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by thenorthwind
Wed May 08, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2606
Views: 432545

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Aldi have cycling bits again from today. Off in a bit to check out the "merino" (though not most of it) jersey for £7; decent looking mini pump with guage, hose, and presta/Schrader (and Dunlop if you insist) compatibility; and black synthetic wife-beater for riding in the States (my white one looks...
by thenorthwind
Wed May 08, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My first trip of 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 366

Re: My first trip of 2019

I don't particularly suffer from anxiety (unlike my partner who has at times) but bikepacking, or more accurately, preparing for bikepacking does tend to bring it out of me - have I got everything I need? Will I be too cold? What if it rains? Will I get eaten by bears? Will I get mugged? Will I miss...
by thenorthwind
Thu May 02, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Refilling gas cannisters
Replies: 15
Views: 492

Re: Refilling gas cannisters

I do this. Saves a lot of wastage as a nearly empty canister is as good as useless. But... Be aware that your filling the canister with butane. The canister probably had isopropane-butane mix in it originally, which burns much better at low temperatures (which is, ostensibly, why it was more expensi...
by thenorthwind
Wed May 01, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My 4 days on part of the big bear
Replies: 20
Views: 469

Re: My 4 days on part of the big bear

Well done for giving it a go! Good to test your limits (is it adventure if you know you can do it?), and knowing when to quit is an important skill.
by thenorthwind
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)
Replies: 31
Views: 1044

Re: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)

That's a "no" from Alan for the official finish. I think that's fair on me, and other riders who've done it strictly by the rules. I got to ride it, which is the main thing, and there's a lesson learnt if I want an official completion on something else.
by thenorthwind
Fri Apr 26, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hello All,
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Hello All,

Welcome!

If you're planning to start your first ride in Newcastle, I guess you might be local to me so I might be able to help with kit or route knowledge or whatever (though it sounds like you probably know your way round already). Just give us a shout on here.

Dave
by thenorthwind
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Dales Divide.
Replies: 151
Views: 4306

Re: Dales Divide.

Good luck you lot! Great weather forecast for it, I'm a bit jealous (3.30am alarms notwithstanding)
by thenorthwind
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)
Replies: 31
Views: 1044

Re: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)

Nice write up. I'll be starting in Hawkshead, so hope the Staveley loop doesn't do me in mentally! TBH, your gear stash...I think it's small fry really.... I'd only say it was dodgy ground if you were trying to claim the record - you've been entirely open about it too. Edit: Actually - i think the ...
by thenorthwind
Wed Apr 17, 2019 3:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tubeless repair on ITTs
Replies: 22
Views: 467

Re: Tubeless repair on ITTs

Tube, pump, anchovies, and patches. I'm pretty belt and braces too. The tube's the only heavy bit, and not having one just seems a bit risky. I'll sometimes carry a narrower, lighter weight tube than strictly recommended on a tubeless bike though (e.g. 27.5 x 2.4 on my 27.5 x 3 bike). Sticky patches...
by thenorthwind
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Best adaptor for adding extra bottle cage to undercarriage
Replies: 11
Views: 352

Re: Best adaptor for adding extra bottle cage to undercarriage

Thanks for the BeerBabe option but it'll be a bit tight on the frame as theres not much clearance between wheel and downtube all the way along (the roadie). Besides, cost was an issue and BB is probs well above my current budget. TNW thanks for the offer of them Elite ones but (based upon your ment...
by thenorthwind
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)
Replies: 31
Views: 1044

Re: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)

- I can just about feel my arse again now. Shouldn't this be a positive? Not the way my arse feels! Cheers all! Would it be poasible whenever you got a chance to give a little tribute/synopsis of what kit you took (on back and bike as well as food and water management). Sure. I was actually quite s...
by thenorthwind
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)
Replies: 31
Views: 1044

Re: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)

So to try and keep this brief and avoid navel-gazing about the thorny question of "why?"... The positive bits: - I bloody love riding my bike (particularly my "proper" bike). - I bloody love the Lakes. - It was largely sunny, particularly on Saturday, and I didn't see a drop of rain. Some of the bit...
by thenorthwind
Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lightweight shelter for dogpacking?
Replies: 11
Views: 355

Re: Lightweight shelter for dogpacking?

