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by AlexGold
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 443
Views: 8030

Re: If we close up for a bit...

That's Pen Ponds Cafe, right in the middle of Richmond Park.....which was apparently full of people of all types walking, running, cycling and driving like it was a summer bank holiday. Which I'm sure was nice for them.....
by AlexGold
Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Quick/easy access bikepacking style luggage
Replies: 22
Views: 703

Re: Quick/easy access bikepacking style luggage

At this kind of volume and shape, what are the advantages over panniers (aside from not needing a full rack) if you have a reasonably wide load anyway + the weight is higher up? How easy are the super c and barley to remove and return? I know they have some quick release models.. Well it's 23L in t...
by AlexGold
Fri Mar 13, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Charge zester frame/fork 700cc price drop
Replies: 9
Views: 281

Re: Charge zester frame/fork 700cc price drop

Yep as I suspected its a size or two too big, thanks for checking though!
by AlexGold
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Charge zester frame/fork 700cc price drop
Replies: 9
Views: 281

Re: Charge zester frame/fork 700cc price drop

Very slight chance this might work, do you know top tube (and hopefully also 'virtual top tube'*) measurement?

*the horizontal headset to seat post measurement
by AlexGold
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Quick/easy access bikepacking style luggage
Replies: 22
Views: 703

Re: Quick/easy access bikepacking style luggage

:grin: I'll pass that on to the maid! I'm actually always carrying a ready padded worm in case it's needed to plug a tyre, the that's always very close to hand, either in back pocket or top tube bag. If I rode a mtb I'd probably try sahmurai bar end plugs, as they're the last thing you want buried w...
by AlexGold
Wed Mar 11, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Quick/easy access bikepacking style luggage
Replies: 22
Views: 703

Re: Quick/easy access bikepacking style luggage

and never being able to get at, say the puncture repair kit as it'll be the law of the sod be at the bottom Isn't that more to do with you rather than any specific law? :wink: Hard to say, it's either in the side pocket of the carradice or the internal pocket of the frame bag now so problem solved!...
by AlexGold
Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Quick/easy access bikepacking style luggage
Replies: 22
Views: 703

Re: Quick/easy access bikepacking style luggage

I'm mostly road, but still less worried about weight than ease of access and not having to cram everything in in a perfect order (and never being able to get at, say the puncture repair kit as it'll be the law of the sod be at the bottom). With this mindset I mostly use Carradice's - Barley for long...
by AlexGold
Tue Feb 25, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Anyone tried putoline chain wax ?
Replies: 20
Views: 558

Re: Anyone tried putoline chain wax ?

I'm more road focused, but do plenty of wet riding and mix in mud/sand/'gravel' regularly. I've been waxing all the chains for a long time, and haven't noticed any major rusting (in fact, it's worst on my 'commuter' chain which is the only one I don't wax, but that's likely as I don't look after it ...
by AlexGold
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravelw#nker mudguards
Replies: 11
Views: 525

Re: Gravelw#nker mudguards

We've got Bluemels 53mm on a similar spec bike, they go over Byways (just) and don't look too silly over 38x700 GravelKings either. So far they haven't snapped or gummed up, but it's not been ridden in really deep mud (where the bike would likely be outgunned, and I'd imagine most mudguards of full ...
by AlexGold
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Suggest a bladed spoke holder please
Replies: 9
Views: 248

Re: Suggest a bladed spoke holder please

I was going to say, 1mm is within the error margin of the calculator!

At least you haven't done what I did and trusted the seller of a rim to give the correct ERD, buy the spokes before measuring it yourself and....'you can guess the rest', as Bryan Ferry would say...
by AlexGold
Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Suggest a bladed spoke holder please
Replies: 9
Views: 248

Re: Suggest a bladed spoke holder please

I've got this one which is an interesting design, but in use is fairly good (thread it over a small finger and it almost gives you a slotted knuckle to push onto the spoke, easy to fit in between spokes also) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Super-AERO-WIDE-SPOKE-HOLDER/dp/B00NU1RHHK?SubscriptionId=AKIAILSH...
by AlexGold
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Good winter (baggy) cycling pants: any thoughts
Replies: 21
Views: 718

Re: Good winter (baggy) cycling pants: any thoughts

Good thread, I'm currently commuting in Endura Humvees but those Keela look tempting. Are they cut tight, or would be 'sprinter's build' amongst us have a chance of getting in them without sizing up?
by AlexGold
Tue Feb 04, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: wtd, carradice saddlebag. larger the better
Replies: 6
Views: 373

