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by Javi
Sat May 08, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 2021
Replies: 77
Views: 1711

Re: HT550 2021

Just seen that Liam Glen is running singlespeed. Wonder what ratio he's using?? Judging by his performance on the BB200 (14 hr 32 min) that makes him favourite then? :smile: I think that's a given bearing in mind how fast he went round in 2019 before his bladder started giving him gyp; and the fact...
by Javi
Tue Mar 09, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Slovakia anyone ??
Replies: 3
Views: 318

Re: Slovakia anyone ??

Hi, I was around 2012 or 2013, riding mostly the area north of Bratislava, the Male Karpaty. All wooded and rolling hills. It was mid summer and found it dry and very hot, glad it was mostly riding on the shade. At that time I was only doing day rides. I even raced the Stupavsky mtb marathon. In 201...
by Javi
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: SS road bikes for touring
Replies: 24
Views: 714

Re: SS road bikes for touring

My advice is to start on whatever the ratio the bike comes and ride it on different types of terrain, with and without bags, road, gravel, or mtb territory only. Be prepared to swap sprockets to compare. I've been riding a road ss bike with tyre clearance up to 40mm over all types of terrain. Thinki...
by Javi
Sat Dec 26, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: For the runners amongst us.
Replies: 50
Views: 1433

Re: For the runners amongst us.

Thanks Stu. Enjoyed watching that with my mate.
Since I moved to Cumbria around April I started running on the hills as well.
Nice pics, Greg. I'd like to give fell racing a go.
by Javi
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: January's Virtual Winter Event 2021 (Covid lockdown edition) Jan 9th and 10th
Replies: 621
Views: 17870

Re: January's Virtual Winter Event 2021 (Covid lockdown edition) Jan 9th and 10th

Nearly missed it! Add me to the list, please.
Javi/Javi. South Lakeland, Cumbria area :-bd
by Javi
Sat Nov 14, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Whats a 'comfy' singleSpeed gearing for hilly roadie stuff?
Replies: 21
Views: 694

Re: Whats a 'comfy' singleSpeed gearing for hilly roadie stuff?

Haha! Ok, but road ss on ondulating terrain is miles different from hilly off road where weight matters more.
Such long commute!!👍👍
by Javi
Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Whats a 'comfy' singleSpeed gearing for hilly roadie stuff?
Replies: 21
Views: 694

Re: Whats a comfy singleSpeed gearing for hilly roadie stuff?

Hi, I think it depends a lot on the watts you have in your legs. I weight under 60kg with no much strength in my legs and have to go easy with the ratios. I wouldn't say it's a hilly route but being a commute ride is better to play safe. I crossed Europe on 38x18 including some mountain passes in th...
by Javi
Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 853
Views: 23477

Re: BB200 2020

Taylor wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:26 pm
Wales has locked down now so you'll have to wait if you've not done it already.
My only date to ride is the weekend of 31st October. Decided to wait a little bit to buy train tickets just in case...and there it is, Wales in lockdown mode. :roll:
by Javi
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The 'post'?
Replies: 17
Views: 1547

Re: The 'post'?

Yep, we are 3 units in one big warehouse in North London. N4 and N8 have been struggling for a couple of weeks at least. Never seen anything similar in my 11 years at this job. And it's going to take ages to catch up. N15 (mine) have been delivering 100%100. I don't know in other places. The main re...
by Javi
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: SS chains
Replies: 16
Views: 1551

Re: SS chains

I might have to try one of those, or something different to the same KMC. Or maybe lubing more often.
by Javi
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: G-one tires
Replies: 24
Views: 2254

Re: G-one tires

I also have some G-ones in different sizes, 38, 35, 30...and like them a lot. Not very durable on the models with best compound though, especially on the rear. Also have the 650bx2.35 I bought for Battle on the beach. Fast as well but not long lasting.
by Javi
Mon Mar 02, 2020 1:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 over 7 riding days
Replies: 26
Views: 2536

Re: HT550 over 7 riding days

A lot of good advice here and a lot of if's (weather, midges, etc...) In May and June plenty of hours of light. 7 days for the best 2 loops is realistic in good weather. I'd also miss the bottom one despite the great singletrack in Ben Alder and the ride on the West Highland Way (a bit crowded so lo...
by Javi
Mon Mar 02, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Waterproof shorts / 3/4 / trousers recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 1382

