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by benconnolli
Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Mobile modular sleep system
Replies: 0
Views: 98

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: 96

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: 740

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: 97

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: 902

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: 902

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: 449

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: 438

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: 438

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: 52

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: 463
Views: 25871

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: 216
Views: 5943

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: 1033

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: 1646

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...
by benconnolli
Sun May 31, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stupid ideas you can't shake.
Replies: 54
Views: 1646

Re: Stupid ideas you can't shake.

I love stupid ideas.

A recent non bike one that I failed at shaking for two weeks before caving in was to shave half of my hair. Just the right side. Toe to tip. Catestrophically unaesthetic but gives me such a giggle whenever I catch my asymmetric shadow.
by benconnolli
Sun May 31, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildlife
Replies: 163
Views: 8021

Re: Wildlife

Saw my first stoat on the ride yesterday, then a badger just as day was falling.
by benconnolli
Fri May 29, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Warm nights
Replies: 12
Views: 477

Re: Warm nights

In those conditions a warm jacket is not multi use as it would be too warm to wear as a jacket. Sleeping bags/quilts are much better at keeping you comfortable while sleeping. I've tried it when a fair bit colder than 11 degrees and got uncomfortably cold bum area and a disturbed sleep, but a 2 hr 3...
by benconnolli
Thu May 21, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD - silver rim brake road (dynamo?) wheels
Replies: 10
Views: 209

Re: WTD - silver rim brake road (dynamo?) wheels

I have a front dynamo Shimano DH - 3N71 on rigida sputnik silver rim. Has a spa cycles sticker. £25 plus postage costs?
by benconnolli
Thu May 21, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Looking ahead - what are you looking forward to?
Replies: 84
Views: 1799

Re: Looking ahead - what are you looking forward to?

My dream box is bursting with ideas, planned to depths never before reached, all locked firmly within this island we live on. First trip will be Shropshire way on retro mountain bikes with a friend. The ones that make me smile the most are bivi at the top of a mountain and write a poem so that I do ...
by benconnolli
Thu May 21, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: It's going to be mobbed.......
Replies: 22
Views: 580

Re: It's going to be mobbed.......

Risk of what? Importing your city diseases onto rural communities due to unnecessary contact, such as I believed happened to some extent in the Lake District that weekend before lockdown. When extending trips, buy food locally first, so you’re not going into shops in remote areas. I agree that the ...
by benconnolli
Thu May 21, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: It's going to be mobbed.......
Replies: 22
Views: 580

Re: It's going to be mobbed.......

For all we know they could be self sufficient for food for the length of their trip so that they do not have to risk small local shops.
by benconnolli
Sun May 17, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 753
Views: 23789

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

Indeed bikepacking bags do not exclusively carry dossing kit. I always use mine for essential shopping trips. On my assorted feed of news articles I saw a headline "Covidiot campers fined for boozy getaway as tents found at UK beauty spot". Covidiot campers fined for boozy getaway as tents found at ...
by benconnolli
Sat May 16, 2020 3:35 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Diary of a Randonneur
Replies: 73
Views: 6485

Re: Diary of a Randonneur

Those videos reminded me that I love Wales
by benconnolli
Thu May 14, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: We've got a new T shirt too.
Replies: 53
Views: 1582

Re: We've got a new T shirt too.

Ninjas "leave no trace"
by benconnolli
Thu May 14, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: MYOG starter kit?
Replies: 15
Views: 699

Re: MYOG starter kit?

Some projects and ideas. You probably already have these given you are assembling other bits, but doing something, anything, will help you understand possibilities and limitations considerably.