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  • elstoof 30 Oct 2012 15:22:37 7,301 posts
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    I don't ride with guards or any tyre wider than 23mm, I'm afraid I'll go soft.
  • andytheadequate 30 Oct 2012 15:58:37 8,168 posts
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    @jellyhead - exactly! Cycling through cow fields is especially fun...
  • Psychotext 30 Oct 2012 16:13:25 54,178 posts
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    23mm tyres? I have 61.5mm tyres on my bike at the mo. :D
  • Psychotext 30 Oct 2012 17:27:16 54,178 posts
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    Finally ordered my new GPS (Garmin eTrex 30). Will be able to get out on the trails without having to try and fit my route into a ridiculously small 250 points.
  • andytheadequate 30 Oct 2012 17:39:12 8,168 posts
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    @Psychotext - is that for mountain biking or road? How much do they cost? Let me know how you find it, having to refer to a guide book can be an utter pain when out riding.

    Just heard back from the bike shop after bike falling off my car incident. Definitely need a new saddle and back wheel but everything else looks ok...
  • Psychotext 30 Oct 2012 17:47:34 54,178 posts
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    Mountain biking. I've used an old Garmin Quest for years but its a real pain to get the routes on there.

    They're top notch for riding (even if they don't have the cycling specific functions of the Edge models) as you no longer need to worry about where you're going and can just concentrate on the trails.

    As for price, 157. You can get cheaper ones but this model works with the new Russian GPS system (GLONASS) and has a few more bells and whistles than the eTrex 20 / 10 like an electronic compass and barometric altimiter.
  • Psychotext 30 Oct 2012 17:48:33 54,178 posts
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    I get my routes from these sorts of sites:

    http://www.gpsies.com
    http://connect.garmin.com/explore
    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/exploratory_search


    Also this one is really useful for making your own:

    http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm

    Edited by Psychotext at 18:11:39 30-10-2012
  • MikeP 30 Oct 2012 22:15:38 1,864 posts
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    Here's a picture of me from Muddy Hell, looking like an idiot. Just thought I'd share that one with you.

    http://aephotos.co.uk/muddyhell2012-jvw/h491461d0#h491461d0

    Fave costume of the night. A CX tandem, featuring Lance and Dr. Michele Ferrari.

    http://aephotos.co.uk/muddyhell2012-jvw/h491461d0#h49147096

    There was also a pantomine horse. They crashed. A lot.

    Edited by MikeP at 22:16:22 30-10-2012

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    That looks like a lot of fun! Nice beard btw :)
  • elstoof 30 Oct 2012 22:50:21 7,301 posts
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    Very nice Mike :D it's a shame I missed the Rapha event really, was looking forward to it in the run up. My daughter had other ideas by coming 3 weeks ahead of schedule though.
  • Psychotext 30 Oct 2012 23:16:12 54,178 posts
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    Mentalists. :D
  • MikeP 31 Oct 2012 10:04:23 1,864 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Very nice Mike :D it's a shame I missed the Rapha event really, was looking forward to it in the run up. My daughter had other ideas by coming 3 weeks ahead of schedule though.
    Blimey, congratulations! I hope mrs & mini elstoof are doing well.

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  • Trafford 31 Oct 2012 10:08:51 5,791 posts
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    @elstoof
    Heh, you kept that one quiet.
    Well done to you all. All the best.
  • elstoof 31 Oct 2012 10:29:12 7,301 posts
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    Ha, cheers guys, everything going well thanks.

    Not all that quiet, mentioned it in the becoming a father thread last week. I had my last "man on his own" for the foreseeable future day all planned out for last Monday off of work, gonna buy some new cycling gear and do some serious fettling while I had the chance. Then my wife wakes me up at 4am Monday morning with broken waters. Still, good day turned into best day ever so can't complain ;)
  • Trafford 31 Oct 2012 10:50:50 5,791 posts
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    Nice one
    To be honest, I don't really keep up with the Dads club threads .
    /ashamed
  • Psychotext 31 Oct 2012 11:37:56 54,178 posts
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    Unrelated to babies, just got myself some free maps for my Garmin from here: http://talkytoaster.info/ukmaps.htm

    Stick your 130 map prices up your arse Garmin. \o/
  • Bremenacht 31 Oct 2012 19:19:30 18,222 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Ha, cheers guys, everything going well thanks.

