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by gairym
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fatfighters 2019 Weigh-in Thread
Replies: 460
Views: 24867

Re: Fatfighters 2019 Weigh-in Thread

Morning all, I've not weighed myself this week for a very good reason..... My back has once again given up the ghost and so there's no way I could reach the scales in order to see what's what. I've been really happy recently with (almost) zero drinking, eating well and lots of exercise. And then I w...
by gairym
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dehydrated/ firepot meals.
Replies: 16
Views: 866

Re: Dehydrated/ firepot meals.

I had my first try of the Decathlon dried meals a couple of nights ago.

Went for the Chicken Curry and Rice and it wasn't half bad.

I've got a Beef and Mash Potatoes one to try next which I'm much less convinced will be a success.

But a fiver each so not as spendy as many others on the market.
by gairym
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: GB Divide
Replies: 45
Views: 2750

Re: GB Divide

sean_iow wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:01 pm
You know the group start will be a race :wink:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Yes, I am aware that some may treat it that way. :???:
sean_iow wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 3:01 pm
I couldn't see a link to the gpx?
You can download the .gpx direct from the bikepacking.com article here:

https://bikepacking.com/routes/gb-divide/
by gairym
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: GB Divide
Replies: 45
Views: 2750

GB Divide

I know I've seen/read chatter on here about this possible route/event but I didn't know it was now a real actual thing..... https://www.gbdivide.net The ethos seems reasonable enough. Goes further than most with regards to burying crap and not sleeping inside etc... so there'll be fewer complaints f...
by gairym
Mon Jul 15, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What does your perfect event look like?
Replies: 110
Views: 4798

Re: What does your perfect event look like?

How's about Stu trawls through all of the above and creates a weekend event/thing but doesn't reveal the format/distance/anything in advance and everyone has to turn up and do whatever the hell his twisted mind has dreamt up??? Could be exactly something that's already been mentioned, could be somet...
by gairym
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Prescription Glasses
Replies: 14
Views: 758

Re: Prescription Glasses

I'm in the same boat Dave, currently on year four with the scratches now approaching dangerous levels. I hate sunglasses in general and so stick with what I know (the Oakley's fit well and last longer than most other offerings). But cheap they are not! Be interested to hear if any other workable opt...
by gairym
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: I'm a loser baby, so.....
Replies: 21
Views: 1312

Re: I'm a loser baby, so.....

So.....my new Brooks 'B17 Imperial narrow' leather saddle is in the post and will be finishing off the look of my shiny new bike any day now..... Thanks for the saddle input everyone, much appreciated. Here's a link to a little blog post I did as an initial review of my new love. She's (she? weird a...
by gairym
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:56 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fatfighters 2019 Weigh-in Thread
Replies: 460
Views: 24867

Re: Fatfighters 2019 Weigh-in Thread

Morning!!! I managed to totally forget to weigh-in last Friday but I'm guessing I was up as I'd had a scheduled break in my new healthy regime as three of my oldest and bestest friends had been out for a long weekend the weekend before and so much excess was partaken in etc... But since then I've be...
by gairym
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: OR 'Nighthaven' - MYO bathtub question
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: OR 'Nighthaven' - MYO bathtub question

Thanks both, I appreciate the assist.

I'll most likely get some of that material and give it a whirl.....

As it's only 1.5m wide I'll need to join two pieces together, any ideas how ones goes about doing that?

Some kind of chemical weld? Overlapping, stitching and seam sealing? Something else?
by gairym
Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: OR 'Nighthaven' - MYO bathtub question
Replies: 4
Views: 337

OR 'Nighthaven' - MYO bathtub question

Afternoon all, So a while back I bought an Outdoor Research 'Nighthaven shelter super cheap which is an inner-less outer (does that class it as a tarptent?) which has insect netting and a partial ground sheet type thing that sits inside the outer to give full weather and bug protection. I then got S...
by gairym
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What does your perfect event look like?
Replies: 110
Views: 4798

Re: What does your perfect event look like?

Hmmm.....the perfect bikepacking event..... You all know me, as long as it's über serious, highly competitive and heavy on the strict rules I'll be happy :-bd Ok, possibly not so much. To be honest the thing I've enjoyed most about certain bikepacking events in the past is the banter and shared expe...
by gairym
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Charge Spoon Ti query
Replies: 14
Views: 831

Re: Charge Spoon Ti query

I was a Spoon man for years but, as with yourself, once rides go above about 6 hours or so they stop being comfy and start being hurty. Since then I've played with more than a few saddles and I've settled on the Cambium C15 (cutout) which I'm very pleased with. I still feel as though the perfect sad...
by gairym
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?
Replies: 48
Views: 1868

Re: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?

