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by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New lifestyle opportunity for someone?
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Re: New lifestyle opportunity for someone?

There used to be the National Watersports Centre on Great Cumbrae. It was truly world class, staffed by excellent outdoor types. Sportscotland made the utterly bonkers decision to close the centre last summer. I don't have words to describe the numpties responsible. NO WAY!!! I spent many days ther...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Overseas purchases and imports
Replies: 67
Views: 1857

Re: Overseas purchases and imports

Anybody know if Garbaruk are selling to the UK now? Could quickly sink my project bike if they have stopped...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What to do with a mussette?
Replies: 20
Views: 640

What to do with a mussette?

I have accumulated a number of ‘freeby’ mussettes and wondering if they have any practical application outside the world of pro cycling? I can’t see myself carrying my packed lunch round my neck when they are much more sensible ways to carry stuff on a bike, so has anybody found a way of upcycling t...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Jan 23, 2021 12:53 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cheap dropbar 1x12
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Re: Cheap dropbar 1x12

I’m am told by Ratio that their kit will work with a SRAM Force 1 RD, although to go bigger than 42t will require a longer cage. So I’m trying to order the Garbaruk 12s kit; cassette & long cage, which in theory should be a reasonably priced way to get a clean drop bar 12s setup. Unfortunately they’...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What training app?
Replies: 39
Views: 914

Re: What training app?

Xert. I don't anymore but its brilliant If it’s brilliant, why did you stop using it? I’ve been on it for 3 years and find it interesting but equally frustrating. If the execution was as good as the concept, it could be brilliant, however the algorithms don’t work for me, and the prescribed workout...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: wtd, hydro brake set. or swap ?
Replies: 2
Views: 100

Re: wtd, hydro brake set. or swap ?

Flat or drop bar?
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: who rides Ti ?
Replies: 125
Views: 4506

Re: who rides Ti ?

I’ve had two. Mostly out of curiosity. First was stolen before I had much riding on it. The replacement is OK, but nothing special. It’s no lighter than Alu, and I’ve not detected any magic ride quality. Even less to be gained in a FS bike, where alloy performs at least as good and better value. At ...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: My Arcteryx experience
Replies: 34
Views: 906

Re: My Arcteryx experience

Surprised that Arcteryx behaved like this; I’ve always had excellent back-up from them, far better than most brands, only matched by Asoss. Owned several breathable membrane boots and even before the membrane is compromised (inevitable sooner or later) Water always gets in somehow hiking or riding i...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Nov 07, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ever built a no expense spared bike?
Replies: 52
Views: 1254

Re: Ever built a no expense spared bike?

I would love to buy a package bike from Canyon, or some similar value option as that is definitely the best way to maximise bang for buck. But it just doesn't work for me, partly because my dimensions are not in the middle of the bell curve (so I don't fit the standard components specced - eg crank ...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Similar to Exposure, but not... is there such a thing?
Replies: 89
Views: 2437

Re: Similar to Exposure, but not... is there such a thing?

I would love to love USE - Made in Britain, innovative designs (beyond just the Exposure lights), aesthetically pleasing products, and people who respond to customer enquiries. It's just a shame that every item I have bought from them has let me down. Aero bars that refuse to stay in place, and then...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?
Replies: 61
Views: 5369

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

Still tempted, but leaving bookings to the last second.

Any idea how easy it will be to pick up food and accommodation along the way? Sampling the culinary delights is a big part of it for me, so if this is going to be challenging then I won’t bother.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Spot Customer No Service
Replies: 12
Views: 416

Re: Spot Customer No Service

ScotRoutes wrote:
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:39 pm
Maybe. But I'd rather have equipment that didn't rely on Customer Service to make up for the lack of quality.
Also my experience with Exposure kit - shoddy!
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?
Replies: 61
Views: 5369

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

I believe Italy is now on the amber list for UK travel. Won’t be booking flights until the last minute to avoid disappointment. Not even fussed about doing it during the event window as there is no mass start anyway, and I don’t want a ‘goody bag’ that will go straight to landfill. So, as much as I ...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 9538
Views: 1081621

Re: The post man's been ...

Jurassic wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:33 pm
I was under the impression that they do actually build the wheels themselves though, not sure if that's correct?
They told me they are built in Asia; I think it was Taiwan.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 9538
Views: 1081621

Re: The post man's been ...

New wheels from Hunt. Just not the ones I ordered. Not even similar... but they did include a signed pre-despatch check sheet, so hopefully the arse who clearly didn't do their job can get a kicking. Muppets! Did make me think, if they can't get this right, what's the chances they will be doing any ...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Jun 15, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: You get what you pay for...
Replies: 39
Views: 2300

Re: You get what you pay for...

On the other hand... Assos have been absolutely outstanding. I still have shorts from 20 years ago that are used every week (indoors now) and are still in decent condition. When I had a crash they repaired both the jersey and bib tights for free, even though they where over 2 years old. I recently b...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:53 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD: 10/11 Speed Groupset *Found*
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Re: WTD: 10/11 Speed Groupset

Might be selling my SRAM XX gears. Loads of life left in them as they were only used for two summers on my precious race bike from the olden days! Not been ridden since 2014 and stored inside.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: DeWidget Strapdeck
Replies: 22
Views: 1259

Re: DeWidget Strapdeck

Can’t wait to try mine, but the project is not quite complete. A conventional harness, like my Wildcat, doesn’t work with a Lefty. This should, and only needs to hold a 5L, sub 1kg roll with my bivi & sleep bag/vest/booties. Will update once the build is done; hope to use it for the rescheduled Tusc...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Not your usual bikepacking video.
Replies: 38
Views: 1971

Re: Not your usual bikepacking video.

Thanks for sharing, Stu. Can't remember the last time I watched something as entertaining as this! Hipsters with a sense of humour - who even knew that existed?! Slovenia is a great place for bike touring, and I'd go back in a heartbeat. I'm sure I was being watched by the bears in some of those for...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: F10 Project Hydrogen Tent - tempted?
Replies: 20
Views: 1342

Re: F10 Project Hydrogen Tent - tempted?

I am tempted, but not camping enough at the moment to justify it! The older I get, the more I like a nice bed in the evening...! Price aside this thing looks OK but will suffer from the same faults as my pro carbon helium - really bad for condensation and impossible to get into in the rain without t...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bottle cage for wider bottles
Replies: 14
Views: 668

Re: Bottle cage for wider bottles

Arundel Loony Bin

https://r2-bike.com/ARUNDEL-Trinkflasch ... Mandible_3

I've not got one, but seen some decent reviews on an Ozzy YouTube channel.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Garmin Edge 530 External Battery Pack
Replies: 77
Views: 4983

Re: Garmin Edge 530 External Battery Pack

Has anyone ever managed to buy one of these from Cycle Republic, or found one at a reasonable price elsewhere?
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Drop Bar MTB Conversion
Replies: 8
Views: 890

Re: Drop Bar MTB Conversion

Still trying to progress this silly idea... I have some surplus SRAM Force 11 speed Hydro levers and some old calipers (Magura and Formula) - I think I have seen people use these levers with non-SRAM callipers, but concerned there may be an issue with mineral Vs Synthetic fluid that will impact comp...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: You get what you pay for...
Replies: 39
Views: 2300

Re: You get what you pay for...

Surely the correct pressure is: " hmmm? Yeah, be reet " A bit like the correct torque setting is either: umph!, gnnn! or "come loose now you bastard!" That's why I also have a torque wrench, Bob! Honestly, I don't mind paying a fair price for a gadget that enhances the riding experience. I know a l...