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by benconnolli
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Swaps. New Gatewood cape Gore One Thermium jacket medium
Replies: 0
Views: 76

Swaps. New Gatewood cape Gore One Thermium jacket medium

So I fully appreciate that cash is a fantastic invention, but it is also boring. Swapsies is more fun. On the table are an unused Gatewood cape in grey and a used Gore thermium primaloft gold active warm jacket. Jacket is an impressive fabric that actually satisfies the warm, breathable, packable tr...
by benconnolli
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Battery powered light recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 208

Re: Battery powered light recommendations?

Would a headtorch not satisfy most of these requirements? I have used my alpkit gamma with three AAA. It has rechargeable ones in for almost all the time from home short trips so is not just disposable batteries. Lasts a full night on low but also ok for teckie on full blast, admittedly it is mildly...
by benconnolli
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 644
Views: 37817

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

This bivi out was fair chuffed by the fire in my belly. The fuel was the blame and shame culture that is being currated by the media. I needed to escape this distopia and return to reality. After stuffing my face with mash and my bike with kit I left. I had no destination in mind. I did not care. Be...
by benconnolli
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:36 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 644
Views: 37817

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

As a placemarker for records sake, while I find time to match the appropriate words to give it justice alongside this rediscovered inconvenience of work, I went out in August for the WRT. Ate lots of good food. Had a fantastic weekend. Loved every second.
by benconnolli
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: A question - everyone can play.
Replies: 40
Views: 609

Re: A question - everyone can play.

Yeah. My main compromises with campsites are they are in a fixed location, and that location usually isn't as interesting as somewhere within range. I'd probably sack bikepacking off if I couldn't wild camp, and ride through the night a lot more. Camping would be a long weekend finding cool sticks, ...
by benconnolli
Sun Sep 06, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pimp my breakfast
Replies: 21
Views: 687

Re: Pimp my breakfast

Using the kit listed in the op, crumpets dry toasted on the pan as they have a small enough diameter with peanut butter (other toppins are available such as avocado, cheese, smoked salmon, dried meat). Another option would be jazzing even more bits into the oats. Chia seeds and strawberries(possible...
by benconnolli
Wed Sep 02, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: Drybags, front hub, fenders, quilt
Replies: 10
Views: 557

Re: FS: Drybags, front hub, fenders, quilt

Hi

Would I be able to get both dry bags and the front hub please?
by benconnolli
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hammock underquilt advise please
Replies: 42
Views: 1196

Re: Hammock underquilt advise please

Has anyone tried a sleeping bag with a double ended zip with the hammock poked through the toe end? Essentially make the bottom half of the sleeping bag into your under quilt. I am sure there is a fundamental problem with this, draughty and the hammock wanting to be wider than the sleeping bag dimen...
by benconnolli
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Off Cuts
Replies: 6
Views: 507

Re: Off Cuts

From my experience a walking foot made most difference rather than bulkiness of a machine, although walking feet are hardly cheap. The feet lift up as the fabric is pulled though the machine then stamp back down, similar to a walk, so the slippy fabric and fluffy insulation do not bunch and jam. It'...
by benconnolli
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD - Wildcat seatpack
Replies: 15
Views: 419

Re: WTD - Wildcat seatpack

This did happen to me a morning into a weekend trip. Tied it together with guy lines as a temp bodge that was sturdy but did wear out the dyneema when I removed it. Unpicked the zig zag stitch and replaced with some similar webbing in less than 10 minutes. Happily add my hat into the repair ring beh...
by benconnolli
Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 644
Views: 37817

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Back on that fourth of July, when the pubs reopened, me and Jack decided restrictions had been eased enough that riding bikes together all day and sleeping in adjacent ditches would be as acceptable as it had ever been. We had months of catching up to do, and a long easy bike ride was just the way t...
by benconnolli
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Mobile modular sleep system
Replies: 0
Views: 226

Mobile modular sleep system

This was mainly a project that I could sink plenty of daydream time into intricate niche specifications but it turns out to be surprisingly practical and may even be useful! The inspiration for this was the fear of getting out of the sleeping bag/quilt in the middle of night to go for a wee. Hence b...
by benconnolli
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: MYOG
Topic: My first tarp project
Replies: 1
Views: 201

My first tarp project

Standard time rich purpose poor story of lockdown lead me down the path of fixing, designing, then making kit. Here is the tarp I did. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50093548672_5061b60ddd_c.jpg Waterproof from above if not below. Maybe a bathtub midge net combo is a project for the pipeline. 1...
by benconnolli
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What do you think about when you are riding?
Replies: 33
Views: 1170

Re: What do you think about when you are riding?

