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by ChrisS
Tue May 19, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 9450

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

Looks like we've dodged a bullet folks. Long range forecast was looking pretty good until last week and then its nosedived since, exactly like last year! Showers on Saturday developing into heavy rain and high winds through into Sunday, mixed thereafter..... I've been secretly hoping this would hap...
by ChrisS
Sat May 02, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Desperately seeking a headset bearing...
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Desperately seeking a headset bearing...

OK, sorted. Found another LBS that was open and they had a bearing. Thanks all :-bd
by ChrisS
Sat May 02, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Desperately seeking a headset bearing...
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Desperately seeking a headset bearing...

That would be brilliant thanks! No problem at all sending cash via Paypal.
by ChrisS
Sat May 02, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Desperately seeking a headset bearing...
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Desperately seeking a headset bearing...

I need one of these... https://www.kineticbikebearings.com/mr019-headset-bearing.html But it's out of stock everywhere. Made in Taiwan for a US company with a Euro distributor in Italy. Nae chance! If anyone has one kicking about on a shelf they'd be prepared to sell I'd be very grateful. As weird a...
by ChrisS
Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Changing pads whilst out
Replies: 28
Views: 1572

Re: Changing pads whilst out

my rear brake fell apart mid-descent :o They were brand new too - the resin just sheared clean off the metal. This is one of the reasons I fit, bed in and run my spare pads for a week or 2. It should pick up any manufacturing defects and I know they fit in the calliper. Bedding in also needs to ide...
by ChrisS
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Changing pads whilst out
Replies: 28
Views: 1572

Re: Changing pads whilst out

I used to be slack about carrying spare pads on short rides, especially if my pads were newish, but a couple of months ago the pads in my rear brake fell apart mid-descent :o They were brand new too - the resin just sheared clean off the metal. Luckily I was on a long ride and had spares. Now I just...
by ChrisS
Sat Apr 18, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 'Doping scandal of the Highland Trail 550'...?
Replies: 54
Views: 3978

Re: 'Doping scandal of the Highland Trail 550'...?

One rider found an opened packet of Tramadol on the ground somewhere in Fisherfield in a place where only riders would have been. This is on the list of drugs banned by the UCI. Alan gave riders a chance to own up, but no one did, hence there were no results published. Also there was nearly no futu...
by ChrisS
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 'Doping scandal of the Highland Trail 550'...?
Replies: 54
Views: 3978

'Doping scandal of the Highland Trail 550'...?

Just watched Neil Beltchenko's interview with Sofiane Sehili for Bikepacking.com. It's a really interesting half-hour and well worth a watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s55r-cENgsc The YouTube summary mentions the "doping scandal of the Highland Trail 550", as if this was common knowledge, and ...
by ChrisS
Thu Apr 09, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: closing national parks, and imposing fines?
Replies: 62
Views: 2976

Re: closing national parks, and imposing fines?

Pity Police Scotland aren't doing the same. I'm hearing tales of visitors and second home owners turning up throughout the Highlands - in some cases emptying shops like a plague of locusts I haven't seen this in the Lomond & Trossachs NP - at least the bit where I live. My village is a "gateway" ty...
by ChrisS
Mon Apr 06, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: tarp game
Replies: 24
Views: 1514

Re: tarp game

Not used the latter in anger yet but garden tests (the front left peg was in a plant pot!) indicate it's easier to get in and out of and gives you more headroom where you need it. i.e. your head :roll: I can go from lying down to sat up without my head touching the tarp material so handy when there...
by ChrisS
Mon Apr 06, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: tarp game
Replies: 24
Views: 1514

Re: tarp game

Wah hey! https://i.ibb.co/HN4198y/20200404-182053.jpg As above but pole offset - my favourite so far Also my favourite after some more playing around on Saturday - easy to pitch but loads of protection and headroom. I think I have the same tarp and guyed out that central lifter to a shorter pole fo...
by ChrisS
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lockdown tarp talk
Replies: 10
Views: 906

