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by thenorthwind
Sun Jan 19, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?
Replies: 19
Views: 699

Re: Dales Divide 2020 .. who's going?

I'm also in for this. Was wondering whether to build some 650B wheels with a decent width tyre for my gravel bike, or build some better 29er wheels for my rigid MTB (Longitude) - or just stick with the 27.5x2.8s. Comments so far are pushing me towards the Longitude. Think it'll be tiresome across th...
by thenorthwind
Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: Great North Trail
Replies: 6
Views: 251

Re: Great North Trail

I'm sure that, between us, BB will have done all of that trail. I can account for at least Alston to Hawick, plus a few other sections. If I'm not mistaken, their's a BB jersey on show in the route guide (in the link), page 63 (I was trying to figure out why the route diverts around Lambley Viaduct...
by thenorthwind
Thu Jan 16, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Shure 425 Noise Isolating Earphones
Replies: 5
Views: 140

Re: Shure 425 Noise Isolating Earphones

In Reverse wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:23 am
How do you hear if a tree's fallen over??
Does it still make a sound if you've got noise cancelling earphones in?
by thenorthwind
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.
Replies: 995
Views: 195150

Re: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.

Cracking picture Allen, I could look at that all day.
by thenorthwind
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Routes
Topic: Parking at hexham for sandstone way
Replies: 5
Views: 176

Re: Parking at hexham for sandstone way

There's plenty of free parking by Tyne Green, by the river, just after the bridge to the right as you come into town from the A69. It's pretty secluded, but I wouldn't worry about leaving a car there for a couple of days, it's Hexham. There's the industrial estate just the other side of the river to...
by thenorthwind
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: JENNRIDE 20
Replies: 35
Views: 953

Re: JENNRIDE 20

I'm in again. Hard to say no.
by thenorthwind
Tue Jan 07, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Photo comp - vote now.
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Re: Photo comp - vote now.

Congrats both of you, two stunning pictures! And all the others for that matter.
by thenorthwind
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Any interest in some new 'boo?
Replies: 41
Views: 1089

Re: Any interest in some new 'boo?

Probably wouldn't buy another "Eat Sleep Ride Repeat" (I love it but one is enough) but if it was the first print (there was a different one before right?) then probably.

Long sleeves would be ace.
by thenorthwind
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Moors One Hundred 2020
Replies: 38
Views: 2008

Re: Moors One Hundred 2020

Signed up for this, look forward to rolling around a new part of the map for me. I'm going to use this as one of a few gateway events for my partner.. which already makes me wonder what the general bike choice is!? :grin: Two friends of mine rode it last year on gravel bikes. She says she regretted...
by thenorthwind
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The end of year 'photo comp'.
Replies: 60
Views: 2190

Re: The end of year 'photo comp'.

Escape Goat wrote:
Mon Dec 30, 2019 12:08 am
:o NICE!

Hell of a shot there!
Thanks Allen! :grin:
by thenorthwind
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The end of year 'photo comp'.
Replies: 60
Views: 2190

Re: The end of year 'photo comp'.

OK, I give you "Camp Cactus" - the view from my bivvy bag overlooking the Coachella valley in California this May.

Image

Consider my previous entry null and void - feel free to delete it Stu.
by thenorthwind
Sun Dec 29, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The end of year 'photo comp'.
Replies: 60
Views: 2190

Re: The end of year 'photo comp'.

He isn't camping, so are you suggesting that John is camp? Ah. Totally forgot there was a theme. Not sure how TheBrownDog's fits either, which is a shame because I think it would have had my vote. We were about to go and try and camp in the middle of that lake, but in the end didn't, so it's pretty...
by thenorthwind
Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Scottish Winter Bivvy 2019 - D&G Edition
Replies: 5
Views: 256

Re: Scottish Winter Bivvy 2019 - D&G Edition

Thanks folks. Thanks for that Bob - I thought there was no chance of finding out what it was, but there you go. I had assumed it had some practical purpose, possibly related to the huge telescope and radar ball you can just see in the distance to the left of the shot, in front of the trees. Tanlawhi...
by thenorthwind
Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ethical and Environmental Options
Replies: 32
Views: 925

