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by benconnolli
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 167
Views: 5795

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Wow. I'm slightly overwhelmed!
benconnolli wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:50 pm
...scary things are sometimes necessary, and they are rarely as scary as being scared of them was.
I didn't really believe myself when I said this, but had made up my mind, it holds true in buckets and barrels
by benconnolli
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: what defines a good nights bivi
Replies: 21
Views: 369

Re: what defines a good nights bivi

I would define a good bivi as getting away from "it all" and taking advantage of the freedom to sleep wherever I please. The more "it all" I have on in a hectic life, the more anything out of the door satisfies me. I remember after working a 50 hour week in London, returning to Wales and rolling out...
by benconnolli
Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do you own an unsuitable bike?
Replies: 77
Views: 772

Re: Do you own an unsuitable bike?

I don't include compulsory off-road in my definition of bikepacking so a stiff road bike might still make the cut off. I agree that backpacking can be road as well, it is mainly that I see my road bike as inappropriate because it is uncomfortable for long periods of time and I would not want to ris...
by benconnolli
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 167
Views: 5795

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Much love for this family. BTW, personally, I don't give a damn about anyone's sexuality or how they identify; that does not mean that they cannot express themselves though, especially if it puts them in a better place mentally. It's not that I don't care, just that it's really none of my business u...
by benconnolli
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 167
Views: 5795

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Riding the winds of change. The climate is changing at an alarming rate. Extreme weather is less rare. We should be doing everything in our power to slow this change, but we are not. Seeing as this is the bed we have made for ourselves, we are going to have to sleep in it. That is exactly what I dec...
by benconnolli
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do you own an unsuitable bike?
Replies: 77
Views: 772

Re: Do you own an unsuitable bike?

I have a stiff road bike that is fantastic for a couple of hours, then extremely uncomfortable as I found out when some enthusiastic guys in a pub accidentally convinced me to extend a quick evening loop into a through the night epic. It also has immaculate paint that I am ashamed to say on here tha...
by benconnolli
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hard rain in Wales today?
Replies: 37
Views: 807

Re: Hard rain in Wales today?

Might have been up there, definitely wasn't down here. I'll vouch for that. To be fair yeah it was right and proper between Newtown and Mach, so your neck of the woods. Presumed that was just a passing strop among the drizzle. Can I ask if you rode it as a BP trip or in one go? Sort of both. I took...
by benconnolli
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hard rain in Wales today?
Replies: 37
Views: 807

Re: Hard rain in Wales today?

I rode to Anglesey and honestly Denis is much more of a dribble than deluge, just constant drizzle, none of that proper bouncy rain. The wind was the power play. The reason for my destination was it was as North Wales as I could get so I had plenty of tailwind to play with. Will write up tomorrow in...
by benconnolli
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Anyone out on Sunday testing gear/bike/self to destruction then?
Replies: 30
Views: 683

Re: Anyone out on Sunday testing gear/bike/self to destruction then?

So my fortunes were with getting a train, but I still got a taste of the storm riding back from the station. It felt like I was riding on a treadmill. At a point I did a gust powered two wheel skid into the middle of the road, then had a branch the width of my bars fall two seconds ahead of me. Love...
by benconnolli
Sat Feb 08, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Anyone out on Sunday testing gear/bike/self to destruction then?
Replies: 30
Views: 683

Re: Anyone out on Sunday testing gear/bike/self to destruction then?

I’m currently in Sheffield and complete train cancellation is looking distinctly possible. Hell of a headwind, no tools or waterproof, on a lock anywhere tourer.

There is a hint of one at 8:55 and in my twisted mischief this feels like a win win situation.
by benconnolli
Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:06 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 167
Views: 5795

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

As a relative young person I can confirm that “respect” has been relegated to older folk impersonating yoof speak. I rate that is probably the current champ
by benconnolli
Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: MYOG
Topic: World's Lightest Bar Harness
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Re: World's Lightest Bar Harness

Hate to break it to you... but my eagle eyes have spotted that the bag your uberlight harness was attempting to harness has escaped :shock:

Good brainwaving nonetheless
by benconnolli
Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 167
Views: 5795

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

I am seriously literal like that. Words mean words to me or, more specifically, computer generated symbols mean words to me, a wry smile goes a long way in mockery or mischief and real life is less lost.
by benconnolli
Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 167
Views: 5795

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

It isn’t a new day until you’ve gone to sleep regardless what the clock says* I feel that I could be responsible for some confusion (blatantly wrong now I think about it properly) here having set off my 2020 saga on New Year’s Eve. It was a right story that I wanted to share with you lot and I’ve be...
by benconnolli
Thu Jan 30, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: How much of a ballache is ...
Replies: 33
Views: 788

Re: How much of a ballache is ...

