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  • This turned up yesterday. Ordered back in May for June delivery for cycling with my 8-year old over the summer.


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  • @edscoble 's next gravel bike ^

  • I’m sticking with mine until that become available as a frameset because of the standard 27.2 seatpost.

    Bizarrely the braze on front derailleur mount can barely go low enough for the 43t chainring.

    The SLR is the ultimate one to go for tho.


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  • Surprisingly good looking

  • What was that like? We're taking the gravel bikes up soon to try and ride An Turas Mor which the GNT is based on up there. I'm trying unsuccessfully to test pack stuff I don't take racing, ie. waterproof trousers, waterproof socks, camping stove, full size sleep pad. Wondering what to leave home or maybe just spend a week wearing the waterproof trousers everywhere? Stupid bikepacking.

  • Train to Glasgow? How would you get back from Cape Wrath?

  • Yeah, taking train to Glasgow and then if we make it as far as Cape Wrath we'll either ride some of the way back or there's bus and train options back from Durness.

  • We chased a sheep from near the ferry all the way to the lighthouse cos the stupid thing wouldn't leave the track. It didn't join us for the post-cake return leg.

  • It looks like the bus/ferry might still run into mid-Oct so we might still have a chance to make the lighthouse.

  • This turned up yesterday. Ordered back in May for June delivery for cycling with my 8-year old over the summer.

    Your kid is fucking massive.

  • Given how long it takes for a bike to turn up its best to size up a decade in advance..

  • Peak Epic gravel ride on Sunday is a hell of a route. Glad I’m channelling @amey and using my hardtail as a couple of the downhills would be sketchy on a gravel bike. Anyone else going?

  • Are conditions starting to deteriorate now or do we still have some of UK gravel season left? Had thought last weekend may have been last opportunity after this week's rain but maybe being too pessimistic.

  • What was that like? We're taking the gravel bikes up soon to try and ride An Turas Mor which the GNT is based on up there. I'm trying unsuccessfully to test pack stuff I don't take racing, ie. waterproof trousers, waterproof socks, camping stove, full size sleep pad. Wondering what to leave home or maybe just spend a week wearing the waterproof trousers everywhere? Stupid bikepacking.

    It was most excellent. We started off at my friend's house in Edinburgh on Friday morning, got the train to Glasgow, wrote to the start of Part 6 of the GNT along the River Kelvin and then up to Callender where we stayed the night. The second day we rode to just east of Bridge of Gaur, and then diverted off the route along the southern shore of Loch Rannoch to Kinloch Rannoch where we stayed the night. Then the next day we rode along the north shore of Loch Rannoch, rejoined the route, and went over Rannoch Moor and the Military Road to Fort Augustus, and stayed in Invermorison.

    On Monday we rode to Inverness along the southern shore of Loch Ness, picked up a hire van at Inverness Airport, drove to Edinburgh Airport, dropped off the van, and rode back to my friend's house where we'd started from along the canal. Twas all very jolly.


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  • Oh, and we didn't take stoves or sleeping pads. Stayed in hotels each night, so travelled light. Since I'd lent one friend my carbon gravel/cross bike, and it turned out I'd seriously fucked up building the frame for my New Gravel Bike, I ended up on my old Croix de Fer.

    35mm tyres and a lowest gear of 34/28 weren't ideal for parts of the ride...


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  • 35mm tyres weren't ideal for parts of the ride

    Should have fitted 33mm

  • Yep, that definitely would've helped with the 4 snakebite punctures I got on Day 3. Stupid inner tubes.

  • Have you heard of this amazing new technology?

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