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by whitestone
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Ice, Ice, Baby!
Replies: 11
Views: 99

Re: Ice, Ice, Baby!

ScotRoutes wrote:
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:33 pm
Well, that's s h i t.

if you have all your kit with you it's not too late to enter Shafs Coldest Bivvy competition
Can't even do that :| the coldest given in the forecast is -6C. Anyway it's not the UK so wouldn't count :roll:
by whitestone
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Ice, Ice, Baby!
Replies: 11
Views: 99

Ice, Ice, Baby!

We're in Norway and I've just paid 1600 Kroner for a very nice young man to read up on how to operate the X-Ray machine :oops: We are for the Fat Viking fat bike race next Saturday but we are also doing the winter biking training camp. Conditions are currently around 20-25C above what they expect at...
by whitestone
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: tires with more grip?
Replies: 17
Views: 443

Re: tires with more grip?

Another vote for the XR series, bigger number = bigger knobs (snigger). The XR2 has about the same level of tread as the Ikon. XR4 on the front, XR3 on the back for winter, one number less on each for summer. One of our LBSs reckoned if they had Maxxis written on the side then they'd sell every one ...
by whitestone
Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Vaguely exciting....
Replies: 9
Views: 445

Re: Vaguely exciting....

The forum software has a swear filter (it's just word substitution) so as well as the usual stuff Stu has added some more. So R a p h a becomes "expensive hipster brand" and r I g become "bike".

Nothing sinister, just Stu having a laugh, of course these things take on a life of their own.
by whitestone
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 7786
Views: 813016

Re: The post man's been ...

"Safe Return Doubtful" Uhm, make a good name for an event. "safe return doubtful " was part of an advert (allegedly) posted by Ernest Shackleton for his Antarctic expedition The full text was: Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return dou...
by whitestone
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: are there different sizes of presta core?
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: are there different sizes of presta core?

Is the one that the tool doesn't fit actually a removable core? Not easy to determine from your shot. Removable cores have a pair of flat sides to allow the tool to fit. Not all presta valves have removable cores.
by whitestone
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Newborough forest bivvy and pub recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: Newborough forest bivvy and pub recommendations

The name is slightly ironic as there was a settlement there in mediaeval times - by the side of the road heading to the parking area and before you get to the forest area itself there are the outlines of one of the old courts of the princes of Gwynedd. There was a massive storm in the early 14c and ...
by whitestone
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Tin Can Stove
Replies: 11
Views: 338

Re: Tin Can Stove

What size of can would you normally use? One of those small 200g sweet corn cans , or one of the small 160ml Coconut Milk cans ? For the 650 mug I use a homemade beer can stove so anything that sort of diameter like a pop can would do. Lots of videos on how to make one on the interweb - there's a l...
by whitestone
Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rigid Forks
Replies: 23
Views: 598

Re: Rigid Forks

Two of my three MTBs have rigid forks. So why? The fat bike came with a rigid (carbon fibre) fork. I don't ride trail centres and certainly not on the fat bike so I've no need for suspension forks. The fat tyres have some suspension that soaks up "trail chatter" but it's undamped so once you get int...
by whitestone
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wide Range Gearing Question
Replies: 26
Views: 494

Re: Wide Range Gearing Question

Shimano are conservative (with a small 'c') about the stated max cog size but I suppose they're covering all bases and don't want complaints because someone tried something really extreme. IME you can go 2-4T more than what they say. Across my MTBs the lowest ratio I have is on the fat bike with 26T...
by whitestone
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wide Range Gearing Question
Replies: 26
Views: 494

Re: Wide Range Gearing Question

I had a demo on a Trek gravel bike and it was basically just a road bike with wider tyres, the gearing was 50/34 at the front and 11-32 at the back! Maybe fine out on the Kansas plains but, well - you ain't in Kansas anymore. :roll: Have a play on http://gear-calculator.com/ for gear ratios. You can...
by whitestone
Tue Jan 14, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: is this a daft question - two quilts
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Re: is this a daft question - two quilts

not sure if this is a daft question... I'm heading out on Friday for the first time in a while, I only have one 4 season bag and it's quite bulky. I was wondering about taking both my 2-3 season quilts (Alpkit and Cumlus) instead. This will mean a lot less packing space. Would two quilts on top of ...
by whitestone
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hope pro 4 bearings
Replies: 31
Views: 415

