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by lune ranger
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Are gravel bikes ....
Replies: 48
Views: 1757

Re: Are gravel bikes ....

Does it not just depend on the shop? The shop stock and staff knowledge are always key determinants here. If you went into most bike shops and asked for a ‘touring’ bike in the past you were usually steered towards some kind of city commuter hybrid bike. You are relying on the shop having a real bi...
by lune ranger
Mon Jul 22, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: TDF 2019
Replies: 29
Views: 1111

Re: TDF 2019

I still think that the French are Henman-ising Alaphilippe.
Can’t see him holding out till Paris.
It could still be anyone in the top 5. If I was a betting man i’d be dropping a few quid on Pinot
by lune ranger
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Set up for 50/50?
Replies: 12
Views: 516

Re: Set up for 50/50?

I can’t comment on changing gears to suit terrain because it’s not something I ever do. My bikes mostly run Rohloff and I don’t fiddle with ratios. As for the rest... In mixed terrain I favour my set up for the worst parts. You say your not racing, just need to be home on time, I would much rather r...
by lune ranger
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What's fueling the hate?
Replies: 40
Views: 1225

Re: What's fueling the hate?

I wonder if the proliferation of road sportives is adding to the conflict is some areas. Around where I live at this time of the year there’s one every other weekend or so it feels. There are more than a few riders on these events who act like they are on closed roads. On the other hand there are dr...
by lune ranger
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What's fueling the hate?
Replies: 40
Views: 1225

Re: What's fueling the hate?

The conversation needs to steer away from ‘us’ and ‘them’
Most cyclists have legs and are sometimes pedestrians.
Most adult cyclists also drive cars as well.
Some people are just dicks.
If we look for the similarities with have with others not the differences things will go smoother.
by lune ranger
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tri-bar curious
Replies: 20
Views: 682

Re: Tri-bar curious

I was converted on a recent ride which had long road sections. They really do make a massive difference but getting them set right is a real art. Believe it or not they do work on hills where I used them as "levers", it's really hard to explain but I gripped bars hard and used this to almost lever ...
by lune ranger
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tri-bar curious
Replies: 20
Views: 682

Re: Tri-bar curious

On the aero tuck position (ignore what I said about looking at screen roadies for a mo), when getting head down low and bum up/back (all fully baggy shortsted out so no indecent exposure going on here :lol: ) in the drops - I do regular watch the mph numbers and can safely say theres easily a rise ...
by lune ranger
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:35 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tri-bar curious
Replies: 20
Views: 682

Re: Tri-bar curious

I think the pertinent line in the article is: ‘Use your aerobars unless there is a compelling reason not too’ For me the compelling reason is the need to brake. Whether I am driving or cycling I tend to go by the rule that you need to be able to brake in the distance that you can see. So I don’t go ...
by lune ranger
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tri-bar curious
Replies: 20
Views: 682

Re: Tri-bar curious

I started using clip on aero bars for exactly your reason . For tapping out long miles on audax and other long solo efforts. They take more than a bit of getting used to for long periods but imo are worth it. You get extra variations of position, it can take some weight off your shoulders and are a ...
by lune ranger
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What Size Spokes?
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: What Size Spokes?

298/300mm for the rear is my vote. Should build up fine if you take your time. A little bit less or a little bit more is fine in my experience.
Too short and they can be hard to lace. Too long and you get too much spoke sticking out into the rim which can be an issue with flat section rims
by lune ranger
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tick Tweezers
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: Tick Tweezers

As I said before: it’s tick central around where I live. I tend to carry a tick card in my wallet so I have something on me at all times. I have tweezers at home for general use. I have a pair (one small one big) of the plastic twisters in my riding and outdoors kit. Overall the twisters are probabl...
by lune ranger
Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tick Tweezers
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: Tick Tweezers

PaulB2 wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:44 am
I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing that i’ve never found one on me
There’s millions of the buggers round here. My children, dogs, cats, goats, pigs and folk I ride with get them all the time.
I never get them...
by lune ranger
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Water Filtration Help
Replies: 24
Views: 661

Re: Water Filtration Help

Troclosene Sodium....

