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by thenorthwind
Tue Jul 14, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Loop bar harness
Replies: 13
Views: 267

Re: Loop bar harness

One of the big advantages of loop bars for my money is that you can strap a bag (e.g. Alpkit double-ended with the loops) straight to the bars and it's rock solid and in the right place (unless maybe you have a low stack and a suspension fork?). More faff to remove, admittedly, and you "lose" some b...
by thenorthwind
Mon Jul 13, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Universal Phone mounts
Replies: 3
Views: 104

Re: Universal Phone mounts

I use a cheap silicone one from eBay, a bit like this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HOMPO-Bike-Bicycle-Phone-Holder-Mountain-Road-Bike-Handlebar-Mount-Bracket/174278915827?hash=item2893d536f3:g:DkUAAOSwcB5cxrc9 Since it's not rigid, it soaks up a lot of the vibration. I don't hesitate to use it on any...
by thenorthwind
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you listening to now?
Replies: 180
Views: 2381

Re: What are you listening to now?

Jon Hopkins live at Glsto, via the iPlayer. Went to see Jon Hopkins in the winter at the Sage in Gateshead. It was one of the most surreal experiences I've had at a gig. The venue has a quite a sophisticated feel to it, being modern and designed mainly for classical concerts, and he starts playing ...
by thenorthwind
Fri Jul 10, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you listening to now?
Replies: 180
Views: 2381

Re: What are you listening to now?

Speaking of Peel, I came across this list the other day - YouTube links to at least a couple of hundred Peel sessions. Kiss your afternoon goodbye from me :grin: https://davestrickson.blogspot.com/2020/05/john-peel-sessions.html?fbclid=IwAR32o17r10y0umgeOUhZtQodpUoF60fkqgPYn7vDGrNXESICRHs7HVRN7mw&m=1
by thenorthwind
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you listening to now?
Replies: 180
Views: 2381

Re: What are you listening to now?

Currently this mix I put together: https://www.mixcloud.com/leftfootleashed/post-lockdown-mix/ Earlier in lockdown I wanted to make something for "when this is all over"... but of course there's not really a definitive point where it's all over, and it certainly isn't yet, for many people. A lot the...
by thenorthwind
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: When?????
Replies: 216
Views: 5941

Re: When?????

There does seem to be a lot of weight behind the economic drivers for reopening certain sectors. Given the activity in the "Postman's been" thread, I'm surprised bikepacking is so far down the list. Quite. As I said in the other thread, the kicker for me was when I realised that I would be allowed ...
by thenorthwind
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 8423
Views: 893767

Re: The post man's been ...

I should really point out that I don't have anything against them per se.... even had one a few years ago: N888 SKA on a VW Polo that I rattle-canned black and white checks down the bottom of the doors of.
by thenorthwind
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 8423
Views: 893767

Re: The post man's been ...

It always astonishes me just how many cars have custom plates. They're not always very obvious, but when you look for them, they're all over.
by thenorthwind
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 8423
Views: 893767

Re: The post man's been ...

A camera to record other people being dicks on the road. Strikes me as a sad milestone, and one I thought I'd not get too, but it seems only a matter of time before I need to use it in anger (semi-literally), particularly with half-arsed attempts at encouraging more cycling by the government and loc...
by thenorthwind
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Shoe dryers?
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: Shoe dryers?

Admittedly I've never owned a shoe-dryer and maybe I'm missing out, but it might be worth considering a small dehumidifier as a more multi-use tool? We have one in our conservatory which turns it into a drying room and it's so useful. I'd sooner lose the bathroom :lol: Stick a small one in a cupboar...
by thenorthwind
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: My Book’s Kickstarter goes live 7 July.
Replies: 14
Views: 477

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

Didn't expect you would have any trouble reaching the goal. but wow, that was quick. Thrown mine hat into the ring/pennies into the hat as well.
by thenorthwind
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Bear Bones Bikepacking Events Calendar.
Replies: 29
Views: 19868

Re: Bear Bones Bikepacking Events Calendar.

