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by JoseMcTavish
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:44 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 516
Views: 29241

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Just trying to catch up here with my paltry efforts during lockdown. I really struggled to feel motivated with being limited to the back garden, but have got nothing but admiration for those who made the best of a bad lot and put in some highly entertaining posts in this thread! April - went for a p...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Would you risk it (for a biscuit)...
Replies: 26
Views: 446

Re: Would you risk it (for a biscuit)...

I reckon they've got a few months in them yet! :wink: This was only noticed after a few weeks of feeling the back end slide in the wet!

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It was hidden under the mudguards so I had no idea!
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Jul 23, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Show us your SQUARE (please).
Replies: 62
Views: 938

Re: Show us your SQUARE (please).

Living near the coast is a pain for grabbing squares, especially if nearly all your riding is from the house with a couple of hours to spare!

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One day my square will reach Aviemore and I will claim it for my own :wink:
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Not your usual bikepacking video.
Replies: 38
Views: 988

Re: Not your usual bikepacking video.

Very well put together and brought a smile to my face, so they must be doing something right! :grin:
by JoseMcTavish
Fri May 22, 2020 1:38 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 7693

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

For anyone wanting to join in virtually this year:

https://www.bandok.com/VirtualEvents/HT550

You can also sign up for the Tour Divide amongst others, if you're super-keen!

This was linked to from the new HT550 site that Alan has under construction:

https://highlandtrail550.weebly.com/
by JoseMcTavish
Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildlife
Replies: 163
Views: 8235

Re: Wildlife

That reminds me of a walk up Beinn Bhreac a few years back where we saw a cheeky weasel sticking its head out from under a rock. It wasn't till ages afterwards I spotted this stealth tag under Photos of you on Facebook!

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by JoseMcTavish
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildlife
Replies: 163
Views: 8235

Re: Wildlife

Sounds like some kind of mustelid to me - stoat, weasel or, less likely, a polecat? Also, escaped ferret!
by JoseMcTavish
Sat Apr 25, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: I'm a tart
Replies: 40
Views: 1374

Re: I'm a tart

In what I think is chronological order, I've had:

Raleigh
Raleigh
Townsend
Raleigh
Scott USA
On One*
Kona*
Van Nicholas*
On One*
Trek*
Marin*
Ritchey*

Still got and use all the starred ones, though the Pompino is stripped and boxed for when I get round to selling it.
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Morocco
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: Morocco

Enjoyed going through that, thanks for sharing!
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:15 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 516
Views: 29241

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

March was done incredibly early for me, as I got paranoid there was going to be a ban on travel, which obviously turned out to be uncharacteristically prophetic for me. It was also kept local before that became a thing as I was kipping about a mile from where I work. I threw some gear on the Command...
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Apr 07, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 516
Views: 29241

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Bivy catch up time! Februrary was a leap year spectacular, heading out about 11pm on the 29th just to really push the limit on last minute. Didn't ride too far, just out to the end of my extended commute route and slept at the edge of Durris Forest. Rainy night and frozen morning. Nice and dry after...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel porn
Replies: 89
Views: 3958

Re: Gravel porn

I think the gravel genre of bikes are ideal for people who like to ride straight from their door and get a bit of offroad riding in. For many people this will involve road stretches to link up any track/trails they want to try out. When I built up my VN Amazon #gradventourer back in the day, that wa...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Helmets.
Replies: 12
Views: 882

Re: Helmets.

How about a Met Predatore, which is basically an extra large version of the Met Veleno, which I have, but find it a bit tight unless my hair is particularly short. Unfortunately the Predatore just looked too big on my head so I've never used it. Has been sitting in it's box for years now with a tenu...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 516
Views: 29241

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Panniers!! Burn the heretic!!!! :lol: Aaaah, remember the good old days when bikepacking was just called offroad touring? I fitted the rack in summer for camping trips with my 6 year old, but the panniers are great for an easy night out with a few luxuries, rather than my usual extreme minimalist a...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 for a tour ??
Replies: 7
Views: 410

Re: HT550 for a tour ??

Think the Tomdoun shut a few years ago, sadly. I'd imagine the Cluanie Inn would have an idea too though.
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 for a tour ??
Replies: 7
Views: 410

Re: HT550 for a tour ??

Oh yeah, I had been meaning to say that but got distracted and didn't! :oops: If you do it in September/October you should be good...mostly lovely tarmac either side of the loch too. https://i.postimg.cc/prv3MmVp/Loch-Loyne-Ride-0072-1280.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/MHYN6zXt/Tomdoun-Weekend-0059-1280.j...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 for a tour ??
Replies: 7
Views: 410

Re: HT550 for a tour ??

I love plotting routes! Here's a version that avoids all the toughest pushing bits either with a road or easier offroad alternative keeping the riding at a maximum whilst on a tourer. The only bad thing is you miss out on Ben Alder, Bealach Horn, Ledmore traverse and Fisherfield, which are stunning ...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Mar 05, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 516
Views: 29241

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Time to put my belated reports in as usual! January was a last night of the month affair, setting out late and not going too far on my dodgy knees. A pleasant night in the hammock at relatively mild temperatures. The tarp was only necessary for about 10 minutes whilst I was packing up my kit, before...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 8519
Views: 905992

Re: The post man's been ...

Also SOCKS from the generous man behind the redefined_cycles tag. They'll be spot on with my winter footwear setup and are now my poshest socks - thanks Shaf!

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by JoseMcTavish
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:13 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Winter bivy comp: How cold can you go!
Replies: 73
Views: 4944

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

It's okay, you can just call me Craig, if that's any easier/more confusing!
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stats for the year (that was)
Replies: 28
Views: 1660

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: 1141
Views: 97369

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: 3610

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: 14
Views: 991

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: 14
Views: 991

Re: Favour from a SPOT owner

I can switch mine on this evening too, if you'd like another feed?