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by ChrisS
Thu Jun 10, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Recommend me a new hardtail
Replies: 40
Views: 989

Recommend me a new hardtail

I currently own a XC hardtail (Merida Big Nine in carbon) but I'd like to change it for something a bit more trail friendly that's just going to be more fun to ride on steeper, technical trails. I don't own a full sus and unlikely to get one, so something slacker and rowdier but that will also do fo...
by ChrisS
Thu Jun 10, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Whats the pick of the 29er rims at the moment?
Replies: 39
Views: 1003

Re: Whats the pick of the 29er rims at the moment?

Stans Arch Mk3 suffer from cracking at the spoke holes. I've had one changed under warranty. I'm not tough on my wheels and they were built to exacting standards (by me :wink: ) so I'd say it's an issue with the rim rather than wheel build/usage. If I didn't have them on 2 bikes with interchangeabl...
by ChrisS
Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:30 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't
Replies: 14
Views: 779

Re: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't

Just to add to this, I've been thinking about why I (and a few others) blew up on day one. I had an interesting chat with Huw Oliver regarding this at the finish and he came up with some good advice. I definitely went off a bit too quick but not obviously so - single speed tends to dictate your pac...
by ChrisS
Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't
Replies: 14
Views: 779

Re: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't

Forgot to add… Didn’t work OS maps app, not once. Despite supposedly ‘downloading’ all the maps I needed for use offline. What a pile of crap that app is. Luckily I had ViewRanger as backup. I used OS maps all the way round on my phone, with no problems, but i suppose it depends on what you were ex...
by ChrisS
Tue Jun 01, 2021 9:17 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 2021
Replies: 637
Views: 23169

Re: HT550 2021

Across the line yesterday, very happy to have finally finished this journey to get round the Highland Trail My main goal was to finish and never clock watched at all round the course. Very surprised at 9d2h (ish) It’s taken 3 attempts, thwarted my weather, bike and body issues but this time was dif...
by ChrisS
Mon May 31, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't
Replies: 14
Views: 779

Re: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't

Forgot to add… Didn’t work OS maps app, not once. Despite supposedly ‘downloading’ all the maps I needed for use offline. What a pile of crap that app is. Luckily I had ViewRanger as backup. Well done for completing it! The OS maps app has a fatal flaw - check whether you’re storing on iCloud or on...
by ChrisS
Mon May 31, 2021 7:19 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't
Replies: 14
Views: 779

Re: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't

Forgot to add…

Didn’t work
OS maps app, not once. Despite supposedly ‘downloading’ all the maps I needed for use offline. What a pile of crap that app is. Luckily I had ViewRanger as backup.
by ChrisS
Mon May 31, 2021 1:02 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't
Replies: 14
Views: 779

Highland Trail 2021... What worked, what didn't

I remember one of these threads from a few years ago and I found it really helpful, so here's my contribution from this year's event. What worked Dropper post - So glad I had this. It helped turn my XC hardtail geometry into something a bit more confidence-inspiring on steep ground. I also used it l...
by ChrisS
Wed May 19, 2021 9:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 2021
Replies: 637
Views: 23169

Re: HT550 2021

OBH wasn't open to non residents last year. Can't see any change to that on their website. No, they wouldn't serve us, even outside last year, but a friend has just come back from there and they said they got served outside, so it seems that is an option this year. This is what OBH said, Hi yes we ...
by ChrisS
Mon May 17, 2021 4:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Downloading Maps of huge routes offline to Mobile Phone ?
Replies: 19
Views: 665

Re: Downloading Maps of huge routes offline to Mobile Phone ?

Not sure, but the merging with Outdoor Active filled me with dread... I’m still hanging onto the 2018 legacy app with bought maps that actually exist as a file on my phone. Sorry, that’s not much help!
by ChrisS
Mon May 17, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Downloading Maps of huge routes offline to Mobile Phone ?
Replies: 19
Views: 665

Re: Downloading Maps of huge routes offline to Mobile Phone ?

Apologies if this has been done to death elsewhere ... I usually load my planned routes to the OS Maps app on my phone and download the maps before I go and use this as a navigational backup on the ride. However, for the Highland Trail 550, the GPX (separate out and back) routes cover so much land ...
by ChrisS
Mon May 17, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gloves for wet and windy weather
Replies: 26
Views: 838

Re: Gloves for wet and windy weather

My plan was 100% Brisker gloves with Buffallo Mitts if necessary. I tried various neoprene gloves after Nick Bubb raved about them after HT550 2019 but he is a tough yaughtsman and I didn't get on that well with them. I've ordered a pair of the work gloves Phil has because they were a fiver and wil...
by ChrisS
Mon May 17, 2021 10:11 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gloves for wet and windy weather
Replies: 26
Views: 838

Re: Gloves for wet and windy weather

This is what I'm going with https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/303844649498?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=603043098805&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2648 Hopefully they will go straight on over my normal riding gloves. Fed up of sealskins and dexshell gloves that seem to remain waterproof for a few r...
by ChrisS
Mon May 17, 2021 9:53 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gloves for wet and windy weather
Replies: 26
Views: 838

