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by faustus
Fri May 17, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: NOT the Trans Cambrian Way.
Replies: 20
Views: 1647

Re: NOT the Trans Cambrian Way.

I agree that maybe a routes page on here or somewhere would be good, with a downloadable gpx. I think it's a good idea to have a reworked route, and I for one would be happy to give it a go. I'm planning on doing the TCW in June, so would happily look at a re-jigged alternate routing. Agree the endi...
by faustus
Wed May 01, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My 4 days on part of the big bear
Replies: 20
Views: 2117

Re: My 4 days on part of the big bear

Thanks for sending through...it's a monster! :-bd
by faustus
Wed May 01, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: My 4 days on part of the big bear
Replies: 20
Views: 2117

Re: My 4 days on part of the big bear

As i'm new here, i'm intrigued to know what the big bear is? Assuming it's a massive route in the Cambrian mountains, anyone care to share the route for interests sake?

Ta.
by faustus
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: TDR Info
Replies: 13
Views: 1407

Re: TDR Info

Glad it got sorted, as i've read it a few times and recommended it to others. As others have said, the rawness and honesty is what makes it work. And the length really works too, it gives a good sense of the huge scale of travel. I really don't think you need to do much editing to it really. I've re...
by faustus
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:47 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1914
Views: 260115

Re: Todays ride

Went to BB territory at the weekend to visit a friend. Despite filthy conditions on saturday, the trails were fine on sunday. Went for a lovely loop from near Mach up to Glaslyn via the Hengwm valley (the one leading to Nant y Moch), and down the byway to Aberhosan. Only a little bit of bog trotting...
by faustus
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 1141
Views: 95740

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Not sure i’m really up for BAM but this may count if I carry on in May... First big ride of the year going from Newbury to the New Forest via Savernake forest. Left late on Thursday under a full moon and rode for about 20miles to Savernake where I found a nice spot. Beautiful still night and I watch...
by faustus
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Baja Divide
Replies: 12
Views: 1110

Re: Baja Divide

Know nothing about it myself, but i've followed Nicholas Carmen's blog/instagram for a few years (https://www.instagram.com/nicholascarman/?hl=en) and he pretty much set up the route, and I think he rode some of it recently. Why not contact him directly, sure he'll know a lot that would be of help?
by faustus
Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:50 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sweden - Cabin Fever 600k
Replies: 25
Views: 2193

Re: Sweden - Cabin Fever 600k

Looks a great area to ride, and lovely cabins in true Scandi 'everyman's right' style. Main problem for me would be paying to be doing it when it's busy with other people doing the same. I'd want it to be just me, the mozzies, and a grumpy elk.
by faustus
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: In the shops next week I believe.
Replies: 51
Views: 4507

Re: In the shops next week I believe.

Like the look of that. Regular MTB magazines have had very little to offer me for a long time now, so I hope it's a good mix of interesting stuff.
by faustus
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Re-wilding Scotland
Replies: 12
Views: 909

Re: Re-wilding Scotland

Your point about what period of time to go back to is a key one. Taken broadly - this is the phenomenon of Shifting Baseline Syndrome, and is something rewilding projects have to contend with, to a degree. But it also highlights a difficulty with the way rewilding can be framed. From my perspective,...
by faustus
Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Am I being churlish/picky?
Replies: 22
Views: 1464

Re: Am I being churlish/picky?

Can't say I noticed it that much. I liked the film. I did think the snow falling and sparks in the flames looked a bit fake or an effect, but didn't impact my enjoyment. I wouldn't say washed out colours and graininess is 'on trend' [a phrase increasingly at odds with itself], it just lends itself t...
by faustus
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Mike Hall inquiry
Replies: 15
Views: 1446

Re: Mike Hall inquiry

I've not read any of the reports or commentary, and i'm not going to. To be honest, when it happened I was totally gutted (and still am) by the loss of a cycling hero i'd never met. From my perspective, there is nothing to be gained from reading fairly predictable reports on causes and re-heating of...
by faustus
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel bike with MTB clearance
Replies: 18
Views: 1541

Re: Gravel bike with MTB clearance

Nice :-bd
by faustus
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gravel bike with MTB clearance
Replies: 18
Views: 1541

Re: Gravel bike with MTB clearance

Really like the look of that KM Dyffers. Think it looks better with normal drops rather than really flared ones.