Re: Hope pro 4 bearings

Anyone remember what size they are? Isn't there something odd about the sizing? Non standard? It seems so - the usual HTII bearings have an internal bore of 25mm and require a 0.5mm shim to allow the use of a 24mm spindle. The Hope bearings have an internal bore of 24mm so don't need the shim. No i...
by whitestone
Tue Jan 14, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hope pro 4 bearings
Replies: 31
Views: 415

Re: Hope pro 4 bearings

Seals at that temp might be my only worry. The very thin layer of grease next to moving surfaces will be up to operating temperature with a few spins of the wheel - the remaining mass of the grease might take a little longer but by the time you've finished the job everything will be at ambient tempe...
by whitestone
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hope pro 4 bearings
Replies: 31
Views: 415

Re: Hope pro 4 bearings

I've a Pro 4 hub on the Spearfish which has done 3200km so 2000 miles and Cath has one on her Stooge which has done considerably more and both are still OK. I've not recorded conditions for rides but it's been a mixture of sunshine and showers (and fords). Anecdotally I don't think the Pro 4 hubs ar...
by whitestone
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Can we do wood burning stoves again please??
Replies: 18
Views: 468

Re: Can we do wood burning stoves again please??

The guy in the linked video is into his stoves and many of his videos have him getting close to his camp via 4x4! The stove he's using is about 500g in weight (plus the weight of the flue) and costs about €400 :shock: For him that's lightweight but then he isn't riding around and up the Welsh (or Sc...
by whitestone
Mon Jan 13, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dam Busters.
Replies: 89
Views: 3090

Re: Dam Busters.

Next letter - B for Bob :wink:
by whitestone
Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dam Busters.
Replies: 89
Views: 3090

Re: Dam Busters.

Hang on Reg - you went on the east side of Nant y Moch from Angler's Retreat? That looks seriously nutty getting around the top end of the reservoir :shock:
by whitestone
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dam Busters.
Replies: 89
Views: 3090

Re: Dam Busters.

Oh, if you thought we had it bad then spare a thought for The Spine racers (basically The Pennine Way from S-N) who started at the weekend and currently have Storm Bastard/Bernard/Bustard or whatever it's called to deal with. At least the winds are southerly (at the moment).
by whitestone
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Dam Busters ride reports
Replies: 9
Views: 443

Dam Busters ride reports

The Winds of Change So to the 2020 BB Winter Event. True to form Stu had rustled up some "interesting" weather for the weekend but it would have to do. A steady drive down to The Star on Friday night and Reg was already in character (and full flow) at the bar. Over the night a lot of familiar and ne...
by whitestone
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 341
Views: 19884

Re: What you done t' your bike today

I'd picked a Gorilla Cage up from Stu at the weekend. So having drilled the holes and fitted the Rivnuts it was time to fit the bolts ... A bit of loctite on the bolts, put on the big plastic washer things and fitted them. Now for the moment of truth, fitting the cage itself. You know the old adage:...
by whitestone
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 44
Views: 1901

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

The first of the year on the Winter Event. Even though we'd taken tarp and bivy bag as emergency shelter but we really didn't want to be out during the rather wet and windy Saturday night. We turned up at Nant Syddion just as it got dark to find another four similarly damp souls already there. In th...
by whitestone
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stealth camping.
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: Stealth camping.

He (?) would have had an interesting time this weekend on the Dam Busters :lol:
by whitestone
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dam Busters.
Replies: 89
Views: 3090

Re: Dam Busters.

Hope he brought his chocolate labrador for full effect, now what was the name of that dog? :wink: I had to remind our Reg that the name of Guy Gibson's dog is extremely non-PC these days. As it happens there was a friendly black lab in the bar when we got there so the effect was complete :-bd Once ...
by whitestone
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dam Busters.
Replies: 89
Views: 3090

Re: Dam Busters.

JohnClimber wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:03 pm
Who's heading to The Star tonight?
Cath and I will be there. Probably get there about 1930-2000 depending on traffic.