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by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacking Spain
Replies: 25
Views: 1672

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: 3805

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: 1672

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: 7580

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: 1713

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: 3805

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: 605

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: 1191

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: 532

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: 532

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: 1517

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: 1517

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: 411

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: 912

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: 6038

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 Expensive hipster brand after they supplied 300 tubs of beard wax instead of chamois cream... :lol: To be cl...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Expensive hipster bivvy gear
Replies: 55
Views: 6038

Re: Expensive hipster bivvy gear

Why buy outdoor gear from experienced experts like PHD, Rab, ME, etc, when you can buy it from a fashion brand and get some stripes that match your jersey? Might take a look if they turn up in the 'archive clubhouse' (Raphy-speak for outlet store) for half-price, but for now I'll stick with companie...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Heading out of Tyndrum this Thursday............
Replies: 8
Views: 999

Re: Heading out of Tyndrum this Thursday............

Not too late to head south instead - looking bright down here at the weekend!
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: TINAT 2019 | 15th - 16th June
Replies: 3
Views: 522

Re: TINAT 2019 | 15th - 16th June

Unfinished business on the 400 after last year's light failure forcing an early retirement... Audax rules / points system / etc appear to be the most complicated thing in cycling, so I'm not even going to pretend I understood anything on the web page. I suppose endurance cycling is not a very cerebr...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Garmin RAM mounts worth the extra £sass
Replies: 10
Views: 1009

Re: Garmin RAM mounts worth the extra £sass

That Ram thing looks ridiculous - could not put anything so clunky on my bike!

Fortunately no need as the standard Garmin Etrex mount works fine, although i much prefer the twist mounts on the Edge series devices.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: levarg goes main stream
Replies: 10
Views: 1271

Re: levarg goes main stream

Agreed; lightweight suspension is good for longer off-road tours (which basically means Lauf), but dropper - negative! If that’s needed then it is MTB terrain.
by ZeroDarkBivi
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Unusual place on the Spanish C2C route
Replies: 9
Views: 1013

Re: Unusual place on the Spanish C2C route

Good news on the licence. Starting a new job in January, so not sure how the holiday situation is going to work yet. Definitely keen for some more Iberian adventure!
by ZeroDarkBivi
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Unusual place on the Spanish C2C route
Replies: 9
Views: 1013

Re: Unusual place on the Spanish C2C route

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - great name fo ran epic BP trip.

Got a date pencilled in for next years C2C yet?
by ZeroDarkBivi
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Romagna Bike Trail 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 740

Re: Romagna Bike Trail 2019

Route map?
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Pro roadies do bikepacking
Replies: 32
Views: 2751

Re: Pro roadies do bikepacking

“The biggest advantage they have over most/all BP racers is they don't also have jobs so can train full time.“ To some extent, but the real differences are genetics; physiology and psychology. Many of the big name racers are already living cycling lifestyles. I expect this is not going to see pros d...
by ZeroDarkBivi
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD - speedplay cleats
Replies: 7
Views: 738

Re: WTD - speedplay cleats

Yes, but they will only work with Gen 1 Zeros.

Not sure how to tell the difference precisely, but if you send me a phot of your pedals I can see if they look more like the old or new version!