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by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Looking for a more breathable bag
Replies: 14
Views: 1069

Re: Looking for a more breathable bag

I used TN Dicovery on last years WRT. No rain (or tarp) but the down bag still got damp and I would only use a bivi on its own now with a synthetic bag.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Jan 07, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 2017 - Expedition bikepacking trip - Do you fancy that?
Replies: 38
Views: 4028

Re: 2017 - Expedition bikepacking trip - Do you fancy that?

Sounds intriguing and definitely gets my interest. Antarctica? Sadly my feet don't cope well with extreme cold these days...!
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Running 2 stem cells
Replies: 29
Views: 2978

Re: Running 2 stem cells

Alpkit (large) was too floppy - completely unstable (even with a bungee used to provide longitudinal tension) and ended up being thrown into my backpack. Topeak was much better until the zip puller detached on the first outing.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: Shimano Ultegra Left Crank Arm
Replies: 3
Views: 497

Re: FS: Shimano Ultegra Left Crank Arm

I'm guessing you bought a Stages PM?
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Scores on the Doors: 2014 Totals
Replies: 26
Views: 2632

Re: Scores on the Doors: 2014 Totals

Just under 500 hours, with far too much of that in front of the TV! Can't imagine I'll find more time this year, but I must get out more...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Jan 05, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Running 2 stem cells
Replies: 29
Views: 2978

Re: Running 2 stem cells

Anybody got a gas tank style bag they're really happy with? I've tried a few, each with different problems - if only Wildcat made some, I'm sure they would be perfect, like my front & rear harnesses are...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sun Jan 04, 2015 6:39 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Val Mora winter trip
Replies: 17
Views: 4773

Re: Val Mora winter trip

what a simply fantastic write-up of this mini-adventure. Glad I'm not the only kit spreadsheet geek...!
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Top Tube Bag
Replies: 1
Views: 233

Top Tube Bag

Can anybody recommend a large capacity top tube bag for carrying trail snacks and other bits that need to be easily accessible? I've tried the Alpkit fuel pod (far to floppy and unstable) and the Topeak fuel tank (better, until the zip puller broke off on the first ride), but need something that act...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu Dec 25, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Next year, I will ....
Replies: 60
Views: 7279

Re: Next year, I will ....

So many things I'd like to achieve, if I can avoid the usual pitfalls, including: - Bivi a month Apr - Wales ITT(?) / Liege-Bastogne-Liege Sportive May - Cairngorm Loop / HTR June - Norway Artic Exped (Road Cycling) / YD 300 Jul - Peak ITT(?) / CTR Aug - Breck Epic / Welsh C2C Sept - tbc Oct - BB200...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bottom bracket and going through water
Replies: 8
Views: 1308

Re: Bottom bracket and going through water

Is it a press-fit BB? Most modern bikes are; fine for road use, but I have had all sorts of problems on both my Cannondale (BB30) and other MTBs with both BB30 and Shimano PF BBs. They might be salvagable if you strip down the BB immediately after it gets exposed to water ingress, dry out the bearin...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sun Dec 14, 2014 11:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: GPS devices
Replies: 44
Views: 4770

Re: GPS devices

I've had loads of Garmin models over the years, and they are good when they work, but have all been quite 'buggy' (esp the Edge 705) and all died earlier than I expected. The Edge 800 has just went into 'diagnostic mode' which I can't escape from, so another one for the bin, I expect. Trouble is, I ...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Dec 13, 2014 10:56 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 29er wheel and tyre choice
Replies: 15
Views: 875

Re: 29er wheel and tyre choice

As its's been a year since the last debate on tyre choice, does anybody have more advice based on recent experiences or new products on the market? I need new 29" rubber for general bikepacking on my HT bike, and specifically focussed on the demands of HTR type events. I always run tubeless to minim...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Dec 05, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: South West Winter Bivi
Replies: 14
Views: 4371

Re: South West Winter Bivi

The general consensus from my MTB buddies is yes, they want to do it, but not that weekend. So, next year it is for me too, when the weather looks promising.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Christmas presents - want vs getting
Replies: 25
Views: 1972

Re: Christmas presents - want vs getting

The Mrs will be getting a few good bikepacking books. I'm sure she will appreciate them, but if not, never mind...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: How do you keep yer bits warm?
Replies: 10
Views: 1150

Re: How do you keep yer bits warm?

HH merino tights for me too, plus silk liner. Don't know how anybody can sleep in cycling shorts - my bum needs plenty of post ride admin to stop it from turning into a massive sore!
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: South West Winter Bivi
Replies: 14
Views: 4371

South West Winter Bivi

Anybody fancy a Devon C2C ride from Plymouth on the 13/14 Dec? Probably follow the EWE route, unless somebody knows a better trail. There are return trains from Barnstaple or Taunton, depending how quick progress is made. Obviously Dartmoor can be pretty wild at that time of year, so will need a rea...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: HTR Cairngorm loop link.
Replies: 9
Views: 1042

Re: HTR Cairngorm loop link.

htrider wrote:For flips sake don't give Alan Goldsmith ideas!
Although you could eliminate the crappy west highland way bit of the current route....
What's wrong with Tyndrum to Kinlochleven? Probably the longest stretch of rideable off-road on the current route.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacking in Norway?
Replies: 20
Views: 3363

Re: Bikepacking in Norway?

Many thanks for the advice. I have heard from a local source that there will probably still be snow in the mountains (or just lots of mud) in June, in the far North area I am looking it, so it looks like a coastal ride, hopefully starting in Nordkap and either terminating at the SE end of the Lofote...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sun Nov 16, 2014 2:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2015 ... yes, already.
Replies: 46
Views: 5130

Re: BB200 2015 ... yes, already.

320 km is a long ride in one bite - what about a BB 300?
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Nov 15, 2014 6:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacking in Norway?
Replies: 20
Views: 3363

Re: Bikepacking in Norway?

Sorry to resurrect this, particularly as the general feeling is that Norway doesn't have much for bikepacking. I am looking at a trip next summer, basing out of Bardufoss (about 80km south of Tromso), so starting within a days drive of there (Nordkap would be great), and either finishing within a da...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Nov 08, 2014 12:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: alfine v cassette
Replies: 18
Views: 771

Re: alfine v cassette

Use the search box - I think there has been lots of comments. My experience is that Alfine 11 is just not robust enough for MTB, and after sending mine back twice under warranty, I got a refund. Everybody I have met who has used one has had a very similar experience!
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide ... thinking out loud.
Replies: 36
Views: 3918

Re: Tour Divide ... thinking out loud.

Reminds me a bit of the one time the KIMM/OMM was abandoned mid-race (I think it was 2008), when exceptionally bad weather hit the Lake District. Fortunately the vast majority of the competitors where sufficiently prepared to deal with it, but accusations where still made (by uninformed observers, m...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: TOGS
Replies: 10
Views: 1070

Re: TOGS

I'd like to try some for sure. Love my Mt Zoom lightweight ally bar ends, but these might be better when using Topeak ergo grips.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu Nov 06, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer Premium headsup
Replies: 12
Views: 799

Re: Veloviewer Premium headsup

Nice graphics, but unless I'm missing something it's just eye candy. When I finally buy a powermeter I'll subscribe to a proper performance analysis tool like Training Peaks, but I don't see much point to this over the free online logs.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Nov 05, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Europe 2015
Replies: 22
Views: 7457

Re: Europe 2015

Thinking about a trip to Northern Norway in June. Does anybody have knowledge of trail routes in the Narvik to Alta area?