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by Ian
Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:21 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Bear Bones 200 scouting.
Replies: 5
Views: 2890

Re: Bear Bones 200 scouting.

That last picture - is that the path that goes from Llyn Brianne over to Abergwesyn?
by Ian
Thu Aug 25, 2011 7:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What sleeping bag have you used this summer?
Replies: 5
Views: 1261

Re: What sleeping bag have you used this summer?

PHD Minim. It's ace, keeps me warm and weighs chuff all. I'll likely use it well into the autumn too as I can boost it with a PHD Ultra vest. Should be OK to at least freezing with those two.
by Ian
Thu Aug 25, 2011 1:14 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Great Orme to Worm's Head
Replies: 35
Views: 14913

Re: Great Orme to Worm's Head

How about the 29 September to 2 October (Thursday to Sunday)?

Subject to the usual caveats with the weather. Don't mind some rain, but if they've forecast four days of solid rain I'd rather shelve it until early spring next year.
by Ian
Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:47 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Solar Battery Charger
Replies: 4
Views: 1033

Re: Solar Battery Charger

Not solar, but you could make your own, like this: http://ianbarrington.com/2010/03/21/portable-power/
by Ian
Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lets Pretend ... Dream Kit.
Replies: 30
Views: 5940

Re: Lets Pretend ... Dream Kit.

Yes, they're Specialized Z-cages. Saw Aidan had some on his bike for the WRT, and subsequently for the TD. They work well around frame bags, though the vertical one ends up being left handed, which is their only drawback.
by Ian
Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:57 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Great Orme to Worm's Head
Replies: 35
Views: 14913

Re: Great Orme to Worm's Head

The year does appear to be advancing rapidly. End of September maybe?
Early October would have been OK if it wasn't for the BB200.
Later you leave it, the shorter the days and greater likelihood of poor weather.
by Ian
Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:42 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lets Pretend ... Dream Kit.
Replies: 30
Views: 5940

Re: Lets Pretend ... Dream Kit.

Right, here you go: Wildcat Clouded Leopard, 150g on the nose. Stuffed with tarp, bivvy bag, sleeping mat, first aid kit and few other bits and bobs: http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6182/6058666924_4e49546e21.jpg Wildcat Clouded Leopard by ianbarrington , on Flickr http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6080...
by Ian
Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:38 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Mach' winter bivvy.
Replies: 48
Views: 17573

Re: Mach' winter bivvy.

Fresh Pizza made from scratch.
If you want pepperoni, does that mean you have to bring a whole cow?
by Ian
Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:21 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Mach' winter bivvy.
Replies: 48
Views: 17573

Re: Mach' winter bivvy.

Why do I have to better it?
Well you don't I suppose - I just imagined that you'd want to. Progress and all that. Refinement of the process from lessons learnt first time around. :geek:

Besides, if someone did do the one this year how much do you want to keep that crown?
by Ian
Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Mach' winter bivvy.
Replies: 48
Views: 17573

Re: Mach' winter bivvy.

Water? http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5086/5239148932_19f125d38f.jpg P1030451 by ianbarrington , on Flickr At -10 degress Celcius? The more important question surely, is how is the Flat One going to better last year's Christmas dinner? http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5285/5239143410_f6f729e50b.jpg P1...
by Ian
Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:28 am
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Mach' winter bivvy.
Replies: 48
Views: 17573

Re: Mach' winter bivvy.

Is it better to wait until the temperature is 10 degrees below and there's snow on the ground, for maximum effect, an' all? ;)

Unless you know something about the weather this December that I don't :shock:
by Ian
Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:39 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bargain Alert Thread
Replies: 3543
Views: 644942

Re: Bargain Alert Thread

Crux top - damn you Anthony, I really want one of those but I'll be in big trouble if I spend any more money on gear just at the moment...
by Ian
Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:36 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Nice video
Replies: 4
Views: 1334

Re: Nice video

Nice video that. Looks an amazing place to ride though.

