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by boxelder
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Teviothead to Craik?
Replies: 6
Views: 682

Teviothead to Craik?

Is there a decent off road link from Teviothead through to Craik? Lots of dead end/nearly linked forest roads - sorry, gravel trails.
by boxelder
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: largest 29'' tyre available ?
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Re: largest 29'' tyre available ?

That "one bike only" status is in doubt methinks :wink:

Fat bike, Fat bike, Fat bike.......
by boxelder
Thu Feb 21, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorm loop May 4th 2019
Replies: 100
Views: 7900

Re: Cairngorm loop May 4th 2019

Just back from a few days with the family in Braemar. Today was the warmest February day in Scotland on record apparently. Certainly snow free over Glen Sheered etc. Pedalled up to Derry Lodge. Rivers are fairly low and ground seems reasonably dry. Sure to completely change several times before May,...
by boxelder
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:00 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Head torch recommendations?
Replies: 25
Views: 1742

Re: Head torch recommendations?

Not wishing to hijack the thread, I'm looking for a lightweight head torch with a rear red led. I've got an older Qark from Alpkit, which has a rear red light - steady and flashing. Doesn't take AAA batteries as a back up, but does last a long time on low beam, has a reactive mode (good for map rea...
by boxelder
Sat Feb 16, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Route planning assistance; Southport to Whitehaven
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: Route planning assistance; Southport to Whitehaven

I can send a GPX from Lancaster to W'haven - mostly sustrans with some off road highlights, 88miles.
Can't attach files here, so you'd have to send an email address.
by boxelder
Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: SPOT Tracker Renewal Fees - Being Gouged?
Replies: 246
Views: 26129

Re: SPOT Tracker Renewal Fees - Being Gouged?

Thanks Asposium.
Giving up on my Spot3 as don't use it enough to justify the charges. Shame they don't do monthly.
by boxelder
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: SPOT Tracker Renewal Fees - Being Gouged?
Replies: 246
Views: 26129

Re: SPOT Tracker Renewal Fees - Being Gouged?

So, the new Spot X - like Inreach?
2 way messaging, tracking etc.
Can be on a one month plan - $15 for a month.
Looks a pretty big unit, but rechargeable battery with 7 day+ life.
by boxelder
Sat Jan 26, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: We now have actual bikepacking tents.
Replies: 24
Views: 1661

Re: We now have actual bikepacking tents.

Tents look alright, but more interestingly... (PS. In one of those little "links", after my jape last year to your ancestral seat in Workington ( :-bd ) I got interested in the ironstone industry round there and The Postman's Been this morning with a copy of the collectable (by loons like me anyway)...
by boxelder
Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dropper posts
Replies: 13
Views: 1003

Re: Dropper posts

Dropping the saddle can be useful - depending where you ride. It's something else to go wrong/fail and probably another gadget on the bars and cable/hose. They add (even more) weight to the bike. Your saddle bag straps can scratch the stanchion and ruin it, so needs protection (faff). Swapping to a ...
by boxelder
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: advice on improved woodcock C2C
Replies: 15
Views: 1845

Re: advice on improved woodcock C2C

the section from Sadgill to the A6 near Shap is, as the name suggests, very wet (Wetsleddale). There are drier options to Tebay further south.
by boxelder
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: All sold
Replies: 10
Views: 1043

Re: Woodchippers and wheels

Edit - Ignore me, damn boost
by boxelder
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Entry to Events
Replies: 18
Views: 914

Re: Entry to Events

The issue with events which sell out in hours, is that a number of people enter on a whim and then subsequently drop-out, and deny those people who have the ability/commitment the opportunity to participate. One solution to this, for paid entries, is to have a very restrictive refund policy but ema...
by boxelder
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ti bolts: part 2
Replies: 8
Views: 846

Re: Ti bolts: part 2

Personally I would only use Steel in anything that isn't safety related
That's not what you meant, is it?
by boxelder
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Cairngorm loop May 4th 2019
Replies: 100
Views: 7900

Re: Cairngorm loop May 4th 2019

I'm (finally) aiming to do it around then, but parenting commitments make Bank Hols tricky. I'll go for a weather window just after I think.
by boxelder
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What makes an Adventure
Replies: 19
Views: 1560

Re: What makes an Adventure

I`ve had worse things for breakfast! :grin:
He was probably just concerned that Dad would insist on blogging it.......
by boxelder
Thu Dec 13, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2919
Views: 500694

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

SP are also selling American Classic Wide Lightning 29er wheels for £319. Only in 142 rear, though I'm sure they can be adapted to suit other standards
by boxelder
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What makes an Adventure
Replies: 19
Views: 1560

Re: What makes an Adventure

I think, for a lot of people, adventure is something they only watch/read about, therefore it's only an adventure if shared and followed by others. Your description makes it sound like you consider it more of a holiday than an adventure that needs recording. You do realise she was just trying to get...
by boxelder
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Smartphone mapping / bike computer sync
Replies: 8
Views: 981

Re: Smartphone mapping / bike computer sync

If the suggestions above don't work for you, then have a look at the new Lezyne models - I've got the slightly larger XL (the smaller one has a colour screen). It works with a phone app and tcx routes. On your phone or PC you download offline map sections and save to the device I grabbed the whole o...
by boxelder
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: How Much !
Replies: 81
Views: 6569

Re: How Much !

I guess if people don't want to pay, they can DIY. If they feel they can't DIY and need some support, someone has to invest time etc, so only fair they might look to be compensated. If support is offered, it may cross the line into organisation, which then requires a lot of further risk assessment, ...
by boxelder
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Alaska Iditasport race - talk in Keswick tomorrow
Replies: 2
Views: 491

Alaska Iditasport race - talk in Keswick tomorrow

http://keswicklecturesociety.co.uk/lect ... ss-alaska/

As good with a camera as he is pedalling in extreme places, Andy's talk should be well worth the entry if anyone's close enough.

Queen's Hall, Keswick School, 7.30pm, £6 on the door.
by boxelder
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Super light gravel bike
Replies: 41
Views: 4214

Re: Super light gravel bike

The Lauf bikes are seriously light and speedy - and probably quite a distance from the £3K price tag you're concerned about.....
by boxelder
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Grinduro on now BBC Scot.
Replies: 13
Views: 1453

Re: Grinduro on now BBC Scot.

The super wide bars were on one of the hand built bike show bikes - a novelty piece from Dear Susan ( http://www.dearsusan.co.uk ). He brought the massive 'clown bike' on his home page too, and a mate of his who hadn't forgotten his forks (??) rode it. He couldn't manage the technical stuff with the...
by boxelder
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Portugal Divide
Replies: 13
Views: 1584

Re: Portugal Divide

Can't open your komoot tour I don't think, it's private. Be interested to see options
by boxelder
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Forks
Replies: 28
Views: 3286

Re: Forks

Yeah, I have the same problem with internal routing and fork swappage. Tempted to buy another front brake......
by boxelder
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Forks
Replies: 28
Views: 3286

Re: Forks

Zippy - may be worth giving Russ at Stand a call, as they may have some of those original carbons you were looking at, or offer an alternative?