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by faustus
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 5926

Re: Tour Divide 2019

Oh wow, that's not going to clear that quickly! Definitely going to slow people down. I know the NM section is renowned for peanut butter mud when it rains, but that it can dry out pretty quickly in the heat....
by faustus
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 5926

Re: Tour Divide 2019

I like Ride the Divide for showing the route and *some* of the people in it, and some of the things Mathew Lee says. I guess i've just got used to chuckling at the bits where Mike Dion is talking :grin:

As voodoo simon says, Reveal the Path was risible!
by faustus
Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:46 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 5926

Re: Tour Divide 2019

Agree about MH's flag, i'm kinda routing for him to stay ahead! Where on the route is the snow and mud, out of interest?
by faustus
Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 324
Views: 5926

Re: Tour Divide 2019

Really enjoying this TD so far, it's pretty gripping. I also looked at Alexandera Houchin's blog, and I like the cut of her jib. I do like seeing people doing things their own way, and she's clearly really capable and a strong rider. There's a really interesting piece about her dirty kanza ride, and...
by faustus
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: SOLD V2 Scandal 29er 18"
Replies: 3
Views: 180

Re: FS: V2 Scandal 29er 18"

Sorry, now sold.
by faustus
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Solaris: drop bar conversion?
Replies: 22
Views: 339

Re: Solaris: drop bar conversion?

Another thing to bear in mind, which is always the case when looking at the hybridised area between mtb and drop bar bikes, is the compromise between bar type and terrain. It's personal choice and down to how much of certain types of terrain you'll be doing, but it's just to remember to think about ...
by faustus
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:11 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: SOLD V2 Scandal 29er 18"
Replies: 3
Views: 180

SOLD V2 Scandal 29er 18"

29er V2 Scandal 18" in green for sale. Pretty good condition, with only minor cosmetic damage, no dents or tyre rub. Comes with a smoothie headset in good working order (painted black) and 2 crown races for both steerer sizes. Also includes vertical and SS/track swapouts. Have plenty of pics I can e...
by faustus
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A week in France and Belgium
Replies: 7
Views: 281

Re: A week in France and Belgium

Looks a great trip. Nice that you could change plans and make it up as you go along. Think that's a joy of touring/bikepacking that gets overlooked sometimes. :-bd
by faustus
Fri May 31, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 493
Views: 23856

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Squeezed in a school night bivvy for May, so 2/2. Left home at nearly 10pm, wandered my way up to the nearby North Hants Downs and found a lovely spot not far from the county top. Enjoyed seeing the 'W' of cassiopeia above the northern horizon. Sipped some whisky, slept OK for a bivvy kip and it was...
by faustus
Fri May 31, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Admiring the night sky - for how much longer?
Replies: 45
Views: 935

Re: Admiring the night sky - for how much longer?

I was pondering this last night whilst watching the stars on my BAM bivvy. Personally, light pollution is my biggest worry as it reduces the quality of what you can see - satellites or not. There are so many useless lights everywhere. The internet told me that the majority of satellites are in geost...
by faustus
Thu May 30, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cabin Fever 2019 Report
Replies: 12
Views: 472

Re: Cabin Fever 2019 Report

Indeed! It's very difficult trying to speak any of the language in Scandinavia, apart from greetings and thank yous. Almost to a person, you are spotted a mile off and you will be schooled in the English language (in a good way) by someone speaking in their second or third language! :grin: dlovett -...
by faustus
Thu May 30, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cabin Fever 2019 Report
Replies: 12
Views: 472

Re: Cabin Fever 2019 Report

Nice one sir :-bd Really enjoying the write-up, will look forward to the next part. Having spent a fair bit of time in Finland (not riding), it has rekindled my desire to explore Scandinavia again - I love the landscapes and, strangely enough, the monotony of it if that makes sense? Beautiful, vast,...
by faustus
Wed May 29, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: I'll leave this here for Stu.
Replies: 62
Views: 1596

Re: I'll leave this here for Stu.