Re: Gloves for wet and windy weather

Mariner wrote: Mon May 17, 2021 9:12 am What ever you choose have a back up.
I lost my new Sealskinz gloves going up the Corrieyairack Pass and that is a long descent with fingerless mitts for a SSJ like me.
Ouch, I think I would have dug out some spare socks to use as mitts :lol:
by ChrisS
Mon May 17, 2021 9:52 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gloves for wet and windy weather
Replies: 26
Views: 838

Re: Gloves for wet and windy weather

Bearbonesnorm wrote: Mon May 17, 2021 8:57 am One word and it's pogies but if you don't want to go down that route, try Marigolds. Surprisingly hard wearing, easy to get and 100% waterproof ... they also come in a nice Hi-viz yellow :-bd
Pogies feel like overkill for a spring ride, but Marigolds sound like they'd do the trick.
by ChrisS
Mon May 17, 2021 8:57 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: SC Highball: suggest a fork??
Replies: 13
Views: 582

Re: SC Highball: suggest a fork??

I have a Reba 100mm on my XC hardtail, tuned with a couple of tokens and I really like it. It's a good fork for the money. That said, I've ridden a bike with a SID and could immediately tell the difference...
by ChrisS
Mon May 17, 2021 8:51 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Gloves for wet and windy weather
Replies: 26
Views: 838

Gloves for wet and windy weather

Looking at my kit for the Highland Trail, I'm wondering if I might be a little under-gloved for cool, wet and windy days. I'm taking my usual summer gloves and will have my standby Buffalo mitts, The mitts have saved my hands on more than one occasion but aren't great for long periods of riding. I d...
by ChrisS
Fri May 14, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Damage to carbon frame
Replies: 22
Views: 678

Re: Damage to carbon frame

Would it not have just chipped the gel coat over the carbon tube = no damage to fibres so no structural issues? I'd be tempted to fill the chip in with araldite as much for cosmetics as anything else. Yeah I think so. I'm going to tape over it anyhow as it's where one of my framebag straps goes. On...
by ChrisS
Fri May 14, 2021 4:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Damage to carbon frame
Replies: 22
Views: 678

Re: Damage to carbon frame

Would it not have just chipped the gel coat over the carbon tube = no damage to fibres so no structural issues? I'd be tempted to fill the chip in with araldite as much for cosmetics as anything else. Yeah I think so. I'm going to tape over it anyhow as it's where one of my framebag straps goes. On...
by ChrisS
Fri May 14, 2021 1:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Damage to carbon frame
Replies: 22
Views: 678

Re: Damage to carbon frame

Ok I’m feeling a bit better now after reading these comments... the force wasn’t that great as the bike just toppled and hit an edge about half a metre away. The cosmetic damage is annoying but I’ll get over that. Luckily it’s invisiframed so that’s protected it a bit. There’s definitely no softness...
by ChrisS
Fri May 14, 2021 1:00 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Damage to carbon frame
Replies: 22
Views: 678

Re: Damage to carbon frame

A read through this (if you haven't already) may give you a fee hints on how to inspect the damage. Of course we're no experts, but some of the advice like checking on the sound when knocking on the damage, checking if the damaged area is soft under pressure etc. is what I learned from folks who ar...
by ChrisS
Fri May 14, 2021 12:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Damage to carbon frame
Replies: 22
Views: 678

Re: Damage to carbon frame

redefined_cycles wrote: Fri May 14, 2021 12:42 pm What frameset is it please Chris?? Not all are created equally and alot can depend on he initial weight aswell..

Any pics of the damage??

(Sorry for the situation btw)
Merida big nine. I have a pic which I’ll try to upload. Certainly doesn’t feel soft when I push on it.
by ChrisS
Fri May 14, 2021 12:40 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Damage to carbon frame
Replies: 22
Views: 678

Damage to carbon frame

So there I am, giving my bike it’s final clean and check before the highland trail, take it out of the stand, lean it against the wall, turn round and it falls over :roll: It hit a concrete edge on a small wall, taking a small chunk out of the top tube and another deep scratch out of one of the seat...
by ChrisS
Mon May 10, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: HT550 2021
Replies: 637
Views: 23169

Re: HT550 2021

Bike wise ive got some new drive chain bits for a 1x12 and a good chunky bontrager XR3 XR4 tyre combo. Ive smashed a wheel rim before on the ben alder water bars which by the grace of god i was able to bend back and carry on. When it happened i thought id blown it; definitely a place to be 100% con...
by ChrisS
Mon May 10, 2021 8:50 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Riding round the Trossachs
Replies: 19
Views: 1015

Re: Riding round the Trossachs

Nice write up Phil and great to hear the Lomond Trossachs Loop has had another completion. Enjoyed the extended account on your blog too, but disappointing to hear about the gravel tyre tracks on the pass over to Glen Lednock :lol: :lol: