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by faustus
Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sonder Camino Al - 700c or 650B?
Replies: 10
Views: 158

Re: Sonder Camino Al - 700c or 650B?

I'm just about to build up my Camino Al frame that arrived on friday. I've got 700c and 650b wheels for it, as i wanted maximum versatility and choice - so I could play around with sizes. As the tyre clearance has improved on the V3 it gives so many options, including 29x2.0. There's a decent choice...
by faustus
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: King Alfreds Way.
Replies: 10
Views: 368

Re: King Alfreds Way.

Looks a good one and on my doorstep too... :-bd
by faustus
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 7786
Views: 813015

Re: The post man's been ...

Disappointing postman day today...
1)had to collect my new frame from the parcelforce depot in Basing-grad (1 hour return trip)
2)turns out the frame has been used and was missing a dropout, so it's going back. :sad:
by faustus
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: You’re bunch of criminals...
Replies: 20
Views: 496

Re: You’re bunch of criminals...

I don't think this would affect sneaky bivvies, but any kind of criminalisation of trespass and further restriction of freedom to move is a disgrace. This is probably worse than Camerons forest privatisation idea!
by faustus
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dam Busters.
Replies: 89
Views: 3090

Re: Dam Busters.

There's an ongoing project to update the signage and general visibility of the trails. Rightly so, good area for general mtb'ing.

Looks to be good work going on/planned: http://www.dyfimountainbiking.org.uk/
by faustus
Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Cable Disc Calipers WTD
Replies: 13
Views: 260

Re: Cable Disc Calipers WTD

I've got a pair of shimano r517s if you're using brifters...fairly well used but not used for a couple of years, not sure what the pads are like, possibly shot? Happy for them to go cheap, what kind of cheap were you thinking?
by faustus
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 7786
Views: 813015

Re: The post man's been ...

Hopefully a V3 Sonder Camino Al frame and fork will be dropped over the side gate sometime today...

A happier feeling than Monday's trip to my LBS, who wanted to charge me £25 for a centrelock lock ring. Obviously I laughed, and won't visit again.
by faustus
Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacking Food & Snacks
Replies: 49
Views: 1425

Re: Bikepacking Food & Snacks

As a trail mix, i've used a mix of salted caramel M&Ms and roasted almonds. Nice to munch from a feed bag in small quantities; quite salty, quite sweet, pretty nice.

Never thought of taking Halloumi, but it's a good shout and I love the stuff! :-bd
by faustus
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What's in your hip flask?
Replies: 67
Views: 1244

Re: What's in your hip flask?

Hip flask doesn't get as much use as i'd like, but if so then whiskey that's smooth and not too peaty. Love Penderyn. More recently Port, as it's moreish and you can have more.
by faustus
Thu Jan 02, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stats for the year (that was)
Replies: 28
Views: 867

Re: Stats for the year (that was)

Lowest distance for a few years, but also some of the most enjoyable riding for a while, and a useful consolidation of knowing what i want from riding. 1388 miles, garmin removed from bike and phone recording in my pocket helps to concentrate on the good stuff. Fewer miles but two 100 mile rides/biv...
by faustus
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bell + drop bars + bags
Replies: 30
Views: 710

Re: Bell + drop bars + bags

Used my timber!bell next to the stem with bar bag in the new forest, worked well because of its friendly ting-aling-aling sound. Doesn't cost £50.
by faustus
Thu Dec 19, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 2020 Arkose wheelset
Replies: 8
Views: 375

Re: 2020 Arkose wheelset

These were such a good deal I just bought some. Horizons are cheap at the mo, and they'll have something bigger and slightly knobbly for summer off road.
by faustus
Thu Dec 19, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 2020 Arkose wheelset
Replies: 8
Views: 375

Re: 2020 Arkose wheelset

Oh, they do look good value, tempteb myself!. Just get a sleeve axle reducer for the front 15mm - 12mm, Halo do one and lots on ebay.
by faustus
Fri Dec 13, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Favourite bike of 'all time'?
Replies: 61
Views: 1956

Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

Really nice Ti29er :-bd
by faustus
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Does this bike / frame exist
Replies: 15
Views: 594

Re: Does this bike / frame exist

The broken road can be customised if you ask, might be able to get what you want...?
by faustus
Thu Dec 12, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Favourite bike of 'all time'?
Replies: 61
Views: 1956

Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

For nostalgia reasons, my 2004 Rock lobster 853 is the favourite, as it covered lots of ground as my only bike for 7 years. The nostalgia is for the places I rode and people I rode with. Did Snowdon a couple of times, and it also went to France wearing Schwalbe Kojaks and went up Col des Aravis and ...
by faustus
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: So, those cheap On-One helmets
Replies: 13
Views: 535

Re: So, those cheap On-One helmets

i've had the enduro helmet from On-One and as with others, it's a weird shape and fit and only just big enough. Ended up getting a Bontrager quantum MIPS helmet from a friend (for free!) and that feels much nicer, and more room for my 61cm head. I bought 2 helmets in the on one deal, and i thought i...
by faustus
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you doing next year?
Replies: 69
Views: 2302

Re: What you doing next year?

12 months fairly aimlessly tramping, searching out absurdity and pointlessness wherever it can be found, all in UK, mostly in Welsh Wales, bit of gigpacking, bit of beerpacking. No 'events' other than Boner ones - just a little oddity of mine is that. No requirement for 'les grands projets' myself....
by faustus
Fri Dec 06, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you doing next year?
Replies: 69
Views: 2302

Re: What you doing next year?

No events. Some longer solo rides, 2-3 bivvys would be nice. Road riding in Tenerife for 4 days with my brother in February. Otherwise getting in as much riding as I can before and after baby No. 2 arrives at the end of April. I'll definitely be doing as much as possible before then, but hope the su...
by faustus
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: UK ITTs - the state of the art
Replies: 33
Views: 1099

Re: UK ITTs - the state of the art

What's the difference between the cambrian trail and the trans cambrian? The Cambrian Trail runs N to S whereas the TransCambrian is E W and much shorter. The Cambrian Trail was Ian Barrington's doing, so blame him :wink: https://cambriantrail.wordpress.com/ just saw the Cambrian trail is similar t...
by faustus
Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: UK ITTs - the state of the art
Replies: 33
Views: 1099

Re: UK ITTs - the state of the art

Big bear looks to be promoted, purely from looking at the route! What's the difference between the cambrian trail and the trans cambrian? Rideway double? That might be div 2, mostly single day by the looks EDIT - just saw the Cambrian trail is similar to the Sarn Helen route. And a bit of a misnomer...
by faustus
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: On Bikepacking.com
Replies: 11
Views: 871

Re: On Bikepacking.com

There were quite a lot few comments on Bikepacking.com. But you're right about the Spot tracker thing, that did tarnish it a bit for me too!
by faustus
Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: On Bikepacking.com
Replies: 11
Views: 871

Re: On Bikepacking.com

I'd agree with the sentiment about not worrying about kit once you have it. Just depends what you're satisfied with I suppose, and knowing when to stop buying stuff. I'd extend the sentiment to bikes in general too. Once you've got your bike(s) sorted to your satisfaction, you can just enjoy riding ...
by faustus
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Best tyres for a rigid 29er
Replies: 5
Views: 439

Re: Best tyres for a rigid 29er

I've got a 29x2.6 Bontrager XR2 on the front of my rigid bike at the mo. It's not suitable for slop, but it is very capable otherwise, and would be a good fast rolling rear, and is available in other sizes. I reckon an XR4 in 2.6 would be good for worse conditions, but probably similar to a minion.
by faustus
Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Groupsets
Replies: 24
Views: 1198

Re: Groupsets

Interesting to know scotroutes! Might be looking at an upgrade for my 5800 rear mech. I really don't need the higher end on the 50/34 105 compact i have, but it also seems a bit of a waste to get a new chainset. Out of interest what 11-40 cassette did you use? i've heard the chain retention is bette...