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by thenorthwind
Mon Apr 15, 2024 8:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is this 'bikepacking'?
Replies: 81
Views: 1802

Re: Is this 'bikepacking'?

Sajama wrote: Mon Apr 15, 2024 6:55 pm 75% off road you are a bikepacker.
75% road you are a cyclotourist .
That's very precise. By time or by distance? :wink:
by thenorthwind
Sun Apr 14, 2024 7:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hammock in the garden
Replies: 14
Views: 242

Re: Hammock in the garden

The shallower the angle of the suspension the greater the force - in theory if your hammock was strung perfectly horizontal there'd be an infinite force acting on the wall I think you might need to check your working there Bob :wink: But it's a fair point... Although with the right fixings and appl...
by thenorthwind
Sun Apr 14, 2024 5:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hammock in the garden
Replies: 14
Views: 242

Re: Hammock in the garden

Ah, yeah that arrangement does need more space. Is there anything (e.g wall) you could attach one end to?
by thenorthwind
Sun Apr 14, 2024 2:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hammock in the garden
Replies: 14
Views: 242

Re: Hammock in the garden

I've got a hammock in the garden - it is indeed a lovely place to be on a sunny afternoon. I've put rings on the uprights of my covered deck to hang it from now, but it came with a stand of sorts: each end has two lengths of wood with an eye bolt through one end so they open out into an A-frame. The...
by thenorthwind
Sat Apr 13, 2024 2:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Travelling across Europe quickly - how?
Replies: 15
Views: 488

Re: Travelling across Europe quickly - how?

Probably not relevant to the OP, but I just stumbled across this relates article about a new sleeper service. Doesn't mention bikes though.
https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/2024 ... eat-cities
by thenorthwind
Wed Apr 10, 2024 1:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The next Eclipse
Replies: 29
Views: 579

Re: The next Eclipse

Ha, I was looking at this yesterday too. I've got a mate who lives just outside the NE boundary of the path of totality who I've been meaning to visit...
by thenorthwind
Tue Apr 09, 2024 6:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Exped Downmat clumping... maybe
Replies: 4
Views: 166

Re: Exped Downmat clumping... maybe

Boab wrote: Mon Apr 08, 2024 10:00 pm Mine feels like it has something similar at the top of the mat. I assumed it was a bit of foam to stop the down for migrating between tubes... 🤷
I guess this is the sort of reassurance I was after. Think you're probably right. Cheers.
by thenorthwind
Sun Apr 07, 2024 9:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Exped Downmat clumping... maybe
Replies: 4
Views: 166

Re: Exped Downmat clumping... maybe

Richpips wrote: Sun Apr 07, 2024 8:10 pm Could be a daemon or genie taking advantage of the warmth????
Now you've said it I think I can see its eyes :grin:
by thenorthwind
Sun Apr 07, 2024 7:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Exped Downmat clumping... maybe
Replies: 4
Views: 166

Exped Downmat clumping... maybe

I thought I had an issue with my Exped Downmat with the down clumping at one end of the mat... but I'm not actually sure. I can feel a soft lump all across the end of the mat where the valve is and where the chambers are linked together. I inflated in and tried to work the down, er, down and with a ...
by thenorthwind
Sun Apr 07, 2024 8:38 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cranktank 3 vs cages on fork + smartwater bottles
Replies: 20
Views: 458

Re: Cranktank 3 vs cages on fork + smartwater bottles

Agree with most of the above really. Personally I use a 1.5 or 2l bladder, and that's just about enough for cooking an evening meal, morning coffee, breakfast, minimal washing up and general hydration for that time. I often use a filter, but to be honest, if I come across a tap not long before I'm g...
by thenorthwind
Fri Apr 05, 2024 10:08 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hap.... no, I'm saying nowt :)
Replies: 17
Views: 454

Re: Hap.... no, I'm saying nowt :)

barney wrote: Fri Apr 05, 2024 8:32 am Yup, I'd be lost without him... quite literally!!! :-bd
Arguably offset by the many people who've got lost with his assistance :lol: But hopefully they're grateful for that too in the end. Thanks Stu :-bd
by thenorthwind
Fri Apr 05, 2024 10:05 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a Month 2024
Replies: 489
Views: 21943

Re: Bivvy a Month 2024

Sounds painful Jimmy :o Well done on getting back out anyway!
by thenorthwind
Thu Apr 04, 2024 8:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: packable fleece?
Replies: 27
Views: 748

Re: packable fleece?

