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by holdsteady
Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Bonfire weekend bimble?
Replies: 18
Views: 401

Re: Bonfire weekend bimble?

as all the big organised firework displays have been called off, I was considering going up to Alexandra Palace (North London) for a cracking view across the city but hadn't considered doing a bivvy up there but might get away with one although I imagine loads of people will have the same idea to go...
by holdsteady
Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: How do you support the (adopted) local economy?
Replies: 18
Views: 336

Re: How do you support the (adopted) local economy?

love to find a local independent bakery or chippy rather than use Greggs, chain fast food places or Supermarket sandwiches when on my travels. I tend to only carry snacks with me unless going somewhere really remote. My friend's retired parents have a campervan and annually drive down to southern Sp...
by holdsteady
Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New bike specs?
Replies: 14
Views: 375

Re: New bike specs?

surprisingly little worth getting under £600 these days even without being overly bike snobbish about it - I was advising a friend's teenage daughter only last week, specs don't seem to vary hugely between the more established brands but availability is still crap. Is she looking for a Women's speci...
by holdsteady
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which Gradventourer?
Replies: 10
Views: 293

Re: Which Gradventourer?

should have probably been clearer, my £2k approx budget is for a complete build, some of these frames and framesets are lovely but to bring them in under budget would require me to delve in skips for the rest of the build :lol:
by holdsteady
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which Gradventourer?
Replies: 10
Views: 293

Re: Which Gradventourer?

Landslide wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:53 pm
I've got a lot of love for my Cotic Escapade.
ooh, good suggestion, hadn't realised they had re-released the Escapade
by holdsteady
Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which Gradventourer?
Replies: 10
Views: 293

Which Gradventourer?

Hitting 50 next year so decided I deserve a new bike, especially after not buying one this year due to redundancy concerns. Predominately will be used for tow paths, commuting, bit of light bikepacking and credit card touring where the terrain is a little more forgiving. Currently do not have a cycl...
by holdsteady
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Remember when we were discussing ...
Replies: 108
Views: 1801

Re: Remember when we were discussing ...

Lazarus wrote:
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:14 pm

Its one of those, for whatever reason, cycling is largely a straight white male thing and it could do with some diversity /wider appeal
maybe it is true and cycling really is the new golf :lol: I hope not
by holdsteady
Fri Oct 09, 2020 8:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Remember when we were discussing ...
Replies: 108
Views: 1801

Re: Remember when we were discussing ...

Whilst I think it's great that disadvantaged youngsters get to do activities etc I'm not sure bikepacking is a particularly good fit due to amount of kit required, as someone else said, hillwalking would be an easier option to encourage a love of the outdoors. There have been a couple of threads I h...
by holdsteady
Tue Oct 06, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3419
Views: 600188

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Polaris have AM Vapour jackets reduced down to £34.99 (plus p&p) at the moment. I've been watching these humming and hahhing for a while at the previous sale price of £44.99 so when the price dropped another tenner I had to take the plunge. The jacket came this morning and seems really nice (for co...
by holdsteady
Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Re - cycling ......
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: Re - cycling ......

check out all the stuff Beerbabe does with re-cycled inner tubes etc, frame bags, wallets etc - really good quality too

https://www.beerbabe.co.uk/ourshop/
by holdsteady
Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bear bones anthem
Replies: 24
Views: 814

Re: Bear bones anthem

lots of great suggestions especially the mighty Half Man Half Biscuit ones


how about

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IRjNNYI2dAA
by holdsteady
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Anyone else get the 'Can't be arsed' feeling?
Replies: 22
Views: 776

Re: Anyone else get the 'Can't be arsed' feeling?

had a rare free day yesterday but mainly due to the temperature being in the 30s and partly because I didn’t fancy attempting to bleed the rear brake on my preferred bike, I CBA and wasted the entire day pottering about the house. Today forced myself out at 10am and did a 3 1/2 hour local ride, main...
by holdsteady
Sun Apr 26, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: I'm a tart
Replies: 40
Views: 2034

