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by faustus
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Self Isolation
Replies: 62
Views: 2309

Re: Self Isolation

drink from a manky puddle like a cat :grin:
by faustus
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: anyone else proper had enough of the weather?
Replies: 37
Views: 1432

Re: anyone else proper had enough of the weather?

Yeah pretty tired of it. Went out off road again at the weekend and the number of vaguely ride-able or enjoyable sections are very small, and fed up of the slop and muck. Decided i'll stick to back road riding for a couple of weeks, as the ground needs to recover and the water needs to recede a lot ...
by faustus
Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Self Isolation
Replies: 62
Views: 2309

Re: Self Isolation

I'd only worry when the taps run dry... If the workforce of the utility companies have to stay at home and self-isolate then the water will be off in 12 to 24hrs. Water treatment works require human input to keep going. Wastewater treatment works don't run themselves either. The shelves of my local...
by faustus
Fri Mar 06, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: International book day
Replies: 51
Views: 1679

Re: International book day

How Did We Get Into This Mess? by George Monbiot. Shocking, thought provoking and depressing in equal measure. The Herald’s review says it far better than I could - ‘Controversial, clear but always rigorously argued, HDWGITM? assesses the state we are now in: the devastation of the natural world, t...
by faustus
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: International book day
Replies: 51
Views: 1679

Re: International book day

I’m on The Way Home by Mark Boyle. It’s about him building a life free of modern technology in rural Ireland. Thought-provoking stuff I might get this one soon, it reminded me that i'd read his periodic articles in the Guardian and found them interesting, mainly because of the questions asked about...
by faustus
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: International book day
Replies: 51
Views: 1679

Re: International book day

K1100T wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:52 pm
Landslide wrote:
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:43 pm
"Falcon" by Helen Macdonald. I've got "H is for Hawk" to go at once I've finished it.
I thought H is for Hawk was absolutely amazing, so well written. On the other hand my wife couldn't finish it.
Couldn't finish it either, just had too much nature writing for me to enjoy it any more...
by faustus
Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: International book day
Replies: 51
Views: 1679

Re: International book day

The Cabin in the Mountains: a Norwegian Odyssey, by Robert Ferguson - It's fairly enjoyable so far.
Also just finished Arto Paasilinna's The Year of the Hare, which I enjoyed quite a lot. Scandi flavours at the moment.
by faustus
Wed Mar 04, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Rovaniemi 300 Write Up & Video
Replies: 29
Views: 1288

Re: Rovaniemi 300 Write Up & Video

Great to read the blog, the race sounds very tough indeed! I've done a very little bit of XC skiing a bit further north of Rovaniemi, and it was brilliant being in that landscape. I can definitely see the appeal of doing some fat-bikepacking in that region as i'd love to explore it in the winter. Ha...
by faustus
Wed Mar 04, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Photos you have taken in the last month of which you like.
Replies: 1079
Views: 210134

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

Beautiful light after a rain shower passed over, in a really nice nearby spot.

ImageWintery Winterbourne sunset by Matthew Walker, on Flickr
by faustus
Tue Mar 03, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: King Alfreds Way
Replies: 10
Views: 1038

Re: King Alfreds Way

I'm hoping to do this sometime this year if i get the chance, looks a good route.
by faustus
Tue Mar 03, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The story behind your BB name (and whats your usual form of address)
Replies: 159
Views: 5371

Re: The story behind your BB name (and whats your usual form of address)

My BB name is a (now fairly embarrassingly) pretentious one I used on STW when i first signed up there quite a long time ago. It was the name I gave my first 'proper' mtb (Rock Lobster 853). Yup, named after the character in Marlowe's play...#YoungEnglishLitw@nker I don't name bikes anymore, and i'm...
by faustus
Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Decathlon Bikepacking bicycle
Replies: 13
Views: 650

Re: Decathlon Bikepacking bicycle

I had a look cos i was a bit confused - The riverside is the name of a current decathlon hybrid bike, and i guess this is a prototype of a bikepacking version. I'd imagine decathlon would do a pretty good job of making something good at a decent price...
by faustus
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3230
Views: 550250

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Lidl special, bikepacking bags for a tenner each, waterproof apparently....

https://www.lidl.co.uk/en/p/cycling-acc ... ent/p30164

EDIT: didn't see the other thread on this...
by faustus
Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bear Bones bothy?
Replies: 17
Views: 865

Re: Bear Bones bothy?

Looks far too nice for a bothy!
by faustus
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1915
Views: 260177

Re: Todays ride

From the weekend, when I was on a roadie trip to Tenerife. Went up mount Teide, longest road climb in Europe. 35miles to the top with only a couple of short downhill bits. Stunning scenery, and great to ride in the crater of a volcano and through a lava field... https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/4...
by faustus
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: what defines a good nights bivi
Replies: 22
Views: 1050

Re: what defines a good nights bivi

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:27 am
Stu - underground waterwheel sounds fascinating!
Image
Brilliant! :-bd
by faustus
Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: what defines a good nights bivi
Replies: 22
Views: 1050

Re: what defines a good nights bivi

All the key points have been eloquently made above. As a part-time bikepacker with little time this year (baby #2 in 2 and a bit months :shock: ), i'll be doing much the same: making the most of local exploration within a fairly small radius. Definitely a change of mindset will bring rewards. I've a...
by faustus
Thu Feb 20, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: FS: V3 Scandal and Kinesis Tripster fork
Replies: 1
Views: 396

Re: FS: V3 Scandal and Kinesis Tripster fork

Prices reduced a bit, both are prices Posted.
by faustus
Thu Feb 20, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: non cyclist cycling clothing
Replies: 13
Views: 846

Re: non cyclist cycling clothing

Whatever you do, do not commit the crime that is a plaid shirt and Lycra shorts. :o
by faustus
Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 'Prepping' What's that about?
Replies: 48
Views: 2488

Re: 'Prepping' What's that about?

The whole prepping thing always strikes me as a bit short-sighted, as it doesn't seem to spend much energy on thinking about skills you'll need in the new/devastated post-apocalypse world. Like how to live off the land effectively. Ironically if more of us did live off the land now to some extent m...
by faustus
Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 'Prepping' What's that about?
Replies: 48
Views: 2488

Re: 'Prepping' What's that about?

One of the advantages of being in the UK in the event of an apocalypse (if you survive) will be the relative lack of other people who have hoarded guns ready to shoot other people. The whole prepping thing always strikes me as a bit short-sighted, as it doesn't seem to spend much energy on thinking ...
by faustus
Wed Feb 19, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Wildcamping spots - the 8 best.
Replies: 45
Views: 2119

Re: Wildcamping spots - the 8 best.

The thing that most irks me about these articles is how the term 'wilderness' is so mis-used in these articles. I'm not being a semantic pedant, I just don't like how the term is applied lazily to describe places that have few people living in them, and/or to enhance a slightly over-enthusiastic ton...
by faustus
Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: Offa's Byke - Prestatyn to Chepstow.
Replies: 31
Views: 1863

Re: Offa's Byke - Prestatyn to Chepstow.

Looks a good route, be interested to see a gpx when it's ready. Nothing wrong with a route that has ascent levels for mortals! :grin:

Good name too!
by faustus
Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The hate guide to bikepacking
Replies: 16
Views: 1122

Re: The hate guide to bikepacking

Many nails hit on the head there!
by faustus
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: map subscriptions
Replies: 25
Views: 1295

Re: map subscriptions

I paid £25 for 12 months of OS maps on viewranger, it's great. Use it for plenty of stuff apart from biking too because of offline maps and easy zooming between map scales.