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by JackT
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bearbones Bookclub - On the Red Hill
Replies: 8
Views: 687

Re: Bearbones Bookclub - On the Red Hill

It's a lovely book, am part way through. Here's George, having "re-found the vigour of his youth through cycling". Some boner merch potential here, I'd have thought.
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by JackT
Tue Mar 02, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)

The reason I feel I have a dog in this fight is that I feel the need to stand up for type 1 fun, against the prevailing media-industry narratives about seeking glory through suffering, pushing yourself to your physical and mental limits, being a Bear Grylls chest thumpy man. I'm not against experien...
by JackT
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)

People talk about through-hiking long distance trails where they may have talked about backpacking in the past, people go lighter and faster but the activity is still fundamentally the same as it always was - the same as with us lot bike camping. Good point. I think the camping v. hotel / b&b / hos...
by JackT
Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)

The racing element is an interesting point. Can one race at cycle touring? I would say probably not. Can one race while bikepacking? well yes, there’s a whole load of that. Then there’s The *insert county/country/continent here* Divide side of things, they would appear to be bikepacking, irrespecti...
by JackT
Mon Mar 01, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)

Actually that was the bit that made most sense to me, and I was surprised I hadn't thought of it like that before. I would say "yes" to either of your questions, but that distinction seems sensible: bikepacking being more about the riding itself (riding more technical terrain, hence the need for le...
by JackT
Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)

I dunno if a touring or bikepacking mindset is more freeing or choiceful. The popularity of fixed itineraries / ITTs / events in bikepacking suggests that at least some bikepackers are happy to give up a measure of freedom in pursuit of some other objective. If you’re choosing to stay only in offici...
by JackT
Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)
Replies: 40
Views: 675

Re: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)

I’m not sure this is true or even makes much sense: The major difference seems to come down to ethos. Cycle tourists use their bikes as a means to travel and experience new places; bikepackers want to get as much enjoyment from riding their bike over multiple days as possible. Isn’t bikepacking also...
by JackT
Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:57 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What is 'Gravel?'.
Replies: 18
Views: 372

Re: What is 'Gravel?'.

In today's usage, gravel riding is the kind riding that cyclists once knew as 'rough stuff'. Unsealed tracks and trails that are non-technical, in the sense of not typically requiring MTB riding skills or MTB technology. So not too rocky, not too vertical and not too muddy. For many, a gravel bike i...
by JackT
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: O.T.Does anyone here grow their own veg?
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: O.T.Does anyone here grow their own veg?

Talk to your neighbour, sounds like they're doing well. I've found 'no dig' is much better all round. Less work, more productive. See Charles Dowding's channel on YouTube, lots of great tutorials, from general principles to methods with specific crops.
by JackT
Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Jones goes electric
Replies: 32
Views: 502

Re: Jones goes electric

Good points Jameso re modularity / replaceability in ebike kits. I suspect people buying into Bosch or Shimano ebike systems will be ok for spares etc for the foreseeable. Less certain for niche systems with proprietary parts. I noticed that the Nano kits for Bromptons and other small wheelers allow...
by JackT
Thu Feb 04, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Thermos mugs
Replies: 21
Views: 560

Re: Thermos mugs

Zojirushi are reputed to be as good as it gets in terms of insulation. But they're upwards of £30 and I've not yet convinced myself I need one. They're flasks not mugs though, so you may need to take a cup as well. The Thermos Ultimate that Stuart mentioned may well be in the same league in terms of...
by JackT
Thu Jan 28, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: A 'gravel bike' for mountain bikers.
Replies: 69
Views: 1101

Re: A 'gravel bike' for mountain bikers.

Looks like a take on the "country bike" concept promoted by Grant Petersen / Rivendell. Good stuff.
by JackT
Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Can this be true ?
Replies: 19
Views: 881

Re: Can this be true ?

From the review by Andrew Skurka linked to above: "The defining feature of the 281 and 282 is the textured microporous polyurethane shell, branded as Temres. It’s waterproof and breathable, but the structure seems more like Columbia’s Outdry Extreme, which does not rely on DWR and, in my experience,...
by JackT
Mon Jan 18, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Can this be true ?
Replies: 19
Views: 881

Re: Can this be true ?

