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by Ian
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ROVANIEMI 300
Replies: 54
Views: 2658

Re: ROVANIEMI 300

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:16 pm
Well done Ian - I couldn't think of owt worse to do on a bike :wink:
Similar amount of pushing to the 2015 BB200 :wink:
by Ian
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ROVANIEMI 300
Replies: 54
Views: 2658

Re: ROVANIEMI 300

Chuff me, that was hard!

Headlines; 2 days 6 hours 7 mins. 3rd place. More than half the field DNF’d due to the conditions.

Longer version: you’ll have to wait a bit, but I kept a video diary so you can see first hand the gradual deterioration of self as the race evolves.
by Ian
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: ROVANIEMI 300
Replies: 54
Views: 2658

Re: ROVANIEMI 300

Still going. Kuusilampi section was v tough with fresh snow fall during the middle of the day. Punctured just before Porohovi 2. Got a bit of a twinge in my knee, but nursing it round. Not done yet!
Riding with Tobias, too.
by Ian
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: ROVANIEMI 300
Replies: 54
Views: 2658

Re: ROVANIEMI 300

Thanks folks.

Minus 14 here this morning, but warming up to above zero with snow flurries by tomorrow night. Going to be interesting conditions to race in.
by Ian
Thu Jan 02, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: FatBiker question: where best to source 45NRTH
Replies: 10
Views: 637

Re: FatBiker question: where best to source 45NRTH

I have the Japanthers, and had to go up two sizes to get a good fit. Normally a 41, ended up with 43 as they were right over the top of the foot. Might be worth sizing up.
by Ian
Fri Dec 27, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tell me about budget turbo trainers.
Replies: 22
Views: 1577

Re: Tell me about budget turbo trainers.

I picked up a Tacx Vortex smart trainer on Gumtree for £120 and have been happy with it. I hadn’t used a trainer for years until recently, but having a screen to look at while you ride (even if only a phone) with a little dot moving over a satellite image makes it infinitely less mind numbing than w...
by Ian
Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: WTF (Perhaps NSFW) Tenuous link to cycling.
Replies: 11
Views: 951

Re: WTF (Perhaps NSFW) Tenuous link to cycling.

Maybe Beth might like a pair for aerating the lawn...
by Ian
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: What you doing next year?
Replies: 69
Views: 4658

Re: What you doing next year?

I’ve entered the Rovaniemi 300...

10th anniversary BB200/300 when the time comes.

Not much else planned, but wondered if there would be any interest in a group start on the Cambrian Trail?
by Ian
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Twixmas in Wales
Replies: 4
Views: 652

Twixmas in Wales

Did a quick search to see if this had been mooted already, but didn’t find anything.

So, anyone up for a trip out to a Bothy some time between 29th and 31st?
by Ian
Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: Winter bivvy, Scotland
Replies: 97
Views: 8017

Re: Winter bivvy, Scotland

Count me in. Haven't worked out where "where" is yet, but I have plenty of time to work it out :) With a bit of an unforeseen diary clash, I can't make the official weekend now - apologies. Was looking forward to meeting a few new faces. Planning to head out this weekend instead, and as I'm down in...
by Ian
Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: The 2020 Yorkshire Dales 300 & 200 event
Replies: 20
Views: 1681

Re: The 2020 Yorkshire Dales 300 & 200 event

@Lazurus :lol: — I’ve did the 300 a few years back more or less in one go (short nap in a deck chair outside a closed cafe at 6am). It was a week after the HT550, so quite close in terms of being on form, but it went to plan. It’s hard due to distance and amount of climbing, but not hard in the same...
by Ian
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Food and Drink intake - what's yours like?
Replies: 24
Views: 1863

Re: Food and Drink intake - what's yours like?

When I did my two Everesting rides, I worked out I consumed 9000 kcal’s per attempt so 1 kcal per metre ascended. I haven’t worked out what I ate on the BB200, but it probably falls into the not enough category. On the bonk; only ever happened badly once, while on the way back from a long ride at Un...
by Ian
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Padded shorts: yay, or nay?
Replies: 37
Views: 3026

Re: Padded shorts: yay, or nay?

I’ve got on well with Troy Lee Designs Skyline shorts, mainly for their well vented panels on the front of the legs and the fabric has a nice feel that doesn’t chafe.
by Ian
Wed Oct 16, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bikehike alternative?
Replies: 34
Views: 2543

Re: Bikehike alternative?

I was going to suggest https://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm, but that site has faced similar restrictions to bikehike. I bought into Route Buddy a good while back, which gave me access to 1:50k OS maps switchable to google aerial on MacOS, where choice was limited. However, it’s at least 4 yea...
by Ian
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bb200 Waffle Thread.
Replies: 357
Views: 20330

Re: Bb200 Waffle Thread.

Just uploaded my Garmin data to Strava, and spotted this segment: https://www.strava.com/segments/4229219
Suprised to get 3rd place given choice of bike :shock:
by Ian
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Padded shorts: yay, or nay?
Replies: 37
Views: 3026

Re: Padded shorts: yay, or nay?

Dave - I've spent a lot on shorts in the past - usually decent ones such as Assos, but others too. For short rides, they've been fine, but it's the longer time in the saddle where moisture builds up in the pad that it becomes uncomfortable. It all started when I increased the frequency of my commute...
by Ian
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Padded shorts: yay, or nay?
Replies: 37
Views: 3026

Padded shorts: yay, or nay?

I took a big gamble on the BB200 this year, and that was to not wear padded cycling shorts. On previous long rides with 10+ hours in the saddle, particularly in the wet when wearing waterproof shorts, chafing has been an issue that needed managing carefully. I put this down to overheating undercarri...
by Ian
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Many Thanks
Replies: 15
Views: 1612

Re: Many Thanks

Very many thanks from these quarters too :-bd Putting these things together is often harder than it seems, and I doff my hat to Stu for another varied yet challenging route that gives you the opportunity to appreciate the area in a way you might not have chosen yourself. Possibly the easiest looking...
by Ian
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bb200 Waffle Thread.
Replies: 357
Views: 20330

Re: Bb200 Waffle Thread.

Has anyone heard from Cath? I've not had a text, but then she might not have any signal. I saw her first thing this morning (first light) on the southern section out of Coed y brenin. Andy L saw her on the road climb over to Corris, and Adrian B saw her on the climb up into Dyfi. She’s making progr...
by Ian
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bb200 Waffle Thread.
Replies: 357
Views: 20330

Re: Bb200 Waffle Thread.

So would I.

The riding is good, but it’s not fast.
by Ian
Sat Oct 12, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bb200 Waffle Thread.
Replies: 357
Views: 20330

Re: Bb200 Waffle Thread.

Raining hard in Barmouth. Eating pizza.
Bugeilyn was great, rode 98% of it :-bd

Ps. Rear brake totally borked. Was dodgy when I left, got it working a bit better part way through, now doesn’t work at all. Decent to Arthog undertaken carefully with front brake and clenched buttocks...
by Ian
Thu Oct 10, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: A different sort of bikepacking challenge
Replies: 19
Views: 1604

Re: A different sort of bikepacking challenge

Is the fitting likely to have stayed the same for 70 years? :o That said, I can hunt around for vintage versions. I do have a different crank with a smaller 44t ring on it, but I would need to change the cottered bb axle to accommodate it. If you think modern BB standards are complicated, the world ...
by Ian
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: A different sort of bikepacking challenge
Replies: 19
Views: 1604

Re: A different sort of bikepacking challenge

Thanks Taylor - useful info.

Pirhana - It has a 3 speed Sturmey Archer with overdrive, thereby giving it 6 gears. Cutting edge for 1949 :-bd

Ozboz - yes, me too. Plan is to take my two kids as well and make it a three-generational ride.
by Ian
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Kit List
Replies: 20
Views: 1684

Re: Kit List

Good luck keeping your permanganate of potash dry for long. This was one of the things that I didn't know what it was, so I looked up. Used for cleaning wounds, so effectively superseded by alcohol wipes. In fact, pretty much everything on the list has a modern day equivalent of some sort. Apart fr...
by Ian
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: A different sort of bikepacking challenge
Replies: 19
Views: 1604

Re: A different sort of bikepacking challenge

If you did go that way then I'd possibly look at following NCN 68 through Bellingham to Wooler then take the B6525 to Bowsden where the line of hills between Wooler and the coast fades out and you've an easy ride to Holy Isle. Thanks Bob, I've just plotted a route that has done pretty much that. I'...