It does seem to be at odds with the LNT principles it claims to support, and there's every reason to be a grumpy bustard about it. The how to camp bit was quite, er, intriguing; like carrying all that uncooked meat, a £3 morrisons grill (where on the bike does it go!?), and some charcoal/firelogs/li...
by faustus
Fri May 17, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: NOT the Trans Cambrian Way.
Replies: 20
Views: 489

Re: NOT the Trans Cambrian Way.

I agree that maybe a routes page on here or somewhere would be good, with a downloadable gpx. I think it's a good idea to have a reworked route, and I for one would be happy to give it a go. I'm planning on doing the TCW in June, so would happily look at a re-jigged alternate routing. Agree the endi...
by faustus
Wed May 01, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My 4 days on part of the big bear
Replies: 20
Views: 624

Re: My 4 days on part of the big bear

Thanks for sending through...it's a monster! :-bd
by faustus
Wed May 01, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My 4 days on part of the big bear
Replies: 20
Views: 624

Re: My 4 days on part of the big bear

As i'm new here, i'm intrigued to know what the big bear is? Assuming it's a massive route in the Cambrian mountains, anyone care to share the route for interests sake?

Ta.
by faustus
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: TDR Info
Replies: 13
Views: 566

Re: TDR Info

Glad it got sorted, as i've read it a few times and recommended it to others. As others have said, the rawness and honesty is what makes it work. And the length really works too, it gives a good sense of the huge scale of travel. I really don't think you need to do much editing to it really. I've re...
by faustus
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1378
Views: 198138

Re: Todays ride

Went to BB territory at the weekend to visit a friend. Despite filthy conditions on saturday, the trails were fine on sunday. Went for a lovely loop from near Mach up to Glaslyn via the Hengwm valley (the one leading to Nant y Moch), and down the byway to Aberhosan. Only a little bit of bog trotting...
by faustus
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 493
Views: 23856

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Not sure i’m really up for BAM but this may count if I carry on in May... First big ride of the year going from Newbury to the New Forest via Savernake forest. Left late on Thursday under a full moon and rode for about 20miles to Savernake where I found a nice spot. Beautiful still night and I watch...
by faustus
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Baja Divide
Replies: 12
Views: 451

Re: Baja Divide

Know nothing about it myself, but i've followed Nicholas Carmen's blog/instagram for a few years (https://www.instagram.com/nicholascarman/?hl=en) and he pretty much set up the route, and I think he rode some of it recently. Why not contact him directly, sure he'll know a lot that would be of help?
by faustus
Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sweden - Cabin Fever 600k
Replies: 25
Views: 973

Re: Sweden - Cabin Fever 600k

Looks a great area to ride, and lovely cabins in true Scandi 'everyman's right' style. Main problem for me would be paying to be doing it when it's busy with other people doing the same. I'd want it to be just me, the mozzies, and a grumpy elk.
by faustus
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: In the shops next week I believe.
Replies: 38
Views: 1865

Re: In the shops next week I believe.

Like the look of that. Regular MTB magazines have had very little to offer me for a long time now, so I hope it's a good mix of interesting stuff.
by faustus
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Re-wilding Scotland
Replies: 12
Views: 439

Re: Re-wilding Scotland

Your point about what period of time to go back to is a key one. Taken broadly - this is the phenomenon of Shifting Baseline Syndrome, and is something rewilding projects have to contend with, to a degree. But it also highlights a difficulty with the way rewilding can be framed. From my perspective,...
by faustus
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Am I being churlish/picky?
Replies: 22
Views: 662

Re: Am I being churlish/picky?

Can't say I noticed it that much. I liked the film. I did think the snow falling and sparks in the flames looked a bit fake or an effect, but didn't impact my enjoyment. I wouldn't say washed out colours and graininess is 'on trend' [a phrase increasingly at odds with itself], it just lends itself t...
by faustus
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Mike Hall inquiry
Replies: 15
Views: 731

Re: Mike Hall inquiry

I've not read any of the reports or commentary, and i'm not going to. To be honest, when it happened I was totally gutted (and still am) by the loss of a cycling hero i'd never met. From my perspective, there is nothing to be gained from reading fairly predictable reports on causes and re-heating of...