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by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bike packing somewhere warmish in December – Any ideas ?
Replies: 38
Views: 2935

Re: Bike packing somewhere warmish in December – Any ideas ?

Similar situation; taking a month off between jobs and unsure whether to go skiing or cycling, or a bit of both. Was planning a bit of a cross-Thailand ride, but flights are still a bit pricey. Another trip to Morocco or Oman would also be appealing.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: K-Lite Dynamo light and chargers SOLD
Replies: 3
Views: 524

Re: K-Lite Dynamo light and chargers

Does the light come with all the parts (dynamo connections) to operate it?

Presumably the Igaro D1 just for USB charging (like a Sinewave), and isn't needed to operate the light?
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Moors One Hundred
Replies: 98
Views: 9357

Re: Moors One Hundred

Sounds like cracking value - definitely keen, if I can work round other commitments.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Quilts: toebox or not?
Replies: 22
Views: 1680

Re: Quilts: toebox or not?

Got a very light synthetic quilt from EE. It's OK, but once customs and DHL have shafted you, it ain't great value. Glad I went for the footbox, but, tbh, whilst a bit more flexible in warm, humid conditions, I still prefer a sleeping bag for cooler conditions.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: How to have a fire & leave no trace
Replies: 9
Views: 1010

Re: How to have a fire & leave no trace

That cake is brilliant!
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: How Much !
Replies: 81
Views: 5950

Re: How Much !

Have to say I empathise with the anti-'road racing' lobby, especially ultra-long events that will inevitably lead to deep fatigue. Sure, everybody should have the freedom to decide for themselves what level of personal risk they accept, but it is selfish and unreasonable to impose that risk on other...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Food Supplements
Replies: 27
Views: 1279

Re: Food Supplements

OK, having started this debate by mentioning the SiS sale on the Bargain Alert thread, I probably ought to put some context on my remarks. Of course I don't disagree that a balanced diet with lots of fresh veg, etc, is the best option for general nutrition, and processed sub standard should be avoid...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2695
Views: 464073

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Good time to stock-up on SiS nutrition with 50% off plus some bonus freebies thrown in. Hoping the immune hydration tablets will keep me cold-free this winter!
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:08 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Super light gravel bike
Replies: 41
Views: 3858

Re: Super light gravel bike

The SRAM Force looks like a lot of bike for the money, although, looking at the phots, I can’t help thinking they have cocked-up the bottle cage positions - looks like you could not have 2 bottles in simultaneously, unless my eyes have been deceived... Always worry a bit when ‘cheap’ frames claim hi...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Spanish C2C Final Recce
Replies: 17
Views: 1689

Re: Spanish C2C Final Recce

This trip sounds better with every iteration; very keen to do it next year, if I am not on the ‘standby’ team at work. Won’t know for sure until late February...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Proper hipster!
Replies: 20
Views: 1291

Re: Proper hipster!

Waxed cotton is the hipster's nylon. It saves the world from micro plastic. That's enough advantage. It's a bit late for me to start worrying about the amount of plastic in my cycling kit - would be like going Vegan 'cause it's fashionable, knowing I will still have the occasional bacon buttie and ...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Anyone tried this option
Replies: 15
Views: 1048

Re: Anyone tried this option

Not tried, but I suspect it is feasible, in theory, however... I’m not a huge fan of dynamos, but for on-road riding they provide a reasonable option, with reliability caveats. I would always take a head torch to supplement if intending to ride off-road. So that’s another thing needing charged. If y...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Proper hipster!
Replies: 20
Views: 1291

Re: Proper hipster!

What advantage do these have over the normal bags?
Weight / Durability / Waterproofing...?
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Serious Assault
Replies: 29
Views: 2202

Re: Serious Assault

That VeloViewer has a lot to answer for! Hope you are OK. The system will not deliver justice, and karma doesn’t happen on it’s own... there is no such thing as an accident, someone is always to blame Sorry, that's bollox and just a reflection of the society we live in. I think we need to be a littl...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dynamo lights
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Re: Dynamo lights

I have the same set up as Ian. It's spot on except in one aspect. At low speed off road, climbing or pushing or simply slow muddy stuff the light output is too low for me. Sounds like every dynamo light I’ve ever calms across! Always have a helmet light to provide extra light, and redundancy for wh...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is it an adventure bike....?
Replies: 164
Views: 34982

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: 2119

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: 2914

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: 3858

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: 804

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: 2914

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: 804

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: 3805

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: 2914

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: 1672

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...