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by faustus
Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: If you were offered sponsorship...
Replies: 64
Views: 2680

Re: If you were offered sponsorship...

No, ta. Ultimately i think my joy of riding would be seriously compromised by being paid to do things someone else wants me to do. Quite happy to ride for myself for free! I know it was hypothetical, but you'd have to do a lot more than hashtag a few posts on instagram. It would all feel very job-li...
by faustus
Wed Aug 07, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: 26 isn’t dead....is it?
Replies: 54
Views: 1934

Re: 26 isn’t dead....is it?

Still ride my 26 inbred as my town bike, currently SS. I really enjoy it because it's tough, fast and agile, and it's a practical bike so I ride it in normal clothes and no helmet. My boy loves going on the Yepp mini on it too. It's also running my treasured 4 pot M755 XT brake on the front, which I...
by faustus
Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1492
Views: 221403

Re: Todays ride

RIP wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:43 am
Lovely that Matt, I've just been retrospectively round with you in spirit! Dead jealous :smile: . Still, come September..
Thank you sir! Are you heading there in September then?...
by faustus
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1492
Views: 221403

Re: Todays ride

Did a big mid-Wales ride/bivvy at the weekend. It started life as doing the Trans Cambrian Way, but due to time, logistics and costs, it was a big loop from near Mach utilising some of the TCW, bits of Big Bear and bits I made up. Went from near Mach to Aber off road, Ystwyth trail to Tregaron, moun...
by faustus
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTD Very Cheap Hammock
Replies: 6
Views: 402

Re: WTD Very Cheap Hammock

I'm sure you can pick something up from someone, but if you don't, you can get a £10 one from decathlon https://www.decathlon.co.uk/basic-1-person-hammock-blue-id_8330395.html?iv_=__iv_p_1_g_61980150214_c_316432703506_w_aud-308557095093:pla-295628810540_n_g_d_c_v__l__t__r_1o1x_pla_y_15177021_f_onlin...
by faustus
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Newport to Brecon - best route
Replies: 15
Views: 587

Re: Newport to Brecon - best route

Or get a train to Merthyr instead, and get on the Taff trail to the Gap fairly quickly. Then you miss the southern sprawl entirely. You could always take the Taff trail from Cardiff, never done it and no idea what it's like from Cardiff. It uses Sustrans route 8, part of the Lon Las Cymru, so it mig...
by faustus
Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Memories are made of this ....
Replies: 26
Views: 1306

Re: Memories are made of this ....

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:51 pm
A great memory for me is my preparation for my viva in 2011.
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Ha! If my viva had been representative of the eponymous car, it would have ended badly! :lol:
by faustus
Wed Jul 31, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Memories are made of this ....
Replies: 26
Views: 1306

Re: Memories are made of this ....

Borderer - that's a nice one! I hope to make similar memories with my boy, but it's a while off as he's only just walking! :grin: A great memory for me is my preparation for my viva in 2011. My best pal and I stayed in Ty'n y Cornel for a night, and spent the next cold november day riding around tha...
by faustus
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:25 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 293
Views: 16201

Re: What you done t' your bike today

Frame swap for me too last week/bits of this weekend when i had some spare time. Got a super bargain Sanderson Town Crier 29 frame on ebay and built it up with most of the stuff from the Scandal I sold recently. Needs some brake hose lengthened and going to try a Geoff bar on it. Also have a 2.6 fro...
by faustus
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Doethie valley
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Doethie valley

I know it's not rated any more, I just fancy including it on my ride for old times sake. I first rode it 15 years ago and loved the setting as much as the ride. Might just do it to see how it is, though hope it's not a slog.
by faustus
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Doethie valley
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Re: Doethie valley

Thanks both for the input so far, shame to hear that horse traffic might have diminished enjoyment. I'm thinking it's a 50/50 whether I do it or not. As you say psling, it's a stunning valley however you travel down it, and i've some nice memories form my trips down it - that's the main reason for w...
by faustus
Tue Jul 23, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Doethie valley
Replies: 7
Views: 436

Doethie valley

I'm planning on riding down this in just under a couple of weeks (southbound). It's been about 8 years since i last did it, and i'm wondering if anyone has done it recently or when summer vegetation is at its height? Is it in OK condition (for the area, my expectations are set accordingly!), and mos...
by faustus
Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Mini frame bag?
Replies: 10
Views: 547

Re: Mini frame bag?

