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by ChrisS
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 1041

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

I do tend to have at least a gilet with me or a hooded synthetic jacket for cooler trips. I like a down bag but prefer synthetic for jackets as it means you can wear it when riding when it's cold and wet. Doing that has saved me a couple of times so I don't mind the bigger packs size. I've had an Ar...
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 1041

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

One point to note - keeping all of your bivy gear in the same bag isn't necessarily a good idea - what happens when your tarp and bivy are wet? You can get round this by using a dual compartment dry bag but most on here will use one dry bag for stuff that has to stay dry and one for the potentially...
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Free bike service
Replies: 35
Views: 817

Re: Free bike service

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:05 pm
I assume there'll be a budget and once that's gone, that'll be it?
Also seems to only apply to England from what I’ve read.
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 1041

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

My Cumulus 250 quilt easily fits in a 4L Sea to Summit drybag. I've been tempted by a 150 as I'm a warm sleeper but Highland Scotland rules out all but a handful of suitable nights each year. As all of my bikepacking is in Scotland, the 250 is looking like a good choice, if I could find it in stock...
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 1041

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

Cumulus 150 would be the choice du forum but if you are a cold sleeper then the 250 might be better. ^ Take note of this. I'm obviously a cold sleeper as I find my 150 only just about warm enough even in mid-summer and most of the time I end up wearing a lightweight synthetic jacket as well. The 15...
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 1041

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:11 pm
I'm with Bob. The 150 quilt packs to nothing, weighs little and is surprisingly warm.
Cheers :-bd
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 1041

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

I have a Cumulus 200 bag (like the 150 quilt) and it just squeezes into a 1 litre drybag, but you can't close the drybag. That's really useful to know thanks - looks a good bag and should easily fit into the space I've got with room for a layer too. I use a slightly beefier mat. I've tried a Klymit...
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 1041

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

Cumulus 150 would be the choice du forum but if you are a cold sleeper then the 250 might be better. Also consider high quality sleeping bags like PHD, their Minim 200 packs small. I can easily get the Cumulus 150, Exped May, Borah Gear bivy, Trekkertent DCF tarp into an 8L bag. If I used the Klymi...
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 1041

Re: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

I've got a Sea to Summit Traveller TR1 Long sleeping bag / quilt, and I managed to squeeze it, a 3/4 length underquilt, a down jacket, my sleeping base layers, a hat and a pair of warm socks into a 9l handlebar drybag. Not come across the Sea to Summit bags before, will have a look. That's a lot of...
by ChrisS
Tue Jul 28, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size
Replies: 41
Views: 1041

Sleeping bag or quilt with tiny pack size

As part of my project to get my entire sleep kit (including bivy, tarp + mat) into an 8l dry bag, I'm looking for a summer bag that packs really small. My current bag is an Alpkit Pipedream 400 which is too warm for summer and doesn't compress nearly small enough. Compressing to a tiny size is more ...
by ChrisS
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do I need an Exposure (6 pack Race or Diablo)
Replies: 20
Views: 644

Re: Do I need an Exposure (6 pack Race or Diablo)

If you want a Diablo these ebay auctions normally go for about £120. https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?_odkw=diablo&_ssn=tri-sport_resort&_sop=10&_armrs=1&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xdiablo+exposure.TRS0&_nkw=diablo+exposure&_sacat=0 Thanks for that tip, snagged...
by ChrisS
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: DT Swiss Wheels, Manitou fork, Islabike Cnoc 16
Replies: 1
Views: 301

FS: DT Swiss Wheels, Manitou fork, Islabike Cnoc 16

For sale: DT Swiss M1900 Spline 29er wheelset DT Swiss 370 hubs. Rear has just been serviced. Rear wheel is Boost Front wheel is 100mm Rim width is 22.5mm I've ridden about 4,700km on them Tubeless ready but will likely need retaping (valves not included) A couple of scratches but no dings and the w...
by ChrisS
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What GPS unit to get?
Replies: 32
Views: 1288

Re: What GPS unit to get?

