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by Hamish
Fri Jan 15, 2021 2:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Taking a knife to a gunfight.
Replies: 59
Views: 826

Re: Taking a knife to a gunfight.

Ok let me re word that. There are no good gravel roads south of the border apart from fire road double tracks and the odd stretch here or there..... And there is nothing "local" to me whatsoever. I'd say that if you don't mind riding in NRW forest, Wales has a fair amount of gravelish roads. You ca...
by Hamish
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 'Made to lose' :???:
Replies: 29
Views: 552

Re: 'Made to lose' :???:

Well the advert must be working to some extent because even though there is a bloke with a sore throat spouting cac, it got us all looking at it and I had no idea that Focus made those bikes before.

Not that I would buy one mind.
by Hamish
Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gorilla cages on fork legs ?
Replies: 6
Views: 203

Re: Gorilla cages on fork legs ?

The Tailfin cages look interesting but I'm not sure they stand away from the forks looking at them.

https://bikepacking.com/gear/tailfin-cargo-cage-review/

Loads of alternatives here if you haven't seen it https://bikepacking.com/index/cargo-cag ... hing-bags/
by Hamish
Sat Jan 09, 2021 2:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Favourite kit from 2020
Replies: 54
Views: 1068

Re: Favourite kit from 2020

My Stooge Scrambler IMG_0381.jpg What's it like? Are they making any more? It's fantastic. Like a big BMX I guess, but it settles into bikepacking duties really well too. Stooge have previously only done one production run of each frame. All the Scrambler frames have now sold, but I reckon there wi...
by Hamish
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:16 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Favourite kit from 2020
Replies: 54
Views: 1068

Re: Favourite kit from 2020

chrisjones wrote:
Fri Jan 08, 2021 11:35 pm
My Stooge Scrambler

IMG_0381.jpg
What's it like? Are they making any more?
by Hamish
Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.
Replies: 1135
Views: 231804

Re: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.

Escape Goat wrote:
Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:05 pm
Jeez that's nice.
Thanks. It was a lovely morning... And a good way to start the new year. Here's hoping we can all get out to the places that make us happy over the next months.
by Hamish
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:38 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.
Replies: 1135
Views: 231804

Re: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.

Yes, that's it. :-bd A quick dawn paddle on the morning high tide.
by Hamish
Mon Dec 21, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: fs, Surly ecr. XL SOLD
Replies: 8
Views: 441

Re: fs, Surly ecr. XL NOW SPLITTING

How tall are you Ton?

I want an ECR... But at just over 6 foot I recon I'm a bit short for it!?
by Hamish
Fri Dec 18, 2020 1:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you listening to now?
Replies: 400
Views: 15591

Re: What are you listening to now?

Thanks to Romesh Ranganathan and his "Christmas special" I'm now partial to a bit of "Peat and Diesel" from Stornoway https://www.peatanddiesel.band/videos I recon that Peat and Diesel are bloody brilliant too. To be fair to Rom, that wasn't a bad programme either. I think he was quite insightful i...
by Hamish
Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: wtd, XL hub geared bike.
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: wtd, XL hub geared bike.

i had seen that on the bay Hamish, thanks tho. :-bd i have a ecr, and keep thinking about just buying a hub and new wheel and doing it myself. but the rear facing dropouts are a pita. something with a ebb would be a lot nicer. I had a Thorn with an ebb which was great, but it did mess with my seat/...
by Hamish
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rohloff chainset ??
Replies: 37
Views: 541

Re: Rohloff chainset ??

gonna press the buy button on a rohloff for my ecr. as a big lump of a bloke, i tend to spin rather than grind. so i am wondering what size chainring i should be looking at ? and ideas for a crankset too. thaks. One thing to decide is whether to go quick release or threaded/nutted axle. I have QR o...
by Hamish
Tue Dec 15, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: wtd, XL hub geared bike.
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: wtd, XL hub geared bike.

Not mine... And the cable routing seems a bit weird but just in case: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Surley-Karate-Monkey-XL-Rohloff-29er-Disc-Rigid-Steel-USED/184580156254?hash=item2af9d5ab5e:g:ZNUAAOSwQHVf15OP I am not sure that a K Monkey makes the easiest conversion as compared to an Ogre, ECR, etc.
by Hamish
Thu Dec 10, 2020 1:00 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Nice trip, can anyone tell me what tent that is though?
Replies: 6
Views: 276

Re: Nice trip, can anyone tell me what tent that is though?

Looks like a Tarptent to me. Not sure which species though.
by Hamish
Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pack rafts - Please may I ask?
Replies: 53
Views: 1260

Re: Pack rafts - Please may I ask?

I’ve been interested in pack rafts since the Lake Bala weekend, my lad and I enjoyed it hugely and I was surprised at the lack of faff, but the cost is off putting I think one of the problems is that by their nature, for most, pack raft trips have to be contrived. Obviously bike trips are the same,...
by Hamish
Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dynamo Hubs
Replies: 35
Views: 823

Re: Dynamo Hubs

I have a Son that I have used for years for touring and commuting. It's now on a Troll having been on a Thorn and a Woodrup but is a non disk version. It has been returned twice for bearing replacements - which has been free and really quick via SJSC. I have been considering a dynamo for bike packin...
by Hamish
Sun Dec 06, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Anyone paddled the Wye?
Replies: 13
Views: 350

Re: Anyone paddled the Wye?

I have paddled from Glasbury to Monmouth - in a kayak and in a canoe. I haven't paddled it in a raft. It's a very nice river touring trip. S. Yat is a bit bumpy and I recon I'd need to make sure my bike was well tied down and balanced before doing the drop! I may be being cautious, but I think for I...
by Hamish
Sun Dec 06, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Let's have a photo competition.
Replies: 67
Views: 1949

Re: Let's have a photo competition.

woodsmith wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 6:15 pm

I'll get the ball rolling with one from my journey around Scotland this summer.
Nice. Loch Dochard, Glen Kinglass?
by Hamish
Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pack rafts - Please may I ask?
Replies: 53
Views: 1260

Re: Pack rafts - Please may I ask?

I must admit that I bought my raft with my eye on bike rafting. But, it does involve faff. In the end I tend to ride to a place where there is some good paddling then leave the bike and set off in the raft. For example... Train to Ardrossan, ferry and bike to Jura and on to West Loch Tarbert. Jura i...
by Hamish
Fri Dec 04, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pack rafts - Please may I ask?
Replies: 53
Views: 1260

Re: Pack rafts - Please may I ask?

I have two Alpacka rafts already so am not sure I will be buying one right now but I have friends who may. I speak as a sea kayaker who has paddled for years all over the west coast of Scotland as well as at home in Wales. My pack raft is now used more than my sea kayaks. They are brilliant for expl...
by Hamish
Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Reccommend my mum a headtorch.
Replies: 15
Views: 410

Re: Reccommend my mum a headtorch.

The good thing about Petzls is that they fit a rechargeable Core battery.
by Hamish
Sat Nov 28, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Kindergarten geometry playground
Replies: 26
Views: 649

Re: Kindergarten geometry playground

Thinking of bikes as 2 linked diagrams helps for me - 1 diagram is the side view of the 3 contact points as a triangle, the other is where the wheels are in relation to that triangle. eg ^^^ this times 1 billion ^^^ Fit and riding geometry are 2 things that constantly get mixed up all the time. I u...
by Hamish
Sat Nov 28, 2020 12:55 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Kindergarten geometry playground
Replies: 26
Views: 649

Re: Kindergarten geometry playground

Interesting discussion. Some thoughts... I guess part of the story is that there is more than one way to be comfortable on a bike, and geometry is not the only thing that makes you comfy. The touring orthodoxy is that you need a slack seat angle to stick your backside out behind you as a counterweig...
by Hamish
Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: End of the Troll
Replies: 6
Views: 398

Re: End of the Troll

Also end of the pugsley. Bit of a design classic really..... I am sad the Pug has gone. There's nothing quite like it. And its the "new" one as well. As the fat bike market has returned to just being Surly & Salsa again (or so it seems) I'm surprised that the expedition model wasn't the last man st...
by Hamish
Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: End of the Troll
Replies: 6
Views: 398

Re: End of the Troll

htrider wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:11 pm
Also end of the pugsley. Bit of a design classic really.....
I am sad the Pug has gone. There's nothing quite like it.