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by Bearbonesnorm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Magpies.
Replies: 45
Views: 675

Re: Magpies.

I can see how they can attract the shitehawk tag
It's Kites that were sometimes called that Dave.
by Bearbonesnorm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Scotland 26th April - Bikepacking?
Replies: 12
Views: 174

Re: Scotland 26th April - Bikepacking?

What is snow like on the HT550?
Same as anywhere really - white, cold and sometimes slippery. However, being Scottish means that it's completely free to settle on the floor wherever it likes.
by Bearbonesnorm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:26 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Borah bivy or mesh inner for a Gatewood.
Replies: 13
Views: 189

Re: Borah bivy or mesh inner for a Gatewood.

I'll just add here that when using a lightweight bivvy with netting, I never bother to tie / hang the thing. I simply get in, zip it up and go to sleep. As a side sleeper I rarely notice the netting resting on my head. Next question. Where the hell do I buy a Borah bivy in the post brexit minefield ...
by Bearbonesnorm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Anyone using Salsa carbon forks ?
Replies: 4
Views: 123

Re: Anyone using Salsa carbon forks ?

Really depends on the cage and what's in them Tony. Most have a weight limit but if ever I use cages, I always try to pack the least weight and most bulk in them. You can sometimes have problems catching them on tight trails and I've found they do a reasonable job as acting as a wind brake.
by Bearbonesnorm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Borah bivy or mesh inner for a Gatewood.
Replies: 13
Views: 189

Re: Borah bivy or mesh inner for a Gatewood.

I'd buy a Borah or similar. Very light and roomy.
by Bearbonesnorm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildlife
Replies: 258
Views: 16687

Re: Wildlife

Whilst driving to the vets yesterday afternoon, a Merlin came out of the trees and flew a few feet ahead for 50 yards or so before veering off back into the trees - lovely she was.

.... and yeah, that's a rare Welsh Panda. You can tell because it looks grumpy.
by Bearbonesnorm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 7:00 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildlife
Replies: 258
Views: 16687

Re: Wildlife

I'll just leave this here for a while.

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by Bearbonesnorm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:46 am
Forum: Routes
Topic: Great North Trail vs Pennine Bridleway
Replies: 4
Views: 76

Re: Great North Trail vs Pennine Bridleway

Yes, my understanding is that they're one and the same. The GNT is simply a combination of existing routes.

I think over the course of something that long and especially within the UK, there'll always be a few dull bits (subjective), it's just par for the course.
by Bearbonesnorm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Weekend poll
Replies: 16
Views: 421

Re: Weekend poll

I'm thinking I've obviously missed summat.

EDIT: found it.
by Bearbonesnorm
Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:41 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildlife
Replies: 258
Views: 16687

Re: Wildlife

Was it still alive or was it dead She was very much alive. It's not unusual to hear them calling here but this one seemed very loud (when I was sat indoors). Climbed on the roof the following morning to find her happily sat on a ledge down the chimney. Thought I'd give her a few hours (they often f...
by Bearbonesnorm
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildlife
Replies: 258
Views: 16687

Re: Wildlife

Glad it's in a box Hux and not down the chimney like the one I had last year :wink:
by Bearbonesnorm
Thu Apr 15, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 3/4 length sleeping mats
Replies: 17
Views: 200

Re: 3/4 length sleeping mats

(cos I am not actually that short)
Compared to what?

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by Bearbonesnorm
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 3/4 length sleeping mats
Replies: 17
Views: 200

Re: 3/4 length sleeping mats

I always used 3/4 mats and found that as long as it stopped below my knees, the sudden transition wasn't an issue ... obviously someone taller may have more issue finding something suitable. :wink:
by Bearbonesnorm
Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yet another light 1p shelter thread
Replies: 26
Views: 469

Re: Yet another light 1p shelter thread

What's a peak vent? It's a vent located near or at the top. What about the Lunar Solo or Lanshan 1? Can't speak for the Lanshan but the Lunar Solo is a cracking shelter. For many, it's perhaps near perfect for lightweight duties. Won't be as roomy* as a Mini Peak but considerably lighter. *but room...
by Bearbonesnorm
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildlife
Replies: 258
Views: 16687

Re: Wildlife

I've just watched the first swallows of the year return ... always a good day :-bd
by Bearbonesnorm
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:50 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yet another light 1p shelter thread
Replies: 26
Views: 469

Re: Yet another light 1p shelter thread

This looks similar to the DD Super light pyramid tent?
Does that have any peak vents V?
by Bearbonesnorm
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:14 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Magpies.
Replies: 45
Views: 675

Re: Magpies.

Corvids don't like buzzards and will mob them to drive them away.
They'll mob any large Raptor Bob. I can usually tell where the owl is should he escape due to the noise the other birds are making.
by Bearbonesnorm
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:09 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Yet another light 1p shelter thread
Replies: 26
Views: 469

Re: Yet another light 1p shelter thread

It's true, I would often suggest a Gatewood Cape but in this instance, I reckon you'll find it cramped. Instead, I reckon you'd be well served by a Luxe Mini Peak. They have a separate inner which clips in (not a faff to fit) yet with that in place they still provide loads of room for cooking / stor...
by Bearbonesnorm
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Magpies.
Replies: 45
Views: 675

Re: Magpies.

We have very few here. I don't think they like the buzzards and Kites.
by Bearbonesnorm
Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Wtd: carbon fibre tubing
Replies: 18
Views: 289

Re: Wtd: carbon fibre tubing

I can't believe you haven't got loads of scrap carbon Shaf. :wink:
by Bearbonesnorm
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Steel vs Carbon forks for reducing fatigue
Replies: 28
Views: 548

Re: Steel vs Carbon forks for reducing fatigue

This might sound odd but have you tried giving real thought to simply relaxing more when riding? Rigid tends to make people grip the bars harder and even when you think you aren't, it can take some conscious thinking to make to loosen your grip ... it's also quite counter-intuitive especially on rou...
by Bearbonesnorm
Tue Apr 13, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: When did tents become boring?
Replies: 12
Views: 390

Re: When did tents become boring?

Isn’t it just the way of things? It’s the same as cars and bicycles. There’s a period of experimentation before everyone discovers the same basic designs are ‘best’.
That might be it. Maybe we've all lived through the golden age of tent design and are now seeing the results :wink:
by Bearbonesnorm
Mon Apr 12, 2021 6:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Saddle bag suggestions for bike with limited saddle to wheel clearance please
Replies: 5
Views: 136

Re: Saddle bag suggestions for bike with limited saddle to wheel clearance please

What saddle bags would people suggest for limited clearance?
A little one.
by Bearbonesnorm
Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Steel vs Carbon forks for reducing fatigue
Replies: 28
Views: 548

Re: Steel vs Carbon forks for reducing fatigue

Travers Prong is one of the nicest riding carbon forks I've ridden.
by Bearbonesnorm
Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: multi day trip. self sufficient or local services ?
Replies: 10
Views: 400

Re: multi day trip. self sufficient or local services ?

Maybe 50/50 Tony. Take a small stove and a mug and at least you'll not be stuck for a brew.