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by NewRetroTom
Mon May 04, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: TDR bike suitability
Replies: 33
Views: 1191

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: 598

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: 1436

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: 721

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: 629

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: 858

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: 920

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: 881

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: 3527

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: 3527

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: 3527

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: 3527

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: 3527

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: 6581

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: 2107

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: 694

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.
by NewRetroTom
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: water bottle slung from down tubes
Replies: 7
Views: 626

Re: water bottle slung from down tubes

I think this is one of those things that works nicely in dry places, but not well at all in UK gloop. If the bottle is completely covered in sheep/cow poo as it would be riding a lot of UK trails you'd want to give it a pretty good wash before even trying to open the top to decant it into a clean bo...
by NewRetroTom
Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: TD Kit Grid
Replies: 24
Views: 1763

Re: TD Kit Grid

For maps are you relying purely on electronic devices? I went full technophobe and carried the full set of ACA maps (partly due to having had 2 GPS fails in 2 HT550 rides). Didn't really need them, but did consult them a few times in situations where the GPS trace (1000 point version) wasn't very cl...
by NewRetroTom
Wed Jul 24, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: TD Kit Grid
Replies: 24
Views: 1763

Re: TD Kit Grid

I just had 2 x 650ml bottles on my bike for most of the ride. Going through the basin and some bits of NM I added one or two 1.5 l plastic bottles that I stuffed into the front roll (worked fairly well although they did bounce out a couple of times). I used purification tablets once coming into Pine...
by NewRetroTom
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tyre Liners
Replies: 13
Views: 1050

Re: Tyre Liners

Alpinium - in the photo above it looks like your bead has separated from the tyre. Would any of these foam-in-tyre systems have helped prevent that?
by NewRetroTom
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tyre Liners
Replies: 13
Views: 1050

Re: Tyre Liners

These look like they would significantly reduce the grip that your tyres give. You want the tyres to be as supple as possible so they conform to the shape of the surface you are trying to stick to. If you have a thick layer of foam against the inside surface of the tyre that is not going to happen. ...
by NewRetroTom
Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tussock Training
Replies: 12
Views: 874

Re: Tussock Training

As long as there is no hosepipe ban in force you could fill a paddling pool with cold water and sponges and then squelch around it carrying your bike above your head.
by NewRetroTom
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Jay Petervary sacked
Replies: 70
Views: 4860

Re: Jay Petervary sacked

I'm not sure if it's just me being weird, but I'm not even interested in seeing what the film crew have managed to produce. I find the Tour Divide fascinating but the idea of watching films about people racing it just bores me.
by NewRetroTom
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Jay Petervary sacked
Replies: 70
Views: 4860

Re: Jay Petervary sacked

My take on it: Jay Petervary has self-appointed himself as a keeper of the ethics, spirit and rules of the Tour Divide. He doesn't have the best history of sticking within those ideals himself, so that is a bit weird, but I guess if he takes ownership of them he can then be the arbiter of what is ok...
by NewRetroTom
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Jay Petervary sacked
Replies: 70
Views: 4860

Re: Jay Petervary sacked

Not sure exactly what Jay has said, but this is from Rue (Lael's girlfriend) write up on the radavist: At first it was easy to dismiss some of the comments in the Facebook group. But we found it more difficult once Jay Petervary got involved. We respect Jay and all that he has done for the community...