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by boxelder
Tue May 26, 2020 12:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What sealant....
Replies: 8
Views: 381

Re: What sealant....

The propensity to dry up does depend on the tyre and weather conditions. The new Squirt stuff needs a good shake before use. I've used Stans, O Seal and Squirt recently and find them all good, though not sure on Squirt longevity. Stans probably best for sealing bigger holes, Squirt for initial bead ...
by boxelder
Tue May 26, 2020 9:46 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Newbie alert - bike recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 397

Re: Newbie alert - bike recommendations

I'd go MTB - certainly so if HT550/Silk Rd are goals. With steel in mind, and £1500, what about a Ribble Adventure? You get to alter the spec to suit.
https://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/ribble-adventure-725/
by boxelder
Tue May 26, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikepacking events, but not hardcore?
Replies: 27
Views: 979

Re: Bikepacking events, but not hardcore?

The Distance - too dangle mug, expensive gravel w@nker for many (who've not done it), but if you speak to those who have, it has always been a great weekend (but then I would say that, as one of the organisers). https://advntr.cc/the-distance-2018/ Cancelled this year unfortunately. As above, Jennri...
by boxelder
Sun May 24, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 8737

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Tom and I had some snow on Devil's staircase the first time he tried it.
It also snowed going over Coire Lair/Torridon that year. I worry that someone will underestimate how conditions can change up there and be caught out with insufficient gear. Alan does his best to vet the starters, but .......
by boxelder
Sun May 24, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel Gearing....again
Replies: 67
Views: 2488

Re: Gravel Gearing....again

Don't know if it's useful and/or has already been covered, but I've been using Ultegra Di2 shifters with an XT rear mech for a few years. Currently using 36 x 11*40, but may go to 38 or 40 x 11*46.
by boxelder
Tue May 19, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veneto Trail can anyone help and feel free to tag along!
Replies: 40
Views: 1722

Re: Veneto Trail can anyone help and feel free to tag along!

Everything above aside - thanks Rich, to you and Javi and all the boys and girls in shorts and red shirts. All this would have been even more painful without Royal Mail. Hope you're able to get away.
by boxelder
Tue May 19, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 8737

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

I was, but we'll be right into midge season. Aim to do something over a few days up north in the 'Indian Summer'.
Maybe just the southern or northern loop - both have changed quite a lot.
by boxelder
Tue May 19, 2020 11:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Why are trekking pole shelters popular with cyclists?
Replies: 47
Views: 1508

Re: Why are trekking pole shelters popular with cyclists?

I have a Trekkertent, designed for trekking pole use. I've replaced the front pole with a lightweight, short section tent pole and can use the front wheel off the bike in place of the rear pole. If I also use it backpacking, I'd still take 2 tent poles, as I find walking poles an unnecessary faff.
by boxelder
Mon May 18, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ordnance Survey Newsletter
Replies: 16
Views: 730

Re: Ordnance Survey Newsletter

Yes, and No - from Gov.uk re: Open Access land: "What you can and cannot do You can use access land for walking, running, watching wildlife and climbing. There are certain activities you cannot usually do on open access land, including: horse-riding cycling camping taking animals other than dogs on ...
by boxelder
Sun May 17, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 753
Views: 30771

Re: If we close up for a bit...

Agree with you RIP. I actually came to this thread to post about the Wales First Minister's latest announcement. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-52667873?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/wales&link_location=live-reporting-story It hints at years and a cautious approach. He su...
by boxelder
Sun May 17, 2020 4:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 753
Views: 30771

Re: If we close up for a bit...

Would you not agree that not going bike packing at the moment is more about causing people anxiety? Whatever the legal basis, there'll be loads of folk will get wound up by seeing you (sod 'em, some will say). It would probably damage the public perception of 'us' (we'll all be seen through the same...
by boxelder
Fri May 15, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Replies: 12
Views: 651

Re: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

From the expert: "Two largely climate related, but also host movement issues have changed the whole picture. The most frightening has been the apparent adaption of our 'domestic' Ixodes ticks to support the pathogens but also the appearance of Dermecenter and Riphocephulus ticks in the British tick ...
by boxelder
Thu May 14, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Replies: 12
Views: 651

Re: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

From a mate: I had a chat with a professor colleague who’s been working on tick-borne diseases for years (and has had Lyme for years due to extensive work on bracken and... ticks). He was about to start a study on of this at several UK sites until Covid. He’s well aware of the disease in Cumbria but...
by boxelder
Wed May 13, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Replies: 12
Views: 651

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

There's been a confirmed case of this tick-borne disease in the West Lakes. Happy Days. Masks are no use, long trousers are. It causes 4 or 5 days of feeling shitty and then you come out in a rash - at that point seek medical advice and antibiotics. Chances are small I guess, but our dog has already...
by boxelder
Wed May 13, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Choosing to Live
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: Choosing to Live

They don't seem concerned by the moose at 30secs........ :shock:

EDIT - probably cos it's a horse :oops:
by boxelder
Wed May 13, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Choosing to Live
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Choosing to Live

Sorry if it's not new, but I thought it pretty inspiring.
https://vimeo.com/411086335
by boxelder
Tue May 12, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 8694
Views: 957392

Re: The post man's been ...

Osprey fanny pack from SportsPursuit. Lots of features, a decent bladder and usual Osprey quality. Bargain, and a good option for carrying water, food, extra layer etc on trips (I usually go with a small rucksack).
by boxelder
Tue May 12, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Still worthy of the puking gnome???
Replies: 25
Views: 1159

Re: Still worthy of the puking gnome???

Aesthetics aside those Lauf Grit bikes are a hoot to ride - very quick and surprisingly capable over 'man size gravel' (or even Icelandic ground glass/volcanic ash sand).
by boxelder
Mon May 11, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 753
Views: 30771

Re: If we close up for a bit...

Tattle tail.......
by boxelder
Mon May 11, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Quality Items for Sale - sold
Replies: 4
Views: 521

Re: Quality Items for Sale

I've no idea where"violable" came from either, but I'll take the Talon if AVAILABLE. Will PM you
by boxelder
Mon May 11, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Quality Items for Sale - sold
Replies: 4
Views: 521

Re: Quality Items for Sale

Hi, I'll take the Osprey Talon 44 if still violable. I'm in Cumbria and in no hurry for it.

Did you mean Deuter ACT 60+10?
by boxelder
Mon May 11, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: If we close up for a bit...
Replies: 753
Views: 30771

Re: If we close up for a bit...

So the change is we (England) can exercise for as long as we want, even thought the existing law doesn't specify how long we can exercise now :???: the change is no longer "once a day". There was never a time limit, as such (beyond Gove's 1 hour), but it was once a day. It can now be 2 or 3 (or mor...
by boxelder
Sat May 09, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildlife
Replies: 185
Views: 10807

Re: Wildlife

It's Hedgehog Awareness week - they'll be struggling with the ground so hard and dry, and lots of extra gardening and rubbish clearance going on.
https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/hed ... y-9th-may/
by boxelder
Sat May 09, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Mavic
Replies: 9
Views: 511

Re: Mavic

Ripe for a Planet X buy out
by boxelder
Thu May 07, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cairngorm Loops 300
Replies: 29
Views: 3575

Re: Cairngorm Loops 300

Feshie yesterday
Feshie, Arizona?
:smile: