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by gairym
Sat Aug 03, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: strava. yay or nay?
Replies: 61
Views: 2055

Re: strava. yay or nay?

I use Strava for pretty much the same reasons. I want to be able to recall, download, share and re-ride rides that I've done throughout the years and it's a handy way to log everything as well as keep track of the numbers so that I know if I'm loosely riding as much, more or less than in years past ...
by gairym
Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 29er Drop-bar Mountain Bike options
Replies: 30
Views: 1883

Re: 29er Drop-bar Mountain Bike options

I'm a massive fan of my ingenious work around of the whole road kit / mtb kit shifter/mech compatibility minefield. Ready..... https://cdn.shortpixel.ai/spai/w_1014+q_glossy+ret_img+to_webp/https://advntr.cc/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/20190707_105654-1024x768.jpg Boom! If it's the right place for a ...
by gairym
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Slovenia / Croatia intel
Replies: 10
Views: 691

Re: Slovenia / Croatia intel

Evening all (from Slovenia), So things went sideways from the start with me really (REALLY!) suffering with the heat (and other nonsense). But I adapted my plans and re-jigged things so that I've had / am having a bloody lovely time in this stunning part of the world. Riding back up into Italy tomor...
by gairym
Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Where’s your waterproof when it’s not raining?
Replies: 21
Views: 997

Re: Where’s your waterproof when it’s not raining?

I usually plop mine into my frame bag as a space filling exercise. I do that so that it's out of the way but quickly accessible..... .....AND..... .....it allows me to conserve storage potential in case I need additional food/water/something space at some point and I'll then move the waterproof to t...
by gairym
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 29er Drop-bar Mountain Bike options
Replies: 30
Views: 1883

Re: 29er Drop-bar Mountain Bike options

[cough] Velo Orange 'Piolet' [/cough]

Genuinely in love with this bike!

Not sure it comes as a complete bike but (imho) that's a blessing as then you get to choose everything and have a bike that's truly yours (but obviously each to their own etc...)

Just sayin'.....
by gairym
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Saddles; Any Brooks users?
Replies: 23
Views: 1202

Re: Saddles; Any Brooks users?

It was certainly the B17 that I was looking at. A nice one in brown with the matching leather bar tape on a titanium gravel bike. :grin: Like this: https://scontent-mrs2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/67321537_10157838960795656_2845263014368641024_o.jpg?_nc_cat=104&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&_nc_oc=A...
by gairym
Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2867
Views: 491916

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Cheeky Monkey wrote:
Tue Jul 23, 2019 3:41 pm
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Makes me angry just looking at that photo!

No self-respecting skater would ever put their bearings in the sand like that.

:o
by gairym
Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Here goes Nothing!
Replies: 9
Views: 704

Re: Here goes Nothing!

Good effort! :-bd

It's pretty much the only area of bike maintenance that I've yet to dabble with in any depth (spoke replacements and re-tentioning but no full wheel builds).

Be interested too hear how they hold up...
by gairym
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Slovenia / Croatia intel
Replies: 10
Views: 691

Re: Slovenia / Croatia intel

Mike, Will do! Mine is a 3 day/part loop from/to Trieste (Italy) and goes from there to Rijeka (Croatia) and then either heads up to Ljubljana (capital of Slovenia) or across to Novigrad (Croatia) and then back to Trieste. I'm hoping to do the longer Slovenia route but I'm being cautious with my bac...
by gairym
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Slovenia / Croatia intel
Replies: 10
Views: 691

Re: Slovenia / Croatia intel

Thanks dude, I'll give him a shout...
by gairym
Tue Jul 30, 2019 6:00 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Saddles; Any Brooks users?
Replies: 23
Views: 1202

Re: Saddles; Any Brooks users?

