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by Rasta
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which Apidura Packs?
Replies: 25
Views: 2693

Re: Which Apidura Packs?

Pistonbroke. Well put.
by Rasta
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which Apidura Packs?
Replies: 25
Views: 2693

Re: Which Apidura Packs?

I am new on this forum.
If negative reviews or opinions, based on a lot of personal experience is not appreciated on here, then please tell me.

I don't mean to step on anyone's toes.
by Rasta
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which Apidura Packs?
Replies: 25
Views: 2693

Re: Which Apidura Packs?

Removed. Alcoholic content.
by Rasta
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which Apidura Packs?
Replies: 25
Views: 2693

Re: Which Apidura Packs?

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by Rasta
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which Apidura Packs?
Replies: 25
Views: 2693

Re: Which Apidura Packs?

Those prices are nuts! Why are people paying that? @confused.com

A few years ago, someone was hand stitching made-to-measure bags in Colorado or California. A 3 month wait. Justifies the price.

Apidura and the rest are made in China for less than €5 a bag. Taking the pee pee.
by Rasta
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gloves
Replies: 21
Views: 1866

Re: Gloves

A big thing that never seems to be mentioned - a backpack will give you cold hands. You probably don't notice or think about it. But the shoulder starps will reduce the blood flow to the arms. If you ride in extreme cold you will notice it straight away. Even a light 8 litre daybag. Also a heavy pac...
by Rasta
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which Apidura Packs?
Replies: 25
Views: 2693

Re: Which Apidura Packs?

A set of Ortlieb bike packing bags weigh more than the Ortlieb 'light' panniers and a lightweight tubus rack. And costs silly £s.
by Rasta
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which Apidura Packs?
Replies: 25
Views: 2693

Re: Which Apidura Packs?

Mine is 2 years old. The velcro staps are very good but the buckled straps are rubbish. They don't tighten up properly and stick out.
by Rasta
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Which Apidura Packs?
Replies: 25
Views: 2693

Re: Which Apidura Packs?

I have a non-waterproof Apidura frame bag. It has a water proof zip and material. A couple of years ago they were advertised as almost waterproof but 'recommended to use a waterproof bag in extreme wet weather'. Due to the top of the bag, under the frame, being flat, it leaks like a sieve in just a ...
by Rasta
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Ruta De La Plata
Replies: 13
Views: 2366

Re: Ruta De La Plata

Wild camping in Spain is not a problem. You will only be moved on if found. The main problem is the miles upon miles of barbed wire. Some fences are over 20 miles long. Don't sleep in those fields. Effing big bulls hidden over the horizon. The hostals are not full of kids but serious hikers who are ...
by Rasta
Tue Mar 06, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Ruta De La Plata
Replies: 13
Views: 2366

Re: Ruta De La Plata

Hola! Albs, Quite a report there. Sounds like you have a fair bit of experience. I have always wanted to do S de C south through Portugal. But I hear nothing but bad reports about Portugese drivers. Not that they are bad, but because Portugal is not big into cycling so the drivers are not used to th...
by Rasta
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Ruta De La Plata
Replies: 13
Views: 2366

Re: Ruta De La Plata

I did it from S de C southbound to Seville then Malaga.
Remember to get the accomodation card in Seville. You can't get it along the way except in Salamanca. Without it you can't use the discounted hostals.
by Rasta
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Shovel packing / snow shelter
Replies: 17
Views: 3017

Re: Shovel packing / snow shelter

I can't believe it! I have a lot of experience in the mountains and yesterday I got my first ever frostbite injury. I was stuck on a mountain - high altitude and extreme conditions of course - and the car wouldn't start. So I used cold start spray (ether?) in the air intake. I could feel my finger g...
by Rasta
Sat Mar 03, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Real world winter sub0 shoes reviews (or whatever!)
Replies: 6
Views: 829

Re: Real world winter sub0 shoes reviews (or whatever!)

For cold and snow I use ex-UK army Altberg boots, two sizes too big. With plastic flat pedals. Inefficient but warm.
If there is a big snow fall overnight, then I may have to hike out dragging the bike.
Otherwise neoprene over-shoes which are very warm but leave the feet sweaty.
by Rasta
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Shovel packing / snow shelter
Replies: 17
Views: 3017

Re: Shovel packing / snow shelter

ImageOld Quinzhee feb18 by Hola Siesta, on Flickr


This is what it looked like 2 months later. Last week. The roof is still solid but the whole thing had sunk down about 1 1/2 metres. It would still be possible (and safe) to sleep in.
by Rasta
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Shovel packing / snow shelter
Replies: 17
Views: 3017

Re: Shovel packing / snow shelter

ImageQuinzhee Dec17 by Hola Siesta, on Flickr


This is the quinzhee that I built in December. The one I went to check on, in my 1st post "Hello!".
by Rasta
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Shovel packing / snow shelter
Replies: 17
Views: 3017

Re: Shovel packing / snow shelter

If it was -18°C outside, then in a tent it would be -16°C. A well made snow hole will be above 0°C. Gairym I made one around the corner from you in Cirque du Fer a Cheval. A top place for this. I usually make them in remote places, so I don't fill them in, but I do mark them with branches. If there ...
by Rasta
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Shovel packing / snow shelter
Replies: 17
Views: 3017

Re: Shovel packing / snow shelter

A basic trench with a tarp roof can be made in 1/2 an hour. But the nights are long and cold. So I make them big and comfortable, with a thick snow roof for insulation. 2 hours ish. Any faster and you will sweat too much. If there isn't much snow, then you can build them from the ground up. A cross ...
by Rasta
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 8
Views: 1234

Re: Hello!

Okay. Strange. It is now working, so trip and pictures now posted.
The Flickr forum has lots of posts with the same issues as me. It seems the problem may not be Flickr but Chrome etc.
by Rasta
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Shovel packing / snow shelter
Replies: 17
Views: 3017

Shovel packing / snow shelter

I have just been out on an overnight trip in the Ubaye region of the French Alps. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4701/39762754414_5e5ddd1645.jpg Ubaye feb18 by Hola Siesta , on Flickr https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4612/40429735852_4f2aaa79c3.jpg Ubaye trench feb18 by Hola Siesta , on Flickr https:/...
by Rasta
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 8
Views: 1234

Re: Hello!

I guess my above reply may be interpreted a bit cocky. Snow shelters are warmer and quieter than tents or bivis. Inside they usually never go below freezing, regardless of how cold it is outside. And a shovel weighs less than 1/2kg. I have just been on another shovel packing trip. But Flickr is not ...
by Rasta
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 8
Views: 1234

Re: Hello!

Thanks. Foto was taken today. Near Col de Vars, France. I don't use a tent or bivi bag when the snow is deep. Just a shovel to build a quinzhee or snow trench. Today I went to see if an old quinzhee from 2 months ago was still standing. It was. The shovel was to dig out the entrance. Supposed to be ...
by Rasta
Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 8
Views: 1234

Hello!

Hello!

First post. No idea what to say other than hello! So I will practice linking a picture as I have never done it before.

Hello!

ImageIMG_3057 by ant ant, on Flickr