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by thenorthwind
Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you drinking now?
Replies: 254
Views: 6594

Re: What are you drinking now?

A very nice espresso martini, made with very nice freshly ground beans, good vodka and coffee liqueur. Absolutely no idea why the extravagance but it’s very nice :-bd I am a bit partial to an espresso martini - coffee and alcohol in one: what's not to like? It's just a grown-up Vodka Red Bull reall...
by thenorthwind
Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: The 7 Mile Itch (another Strictly Local ride)
Replies: 6
Views: 27

The 7 Mile Itch (another Strictly Local ride)

Inspired by JoseMcTavish's Strictly Local thread I plotted a route round my own local authority (North Tyneside) boundary, and then, having wasted a couple of hours when I should have been working, felt duty bound to follow it. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51009565523_589eb43f39_b.jpg It's ac...
by thenorthwind
Sat Mar 06, 2021 10:17 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Can We Have A Nationwide Post Lockdown Group Bivi Ride?
Replies: 31
Views: 285

Re: Can We Have A Nationwide Post Lockdown Group Bivi Ride?

Also keen. I think Haltwhistle in Northumberland is the centre of Britain if you include the islands and a point in The Forest of Bowland if you don't. Haltwhistle works for me... though I could just about justify a ride there now*, so on second thoughts, somewhere a bit more exotic would make a nic...
by thenorthwind
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Help me think this through...
Replies: 30
Views: 664

Re: Help me think this through...

:lol: :roll:
by thenorthwind
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Help me think this through...
Replies: 30
Views: 664

Re: Help me think this through...

Ooh, whatcha get?
by thenorthwind
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stu's reviews
Replies: 14
Views: 385

Re: Stu's reviews

I second this. Have thought this before.
by thenorthwind
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 26
Views: 451

Re: What are you reading now?

Keith74 wrote:
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:35 pm
Some great recommendations here.

Nearly finished mountain days and bothy nights by David Brown and it was a great read.
Good to hear - that's also on my to read pile (Christmas present from this year, well, last).
by thenorthwind
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Petition: Ryan's Law: Widen definition of 'death by dangerous driving
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Re: Petition: Ryan's Law: Widen definition of 'death by dangerous driving

Whilst I'm all for drivers who kill or injure people being held more strongly accountable for their actions (or, frankly, accountable at all in a lot of cases), this seems a bit of an odd one, particularly the legal obligation to administer aid. You'd obviously hope that anyone would aid a casualty ...
by thenorthwind
Fri Mar 05, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: More adventures in rough stuff.
Replies: 18
Views: 516

Re: More adventures in rough stuff.

Top left is the Elie Chainwalk in Fife. Wow, never knew about that. Which is especially odd since I've walked the Fife Coast Path from Lower Largo to St. Andrews. Never would have got my girlfriend near it, and she probably wouldn't have let me go near it either, so it's probably just as well. Will...
by thenorthwind
Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB7 setup with Speed Dial levers
Replies: 9
Views: 190

Re: BB7 setup with Speed Dial levers

Echo what Stu says about cheap Shimano hydros. I had the same problem as him with the ones that came on my longitude. If I hadn't got some bargain SRAM guide Rs I'd have done the same as you. Only disadvantage is having to remember to winding the pads in occasionally as they wear. Can't see that the...
by thenorthwind
Fri Mar 05, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 1557
Views: 144745

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

CF indeed. So I've just had my nanotrackerbot installed and am fully plugged into The Matrix as a result. If you believe the conspiracies I'm now a genetically modified organism (*) as well so presumably won't be allowed into Waitrose any longer. Oh the shame. The best bit was rolling up on the Bro...
by thenorthwind
Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 26
Views: 451

Re: What are you reading now?

AndreR wrote:
Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:03 pm
Any other Robert McFarlane fans about? I really enjoy his writing.
My girlfriend bought me The Old Ways a couple of Christmases ago - enjoyed it a lot, very engaging.
by thenorthwind
Tue Mar 02, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stay at home ends
Replies: 45
Views: 658

Re: Stay at home ends

Yup, the possibility of long covid is the bit that really scares me (from a selfish perspective, apart from the general risk to other people). Reading this rather focused the mind: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/news/long-covid-a-hillwalkers-experience/ TL;DR Fit, healthy, 30-year-old keen outdoors...
by thenorthwind
Tue Mar 02, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Help me think this through...
Replies: 30
Views: 664

Re: Help me think this through...

