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by K1100T
Thu Aug 27, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Before I buy a Lunar Solo...
Replies: 51
Views: 1539

Before I buy a Lunar Solo...

In a bizarre twist of forward planning, I maybe able to afford a Lunar Solo next month. Before I buy one, are there any other lightweight one person tents , around the same amount of money, that I should also be considering...? Given that I'll need a pole, should I also be looking to replace whateve...
by K1100T
Thu Aug 27, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Summer bivi... Luggage sizes
Replies: 15
Views: 530

Re: Summer bivi... Luggage sizes

Not all of us have been in this game long enough to have lightweight, highly packable kit. I run a (mostly) Restrap setup, with their large bar bag (14 litre dry bag and 3 litre pouch, have only used the pouch once); medium frame bag (3.5 litre); saddle bag (14 litre); top tube bag (0.85 litre). I'v...
by K1100T
Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB200 2020
Replies: 838
Views: 17324

Re: BB200 2020

I probably shouldn't bother asking, but will the route be suitable for those of use who run slightly skinnier tyres and drop bars...?
by K1100T
Sun Aug 09, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7
Replies: 9
Views: 263

Re: WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7

If you want to start cheap, the look at the Planet X PODSAC bags . Cheap and cheerful, but will do while you get started. Note that you can buy the same stuff direct from China, without the PODSAC logos etc. If you'd rather spend your money wisely, and buy something made in the UK, then look at AlpK...
by K1100T
Sat Aug 08, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7
Replies: 9
Views: 263

Re: WTB gear for Cannondale Trail 7

Buy the lightest and least bulky kit you can afford, i.e. tent / tarp, sleeping bag / quilt and mat.
by K1100T
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Coffee bags or other options
Replies: 33
Views: 1215

Re: Coffee bags or other options

Andiphim wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 6:28 am
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by K1100T
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: How to insert pictures
Replies: 150
Views: 61691

Re: How to insert pictures

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/EqA7pGS5_Ao_b8Zp6zdxOuBc_5cmcVO0hhfm8U7VwoHI2fp-z2XtDlBqjG9Ec0KTKNpJmA6Ad5Yn7TiN9Waw9S1ImsOKlOJZHIVtRlF_qBWNyZ5_9sFNaOQzis4tQZ7NIIOVrWFthQ=w1920-h1080 You need to stick the URL in an IMG tag. The little mountain icon in the editing toolbar. [ img ] https://lh3.goog...
by K1100T
Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 2059
Views: 288751

Re: Todays ride

RIP wrote:
Fri Aug 07, 2020 3:37 pm
34 pints of Guinnessand you're sorted :-bd
Not sure my digestive system could cope with that much Guinness! 💩
by K1100T
Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 2059
Views: 288751

Re: Todays ride

Taking it easy this week, as we're off on holiday next week. Three easy rides on Monday , Tuesday and Wednesday , although I felt utterly empty on Wednesday with extreme fatigue in the afternoon. Went to give blood yesterday, but was rejected due to low iron levels, which is slightly worrying as I t...
by K1100T
Fri Aug 07, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you done t' your bike today
Replies: 687
Views: 51554

Re: What you done t' your bike today

Replaced my front brake pads while out and about this morning. Noticed a grinding noise about 40 km into the ride, so stopped and swapped the pads for a set I've been carrying since that start of last month. They lasted 7,445.7 km (according to Strava), no idea if this is a good distance or not, as ...
by K1100T
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Off Cuts
Replies: 6
Views: 565

Re: Off Cuts

I had to go and google what a walking foot was!
by K1100T
Tue Aug 04, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: New Bike Gear Out And Due Out...
Replies: 114
Views: 5543

Re: New Bike Gear Out And Due Out...

New Enve Adventure Fork . Thought I was going mad the other day when I couldn't find it on their website, but was seeing pictures of it from the builder expo... According to ADVNTR: Other features include tyre clearance for up to 2.1” tires on 700c/29” wheel and 2.4” tires on a 650b/27.5” wheel in t...
by K1100T
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Replacing a Bar Bag and Harness
Replies: 14
Views: 463

Re: Replacing a Bar Bag and Harness

Back to your original list. It looks like you've identified the two bulky items, namely tent and sleeping bag. Lunar Solo would be a good option. The Gatewood Cape is also worth considering but you may need some bug protection. I've the Gatewood and it packs really small, probably less than a litre...
by K1100T
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Replacing a Bar Bag and Harness
Replies: 14
Views: 463

