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by benconnolli
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Battling the evil turbo
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: Battling the evil turbo

I still like my close my eyes and think of Wales approach to it.
by benconnolli
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 299
Views: 11803

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Escaping "it all" Starved of a physical challenge, and struggling to imagine any exploration that could take place on my limited route, I decided the answer was to take more stuff. I was going to trial a plan that has been in the dream box for a while, move house by bike. I made a list of my require...
by benconnolli
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Virtual BAM ... you know you want to
Replies: 75
Views: 1186

Re: Virtual BAM ... you know you want to

What about a MasterChef competition? The obvious hurdle we need to get over is judging taste. I suggest each competitor has to describe the meal to voice over standard, and everyone else decides how good it tasted based purely on the description. I'm sure we could cook up some bikepacking restrictiv...
by benconnolli
Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Virtual BAM ... you know you want to
Replies: 75
Views: 1186

Re: Virtual BAM ... you know you want to

Our work from home coms was discord, designed mainly for gaming but fits the bill. They have a limit of 50 and do text, voice, or video. Like gaming you can have one person Livestream video with everyone else piping up and commenting on it.
by benconnolli
Fri Mar 27, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Battling the evil turbo
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Battling the evil turbo

I had heard horror stories of the turbo. You would ride for hours and only 90 seconds would pass, you got unbearably sweaty, and obnoxiously loud. It was a necessary evil of winter training, but was most certainly evil. My first attempt confirmed this. I tried to combat the boredom with heavy metal,...
by benconnolli
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Most of a 29" bike
Replies: 0
Views: 177

Most of a 29" bike

Intended to join the end caps up and make this into a good honest mtb, but have reassessed my priorities in life and this did not make the cut. Hope Hoop Pro 2 Straight Pull singlespeed hub. Stans Crest 29” 700c Rear Wheel, with SS freehub body. This has never been used (ridden) but it was fitted to...
by benconnolli
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 465
Views: 9578

Re: If we close up for a bit...

I will say that I also have no clear picture of what it is really like, but warn against observational bias when you point out non social distancing. You cannot see most of the people doing it properly, because they are doing it properly.
by benconnolli
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 465
Views: 9578

Re: If we close up for a bit...

Tomorrow I move out of my flat and onto a campsite for the summer. Committed to this before things got weird. Hopefully this alternative living will keep me calm and happy, but panic buying has made most of my expected staples non existent. Really empathetic for vulnerable people who must feel so tr...
by benconnolli
Tue Mar 17, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 299
Views: 11803

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

RIP wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:44 pm
Looks like my Golden Jubilee BaM has been nobbled (for now)
May have to be a garden Jubilee instead. :lol:
by benconnolli
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Oldest bit of kit you own - and still use.
Replies: 44
Views: 1059

Re: Oldest bit of kit you own - and still use.

My grandads touring/commuting bike. It’s 10 years older than me and fits the all road niche so well. Descending rough stuff is out of its capabilities, but I do it at a snails pace with a smiley face.
by benconnolli
Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: HireSquire
Replies: 18
Views: 547

Re: HireSquire

I feel this is onto something but has missed out some critically important parts. Sharing works if you care about the community you are sharing with. Obviously you couldn’t do it just with your mates, as you’d all want the shared sleeping bag for your trip away at the same time, but some connection ...
by benconnolli
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: I wrote a book.
Replies: 14
Views: 509

Re: I wrote a book.

With increased frequency friends, and occasionally strangers on the internet, have told me that I should write a book. I like riding, writing, and the vague image of inspiring people I am connected to, but feel all of these needs are properly met without “going pro”. From your experience, would you ...
by benconnolli
Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: anyone else proper had enough of the weather?
Replies: 37
Views: 957

Re: anyone else proper had enough of the weather?

I am ridiculously positive, and both of those words are important here, but the weather is just another part of the environment. I love the woods but not all the time, the flat is sometimes wonderful, but being an active part of the changing landscape is truly incredible. Oversimplifying weather to ...
by benconnolli
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Self Isolation
Replies: 62
Views: 1581

Re: Self Isolation

I mean it’s pulling a sickie as much as any other sickie, even if this sickie has media hype.

I could handle the pain and general illness much more than having to be in isolation for two weeks. Would be so rubbish. I really don’t want to do that.
by benconnolli
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 8007
Views: 839385

Re: The post man's been ...

The orange and the blue levels of os map for my “back yard” as it often feel I try to escape with my bike trips but actually live in an area of outstanding natural beauty that I know mere ribbons and bulges of.

My next trip I want to go depth rather than breadth.
by benconnolli
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: International book day
Replies: 51
Views: 1025

Re: International book day

Walking to Listen by Andrew Forsthoefel. Really liking his angle on adventures but, as with any reading I do, spend most of my time with the book in front of me daydreaming about something triggered by the words. It takes an author who thinks fantastically like me for me to read at any pace.
by benconnolli
Thu Mar 05, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Free for collection by bike
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: Free for collection by bike

Ah sorry North Face, gloves, and campy levers gone.
by benconnolli
Tue Mar 03, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Free for collection by bike
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: Free for collection by bike

Lets say tenner larger items, fiver smaller items. Cost is per delivery as that's what I am trying to avoid. Working on the pictures but will likely be group pics as so many items. would you hang on to them if I swapped for a beer or 2 next time I'm over that way? Sure thing. From 19th March I will ...
by benconnolli
Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:22 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Free for collection by bike
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Re: Free for collection by bike

K1100T wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:52 am
How packable is the jacket...?
It packs into its own pocket, but this is a specially large pocket. Roughly double my down jacket something like 20x20x5 will measure and photograph this evening.

Call it a tenner posted?
by benconnolli
Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Free for collection by bike
Replies: 10
Views: 726

Free for collection by bike

I back bikes for transport and am having a clearout of all those bits you keep just in case but haven’t seen the light of day in over a year now. I live in Chalford which is in the Cotswolds. All functional condition so I can’t chuck them. Will add a few quid premium to post because I don’t want to....
by benconnolli
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Bob Yak trailer - in need of TLC, £50 plus post
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Bob Yak trailer - in need of TLC, £50 plus post

Whereabouts are you for collection/inspection? I’m in the Cotswolds but am reasonably mobile at weekends. Been longing for a trailer for ages now and do love fixing bits up
by benconnolli
Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:39 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 299
Views: 11803

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: 22
Views: 668

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: 82
Views: 1749

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: 299
Views: 11803

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...