I don't think he has all that much stuff - no stove, simple tarp, lightweight bag etc. Doesn't take up all that much room really.
by Ian
Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:03 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Kit to get started with?
Replies: 6
Views: 2829

Re: Kit to get started with?

I'm not sure how far away Wildcat are from having theirs finished and into production ... hopefully Ian will come along and shed some light. Building work at home has slowed development/ production somewhat. Ideally, in time for the BB200 (Mid October). Wildcat Mountain Lion harness has its straps ...
by Ian
Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:55 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lets Pretend ... Dream Kit.
Replies: 30
Views: 5940

Re: Lets Pretend ... Dream Kit.

Stu - found camera and cleaned bike but it was too dark last night to take a good picture.

Matt - might have a prototype for you in time for BB200.
by Ian
Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Lets Pretend ... Dream Kit.
Replies: 30
Views: 5940

Re: Lets Pretend ... Dream Kit.

Wildcat Clouded Leopard in VX07 fabric Beth has just finished this for me. 150g partial frame bag, into which I can fit sleeping mat, tarp, moonlight bivvy, first aid kit and few other bits. Cut specifically to allow me to use two bottles on the bike, thus negating the need for anything on my back....
by Ian
Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:54 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Good Book
Replies: 11
Views: 3413

Re: Good Book

Thanks chaps - glad it's not just me. I had to laugh a bit in the first Cordillera where she gets to Pie Town just before the pie shop closes and when asks what she would like, she says a salad... You've just ridden 100+ miles to a town famous for its pies, and you want a salad? :? :roll: While we'r...
by Ian
Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Whisky...
Replies: 12
Views: 3109

Re: Whisky...

Yes, indeed it does - thank you :D :D

Image
The Balvenie DoubleWood by ianbarrington, on Flickr

Very nice actually. Haven't had a Speyside whisky in a long while and this one was particularly smooth and balanced.
by Ian
Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:27 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: 18" slot dropout Inbred.
Replies: 9
Views: 3470

Re: 18" slot dropout Inbred.

I was actually referring to the small piece in the foreground ;)
by Ian
Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:22 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Montane Minimus Jacket
Replies: 10
Views: 2095

Re: Montane Minimus Jacket

That Haglofs one looks good for biking - drop tail, and arms cut on the long side to allow coverage with a thumb grip. If you were to modify it to remove the hood, sub 150g? Basically like this, http://www.haglofs.com/en-us/products/clothing/layers/intense/men/shield_pullover_en-us.aspx, but made of...
by Ian
Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:13 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Nemo Gogo?
Replies: 5
Views: 1593

Re: Nemo Gogo?

Mike Hall used one on the Divide too. They've got some nice details, such as the "swallow tail" foot box. They look like they'll be more bearable in bad weather than a tarp or bivvy bag would be. They're much less weight than any equivalent that I can find, and imagine as a result they pack down wel...
by Ian
Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Great Orme to Worm's Head
Replies: 35
Views: 14913

Great Orme to Worm's Head

Just finished plotting this route. 403 km, 10,700m ascent. Very high proportion of off road, but mostly on tracks that I am familiar with so a high degree of rideability. I thought three nights/ four days to allow travel up to North Wales. That works out at around 80 miles/ day. There are good optio...
by Ian
Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: 18" slot dropout Inbred.
Replies: 9
Views: 3470

Re: 18" slot dropout Inbred.

I find the piece of orange brick surrounded by grey slate offending to the eye. It should be removed forthwith.

And shut that door!
by Ian
Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Good Book
Replies: 11
Views: 3413

Re: Good Book

Searching for something on here brought me to this thread. Just finished the two Corillera's, to which Jill Homer contributed two articles. Of all the the authors for both books, I found her by far the most irritating. Can't quite work out why, but can't stand her style of writing. Didn't even finis...
by Ian
Fri Aug 12, 2011 1:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What does your cooking kit comprise of?
Replies: 8
Views: 2195

Re: What does your cooking kit comprise of?

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What does that weigh?

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