I've got a couple of Cambium C17's that I find a bit too wide for my boney little bottom (that can be available cheap for someone to try out :wink: ) For the last few years I've used a couple of C15's which I find perfect for multi-day (and multi-surface) use and I prefer the cutout too (always ride...
by gairym
Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Slovenia / Croatia intel
Replies: 10
Views: 691

Slovenia / Croatia intel

With me starting full-time education again for a whole year in September (and so pretty much no chance of any multi-day trips for a year) I managed to convinced Mrs Gairy that it was only fair and reasonable for me to sneak in a 3 day short break this week while the kids are at summer camp. So.....i...
by gairym
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping mats
Replies: 10
Views: 545

Re: Sleeping mats

gairym wrote:
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:40 pm
Anyone any idea why the 'LW' version is rated so much higher when it's weight seems only to increase in proportion with its larger dimensions???
Ignore the above. A quick look on the Exped website has informed me that it's exactly the same R rating as the others - as you were.....
by gairym
Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping mats
Replies: 10
Views: 545

Re: Sleeping mats

Anyone any idea why the 'LW' version is rated so much higher when it's weight seems only to increase in proportion with its larger dimensions???
by gairym
Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: It is RAINING, Properly...
Replies: 27
Views: 1240

Re: It is RAINING, Properly...

Been switcherooing here between 'so hot your face melts' and 'biblical downpour and end of days thunderstorms'.

Fun stuff unless you want to plan bike rides :-bd
by gairym
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: gypsies.com - the demise & alternatives
Replies: 19
Views: 958

Re: gypsies.com - the demise & alternatives

I do that too unless I'm changing plans on the fly (which happens a lot).
by gairym
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: gypsies.com - the demise & alternatives
Replies: 19
Views: 958

Re: gypsies.com - the demise & alternatives

That's almost but not quite fully true. If you create a route in the browser version of Strava (annoying as often you have to open a link in a new tab to stop it automatically opening the app) then you can export the route to .gpx But only at the time of creation. Once it's a saved route that optio...
by gairym
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: gypsies.com - the demise & alternatives
Replies: 19
Views: 958

Re: gypsies.com - the demise & alternatives

Having said that, Strava's not the best place to store your routes as you can't download the GPX from it onto a mobile. A couple of times I've driven somewhere for a ride then discovered I'd failed/forgotten to upload the GPX file to my Garmin. :roll: With gpsies or ridewithgps you can just downloa...
by gairym
Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Shine Brighton you Crazy Diamond
Replies: 7
Views: 708

Re: Shine Brighton you Crazy Diamond

Really enjoyed that write-up, perfectly captured the highs/lows/silliness of riding a bike all night - chapeau!
by gairym
Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lightweight merino top recommendation?
Replies: 13
Views: 813

Re: Lightweight merino top recommendation?

I mostly agree about bamboo vs merino but am less convinced it's so one-sided. I got a couple of Decathlons finest (nice and cheap) merino short-sleeved t-shirts for Tuscany and they were (and continue to be) great. Totally agree that they're not great with a pack on but on their own I've had no iss...
by gairym
Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacker saves a life
Replies: 8
Views: 742

Bikepacker saves a life

Uses the phrase 'long distance mountain biker' but still.....

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... igh-desert
by gairym
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New 'boo. Underway.
Replies: 54
Views: 4802

Re: New 'boo. Order NOW.

Ordered!

It's from the wife's PayPal account and I annoyingly forgot to change the delivery name but I don't imagine it matters as it'll get to the right house and I'm hoping she'll figure out that it's for me :lol:
by gairym
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: TDF 2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1518

Re: TDF 2019

I've been enjoying the proceedings this year too.

Nice to have things all up in the air and not just seeing the favourite dude do what he was favoured to do for three weeks and then he wins.

I'm happy to be behind any of the contenders for this year's win, they all seem worthy enough.
by gairym
Sat Jul 20, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: GB Divide
Replies: 45
Views: 2750

Re: GB Divide

:lol: :lol: :lol:

I think there's a place in the balanced life for both.

:-bd
by gairym
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Fatfighters 2019 Weigh-in Thread
Replies: 460
Views: 24868

Re: Fatfighters 2019 Weigh-in Thread

Howdy, Thanks for taking the time to share what you've learnt from your experiences - much appreciated! I usually try and stay away from 'the drugs' but the last few times I've let them talk me into a combination of stronger nsaid's and muscle relaxants to get me back to a place of functioning again...