I am for it in principle. Different starts and ends would be on the positive side of neutral. There are other more important factors in attracting me to an event. I do back this movement against cars. We cannot control everything, but if everyone who cares enough takes positive action then the comme...
by benconnolli
Sun Jan 26, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: OT audax touring: Riding the limits rollercoaster
Replies: 12
Views: 606

Re: OT audax touring: Riding the limits rollercoaster

The connection with the environment that I notice the most is the sound. Agreed it is the most noticeable. I am trying to be very conscious about improving my writing so appreciate any constructive criticism, thank you for picking up on this. I am aware of the line between describing everything I w...
by benconnolli
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Straight Outta Door - Ride from home Trips.
Replies: 51
Views: 3881

Re: Straight Outta Door - Ride from home Trips.

Last night I had nothing on, a bit of an itch to scratch as my weekend plans had been thwarted by two accounts of daftness on my part, so just like that I decided to have a night out. This is the beauty of riding from the front door. Everything it to my schedule. I took this opportunity to practice ...
by benconnolli
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: OT audax touring: Riding the limits rollercoaster
Replies: 12
Views: 606

Re: OT audax touring: Riding the limits rollercoaster

Also, enjoyed the lack of numbers. I don't know how far your rode, for how long other than a rough guess, how many feet you climbed, or what the temperature was, and I feel the story was all the richer for it. Thank you for noticing this. I am a mathematician and spend my life searching for pattern...
by benconnolli
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: OT audax touring: Riding the limits rollercoaster
Replies: 12
Views: 606

Re: OT audax touring: Riding the limits rollercoaster

Glad it has been so well received. I’ve set the goal this year to write up every trip within two days, after that it just doesn’t happen.

It was indeed.
by benconnolli
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Exped Mat Repair Advice Please.
Replies: 3
Views: 160

Re: Exped Mat Repair Advice Please.

I’ve had two proper holes, one 5cm 3cm L shaped over a baffle. Sewed it up with a my shorts label as a patch then the exped glue is what makes it airtight. The patches are just to stop the glue sticking to itself I believe. Think three layers each dried until tacky (10-15). Holds air like new
by benconnolli
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: OT audax touring: Riding the limits rollercoaster
Replies: 12
Views: 606

OT audax touring: Riding the limits rollercoaster

Our modern lives are often dictated by convenience and instant gratification, I am rebelling against that. I do not want an easy life. I want a good life. I had entered an event with a hard time limit and made it harder for myself by taking sleeping gear around with me. I wanted to find my breaking ...
by benconnolli
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Undercrackers
Replies: 16
Views: 743

Re: Undercrackers

Under armour 6” briefs. Multipack from wiggle. Do not notice them so must be doing their job
by benconnolli
Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: North by North West Parts 1 and 2, Audax meets bikepacking.
Replies: 10
Views: 477

Re: North by North West Parts 1 and 2, Audax meets bikepacking.

Recently completed my first audax tour this Saturday and just writing it up. That was only me biviing because it was a three hour ride from my flat and I didn't fancy waking up at 3:30. I live in Stroud so would be a double bivi holiday for me and need to get round for the last train at 8pm Sunday. ...
by benconnolli
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 167
Views: 5795

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

RIP wrote:
Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:51 am
Liking the new BenNav notation too
If I am trademarking it then I want it known as the BenGo drums
by benconnolli
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Auld Lang Syne Rides
Replies: 5
Views: 386

Re: Auld Lang Syne Rides

Didn’t realise other people had done this but not that surprising. I really rated my ride out and the sky at midnight was such an experience. Full write up on the 2020 BAM