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by JoseMcTavish
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stats for the year (that was)
Replies: 28
Views: 883

Re: Stats for the year (that was)

I slacked off a bit last year without the HT550 to focus my mind, but still got some nice rides in, including yet another Scottish C2C with my mates - that's seven different routes we've done so far over the years. BAM is a great motivator too, especially since I always try to have a new spot each m...
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1138
Views: 74410

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

That's my kind of New Year's party above! Just polishing off this year's series, I went for a short excursion from home to the nearest forest: http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/IMG_7606-1280.jpg http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/IMG_7609-1280-rotated.jpg http:...
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Dec 20, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The end of year 'photo comp'.
Replies: 60
Views: 2231

Re: The end of year 'photo comp'.

Sunrise at one of this year's more pleasant camps on Craiglich

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by JoseMcTavish
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Favour from a SPOT owner
Replies: 10
Views: 450

Re: Favour from a SPOT owner

Nae bother, will turn leave it running tomorrow.
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Favour from a SPOT owner
Replies: 10
Views: 450

Re: Favour from a SPOT owner

I can switch mine on this evening too, if you'd like another feed?
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Winter boots
Replies: 28
Views: 1147

Re: Winter boots

I think I know the ones you mean, but you're right - don't seem to be available anywhere. I think some walking ones would probably do for mountain biking, but would be nice to have an alternative for the road bike once the Giros give up the ghost. Those Spatz look impregnable, but would probably nee...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Winter boots
Replies: 28
Views: 1147

Re: Winter boots

There's definitely a gap in the market for someone to make some rugged streamlined cycling gaiters to pair with waterproof shoes. there's lots of running ones, but they are all just water resistant. I use these with my Giro Alpineduro boots for road/offroad rides and they are great: https://www.giro...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:13 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Winter bivy comp: How cold can you go!
Replies: 65
Views: 2353

Re: Winter bivy comp: How cold can you go!

Was mostly pain free as long as I didn't ride too fast and generate windchill or too slow to generate enough heat - I can take freezing and dry a lot better than cold and wet! It's amazing how 1 degree at Kessock felt like a summer's day in comparison. :grin:
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1138
Views: 74410

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

A belated post as usual from me for November. I decided to do something a little more exciting last month - rather than my usual rides from the front door, I went for a ride to my front door. So, an early finish on Friday found me at the train station and on my way to Kyle of Lochalsh. I'd had a 200...
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Winter bivy comp: How cold can you go!
Replies: 65
Views: 2353

Re: Winter bivy comp: How cold can you go!

:lol: It was definitely a bit too hardcore for my right knee - am still struggling on my commute at the moment! :oops:
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Winter bivy comp: How cold can you go!
Replies: 65
Views: 2353

Re: Winter bivy comp: How cold can you go!

Haven't posted it in the BAM thread yet, but my November bivy was pretty wintery. After a crap couple of weeks in work and an invitation from my lovely wife to get away from it all, I decided to jump a train to the West coast after work on Friday and then ride home to Aberdeen. I set off from Kyle a...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:52 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Tour Divide Write Up
Replies: 19
Views: 1486

Re: Tour Divide Write Up

Have finally managed to read the whole lot after rationing it out! Thanks for sharing it Dave - I've been obsessively reading people's accounts of riding the divide for the last 15 years and yours has jumped to the top of the pile as my favourite by far! Really well written, brutally honest and a lo...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1138
Views: 74410

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Cheers, you two would be fine up there - you've got the same bag as me! Possibly a bit colder and wetter at the moment though...
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1138
Views: 74410

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Thanks - that whole week was pretty good for weather. Nothing beats riding by moonlight!
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Nov 05, 2019 12:49 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1138
Views: 74410

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

October was done with time to spare for a change, heading out from our home for the week in Nethybridge on a Wednesday night about 10pm and making a beeline for Bynack More. It was a lovely cold clear night, so much so that I turned off my light once I started climbing up from the bridge, as the moo...
by JoseMcTavish
Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1138
Views: 74410

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Time for my usual belated catch up on bivy reports! September was squeezed in at the tail end of the month by heading out locally about 10pm and finding myself a nice hammock spot by the river Dee. Leaving late had the advantage of letting the day's constant rain peter out, so I still haven't needed...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cairngorm Loops 300
Replies: 25
Views: 1778

Re: Cairngorm Loops 300

Great job Colin and excellent timing for the weather too - enjoyed the write-up.
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Full Mudgaurds?
Replies: 42
Views: 1996

Re: Full Mudgaurds?

I had to use p-clips for the rear guard on my Marin commuter due to the sliding dropouts having no mount point. I just got some generic plastic coated ones off the internet which have held perfectly so far.
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Sep 25, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Tour Divide Part 3.
Replies: 6
Views: 505

Re: Tour Divide Part 3.

Really enjoyed those, thanks Rich. Seems like a real coming of age moment for you both and very honestly described.
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Full Mudgaurds?
Replies: 42
Views: 1996

Re: Full Mudgaurds?

My gravelly bike spends most of the year with these SKS Bluemels 45mm guards on and some 35mm Marathon Winters or 38mm Vittoria Hypers.

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Hard to imagine winter riding without them, to be honest.
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Sep 19, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms loop sept?
Replies: 93
Views: 5503

Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

Good luck - conditions look good again!
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tell me about plastic pedals
Replies: 11
Views: 601

Re: Tell me about plastic pedals

I went for RaceFace Chesters as my plastic pedals. Got me round the Cairngorms Loop, HT550 and many other big rides without issue. I definitely think that SPD cleats are a factor in getting cold feet when I do big winter road rides, though I stick with them on road.
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1138
Views: 74410

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Just throwing in my August bivy to get me up to date. Was a last minute quicky on the 31st, combining some VVE square captures with a comfy hammock kip in a wee forest out West of Aberdeen. http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/IMG_6342-1280.jpg http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-content/...
by JoseMcTavish
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorms loop sept?
Replies: 93
Views: 5503

Re: Cairngorms loop sept?

:lol:

Great ride Karl, have been watching the two of you over the weekend and you flew round - did you fit in a power nap? I'm willing Jon to the finish, whilst secretly hoping he doesn't do it quicker than me, as I have a feeling I'll never hear the end of it!
by JoseMcTavish
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1138
Views: 74410

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Thanks, was one of those overnighters that just came together nicely, apart from nodding off at my desk in the afternoon!