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by boxelder
Sun Jun 26, 2022 8:41 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: iPhone (the did you know this…)
Replies: 10
Views: 244

Re: iPhone (the did you know this…)

I’ve reluctantly started using Mrs B’s old iPhone after years of android, so will be out on our lazy git/wildflower/weed lawn later.
My Huawei would take group pics remotely if you posed and waved your hand.
by boxelder
Fri Jun 24, 2022 11:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: New Bike Gear Out And Due Out...
Replies: 607
Views: 42937

Re: New Bike Gear Out And Due Out...

What are views on the Cannondale 'Smart sense' tech, that's coming to all Cannondale road/gravel bikes I'm told?
It would stop me buying one I reckon.
https://www.cannondale.com/en-gb/bikes/ ... smartsense

Apologies if discussed already
by boxelder
Wed Jun 22, 2022 9:14 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: HT550 Grand Depart - May 2022
Replies: 203
Views: 6730

Re: HT550 Grand Depart - May 2022

I head straight for the bar at the river mouth since it’s reliable, if a little deeper. The water comes up to my neck, but the weight of the bike above my head keeps me planted on the gravel even as waves lap my chin. Blimey. Following Alan’s line was mid thigh deep after a very wet night in early ...
by boxelder
Wed Jun 22, 2022 8:14 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ortlieb vs Alpkit
Replies: 38
Views: 663

Re: Ortlieb vs Alpkit

Ortlieb do a Top Tube bag, and it’s as good as their panniers, with lots of strap adjustment options and great warranty back up.
by boxelder
Sun Jun 19, 2022 10:18 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Can we talk about Roman Roads? Please..
Replies: 40
Views: 680

Re: Can we talk about Roman Roads? Please..

If you want to ride one and visit old stuff, you can follow Stanegate https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanegate for long stretches, partly on NCN72 (Hadrian's Cycleway). Stanegate predated the wall.
by boxelder
Wed Jun 15, 2022 8:34 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tiso Overland 500
Replies: 29
Views: 795

Re: Tiso Overland 500

On the extra miles to round up the number thing - we had a complaint on the Frontier 300 this wee, that it was only 293km. A lone voice…..😄
by boxelder
Fri Jun 10, 2022 7:35 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: North Lakes Spring Break - 19-20th March
Replies: 118
Views: 5459

Re: North Lakes Spring Break - 19-20th March

The weather’s always like that around here……..
There are many, many more hospitality and catering options in the new area.
by boxelder
Wed Jun 08, 2022 3:37 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: North Lakes Spring Break - 19-20th March
Replies: 118
Views: 5459

Re: North Lakes Spring Break - 19-20th March

Planning a 'South Lakes Spring Break', probably 25-26 March, probably with more 'gravel bikeable' options and definitely accessible by train.
Will post details once it's dark and cold and it's nice to put some dates on a calendar.
by boxelder
Wed Jun 08, 2022 11:06 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: How best to pack...
Replies: 10
Views: 486

Re: How best to pack...

Also, the reason for an extra pair of bibs and jersey is usually meet my wife for a few days r&r post trip. Amd I have been told that I(and this is a direct quote) "better not smell as bad as last time". So fresh clothes should help with that. Can she not bring fresh kit in the vehicl...
by boxelder
Sun Jun 05, 2022 9:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Have we discussed shelters this year (I'verounded it down)!
Replies: 47
Views: 1040

Re: Have we discussed shelters this year!

That Seek Outside Eolus looks a bargain at $205 and then you add the inner/gsheet and sealed seams and it's nearly $500. And then you need pole(s) A Big Agnes Copper Spur can be had for £350 or a Tiger Wall for £315. My Copper Spur tidily fits on a bar roll, with homemade extra groundsheet, or at a ...
by boxelder
Sun Jun 05, 2022 8:52 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Grampian Wanderings
Replies: 8
Views: 172

Re: Grampian Wanderings

Nice sounding trip and the lack of midges sounds weird, as I was getting bitten in the garden near Keswick.
fun riverside path to Pitlochry
- does this start at Killicrankie?
Cheers
by boxelder
Fri Jun 03, 2022 8:10 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: YD200/300 2022
Replies: 12
Views: 889

Re: YD200/300 2022

Having had a proper look at the route, I’m a little concerned about work at 8.30am on Monday 3rd…….
I suppose it’s only about twice as long as Jennride 🫤
by boxelder
Fri Jun 03, 2022 12:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Difficulty of a ride
Replies: 29
Views: 596

Re: Difficulty of a ride

OS software suggests 58,570ft or 17,852m
The middle loop, on my eTrex20 was 25,260ft or 7,700m in May
I'd agree that the Trackleaders data there is way off.
by boxelder
Fri Jun 03, 2022 8:10 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Aero gravel?
Replies: 31
Views: 618

Re: Aero gravel?