Re: Waterproof shorts / 3/4 / trousers recommendations

I use 7mesh Revo 3/4. By far the best waterproofs ever had. Very good waist adjustment, pockets work and not on the way, come with drilled holes. Not the sleekest fit, super durable and reliable. Backed up by excellent customer service.
In the haunt for full wp trousers though.
by Javi
Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Second city divide gpx
Replies: 26
Views: 2637

Re: Second city divide gpx

https://ridewithgps.com/events/90042-se ... e-2-0-2019

Found it in googling 'second city divide gpx' :wink:
by Javi
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lakeland 200 - luggage options
Replies: 8
Views: 1195

Re: Lakeland 200 - luggage options

I did it recently and decided to use a running vest for first time and I was very happy about it, bike handling was much better and the vest didn't bounce an inch. I carried 1 litre bottle in the triangle, 2x500ml soft bottles + food, tools etc in the vest and some minimaliat sleeping kit on the sad...
by Javi
Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Mounting an Etrex
Replies: 15
Views: 1793

Re: Mounting an Etrex

Whatever the mounting, use a lanyard. I have the standard one with zero issues.
by Javi
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Inspiration needed - 2 day route
Replies: 10
Views: 1291

Re: Inspiration needed - 2 day route

Maybe a bit short under 200km and 4000 metres climbing loop in Exmoor and Quantocks hills Lars put in bikepacking.com
https://bikepacking.com/routes/bikepack ... -quantock/
It looks good to me
by Javi
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: carbon forks and tyre clearance?
Replies: 12
Views: 1644

Re: carbon forks and tyre clearance?

Hey Mike, I think those TRP are the same I have on one of the bikes. Got on 15mm thru axle and the biggest tyre fitted so far are Schwalbe G One bite on 38mm and there's not much clearance left. I used them riding in winter in Epping forest singletrack and roots, going over logs, a few drops and sti...
by Javi
Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 514
Views: 53158

Re: Highland Trail 2019

Maybe she rode to Poolewe for food? It took her over 1 hour to get there
by Javi
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Best ss set up
Replies: 25
Views: 3098

Re: Best ss set up

I only used sliding dropouts but must admit EBB is the best look. Don't think it's a big deal to readjust saddle when rotating the EBB. I have a problem and there are a lot of moving parts involved with SD and when pulling hard the lateral screws get a bit loose if the chain tension is not perfect. ...
by Javi
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: TINAT 320A
Replies: 26
Views: 3674

Re: TINAT 320A

I missed the registration time. 2nd attempt to participate and failed. Yes, 320a course.

Good luck. Get really preoared for rain and bad weather.

23 mm tyres? Ouchh!!
by Javi
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: “Best” cycling waterproof trousers
Replies: 19
Views: 2769

Re: “Best” cycling waterproof trousers

7Mesh Revo shorts. They are no waterproof trousers, but 3/4, generously covering the kness a good fit. By far the best shorts I've had and really helped me to go through HT this year. Had OMM waterproof trousers, nice and light (under 200grams) and chopped them for last summer heatwave but they were...
by Javi
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: HT550 2019
Replies: 36
Views: 5797

Re: HT550 2019

Oh Sean! Vey good news your wife is fine now. :-bd No chance to focus on the race with her problem going around in your head. Family first! Thanks for letting us know. It's a very nice write up. I felt I was very lucky again this year. That daunting stream on the way to Hydro bothy was non existent,...
by Javi
Mon May 20, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 514
Views: 53158

Re: Highland Trail 2019

Just seen James Hayden on the Group Start. Winner of several TCR's and cowinner of Italy Divide. Interesting!! :-bd :-bd History shows the last TCR winner attempting the HT550 getting beaten by ... a single speeder! :wink: ...And we are 6!!! You mean Josh Ibbett? He was way ahead of everyone else u...
by Javi
Mon May 20, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 2.2 OR 2.35 29er tyres?
Replies: 7
Views: 1186

Re: 2.2 OR 2.35 29er tyres?

First foray into the 29" world. Building a Santa Cruz Chameleon. Got a set of Hope Pro4 XC wheels which seem to have quite a narrow rim. Looking at the Maxxis Ikon for the rear and the Ardent race at the front, both in the TR EXO 3C MaxxSpeed 120 version. Both available in 2.2 or 2.35. Bike-discoun...