Re: Lockdown tarp talk

DDhammocks are still delivering (though the order went in pre-lockdown). Alpkit seem to be too.
by ChrisS
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Knots
Replies: 12
Views: 902

Re: Knots

Now on the half pyramid, I like this one #homeschooling #outdoorlearning
by ChrisS
Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Knots
Replies: 12
Views: 902

Re: Knots

Excellent :-bd

Actually under the tarp right now in the back garden with the kids. We’ve gone for a simple A frame to start. Lots of bowlines and a couple of clove hitches deployed.
by ChrisS
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 550 - 2020
Replies: 125
Views: 9450

Re: Highland Trail 550 - 2020

No surprises that the HT 2020 group start has now been officially cancelled.

I had a place but plan to take up Alan’s offer of a deferred spot on the 2021 start. Anyone else?

I’m looking at it positively, it’s an extra year to prepare :)
by ChrisS
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lockdown tarp talk
Replies: 10
Views: 906

Re: Lockdown tarp talk

Agree with Ben on this. As well as tallish I'm rather wide-ish and like my room, so a 3mx3m DD Hammocks Superlight Large has been my tarp de choice for the past 3-4 years. Cheap at £60 and light enough at 500g. It works in any sort of pitch and give loads of coverage, and it's been perfect for hamm...
by ChrisS
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lockdown tarp talk
Replies: 10
Views: 906

Re: Lockdown tarp talk

whitestone wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:08 pm
2.8x1.5 seems very elongated, what's the model or is it a MYO?
It's the DDHammocks superlight small.

Thanks for all the pics. I think I'll start off with the dropped A frame using some trekking poles which will be a good way of experimenting with different pole heights.
by ChrisS
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lockdown tarp talk
Replies: 10
Views: 906

Re: Lockdown tarp talk

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:03 pm
Half pyramid - dead quick to set-up (some may remember me doing it while blindfold at the WRT some years ago. Decent coverage on 3 sides, good headroom and pretty stable.
I like that setup, looks cosy! Thanks for the pole tip :)
by ChrisS
Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lockdown tarp talk
Replies: 10
Views: 906

Lockdown tarp talk

My new tarp arrived this week, just in time for the lockdown. As there'll be no big rides or overnighters for a bit I'm going to practise in the garden instead and maybe throw in some garden bivying with the kids when the weather warms a bit. A couple of questions... 1. I need a pole for the tarp. I...
by ChrisS
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Project Virus
Replies: 67
Views: 3517

Re: Project Virus

I'm working from home - full on 10-hour shifts from the dining room table, but I'll need to head into the office at some point next week and will have a "permission to travel" letter from my employer confirming I'm a key worker. Hopefully I won't need it, but it's there just in case there's a road b...
by ChrisS
Thu Mar 26, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: First tick of 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: First tick of 2020

I found a tick on my daughter's neck the weekend before Christmas! This is in central Scotland. There's not much of an off season these days...
by ChrisS
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: DD Hammocks tarps
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: DD Hammocks tarps

They allow you to attach a line to "lift" the tarp to give you extra room. Have a search on the review part of this site and look for "tarp", Stu did a series of posts on how to create various pitches. Best to figure out what you want/works for you and practice those one or two. Got it thanks - and...
by ChrisS
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: DD Hammocks tarps
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: DD Hammocks tarps

Thanks @Shewie and @landslide. Sounds like it's worth a punt.
by ChrisS
Tue Mar 03, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: DD Hammocks tarps
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: DD Hammocks tarps

I think the main difference between it and the Alpkit version is that the Alpkit has a couple of extra lifters along the centre of the minor axis. Whether that's important to you is another matter and probably depends on what pitches you prefer to use. I confess I've only ever attempted to pitch a ...
by ChrisS
Tue Mar 03, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: DD Hammocks tarps
Replies: 8
Views: 561

DD Hammocks tarps

Has anyone used DD Hammocks? Looking at the superlight small, which seems bigger, lighter and cheaper than the competition, so wondering if there's a catch...

https://www.ddhammocks.com/product/dd_superlight_tarp_s