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by benconnolli
Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Living a meagre existence so you dont have to work ?
Replies: 147
Views: 3338

Re: Living a meagre existence so you dont have to work ?

Lazarus wrote:
Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:03 pm
Wish I could opt out of pensions
you can

https://www.gov.uk/workplace-pensions/i ... ion-scheme
Nice one! Ta
by benconnolli
Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Living a meagre existence so you dont have to work ?
Replies: 147
Views: 3338

Re: Living a meagre existence so you dont have to work ?

To add balance to this argument, I've had tasters of retirement in six months of furlough, then again in this knockout tiredness having no energy. Both are a hard pass. Retirement just isn't for me. Purpose and giving time value by limiting it are massive bonuses of work for me. I value my work outs...
by benconnolli
Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:23 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 923
Views: 57670

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Been really tired since November 12th. Walking round the block was my biggest challenge of the year. Shame I couldn't complete it. 11/12 ain't bad. Some neat stories in there.

Hoping for a ride to sleep as well as a sleep to ride style BaM each month once I recover.
by benconnolli
Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Pin-pointing pointlessness is the pinnacle of pleasure
Replies: 23
Views: 527

Re: Pin-pointing pointlessness is the pinnacle of pleasure

I enjoyed that :-bd riding all the chevrons is a genius Idea, I think I'll do that for the Island, I needed some inspiration to get out. Nice. Super glad I could be of assistance. 'Guacamole and brownie wrap' - Heston eat your heart out! (*) It's got the killer combo of chilli and chocolate, with t...
by benconnolli
Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Pin-pointing pointlessness is the pinnacle of pleasure
Replies: 23
Views: 527

Pin-pointing pointlessness is the pinnacle of pleasure

I have an obsessive love for problem solving that I take to the ridiculous extreme of creating problems precisely in order to solve them. Back when exercise restrictions were eased from once a day for an hour to unlimited, I set myself something big. I was to cycle all of the chevrons on my local OS...
by benconnolli
Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ben Connolly Chasing Chevrons Article
Replies: 5
Views: 226

Re: Ben Connolly Chasing Chevrons Article

I believe it is possible to get the Ariveé magazine if you are a non member. Dig around on the audax website and pay them a couple of quid by some method. I know they print more copies than they send to members as I got two copies of my first published article for the spring issue.
by benconnolli
Sun Dec 20, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ben Connolly Chasing Chevrons Article
Replies: 5
Views: 226

Re: Ben Connolly Chasing Chevrons Article

You have seen throught my disguise *mock shock* Glad it was appreciated. I feel I wrote an incredibly similar post up on here with less editorial flair. I'll look it up, but the pictures and flair quotes do make the article better. Not sure if the image compression would make reading it from a poste...
by benconnolli
Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 923
Views: 57670

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

With the month coming rapidly to an end and me still zonked with some other illness for 18 days and counting I have a confession to make... The write up I did on Bonfire Night Bimble was in fact not a lie. I actually did it. On my own out in the splashy hills. Well, most of it, some of it, I definit...
by benconnolli
Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Bonfire weekend bimble?
Replies: 30
Views: 1041

Re: Bonfire weekend bimble?

So along with the rest of England I'm grounded so can't go out to play. Obviously it would be silly for me to not only break the rules, but then tell on myself about them. Therefore here is a completely fictitious story of what I would have done*. *Turns out writing in this weird conditional tense i...
by benconnolli
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Hope pro 2 single speed on Stan's Crest
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: Hope pro 2 single speed on Stan's Crest

No worries Tony. Shame the SS didn't work out, but saves you the hassle of moving the wheel on at least.
by benconnolli
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Hope pro 2 single speed on Stan's Crest
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Hope pro 2 single speed on Stan's Crest

Black hope pro 2 hub with bolt through ends on Stan's Crest rims 21 internal diameter.
Call it £120 posted.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/gzDMnPgS8bqe1UMK9
by benconnolli
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Mobile modular sleep system
Replies: 4
Views: 632

Re: Mobile modular sleep system

I've ended up using it to extend other sleep systems, rather than on its own. Do appreciate being warmer bumbling around before bed so pleased with it. The skirt is elasticated so moves around well with me. Admittedly I couldn't starfish, but not as if you could do that in a sleeping bag either. The...
by benconnolli
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: My biggest worry about doing a French stage race.
Replies: 23
Views: 540

Re: My biggest worry about doing a French stage race.