All good replies. I've reviewed my needs and seeing as I'll be using the GPS unit for Scottish winter mountaineering - wet and wearing big gloves - a touch screen is out. Currently considering the etrex 32x as an option. Anyone used it or similar etrex unit and had any issue with screen size? I hav...
by ChrisS
Mon Jun 22, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What GPS unit to get?
Replies: 32
Views: 1288

Re: What GPS unit to get?

+1 for the Etrex. Great battery life, easily swappable batteries, reliable and simple to use. I wish I didn't have to plug it into a laptop to upload/download GPX files, but apart from that it does everything I need it to.

The handlebar mounts are cheap too.
by ChrisS
Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Go Outdoors set to go in to administration
Replies: 51
Views: 1782

Re: Go Outdoors set to go in to administration

I'll miss them if they go - I found it a good place to buy Montane and Rab kit. There was generally a good selection of quality lightweight waterproofs and insulated jackets at different sizes and colours in my local store, plus the occasional absolute bargain.
by ChrisS
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Weird gear indexing issue
Replies: 14
Views: 570

Re: Weird gear indexing issue

Cheeky Monkey wrote:
Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:24 pm

I meant the high and low limit screws, sorry, tech' language deserted me ;-)
Ah no worries - I've set them.
by ChrisS
Wed Jun 17, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Weird gear indexing issue
Replies: 14
Views: 570

Re: Weird gear indexing issue

Always, always, always check mech hanger alignment before fannying about with indexing. I wouldn't even trust a new one. There's a very good Lifeline X tools alignment tool for this. I much prefer it to the more expensive Park Tools version. Not done that... Will see if I can find a mate with an al...
by ChrisS
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Weird gear indexing issue
Replies: 14
Views: 570

Re: Weird gear indexing issue

Has the mech stop somehow been knocked out (I assumed going from smallest sprocket to second smallest)? Bent the mech hanger? Mech bolt come loose? (yep, I'm guessing wildly but they're the obvious things I'd check). However, my other recent thread may indicate I am not best placed to advise on dri...
by ChrisS
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Weird gear indexing issue
Replies: 14
Views: 570

Re: Weird gear indexing issue

Don't know if it applies to SRAM, but if it's the biggest 2 cogs, have you tried winding the b-tension screw in a touch? They can rattle a bit loose over time and cause the top jockey to catch (at least on a Shimano mech they can) Sorry no it's the small cogs. I did try adjusting the b-tension scre...
by ChrisS
Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Weird gear indexing issue
Replies: 14
Views: 570

Re: Weird gear indexing issue

Do you have a bit of something trapped in the cassette? When you say 10 & 9 are we talking the big cogs? I find that the big (low) end of the cassette tends to be th most sensitive to mis-adjustment. I think it is because the step between the individual cog diameters tends to be bigger, so there is...
by ChrisS
Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Weird gear indexing issue
Replies: 14
Views: 570

Re: Weird gear indexing issue

Would have been a neat solution, but I'm pretty sure that's not the case. The cassette was installed by the LBS back in Feb along with some other work, but the problem has only started in the last few weeks.
by ChrisS
Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Weird gear indexing issue
Replies: 14
Views: 570

Weird gear indexing issue

Well weird to me anyhow... I'm on 1x11 with a SRAM 10-42 cassette and Shimano XT M8000 mech and shifter. It's shifting perfectly all the way up and down apart from one gear change. If I try and shift from 10 to 9 it just clicks away until I shift up another gear and then it jumps up to 8. Not had th...
by ChrisS
Wed May 20, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 9445

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

stevewaters wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 8:19 am
By the way, Alan has said he's not going to set up the Trackleaders HT550 tracking page for the this year.
Yes, I saw that in his email. I think that was the right thing to do.
by ChrisS
Tue May 19, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 9445

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Anyone planning an ITT this year assuming lock-down / restrictions are lifted before Julember? Not all, but perhaps part of it. Though, even if restrictions permit it, the welcome in some small communities may be uncertain for a bit. I've been a bit startled by the extreme reactions in my small vil...