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by The Cumbrian
Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: CV19 (emergencyBam Rules) Comp
Replies: 11
Views: 121

Re: CV19 (emergencyBam Rules) Comp

redefined_cycles wrote:
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:37 pm
How simple is that??

Winner decided via voting.

Pictures are good but no naked rides please (mtb pants as a minimal :-bd (call that rule x)
Thank you for that rule. I was starting to fear looking at future posts in this thread.
by The Cumbrian
Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2966
Views: 512012

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Chinese version of TOGs: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MTB-Thumb-Rest-Grips-Road-Mountain-Bike-Bicycle-Sports-Universal-Bar-End/303514733839?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=602724969941&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 I haven't tried them, but I've ordered some to compare against the originals that I'v...
by The Cumbrian
Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2966
Views: 512012

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Chinese version of TOGs: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MTB-Thumb-Rest-Grips-Road-Mountain-Bike-Bicycle-Sports-Universal-Bar-End/303514733839?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=602724969941&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 I haven't tried them, but I've ordered some to compare against the originals that I've...
by The Cumbrian
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Quick/easy access bikepacking style luggage
Replies: 22
Views: 762

Re: Quick/easy access bikepacking style luggage

I use one of these for similar reasons, and I'm not organised enough to pack in exactly the same order every time: https://dragonfly-gear.com/product/large-saddlebag/ It's basically a lighter, synthetic version of a Carradice saddle bag. One thing I especially like is that I can fit my cook kit in ...
by The Cumbrian
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Project Virus
Replies: 67
Views: 1329

Re: Project Virus

Working from home (mostly writing commissioning documents), with a catch up visit to the office once a week and to upload things onto the network. I can see the birds on the feeder through the patio doors, and I'll be going out in the garden soon to do some work related reading. Not bad, considering...
by The Cumbrian
Tue Mar 24, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Films to watch while isolating
Replies: 66
Views: 1919

Re: Films to watch while isolating

The Guard - An Irish police sergeant in a sleepy seaside town gets caught up in international drug smuggling. Excellent story and cast. The Way - A father walks the Camino de Santiago after his son dies. Black 47 - A former soldier wreaks revenge for his family in famine-era Ireland. Imagine Rambo w...
by The Cumbrian
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: I did not sleep well that night.
Replies: 21
Views: 1030

Re: I did not sleep well that night.

When I worked in Jordan, one of the local guys had a pet camel spider. He'd tied a piece of string around one of it's legs as a lead and would take it for a walk around site.
by The Cumbrian
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Oldest bit of kit you own - and still use.
Replies: 44
Views: 1064

Re: Oldest bit of kit you own - and still use.

I'm another one with an early 90s POD rucsac. It's had heavy normal use, as well as being dragged up various crags and it still looks pretty new. I also have two early 90s vintage Lowe Alpine Dry-Flo Henley base layer t-shirts, which I wish they would reissue. They're great on the hill and look like...
by The Cumbrian
Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Quick/easy access bikepacking style luggage
Replies: 22
Views: 762

Re: Quick/easy access bikepacking style luggage

I use one of these for similar reasons, and I'm not organised enough to pack in exactly the same order every time: https://dragonfly-gear.com/product/large-saddlebag/ It's basically a lighter, synthetic version of a Carradice saddle bag. One thing I especially like is that I can fit my cook kit in a...
by The Cumbrian
Wed Mar 11, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Helmets.
Replies: 12
Views: 566

Re: Helmets.

I have had trouble finding helmets in the past to fit my oversized noggin. Previously, I used Giro helmets which fit with almost all of the removable inner padding taken out. At the end of last year though, I bought a Troy Lee designs MIPS helmet for half price in the sale, and it's a much better fi...
by The Cumbrian
Wed Mar 04, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The story behind your BB name (and whats your usual form of address)
Replies: 152
Views: 3196

Re: The story behind your BB name (and whats your usual form of address)

The Cumbrian is the name of a rock climb that I aspired to climb many moons ago, but due to a lack of talent and lardiness I never got anywhere near the grade. And I'm from Cumbria.

Cheers, Michael.
by The Cumbrian
Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: A Blast from the Past
Replies: 34
Views: 1770

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: 2966
Views: 512012

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: 676

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: 392

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: 458

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: 1648
Views: 238186

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: 3739

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: 1396

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: 1396

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: 1648
Views: 238186

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: 1648
Views: 238186

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: 852
Views: 97396

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: 820

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: 820

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...