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by whitestone
Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What winter socks?
Replies: 15
Views: 403

Re: What winter socks?

I've been out for a short ride this morning using Specialized Defroster boots with Bridgedale wool mix walking socks with plenty of wiggle room. Temps were around 3-4C. My feet felt damp and cold pretty much all ride after the first 30 minutes or so. What I think happened is that the socks were too ...
by whitestone
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What's the best rear red light please
Replies: 27
Views: 486

Re: What's the best rear red light please

+1 for "standard" brightness for rear lights and for having more than one - one could get knocked off (I've had this happen) - and you can have one set to flashing mode and one to steady mode. I've one of these: https://www.evanscycles.com/fwe-rechargeable-rear-light-15-lumen-EV244786 which has a we...
by whitestone
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Where is this mythical land?
Replies: 15
Views: 454

Re: Where is this mythical land?

Is it one of your saddle sores from the TDR? :shock:

Real answer - closer to someone's home :wink:
by whitestone
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: I think I can. Can I?
Replies: 23
Views: 481

Re: I think I can. Can I?

You can think of a diode as a one-way valve but it's more like a barrage in a river, under normal conditions the current flows downstream but if the river level downstream is high enough then you can get reverse flow. In a diode this is called the breakdown voltage and is typically much higher than ...
by whitestone
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cooking stove recommendations
Replies: 27
Views: 639

Re: Cooking stove recommendations

Homemade pop can meths stove for me. (Actually beer can) weighs all of 10g. Have used it at around-6C, you just have to preheat everything first.

With meths stoves, particularly side burners, you need to match the stove and pot diameters. The stove should be roughly 2/3 the diameter of the pot
by whitestone
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Guardian article re bikes on trains
Replies: 27
Views: 606

Re: Guardian article re bikes on trains

Stu, I think it's more a case of everything just being so busy. Our local line is the Airedale Line between Leeds/Bradford and Skipton. When we moved here (18 years ago now :shock: ) most of the trains were two carriage Sprinters and were packed. Now they are 4 car class 333s and are still packed. B...
by whitestone
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: On Bikepacking.com
Replies: 32
Views: 1361

Re: On Bikepacking.com

Aye 'twas in the original article :wink: . Although curiously most refs were the correct Aberdare so maybe it is indeed somewhere else entirely :wink: . Hahaha, ace. Could've been a small Welsh town sponsored by a software company, unlikely, but possible. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dish,_Texas...
by whitestone
Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2713
Views: 470443

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

It's that time of year when you think you might just, just, be able to afford one. Yes, it's the PHD sale https://www.phdesigns.co.uk/winter-sale-2019
by whitestone
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cotic Escapde thoughts? Sonder Camino ?
Replies: 15
Views: 668

Re: Cotic Escapde thoughts?

I demoed one earlier this year so have only the one ride (of about four hours) to base my impressions on. I've a Genesis Croix de Fer which is similar and aimed at the same niche. The bike I demoed had "road plus" tyres, WTB Horizons. The Escapade is much lighter than the CdF, probably a couple of k...
by whitestone
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Winter event - sold out?
Replies: 30
Views: 846

Re: Winter event - sold out?

Just noticed the time in the messages is still an hour ahead... is Wales not affected by daylighy saving etc etc :???: or is it just the servers not recognising time changes... It's the forum software - you have to change it in your settings. Click on your username at top right, choose "User contro...
by whitestone
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: A dummies guide to pronouncing Welsh
Replies: 6
Views: 541

Re: A dummies guide to pronouncing Welsh

When Cath and I were doing Welsh at night school we were told the following rule about the pronunciation of "si": If it's followed by a consonant then it's pronounced as in "sin", if it's followed by a vowel then it's the "sh" sound - "sioe" (show as in Broadway show) or "Siân". The thing that is re...
by whitestone
Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 965
Views: 57720

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Left it late again :roll: Had tea then set off for one of our usual bivvies in a shooting hut. Got there at ten. After some mince pies (well It is October) we turned in. Up at 0645, had porridge and a brew before setting off into the wind. Cath headed to work. I’m warming up in a cafe :grin: That’s ...
by whitestone
Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Inner bar ends - Spirgrips?
Replies: 13
Views: 598

Re: Inner bar ends - Spirgrips?

