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by JoseMcTavish
Sun May 26, 2019 1:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2019
Replies: 514
Views: 32212

Re: Highland Trail 2019

They're doing an Independent Time Trial (ITT), which you can start at any time so they are further round the route at the moment. Only people in Saturday's Group Start get the blue and pink markers. Hope that makes sense!
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: TDR Info
Replies: 13
Views: 1145

Re: TDR Info

Yes, I'm glad you got it sorted - I've been one of you regular readers since your Tour Divide account. As Sean said, it was a very honest and original account - you managed to get across the thoughts that go through your mind when at a low ebb, rather than try to dress it up. I've been waiting for y...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Another first world problem!
Replies: 8
Views: 747

Re: Another first world problem!

I think it depends on the terrain - I think you'd get through fine either way, but you're probably going to come out of it in better condition with a plus tyre setup. I wish I'd had my bike in it's current 29x3" guise for the HT550 rather than the 29x2.35" I did use - my left hand might have retaine...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bubbler GPS tracker
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Re: Bubbler GPS tracker

I've been trying out a similar app for the same purpose called GibbyTrip on the iPhone. The advantage over using this instead of Garmin Live Track or Strava Beacon is that it uses much less battery on the phone and GPS unit, probably due to the polling frequency and no need to have the Bluetooth con...
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Apr 23, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Highland Trail Recce
Replies: 19
Views: 1963

Re: Highland Trail Recce

Looks a grand trip. This was a difficult weekend to be stuck doing on-call for work!
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Apr 10, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1550
Views: 231075

Re: Todays ride

Was a lovely, sunny but cold evening yesterday so I headed out straight from work on a ride I've been meaning to do for years but never got round to: The Seven Hills of Aberdeen First up was Tullos Hill, which is about five minutes from work: http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IMG...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Merino, or other base layers?
Replies: 21
Views: 1499

Re: Merino, or other base layers?

I think merino is nice as a layer, just not as a base layer. Most effective for me have been the mesh base layers, which come in various different flavours and make even sweaty oiks like me feel comfortable when working hard.
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:30 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Ben Alder Cottage.
Replies: 16
Views: 1723

Re: Ben Alder Cottage.

I enjoyed that - sometimes it would be nice to just go to one spot and hang out, rather than always being pressed for time and distance. Ben Alder Cottage is a great spot to hang about and enjoy the isolation I reckon.
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1141
Views: 78684

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Managed to get my March bivy in a couple of weeks back in the snow to make it 3/3. Plans were made but changed on the fly. Headed out from Blair Atholl on the Saturday morning with the precipitation in full flow. http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_4102-1280-e1553678913574-768x...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: CL 300 attempt in winter
Replies: 16
Views: 1497

Re: CL 300 attempt in winter

Yep, the Speyside way would be a good way to keep it more offroad, whilst still feeling like it gives you a fast easy stretch of riding. Also avoids the puddle of doom on the way to Tulloch!
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: CL 300 attempt in winter
Replies: 16
Views: 1497

Re: CL 300 attempt in winter

Yep, the Fealar Lodge climb was definitely the low point on my ride in September 2017. Took me a lot longer than 3 hours too! Sounds like you were were out the same weekend as me and a buddy. We were planning just one of the loops to give him a taster before a future attempt, but ended up just doing...
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The thread for everyone building a cross/gravel/monstercross
Replies: 88
Views: 7147

Re: The thread for everyone building a cross/gravel/monsterc

I know exactly what you mean! I've been humming and hawing over a set of Whisky No.9 forks which look like they'd be perfect. Do the Van Nic forks have as much clearance as the Kinesis?
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The thread for everyone building a cross/gravel/monstercross
Replies: 88
Views: 7147

Re: The thread for everyone building a cross/gravel/monsterc

Updated mine to 11 speed Di2 a few years back and it's been just the ticket. I stuck with the BB7s as I like the simplicity though.
by JoseMcTavish
Tue Mar 19, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The thread for everyone building a cross/gravel/monstercross
Replies: 88
Views: 7147

Re: The thread for everyone building a cross/gravel/monsterc

I think that the Ritchey Swiss Cross is the only thing that could tempt me away from this bad boy:

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Going on 10 years old and still looks brand new under all the dirt! #amazonsrule
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD Brooks Cambium C15
Replies: 7
Views: 470

Re: WTD Brooks Cambium C15

I've got a similar mark on the left rear of mine that is like a strip of the top material has been shaved away. I assumed it was caused by a seam on some shorts rubbing it. no idea why it's only one side!
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Gelder Shiel Stables. Ones bothy....
Replies: 9
Views: 1124

Re: Gelder Shiel Stables. Ones bothy....

Good choice for an overnighter there, am planning to take my wee fella out there in the spring too. Met Prince Phillip there a few years back when we were having a picnic on the lawn outside - he just did a loop round the building in his Range Rover, gave us a wave and drove off. Suppose he's still ...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1141
Views: 78684

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Hmmm, looks like someone else visited the Rock and Run sleeping bag sale?
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1141
Views: 78684

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

February knocked off in my customary last minute style on Tuesday night. I extended my work commute into Durris Forest for a chilly overnight before riding into work bathed in beautiful sunrise light. Clear night for cold temps and stunning starscapes. http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2...
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: Routes
Topic: Scotland - Beta on Etive and Rannock
Replies: 20
Views: 1929

Re: Scotland - Beta on Etive and Rannock

A few less stylish pictures here: https://bearbonesbikepacking.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=11904&p=147209#p147209 We mainly just followed the telegraph poles to keep us right. You could always mix it up a bit and cross the Moor by passing Gorton Bothy and continuing East to cross the bogs of d...
by JoseMcTavish
Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1141
Views: 78684

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Another late one for me, did my usual head out after getting the kids to bed and went up to a wind farm not far from Aberdeen. Temperatures were very low and my feet were thawed out painfully in the showers at work! Packed up in the morning: http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/IMG_...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2018.
Replies: 634
Views: 74565

Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

9/9 in September with adult company for a change! A short ride out from Dinnet to a hilltop bivy on Cnoc Dubh, which is a lovely spot with views of Loch Kinord one way and Lochnagar the other. http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/IMG_3073-1280-768x576.jpg http://highlanddrifter.com/...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2018.
Replies: 634
Views: 74565

Re: Bivvy a month 2018.

Trying to catch up on my BAMs for the year before it never happens! 8/8 in August with my favourite riding buddy in Glen Quoich: http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/QuoichCamp_010-1280-768x576.jpg http://highlanddrifter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/QuoichCamp_055-1280-768x512.jpg...
by JoseMcTavish
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Mkettle ( small Gillie kettle)
Replies: 8
Views: 955

Re: Mkettle ( small Gillie kettle)

It's a great bit of kit and boils the water up very quickly, even when it's properly cold. I've used it on loads of trips without feeling too weighed down - the main issue is the volume it takes up compared to a very lightweight setup. https://i.postimg.cc/FKLV0RGd/Alladale-Loop-0122-1024.jpg https:...
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Badger Divide pt 1.
Replies: 7
Views: 1332

Re: Badger Divide pt 1.

Enjoyed that, thanks. Blackburn bothy is always a good shout - in really good condition and never seems to be busy?
by JoseMcTavish
Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel bike gearing
Replies: 46
Views: 4162

Re: Gravel bike gearing

Forsinard? Sure is - was my April executive bivy spot. I went for a mix of mountain and road Di2 to get my 1x setup. I don't think a clutch mech is a necessity if you have a narrow wide up front, so a cheaper alternative might be to use 10 speed road shifters with a 9 speed mountain mech and wide r...