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by Dean
Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 718
Views: 70756

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

It was very hot today, I ran out of water and in my desperation to search a churchyard for a tap (solid grey building in middle of map, and there wasn't one) I neglected to cycle ten metres further on this road. Only a 30km trip back to get it. I also remembered my GPS is set to 60 second record so ...
by Dean
Fri Jul 24, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: A road trip around Wales
Replies: 21
Views: 1010

Re: A road trip around Wales

mattpage wrote:
Fri Jul 24, 2020 1:01 pm
ASSOS bibs, assuming the ones you have are the same miss out a section of stitching in the middle of the chamois and I think this might be key. I don't know any other brand that does this.
My Endura bibs are like this, but they might not have originally come in the box with this feature...
by Dean
Mon Jul 20, 2020 11:26 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Bear Bones Bikepacking Events Calendar.
Replies: 40
Views: 24328

Re: Bear Bones Bikepacking Events Calendar.

BTW Colin, I saw the nicely portioned up maps for printing on the new CL site (very handy), and tried to download them before someone from the OS comes and demands they're taken down, but I can't - when I enlarge them, trying to save the image just gives me a WEBP file to download. Are you involved...
by Dean
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 718
Views: 70756

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

Went out on my first tile grabbing mission, thank you all for planting the bug. Ventured to lots of small patches of forest I have never visited. It would have helped when going to new places to ride if I remembered to change the batteries in my GPS beforehand. :oops: Thankfully I had a rough idea w...
by Dean
Sat Jul 18, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: GCN does bikepacking
Replies: 88
Views: 3538

Re: GCN does bikepacking

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Sat Jul 18, 2020 2:52 pm
Has anyone actually ever bothered to ask these groups directly what the reasons are? ... that's a genuine question BTW.
I did cover this subject in conversation with my friends as I mentioned in my post, it was some years ago and I can't remember exactly what they said to confidently confirm.
by Dean
Sat Jul 18, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: GCN does bikepacking
Replies: 88
Views: 3538

Re: GCN does bikepacking

The lack of BAME participation in outdoor activities goes way beyond cycling. It has been an issue in hillwalking and mountaineering for as long as I can remember. I'd reckon that one of the reasons is a lack of role models. We've seen the same with female involvement and how that improves once the...
by Dean
Sat Jul 18, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 718
Views: 70756

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

Those black circular dots are not a path, it's a parish boundary, there will be nothing to follow on the ground. I would walk up the LandRover track west of the range (take notice of any shooting notices) and run the 100 metres to the tile and back to the footpath, you shouldn't need to enter the da...
by Dean
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 718
Views: 70756

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

I would like to have a go at some exploring (definitely not "tile collecting") but I do not have Strava, I am an app Luddite (I do not use smartphones). Does someone know how I can import the VV tile grid into Garmin Basecamp so I can plot routes over OS mapping and then upload to my GPS device? If...
by Dean
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 718
Views: 70756

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

I would like to have a go at some exploring (definitely not "tile collecting") but I do not have Strava, I am an app Luddite (I do not use smartphones). Does someone know how I can import the VV tile grid into Garmin Basecamp so I can plot routes over OS mapping and then upload to my GPS device?
by Dean
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: How often do you take a stove?
Replies: 38
Views: 1478

Re: How often do you take a stove?

It depends on the weather. If I am taking a 3 season sleeping bag I would want some hot pasta before I curl up, if I have my superlight summer quilt then staying cool at night is an issue and the lower the amount of warm food entering my stomach the better.
by Dean
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Do I need an Exposure (6 pack Race or Diablo)
Replies: 20
Views: 764

Re: Do I need an Exposure (6 pack Race or Diablo)

If you want a Diablo these ebay auctions normally go for about £120.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/m.html?_odkw ... e&_sacat=0
by Dean
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Diary of a Randonneur
Replies: 84
Views: 9956

Re: Diary of a Randonneur

I watched it because there was a cat in the thumbnail, was not disappointed.