K1100T wrote:
Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:55 pm

ScotDURO was supposed to be on the 5th and 6th, dunno what's happening with that.
Anyone heard anything about that? Was planning to do it, and there seems to be no word of it being changed, but the TRC site doesn't seem to have been updated recently.
by thenorthwind
Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Dales Divide back on 29th August... yay
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: Dales Divide back on 29th August... yay

Well, after a lot of dithering and back and forth in my head, I've put myself back in for this. I was in for the original event as part of a grand plan of events for this year and next, and then something came and ruined everything :roll:
by thenorthwind
Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hydration reservoirs...
Replies: 11
Views: 332

Re: Hydration reservoirs...

Admittedly I haven't actually looked at how the change in volume is achieved, so I'll take your words for it.
by thenorthwind
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hydration reservoirs...
Replies: 11
Views: 332

Re: Hydration reservoirs...

Looks like an updated version of the one I have - the hose port and sliding closure look identical. Have to admit the flexible 3 or 2.5 litre thing seems like marketing guff :lol: - one of the great things about bladders over bottles is they take up hardly any extra space when they're empty... so yo...
by thenorthwind
Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Handlebars: Jones Loop and Surly Moloko
Replies: 3
Views: 510

Re: Handlebars: Jones Loop and Surly Moloko

Haha, long gone I'm afraid.
by thenorthwind
Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: ESI Grips, Brakes and Other stuff
Replies: 4
Views: 149

Re: FS: ESI Grips, Brakes and Other stuff

PM'd re. the Shimano ring.
by thenorthwind
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bivi boots
Replies: 30
Views: 674

Re: Bivi boots

Sometimes I'll take some ultra lightweight "trainers" I got cheap from Hi-Tec a few years ago, but most of the time I'll rely on my Sealskinz for night-time toilet trips. Wearing them, that is, just to clarify :wink:
by thenorthwind
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is there a free, online route planner that allows multiple tracks?
Replies: 19
Views: 413

Re: Is there a free, online route planner that allows multiple tracks?

I think this allows multiple routes and has a superb array of base maps incl IGN, https://www.gpsvisualizer.com/draw/ I use that every year around New Year to make a summary of the past year's trips, like this: https://live.staticflickr.com/632/31719218290_af2e00b4e5_c.jpg It's great for showing lo...
by thenorthwind
Mon Jun 29, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is there a free, online route planner that allows multiple tracks?
Replies: 19
Views: 413

Re: Is there a free, online route planner that allows multiple tracks?

Ah Servalan, an early passion :o Still use Tracklogs a lot, so here's hoping you get that off the ground Dave. I have been using Brouter a lot lately. https://brouter.de/brouter-web/#map=8/52.357/-0.552/standard No OS maps, or online route storage but it's useful for uploading several tracks on top...
by thenorthwind
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is there a free, online route planner that allows multiple tracks?
Replies: 19
Views: 413

Re: Is there a free, online route planner that allows multiple tracks?

Dave Barter wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:26 am
You all need to help me finish this then

https://github.com/citizenfish/servalan_2020
I would Dave, but my coding skills scream "engineer" so I'd probably just make more of a mess of it.
by thenorthwind
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is there a free, online route planner that allows multiple tracks?
Replies: 19
Views: 413

Re: Is there a free, online route planner that allows multiple tracks?

You're probably right James. It's just an ongoing cost, when I seem to be accumulating (non-essential) ongoing costs at the moment X_X But on the plus side, seems to be a small, UK-based developer - the sort of person/people who should be rewarded for putting the time into this. Though a little hesi...
by thenorthwind
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is there a free, online route planner that allows multiple tracks?
Replies: 19
Views: 413

Re: Is there a free, online route planner that allows multiple tracks?

Ah, that sounds tedious. OS mapping would be preferred, but not essential. What does Basecamp use by default if it doesn't even have OSM/OCM?
by thenorthwind
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is there a free, online route planner that allows multiple tracks?
Replies: 19
Views: 413

Re: Is there a free, online route planner that allows multiple tracks?

I don't, but is there anything stopping me using Basecamp? Doesn't it import and export GPXs?
by thenorthwind
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 604
Views: 38757

Re: What you done t' your bike today

Didn't fit the cassette, as the new chain wasn't skipping when I rode up an down the High Street, even when mashing the gears. They never do on the test ride though do they, no matter how hard you push? They wait until you get just a little bit to far from home... then start skipping on that one sp...