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by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is it an adventure bike....?
Replies: 164
Views: 36671

Re: Is it an adventure bike....?

I hate the way the term Adventure Bike has been exploited to market drop bar versions of what we rode 30 years ago. So here is a different interpretation:

https://www.mbr.co.uk/news/dan-milner-yeti-sb5-381702
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacking shoes are now a market niche!
Replies: 34
Views: 2664

Re: Bikepacking shoes are now a market niche!

I might be searching for the impossible, but here goes... 3 bolt (roadie) shoes for use on the UP. Have been using XC pedals and shoes until now, but will also use this bike for long road rides, Audax, etc, with Look Keo style pedals (Favero power sensors to be precise). So after a compatible shoe t...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Eccentric Bottom Bracket
Replies: 30
Views: 3316

Re: Eccentric Bottom Bracket

Anyway, next step is to try and get the old PF EBB out, then find something that might last a bit longer than this piss-poor Problem Solvers junk; any recommendations? We designed a PF EBB which we have made for us by Rideworks. You'll find bearing wear is much better than the PS one as the ground ...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Super light gravel bike
Replies: 41
Views: 4619

Re: Super light gravel bike

Managed to build my Open UP to 6.8kg, although that is with 30mm tyres. probably a good Kilo more now I have bigger tyres, and some comfort luxuries like gel bar pads, aero bars, etc. Love a light ride, but need to work hard to stop the winter insulation from piling on, especially now I am injured...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 1054

Re: Travel Insurance

Thanks guys - DogTag it is then.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Eccentric Bottom Bracket
Replies: 30
Views: 3316

Re: Eccentric Bottom Bracket

What industry lunatic thought it was a good idea to replace a perfectly good threaded BB with something that requires you to take a hammer to your frame? I'd like to take a hammer to that b******s genitals/fingers/head!!! Followed up by power tools... Yes, I am a bit miffed.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Travel Insurance
Replies: 11
Views: 1054

Re: Travel Insurance

Have been with BMC Insurance for years; had to claim once (big med bills in Canada, 2009), and they sorted everything without too much fuss. However, the policy costs have steadily increased every year, way beyond inflation, and this years hike is totally taking the piss. Had a look at DogTag, and t...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel bike gearing
Replies: 46
Views: 4632

Re: Gravel bike gearing

my gravel bike reminds me what mountain biking was like when i want much younger. Definitely simpler times, being older than God (according to my Son) my first MTB was a Diamond Back Assent. No suspension,vee brakes and panracer smokes/darts. We used to run 1.9s in the back to cut through the Kent ...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Eccentric Bottom Bracket
Replies: 30
Views: 3316

Re: Eccentric Bottom Bracket

Bob - Did you sort out the problems with your EBB? Earlier this year I had some problems with my cranks (Shimano XT) coming loose on the Rohloff bike, which turns out to be a problem with the Problem Solvers Eccentric 46 BB, which appears to have mostly seized and disintegrated...! Quite bizarre as ...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacking Spain
Replies: 25
Views: 1980

Re: Bikepacking Spain

i also find the older i get the less i need a character building ride Precisely! I just don't understand those who claim to prefer suffering in rotten weather; why not just put some broken glass in your shorts for extra macho hard-nut points? I've had some glorious days riding in the upland regions...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacking Spain
Replies: 25
Views: 1980

Re: Bikepacking Spain

Sign me up, Duncan!

At this time of the year I do wonder how bikepacking ever got any traction in the UK...!
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel bike gearing
Replies: 46
Views: 4632

Re: Gravel bike gearing

Read all about it - gravel bike wins XC MTB race (on buff trails):

https://www.velonews.com/2018/11/news/t ... ike_481072

Not strictly about gearing, although it is mentioned.