My advice would be to save yourself the time, hassle, and quite possibly money trying to find an appropriate frame that will take the components you want to swap over, and the new ones you want to buy, and hold out for a full bike second-hand and sell the old bike complete. I know bikes are supposed...
by thenorthwind
Tue Mar 02, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 26
Views: 451

Re: What are you reading now?

Just finished Exactly by Simon Winchester. The blurb makes it sound very nerdy 'how precision engineers created the modern world' but actually quite fascinating. One or two subjects meh but the rest generally interesting. It starts with how they bored the first cylinders for steam engines on throug...
by thenorthwind
Tue Mar 02, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 26
Views: 451

Re: What are you reading now?

Left in the Past: Radicalism and the politics of nostalgia . It's a bit academic and heavy-going but it's making me cleverer (more due to having to look up the meaning of every 5th word than the content :lol: ). Need something a bit lighter next - I think Nick Crane's Two Degrees West is on the top...
by thenorthwind
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Clunky fork
Replies: 7
Views: 135

Re: Clunky fork

Sounds like classic loose headset symptoms as others have said.

But if not, check the brakes - I once spent a while trying to fix what felt a lot like a loose headset, but turned out to be a brake rotor moving slightly (it was on a centrelock-IS adapter).
by thenorthwind
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:06 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Trail HTs with lots of mounts for bikepacking
Replies: 11
Views: 250

Re: Trail HTs with lots of mounts for bikepacking

Do you need to limit yourself to something with mounts? Presumably on that sort of bike, in the summer, you're not going to be carrying much kit, so a bar bag, seat pack, and maybe some small bags (possibly a rucksack if necessary) would do? You're not going to want fork cages on a suspension fork (...
by thenorthwind
Mon Mar 01, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)
Replies: 40
Views: 692

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 als...
by thenorthwind
Mon Mar 01, 2021 11:51 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What is 'Gravel?'.
Replies: 18
Views: 376

Re: What is 'Gravel?'.

Riding any bike on a non technical off-road surface ...is pretty hard to argue with (no doubt someone will have a go :wink: ). Not sure it helps with the problem, as it's pretty broad, but perhaps that's the point. If it was mixed particle sizes it would be an aggregate, for example type 1. Well, I...
by thenorthwind
Sun Feb 28, 2021 10:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: "What Is Bikepacking" - according to AK :-)
Replies: 40
Views: 692

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

All the bikes and gear (and riders!) in the photos look strangely clean though it must be said :smile: . Obviously not taken on any routes I've ever been on then :smile: . I can only assume the lady in the first photo has carried her bike all the way there from home to keep it spotless. Possibly sh...
by thenorthwind
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Walking Vs Cycling Uphill.
Replies: 14
Views: 414

Re: Walking Vs Cycling Uphill.

I know walking up a steep hill is more efficient. I know that even if it is faster, the time gained is lost later when I've destroyed my legs.

But you can't beat that satisfaction can you?*


*Within the context of riding a bike :roll:
by thenorthwind
Sat Feb 27, 2021 7:52 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: The Aire Watershed
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: The Aire Watershed

Excellent Bob. I do like a bit of geographical basis for a ride!
by thenorthwind
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 1557
Views: 144745

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

Landslide wrote:
Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:14 pm
Just found this on Twitter:

Image

The Tyneside Vagabonds. Heck yes.
You're going to love this then:
https://youtu.be/6DNUIxubdGg
by thenorthwind
Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bearbones Bookclub - On the Red Hill
Replies: 8
Views: 703

Re: Bearbones Bookclub - On the Red Hill

javatime wrote:
Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:48 am
I would also recommend Mike Parker's first book Map Addict.
I've read that, quite enjoyed it.

The Living Mountain has been on my list for a while, should really go buy a copy.