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by Dean
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 658
Views: 55067

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

I would like to have a go at some exploring (definitely not "tile collecting") but I do not have Strava, I am an app Luddite (I do not use smartphones). Does someone know how I can import the VV tile grid into Garmin Basecamp so I can plot routes over OS mapping and then upload to my GPS device? If...
by Dean
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 658
Views: 55067

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

I would like to have a go at some exploring (definitely not "tile collecting") but I do not have Strava, I am an app Luddite (I do not use smartphones). Does someone know how I can import the VV tile grid into Garmin Basecamp so I can plot routes over OS mapping and then upload to my GPS device?
by Dean
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: How often do you take a stove?
Replies: 38
Views: 631

Re: How often do you take a stove?

It depends on the weather. If I am taking a 3 season sleeping bag I would want some hot pasta before I curl up, if I have my superlight summer quilt then staying cool at night is an issue and the lower the amount of warm food entering my stomach the better.
by Dean
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do I need an Exposure (6 pack Race or Diablo)
Replies: 20
Views: 369

Re: Do I need an Exposure (6 pack Race or Diablo)

If you want a Diablo these ebay auctions normally go for about £120.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?_odkw ... e&_sacat=0
by Dean
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Diary of a Randonneur
Replies: 73
Views: 6484

Re: Diary of a Randonneur

I watched it because there was a cat in the thumbnail, was not disappointed.

I wouldn't want to ride the concrete bridleways near me with those tyres!
by Dean
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Black Gore Shakedry Alternative
Replies: 30
Views: 726

Re: Black Gore Shakedry Alternative

I got a shakedry jacket for an extremely cheap price, only worn it a couple of times and there is now an abrasion tear/hole on the sleeve above the cuff. Anyone done any repairs on shakedry? Self-adhesive tube patch, inside and out? Had a hole on a pair of trousers, patching the inside was as impor...
by Dean
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Buying down
Replies: 10
Views: 298

Re: Buying down

If you wash your down at home hydrophobic dries faster/lofts easier with less agitation, there was a huge difference between washing my coated and non-coated sleeping bags. Dirt/skin greases tend not to stick to hydrophobic down as much so potentially can smell less (so requiring less washing). Also...
by Dean
Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 1 X
Replies: 23
Views: 470

Re: 1 X

I went to 1x11 in 2018 from 3x8 and not having to think about what front chain ring to choose when negotiating technical uphill riding was one less thing to worry about. Less going on in the cockpit, one less cable to get in the way of handlebar bag, etc. I have a standard Shimano 30x11-46 for bikep...
by Dean
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping mat options
Replies: 9
Views: 342

Re: Sleeping mat options

Did you have the standard Prolite? Because if so it is not surprising that it was uncomfortable as it is pretty thin. An air bed on a closed cell mattress is the way to go for exceptionally cold travel (think Antarctica, alpine bivvying), and the Z-lite is bulky for bike travel unless you run pannie...
by Dean
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stupid ideas you can't shake.
Replies: 54
Views: 1646

Re: Stupid ideas you can't shake.

I get totally obsessed by things for a few weeks, then they generally pass. This one though, still gestating... Get the train to Hunstanton, then cycle to Eastbourne, via The Peddar's Way, Icknield Way Trail, The Ridgeway, King Alfred's Way and The South Downs Way. I have been considering Weston-su...
by Dean
Sun May 31, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: anyone suffer from Hotfoot ?
Replies: 27
Views: 840

Re: anyone suffer from Hotfoot ?

Have you tried those heel grippers that ladies wear to keep their stilettos on...? I'm not sure if any are made for off-road use, but quite a few manufacturers do shoes with heat mouldable carbon tubs; pop them in your oven for a bit, then mould them round your foot. I tried a pair of the Lake CX 4...
by Dean
Thu May 28, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Suggestion on shoe repair!
Replies: 8
Views: 182

Re: Suggestion on shoe repair!

Is that delamination or a split? ShoeGoo recommendation here, although when I fixed my Timberlands I didn't do a particularly neat job! Nah... delam. Ben... they're ace and amazingly breathable. The grey material must be breathable and it seems to be welded (or cheaper method!) to the black main se...
by Dean
Wed May 27, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1915
Views: 260235

Re: Todays ride

Must say, that I don't look forward to riding non-fasted as it is quite liberating not having to worry about food and water preride... I have never eaten while on short rides of less than three hours as I don't see the need for it (either fun rides from home or commuting for an hour to work, but I ...
by Dean
Wed May 27, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: anyone suffer from Hotfoot ?
Replies: 27
Views: 840

Re: anyone suffer from Hotfoot ?

I have a very wide midfoot/toebox and have never found anything which is roomy around the front of the foot (I also suffer discomfort with SPDs). My biggest issue with this is that my heel are tiny/Achilles tendon is very prominent, my foot is shaped like a slice of pizza. Nothing regular fit is wid...
by Dean
Sun May 24, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Plastic or Steel?
Replies: 8
Views: 346

Re: Plastic or Steel?

I have a 1L Nalgene narrow mouth, my water filter screws onto the top so easy water collection in the wilds; it fits perfectly in an Alpkit bag on my stem (attached to fork with velcro strap) so no bouncing about. If I drop it when drinking at speed nothing will happen to it. It has been used for so...
by Dean
Sat May 23, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1915
Views: 260235

Re: Todays ride

Must say, that I don't look forward to riding non-fasted as it is quite liberating not having to worry about food and water preride... I have never eaten while on short rides of less than three hours as I don't see the need for it (either fun rides from home or commuting for an hour to work, but I ...
by Dean
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: hike-a-(loaded)bike
Replies: 16
Views: 681

Re: hike-a-(loaded)bike

On steep grassy slopes when the calves are burning there is "the drag of despair" to use different muscles: one hand on handlebar, one hand on saddle and start stumbling backwards.
by Dean
Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Routes
Topic: Hebridean Way
Replies: 20
Views: 1112

Re: Hebridean Way

My sister walked 2/3rds last year. She said the boggy and peaty sections are swamps after medium/heavy rain, it might be possible to escape to the beaches with a fat bike if the tide is out.
by Dean
Thu Apr 23, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Changing pads whilst out
Replies: 28
Views: 1079

Re: Changing pads whilst out

I have two sets of pads, the springy holder thing and split pins wrapped up in paper and masking tape to keep them uncontaminated in my repairs bag. I always have a Leatherman Skeletool for a bunch of things: valves, chains, maintaining table manners while eating pork pies, etc, I don't have any dis...
by Dean
Wed Apr 22, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: man cave build help
Replies: 35
Views: 1240

Re: man cave build help

The 6 foot tube lights in my garage are dying. Anyone recommend a modern alternative. Currently have 3.mounted off the exposed rafters. Please bear in mind I'm a fucking idiot when it comes to sparks :oops: I have LED tube lighting, had to replace the wiring as it was corroded but I think it should...
by Dean
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3230
Views: 550371

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Some of the chairs pack down smaller than a one person tent, I have seen people who marshall events who have them as they fit inside small rucksacks. The table is stupid however.
by Dean
Fri Apr 17, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Beast sightings??
Replies: 28
Views: 953

Re: Beast sightings??

http://fionalang.blogspot.com/2013/08/t ... g-cat.html

A puma was trapped by a farmer in Cannich in 1980, it had been eating deer and sheep.
by Dean
Tue Apr 14, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 7501

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

I have been doing some map sleuthing (nothing else to do so I am trying to trick my head into imagining that I am riding hills) and I have found that a Stores/Tea Room opened in October at Rosehall/Invercassley just after Oykel Bridge. Hope they can survive the virus.
by Dean
Mon Apr 13, 2020 8:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 7501

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

I passed by last September on the way to Inverness, I seem to remember there being a crack on the inside wall by the window (I assume this is why there were glass panes missing)
by Dean
Mon Apr 13, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Anyone got any flatties they would like to move on
Replies: 7
Views: 314

Re: Anyone got any flatties they would like to move on

I have some 5:10 Impact low ankle in 10.5, black with red logos, not worn since I switched to SPD. Comes with Superfeet Carbon insoles (no longer have the original insoles).