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by gairym
Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: WRT closest railway station?
Replies: 17
Views: 2295

Re: WRT closest railway station?

Ray Young, Did you see this in the 'WRT 2012 - open!' thread??? (link below) http://bearbonesbikepacking.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=474 I'm in, coming down from Scotland for it. Couldn't get any mates interested :( could be the answer to your travel woes??? i realise i may be sticking my nose ...
by gairym
Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: budget sleeping bag - the sequel
Replies: 9
Views: 1004

Re: budget sleeping bag - the sequel

here you go:

http://www.outdoorgear4u.co.uk/category ... g-2011.php

as i've said elsewhere - so far i'm really impressed with this bag!

and.....if anything mine packs a little smaller than stated.
by gairym
Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: luggage/kit weight distribution
Replies: 7
Views: 925

Re: luggage/kit weight distribution

A frame bag can make a really big difference as you can keep quite a bit of weight centred ... which regardless of what I've just said can never be a bad thing that's good to hear as i recently placed my order for a wildcat gear 'leopard' full frame bag. The worst handling I've experienced (besides...
by gairym
Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: luggage/kit weight distribution
Replies: 7
Views: 925

luggage/kit weight distribution

howdy, assuming a 'normal' amount of bikepacking kit (not crazy minimal nor overly burdened) and with the aim of minimising the impact on bike handling - how do you guys distribute the weight of your kit throughout the bike??? it seems that a lot of people carry more on their bars than i had planned...
by gairym
Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 8235
Views: 864366

Re: The post man's been ...

the postman (woman actually) came this morning and delivered to me my shiny new meths stove (hand-crafted by s8tannorm) and silnylon tarp!!! i can't believe how well made or light it is - thanks so much fella! i'll post some pics of it in use when the weather improves a bit (it's -14 today and our w...
by gairym
Sat Feb 04, 2012 1:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: [Geeks Corner] Show me your spreadsheets...
Replies: 41
Views: 6808

Re: [Geeks Corner] Show me your spreadsheets...

holy crap - it's beautiful!

i felt like a nerd when i started a simple spreadsheet to list/organise my kit but now i just feel inferior.

thanks!

now i'm gonna have to break out the excel books and see what i can come up with.....
by gairym
Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Water Filter
Replies: 23
Views: 2082

Re: Water Filter

the website says: "This filter does not remove dissolved solids, including chemicals and heavy metals." in my opinion Giardia ain't all that! in the UK i only ever really worry about industrial and agricultural contaminants (i.e. chemicals and heavy metals). we lived in Malawi for a year running a b...
by gairym
Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: WRT closest railway station?
Replies: 17
Views: 2295

Re: WRT closest railway station?

There's only 2 black badges in circulation yeah.....the one thing i can usually do is keep going (at a snails pace) until i get where i need to go. to date - the furthest i've ridden in one go is 130km and the longest i've ridden in one go is 10 hours. bugger! i'm hoping that my upcoming 'training'...
by gairym
Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: WRT closest railway station?
Replies: 17
Views: 2295

Re: WRT closest railway station?

s8tannorm wrote:You'll be fine, you can ride for 20 hours at race pace ... right? ;)
i can do neither!

hmmmm.....
by gairym
Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3146
Views: 532908

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

maaaaan, why now just after i've bought all my new kit?????

that rab kit looks mighty tempting!
by gairym
Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: WRT closest railway station?
Replies: 17
Views: 2295

Re: WRT closest railway station?

OMG!!! you seen how much train fares are :shock:. Gonna have to persuade a mate with a car that this would be a fun thing to do :twisted: . or.....find someone who's coming from somewhere close-ish to you (i.e. up north) who can give you a lift and then find a cheap(er) train to near them (or enrou...
by gairym
Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cold!
Replies: 5
Views: 845

Re: Cold!

