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by josh
Fri Mar 15, 2024 7:53 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What are you reading now?
Replies: 404
Views: 44450

Re: What are you reading now?

Boab wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 11:58 am Suddenly remembered, Coffee First, Then the World by Jenny Graham is out on paperback today...
I’ve recently had it arrive from bookshop.org – I preordered it ages ago.

I’m only a little way in, but a well narrated story so far.
by josh
Sat Feb 24, 2024 4:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hot 1: hat 0 - what lightweight oven mitt?
Replies: 33
Views: 821

Re: Hot 1: hat 0 - what lightweight oven mitt?

Used the pot I’d added heat shrink tubing to today. Didn’t burn my fingers so I guess I’d call it a success so far. I use an MSR Pocket Rocket so don’t have as much of an issue with errant flames melting the tubing.

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by josh
Mon Feb 12, 2024 9:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hot 1: hat 0 - what lightweight oven mitt?
Replies: 33
Views: 821

Re: Hot 1: hat 0 - what lightweight oven mitt?

How do you get the tube onto the handles? Depends on the mug / pot but often they can be compressed just enough so they can be sprung free from the retainers they locate in. I’ve just done this exact thing with the handles on an Alpkit Ti pot. Pulled them out of their ‘sockets’ by hand and pushed s...
by josh
Tue Jan 02, 2024 3:36 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2023.
Replies: 1037
Views: 197090

Re: Bivvy a month 2023.

23:59 was, without exaggeration, the time I ended up shimmying into my bivvy bag on New Year’s Eve. It wasn’t meant to be this way, but a serious case of procrastination, followed by an even more serious, and nearly fatal, case of dithering led to me cutting things very close. I had originally plann...
by josh
Mon Dec 11, 2023 2:39 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Global Bike Day (As I dont have a fat bike) Short Video
Replies: 11
Views: 746

Re: Global Bike Day (As I dont have a fat bike) Short Video

Watched this last night. I've seen a couple of your videos before, but it took me a while to put two and two together and work out who you were.

Very enjoyable. I have now subscribed (I thought I was already).
by josh
Fri Dec 01, 2023 3:05 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2023.
Replies: 1037
Views: 197090

Re: Bivvy a month 2023.

This month's BAM was neither when, or where it was originally planned to be. As it was, I left home after work, in the dark, with the temperature already down to a solid 0ºC. I rode at a much slower pace than normal, to stop me getting too warm from pedaling while simultaneously getting cold from th...
by josh
Wed Nov 15, 2023 8:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Are you analogue?
Replies: 42
Views: 21798

Re: Are you analogue?

Given my age (32) and my job (web development) I would say I am unusually ‘analogue’. He says, typing this on his phone and wearing a smartwatch. I think peak analogue/manual was intentionally buying a second hand push mower and having to take it apart and sharpen the blade, instead of an electric o...
by josh
Mon Nov 13, 2023 7:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2023
Replies: 588
Views: 75997

Re: BB200 2023

We're hoping that making next year 'invitational' should provide a degree of control over who rides. I’m curious to see what form this takes as I’ve been planning to enter next year. I support any reasonable attempt to prevent people getting themselves (and potentially others) into trouble when the...
by josh
Tue Nov 07, 2023 8:19 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: To Elan Back (No, not that one.)
Replies: 25
Views: 12767

Re: To Elan Back (No, not that one.)

Wasn’t expecting to sit and read all of that. Sounds like a nice trip and well told – I enjoyed reading.
by josh
Tue Oct 31, 2023 9:06 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2023.
Replies: 1037
Views: 197090

Re: Bivvy a month 2023.

The 'there, technically I rode my bike and slept outside' edition. Enthusiasm to wild camp was at an all time low this month. I’d put it off with various, genuine and imagined, excuses a couple of times already. In the end I went to a new spot, about as close as I could get to my house without being...
by josh
Tue Oct 31, 2023 9:04 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2023.
Replies: 1037
Views: 197090

Re: Bivvy a month 2023.

gecko76 wrote: Sat Oct 28, 2023 9:12 pm crawled into a hole in the river bank.
I'm not particularly bothered by spiders, or small spaces, but that's a no from me!
by josh
Fri Oct 06, 2023 6:58 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Newbie bikepacking tent advice
Replies: 17
Views: 2252

Re: Newbie bikepacking tent advice

The Durston X-mids do look very good but quite ££ once you factor in shipping, customs duties, VAT etc. Yes, I’m very happy with my x-mid so far, but I wouldn’t say it was a ‘beginners’ tent. If you’re buying in the US, the price seems very good value. But as Jack says, once you actually get that t...
by josh
Wed Sep 27, 2023 2:10 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2023.
Replies: 1037
Views: 197090

Re: Bivvy a month 2023.