If you always have to wear the shell to make sure you don't lose all the heat kept in by the mid layer, then that doesn't sound like a very flexible system. A layer should be removable if the conditions don't need it. My cheapo base and fleece(s) are warm and I add a U/L rain top if it rains or is ...
by thenorthwind
Thu Apr 04, 2024 8:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 11441
Views: 1918472

Re: The post man's been ...

...and brought a new GRX mech to replace the 105 one that exploded spectacularly the other day. Thought while I was replacing it, I might as well get something that will cope with a larger cassette without swapping the goat link in and out, shift better, and... be more clutchy. But I can't escape th...
by thenorthwind
Wed Apr 03, 2024 7:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is this 'bikepacking'?
Replies: 81
Views: 1802

Re: Is this 'bikepacking'?

Of course, Cycling UK were formerly CTC, the Cyclists Touring Club, and if I remember rightly there was a bit of disquiet amongst more traditional members when the Club both embraced MTBs and then changed their name. It's perhaps a little ironic that bikepacking possibly reflects a shift back to th...
by thenorthwind
Wed Apr 03, 2024 7:23 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Spring clean: BB7s, arm warmers, climbing shoes, messenger bag, bladder, grips, tyres, softshell
Replies: 10
Views: 383

Re: Spring clean: BB7s, arm warmers, climbing shoes, messenger bag, bladder, grips, tyres, softshell

Rapideye wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 11:56 pm Hi, I'll have the arm warmers if still available?
Yup, will PM you.

Jacket, BB7 roads now sold.
by thenorthwind
Tue Apr 02, 2024 8:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is this 'bikepacking'?
Replies: 81
Views: 1802

Re: Is this 'bikepacking'?

sean_iow wrote: Tue Apr 02, 2024 7:42 pm you do know this is the intent
Are tarps not bikepacking then? :wink:
by thenorthwind
Tue Apr 02, 2024 6:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is this 'bikepacking'?
Replies: 81
Views: 1802

Re: Is this 'bikepacking'?

I knew exactly what this was going to be about before I opened it :lol: I read the same article and thought "that's not what I would call bikepacking", shrugged inwardly and carried on with my life. My wife, who isn't a bikepacker, but has a vague understanding of what I do, happened to re...
by thenorthwind
Mon Apr 01, 2024 10:11 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Spring clean: BB7s, arm warmers, climbing shoes, messenger bag, bladder, grips, tyres, softshell
Replies: 10
Views: 383

Re: Spring clean: BB7s, arm warmers, climbing shoes, messenger bag, bladder, grips, tyres, softshell

jameso wrote: Mon Apr 01, 2024 6:49 pm BB7S MTB.. yes please?
Sure, will pm you.
benconnolli wrote: Mon Apr 01, 2024 8:23 pm I'm interested in the Polaris top. Will message
:-bd
by thenorthwind
Mon Apr 01, 2024 6:01 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Spring clean: BB7s, arm warmers, climbing shoes, messenger bag, bladder, grips, tyres, softshell
Replies: 10
Views: 383

Spring clean: BB7s, arm warmers, climbing shoes, messenger bag, bladder, grips, tyres, softshell

All prices are collected from Newcastle, please add £3.50 for Royal Mail Tracked 48 postage, unless otherwise stated. Will obviously combine for multiple items. More pictures of some stuff here: https://ibb.co/album/d4Rspx Avid BB7 MTN, pair Well used but fully functional, everything free and moving...
by thenorthwind
Sat Mar 30, 2024 9:11 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Bum bag cover
Replies: 2
Views: 113

Re: Bum bag cover

For me it's the ability to access snacks without getting my hands covered in muck. Particularly symptomatic of the winter we've had I think!
by thenorthwind
Sat Mar 30, 2024 7:41 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Bum bag cover
Replies: 2
Views: 113

Bum bag cover

Very simple one, but made a cover for my Evoc Hip Pack Pro to keep the crap off, particularly the zip, from some leftover lightweight ripstop nylon and a bit of elastic. Oh and some onewrap to secure it through the holes in the belt (not entirely necessary but makes sure it covers it properly and st...