I wouldn't want to ride the concrete bridleways near me with those tyres!
by Dean
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Black Gore Shakedry Alternative
Replies: 30
Views: 1371

Re: Black Gore Shakedry Alternative

I got a shakedry jacket for an extremely cheap price, only worn it a couple of times and there is now an abrasion tear/hole on the sleeve above the cuff. Anyone done any repairs on shakedry? Self-adhesive tube patch, inside and out? Had a hole on a pair of trousers, patching the inside was as impor...
by Dean
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Buying down
Replies: 10
Views: 482

Re: Buying down

If you wash your down at home hydrophobic dries faster/lofts easier with less agitation, there was a huge difference between washing my coated and non-coated sleeping bags. Dirt/skin greases tend not to stick to hydrophobic down as much so potentially can smell less (so requiring less washing). Also...
by Dean
Sat Jun 13, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 1 X
Replies: 23
Views: 995

Re: 1 X

I went to 1x11 in 2018 from 3x8 and not having to think about what front chain ring to choose when negotiating technical uphill riding was one less thing to worry about. Less going on in the cockpit, one less cable to get in the way of handlebar bag, etc. I have a standard Shimano 30x11-46 for bikep...
by Dean
Tue Jun 09, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Sleeping mat options
Replies: 9
Views: 530

Re: Sleeping mat options

Did you have the standard Prolite? Because if so it is not surprising that it was uncomfortable as it is pretty thin. An air bed on a closed cell mattress is the way to go for exceptionally cold travel (think Antarctica, alpine bivvying), and the Z-lite is bulky for bike travel unless you run pannie...
by Dean
Mon Jun 01, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Stupid ideas you can't shake.
Replies: 54
Views: 2728

Re: Stupid ideas you can't shake.

I get totally obsessed by things for a few weeks, then they generally pass. This one though, still gestating... Get the train to Hunstanton, then cycle to Eastbourne, via The Peddar's Way, Icknield Way Trail, The Ridgeway, King Alfred's Way and The South Downs Way. I have been considering Weston-su...
by Dean
Sun May 31, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: anyone suffer from Hotfoot ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1392

Re: anyone suffer from Hotfoot ?

Have you tried those heel grippers that ladies wear to keep their stilettos on...? I'm not sure if any are made for off-road use, but quite a few manufacturers do shoes with heat mouldable carbon tubs; pop them in your oven for a bit, then mould them round your foot. I tried a pair of the Lake CX 4...
by Dean
Thu May 28, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Suggestion on shoe repair!
Replies: 8
Views: 402

Re: Suggestion on shoe repair!

Is that delamination or a split? ShoeGoo recommendation here, although when I fixed my Timberlands I didn't do a particularly neat job! Nah... delam. Ben... they're ace and amazingly breathable. The grey material must be breathable and it seems to be welded (or cheaper method!) to the black main se...
by Dean
Wed May 27, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 2258
Views: 309358

Re: Todays ride

Must say, that I don't look forward to riding non-fasted as it is quite liberating not having to worry about food and water preride... I have never eaten while on short rides of less than three hours as I don't see the need for it (either fun rides from home or commuting for an hour to work, but I ...
by Dean
Wed May 27, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: anyone suffer from Hotfoot ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1392

Re: anyone suffer from Hotfoot ?

I have a very wide midfoot/toebox and have never found anything which is roomy around the front of the foot (I also suffer discomfort with SPDs). My biggest issue with this is that my heel are tiny/Achilles tendon is very prominent, my foot is shaped like a slice of pizza. Nothing regular fit is wid...
by Dean
Sun May 24, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Plastic or Steel?
Replies: 8
Views: 506

Re: Plastic or Steel?

I have a 1L Nalgene narrow mouth, my water filter screws onto the top so easy water collection in the wilds; it fits perfectly in an Alpkit bag on my stem (attached to fork with velcro strap) so no bouncing about. If I drop it when drinking at speed nothing will happen to it. It has been used for so...
by Dean
Sat May 23, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 2258
Views: 309358

Re: Todays ride

Must say, that I don't look forward to riding non-fasted as it is quite liberating not having to worry about food and water preride... I have never eaten while on short rides of less than three hours as I don't see the need for it (either fun rides from home or commuting for an hour to work, but I ...
by Dean
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: hike-a-(loaded)bike
Replies: 16
Views: 1094

Re: hike-a-(loaded)bike

On steep grassy slopes when the calves are burning there is "the drag of despair" to use different muscles: one hand on handlebar, one hand on saddle and start stumbling backwards.
by Dean
Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Routes
Topic: Hebridean Way
Replies: 29
Views: 2093

Re: Hebridean Way

My sister walked 2/3rds last year. She said the boggy and peaty sections are swamps after medium/heavy rain, it might be possible to escape to the beaches with a fat bike if the tide is out.