Another all tarmac (except for when I got into Bedgebury Forest) BAM this month, last Saturday. 30km-ish each way. I decided not to bother taking cooking stuff with me, to try and get more used to the idea of not necessarily having a hot 'dinner' and instead just finding and eating anything with suf...
by josh
Sat Aug 19, 2023 6:03 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD: 2.5 Jones Bar + Sonder Confucius FS
Replies: 3
Views: 469

Re: WTD: 2.5 Jones Bar + Sonder Confucius FS

samwise wrote: Sat Aug 19, 2023 9:35 am Alpkit/Sonder Confucius Bar if anyone is interested.
Yes – this might be the solution to my light mounting issue. £25?
by josh
Sat Aug 12, 2023 1:22 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2023.
Replies: 1037
Views: 197090

Re: Bivvy a month 2023.

Also nice tent, x-mid? Apart from a peg pulling out and the tent collapsing on me at 1am one night, yes. I put that down to exceptionally wet ground, only using the four corner stakes and one ridge guyline, on what turned out to be the opposite side from the unexpected wind. Otherwise, I’m very hap...
by josh
Thu Aug 10, 2023 9:17 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Brother Cycles’ Big ‘Un – 21st October 2023
Replies: 1
Views: 2912

Brother Cycles’ Big ‘Un – 21st October 2023

I’ve booked a ticket for this year’s event, it’s a 100km+ ‘gravel’ ride in Kent.

Anyone else here planning to go?
by josh
Thu Aug 10, 2023 9:02 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2023.
Replies: 1037
Views: 197090

Re: Bivvy a month 2023.

A delayed write up for July (done on the 31st,) and August (on the 3rd)... I recently spent 4.5 days cycling around the Bear Bones Bash route at a comfortable pace. Not quite ready for the BB200 format yet, though maybe with a slimmed down kit (no chair!). I wild camped for 1 night (July BAM ✓), cam...
by josh
Thu Aug 10, 2023 11:07 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD Bivvy Bag
Replies: 16
Views: 1553

Re: WTD Bivvy Bag

I've got a Hunka XL I'd be happy to part with.

I got the XL and after a few uses decided it was too big for me, so got the normal one.
by josh
Wed Jun 28, 2023 1:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What down tube bag…
Replies: 11
Views: 900

Re: What down tube bag…

Also, Tailfin, again, not cheap, but arguably worth it – https://www.tailfin.cc/product/small-packs/downtube-packs/downtube-packs/ And not all of these are downtube packs, but many are – https://bikepacking.com/gear/bikepacking-accessory-bags/ Basically, think of a bikepacking bag brand and they'll ...
by josh
Sun Jun 25, 2023 5:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Route creation - workflow, algorithms and the like
Replies: 29
Views: 1848

Re: Route creation - workflow, algorithms and the like

I tend to use a mix of Komoot and (digital) OS Maps. Komoot to actually plan the route on, OS to check if the paths actually allow bikes (the underlying data Komoot uses doesn’t appear to differentiate very well between different types of PROWs). Then to plan food stops and shops Komoot has limited ...
by josh
Sun Jun 25, 2023 2:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: sleep set up for nights like this ?
Replies: 9
Views: 675

Re: sleep set up for nights like this ?

Slept in a tent in the garden with my 3 year old last night. Started off just in shorts, on top of my sleeping mat. As the night progressed I put on a long sleeve top, then swapped my shorts for trousers and eventually in the early morning got into a lightweight sleeping bag. Starting off in anythin...
by josh
Tue Jun 13, 2023 1:03 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2023.
Replies: 1037
Views: 197090

Re: Bivvy a month 2023.

This month's BAM is in the form of King Alfred's Way, riding King Alfed's Way had been booked in for a while and it was only as it was a few days away that it really dawned on me that it would be a pretty big effort. I had planned to do the route over 5 days, but for no particular reason pushed hard...
by josh
Tue May 23, 2023 8:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Summer baggies
Replies: 24
Views: 4246

Re: Summer baggies

Recently replaced a very old pair of, I think, Fox something, with a pair of Alpkit Floe shorts – which are much lighter than I was expecting m. I’ve been impressed so far, but then the bar was low.
by josh
Tue May 23, 2023 6:18 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2023.
Replies: 1037
Views: 197090

Re: Bivvy a month 2023.

This thread make all areas of the Uk look like a place to visit, even the south This is one of the main things that discovering the idea of and doing BAM has highlighted for me – I don’t need to wait for ‘big’ trips to Wales, or the Lakes etc to have an ‘adventure’, there’s enough woodlands and fie...
by josh
Mon May 22, 2023 3:16 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2023.
Replies: 1037
Views: 197090

Re: Bivvy a month 2023.

This month's BAM was a little different to previous months. I had an outdoor first aid course booked, so instead of driving down in the morning and back afterwards, I combined it with this month's BAM and rode down after work the night before the course. https://joshransley.com/site/images/blog/may-...