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by faustus
Fri May 31, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bivvy a month 2019
Replies: 602
Views: 30930

Re: Bivvy a month 2019

Squeezed in a school night bivvy for May, so 2/2. Left home at nearly 10pm, wandered my way up to the nearby North Hants Downs and found a lovely spot not far from the county top. Enjoyed seeing the 'W' of cassiopeia above the northern horizon. Sipped some whisky, slept OK for a bivvy kip and it was...
by faustus
Fri May 31, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Admiring the night sky - for how much longer?
Replies: 45
Views: 1263

Re: Admiring the night sky - for how much longer?

I was pondering this last night whilst watching the stars on my BAM bivvy. Personally, light pollution is my biggest worry as it reduces the quality of what you can see - satellites or not. There are so many useless lights everywhere. The internet told me that the majority of satellites are in geost...
by faustus
Thu May 30, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cabin Fever 2019 Report
Replies: 12
Views: 612

Re: Cabin Fever 2019 Report

Indeed! It's very difficult trying to speak any of the language in Scandinavia, apart from greetings and thank yous. Almost to a person, you are spotted a mile off and you will be schooled in the English language (in a good way) by someone speaking in their second or third language! :grin: dlovett -...
by faustus
Thu May 30, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cabin Fever 2019 Report
Replies: 12
Views: 612

Re: Cabin Fever 2019 Report

Nice one sir :-bd Really enjoying the write-up, will look forward to the next part. Having spent a fair bit of time in Finland (not riding), it has rekindled my desire to explore Scandinavia again - I love the landscapes and, strangely enough, the monotony of it if that makes sense? Beautiful, vast,...
by faustus
Wed May 29, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: I'll leave this here for Stu.
Replies: 62
Views: 1996

Re: I'll leave this here for Stu.

It does seem to be at odds with the LNT principles it claims to support, and there's every reason to be a grumpy bustard about it. The how to camp bit was quite, er, intriguing; like carrying all that uncooked meat, a £3 morrisons grill (where on the bike does it go!?), and some charcoal/firelogs/li...
by faustus
Fri May 17, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: NOT the Trans Cambrian Way.
Replies: 20
Views: 606

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: 864

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: 864

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: 666

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: 1420
Views: 203204

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: 602
Views: 30930

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: 540

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: 1146

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: 38
Views: 2045

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: 502

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: 780

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: 801

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: 1006

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: 1006

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: 36
Views: 2885

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: 1652

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: 1652

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: 3630

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: 4940

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: 946

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...