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by NewRetroTom
Thu Dec 03, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Global Fat Bike Day 2020
Replies: 38
Views: 972

Re: Global Fat Bike Day 2020

It snowed 15cm here on Monday and it's forecast to snow another 30 on Friday night, so could be an interesting Global Fat Bike Day ride on Saturday!
by NewRetroTom
Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Merino Socks
Replies: 12
Views: 455

Re: Merino Socks

Thanks for the recommendation of Darn Tough. I have ordered some and will see how they go!
by NewRetroTom
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 -2021
Replies: 19
Views: 893

Re: Highland Trail 550 -2021

Sadly I'm out.

We should have a 5 month old child by then, and we also have a 2 year old who is currently being treated for leukaemia. Don't think it would be fair to leave the wife with those two for a week.
by NewRetroTom
Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: os Maps and rights of way
Replies: 8
Views: 274

Re: os Maps and rights of way

I would say that the route in the photo with green diamonds is not a right of way. It is on Access Land though, so there is a right to roam (but not with a bike) and hence the walkers on the Dales High Way can legitimately walk there.
by NewRetroTom
Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What Going On With The Track Taken From The Highlands;
Replies: 22
Views: 972

Re: What Going On With The Track Taken From The Highlands;

I can confirm, having fished loch Dionard (from a boat) that there are no tracks around it.
The Gualin estate who own it also used to be funny about bikes using the track that goes up the strath to the loch. Don't know if that's still the case or if they now understand how land access laws work!
by NewRetroTom
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ESI 6.75” grips
Replies: 12
Views: 500

Re: ESI 6.75” grips

As Pistonbroke, I use air, but don't have a compressor, so use a high volume track pump hooked up to a bar bung with an old presta valve through it.
by NewRetroTom
Tue Jun 16, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Who Owns England?
Replies: 24
Views: 1216

Re: Who Owns England?

Stripping the land of natural tree cover is one of the reasons we get these massive floods. Flooding has been getting worse in the last 20+ years, and that's not due to any change in natural tree cover or digging drainage ditches (that mostly happened hundreds of years ago in the UK and has started...
by NewRetroTom
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Who Owns England?
Replies: 24
Views: 1216

Re: Who Owns England?

What alternative use are folks proposing for grouse moors? Most of them have sheep grazing on them already (albeit at low densities so they don't get rid of all the heather).
Surely the reason they ended up being grouse moors is because they're bugger all use for anything else?
by NewRetroTom
Mon May 04, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: TDR bike suitability
Replies: 33
Views: 2291

Re: TDR bike suitability

I'd go for the Signal.

I did ride a rigid bike and like Rich my hands were numb for months.
by NewRetroTom
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Has 5G just been launched
Replies: 15
Views: 1253

Re: Has 5G just been launched

There's a big difference between "keeping an open mind" and entertaining batshit crazy stuff like this for more than a couple of seconds.
by NewRetroTom
Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Oldest bit of kit you own - and still use.
Replies: 44
Views: 2873

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

I've got a baselayer that I've had since the mid 1990's and still use now and again. It has a hole in the shoulder, and my shoulder has a matching scar underneath from where I got hit by a sharp rock that fell onto me while I was ice climbing in Canada in 2007. Sort of feel like I have a bond with i...
by NewRetroTom
Mon Mar 02, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Total brake failure
Replies: 19
Views: 1377

Re: Total brake failure

Could the hose have been kinked at some point during installation or use? Just after it coming out of the bar tape could be a risk point for getting folded. You say "no evidence of any external damage" but how can you be sure of that with the hose looking like it does in your photos? Seems very weir...
by NewRetroTom
Mon Dec 30, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: handlebar question
Replies: 10
Views: 1045

Re: handlebar question

Whatever you're used to will feel right. If you stick with a wider bar it may start to feel good. I got a new bike at the start of 2018 with 780mm wide bars. It felt a bit wide to begin with but then I went back to my fat bike when winter came round and the 680mm bars felt awful! I bought some new 8...
by NewRetroTom
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 2020 route GPX?
Replies: 14
Views: 1493

Re: HT550 2020 route GPX?

Alan has already sent out the gpx to those on the 2020 group start, so I'm sure he'll be happy to send it to anyone planning an ITT.
by NewRetroTom
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: like google maps, but better
Replies: 17
Views: 1616

Re: like google maps, but better

cycling from Turkey to Hungry
A Christmas lunch themed bike ride?
by NewRetroTom
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Revo/Redeye input/output brain fart
Replies: 16
Views: 1588

Re: Revo/Redeye input/output brain fart

My mate did it the evening before Paris Brest Paris this summer. Cost him 17 quid for the fix as above. It did result in a bit of mild panic as we were thinking he didn't have a rear light for the ride. Then we realised we could put the red eye on my bike and plug it into my Strada and put my rear l...
by NewRetroTom
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: One for the HT550 connoisseur.
Replies: 63
Views: 5659

Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Hope Rich is ok this morning. He's either having a long lie-in or he forgot to switch the tracker on this morning.
by NewRetroTom
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: One for the HT550 connoisseur.
Replies: 63
Views: 5659

Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Looks like he's nearly at Ben Alder Cottage for the first night.
by NewRetroTom
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: One for the HT550 connoisseur.
Replies: 63
Views: 5659

Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Fishing season is Feb to Sept there I think, so I don't think there would be any anglers. Hind stalking maybe?
by NewRetroTom
Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: One for the HT550 connoisseur.
Replies: 63
Views: 5659

Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Interesting. That probably means that resupply is not much worse than in May!

All the sporting hotels in the north used to close for the winter, but it seems that more and more stay open now. Kind of surprised that somewhere like the OBH gets enough trade to make it worthwhile.
by NewRetroTom
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: One for the HT550 connoisseur.
Replies: 63
Views: 5659

Re: One for the HT550 connoisseur.

Good luck Rich, you're an eejit! It won't necessarily be any colder or wetter than May, but it will certainly be a lot darker! I'm guessing the main resupply points that will not exist for a winter attempt will be Oykel Bridge Hotel and Kylesku. That will mean setting off with plenty of food from Co...
by NewRetroTom
Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 10580

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Have sent my email to Alan. Hope I get to ride!
Feels like a long time since I last rode the Highland Trail.
by NewRetroTom
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Padded shorts: yay, or nay?
Replies: 37
Views: 3597

Re: Padded shorts: yay, or nay?

I always wear padded shorts for riding. Sometimes don't bother for commuting, and that is when I tend to get saddle sores.

If you're getting too sweaty then ditch the baggies over the top.
by NewRetroTom
Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Road and Off Road light options
Replies: 11
Views: 1093

Re: Road and Off Road light options

I see Exposure has started making StVZO lights now to be compliant with the German law on bike lights not dazzling other road users.
https://exposurelights.com/products/bike/stvzo-lights
They all seem to be out of stock at the moment though.