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by Blair512
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: My Book’s Kickstarter goes live 7 July.
Replies: 14
Views: 470

Re: My Book’s Kickstarter goes live 7 July.

I'm in, looking forward to reading it. Over £2500 in 2 hours, I think it's going to be a hit! :-bd
by Blair512
Thu Jun 04, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stupid ideas you can't shake.
Replies: 54
Views: 1634

Re: Stupid ideas you can't shake.

Otherwise mostly route related - taking the fatbike from Oldeshoremore to Cape Wrath up the coastline. I know it will be a total mission but the thought of the scenery and isolation is un-shakeable. It's an vaguely exciting part of the world Phil, one of the places I want to head for once lockdown ...
by Blair512
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bob's First Bivvy
Replies: 42
Views: 1977

Re: Bob's First Bivvy

A 10l backpack from Decathlon is £1.99 and 52g. Surprisingly comfy too for such a cheap, thin thing. You could buy Stu's tarp from the Classified section. That's pretty cheap. I have one of these that I stuff in the bottom of my frame bag, takes up no space at all and is great for a raid on the spa...
by Blair512
Fri Dec 27, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Alternative BAM
Replies: 9
Views: 795

Re: Alternative BAM

I gave up a 3 year run at bivvy a month to try bothy a month with Mrs 512 and the kids. We walked to some and cycled to some and made it to June before life got in the way and we've not managed to visit one together since. I don't hold out much hope for this year either, we've just bought a new hous...
by Blair512
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:04 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Winter bivvy, Scotland
Replies: 97
Views: 6503

Re: Winter bivvy, Scotland

I'm out I'm afraid gents, nowt to do with the weather, we just moved house 2 weeks ago and it's turned into a far larger task than was anticipated. :|
by Blair512
Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:06 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Winter bivvy, Scotland
Replies: 97
Views: 6503

Re: Winter bivvy, Scotland

I'll be along all going well, thinking I'll ride in on Borderer's route as well. I should be able to squeeze one more into my wee van if you'd like a lift Ray?
by Blair512
Sun Oct 06, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Winter bivvy, Scotland
Replies: 97
Views: 6503

Re: Winter bivvy, Scotland

I don't remember the last time I rode my bike, make it easy and count me in!
by Blair512
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel+???
Replies: 9
Views: 864

Re: Gravel+???

Thanks Chaps, I'll see what I can do. I won't be venturing into any mud with it, I've a Ramin for that sort of nonsense but I found the 38c's pretty unforgiving on wind farm tracks and such like. I'll maybe just try a set of 40c on the wheels I have and see if that makes a difference.
by Blair512
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel+???
Replies: 9
Views: 864

Re: Gravel+???

Second, will I squeeze a pair of G One Bite 2.1's in there? In the 2017 and onward bikes yes but it'll be dry conditions only sort of fit on the rear. Ah, it's a 2015 model, what'll I manage to shoe horn in there? Figured the axel adapter would be OK but knowing my luck I'd buy the only sub standar...
by Blair512
Tue Jul 23, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel+???
Replies: 9
Views: 864

Gravel+???

Morning All, I've got an old pair of 650B wheels up in the loft I'm thinking of sticking on my Arkose to give me a bit more volume on the rougher rides but I've a couple of questions first. Firstly has anyone used a 15mm to QR conversion kit? Do they work OK? Any one particularly good or should be a...
by Blair512
Fri May 31, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 604
Views: 38504

Re: What you done t' your bike today

Strapped some bivvy gear to the Ramin and I'm heading out to Dryfehead bothy for the first bikepacking trip of the year, gone from 37 months BAM in a row to once in 5 months!

Thoroughly looking forward to it! :-bd
by Blair512
Wed May 29, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Action Camera Recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 525

Re: Action Camera Recommendations

I have a kit vision camera I was given as a gift, it's rubbish so avoid at all costs! Sorry I can't recommend one to use!
by Blair512
Tue May 28, 2019 9:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New soft stickers.
Replies: 3
Views: 561

Re: New soft stickers.

