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by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tri-bar curious
Replies: 20
Views: 1297

Re: Tri-bar curious

I have a set of USE Boost Bars but found the rests can slip a bit if used on really bumpy ground. I have the same bars on my gravel bike; super-light, great (when they work) on road, but I wouldn’t use them on trails. Don’t fit them all the time; for example, TNR didn’t have enough flat to make the...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: GB Divide
Replies: 45
Views: 3272

Re: GB Divide

So e good insight from the EF racing team here: https://www.efprocycling.com/gbduro/ And a movie of Lachlan’s ride here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e74xncSCoqw I think the route philosophy is very sound; nothing worse than an event that deliberately uses crappy terrain just for the sake of it.....
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Magnetic usb charging lead
Replies: 8
Views: 794

Re: Magnetic usb charging lead

Recently had this very problem with a Garmin 520+

This looks like an excellent solution - take my money now!
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Campervan mattress
Replies: 14
Views: 1190

Re: Campervan mattress

I found this company very reasonable and will cut to any size http://www.breasley.co.uk/contact.html And they've innovative class leaders: "IN 1992 BREASLEY BECAME THE FIRST COMPANY IN THE UK TO PRODUCE CONVERTED, 3-DIMENSIONAL NOVELTY SPONGES." But are they any good? Found loads of companies willi...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 786
Views: 49374

Re: Tour Divide 2019

Should have clarified my terminology Bikepacking = racing (in the context of my observation) Professional = anybody getting a reward for their participation in the ‘sport’’ (including freebies*). Not a definitive definition, just my opinion, based upon how the IOC used to view the distinction betwee...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 786
Views: 49374

Re: Tour Divide 2019

Just read that bit on the Radavist. Interesting, and if it is true, JP is emerging as the Lance Armstrong of bikepacking (it was never about the drugs). I hope his inappropriate and hypocritical comments are investigated by his sponsors, and, if validated, lead to a termination of their relationshi...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Campervan mattress
Replies: 14
Views: 1190

Re: Campervan mattress

We got a custom cut one for our van as it’s also the chairs when in bed mode. It’s far more comfortable than our bed at home and we both sleep very well on it. If you want I can try to find the supplier’s details for you. It was expensive though, about £300 but worth every penny. Definitely would b...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:44 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Campervan mattress
Replies: 14
Views: 1190

Re: Campervan mattress

Thanks for the steer, Colin. That wouldn’t fit in the van and I’ve used all sorts of similar camp beds in the last none of which Worked for me!
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Campervan mattress
Replies: 14
Views: 1190

Campervan mattress

Sorry to hijack the forum for what is the most tenuous connection to Bikepacking. I struggle to sleep on anything but my super comfortable bed at home. Legacy of back injuries that are not getting any better. The standard cheap mattress in my campervan is not cutting the mustard. I know there are so...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dynaplug users?
Replies: 10
Views: 936

Re: Dynaplug users?

I was aiming for 22psi and they began to eject at around 27 or 28. I don’t understand? Had a bad rear sidewall puncture on last day of Colorado trail, which I sealed with two plugs, but could only run at v.low pressure - I guess 15psi or less on a 2.2 tyre. Amazed that it survived about 50km of mos...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 786
Views: 49374

Re: Tour Divide 2019

Just read that bit on the Radavist. Interesting, and if it is true, JP is emerging as the Lance Armstrong of bikepacking (it was never about the drugs). I hope his inappropriate and hypocritical comments are investigated by his sponsors, and, if validated, lead to a termination of their relationship...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: TransAlp
Replies: 9
Views: 904

Re: TransAlp

Thanks again for more gems. How could I forget to consult Hans Rey; is there anywhere he hasn’t been?! Unfortunately I have spent enough time biving on bike trips to know exactly how it impacts me (spinal injury legacy). I will do it when necessary, but prefer to avoid, particularly when huts are in...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 786
Views: 49374

Re: Tour Divide 2019

I rarely take any interest in the TD, but this year really is unfolding into the most dramatic of events! So sad to hear about the unbelievable issues encountered by some incredible riders, forcing early retirement, but also great to see so many overcoming these ridiculous conditions. Will be very i...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: TransAlp
Replies: 9
Views: 904

Re: TransAlp

Thanks for the feedback. The German books are, unfortunately, no use to me! Whilst I have enjoyed many cycling trips in the French side of the Alps, the little I have done in Italy makes me want to go back there. Gairy - I think you understand the sort of riding I am after - not unlike yourself, I w...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Getting from Durango back to Denver
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Re: Getting from Durango back to Denver

Last year I got a hire car and did a gentle road trip over a week, which was a nice way to finish the trip.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: TransAlp
Replies: 9
Views: 904

TransAlp

Planning a late summer trip in the Alps, probably a point-to-point route. I want to ride as much singletrack with as little hiking as possible. Not really a proper grungy bikepacking trip as I intend to stay in refuges, etc along the way to minimize kit carried and maximize the riding fun on a capab...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal
Replies: 22
Views: 1572

Re: reccomendations. Shorts that look normal

Assos do some great casual style shorts. Not cheap, obviously, but often discounted on the archive part of their website.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel Routes, Mallorca
Replies: 3
Views: 426

Re: Gravel Routes, Mallorca

If it's a gravel event you are looking for:

https://www.torosdegravel.com/

Includes links to some 'warm-up' rides on the island.

I think this is the same route as Duncan's wikiloc link.

Details for this years event are sketchy, but loads of positive feedback on last years ride.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New Route in Central Spain
Replies: 101
Views: 7162

Re: New Route in Central Spain

Sounds like yet another great Spanish ride, and would love to join you all (despite the Gelato famine), but I have work commitments that week, which I doubt I can wriggle out of!

Have fun!
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Jura and Islay
Replies: 11
Views: 1461

Re: Jura and Islay

Great to read about a trip that inspires me to strap kit to the bike and get out in the wilds again, rather than just day tripping from the van or more comfortable accommodation, increasingly becoming my preferred option these days as I become more intolerant of an uncomfortable night lying awake ‘‘...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu May 30, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 514
Views: 35426

Re: Highland Trail 2019

https://twitter.com/Clarionrider/status/1133743846049886209?s=19 Karl had a rucksack on when I took these photos yesterday... He was on top form complaining a bit about elephant legs and planning on putting his feet up for a while to drain them in the bothy. He looked a bit gutted when see later on...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue May 21, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Podsacs saddle bag ?
Replies: 31
Views: 3472

Re: Podsacs saddle bag ?

Anybody tried the bar bag? I need something more durable, and too tight to splash out on the Ortileb bag.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu May 09, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Custom Frame Bag
Replies: 17
Views: 1633

Custom Frame Bag

Who is the go-to supplier of quality custom frame bags now that Wildcat are no longer?

Just got a new FS bike with a very unusual small space that nothing off-the-shelf will fit.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat May 04, 2019 12:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Spanish C2C 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 4288

Re: Spanish C2C 2019

How much confidence do you have in an over-the-horizon forecast like this? Having lived my life by daily forecasts for years, in the U.K. I rarely look more than 3 days in advance.

Still getting excited. I’m in the Lakes for a few days warm-up in not-so-warm conditions!
by ZeroDarkBivi
Thu May 02, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Garmin Killer? New Wahoo content
Replies: 23
Views: 1466

Re: Garmin Killer? New Wahoo content

DC Rainmaker doesn’t think so, and he knows more about these things than anybody:

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2019/05/wah ... eview.html