Think that’s a chlorine releasing compound of sorts.
Usage should be the same.
by lune ranger
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tick Tweezers
Replies: 23
Views: 779

Re: Tick Tweezers

Genuinely interested in where you've read that. Care to share? AFAIK neither is better than the other, the key is to pinch the tick just above the skin so it can't disgorge its guts. This is the reason twisting isn't recommended with tweezers, because you can't rotate you're wrist very far and keep...
by lune ranger
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Water Filtration Help
Replies: 24
Views: 661

Re: Water Filtration Help

I've got some water treatment tablets from army rations I've used. Does the same advice above cover their use or do they chemically make anything drinkable all be it not very tasty? MOD issue Puritabs are chlorine. You need visibly clean water. You need a contact time (ie how long before you drink ...
by lune ranger
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Water Filtration Help
Replies: 24
Views: 661

Re: Water Filtration Help

If you filter water from a running stream in the UK uplands the chances of getting sick are next to zero. You could get a pump filter that deals with viruses and make that chance actually zero. katadyn, MSR and others make them but they are relatively big (approx can of RedBull), heavy-ish (300-400g...
by lune ranger
Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dehydrated/ firepot meals.
Replies: 16
Views: 572

Re: Dehydrated/ firepot meals.

Never had Firepot but your experience sounds fairly typical of my experience with dried meals. The only advantage they gave over the general supermarket dried soups or noodles is the (usually) much higher calories per gram. We got a dehydrator last year for the harvest on our small holding. I’ve bee...
by lune ranger
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dilemma
Replies: 8
Views: 445

Re: Dilemma

As above. Any bike can be a bikepacking bike, all you need to do is load it up and go. I do at least 1 bivi trip a year with my old riding buddies. On those trips there are guys on the expected Surly, Salsa and Jones bikes but also an old Orange 5 26er an Airdrop Edit and a Nicolai Helios. For sure ...
by lune ranger
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What does your perfect event look like?
Replies: 110
Views: 3433

Re: What does your perfect event look like?

Everyone turns up, parks up their bikes, and get's allocated a number for their bike. All these numbers are put in a bowl, and everyone has to ride whichever bike number they pick out, camp with whatever the owner has loaded and eat their food. No GPS. At the start you are given the appropriate map...
by lune ranger
Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: BBQ Pizza Stone
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: BBQ Pizza Stone

Yep. We use ours as a skillet quite a lot.
The bigger ones hold a lot in the lid.
by lune ranger
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: BBQ Pizza Stone
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: BBQ Pizza Stone

benp1 wrote:
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:36 am
The kids on Dutch oven is dished, it's yours completely flat?

I have an uuni so can't help here I'm afraid, I do recommend it though
Flat with a lip around the outside. Not a perfect pizza stone but very serviceable
by lune ranger
Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Routes
Topic: Wessex Way
Replies: 7
Views: 420

Re: Wessex Way

I still think it’ll be a route for long trousers at this time of year. My guess would be that it’s an April or October route.
Very kind of your friend to find out for us!
GD if it’s good route anyone? :grin:
by lune ranger
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BBQ Pizza Stone
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: BBQ Pizza Stone

I use the lid (upside down) from a massive Petromax Dutch oven for that job. Works a treat. https://www.thebushcraftstore.co.uk/petromax-dutch-oven-without-legs-24915-p.asp Eye watering cost but made of so much cast iron as to be practically indestructible. Dozens of interesting uses - on a strictly...
by lune ranger
Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What does your perfect event look like?
Replies: 110
Views: 3433

Re: What does your perfect event look like?

Maybe introduce co-operating ‘pairs’ categories in existing events. Like KIMM, OMM Polaris of old. Equipment sharing between pairs allowed and pairs have to finish together. Actually I’d like to see a return of Polaris events, maybe without the fixed camp and the timer runs for the whole weekend so ...
by lune ranger
Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Those SOL bivvy bag things
Replies: 51
Views: 1976

Re: Those SOL bivvy bag things

You need to ask Stu but as he said...don’t take the piss’... :-bd
So don’t take the piss :wink: