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by JoseMcTavish
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel porn
Replies: 45
Views: 1166

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: 565

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: 299
Views: 11998

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: 271

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: 271

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: 271

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: 299
Views: 11998

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: 8007
Views: 839820

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: 3721

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: 1144

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: 82951

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: 2730

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: 724

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: 724

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: 1424

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: 1424

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: 73
Views: 3721

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: 1141
Views: 82951

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: 73
Views: 3721

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: 73
Views: 3721

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: 22
Views: 2042

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: 1141
Views: 82951

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: 1141
Views: 82951

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: 1141
Views: 82951

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: 1141
Views: 82951

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...