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by boxelder
Sun Mar 07, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Can We Have A Nationwide Post Lockdown Group Bivi Ride?
Replies: 31
Views: 285

Re: Can We Have A Nationwide Post Lockdown Group Bivi Ride?

Ray Young wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:11 am
Ray Young wrote:
Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:00 pm
I think Haltwhistle in Northumberland is the centre of Britain if you include the islands and a point in The Forest of Bowland if you don't.
Sorry, got this wrong, tis the other way round.
I'm not sure that you did. Haltwhistle is 80+ miles north of Dunsop Bridge/Bowland.
by boxelder
Sun Mar 07, 2021 1:01 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Can We Have A Nationwide Post Lockdown Group Bivi Ride?
Replies: 31
Views: 285

Re: Can We Have A Nationwide Post Lockdown Group Bivi Ride?

Having never slept with any of you lot to my knowledge, I'm seduced :oops: .
Anywhere from Seascale (not the middle (unless maybe Eire is included)) to Haltwhistle, to Jedburgh, to Ingleton I reckon works pour moi.
by boxelder
Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Help me think this through...
Replies: 30
Views: 664

Re: Help me think this through...

A measurement from fork drop out to bottom bracket centre should avoid toe overlap on and full build or F&F shouldn't it?
by boxelder
Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: bike seat for carrying a toddler
Replies: 13
Views: 205

Re: bike seat for carrying a toddler

SH trailer in STW classifieds Ton?
by boxelder
Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:06 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Family holiday ideas - Scotland, kids, coast
Replies: 12
Views: 298

Re: Family holiday ideas - Scotland, kids, coast

So, will take all the tips and ideas for future reference, but booked a ferry to Santander for some Pyrenean shenanigans. Son's 17 and keen for uplift MTB (you gotta do what your kids want sometimes 😃). I suspect travel to Spain/France will open before Scotland.....
Cheers all.
by boxelder
Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Future plans.....??
Replies: 112
Views: 2533

Re: Future plans.....??

Just booked a ferry to Santander for late July - 2+ weeks of family holiday, with bike of course. Anyone MTB'd around Luchon/Molina sort of way? Son keen for uplift type riding, though I have a plan to drive us up big hills and have to pedal back up for the van.
by boxelder
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:51 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: European travel planning ?
Replies: 19
Views: 414

Re: European travel planning ?

Feel free to PM me if you want more detailled info. I will, as involving others will make it more likely to happen. May was my other option, but I reckon Scotland might be a better option then. I'd message Steve, but I'm all too familiar with his knack for constantly cruising along at 5% above what...
by boxelder
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:44 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 808
Views: 65579

Re: What you done t' your bike today

Changed a front mech cable and adjusted the mech (or tried). First front mech work for several years I realise. Also realised that I've been using a bottom pull mech as a top pull, which is why it's never been quite right. Anyone have a spare band on, top pull, double XT/XTR front mech? Can swap for...
by boxelder
Fri Feb 26, 2021 12:30 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Gritfest 2021 anyone?
Replies: 14
Views: 498

Re: Gritfest 2021 anyone?

I can't see this happening now. I'm not up to speed with Welsh restrictions, but they do seem about in line with Scotland, but stricter than England. In Scotland, tiered restrictions will come back in (with amendments - which I suspect means more, rather than less strict), at the end of April. If al...
by boxelder
Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Future plans.....??
Replies: 112
Views: 2533

Re: Future plans.....??

As soon as we can, I'm pedalling to near Arnside for a seaside bivi with my brother, who lives one county away, but I've seen twice in a year.
by boxelder
Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: European travel planning ?
Replies: 19
Views: 414

Re: European travel planning ?

ferry to Nothern Spain is a relaxed and relatively quick way of getting to somewhere sunnier in about 24 hours from the UK, they take cycle tourists but you can't book online for some unknown reason. A 2 week trip that would work is ferry to Bilbao then a 9 day route to an airport such as Barcelona...
by boxelder
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Jones goes electric
Replies: 32
Views: 503

Re: Jones goes electric

If one's going to go to that much trouble, the design really should be integrated :roll: . https://ezego.bike/trail-destroyer-emtb-19 (many other integrated designs are available :wink: ). Is it April 1st? :???: The Trail Destroyer is the worst name yet for a mountain bike. What sort of message is ...
by boxelder
Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 27.5 plus? Where are you?
Replies: 12
Views: 371

Re: 27.5 plus? Where are you?

included 3 x Lakeland 300's
You did the Lakeland 300 three times? Were you training for something, or a local maybe?
by boxelder
Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: You'll probably enjoy this ...
Replies: 13
Views: 346

Re: You'll probably enjoy this ...

