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by JoseMcTavish
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:49 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1550
Views: 231079

Re: Todays ride

Weather today was too good to miss, so I went out after work to see if the local mountains had thawed out enough for a proper ride up high. Headed up Glen Dye past Charr bothy. https://s17.postimg.cc/7pnq0jqv3/IMG_0496.jpg A loooong climb got me to the summit of Mount Battock at 778m. https://s17.po...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2018.
Replies: 634
Views: 74566

Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

The first bit would be great on the Amazon, but would get less fun from about halfway along Loch Choire onwards. On an MTB you can get almost to the top of the pass.
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2018.
Replies: 634
Views: 74566

Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Cheers Colin, was a grand day out! I ended up on the lower level to keep out the wind better, but the upper would be ideal with a bit of breeze in the summer. I imagine midge levels are quite spectacular there at times! That sounds like a good ride, there are so many extra tracks up that way that al...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2018.
Replies: 634
Views: 74566

Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

After cutting it fine last month, I thought I'd get April's bivvy in early and mix it up with an attempt at a 200 mile ride the following day. After my lovely wife took the kids down to Glasgow for the weekend, leaving me free and easy, I sneaked out of work an hour early on Friday and jumped a trai...
by JoseMcTavish
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.
Replies: 1001
Views: 197438

Re: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you lik

Some brilliant pictures above - just more morning/evening commute ones from me:

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by JoseMcTavish
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2018.
Replies: 634
Views: 74566

Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Good effort to the man above! I just scraped in my 3/3 on Saturday night with a very late start after feeding guests and getting food and prezzies ready for a very excited 5 year old's birthday the next day. Headed out after 11pm and rode about 20k to a nearby wood I thought would do the trick in an...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: bar bags
Replies: 17
Views: 1748

Re: bar bags

Yup just stick it on and keep it narrower than the bars. VN Amazon is optional.

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by JoseMcTavish
Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ritchey commando
Replies: 30
Views: 2865

Re: ritchey commando

Good price, but aren't they the wrong axle size?
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ritchey commando
Replies: 30
Views: 2865

Re: ritchey commando

Some good info here! I went for the SRAM cranks, as £40 was too good a deal to miss out on - we'll see how long a GXP BB lasts...

My hubs also came to 132 euros which was nicely below the other options, provided Novatech.eu is a genuine site! Now just need to squeeze in some wheel building time.
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:43 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ritchey commando
Replies: 30
Views: 2865

Re: ritchey commando

I'm aiming to keep the spending down since it will make the frame seem like less of a bargain if I go overboard with the parts. I've gone with some 32H Novatech hubs as Hope were a bit too much and some Stan's Flow Mk3 rims which were a decent price at Winstanley's. If I get it built up in time to d...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: ritchey commando
Replies: 30
Views: 2865

Re: ritchey commando

Thanks Bob, sounds like I've got what I'd need then - probably!
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: ritchey commando
Replies: 30
Views: 2865

Re: ritchey commando

Aye, standard thread, just wish Shimano did a chainset with a 100mm axle. I was looking at the RaceFace cranks, any extra tools needed for the AEffect one?
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: ritchey commando
Replies: 30
Views: 2865

Re: ritchey commando

Thanks, most places seem to be out of stock for that headset! So, how many people have took the plunge with the Commando frameset here then? I couldn't resist: https://s18.postimg.cc/sn8fa54yx/IMG_0336.jpg Have hubs and rims on the way to build up some 29er wheels to start with. Also need to decide ...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2925
Views: 502720

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

- Yup, brake routing is along chainstay. - Spacing 135mm QR and 170mm QR rear as stated. - Will be fine with 27.5+ as this was what I was planning for it, although internet research has people setting them up as 29+ too, which is where I'm erring towards at the moment. Probably 2.6" tyres though. - ...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:36 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 2925
Views: 502720

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

This thread is pure evil:

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by JoseMcTavish
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: Scotland at Easter
Replies: 17
Views: 1819

Re: Scotland at Easter

Probably a good thing with the amount of water in the ground at the moment!
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: Scotland at Easter
Replies: 17
Views: 1819

Re: Scotland at Easter

Pictures are 10 years old but it goes from this: https://s17.postimg.cc/bsyoksd7z/C2_C2_Day_3_0034.jpg To this: https://s17.postimg.cc/u8j5i6473/C2_C2_Day_3_0035.jpg To this: https://s17.postimg.cc/772kcfc9b/C2_C2_Day_3_0042.jpg And a bit of this: https://s17.postimg.cc/mfshq7dnj/C2_C2_Day_3_0045.jp...
by JoseMcTavish
Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildlife
Replies: 54
Views: 3878

Re: Wildlife

Heard my first Skylark of the year on an early ride last week - snow still hadn't thawed, but nothing beats their song for making you feel summery!
by JoseMcTavish
Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2018.
Replies: 634
Views: 74566

Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Managed to get my 2/12 in last weekend, but am only just getting round to posting it now. After the usual drill of getting the kids to bed and then packing, I set out from Banchory at 10pm amidst the throngs of boy racers down by the park and headed into Scolty Forest. Tracks varied from dry to wet ...
by JoseMcTavish
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: More cold weather hammock advice please
Replies: 9
Views: 1853

Re: More cold weather hammock advice please

I use my old Thermarest 3/4 length between the layers of my DD hammock, seems to do the trick. I've survived at -8 this way, though can't say I was particularly warm that night!
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: West Highland 500
Replies: 18
Views: 6464

Re: West Highland 500

That stretch isn't too bad - went that way in reverse about ten years ago: Leaving Luib Chonnal: https://s17.postimg.cc/iuqoo27qn/Glen_Roy_-_Corrieyairack_0018.jpg Rough and ready singletrack most of the way: https://s17.postimg.cc/djbs3dgj3/Glen_Roy_-_Corrieyairack_0024.jpg https://s17.postimg.cc/p...
by JoseMcTavish
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: How many and what bikes?
Replies: 34
Views: 2934

Re: How many and what bikes?

I still have over half of this list - no bike less than 8 years old! Raleigh Tomahawk Raleigh Super Tuff Burner Townsend Equaliser Raleigh Firefly Scott Expert Racing On-One Inbred Generic unbranded steel MTB frame built into a commuting singlespeed Kona Fire Mountain '98 Van Nicholas Amazon On-One ...
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Velcro One-wrap strap
Replies: 12
Views: 1528

Re: Velcro One-wrap strap

I use this stuff, as I'm always moving things around between bikes.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00186OJG6/ ... vAbEY5707F

Available in various widths and in 5m lengths.
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2018.
Replies: 634
Views: 74566

Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Ticked off my January bivvy at the weekend too. Had to get the kids to bed before I could even pack the bike so rolled out from the house at about quarter to ten. https://s17.postimg.cc/dnuthti0v/20180106233955.jpg Headed West, then crossed the Dee and made my way up through Durris Forest, where I f...
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Electronic 1x12 with wireless drop-bar shifters
Replies: 10
Views: 960

Re: Electronic 1x12 with wireless drop-bar shifters

The thought of damaging mine is a bit distressing, but I got everything on the cheap, bit by bit, to offset the distress if it happened. I went for it with when I was overhauling my road/cross bike because I wanted it to be 1x11 and it was the only way I could get the gear range I wanted using road ...