Begs the question - How much bulkier are your dirty knickers...........? It's just the same old 'next great thing to sell bikes/kit'. Aero will be big and would have arrived more widely, earlier without the whole covid delays thing I reckon. 3T and others have been selling it for years. I keep seein...
by boxelder
Thu Jun 02, 2022 10:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New hardtail MTB
Replies: 23
Views: 867

Re: New hardtail MTB

Compare what you've seen to quality steel offerings e.g. Shand. Call them and describe what you're after, as the weld up the frames in Scotland and can offer custom options. Worth shopping around. I've had, and still have steel, Ti and carbon frames. for a hardtail (if not going for race lightweight...
by boxelder
Thu Jun 02, 2022 9:54 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: HT550 Grand Depart - May 2022
Replies: 203
Views: 6730

Re: HT550 Grand Depart - May 2022

That's Alan G finished. Pretty impressive to do this every year.
by boxelder
Thu Jun 02, 2022 9:13 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Scottish events like WRT and Jennride
Replies: 7
Views: 312

Re: Scottish events like WRT and Jennride

Cairngorm loop and just 'dawdle' round the outer loop*, finishing down Glen Tilt?
Wouldn't be hard to have a bit of a social the night before and some perfect camp/bivi opportunities, with good resupply.

*if OK with Colin obviously....
by boxelder
Thu Jun 02, 2022 9:09 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Anyone made a dropper-specific bag yet?
Replies: 30
Views: 529

Re: Anyone made a dropper-specific bag yet?

Wrapping the post loses drop though. I get full drop with the DP mount.
If it's just to save scratching the post though - inner tube wrap.
by boxelder
Thu Jun 02, 2022 8:34 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Anyone made a dropper-specific bag yet?
Replies: 30
Views: 529

Re: Anyone made a dropper-specific bag yet?

Topeak DM mount for <£20 then use existing bag?
I think one issue limiting them is the lack of clearance to the rear tyre once dropped. Not an issue on my XL frames.
by boxelder
Wed Jun 01, 2022 8:36 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dervla Murphy
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: Dervla Murphy

Thanks for posting, I’d never heard of her, so will catch up.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0093x7x
by boxelder
Wed Jun 01, 2022 8:19 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: HT550 Grand Depart - May 2022
Replies: 203
Views: 6730

Re: HT550 Grand Depart - May 2022

Will Alex get under 4 days…….. 10 mins to go

EDIT: 🥳 :-bd
by boxelder
Tue May 31, 2022 9:00 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: HT550 Grand Depart - May 2022
Replies: 203
Views: 6730

Re: HT550 Grand Depart - May 2022

summittoppler wrote: Tue May 31, 2022 8:48 pm According to Annies IG Huw Oliver has finished 1st :-bd
Well done indeed!
So that would be under 3 days 12 hours and not far off the Neil B’s 2017 time.
Good effort
by boxelder
Tue May 31, 2022 4:31 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: HT550 Grand Depart - May 2022
Replies: 203
Views: 6730

Re: HT550 Grand Depart - May 2022

Pete McN waiting for Alex at the top of the 'Powerlines hill'.
Alan G in the middle of the wide river crossing :-bd
by boxelder
Mon May 30, 2022 10:13 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: HT550 Grand Depart - May 2022
Replies: 203
Views: 6730

Re: HT550 Grand Depart - May 2022

Haha, I think so. The Dutch guy I started with certainly did not. It's worse at the moment, though I saw a white tailed eagle there recently, so well worth the scrabbling.
by boxelder
Mon May 30, 2022 9:22 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: HT550 Grand Depart - May 2022
Replies: 203
Views: 6730

Re: HT550 Grand Depart - May 2022

Alex on the Tollie path - pretty scrappy in places due to them replacing overhead lines. He may be riding the Torridon section in the dark, which is a shame. The path is already shot, particularly the lower bit.... wonder if they will do it up post line replacement? It certainly needs some work... ...