Re: I'm a tart

going from about 1990 as most of stuff I had as a kid were BSO’s in order of purchase -* means still own Raleigh Winner Muddy Fox Courier Comp Specialized Hardrock Specialized Enduro Genesis IO On-One Pompino* On-One Inbred 26” Cannondale CX* Genesis High Latitude* Brompton On-One Inbred 29”* Surly ...
by holdsteady
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: New bivvy bag for anyone on a budget?
Replies: 11
Views: 926

Re: New bivvy bag for anyone on a budget?

this whole concept fills me full of terror after many years ago reading a story that has stuck with me about an athlete who badly scratched their eyeball after using a crisp packet to mop their brow post-race
by holdsteady
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: New stickers.
Replies: 11
Views: 909

Re: New stickers.

are there any “Don’t be soft” stickers still knocking around at Bear Towers? Feel
me and the rest of family all need them after a very slow start to year cycling wise
by holdsteady
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Crap end to the weekend.
Replies: 14
Views: 1289

Re: Crap end to the weekend.

I share your pain, hope it all gets sorted -on friday a woman drove out a junction and ploughed into side of our car containing my wife and kids, fortunately everyone was ok but our car is expected to be written off. Other driver admitted full liability and their insurance coughed up for a courtesy ...
by holdsteady
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do you own an unsuitable bike?
Replies: 82
Views: 3916

Re: Do you own an unsuitable bike?

A Raleigh Chopper would be utterly awful for bikepacking if anyone has one, glad I tried out a mate 's refurbished MK II a few years ago as put me right off buying one
by holdsteady
Tue Feb 04, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: selling a bike, then regrets and buying another
Replies: 16
Views: 1357

Re: selling a bike, then regrets and buying another

not sold one and regretted it yet but feel I am on the verge of doing so - currently trying to sell a Brompton which has seen very little use since I bought it but I wanted to keep it, but sadly needs must financially.
by holdsteady
Sat Jan 04, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Any interest in some new 'boo?
Replies: 41
Views: 2851

Re: Any interest in some new 'boo?

short sleeved - probably not
long sleeved - yes please
by holdsteady
Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Glasgow bikepacking shops?
Replies: 35
Views: 2412

Re: Glasgow bikepacking shops?

The highly rated stuff will be a substantial outlay to start with so maybe buy some of the planetx podsacs range to start with (watch out for bundle offers) and if you catch the bug then gradually upgrade and keep this as spares or to lend to others.
by holdsteady
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New 'boo. Underway.
Replies: 54
Views: 6745

Re: New 'boo. Underway.

my two arrived today - really pleased with them, cheers :-bd
by holdsteady
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 29er Drop-bar Mountain Bike options
Replies: 30
Views: 3129

Re: 29er Drop-bar Mountain Bike options

had a re-think on this, particularly after test-riding various friends bikes and deciding that the gap in my bike needs is really more something in between road and lightish off-road so a gradventourer rather a drop bar mtb as a few have said on this thread already My heart is saying “get a Shand St...
by holdsteady
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What's the weekend got in store?
Replies: 65
Views: 4464

Re: What's the weekend got in store?

off to Portsmouth today with the wife and kids for the Victorious festival -two of my favourite bands ever are playing , The Specials and Doves, then over to stay with friends in Bognor Regis saturday and sunday, and going out for a ride on monday
by holdsteady
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3419
Views: 600188

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Alpkit have 15% off this bank holiday weekend until midnight on Monday for all Alpkit and Sonder products (including bikes)

Code is AKLONG15 and is valid in store and online.
by holdsteady
Thu Aug 08, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New Kona 'Unit X' looks very BP friendly :)
Replies: 12
Views: 1291

Re: New Kona 'Unit X' looks very BP friendly :)

I like that - ticks a lot of boxes for me - steel, rigid, semi-fat, I'm currently in the process of re-consolidating my bikes and want to add something like this or a Krampus to it this did made me reminisce about my old mate Moggy's Super Burner back in early 1980's like one below...oh those heady ...