Restrap small frame bag, bit expensive though, and probably a bit big for general riding.
by faustus
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Jay Petervary sacked
Replies: 70
Views: 3950

Re: Jay Petervary sacked

Interesting that it's billed as one of the toughest and *seemingly* more remote of the bikepacking races...surprised it has lots of 4G. That's more than can be said about lots of rural Wales! :grin: I have to agree that too much media on bikepacking races is a bit tiring and distracting. There's a g...
by faustus
Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: GB Divide
Replies: 45
Views: 2552

Re: GB Divide

Looks a great route, and if it's as well crafted as people are saying , then seems worthwhile giving it (or bits of it) a try. I really appreciate the aim of creating a long and spectacular route that you don't have to travel abroad for. I would agree the balance between rough/exciting trails and ea...
by faustus
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Routes
Topic: Wessex Way
Replies: 7
Views: 609

Re: Wessex Way

Hi Sean, You can get the route here if you have a viewranger account (even a free one): https://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MTk5MzM= Or if that doesn't work just google 'wessex way viewranger' and it'll come up. Quick look and the portion between Westbury and Newbury uses a lot of byways on the ...
by faustus
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Laminating printed maps
Replies: 34
Views: 1440

Re: Laminating printed maps

I'm also a bit of a die-hard paper map-er. But, recently i've been finding ways to just use pictures of maps on my phone. I've used Bing OS layer in the past and done screenshots, and taken photos of paper maps I own. I've found I can satisfy my map readers need to look at a map and take in the envi...
by faustus
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: a dislike of bikepacking luggage. anyone else?
Replies: 18
Views: 1278

Re: a dislike of bikepacking luggage. anyone else?

I'd tend to agree with what's been said about the benefits of soft luggage so far, and it's worked for me too. But you do have to be in the mindset of only taking what is necessary and packing light. I do find some soft luggage products to be annoying or badly designed - or I just don't get along wi...
by faustus
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Genesis longitude yay or nay
Replies: 11
Views: 961

Re: Genesis longitude yay or nay

My mate has got on older model designed for 29+. I've ridden it a couple of times and I love it, very capable and ideal for bikepacking. Imagine the current ones are just as capable.
by faustus
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 786
Views: 39122

Re: Tour Divide 2019

Alexandera has finished, 18 days and 20.5 hours :-bd I make that over 4 days faster than her time for last year :grin: Great ride Alexandera! :-bd Every picture of her does show her smiling, and shows that a great attitude goes a long way. Also, she said that her legs were her secret weapon - and w...
by faustus
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: New Forest Gravel Ride
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: New Forest Gravel Ride

I really enjoy riding in the new forest, even though none of it's remotely technical. Here's a route I did a couple of years ago that took in a lot of the designated off road trails (that are easy to follow), and went via a stop at the sea. Would be easy to start from Lymington and do it in a long d...
by faustus
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 1492
Views: 221403

Re: Todays ride

Couldn't fit in a bivvy this month so no BAM. But I had a weekend away with my folks and rode from Salisbury to Blandford Forum via Martin down, Pentridge and Tarrant Rushton airfield. Only 37 miles but a surprisingly tough ride in the heat, and more bushwacking than I hoped for. It was a beautiful ...
by faustus
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Cerne Abas Giant
Replies: 14
Views: 3395

Re: Cerne Abas Giant

Agree with the sentiments about rules, and feeling like you must do something epic, and must bivvy. I couldn't fit a BAM in this month but did some nice riding anyway, and stayed with family instead. Also riding over similar terrain, bridleways that required painful bushwacking in parts. I used to l...
by faustus
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tour Divide 2019
Replies: 786
Views: 39122

Re: Tour Divide 2019

Agree with the sentiments about boredom being a state of mind. I often find myself more attracted to landscapes that might seem superficially 'dull' or 'monotonous'. I actually like riding in forest plantations (overlooking their sometimes dubious biodiversity for now!) and flat plains, as there are...
by faustus
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Norway tour.
Replies: 12
Views: 847

Re: Norway tour.

Norway is spectacular. I've not ridden there, but it seems a great place for touring. If there is a lack of off-road trails, then it would be more than made up for by the stunning landscape. I'd be happy doing some hiking side trips instead. Glad you enjoyed it! :-bd