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by thenorthwind
Fri Apr 19, 2024 8:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 3971
Views: 499483

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

According to an old GPS track I found, today marks the 10th anniversary of the first time I used a bivvy bag. Of course, the obvious way to celebrate this would have been to go out for a bivvy, and I did have half a mind to, but in the end wasn't in the mood... :| In more cheery news, not going out ...
by thenorthwind
Fri Apr 19, 2024 1:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bike packing full suspension frame/ bike recommendations
Replies: 17
Views: 401

Re: Bike packing full suspension frame/ bike recommendations

I've a 2022 Occam and while it's pretty good for 'Lakes XC' find it a bit too much bike for longer bikepacking-type rides: I don't think I've ever done longer than ~70km on it. Fair. I've done pretty long rides on its e.g. BB200, Cairngorms Loop, but my only other option is my rigid steel Longitude...
by thenorthwind
Thu Apr 18, 2024 6:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bike packing full suspension frame/ bike recommendations
Replies: 17
Views: 401

Re: Bike packing full suspension frame/ bike recommendations

I'm on an Orbea Occam TR. Bought it for similar situations and love it. 130mm travel. Carbon and alloy versions available depending on budget. There's two different travel versions in the range iirc. Newer frames look less amenable to a frame bag :|
by thenorthwind
Mon Apr 15, 2024 8:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is this 'bikepacking'?
Replies: 84
Views: 2124

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: 22
Views: 428

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: 22
Views: 428

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: 22
Views: 428

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: 17
Views: 570

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: 608

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: 170

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: 170

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: 170

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: 471

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: 486

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: 497
Views: 22387

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: 760

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: 11447
Views: 1922819

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: 84
Views: 2124

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: 391

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: 84
Views: 2124

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: 84
Views: 2124

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: 391

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