RIP wrote:
Tue May 28, 2019 4:24 pm
Ace! In years to come my set will be as valuable as a rare stamp collection.
Like the bikepacker's equivalent of Panini football stickers :-bd
by Blair512
Mon May 27, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rear Rack a Retrograde Step?
Replies: 20
Views: 1674

Re: Rear Rack a Retrograde Step?

Looks like a neat solution Ray, I had to retire my Alpkit dry bag as it had reached the end of it's life. I've "upgraded" to the Blackburn Outpost pack and I've found it can swing around a bit unless well packed.
by Blair512
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Ben Alder Cottage.
Replies: 16
Views: 2078

Re: Ben Alder Cottage.

Sounds like a good trip Ray, I've managed a grand total of zero nights out with the bike this year so far but reading your report has piqued my interest once again! :-bd
by Blair512
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: NC500
Replies: 26
Views: 2624

Re: NC500

My recommendation is the Sango Sands campsite in Durness. I didn’t camp there but dined and drank. The food was great and it was somewhat surprising to find Kozel on draught there. I'll second this, it was the best campsite we visited. Also if you get a chance walk out to Sandwood bay, it's amazing...
by Blair512
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 8416
Views: 890236

Re: The post man's been ...

Hope chain ring, a mech hanger and a bottle cage for the above mentioned Arkose. She's now running sweet as a nut, looking forward to sticking some miles on her tonight! :-bd
by Blair512
Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 8416
Views: 890236

Re: The post man's been ...

New (to me) bike day on Friday! A wee gumtree bargain I couldn't pass up, time to see what this gravel nonsense is all about! :-bd

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by Blair512
Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The money no object thread
Replies: 79
Views: 4357

Re: The money no object thread

Never really thought of it to be honest , my wife and daughter yes they often come out with if I had the cash , but me and the youngfella are a bit if it's not broken or worn out I don't need it ,and that's not being frugal if I see a need for something and the cash is available I buy it,maybe I sh...
by Blair512
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Advice for taping my frame please.
Replies: 10
Views: 1097

Re: Advice for taping my frame please.

Check out the reviews section Ray, Stuart done a really good how to on frame taping. It involves biscuits!
by Blair512
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fatfighters 2019 Weigh-in Thread
Replies: 460
Views: 31250

Re: Fatfighters 2019 Weigh-in Thread

04.01.19 - 89.9kg
11.01.19 - 88.9kg
18.01.19 - 88.2kg
25.01.19 - 89.0kg
01.02.19 - 89.2kg

WTF!!! I was 88.2kg yesterday, how the hell did I put on a kilo overnight :|
by Blair512
Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3229
Views: 548630

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Sport Pursuit is chock full of Evoc backpacks at the minute, decent discounts but still pretty spendy for a bag!
by Blair512
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3229
Views: 548630

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

A while ago I posted about the down blankets we had bought. They disappeared from eBay for a while but are back again now. They are quite big and are just a flat blanket, they do not have a footbox or anything. They weigh around 465g and are roughly 152cm x 177cm. We use them just as they are to bo...
by Blair512
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fatfighters 2019 Weigh-in Thread
Replies: 460
Views: 31250

Re: Fatfighters 2019 Weigh-in Thread

04.01.19 - 89.9kg
11.01.19 - 88.9kg
18.01.19 - 88.2kg
25.01.19 - 89.0kg

Pigged out last weekend and then couldn't get back into the swing of healthy eating until yesterday, looking forward to doing some cycling this weekend and not eating so much!
by Blair512
Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fatfighters 2019 Weigh-in Thread
Replies: 460
Views: 31250

Re: Fatfighters 2019 Weigh-in Thread

04.01.19 - 89.9kg 11.01.19 - 88.9kg 18.01.19 - 88.2kg Not as good as last week but I'll take it. This new job is killing my exercise time as it's to far away to cycle to, managed to squeeze in an hour on the bike last night and hopefully doing a bit of walking with the kids this weekend. I get an ho...