I know a couple of loons who borrowed our tandem so they could ride between the three peaks, including a rock climb up each and a parapente/fly off the tops. Don't think the weather allowed any flying and some of the climbing was a bit wet and slippery. Lots of gear to carry/transport. Mad dogs and ...
by boxelder
Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Family holiday ideas - Scotland, kids, coast
Replies: 12
Views: 298

Re: Family holiday ideas - Scotland, kids, coast

Thanks all. Plenty of ideas there. @thecumbrian - we know Galloway well as folks have a cottage/chalet/but near Kippford. We've a week booked there too. Will look to split between Argyll and east coast I think :-bd
by boxelder
Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 27.5 plus? Where are you?
Replies: 12
Views: 371

Re: 27.5 plus? Where are you?

I'm using Specialized 3" tyres - Purgatory (tyre name, not experience). Moved to these from Nobby Nic/R Ron. They're bigger volume and tougher re: rocks. Fairly cheap too. A bit lardy, but that's not really the point.
by boxelder
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Family holiday ideas - Scotland, kids, coast
Replies: 12
Views: 298

Re: Family holiday ideas - Scotland, kids, coast

No, these are the sort of suggestions I'm after. Ta.
by boxelder
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Family holiday ideas - Scotland, kids, coast
Replies: 12
Views: 298

Family holiday ideas - Scotland, kids, coast

I know a fair bit of Scotland and would gladly spend time just about anywhere, but I'm trying to find a family holiday location for kids of 17 (son), 14 and 11 (daughters). They love beaches etc, paddle boarding and are usually happy walking, but also like to think they've had some holiday fun i.e. ...
by boxelder
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: bike seat for carrying a toddler
Replies: 13
Views: 205

Re: bike seat for carrying a toddler

We used a Hamax, as it had some spring. They are all pretty unstable though with the weight high up. They also leave chunky mounts on your bike. A trailer on the other hand can be used for much longer, is weatherproof, stable, carried snacks, blankets, toys etc and when they fall asleep, you can lay...
by boxelder
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Helvellyn avoiding striding edge?
Replies: 13
Views: 291

Re: Helvellyn avoiding striding edge?

Not being funny, but did she specify the top? It's a long way up for non walkers and the summit is fairly dull and busy. There are some lovely spots on either flank, but particularly above Wythburn Church on the west. Perhaps walk up as a group and decide amongst yourselves when you reach a suitable...
by boxelder
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: anyone suffer from a very bad back ? advice needed.
Replies: 15
Views: 451

Re: anyone suffer from a very bad back ? advice needed.

As above Ton, lying on the sofa may well be the wrong thing. Mackenzie exercises/techniques help in a lot of cases - https://www.healthline.com/health/mckenzie-exercises#safety , but read the intro warning signs and go slowly. If she didn't fall and wasn't twisting/lifting to give sudden pain, it's ...
by boxelder
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Where would you live in the UK...
Replies: 104
Views: 1689

Re: Where would you live in the UK...

No slower than driving when the grockly off-comer hoardes are out in force.
by boxelder
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:18 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Where would you live in the UK...
Replies: 104
Views: 1689

Re: Where would you live in the UK...

the case of the Lakes, I know you can get to Oxenholme, and Staveley or Windermere, but that's it. I've done that trip a few times. I've even jumped on the bus to get around in the past, but my goodness it's much more effort to get around than to drive. You can access the west coast too - Ravenglas...
by boxelder
Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Blimey a bike packing event in 2021
Replies: 24
Views: 852

Re: Blimey a bike packing event in 2021

May require Jacky Weaver drafted in for that Parish Council meeting, if they get wind of it :lol:
by boxelder
Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Coming to Scotland in Oct.
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: Coming to Scotland in Oct.

It is a great area, but having run events there, it's a long way from most places, so attracting numbers can be difficult. Good access from N Ireland and Scotland obviously, but a schlepp from most other places. Four days may be more of an attraction, but October.......?