Haven't tried it yet, but I'm hoping a layer of Tyvek INSIDE the groundsheet will prevent our mutt's claws from making a mess of it.
by thenorthwind
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Packed bike weighIn Thread
Replies: 120
Views: 3548

Re: Packed bike weighIn Thread

Weighed my full-sus (not my usual bikepacking bike) loaded for the Lakeland 200 on Friday - 19.5kg. Rucksack was a further 3kg with no water (a full bladder would bring it up to 5). Need to weight the bike unloaded to see how much is kit, but the spec weight for a small (mine's XL) is 13.4.kg, thoug...
by thenorthwind
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)
Replies: 31
Views: 1044

Re: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)

Cheers! A lot of hike-a-bike, particularly in the north eastern section (Boredale Hause and the Knott) and the south western section (Walna Scar, Black Sail, Scarth Gap). The most disappointing bit was having to walk DOWN large parts of Black Sail and Scarth Gap - I'd like to think having a loaded b...
by thenorthwind
Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)
Replies: 31
Views: 1044

Re: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)

Well that was fun :grin:

Got round in under 36 hours so happy with that.

Slept the sleep of the dead last night.

I'll put up some words and pictures when I'm able to form proper sentences.
by thenorthwind
Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Best adaptor for adding extra bottle cage to undercarriage
Replies: 11
Views: 352

Re: Best adaptor for adding extra bottle cage to undercarriage

Getting rid off some elite ones if you're interested: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=14450
by thenorthwind
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)
Replies: 31
Views: 1044

Re: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)

Torver isn't on the LL200 route & would require a pretty meaty detour.. Oh yeah :oops: Thanks for all those tips Wotsits, really useful. Some I'd clocked - will add the others to my route card. Hadn't thought about insects, I was still in winter mode. I'm unlikely to bare much skin! :lol: Cheers all.
by thenorthwind
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)
Replies: 31
Views: 1044

Re: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)

If you manage that theres a nice pub pretty near the bottom in Torver for dinner (if that's allowed?) and a church hall you can bivi behind. Cheers - we used one of the pubs in Torver en masse on Jennride last year. I was tempted by a second dinner having burnt off the fish and chips I had in Conis...
by thenorthwind
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)
Replies: 31
Views: 1044

Re: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)

Good stuff MaM. Big Bear is another kettle of fish! Thanks Bob. Yeah, I probably would have started in the north anyway - doesn't make sense to drive to Staveley for me, ITT or no ITT. I'd eyed up Burnmoor Tarn area. I'll be pretty happy if I can get that far before resting (I hesitate to say sleepi...
by thenorthwind
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)
Replies: 31
Views: 1044

Lakeland 200 attempt this weekend (13/14th of April)

I'm going to attempt the Lakeland 200 this weekend. It'll be my first ITT and while I'm not going to be anywhere near the fastest completions, I am aiming to do it as fast as reasonably possible for me. I'm starting and finishing at Matterdale End so I can stay with a friend Friday night and start n...
by thenorthwind
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: M520 pedals, bottle cage clips, saddle bag, and some OT bits
Replies: 3
Views: 298

Re: FS: M520 pedals, bottle cage clips, saddle bag, and some OT bits

benconnolli wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:52 am
Could I have the M520 pedals please
Hi, sorry - these are promised to a guy in my local club now.
wriggles wrote:
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:23 am
Small Rode microphone windshield/muffler
Have you checked that doesnt have a pulse ...... :lol:

(soz)
Haha. Maybe it will deliver itself with the right enticement :lol:
by thenorthwind
Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD Bar with extreme sweep
Replies: 27
Views: 1107

Re: WTD Bar with extreme sweep

I did thanks Ton, cheers though.
by thenorthwind
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD Bar with extreme sweep
Replies: 27
Views: 1107

Re: WTD Bar with extreme sweep

Another solution to the tri-bars problem :

https://www.facebook.com/Teamcycles/pho ... =1&theater

:lol:
by thenorthwind
Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Travel Trousers
Replies: 14
Views: 673

Re: Travel Trousers

I've got some cheap (~£15 IIRC) Regatta ones. Dead lightweight, dry quickly, thigh pockets, two zip-offs to make shorts or 3/4s as necessary.