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by slarge
Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:33 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: El-an Back ... Entry closed and GR sent.
Replies: 105
Views: 12461

Re: El-an Back ... Entry closed and GR sent.

Going to use a bivvy this year (tent last year) as I need to justify it now I have it. Plus it should be just as comfy as a tent in a cold wet windy Welsh hillside.
by slarge
Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:30 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: 2013 Solstice 150 Mile Lightweight Raid, June 22/23.
Replies: 78
Views: 28132

Re: 2013 Solstice 150 Mile Lightweight Raid, June 22/23.

Other half permitting I am up for this. Need to convince her that the 300 mile drive each way is worth it, so if anyone wants to share transport - pick up anywhere north of Warwick I may well be able to help.
by slarge
Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:28 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Tubeless
Replies: 15
Views: 1534

Re: Tubeless

Tubeless is the future! My MTBs are all tubeless, but with standard tyres. I use 24" inner tubes (Schwalbe as they have removable valve cores) split all the way round and used as a rim strip, fit the tyre, inflate it using either a gas canister or my home made tyre inflator (2litre pop bottle a...
by slarge
Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Kit 'base weights' ... anyone SUL?
Replies: 5
Views: 1125

Re: Kit 'base weights' ... anyone SUL?

Not sure if it counts, but sub 5lb is possible - I did the BB200 with under 5lb of kit (silnylon tarp, Rab TopBag, alpkit drysack, small toolkit, waterproof and spare base layer). Wouldn't have liked to sleep out with that kit though as it was quite cold that night! On a warm night it is more feasib...
by slarge
Sun Dec 23, 2012 4:21 pm
Forum: Anyone playing out?
Topic: 2013 Solstice 150 Mile Lightweight Raid, June 22/23.
Replies: 78
Views: 28132

Re: 2013 Solstice 150 Mile Lightweight Raid, June 22/23.

Mmmmmhhhh - very interested. How would you get back to the start point? Could fit in as a great training ride for PBW double or something like that. Just laying out my calendar for next year so I'll stay in touch......
by slarge
Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:06 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: 'Simple' stove for a tenner.
Replies: 6
Views: 1228

Re: 'Simple' stove for a tenner.

Hi Stu,
do you have any of these left? Would make a good little pressy to myself...
by slarge
Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What have I forgot?
Replies: 12
Views: 2113

Re: What have I forgot?

Food, particularly cake, and the obligatory hipflask.
by slarge
Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dec(ish) photo comp -Bigface Wins!
Replies: 25
Views: 4306

Re: Dec(ish) photo comp - entries open

go on then, how do I post a pic?
by slarge
Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Dec(ish) photo comp -Bigface Wins!
Replies: 25
Views: 4306

Re: Dec(ish) photo comp - entries open

Image
by slarge
Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: The post man's been ...
Replies: 10790
Views: 1498734

Re: The post man's been ...

Montane Prism jacket - hoping it's cold for El'n Back so I can sleep in it!

Roval skewers (2nd hand) for my spare race wheels, and spare rotors to get another set of wheels set up as a spare set.

Soon to be getting some winter boots - looking forward to that!
by slarge
Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:12 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Winter Miles
Replies: 13
Views: 2354

Re: Winter Miles

FLV, head south from Leamington down towards Napton / Kineton/Edge Hill area - (and Burton Dassett), much nicer than heading north. North has a fair bit of flooding at the moment on some of the back roads round Kenilworth etc. And avoid off road. It is utter crap at the moment (and will be until 202...
by slarge
Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: El-an Back ... Entry closed and GR sent.
Replies: 105
Views: 12461

Re: El-an Back ... Jan 12th/13th

I'm in. No mates who like sleeping out though! :(
by slarge
Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Rear Brake for On One Inbred?
Replies: 4
Views: 1009

Re: Rear Brake for On One Inbred?

