old safety films you got shown at school telling you not play on building sites etc - the shots always switched from a youth with a look of horror on his face ...
by fatbikephil
Thu Apr 04, 2024 10:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 11447
Views: 1922821

Re: The post man's been ...

...and brought a new GRX mech to replace the 105 one that exploded spectacularly the other day. Thought while I was replacing it, I might as well get something that will cope with a larger cassette without swapping the goat link in and out, shift better, and... be more clutchy. But I can't escape t...
by fatbikephil
Thu Apr 04, 2024 2:02 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a Month 2024
Replies: 497
Views: 22387

Re: Bivvy a Month 2024

https://meagaidhblog.sais.gov.uk/2024/0 ... snow-rain/
See images of Met Office forecast over March - looks like we need to head to NW Scotland. Similar parallels to 2012 when The NW got roasted and the rest of the UK nearly drowned, for the whole of spring and summer.
by fatbikephil
Wed Apr 03, 2024 8:22 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a Month 2024
Replies: 497
Views: 22387

Re: Bivvy a Month 2024

Right you lot, it's time for the first quarterly tally! I currently have the following as still in the game after a horribly wet and miserable winter.... RIP Muddypete Mrs Polisherman Blackhound Raggedstone Frog Gecko76 Verena NeilA Sean_iow Javatime jimmy G Samwise FBPhil Doresetshirelad Boab vegan...
by fatbikephil
Wed Apr 03, 2024 7:14 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New Bike Gear Out And Due Out...
Replies: 977
Views: 120883

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

Liking the look of them given my ever advancing age seems to be equating to ever rising bars.
£135 though....
by fatbikephil
Wed Apr 03, 2024 7:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is this 'bikepacking'?
Replies: 84
Views: 2124

Re: Is this 'bikepacking'?

We've got BaM Rules/rules and a gover... well, Phil anyway :grin: . (Has he got a body or is he just a virtual chimera on the forum I wonder? :grin: ) I'm still a real person for now Reg. Hopefully when I eventually get replaced with an 'AI' I will be one of those that you read about, you know, the...
by fatbikephil
Tue Apr 02, 2024 9:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is this 'bikepacking'?
Replies: 84
Views: 2124

Re: Is this 'bikepacking'?

I suspect Stu is along the right lines... Interestingly, over on that Bikepacking.com, all the young dudes are strapping saddle packs, bar rolls, front pouches, frame bags, multiple stem cells / gas tanks / other wee bags, fork bags on there bikes and also carrying bum bags (I'm looking at you North...
by fatbikephil
Tue Apr 02, 2024 7:30 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a Month 2024
Replies: 497
Views: 22387

Re: Bivvy a Month 2024

Looks meaningfully at watch. cough, cough. Any more for any more??
by fatbikephil
Tue Apr 02, 2024 7:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is this 'bikepacking'?
Replies: 84
Views: 2124

Re: Is this 'bikepacking'?

No bogs, no tussocks, no cowering under a thin sheet of nylon in the rain, no slugs. Where is the fun in that? :grin: A better version is to carry proper bikepacking stuff (cue further argument :grin: ) but stay in hotels / B&B's hostels / bothies. I did my first Highland trail like that and I w...
by fatbikephil
Mon Apr 01, 2024 7:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: WRT GR's
Replies: 27
Views: 711

Re: WRT GR's

I noticed that. The OS app in bike mode took you up the track to with 100m of it. But I wouldn't trust the OS app to tell me the time of day....
Couple of potential cheeky short cuts up north!
by fatbikephil
Mon Apr 01, 2024 4:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Trans cambrian way improvements.
Replies: 11
Views: 330

Re: Trans cambrian way improvements.

:-bd
Forgot it was April fools, very good Stuart, you've missed your vocation in life :grin: