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by whitestone
Sat May 25, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 207
Views: 9507

Re: Highland Trail 2019

Just got back from a walk bagging some Munros. It's effing grim up high with driving rain. Not too bad out of the wind but as soon as you step out of shelter it's going through everything.

Not sure what Phil Clarke is up to, he said he was going to go steady!
by whitestone
Fri May 24, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 207
Views: 9507

Re: Highland Trail 2019

Well done Mart. To quote Don Whillans: "The mountains will always be here. The trick is, to make sure you are." It's very easy to sit behind a keyboard with the sun shining outside and pontificate about what's going on several hundred miles away. On the Cairngorm Loop a couple of years ago, burns th...
by whitestone
Thu May 23, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 207
Views: 9507

Re: Highland Trail 2019

In 2017 I crossed slightly upstream, maybe 30 metres or so, of the GPX. It just happened to be where I hit the bank. The first two or three metres the bed dropped to maybe halfway up my shins which was probably the main flow then a couple of metres later it was ankle depth and like that to the far b...
by whitestone
Thu May 23, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ribble Adventure 725/ti or Sonder broken Road? Or something altogether different?
Replies: 23
Views: 418

Re: Ribble Adventure 725/ti or Sonder broken Road? Or something altogether different?

There's actually very little difference in weight between the various tyre sized bikes (if you compare like with like). I've a Cotic Solaris (in large) which is the 29er version of the Cotic Soul which my wife has (in extra small). The Solaris is 1x Shimano while the Soul is 2x Shimano. Other than t...
by whitestone
Thu May 23, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 207
Views: 9507

Re: Highland Trail 2019

Apparently the river levels are up - Cath says the Sealga was reported as "deep" on Twitter. I checked SEPA and there must have been a lot of rain Tuesday night to Wednesday morning as pretty well every river in the NW has gone from "low" to above average.
by whitestone
Wed May 22, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 207
Views: 9507

Re: Highland Trail 2019

Following Greg's comment I checked Matt S's ride last year and it looks like he scratched at Oykel Bridge. The water bars heading up from Benalder Cottage are a bugger as I know to my cost: some are rollable, some need a hop and others are just too wide and/or have a sharp edge on the far side. Work...
by whitestone
Wed May 22, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 207
Views: 9507

Re: Highland Trail 2019

It looked like he'd stopped at Larachantivore but now seems to be progressing over the beallach muice :???: given the onset of dark o'clock and the lack of bivi spots until Carnmore that's quite an undertaking.... And he's heading for Carnmore barn :o Looks like he stopped there last night. I thoug...
by whitestone
Wed May 22, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Two Person Tents?
Replies: 10
Views: 323

Re: Two Person Tents?

Have a look here https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/equipment-c3/tents-shelters-c25/two-person-tents-c26 . Unfortunately the "light, quality, cheap - pick two" rule applies. Work out what your priorities are and what you are prepared to compromise on. For summer (plus late spring, early autumn)...
by whitestone
Tue May 21, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Your gear pile, get shot / rainy day?
Replies: 30
Views: 519

Re: Your gear pile, get shot / rainy day?

Not a patch on my old man ... Me looking at a 50 gallon barrel full of bits of metal: "Father*! What's in this barrel?" "Nuts, bolts, things that might be useful" Lift one of said nuts and bolts out of barrel: "What do we need a 1 5/16" Whitworth thread bolt for? Everything on the farm is metric!" "...
by whitestone
Tue May 21, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Your gear pile, get shot / rainy day?
Replies: 30
Views: 519

Re: Your gear pile, get shot / rainy day?

Well there's a big pile of climbing kit in the loft, actually several piles and boxes, the result of 30 years worth of "ooh shiny things" :lol: And on the basis I'd use at least one new rope a year it's a good job I've not kept all those as well. There's an "overflow" pile of bikepacking bags and ha...
by whitestone
Tue May 21, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 2.2 OR 2.35 29er tyres?
Replies: 7
Views: 221

Re: 2.2 OR 2.35 29er tyres?

I'm a Bonty tyre fan. Generally I use the XR series (the SE series is much heavier), bigger numbers mean more aggressive tread. Usually I'll have XR4/XR3 in winter and either XR2/XR1 or XR3/XR2 in summer or drier conditions. The XR2 is roughly equivalent in tread depth to a Maxxis Ikon. The XR3 is a...
by whitestone
Mon May 20, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 207
Views: 9507

Re: Highland Trail 2019

The forecast seems to be for showers but not heavy consistent rain. If that's right then the rivers shouldn't be a problem, it's been very dry in Scotland this last month: the bog getting to Benalder Cottage was as dry at May Day as it was last summer. A big storm in Fisherfield might change things ...
by whitestone
Mon May 20, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 207
Views: 9507

Re: Highland Trail 2019

I also noticed James Hayden has appeared on the Group start list, plus a few others not on the original list. And the Adventure syndicate are either going to be fashionably late signing up or they ain't going! Isn't James Hayden a roadie? Guess the Highland trail route will provide an opportunity f...
by whitestone
Mon May 20, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Measuring stem bag!?
Replies: 19
Views: 209

Re: Measuring stem bag!?

You might be better looking at the Apidura stem cell/feed bag - https://www.apidura.com/shop/backcountry-food-pouch/. I've a couple, I've not used them for a while but can't remember catching my knees on them when out of the saddle. They are a little bit smaller than the Alpkit or similar bags.
by whitestone
Mon May 20, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 207
Views: 9507

Re: Highland Trail 2019

Each new ITT starter seems slightly quicker than the one before (no offense meant to anyone) so in my head I'm now imagining it as a handicaped race with a staggered start and they should all roll into Tydrum together :smile: I wonder if they are all on varying schedules to get them back to Tyndrum...
by whitestone
Mon May 20, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Three Lions Tour: June Chilterns beerpacking
Replies: 46
Views: 761

Re: Three Lions Tour: June Chilterns beerpacking

The "trick" with those puzzles is to count how many paths enter/leave each node or junction point. If more than two nodes have an odd number of paths connecting to them then it's not possible to traverse the network without repeating a path.
by whitestone
Sun May 19, 2019 5:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Shimano now have a 'Gravel' groupset.
Replies: 30
Views: 701

Re: Shimano now have a 'Gravel' groupset.

Today I demoed a Trek "gravel" bike. The drivetrain was basically Shimano 105. The only concession to anything "off-road" was that the cassette was 11-34. :roll: Chainset was standard road compact 50/34. Felt like standard road handlebars as well. Didn't feel like what I'd expect of a gravel bike, m...
by whitestone
Sun May 19, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fat VIking 2020
Replies: 7
Views: 181

Re: Fat VIking 2020

I thought about doing it this year but when you look at the website you don't see a list of those who've entered so it was hard to tell if it was going ahead or not - might be different once you have entered and you get to see a list. Someone I follow on Strava did it this year so it obviously did g...
by whitestone
Sun May 19, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 207
Views: 9507

Re: Highland Trail 2019

Another ITT rider started this morning - Matthew McWhirr.

Just noticed on TL that there are six singlespeed riders this year.
by whitestone
Fri May 17, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Long term lights: real world reviews
Replies: 39
Views: 1542

Re: Long term lights: real world reviews

On the topic in general... why are modern rear lights so sub standard? I just had to try and find stock of some old AAA style lights that I use because the rechargeable runtimes are complete garbage. The highest I could find were about 30 hours... which sounds like a lot until you realise that thos...
by whitestone
Fri May 17, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: NOT the Trans Cambrian Way.
Replies: 20
Views: 347

Re: NOT the Trans Cambrian Way.

ootini wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 3:16 pm
Is the selfsupported.co.uk site not about anymore ?
It is but it's certainly been a while since it was updated. Ian Barrington's Cambrian Trail and the Big Bear route aren't there nor has the time for the fastest TCW double been updated.
by whitestone
Thu May 16, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Another Tubeless Question, Sorry.
Replies: 17
Views: 259

Re: Another Tubeless Question, Sorry.

Usually when I set up tyres tubeless I go for a quick ride on them just to check everything's bedded in. This time I left the tyre before heading off to work.

I decided to retape the rim and did it really neatly. Still leaks at the valve :roll: . I think it needs a ride to sort it out.
by whitestone
Thu May 16, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Another Tubeless Question, Sorry.
Replies: 17
Views: 259

Re: Another Tubeless Question, Sorry.

The bubbles were coming from behind the lockring.
by whitestone
Thu May 16, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Another Tubeless Question, Sorry.
Replies: 17
Views: 259

Re: Another Tubeless Question, Sorry.

As Stu says: sometimes they do, sometimes they don't, even the same tyre on the same rim. I find that it's usually the tape that's the important thing to get right and is also the easiest to inadvertently mess up. If you catch the edge of the tape when putting the tyre on then you can cause a crease...
by whitestone
Wed May 15, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Custom Frame Bag
Replies: 15
Views: 428

Re: Custom Frame Bag

Anyone had a bag made by Straightcut? Another UK firm/startup but not one I've had experience with.

I've an Alpkit custom frame bag for the Spearfish (came with the frame when I bought it off IanPV) but it didn't have space for a water bottle so I haven't really used it.