Dyffers wrote:No such thing as bad weather, just the wrong kit.
agreed.

but.....i have very much the wrong kit for -18

that sleeping bag is mental - it's not even that heavy for what it can do (although possibly out of my price-range).
by gairym
Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cold!
Replies: 5
Views: 845

Cold!

here's the weather where we are for the next 10 days:

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i might not be sleeping out much until things warm up a little!
by gairym
Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: PSA: Pipedream pre-order at AlpKit
Replies: 15
Views: 2035

Re: PSA: Pipedream pre-order at AlpKit

Gairym has just bought a Vango Venom 300 for about £60-70, might be worth asking him what he thinks of it. I think it's in the 'guidance on night temperature' thread. i've only spent one night out in it so far and it was toasty warm! the conditions were: - between 0 and 2 degrees the night i tested...
by gairym
Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Anybody fancy the Polaris?
Replies: 14
Views: 1113

Re: Anybody fancy the Polaris?

Sept may not work too well for me, but I'd be up for a PB trip if by chance it falls right I'm back in blighty in late-April/early-May and so if anyone was interested in doing something then (PBW or something/somewhere else) then I'd be well up for a ride with some of you fine folks (I need as many...
by gairym
Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:55 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: Silnylon tarp.
Replies: 11
Views: 3041

Re: FS: Silnylon tarp.

99percentchimp wrote:For the avoidance of doubt I meant as an extension to the groundsheet not as a substitute for Stu's excellent tarp.
it's all good!
by gairym
Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fully-rigid 1x9 69er query
Replies: 8
Views: 1162

Re: Fully-rigid 1x9 69er query

I find using a short cage mech' can make quite a positive difference. dumb question but is there any difference with the mechs other than the actual length of the cage??? i ask as it's sometimes difficult to find an 2nd hand short-cage XT mech but i could buy a used XT mech (long-cage) and then a c...
by gairym
Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fully-rigid 1x9 69er query
Replies: 8
Views: 1162

Re: Fully-rigid 1x9 69er query

thanks guys - lots to think about.

money-wise i'm thinking that i'll convert to 1x9 first and then (once the heat on my recent bike-spending dies down a bit) i'll convert it to a 69er.

should be fun!
by gairym
Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: Silnylon tarp.
Replies: 11
Views: 3041

Re: FS: Silnylon tarp.

s8tannorm wrote:Gairy ... how about £35 ?
done. sent by paypal a few minutes ago.
99percentchimp wrote:a good very light weight alternative is....
cheers for that - i'll take a look.
by gairym
Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:32 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: Silnylon tarp.
Replies: 11
Views: 3041

Re: FS: Silnylon tarp.

ok.....i'll take it! i like the minimalist look of it set-up like that (and it's half the weight of my existing tarp). if i find from testing that i really need more ground-sheet coverage then i can always just pack a little scrap of tarp for my feet - no? so.....how shall we do this? do you have a ...
by gairym
Sun Jan 29, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fully-rigid 1x9 69er query
Replies: 8
Views: 1162

Fully-rigid 1x9 69er query

Evening, I've got (as my 2nd/back-up mountain bike) an On-one Inbred which is currently set-up as a single-speed (using an old rear mech as a chain tensioner). But.....whilst I really enjoyed riding single-speed in the UK i'm now living in the Ardeche mountains and the single-speed is waaaaay too li...
by gairym
Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:18 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: Silnylon tarp.
Replies: 11
Views: 3041

Re: FS: Silnylon tarp.

cheers - just let me know.
by gairym
Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:19 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: Silnylon tarp.
Replies: 11
Views: 3041

Re: FS: Silnylon tarp.

stuart, do you think this tarp would be suitable for me??? it'd need to fit me in it (i'm 6'2"), be able to be supported by nothing but pegs and being strung to/from parts of my bike and, ideally, perform some kind of ground-sheet service. i wasn't going to bother looking for a new tarp but this is ...
by gairym
Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Experience of rigid 69er conversions anyone?
Replies: 34
Views: 2869

Re: Experience of rigid 69er conversions anyone?

i'm hoping you'll excuse my ignorance of all things 29er/69er related but.....could someone list the benefits for me???

i keep seeing and reading about 'em but know nothing about the pros/cons and so any enlightenment would be welcome!

cheers, gairy.
by gairym
Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 8235
Views: 864366

Re: The post man's been ...

cool - what is it?

seriously though - what's it called? who makes it? how much does it weigh? how much is it? etc...