I had always considered myself bad at facts, therefore languages, but in this last year took a online test to see what sort of learner I was and came back kinesthetic. Ben, what test was that? It was a few months ago, but I searched "what kind of learner am" I and then took a sample from a few of t...
by benconnolli
Mon Nov 09, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: My biggest worry about doing a French stage race.
Replies: 23
Views: 540

Re: My biggest worry about doing a French stage race.

I had always considered myself bad at facts, therefore languages, but in this last year took a online test to see what sort of learner I was and came back kinesthetic. Made sense as I could remember nearly every tackle I made on the rugby pitch when others would only know the result. Have had some s...
by benconnolli
Thu Nov 05, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Bonfire weekend bimble?
Replies: 30
Views: 1041

Re: Bonfire weekend bimble?

So are we still doing this? Tonight? Saturday? Both? Not at all? I feel any physical social interaction is off the cards. Personally I will write up a report of what I would have done, with some artistic impressions on the ubiquitous ms paint of the pictures I would take. Feel there is a distinctio...
by benconnolli
Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: what you wearing on your feet this winter ?
Replies: 17
Views: 406

Re: what you wearing on your feet this winter ?

In the harsh testing ground of my commute (work requires machines that do not exist at home), I have discovered that it is more than shoes that determine cold feet. Keeping the core warm and the blood in the pipeline (legs) on the way to my feet has a massive impact. This has its limit of course, bu...
by benconnolli
Sat Oct 31, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: wtd, single speed 29'' rear wheel
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: wtd, single speed 29'' rear wheel

If the venture is a success then I have a Hope Hoop Pro2 SP singlespeed on Stans Crest. Bolt In connector. Call it £100?
by benconnolli
Mon Oct 26, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 923
Views: 57670

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

So with big birthday plans out of the window like a rockstars TV, even mediocre ones got squished like a bug by this bug going round, I was left to entertain myself. New appropriately sized plan; sleep on a hill, eat cake. Decided that waking up outside is better than falling asleep there so set off...
by benconnolli
Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Festive 500 in a oner?
Replies: 40
Views: 1159

Re: Festive 500 in a oner?

Believe there is an audax called full fat festive 500 that takes advantage of the main roads being unusually quiet that time of year.
by benconnolli
Fri Oct 23, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 1557
Views: 144742

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

JohnClimber wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:51 pm
Dave Barter wrote:
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:14 pm
It's my birthday. Where's all my cards?
It's mine too today
SNAP!

Same same.
by benconnolli
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Bonfire weekend bimble?
Replies: 30
Views: 1041

Re: Bonfire weekend bimble?

I got this idea from doing the same at new years eve. Went to a fab spot, so fab that plenty of other people were also there. Everyone kept respectable distances and just sat with their bobble hats making silhouettes against the skyline. Having sleep kit meant that I had a comfy seat and was not col...
by benconnolli
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: How do you support the (adopted) local economy?
Replies: 18
Views: 416

How do you support the (adopted) local economy?

I morally support the concept of helping out local communities when passing through, but do not necessarily want to buy what they are selling. I quite like the anticipation of preparing my riding snacks, and cooking in nice outsidey places as well as sleeping there, which pretty much cuts off any st...
by benconnolli
Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Bonfire weekend bimble?
Replies: 30
Views: 1041

Re: Bonfire weekend bimble?

National event sounds grand. It's a great opportunity to bivi within range of cities.

If BDS is bringing the hot dogs then does that make it a BBBBBBQBI?

Sparklers would make a good event of it.
by benconnolli
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Remember when we were discussing ...
Replies: 108
Views: 2181

Re: Remember when we were discussing ...

redefined_cycles wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:05 pm
I think Ben will agree, thanks Stu for just allowing us to just be
Yup. I agree
by benconnolli
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Bonfire weekend bimble?
Replies: 30
Views: 1041

Bonfire weekend bimble?

So I basically never grew out of childish awe of fireworks. Anyone else interested in joining me on Saturday 7th November for a bivi based display? Obviously maximum of 5 people are allowed and no fires started by us. Set off some time (2pm?) Saturday from a convenient point (I am starting from Stro...