Showa. Designed for Japanese trawlermen. A step up from Marigolds but the same basic concept.

https://www.outsideonline.com/2270896/r ... 282-gloves

What I really want is a pair of Marigold mitts to put over my Dachsteins when it's raining.
by JackT
Thu Dec 31, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: SS road bikes for touring
Replies: 24
Views: 661

Re: SS road bikes for touring

I had a period of fixed / single speed touring. Mostly short weekend trips and minimal luggage. Used a fixed / free flipflop hub with a lower gear on the freewheel, in theory for making it easier on longer climbs and descents, keeping the fixed for cruising on flatter terrain. In the end I didn't fl...
by JackT
Tue Dec 08, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me some.... plus fours?
Replies: 28
Views: 883

Re: Recommend me some.... plus fours?

As mentioned by others, R_apha used to do them, and so did Swrve. I've also been very tempted by the Compass ones. The Jack Wolfskin ones mentioned up thread also look good. North Face have a grey polyester they use in their shorts that is both light and apparently indestructible but they don't do a...
by JackT
Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Reccommend my mum a headtorch.
Replies: 15
Views: 461

Re: Reccommend my mum a headtorch.

The Thrunite TH20 is excellent, Stuart. Solid, takes a single AA battery. IPX-8 waterproof. No silly flashing or red modes, continuously adjustable beam from dim to bright. The dim 'glow worm' mode is very stealthy, and when you turn it off and on again it goes onto to the mode it was on when you tu...
by JackT
Fri Nov 13, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is a single map enough?
Replies: 58
Views: 1287

Re: Is a single map enough?

Judging from his early posts, Al is using a random number generator to choose a destination grid square. Quite a nice, if long and rambling, account of his second journey: https://alastairhumphreys.com/asinglemap-2/ I remember once going to the house of a big time audax fiend who had wallpapered an ...
by JackT
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is a single map enough?
Replies: 58
Views: 1287

Re: Is a single map enough?

Al lives in very suburban north Kent. So the Thames estuary probably cramps his style a bit - unless he's prepared to get the packraft out :shock:
by JackT
Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is a single map enough?
Replies: 58
Views: 1287

Is a single map enough?

Interesting sustainable travel / lockdown / covid times idea from Al Humphreys. https://alastairhumphreys.com/a-single-map-is-enough/ I'm intrigued and I think I'll give this a go this winter. To really ride / walk everything interesting on a single custom 1:50k map sheet centred on my house. (Al's ...
by JackT
Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: How Ethical is Aldi Merino...?
Replies: 29
Views: 1037

Re: How Ethical is Aldi Merino...?

Anyone know if clothes moths distinguish between ethical and non-ethical merino?
by JackT
Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: A question - everyone can play.
Replies: 40
Views: 1318

Re: A question - everyone can play.

Yes. But I'd chose carefully. Dixe Wills's book Tiny Campsites has some good ones, eg Middle Ninfa near me close to Abergavenny, run by a cycling friend who has a smallholding on the side of the Blorenge.

And in France gotta love a 4 euro a night camping municipal.
by JackT
Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ebike questions.
Replies: 10
Views: 678

Re: Ebike questions.

I’ve always thought of £2k as the point at which you’re not trading off an electric motor against other components. What is a ‘cheap’ e bike from boardman or pinnacle going for these days? You're probably right. Nearer to £2k but sometimes there are decent reductions though I gather sales are stron...
by JackT
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ebike questions.
Replies: 10
Views: 678

Re: Ebike questions.

£1500? Bosch and Shimano mid drive systems are the gold standard, especially in hilly terrain as the bike's gearing means the motor can operate efficiently even at low speeds. Also feels more natural to ride. I'm told the new Bosch motors are drag free, which may or may not be an important considera...
by JackT
Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: King Alfreds Way.
Replies: 99
Views: 5772

Re: King Alfreds Way.

RWGPS, Strava etc are all good stores of route info but if I was to look for routes that are created in the KAW or Lost Lanes spirit, highlighting local interest and businesses, where would I go? They're out there but scattered. You’re right James. A central repository would be great, however it wo...