That the fleet in the background btw? Dorset native exiled to Berks you see...
by faustus
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: Trans Cambrian Way?
Replies: 50
Views: 7117

Re: Trans Cambrian Way?

I'm doing this route this year, and i'm aiming for longer days and warm weather to make it more enjoyable. I've ridden plenty in the area so know what to expect in terms of conditions, at any time of year! As well as the resources on here, there's a good write up on bikepacking.com. I friend lent me...
by faustus
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Drop bar off road advice please
Replies: 24
Views: 2240

Re: Drop bar off road advice please

Indeed, I think I'd have to be fairly desperate for fork bosses to go with it in the end...
by faustus
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Drop bar off road advice please
Replies: 24
Views: 2240

Re: Drop bar off road advice please

I reckon this is a good option, but the frameset and complete build is a bit spendy for me: https://www.thelightblue.co.uk/Sport/5LB5DVM2K/Darwin-One-By-MT Great bike though, taking proper 29" tyres. Or get a camino or vagabond and get the fork only. I'm thinking of doing the same on my arkose: http...
by faustus
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Map reading.....info
Replies: 81
Views: 5152

Re: Map reading.....info

I'll put my hand up to being a paper map 'believer', and still use them almost exclusively on bike rides. I just think there is a different spacial orientation in my brain that understands maps, and I learnt a great deal from years of being a scout. Still use them for car navigation sometimes; easil...
by faustus
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 2019 - what you got planned?
Replies: 86
Views: 7074

Re: 2019 - what you got planned?

Aside from getting out as much as work and a baby will allow, definitely doing Trans-Cambrian when the weather is a bit better and it's lighter. May also do some Audax, but probably just some long rides I make up myself. Been considering BAM as a way of getting myself out each month too, will see. J...
by faustus
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Christmas list - a suggestion
Replies: 12
Views: 1391

Re: Christmas list - a suggestion

I've just bought myself an early xmas present from R*pha (only likely purchase i'll ever make from them), "Longer Rides" written and illustrated by Jo Burt. £12 plus extortionate postage, but I like his drawings and it sounds good to me. No training plans and nutrition guff, and he talks to well kno...
by faustus
Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rough-Stuff Fellowship Archive Pics
Replies: 27
Views: 2039

Re: Rough-Stuff Fellowship Archive Pics

I've just started following it and absolutely love the pictures. It sums up everything i like about riding, which i've managed to dilute in recent years by caring too much about the wrong things (strava, shiny stuff, etc...). Those pictures remind me of some of my favourite rides when I only had one...
by faustus
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: I fell in love with a spider.
Replies: 8
Views: 1301

Re: I fell in love with a spider.

Luckily (for arachnophobes like me) it is only about 10-16mm long...so not quite the hand sized monster it looks like in the picture.
by faustus
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ribble Adventure 725
Replies: 51
Views: 6204

Re: Ribble Adventure 725

Thanks kazafaza, interesting the bars might be available separately too! Do keep us posted.
by faustus
Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ribble Adventure 725
Replies: 51
Views: 6204

Re: Ribble Adventure 725

Interesting, those numbers make more sense! Wonder what the pricing will be on the framesets? Any word on the bars too? Also, is the hub spacing boost?

Thanks for posting the correct geo table!
by faustus
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Ribble Adventure 725
Replies: 51
Views: 6204

Re: Ribble Adventure 725

That satori bar is more like the alpkit Confucius bar, a loop put on a lightly swept bar. The ribble picture is clearly a loop with a smaller cross piece, see the welds are different. The grip area looks longer too. Whatever they are let's hope they retail for a sensible amount £££ (less than 50 wou...