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by gairym
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?
Replies: 34
Views: 1045

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

ZeroDarkBivi wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:15 pm
Anybody else concerned that the dreaded Coronavirus might impact these events?
No, it'll be completely everywhere by then so there'll likely be no point restricting movement :-bd

The horse has bolted as far as I can see and the rest is a PR exercise.
by gairym
Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do you own an unsuitable bike?
Replies: 82
Views: 1230

Re: Do you own an unsuitable bike?

A Raleigh Chopper would be utterly awful for bikepacking if anyone has one, glad I tried out a mate 's refurbished MK II a few years ago as put me right off buying one I owned a few that I was renovating waaay back when and they are definitely a great example of form over function - look great fun,...
by gairym
Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:21 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 170
Views: 6386

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Great post Ben, interesting parallel between braving the weather/public scrutiny and deciding f*@k it and heading/coming out anyway despite the risks - chapeau on both counts!
by gairym
Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bloody ‘ell ,,, Boonerang Bike !!!
Replies: 3
Views: 198

Re: Bloody ‘ell ,,, Boonerang Bike !!!

Result!!!
by gairym
Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fatfighters 2020
Replies: 28
Views: 621

Re: Fatfighters 2020

Right then, let's 'ave it!!! Here are some numbers: Beginning of year - ~118kg 12-02-20 - 117kg 21-02-20 - 116.1kg Goal is initially 100kg (but I'd love to get down to 95kg and be able to ride a bike at pace again). Route to weight loss: - Day-to-day LCHF but without militancy or any real programme ...
by gairym
Thu Feb 20, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5074

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

Great riding by Andy - solid performance on what looks like a doozy of a route!*

(*at some point if nobody else suggests it first I'll probably suggest a BB non-competitive group start if folk are interested but I need to get my back functioning again first :-bd )
by gairym
Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5074

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

.....Inhaler is a tricky one though, I'm assuming they're only really available on perscription? If so, that means that the person taking it likely has cause / need to but you can't police how often they decide to take it. Would I start using one in the hope that it would make me faster - no. If yo...
by gairym
Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5074

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

Quick opinion question: Where is the ethical line between (legal, over-the-counter) self-medication that's acceptable and that which isn't??? Arguably, if I enter an event and choose to dose myself up on NSAID's, caffeine tablets and asthma medication then I'm committing no crime nor would I be gain...
by gairym
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5074

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

We've got a winner! :-bd Superhuman effort! 3 days, 21 hours and 14 minutes (going off the trackleaders intel) to cover 1148 mountainous, off-road kms with what looks like (but surely can't be) only 3.5 hours of time not moving :shock: I'm sure I must have calculated that wrong, no? Which is loosely...
by gairym
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:58 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Last call: next Fri 21st, gigpacking, Rezillos, Northampton....
Replies: 11
Views: 290

Re: Last call: next Fri 21st, gigpacking, Rezillos, Northampton....

I worked at the Roadmender for 3 years at the end of the nineties - great venue and fun times! Enjoy the gig and good luck finding a non-sketchy place to get your heads down after :shock: If it were me I think I'd be heading waaaaay out of town (unless you hide in plain sight and bivi on the Racecur...
by gairym
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5074

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

him riding fast for a while and then succumbing to exactly the kind of issue that some folk said ex-pros wouldn't be suited to dealing with arguably reinforces the opinions of those neh-sayers, no??? Anyone can get a saddle sore though? Plenty of proven self-supported racers have pulled out due to ...
by gairym
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ROVANIEMI 300
Replies: 54
Views: 1142

Re: ROVANIEMI 300

Amazing effort in tough conditions - hardcore!!!

Now get yourself a hot bath and a nice mug of cocoa :-bd
by gairym
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5074

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

Looks like Christian Meier has scratched, due to saddle sores. It’s been good have Christian in the race, I’ve seen in plenty of forums in years gone by saying that a pro (or ex pro) roadie wouldn’t be able to hack it in these sort of endurance events (citing no team support, no bottles, no bed eac...
by gairym
Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5074

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

Never say never and all that, but the idea of a race doesn't do it for me. Especially given the terrain and the scenery. I'd want to take twice as long (or more) and just enjoy it 100% this ^^^ Absolutely no desire to flog myself in order to do it as fast as possible but I'd love to ride the route ...
by gairym
Sun Feb 16, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ROVANIEMI 300
Replies: 54
Views: 1142

Re: ROVANIEMI 300

I take it 29x3.0 is no good? Is 26x4 the tyre? Or is even bigger better? Ta My 29+ (3" tyres on 52mm rims) is plenty good enough for ~80% of the snowy/wintry riding I do around here BUT I'd not risk it on something like that (especially in the changeable conditions of recent years). It's right at t...
by gairym
Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fatfighters 2020
Replies: 28
Views: 621

Re: Fatfighters 2020

I'm in! :-bd Was 117kg last Friday and will do another weigh-in as soon as I can muster the strength to lift the scales down from the top shelf. Still out of action for the foreseeable with my back but currently not drinking and watching what I eat so hopeful of a sniff of loss even before I can exe...
by gairym
Thu Feb 13, 2020 5:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Atlas Mountain Race.
Replies: 177
Views: 5074

Re: Atlas Mountain Race.

My Garmin is participating in the event so I'll be there in spirit :-bd

Enjoy everyone!
by gairym
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The hate guide to bikepacking
Replies: 16
Views: 693

Re: The hate guide to bikepacking

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:41 am
Opens a facebook page
Yeah it does that but it's a 'Oop's something went wrong FB page'. I'm sure I'll survive :wink:
Have 'shared' it to you in the facebook, maybe that'll work as it's worth a few minutes looking through...
by gairym
Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The hate guide to bikepacking
Replies: 16
Views: 693

Re: The hate guide to bikepacking

Works for me.

Opens a facebook page so maybe that's a factor???
by gairym
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 650B+ Steel Hardtail - thoughts?
Replies: 16
Views: 646

Re: 650B+ Steel Hardtail - thoughts?

Here's my two cents.....I live in the Alps (so do plenty of long, tech, rocky, switchbacky descending) AND I have a Rooster (3" tyres, rigid) and a Solaris (29er, 2.4" tyres, HT 120mm travel + dropper post) as well as riding with my brother-in-law who (on my recommendation) bought a Solaris Max (B+)...
by gairym
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 27.5 rims for 3” tyres
Replies: 9
Views: 318

Re: 27.5 rims for 3” tyres

Chew wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:37 pm
Also have a look at the Alpkit wheels.
Not the lightest, but mine where cheap as chips and after 2 years of abuse still run true.
I've got some Love Mud wheels (and I'm not exactly a tiny human) and after a few years they're still nice and round too - happy customer.
by gairym
Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?
Replies: 34
Views: 1045

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

And nice one, see you there*!!! :-bd

(*assuming I have a functioning spine by then)
by gairym
Sun Feb 09, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?
Replies: 34
Views: 1045

Re: Tuscany Trail or Veneto Trail?

No idea about leaving bike bags etc... as I've never flown but..... From Pisa to Massa is either an hour or so train ride (bike needs booking on separately at the machine AND it'll be insanely busy with bikepackers but always seems to work itself out in the end).....OR.....a ~50km flat, coastal ride...
by gairym
Sat Feb 08, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hang On, There's ADDERS In Kielder?!
Replies: 27
Views: 627

Re: Hang On, There's ADDERS In Kielder?!

I love these guys! They totally look like a proper poisonous snake. Nice mean looking jaw and 'don't f*CK with me eyes'. Only ever seen one in the UK but seen loads in France. We had one lived by the house in the Ardeche which we'd walk over and show visitors. When we lived in Malawi we had Black an...
by gairym
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2020.
Replies: 170
Views: 6386

Re: Bivvy a month 2020.

Is there a special prize or maybe a alternative badge on offer to biggest BAM loser??? Failure on month one of 2020 - boom! Had lots of plans which almost happened and then either the weather or my back didn't allow anything to actually happen. Tonight was my last chance and whilst changing the BB ...