    Not all that quiet, mentioned it in the becoming a father thread last week. I had my last "man on his own" for the foreseeable future day all planned out for last Monday off of work, gonna buy some new cycling gear and do some serious fettling while I had the chance. Then my wife wakes me up at 4am Monday morning with broken waters. Still, good day turned into best day ever so can't complain ;)
    Congrats! May as well stick your bike on eBay now rather than letting it gather dust over the next couple of years.. :)

    Edited by Bremenacht at 19:19:54 31-10-2012
  • andytheadequate 31 Oct 2012 19:53:10 8,168 posts
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    @Psychotext - did it not come with maps already...?

    I'm guessing it shows you all the bridle paths and the like? Does it also show you paths you can't ride on etc.? It sounds like a brilliant gadget but a bit wary about it...
  • elstoof 31 Oct 2012 20:35:31 7,301 posts
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    Bremenacht wrote:

    Congrats! May as well stick your bike on eBay now rather than letting it gather dust over the next couple of years.. :)
    I thought someone might volunteer to look after them for a while until I get some free time back ;)
  • Psychotext 31 Oct 2012 21:01:29 54,178 posts
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    andytheadequate wrote:
    @Psychotext - did it not come with maps already...?

    I'm guessing it shows you all the bridle paths and the like? Does it also show you paths you can't ride on etc.? It sounds like a brilliant gadget but a bit wary about it...
    It comes with "basemaps", which are about as useful as a chocolate fireguard.

    You can buy 600 square km of OS 1:25k maps for 19.99 but it's only particularly useful if you always ride in the same place (and generally if you do that then you don't really need much in the way of maps).

    You can buy your local area's OS 1:50k maps for 119.99 or the entire of the UK for 199.99... but when you can get near 25k detail for basically free, I don't see the point in that.

    In reality though, you don't actually need any maps unless you plan on trying to make new routes when you're out and about. It's far more sensible to make the trail using one of the tools I linked in my last post, upload it to the GPS and then follow that route (you can see the breadcrumb trail on the GPS or choose to follow a compass style arrow).

    Edited by Psychotext at 21:10:56 31-10-2012
  • Psychotext 31 Oct 2012 21:02:27 54,178 posts
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    Oh, and if you want to look at the free ones to see if they cover what you'd need...

    http://www.openstreetmap.org/
  • grey_matters 2 Nov 2012 00:00:19 3,733 posts
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    Paul Kimmage has lodged a criminal complaint against the UCI (and particularly McQuaid/Verbruggen). Link
    I hope the momentum continues and something new and cleaner is born after all the shit that has gone on. Clean house, Paul.
  • Psychotext 5 Nov 2012 18:00:30 54,178 posts
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    The trail I did on Saturday had a 5.5 mile long hill with a 7% grade. I'm sure it's nothing compared to what you roadies normally handle but I was losing the will to live by the end of it, especially as I've now got my massive knobbly bobbly winter tyres on. :(

    It's annoying because the bits before that were fantastic.

    Edited by Psychotext at 18:03:29 05-11-2012
  • elstoof 5 Nov 2012 18:24:29 7,301 posts
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    Just look forward to coming down the other side, that keeps you going ;-)
  • Trafford 5 Nov 2012 18:35:09 5,791 posts
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    My appetite for days out on the bike has gone for the year :(
    Time to put on the winter half stone.
  • Psychotext 5 Nov 2012 19:57:20 54,178 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    Just look forward to coming down the other side, that keeps you going ;-)
    That was the ascent to get back to the car park. Multi descent ride. :(
  • MikeP 5 Nov 2012 20:02:37 1,864 posts
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    They should have installed a travelator. Not fun hauling the weight of your average MTB up that for that long.

    Do you ride a hardtail or a full sus bike?

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  • Psychotext 5 Nov 2012 20:38:45 54,178 posts
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    Thankfully a hardtail. I'd have just ridden into the reservoir and called it a day (life) otherwise. All the same I would have locked out the front suspension had I known it was going to be such a long hill.
  • Bremenacht 5 Nov 2012 21:22:20 18,222 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    The trail I did on Saturday had a 5.5 mile long hill with a 7% grade. I'm sure it's nothing compared to what you roadies normally handle but I was losing the will to live by the end of it, especially as I've now got my massive knobbly bobbly winter tyres on. :(

    It's annoying because the bits before that were fantastic.
    I did about 24 miles last time out, bits of which were spent hunting for sticks to poke out all the shit trapped in the rear mudguard. You can only get so much out with your fingers, and I roll through too much silage, dogshit and horseshit to want to use my fingers anyway.

    Need to sort them mudguards out!
    Also need to get some appropriate clothing, as old shorts & t-shirts aren't too good in the cold.
  • Psychotext 5 Nov 2012 21:59:05 54,178 posts
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    I stick a Crud Racepac on mine at this time of year. Weighs next to nothing but does the job. I might add a little neoprene guard on the fork for particularly rainy days though.
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