Yes, a post mount caliper to IS frame mount is needed. This normally means you go up 20mm in disc size (so if you had a 160mm rear caliper, with the adaptor you will now need a 180mm disc. Look on Chain Reaction etc to see the plethora of adaptors available. Normally between £6 and £12. Then try to ...
by slarge
Tue Nov 13, 2012 11:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Winter Miles
Replies: 13
Views: 2354

Re: Winter Miles

FLV, there's a few groups go out around Leamington - the Bike Yard shop does some mid week and weekend rides, plus Mike Vaughans in Kenilworth does a Weds night ride I think. Kenilworth Wheelers do a Weds night from Cubbington, and Sat/Sun rides from Warwick Castle. I'm in Beausale if you ever want ...
by slarge
Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Topeak Seat Rack (QR Beamrack RX)
Replies: 1
Views: 766

Re: Topeak Seat Rack (QR Beamrack RX)

Sold (just pending payment etc)
by slarge
Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Klymit Sleeping mats
Replies: 6
Views: 1406

Re: Klymit Sleeping mats

OK cheers. My gear set up is quite light at the moment - siltarp, topbag and hunka bivvy. The balloon bed is just a pain to inflate (10 minutes with warm hands, 15 with cold hands), and that's in a dry tent. I have a foam mat, but I find carrying it a pain as it doesn't fit my pack or drybag (but it...
by slarge
Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Klymit Sleeping mats
Replies: 6
Views: 1406

Klymit Sleeping mats

I am looking at really light sleeping mats at the moment - a balloon bed sets the standard for lightness, but is a pain to inflate etc. Klymit mats seem quite light (their lightest is around 180grams, and packs down very small (coke can size). Does anyone have any experience of them? Are they tough ...
by slarge
Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: Topeak Seat Rack (QR Beamrack RX)
Replies: 1
Views: 766

Topeak Seat Rack (QR Beamrack RX)

I'll offer this on here first before STW/ebay. I have a Topeak QR Beamrack RX for sale. It's been used for a 10 day LEJOG about 6 years ago and has since sat in the garage waiting to be used again. It clamps to the seat tube (diam 25 - 27.2mm) and still has the rubbery strap to hold any bits on. Wou...
by slarge
Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Bear Bones 200 ... FINISH TIMES
Replies: 41
Views: 6805

Re: Bear Bones 200 ... FINISH TIMES

Good to see there was 5 minutes of dry riding in the 15 hours plus!

Nice footage, speeded up it looks quite exciting! I like the squeezing it all in the drybag at the start, a lot of gear seemed to go into a small bag - No pics of the overnight stop though? Or did you ride through the night?
by slarge
Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:37 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Weight weenyism
Replies: 17
Views: 1878

Re: Weight weenyism

Going lightweight can just mean carrying less stuff. On the BB200, how much stuff did you bring back having never used it (including food)? Next time, leave it at home (unless it would be silly to leave it - 1st aid kit might fit into this category). Then, go through what you have left and remove ha...
by slarge
Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB 200 - Lost and Found
Replies: 14
Views: 1939

Re: BB 200 - Lost and Found

I feel a whole lot better now. My gels were Torq Rhubarb and Custard - that one is defo a strawberry wrapper.
;)
by slarge
Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB 200 - Lost and Found
Replies: 14
Views: 1939

Re: BB 200 - Lost and Found

Sorry, I think I should own up to a gel wrapper - I counted them out and counted all but one back in. Definitely dropped by accident!
Apologies :oops:
by slarge
Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:54 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Are we *misunderstood ...
Replies: 17
Views: 2476

Re: Are we *misunderstood ...

Anyway, these trail centre places, do they have bogs and rivers and climbs so steep you have to push up them, and a cake and coffee stop halfway round? I might give them a go! And yes, most people think that biking everywhere and sleeping out in the woods or under the stars is bonkers. Better that t...
by slarge
Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB 200 ... and so it begins
Replies: 46
Views: 10745

Re: BB 200 ... and so it begins

Gairy, I only have one thing to say, and that is "bring waterproof boots". Everything else is easy, but cold wet feet makes it much harder !
by slarge
Mon Oct 15, 2012 1:23 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: BB 200 ... and so it begins
Replies: 46
Views: 10745

Re: BB 200 ... and so it begins

Roy,
the boulderside by the youth hostel is a big ring climb isn't it? At least that's the gear my bike was in whilst I was pushing it. The rest of it is just keeping going - don't stop for more than 30 seconds unless you have only 1 gear, then it would appear that stopping doesn't happen at all!