I had a ridiculously productive commute home by bike in those days gone by. So often I would be stumped at a problem all day only to solve it on the way home. Day rides depend massively how hard I am pushing, with the harder the emptier my mind becomes. I usually find the first four to six hours of ...
by benconnolli
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD Folding foam mat SORTED
Replies: 2
Views: 155

WTD Folding foam mat SORTED

Thetmarest z lite or similar. Mainly asking from a sustainability point of view than saving from the £40 price tag. Have found the fiver roll up one perfectly comfy for my continued back garden camping, but it is frustratingly bulky to pack on a bike. Appreciate the folding does not do much, but I h...
by benconnolli
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: RTTS 2020.
Replies: 21
Views: 1249

Re: RTTS 2020.

My ride was out to Shrewsbury to have a garden breakfast with Jack, then ride halfway back with him before he looped back. It was so great to see him face to face after months. I rarely remember as graphically the rides with other people, despite enjoying them more, so the rest of this report is on ...
by benconnolli
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: RTTS 2020.
Replies: 21
Views: 1249

Re: RTTS 2020.

I did get out. Been feeling floppy and had things on but working on giving the write up justice. Definitely more of a journey more than the start to finish should suggest
by benconnolli
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Budget Bags
Replies: 17
Views: 637

Re: Budget Bags

...turned out to be driving rain, 2 metre visibility, and howling winds all night. Fortunately, It was about 10 degrees which I consider quite toasty in any normal situation, but I really struggled to keep warm around my hips and waist. My current bag is a Blacks Aerolight 1000, which has served me...
by benconnolli
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Smallest usable tarp
Replies: 16
Views: 558

Re: Smallest usable tarp

In a race to the bottom with consideration of wind direction I reckon a right angle triangle of 1.4 could do it, as the lower half of the square does not pull it's weight in protection per sq cm
by benconnolli
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Smallest usable tarp
Replies: 16
Views: 558

Re: Smallest usable tarp

I have used a 1.5m square tarp for this purpose with worst conditions 4cm of snow. I find flying v hard to wriggle in and out of so pitched it corner to corner with face pole much higher and 30cm lines on three low corners and two low midpoints.

Edit, essentially just like Sean above
by benconnolli
Wed Jun 17, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD: NW 104BCD Chainring
Replies: 1
Views: 96

Re: WTD: NW 104BCD Chainring

Believe I have a new 30t one
by benconnolli
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 644
Views: 37817

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Back gardens bivis are for testing out tarping so I decided to go sans poles and made use of the skeleton of a plum tree and holly bush. Shielded from two sides and easy in out I quite liked this set up. In more extreme conditions the tip could be lowered considerably, but that removes the walk in b...
by benconnolli
Sun Jun 07, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: When?????
Replies: 228
Views: 8764

Re: When?????

These protests are important. Change is needed. The protesters are all wearing masks compared to the beach goers. They would not be doing it if they did not need to. All other avenues have been attempted and systematically shut down or silenced. Even with these protests happening with such a clear m...
by benconnolli
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: KAPZ - Bearbones design ?
Replies: 24
Views: 1331

Re: KAPZ - Bearbones design ?

For that much I'd just put a sticker there and accept that it would look more tatty than etched bling. Tatty is more my vibe anyway.

A sticker designed around a bolt hole would be of interest, but may not do the design justice and would still look tatty after any rain or time.
by benconnolli
Mon Jun 01, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stupid ideas you can't shake.
Replies: 54
Views: 2174

Re: Stupid ideas you can't shake.

I took my bike to the top of the GB 3 peaks for a similar reason. I became obsessed with hatred of the van based challenge and wanted to show them how to do it properly. Clearly my ride made a huge difference.....not. Oh cool! I was thinking I was the only one. Debating a rattling off road route be...