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Spxtz

Member since Aug 2009 • Last active May 2022
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    Just an update on fitting the Yepp mini - here's what the steerer stack looks like with the ahead adapter. Needed a spacer between the adapter and the stem to stop interference.

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    Thanks, I went for the Ahead adapter which is a lot lower profile than the one supplied - seems fine though I just bought the adapter first to see if it would fit before outlaying for the seat.

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    I'm looking at the Thule Yepp Mini as an option for converting my mtb to dadbiek but I'm a bit confused as to fitting it - does someone have a close-up image of the seat fitting on an ahead bike so I can see what it looks like? There's a separate part called a 'Yepp Mini Ahead adapter', but I can't tell if that's necessary or if the one supplied with the seat will do the job.

    Also, if anyone has it fitted, can they tell me about the stem they're using with it? Diameter/length ideally.

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    Good luck to him

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    Does anyone have a recommendation for a thru axle security skewer? For an MTB front wheel.

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    Does anyone have a recommendation for a thru-axle security skewer? For an MTB front wheel.

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    Yeah probably overly responsible but I was very keen to not fall off a mountain.

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    Just got back from a lovely weekend in the snowy mountains - like @skinny I had wanted to do a winter skills course this year, but found they were all booked up so made a plan with some much more experienced mates to go out.

    Just to be clear: I would not recommend that anyone tries winter walking without being accompanied by people with a lot of experience. I went with a friend who is an alpine climber and another whose dad is in the mountain rescue and has spent his whole life in the hills. Also we all live in Glasgow so we were also prepared to sack it off if the weather reports had looked any worse.

    We walked in to Ben Alder Cottage bothy on Friday afternoon (a much longer and more arduous walk than we'd expected, partly because the landowner has added a deer fence across the boggiest parts of the path and partly because we were carrying a bag of firewood each because of the weather). Then on Saturday we did a loop of Beinn Bheoil and Ben Alder, similar to this Walkhighlands route but starting by heading up the bealach from the south. Then we walked out on Sunday.

    In the week beforehand I'd been extremely concerned about the quantity of snow and ice as there had been a severe weather warning for the region on Wednesday, but because of the really warm spell a couple of weeks previously the significant snow was only above about 700m, and though it was deep in places it was only hard and icy on the north faces and on the summits. We only needed to use crampons and axes on the Long Leachas ridge climb and on the descent from the summit of Ben Alder, but (having never used them before) the difference they made in terms of feeling secure was astonishing. Plus the crampons force you to take every step deliberately.

    We were really lucky with the weather, there were only a few little snow showers for most of the day, and it was largely sunny when we were up on the summit plateau. But as we were coming back down the bealach there was a proper whiteout on the top, a nice reminder that you can't rely on good weather. Even though I felt reasonably confident using the gear for a first time, I'll still plan to do a winter skills course this coming winter.

    I also hired B2 boots from Tiso, and borrowed the crampons and axe from a pal. I wouldn't do another 50km weekend (16 in, 18 hills, 16 out) in borrowed boots. My toes are fucked. But I don't think I'm going to do this kind of walking often enough that the massive investment is worthwhile for now.

    Still a great weekend, maybe the last one like this of the season! Quite looking forward to some summer Munros that don't need half as much planning or gear.

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    What are these plastic clips called? I want to add some to a pair of gloves but my Google fu is weak.

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    Reminds me of this: https://youtu.be/YJg02ivYzSs

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