Re: wtd, carradice saddlebag. larger the better

Not mine. There's a Super C Audax in eBay for £40. Most that go cheaper than than truly are mouldy Super C Audax is (relatively) tiny though, it's 8-9L, the Super C regular is 23L. That ebay one does look a little mouldy though, so it fits one of the criteria! :D There is a Super C on eBay for £50 ...
by AlexGold
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Alpkit Kloke bivvy bag
Replies: 37
Views: 1417

Re: Alpkit Kloke bivvy bag

I feel like the hunkaXL that I would normally use it too much for this. The orange bin bag can get in the sea though. :-P Similar thoughts to me then, although I did get a great night in a field near the Severn bridge last year in it! Also it's worth thinking that if there are sleep stops on a ride...
by AlexGold
Tue Jan 28, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Alpkit Kloke bivvy bag
Replies: 37
Views: 1417

Re: Alpkit Kloke bivvy bag

You might be as well off with something like this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Emergency-Su ... 3779411441 You're going to wake up p1ss wet through. Might as well not bother with a bag at all. It's England, I'll likely be wet regardless :grin: It's probably 10 degrees warmer than no bag at all thoug...
by AlexGold
Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Alpkit Kloke bivvy bag
Replies: 37
Views: 1417

Re: Alpkit Kloke bivvy bag

A few hours nap on an Audax is what I'm mostly looking for with this. I think I might give one a go. Slightly concerned about durability though. You might be as well off with something like this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Emergency-Survival-Bivvy-Bag-Lightweight-Waterproof-Blanket-Sleeping-Bag-Ora...
by AlexGold
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Brake pad material
Replies: 18
Views: 454

Re: Brake pad material

I'm still a little confused about this as well, I just bought uber bike pads and went for 'race matrix' which seems to be none of the above but it's the most expensive so most be good :grin:
by AlexGold
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: LeJOG audax-style anyone?
Replies: 34
Views: 1304

Re: LeJOG audax-style anyone?

My intention wasn't to put anyone off, but it was to make sure people knew what they were getting themselves into! It should be noted that the route isn't finalised yet, so it may all get better.....but there are only so many roads in places if you want a reasonably direct route, and with under 5 da...
by AlexGold
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: LeJOG audax-style anyone?
Replies: 34
Views: 1304

Re: LeJOG audax-style anyone?

I'm on here as an occasional bikepacker, but my main thing recently has been Audax. Completed PBP last year, and LEJOG was on the radar for this year, but I decided against it, mainly due to: 150 tired riders pushing themselves through the night on the main road network. More specifically, with a ti...
by AlexGold
Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2954
Views: 509678

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Would this bug net fend off the mighty scotch midge? Trying to come up with cheaper options than a new bivi with a net for lejog....
by AlexGold
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: thigh rub
Replies: 8
Views: 456

Re: thigh rub

I have large legs and had a similar issue, I solved it with a carradice and a bagman. Not sexy I know, but as a bonus I can actually get to the contents easily!
by AlexGold
Mon Dec 30, 2019 4:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2954
Views: 509678

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

The cheapest ultralight sleeping bag liner you'll ever see. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sexy-Bodystocking-Whole-Body-Stockings-Cocoon-Ultra-Thin-Sleeping-Bags/382602499219 Your immediate reaction might be WTF, but give it some thought. Cheap, Light, Tiny pack size, Quick wash/dry, Flattering* What's...
by AlexGold
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 2020 Arkose wheelset
Replies: 8
Views: 452

Re: 2020 Arkose wheelset

ootini wrote:
Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:35 pm
These certainly look economical https://www.evanscycles.com/pinnacle-65 ... t-EV356221
I've just built similar, and paid more for the parts! That looks a great deal...
by AlexGold
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: On Bikepacking.com
Replies: 11
Views: 984

Re: On Bikepacking.com

Weirdly, he seems to have had three different rear luggage setups on the same trip! ....and yes, the bike might have been cheap (and to my untrained eye it doesn't look like you'd get that level of kit for that price without getting lucky on ebay) but there are a whole bunch of costs that aren't men...
by AlexGold
Sun Nov 17, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2954
Views: 509678

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

I don't know how good this seat pack is, but it's certainly cheap! https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CCAVSP/altura-vortex-seat-pack Half decent, but I sold mine.... Small, and both buckles need to be opened to get inside which leaves nothing holding it onto the saddle. Would be ok for carrying change o...