Re: Ethical and Environmental Options

Worth bearing in mind that the environmental impact of a bag made in china from petrochemicals, waste products washed into the watercourse and the bag shipped most of the way arround the world. Is dwarfed by say driving a car to Wales to ride a bike. The entire carbon footprint of a carbon fibre bi...
by thenorthwind
Fri Dec 27, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Scottish Winter Bivvy 2019 - D&G Edition
Replies: 5
Views: 256

Scottish Winter Bivvy 2019 - D&G Edition

Now that Christmas thing's finally out of the way, I've sorted some photos from the winter bivvy. I parked up in Langholm, where the Ewes Water flows into the Esk, and followed the latter up the valley on minor roads and tracks, being careful to avoid the local moose population. https://live.staticf...
by thenorthwind
Fri Dec 27, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ethical and Environmental Options
Replies: 32
Views: 925

Re: Ethical and Environmental Options

Worth bearing in mind that the environmental impact of a bag made in china from petrochemicals, waste products washed into the watercourse and the bag shipped most of the way arround the world. Is dwarfed by say driving a car to Wales to ride a bike. I see what you're getting at, but they're differ...
by thenorthwind
Fri Dec 27, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ethical and Environmental Options
Replies: 32
Views: 925

Re: Ethical and Environmental Options

Bob pretty much covered this in his first reply. As Colin says, it can be argued second hand kit lessens demand for new stuff, which can only be a good thing. It's not a completely watertight argument, since the demand has to be there in the first place, but as a general principle, it has to be a go...
by thenorthwind
Fri Dec 27, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: My Big Camera And Its Future
Replies: 5
Views: 255

Re: My Big Camera And Its Future

I've always been one for dragging the big camera with me everywhere. Sometimes I regret it, but more often than not I'm glad I've brought it. I admit it's a lot more marginal now even my fairly old smartphone has a very good camera. Previously the big camera was an entry-level DSLR, but last year I ...
by thenorthwind
Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Go on then, what did you get?
Replies: 29
Views: 656

Re: Go on then, what did you get?

I got an Ordance Survey puzzle book (someone knows me well), an Audax UK membership, dynamo lights (money for), and a bike fit (ditto - I tend to end up doing my own Christmas shopping, which is for the best really). Think I did alright :grin: .
by thenorthwind
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2867
Views: 491920

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Cheers - probably best to avoid that combination then.
by thenorthwind
Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2867
Views: 491920

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Exped, Schnozzel https://georgefisher.co.uk/collections/equipment-sale/products/exped-camping-mat-schnozzel-pump-bag Great bit of kit, I use mine on my Exped mat and my Thermarest Uberlite. They also have the Thermarest equivalent (bit heavier) at £15: https://georgefisher.co.uk/collections/equipme...
by thenorthwind
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Quick tip for those that use Relive and Gmail
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Quick tip for those that use Relive and Gmail

I don't really use Strava anymore, but when I did, I used relive (relive.cc is the website I think), the service that makes mini route videos from your ride and Google satellite images. I used to get the email to say the video of my recent ride was ready and think "I don't want to watch that now " s...
by thenorthwind
Sun Dec 15, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Winter bivvy, Scotland
Replies: 97
Views: 3858

Re: Winter bivvy, Scotland

I thought I recognised your face Stu but couldn't place it! We met on the Yorkshire Winter bivvy a couple of years back. Aye, cracking weather... I'm only a little bit disappointed by the lack of snow. Seems to have been the best weather of any of this year's winter bivvys - in the Borders, who'd ha...
by thenorthwind
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Winter bivvy, Scotland
Replies: 97
Views: 3858

Re: Winter bivvy, Scotland

Weather looking a bit yukky, hope no-one else is in the Bothy..... Does look wet, and cold enough to be unpleasant, but not quite cold enough to snow/freeze (during the day at least). I'm still intending to ride in from Langholm. If anyone wants company from Eskdalemuir, I'll try to time my arrival...