Are they splittable? Don't want to have to take my grips off sorry didnt know what you meant by splittable. they are not but as has been mentioned lockon grips make it much easier, i use rockbros lock on on all my bikes now. He means that the clamp is hinged so you can just fit the grip wherever yo...
by whitestone
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Scot rail and their new carriages
Replies: 7
Views: 374

Re: Scot rail and their new carriages

bigtalljohn wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:49 pm
So Scotrail are adding an additional carriage to some of their trains with extra bike carrying capacity and before its even happened people are being negative, small steps maybe but let's be supportive of anything bike orientated 🤔
Where are the negative comments? There's none on the BBC article?
by whitestone
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hydro brake question
Replies: 11
Views: 331

Re: Hydro brake question

Hope floating ones definitely catch on some mounts - the rivets make contact . I always solve this with a file to the mount but they dont fit all mounts IME -might have been avids i forget I've a Hope floating rotor on my fat bike which has Avid BB7s. The rivets catch on the fitting arms of the bra...
by whitestone
Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: On Bikepacking.com
Replies: 32
Views: 1361

Re: On Bikepacking.com

When bikepacking.com list an ITT route they do promote a very relaxed pace/attitude to riding around it. HT550 in 14 days, Trans-Cambrian in 3 days, their shortened version of the Peak 200 in 3-4 days, Cairngorms Loop in 4 days. The Capital Trail in 3 days is probably the only one that doesn't suffe...
by whitestone
Thu Oct 24, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Seat Stay Rear Lights
Replies: 11
Views: 381

Re: Seat Stay Rear Lights

I use this one https://www.evanscycles.com/fwe-rechargeable-rear-light-15-lumen-EV244786 comes with a seat post mount but it's been well designed so it can clip onto any strap. A bit hard to describe but on the back of the light is a belt clip and in that clip is a keyhole that acts as a quarter tur...
by whitestone
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: Yorkshire500
Replies: 8
Views: 379

Re: Yorkshire500

Same weekend as the Dales Divide.

Just saying ...
by whitestone
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: A coat to cover my arse
Replies: 10
Views: 431

Re: A coat to cover my arse

Mudguards.
by whitestone
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Trailstaralike
Replies: 8
Views: 557

Re: Trailstaralike

I've just seen this video comparing the MLD Trailstar with the Aliexpress copy, Shewie has probably already seen it.

https://youtu.be/LjNM986M8B8
by whitestone
Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: So sad ...
Replies: 52
Views: 1493

Re: So sad ...

I read the "Hey Ho Let's Go!" and immediately thought "Ramones" (and actually read it with the same stress and pauses as in the song) but didn't notice the asterisk.

Reading as if it were a Prince track is interesting.
by whitestone
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag recommendations
Replies: 14
Views: 625

Re: Sleeping bag recommendations

Good advise, many thanks, what do you think the tipping point towards a down bag would be? I did look at the Vango venom 200 at £130 but i dont think that its much better than the synthetic bag suggested? an alpkit bag would be nice but more again.... Note that European manufacturers should be comp...
by whitestone
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: So sad ...
Replies: 52
Views: 1493

Re: So sad ...

I saw the quote and quiz but didn't bother dropping you an email. I'm pretty sure I know the answer without looking it up.
by whitestone
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fiberfix kevlar emergency spokes
Replies: 15
Views: 404

Re: Fiberfix kevlar emergency spokes

Usually this sort of weird and wonderful variant on a a tool/spare costs loads of money (I'm looking at you Tubolito) so £9 isn't that bad. Of course if the spoke has broken far enough away from either j-bend or nipple then you could use a ladder of zip-ties to achieve the same effect. The only down...
by whitestone
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Spares/Tools - noob question
Replies: 17
Views: 414

Re: Spares/Tools - noob question

I get the feeling I'm going to be the awkward one in class who keeps sticking their hand up and saying "But you've forgotten ... What about ..." :???: Maintenance . Not just of the bike, that goes without saying, but of the tools and spares themselves. A couple of months ago I got a snakebite punctu...