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by ChrisS
Fri Sep 25, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Lomond Trossachs Loop
Replies: 6
Views: 142

Re: Lomond Trossachs Loop

Great write-up Sean, it's strange but quite satisfying to read someone else's account of a route you put together. Glad that it seemed to hang together as a coherent route. Still impressed at your motivation to take this on after completing the CL so quickly in sub-optimal conditions!
by ChrisS
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cairngorms loop 2020
Replies: 19
Views: 406

Re: Cairngorms loop 2020

Great write-up, enjoyed that! :-bd
by ChrisS
Mon Sep 14, 2020 7:04 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 233
Views: 6635

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

Brilliant effort Sean, especially in the conditions. Are you following it up with the Lomond Trossachs Loop or have you had enough? :smile: Apart from my chafed and grazed groin, brused toes, blistered ankles, maybe a slight achilles tweak, the start of trench foot (pale and stating to shrivel) and...
by ChrisS
Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?
Replies: 233
Views: 6635

Re: Cairngorms Loop 300 - September Group Start?

I finished at 16:37 missed out on my 30 hour target. Mind you, when I was looking across at the good track from the Fealar climb little did I know the headwind would be so vicious that I'd look back on the climb as the easy bit :lol: Brilliant effort Sean, especially in the conditions. Are you foll...
by ChrisS
Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:27 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to
Replies: 26
Views: 652

Re: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to

Now you're going to collate times I'm going to have to resist the urge to race it... I'll might take the gopro and make a film of it as an excuse for the time it takes me :wink: I can always create a Cairngorms Loop/LT Loop back-to-back category :grin: Whether you race it or not, it'll be really in...
by ChrisS
Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to
Replies: 26
Views: 652

Re: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to

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by ChrisS
Fri Aug 21, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to
Replies: 26
Views: 652

Re: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to

Thanks for all the comments! Hopefully everyone who asked for a GPX file has received one. There seemed enough interest to set up a simple website: https://lomondtrossachsloop.tumblr.com/. You can download the GPX from there as well :-bd
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to
Replies: 26
Views: 652

Re: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to

Dyffers wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:40 pm
I too took a punt on the Abbsynia bothy trail and found it to be excellent, although the descent down to the A82 was a bit lively for my 42mm tyres.
I bet :grin:
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to
Replies: 26
Views: 652

Re: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to

Thanks @thenorthwind!

@stevewaters @dyffers - email incoming.
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 20, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to
Replies: 26
Views: 652

Re: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to

Sounds great and a nice write up. Where can I find the gpx for the route? Lastly there are still places for the Borders 350/220 stating Sat 29 Aug if you want something else to do. The big bikehike section has now been taken out. Hi Ray, PM me with an email address and I'll send it to you. Would lo...
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to
Replies: 26
Views: 652

Re: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to

In Reverse wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:25 am
Nice. A very pleasing read. :-bd

Have you put the route online anywhere?
Thanks :)

The ride's on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/3848845741

Just let me know if you want a GPX file and I can email it to you.
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to
Replies: 26
Views: 652

Re: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to

Shewie wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:02 am
Epic

Great report, enjoyed that very much
Thanks Shewie!
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to
Replies: 26
Views: 652

Re: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to

jameso wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:58 am
Not easily .. committed lightweight sleeping gear anxiety melts in a "bingo!" shelter-found moment - or, grows into 'what TF am I doing' at 1am in the rain, still in open countryside :grin:
Yep! I was maybe one locked barn door away from that :lol:
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to
Replies: 26
Views: 652

It’s my party and I’ll race if I want to

Prelude This year was supposed to be all about the Highland Trail for me. I’d managed to get a place on the group start in May and had been training hard through a miserable winter to prepare for it. But, like everything else, it was cancelled. For a while I was too worried about the looming horror...
by ChrisS
Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: riding lots of miles short or long ?
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: riding lots of miles short or long ?

For me, shorter rides of higher intensity - combined with the odd longer one - seem to be the best training strategy. Last year I did lots of long rides to prepare for a Cairngorms Loop ITT attempt. I got round the loop but felt thoroughly beaten up afterwards and it took me a long time to recover. ...
by ChrisS
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tool Rolls: whats your selection of choice?
Replies: 35
Views: 719

Re: Tool Rolls: whats your selection of choice?

If you're open to other options, I use one of these kegs and it's brilliant (and cheap)... https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07ZR1QKV1/ref=pe_3187911_185740111_TE_item It goes in a bottle cage or gets chucked in a frame bag. The small one contains everything I need apart from a multitool and pump. 100% w...
by ChrisS
Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 930

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

I got some of these for when I'm in delicate company. Uhm, an additional 30% off too. https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CLOOSBP/on-one-seamless-base-pant Tempted to ask for photographic proof as they look very "fetching" but we've seen some of your pics Stu and, well, y'know :wink: what has happened to...
by ChrisS
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 930

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

I do tend to have at least a gilet with me or a hooded synthetic jacket for cooler trips. I like a down bag but prefer synthetic for jackets as it means you can wear it when riding when it's cold and wet. Doing that has saved me a couple of times so I don't mind the bigger packs size. I've had an Ar...
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 930

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

One point to note - keeping all of your bivy gear in the same bag isn't necessarily a good idea - what happens when your tarp and bivy are wet? You can get round this by using a dual compartment dry bag but most on here will use one dry bag for stuff that has to stay dry and one for the potentially...
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Free bike service
Replies: 35
Views: 722

Re: Free bike service

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:05 pm
I assume there'll be a budget and once that's gone, that'll be it?
Also seems to only apply to England from what I’ve read.
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 930

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

My Cumulus 250 quilt easily fits in a 4L Sea to Summit drybag. I've been tempted by a 150 as I'm a warm sleeper but Highland Scotland rules out all but a handful of suitable nights each year. As all of my bikepacking is in Scotland, the 250 is looking like a good choice, if I could find it in stock...
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 930

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

Cumulus 150 would be the choice du forum but if you are a cold sleeper then the 250 might be better. ^ Take note of this. I'm obviously a cold sleeper as I find my 150 only just about warm enough even in mid-summer and most of the time I end up wearing a lightweight synthetic jacket as well. The 15...
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 930

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:11 pm
I'm with Bob. The 150 quilt packs to nothing, weighs little and is surprisingly warm.
Cheers :-bd
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 930

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

I have a Cumulus 200 bag (like the 150 quilt) and it just squeezes into a 1 litre drybag, but you can't close the drybag. That's really useful to know thanks - looks a good bag and should easily fit into the space I've got with room for a layer too. I use a slightly beefier mat. I've tried a Klymit...
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 930

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

Cumulus 150 would be the choice du forum but if you are a cold sleeper then the 250 might be better. Also consider high quality sleeping bags like PHD, their Minim 200 packs small. I can easily get the Cumulus 150, Exped May, Borah Gear bivy, Trekkertent DCF tarp into an 8L bag. If I used the Klymi...