Re: Replacing a Bar Bag and Harness

...it's the sleeping bag that's the main bulk. Something I've found helps me with packing is to not use the sleeping bag's stuff sack. I pack my saddle bag with mat, bivvy bag, tarp, pillow and pole, then stuff the sleeping bag into the remaining space. The flexible shape (rather than a big cylinde...
by K1100T
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: British Gravel Championships
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: British Gravel Championships

Does this event have any sanctioning by an official cycling body or is it just like when we ran the 'World Tussock Racing' championships at Bear Stock? https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PWJxZ52o7v8/V2_SRJw1JwI/AAAAAAAAFac/Dr9R2k8FZdQplzR3M9Yf3hIXueGzdbzUwCLcB/s1600/tussock-trophy.jpg Their website states:...
by K1100T
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:05 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Replacing a Bar Bag and Harness
Replies: 14
Views: 463

Re: Replacing a Bar Bag and Harness

I'm generally of the opinion that it's better to look at your carrying capacity and tailor your kit to fit, rather than adding more luggage capacity to fit your kit in. :wink: Given my current job situation, it's a lot cheaper buying fork bags, than smaller, lighter, kit! To be honest, fork bags mi...
by K1100T
Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: British Gravel Championships
Replies: 3
Views: 271

British Gravel Championships

Yes. It's a thing now... - British Gravel Championships

Will be interesting to see if it actually goes ahead, and what the routes are. Especially considering there's a few bridleways in that there forest...
by K1100T
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Replacing a Bar Bag and Harness
Replies: 14
Views: 463

Re: Replacing a Bar Bag and Harness

First of all, investing in lighter, more compact kit is always the best move. It just makes everything else so much easier. Next idea would be to consider a small change to your setup whilst in bivvy mode; flip your stem. I appreciate that this might require a small additional expense in cable/hose...
by K1100T
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Replacing a Bar Bag and Harness
Replies: 14
Views: 463

Re: Replacing a Bar Bag and Harness

I've used cages on my forks that probably are not designed for it with no issues. Carbon bladed fork, just used old inner tubes to protect the fork then held the cages on with cable ties. The Topeak cages come with a plastic jubilee clip type affair, so was hoping those and some inner tube would be...
by K1100T
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Replacing a Bar Bag and Harness
Replies: 14
Views: 463

Replacing a Bar Bag and Harness

Apologies, this is probably going to be a somewhat rambling and incoherent post. TLDR; don't like my bar bag and harness, want to replace it with some fork bags and a barrel bag. I bought a load of Restrap bags at the start of the year and they've performed variably on the four adventures I've been ...
by K1100T
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Cool / well-ventilated helmet
Replies: 13
Views: 483

Re: Cool / well-ventilated helmet

I bought a Smith Rover MIPS when I got my fat bike, as I wanted something with a bit more back of head protection. It's heavy, hot and you have to do it up proper tight to stop it moving around. I wouldn't recommend it. Prior to that, I always had Specialized helmets, as they fit my bonce, so going ...
by K1100T
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Off Cuts
Replies: 6
Views: 565

Re: Off Cuts

oreocereus wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:16 pm
Extremtextil and AdventureExpert both list offcuts on their site - they’re the only EU stockists of apex.
I'm obviously not looking hard enough... 🙄
I'll fire them both an email and see what they say.

Thanks!
by K1100T
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: MYOG
Topic: Off Cuts
Replies: 6
Views: 565

Off Cuts

Just wondering if anyone had some off cuts of Climashield Apex insulation and lightweight fabric I could have? I fancy having a go at making my own quilt, but am not sure my wife's sewing machine is up to the job. My Mum, Sister and Sister-in-law all have proper beefy machines, so if ours isn't good...
by K1100T
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:54 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 2059
Views: 288751

Re: Todays ride

Should I contact Merlin and explain the tires are just substandard. Oh, so they'd ask me why, as i went through the conversation. "Well, I got a puncture... actually two punctures"... "Oh, so you think you deserve a refund cos you got a puncture"... Erm, oh, actually scratch that idea. Will just ge...
by K1100T
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Todays ride
Replies: 2059
Views: 288751

Re: Todays ride

Three rides this week, 103 km on Monday , 107 km on Tuesday and 173 km yesterday . Which means, for the first time ever, I've cycled over 1,600 km this month and over 3,000 km over June and July combined. Taking it easy next month, mainly as I've been made redundant and need to find a new job. Oh, a...