Love my Open U.P.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacking Spain
Replies: 25
Views: 1980

Bikepacking Spain

Interesting article on Cyclingtips: https://cyclingtips.com/2018/11/last-good-country-left-hemingways-spain-by-bike/ Stu will appreciate the camp fire on day 5 bivi, but far less vegan beard wax, etc than you might expect. Sadly it does lack detail on the specifics of the route, substituting pseudo-...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: 1m long carbon pole - 11g
Replies: 61
Views: 10011

Re: 1m long carbon pole - 11g

My MLD Bivi bag came with a bit of removable 'garden wire' that supposedly provides some structure to keep the bag off the face, combined with a tie that holds it all up (if under a bivi or suitable trees). Never used it as it looked a bit crap! Maybe this pole would work, but I think 1 metre would ...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Next question
Replies: 20
Views: 1996

Re: Next question

I guess I am missing the point but the high cost and low mileages quoted for the high end 1x systems makes me think that Rohloff looks like good value for money. In the long run, it might be, but it is so heavy and draggy and the delicate shifting (my experience)... much prefer my Eagle set-up, eve...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel bike gearing
Replies: 46
Views: 4632

Re: Gravel bike gearing

Sram Force 1x with a 10-42 Cassette. Either 36 or 38 oval chainring, depending on the ride / load, wheels / tyres / etc. I'm riding the rougher end of the gravel spectrum, and I'm not bothered about going super fast on tarmac. I reckon 40/11 top gear letsme pedal up to about 30mph (downhill, with a ...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Front end dilemma...
Replies: 7
Views: 827

Re: Front end dilemma...

Sounds like you need a Lauf, but not sure you'd pick up a second-hand one for £200, unless it was abused! Like yourself, I can't be arsed with the discomfort of long day off-road on rigid, with anything less than 2.8" tyres. Did the TNR on my rigid road+ / gravel bike (apparently there is a differen...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hydrophobic Down - Any Disadvantages?
Replies: 11
Views: 1443

Re: Hydrophobic Down - Any Disadvantages?

Top Down manufacturers Arcteryx and PHD don't use hydrophobic down.

I can't remember the full explanation, but I think some of it was based upon a lack of evidence of long term durability.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Talk me into doing the Italy Divide!
Replies: 5
Views: 704

Re: Talk me into doing the Italy Divide!

Chicken Legs wrote:I rode it last year and it was a fantastic route
Based on the 2018 route, what bike / tyres would you recommend?
I've heard a hardtail with fast rolling rubber is a good option... But I suppose in April the weather could be quite 'dynamic', which might dictate tyres.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Talk me into doing the Italy Divide!
Replies: 5
Views: 704

Re: Talk me into doing the Italy Divide!

I am tempted, for similar reasons (pizza & gelato, high on my priorities!), but unsure what the 2019 route is. Website doesn't have a map up yet, previous years have started in Rome, but the route description mentions Naples, clearly a long way further south, so maybe an extended route this time?
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Portugal Divide
Replies: 13
Views: 1699

Re: Portugal Divide

Just checked - my routes are private by default, so I deliberately changed that so it could be accessed. Don't know why it is not working! Quite a big change when going from 'bike tour' to 'mtb' auto-routing; like the idea of mixing up road with off-road sections, but as I was planning on taking the...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Portugal Divide
Replies: 13
Views: 1699

Re: Portugal Divide

Anybody have a crack at this recently? Really tempted to do it next year, maybe with the Grand Depart in June; long days, and good weather almost guaranteed... Plotted a route on Komoot, and it came out as 1,131km, with 17,000m vertical, mostly on minor roads, I think! Komoot refuses to let my route...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Handlebars App
Replies: 2
Views: 497

Handlebars App

This might prove useful or perhaps just vaguely interesting:

http://whatbars.com/
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New DW Fork
Replies: 17
Views: 1128

New DW Fork

Interesting evolution of the suspension fork. https://singletrackworld.com/2018/10/reinventing-suspension-we-ride-the-new-trust-performance-message-fork/ I suspect it will be of little interest to the BP crowd, and even the Enduro lot may be put off by the huge cost combined with equally large mass....
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Expensive hipster bivvy gear
Replies: 55
Views: 6880

Re: Expensive hipster bivvy gear

It's very interesting to me how they dropped Sky and are now supported an underdog team and are going after an audience not bothered by shiny big budget road racing. I heard that Sky ditched Crikey, how much after they supplied 300 tubs of beard wax instead of chamois cream... :lol: To be clear, I ...