ScotRoutes wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:20 pm
gairym wrote:
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:12 pm
I suppose I'll just have to be extra careful which events I enter in the future as I wouldn't want to accidentally end up in a race :lol:
It would appear it's not that simple. Some folk will turn it into a race regardless. :lol:
:-bd
by gairym
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?
Replies: 48
Views: 1868

Re: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?

So it would seem that it's mostly my problem with a few others agreeing in part with aspects of what I have a problem with :-bd It's ok, I can take it. I suppose I'll just have to be extra careful which events I enter in the future as I wouldn't want to accidentally end up in a race :lol: In the mea...
by gairym
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The Letter of the Law
Replies: 74
Views: 2800

Re: The Letter of the Law

chris n wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:51 pm
The problem as I see it is caused by people that insist on racing each other. If you all just went for a bike ride rather than getting competitive none of this would be a problem. :-bd
:-bd :-bd :-bd
by gairym
Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?
Replies: 48
Views: 1868

Re: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?

I'm not sure the racers are taking over though. I think there is a need for the adherents of SS ethics like Sean to be able to be vocal in their take on SS, as that's largely how the ethics are upheld. Word of mouth and examples, test cases etc. So it may seem like a take-over as there's a lot to b...
by gairym
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?
Replies: 48
Views: 1868

Re: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?

The events on the Self Supported website are all races? The site lists the rules for racing and I assume that people who submit a route to it for inclusion do so as they want people to ride them as fast as they can and post a time But that's just someone who's added them to their website, no? If I ...
by gairym
Tue Jul 09, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?
Replies: 48
Views: 1868

Re: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?

The Cairngorms loop thingy sounds great. Maybe we're just at a point where events will split into one of the two categories but until now I assumed both factions were equally represented and so am resistant to the increasingly serious racing mindset that seems to be taking over. I'm all for more eve...
by gairym
Tue Jul 09, 2019 7:53 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?
Replies: 48
Views: 1868

Re: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?

The Tour Divide is a 'challenge' against oneself as clearly stated on the website the same website that states the winner for each of these yearly challenges ? Clearly some riders are riding to win - its not really an unsupported sportive is it? Fair enough, they do indeed list the fastest times. I...
by gairym
Mon Jul 08, 2019 5:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?
Replies: 48
Views: 1868

Re: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?

the grand depart is a race and if you enter a race you try to do it as fast as you can . If not just ride it whenever you want That's exactly my point. It's not. The Tour Divide is a 'challenge' against oneself as clearly stated on the website. The Highland Trail 550 is still not a race but Alan ha...
by gairym
Mon Jul 08, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?
Replies: 48
Views: 1868

Why are Grand Departs only for racers....?

The idea seems to come up fairly frequently(ish) on here that the grand depart / mass start of any given bikepacking event is for those who are 'racing' and that those who plan to 'tour' (not happy with that wording so maybe let's call it more 'not racing') should go another time and ITT the route S...
by gairym
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 786
Views: 41497

Re: Tour Divide 2019

technicaly you were beaten by a girl with one gear, not no gears, Surely its Ok to describe a SS as a bike with no gears? I agree she has one gear but she does not have gearS When someone points out my ssp with "there's only one gear!" I like to say I actually have two. Riding and hiking I've alway...
by gairym
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 786
Views: 41497

Re: Tour Divide 2019

Chapeau sweaty Dave (attempted 'sweary' but left typo in for amusement)!

Boggles the mind doing that mileage over that terrain in those conditions for that many days.

Hardcore!
by gairym
Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 786
Views: 41497

Re: Tour Divide 2019

17 miles to go.....

Amazing effort sir!
by gairym
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: I'm a loser baby, so.....
Replies: 21
Views: 1312

Re: I'm a loser baby, so.....

Good on you for admitting you're after a certain look (which includes functionality you're comfy with). :-bd Thanks Gian! The look is something that really got my attention in a way that a bike normally doesn't BUT the only reason for the purchase is that it's the exact bike I was looking for.........