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by The Cumbrian
Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: A Blast from the Past
Replies: 34
Views: 1552

Re: A Blast from the Past

I had one of those blue box Optimus stoves, and the last time I used it was in a howff beneath Gardoms Edge in about 1992. It leaked a fine jet of petrol that I didn't notice until it set fire to my rucsac hipbelt. Two six foot + lads tried to make ourselves as small as possible inside a the tiny sp...
by The Cumbrian
Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2919
Views: 500274

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Medium and Large Dexshell gloves (and other stuff) in the Tamarack clearance.

https://www.tamarackoutdoors.co.uk/PBSCCatalog.asp
by The Cumbrian
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bit late to the party but which Aliexpress shelter should I chose?
Replies: 18
Views: 525

Re: Bit late to the party but which Aliexpress shelter should I chose?

There are loads of discussions about Aliexpress shelters over on Trek-lite, as well as lots of other topics that segway nicely with bikepacking.
by The Cumbrian
Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 502 Bad Gateway
Replies: 10
Views: 326

Re: 502 Bad Gateway

This isn't helping with my procrastinating in my final week on this project.
by The Cumbrian
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ribble Adventure
Replies: 11
Views: 367

Re: Ribble Adventure

I can't help with a user review Rich, but I was in the shop last week and they look mighty nice.

I went to look at the CGR, but after seeing the Adventure I had to remind myself that I'm looking for a bike for 75% road / 25% off road, not the other way around.
by The Cumbrian
Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1547
Views: 229971

Re: Todays ride

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It's massively exceeded my expectations.....
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Thanks very much, real world reviews are always good. I think that the Camino has risen to the top of the list.
by The Cumbrian
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Winter bivy comp: How cold can you go!
Replies: 73
Views: 2958

Re: Winter bivy comp: How cold can you go!

Unless this winter decides to get it's finger out and get cold again, I think that we have a clear winner so far.
by The Cumbrian
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: QR v Thru Axles
Replies: 37
Views: 1197

Re: QR v Thru Axles

Thanks gents. I'm an experienced user of QR wheels, but I'm particularly interested in significant differences in performance. As I won't be breaking any records (apart from the unofficial "hungriest cyclist" and "Who looks worst in lycra" awards)minor differences shouldn't affect me.
by The Cumbrian
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: QR v Thru Axles
Replies: 37
Views: 1197

QR v Thru Axles

One of the bikes that I have shortlisted for when I eventually get around to buying a gravel bike is the Sonder Camino. My only concern is that the wheels are traditional QR rather than a more modern thru axle. I've used traditional QR for years on rim brake bikes and never had a problem. The mounta...
by The Cumbrian
Tue Jan 21, 2020 7:30 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1547
Views: 229971

Re: Todays ride

[/quote] Hi Michael, the handlebars are Genetic Digest bars in 480mm width and I love them. :-bd https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/handlebars/440-genetic-digest-drop-handlebars-318mm-clamp-black/ [/quote] Thanks for that, they look great. How are you getting on with the Camino? It's one of the bikes that ...
by The Cumbrian
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1547
Views: 229971

Re: Todays ride

Jurassic wrote:
Sun Jan 19, 2020 8:43 pm
A decent Sunday spin today with wintery sunshine and a little snow on the hills.
Which bars have you got on the Sonder?

Cheers, Michael.
by The Cumbrian
Sat Jan 18, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yay, it's cheery Friday.
Replies: 757
Views: 91642

Re: Yay, it's cheery Friday.

A little late, but I jumped through the final hoop for my new job yesterday so I hand my notice in on Monday. After that I went to Ribble near Preston and tried out a CGR Ti in their car park. I also touched an Adventure Ti and the steel version. They were all very, very nice.
by The Cumbrian
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wide Range Gearing Question
Replies: 26
Views: 664

Re: Wide Range Gearing Question

Chicken Legs wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:43 am
I have got this Shimano set up on my Salsa ;

GRX 11 speed shifters

GRX812 Long cage derailleur

XT M8000 42 x 11 Cassette

XT M8000 Crankset 36/26t - 2 x 11
That sounds just about perfect, thanks for that.
by The Cumbrian
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wide Range Gearing Question
Replies: 26
Views: 664

