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by Dean
Thu Feb 29, 2024 12:02 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Proposed Wind Farm near Glaslyn
Replies: 101
Views: 2819

Re: Proposed Wind Farm near Glaslyn

Micro-hydro schemes certainly have their place. A lot of disturbance during the installation but nature does hide things quite well given time. It'd be interesting to see the current state of the ground around the scheme being installed in 2017 above Loch Claire in Torridon. There's a micro scheme ...
by Dean
Fri Oct 06, 2023 9:55 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A Trossachs Overnighter
Replies: 5
Views: 2977

Re: A Trossachs Overnighter

Eventually, I made it over to view Loch Lomond from above. Now, that descent down is steep. Steep enough to walk down a lot of it. I didn’t want a fall or a mechanical. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/pw/ADCreHd4nDBLH-PJ8a185-FlPZjO-1SIh48jtAECX0xbCvfjSAOksUYV5jUMppUloo34lXH3oenq1oSeSLR4LTGIkOsAD...
by Dean
Sat Sep 30, 2023 11:40 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Everythings gonna be bloomin aching!
Replies: 5
Views: 2737

Re: Everythings gonna be bloomin aching!

Can you get stung by nettles if your arms and legs are already one continuous nettle rash? Shaf if you were not aware the Refill app shows you where you can get free water from a water fountain/tap or from a catering establishment (though you might need to ask a cafe multiple times to get that much ...
by Dean
Fri Aug 04, 2023 5:27 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: Altura panniers, Mudhugger
Replies: 1
Views: 272

Re: FS: Altura panniers, Mudhugger

Altura panniers sold.
by Dean
Sun Jul 23, 2023 10:58 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: Altura panniers, Mudhugger
Replies: 1
Views: 272

FS: Altura panniers, Mudhugger

Two Altura Vortex 15L bags. Grey. One still in plastic, one fitted for 15 minutes but never used. https://www.altura.co.uk/luggage-c4/styles-c76/panniers-c84/ultralite-vortex-waterproof-cycling-pannier-p189#attribute%5B4%5D=44 £65 as a pair. SOLD. MK2 Mudhugger Rear Medium with Front Extender (velcr...
by Dean
Mon Jun 26, 2023 10:06 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Decent lock for bikepacking
Replies: 22
Views: 1562

Re: Decent lock for bikepacking

I use an Abus combination cable lock. It will barely stop anyone with a decent pair of nail clippers let alone a battery angle grinder. Most insurance requirements for bike locks will rule out bikepacking anyway whatever lock you use as they require indoor storage storage behind a locked door etc. ...
by Dean
Wed Jun 21, 2023 10:45 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: KAW Recently?
Replies: 9
Views: 3599

Re: KAW Recently?

I went full length sleeve and full finger gloves even in the heat, it saved my skin from UV and the brambles/nettles which were handlebar-high. My shins however were a state.
by Dean
Wed Jun 21, 2023 9:27 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: KAW Recently?
Replies: 9
Views: 3599

Re: KAW Recently?

Anybody ridden the King Alfred Way in the last week or so? Just wondering how nicely it's running, was thinking about an overnighter on it tomorrow, to shake down everything before the NYM300. TIA I rode it two weeks ago, some sections were heavily overgrown (canal out of Reading for example, on so...
by Dean
Sun Jun 18, 2023 8:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cheap OS topo maps on a Garmin with no microSD card slot?
Replies: 14
Views: 622

Re: Cheap OS topo maps on a Garmin with no microSD card slot?

Some have questioned whether they are legit or not, I guess we just don't know for sure. I know a group were buying Garmin GPSMAP devices secondhand in the UK to take to Bulgaria/Romania and resell (as Garmins were considerably more expensive in Lev/Leu than in Sterling), so would recoup some money...
by Dean
Thu Jun 08, 2023 2:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The Tour Divide 2023 thread
Replies: 82
Views: 7324

Re: The Tour Divide 2023 thread

psling wrote: Thu Jun 08, 2023 1:02 pm Loving the 'dogpacker' set up. Custom ti Pinion gearbox. We need to meet Mira !
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nbrn4jC7FY
by Dean
Mon May 29, 2023 11:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 2023
Replies: 303
Views: 66032

Re: HT550 2023

Find it interesting that after over 48H Sofiane is still behind Josh and lots of others. Does that mean his 'I won't sleep cos it's not gonna screw my body up after, and the race is well worth it' isn't working for him. Or have they all adopted the same strategy :lol: Sofiane said on Instagram that...
by Dean
Sat May 20, 2023 12:50 am
Forum: Routes
Topic: 2 TO 3 DAY LOOP IN Scotland First bikepacking trip
Replies: 5
Views: 3759

Re: 2 TO 3 DAY LOOP IN Scotland First bikepacking trip

Cairngorm Loop can be ridden multiple ways, overnight shelters at the fancy Glen Feshie place, Ryvoan or Red House and lots of places to wildcamp. Or Middle loop of HT550 starting at Fort Augustus, multiple spread out bothies (if you like pushing your bike).
by Dean
Sat May 20, 2023 12:40 am
Forum: Routes
Topic: Cinder track. Scarborough to whitby
Replies: 11
Views: 4949

Re: Cinder track. Scarborough to whitby

Is anyone familiar with a, mainly, traffic free cycle route between Scarborough and Whitby called the cinder track? I'm heading up to Yorkshire with family next week and we're planning to cycle this route, but I've heard various stories about the trails surface, with it "appearing to be 99% pa...
by Dean
Wed May 10, 2023 11:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 2023
Replies: 303
Views: 66032

Re: HT550 2023

I have just come back from weaving across Northern Scotland for six days from JoG to Blair Atholl - the boggy ground I have done before seemed drier (can't vouch for Road of 1000 Puddles). However the ticks were atrocious, I removed more ticks from my legs on this trip than in all previous 15 years ...
by Dean
Sun Mar 26, 2023 11:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The Pictish Trail - more Scotlandshire for you.
Replies: 24
Views: 1657

Re: The Pictish Trail - more Scotlandshire for you.

We looked into the theory of getting a train from Manchester to Thurso. No possibility of taking a bike, so seems lime a bit of a non-starter. Is it due to a number of the trains actually being buses. I'm not a prolific public transport user, so know little about these things! 10:21 Manchester to H...
by Dean
Thu Mar 23, 2023 11:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Glasgow central to Oban bike reservation confusion?
Replies: 12
Views: 652

Re: Glasgow central to Oban bike reservation confusion?

Related PSA: you can now use Trainline to book bike tickets across multiple train operators for a single trip. Just booked London-Wick (LNER and Scotrail x2) in one ticket without needing to call someone.
by Dean
Thu Mar 23, 2023 11:12 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Fitting a valve to a drybag
Replies: 14
Views: 5424

Re: Fitting a valve to a drybag

My sleeping bag has its own cylindrical dry bag, which is 5mm narrower in diameter than my handlebar drybag. Slides straight in and leaves much more room for other items than if it was stuffed by itself.
by Dean
Wed Mar 22, 2023 10:05 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 3323
Views: 616718

Re: Todays ride

You leant your bike against the Muc-Off stand, were you trying to tell them something? :grin:
by Dean
Sun Feb 12, 2023 12:21 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: Revelate Design full frame bag (Sold-Dean)
Replies: 5
Views: 298

Re: FS: Revelate Design full frame bag

Sent PM.
by Dean
Sat Feb 11, 2023 11:34 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: Revelate Design full frame bag (Sold-Dean)
Replies: 5
Views: 298

Re: FS: Revelate Design full frame bag

What size is it? Should be a label in non-drive pocket, otherwise measure the length along the top tube?

If it is a Large/19.5" I would like it.
by Dean
Thu Jan 12, 2023 12:14 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cycle.travel
Replies: 3
Views: 421

Re: Cycle.travel

I have been impressed by the route management in the browser, I wait in anticipation for the Android app to become available.
by Dean
Sun Dec 11, 2022 9:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Moving to Angus, any bears there?
Replies: 16
Views: 1069

Re: Moving to Angus, any bears there?

:lol: I had actually been wondering the best route to the Shielding if Mark Bothy :lol: It's not so obvious on OS or aerials. I nearly blew a gasket going up all the way up Glen Lee last spring so stopped short of the saddle that was covered in snow. The track up was like riding through treacle, bu...
by Dean
Wed Oct 26, 2022 1:26 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Heat retention from "reflective" fabrics.
Replies: 32
Views: 2156

Re: Heat retention from "reflective" fabrics.

Rab are using it in sleeping bags as well:
https://rab.equipment/uk/mythic-ultra-180-sleeping-bag

Not sure how comfortable it would be next to skin, perhaps full thermals are a necessity.
by Dean
Mon Oct 17, 2022 6:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What lights?
Replies: 37
Views: 2114

Re: What lights?

You don't have to have both. I often just ride with a helmet light. Prefer it as it is always pointed where I'm looking rather than in the direction the bars are facing. Off-road I like to have a small light on the bars and main light on helmet, so when I am looking around at speed there I can see ...