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moog

Member since Oct 2008 • Last active Dec 2022

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Men Impossible - ramen but a little different. It’s small and you need to book.

    De School - a bit chefy but not crazy expensive, good wine and the service was great. The flavours didn’t blow our minds but it was a fun night out.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    Thanks

    We’ve got 16000m of climbing in the upcoming 900km which should be a fairly decent test of the current gearing and help decide on cassette choices later down the line.

  • in Mechanics & Fixin'
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    I’m sure this has been asked and answered before but I’m currently on tour with just my phone and patchy internet so my UTFS skills are low.

    I have an XT M781 rear mech and GRX 2x10 cranks and want to lower the gearing beyond the Shimano recommendations.

    Mech - max capacity 43t, max cog size 36t
    Cranks - 46/30

    I’m currently running an 11-36t cassette but would like to change to 11-40t or 11-42t.

    How much over the quoted shimano tolerances can I push the tooth count?

  • in Current Projects
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    Of course! Everyone welcome

  • in Current Projects
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    Looking great! Will hopefully check it out in person in a few months time.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    After just over a month on the road our time in Alaska / Yukon / (a tiny slither of) BC is over - 1800km and more mountain views than I thought were possible.

    The stretch across Yukon and back in to Yukon has been mind blowing, quieter roads (although still super wide) and an amazing spread of landscapes.

    We finally came across some grizzly bears but fortunately no drama. The first was a pair of biggish cubs on a lake foreshore a few hundred metres away, perfect viewing. The second was a single bear feeding on plants at the side of the road - he was set on eating and after waiting a while we realised he wasn’t going to retreat back in to the woods. Fortune timing with a car heading our direction meant we could slowly convoy past him with no issues - still a bit spicy for 2 Londoners used to seeing nothing more than foxes and pigeons.

    Tonight we board the ferry down to Bellingham, WA and will then head north to Vancouver for week to see friends before starting the ride south through Washington, Oregon and California. We’ll spend the ferry route planning and trying to work out how many sights we can see along the way while keeping to our rough schedule. I think we’re going to try and take in some of the islands West of Bellingham and Seattle and loop round the Olympic National Park - adds 400 or 500km to the more direct route but I think it will be worth spending more time in the area.

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Pro Trek is doing it’s thing on tour

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    I’m struggling to upload photos at the moment but will try when I next have Wi-Fi.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    We’re coming up to 3 weeks in Alaska and have pedalled 980km so far. Flying to Fairbanks with giant airport queues and the hassle of bike boxes was a fairly hellish affair but we arrived in one piece.

    My partner had a nasty cold on arrival so we parked up at the hostel for a few extra days before hitting the road down to Denali National Park. The roads were pretty big but wide shoulders made for nice cycling, and the views straight out the gate have been amazing. Once we got to the park we headed up the park road. It’s mainly gravel and closed to private traffic (tour buses only) - the whole road is 90 miles long but due to a big landslide it’s closed at mile 42. We did a 3 day out and back, camping around mile 30. No bear sightings but we saw some fresh-looking footprints in our campsite which was close enough for me…

    After the park we headed down to the Denali Highway, 217km of remote road with 115km of gravel. A pretty amazing place to ride through with such a range of scenery - camping on the high plateau surrounded by snow was special.

    We then routed south to Glennallen and along the Tok Cutoff - we’re currently having a rest day in Tok with 140km to the Canadian border and 700km to Haines. On the 25th we’re getting a 3 day ferry to Bellingham, WA - we’ll be camping on the deck and hopefully will spot some whales.

    If you want to see more photos I’m posting bits on instagram.com/ed_win

    My partner is also writing a newsletter every few weeks http://tinyletter.com/suzieandedwin

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