Wide Range Gearing Question

I'm thinking of getting a gravel bike this year, but I'm not particularly enamoured with the gear ratios on any of the standard builds. In a perfect world (following my brief research)I would like a double chainring with 36 / 24 teeth (like a Sram GX 1000 GXP 11) with an 11 - 42 cassette, operated b...
by The Cumbrian
Sat Jan 04, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1547
Views: 229971

Re: Todays ride

I had a lovely, but short, spin out today in the western Berwyns. I'd spotted the track on the OS map and Google maps confirmed that it existed, and it was much better than expected. Most of the height is gained on good forestry tracks, but it was windy enough on the tops to make me even slower in a...
by The Cumbrian
Fri Jan 03, 2020 11:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 375
Views: 22419

Re: What you done t' your bike today

I made my son's Schrader valve wheels tubeless, and replaced his mechanical disc brakes with hydraulic. I had to change his gear levers too because his old brake and gear levers were integrated, but this had the happy coincidence that I was able to move the dropper post lever from the top of the bar...
by The Cumbrian
Thu Dec 19, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2919
Views: 500274

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Exped, Schnozzel https://georgefisher.co.uk/collections/equipment-sale/products/exped-camping-mat-schnozzel-pump-bag Great bit of kit, I use mine on my Exped mat and my Thermarest Uberlite. They also have the Thermarest equivalent (bit heavier) at £15: https://georgefisher.co.uk/collections/equipme...
by The Cumbrian
Thu Dec 19, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2919
Views: 500274

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Exped, Schnozzel https://georgefisher.co.uk/collections/equipment-sale/products/exped-camping-mat-schnozzel-pump-bag Great bit of kit, I use mine on my Exped mat and my Thermarest Uberlite. They also have the Thermarest equivalent (bit heavier) at £15: https://georgefisher.co.uk/collections/equipme...
by The Cumbrian
Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2919
Views: 500274

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

JohnClimber wrote:
Thu Dec 19, 2019 12:48 pm
Exped, Schnozzel

https://georgefisher.co.uk/collections/ ... l-pump-bag
Great bit of kit, I use mine on my Exped mat and my Thermarest Uberlite.
by The Cumbrian
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The bikepackers map of mid-Wales.
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: The bikepackers map of mid-Wales.

That sounds exactly like the Welsh that I heard from the local lads when I worked at Trawsfynydd. Before that I hadn't realised that the Welsh language was 60% English swear words. They used them beautifully though, very poetic.
by The Cumbrian
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 375
Views: 22419

Re: What you done t' your bike today

Changed the chainring from a 32 to a 28 (which necessitated removing a chain link), fitted some disgustingly green riser bars and fixed an inspirational BBB sticker to them (cheers Stu). I tried it all out on a spin up Latrigg in the snow yesterday, seemed to work well. It turns out that I can't ped...
by The Cumbrian
Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Favourite bike of 'all time'?
Replies: 61
Views: 2180

Re: Favourite bike of 'all time'?

My first mountain bike, a Ridgeback 602LX that I bought when I was 16. I put thousands of miles on it until I bent the frame in a crash on the Mosser fell road. It still got me home though.
by The Cumbrian
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: So, those cheap On-One helmets
Replies: 13
Views: 592

Re: So, those cheap On-One helmets

I've recently bought a (half price in the sales) Troy Lee Designs helmet that fits my oversized nut. If anything it's an even better fit than my 10 year old Giro, in that I can actually use it with the internal padding rather than having to strip it out before it'll fit on my head.
by The Cumbrian
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 7863
Views: 822529

Re: The post man's been ...

A pair of half price Merrell MQM Flex Mid Goretex boots for winter (when it's cold rather than wet). I use Nukeproof Horizon Pro Flat Pedals on my MTB, so these will do nicely over a thick pair of socks.

https://cdn.sportsshoes.com/product/M/M ... 1000_1.jpg
by The Cumbrian
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you doing next year?
Replies: 69
Views: 2512

Re: What you doing next year?

Just getting back into cycling after a 25 year hiatus. My youngest son started mountain biking this year, so I had to buy one to accompany him. Best thing he could have done, I'm having a great time but the lack of fitness is a tragedy. I've got a few routes around Cumbria, North Wales and Cheshire ...