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apc

Member since Jun 2011 • Last active Aug 2020

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  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    no, thats all good info!

    I've watched a few videos but like you say, mostly focused on racing, wouldnt mind a few luxuries. The video you posted seems good.

    Tent is a Terra Nova Zephyros, I guess a laser would be an upgrade but not sure how big the difference is, pack size wise.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    The round neck, short sleeve ones were all awesome but my last bundle (bought two years ago) had a v neck version with a totally different material. It was far thinner and tightly woven. It doesn’t sit so directly hugging the skin. I swear the seems feel itchier too. It’s lasted (slightly) better, but it doesn’t do that invisible temperature regulation thing that the earlier baselayers do.

    thought the same of my v-neck's they're horrible!!

    on the definitely worth it Rapha for me:

    • Crew neck merino base layer, long sleeve + short sleeve, going 5 years strong, long sleeve has developed a hole on the neck seam but 5*

    • Rapha classic jersey, going on 6 years and still the first jersey I pick out, bonus for not smelling as bad after wearing, bought the classic II this summer and use both in rotation.

    • Classic bibs, again 5 or 6 years old, still good. Have tried pro team but they shrunk(?) and the proteam thermal bibs are a few years old but already starting to deteriorate

    I like some other bits but to be honest none of it lasts

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    possibly, going to give it a go.

    I have a bike with a rack that I commute on if I wanted to go down that route, but I just dont enjoy riding it as much, steel frame, extra weight of racks. Weight definitely makes a difference when you're 60kg yourself.

    @MicroDosed™ Ive actually made a fair amount more space in the saddle bag by removing two of the support poles, I can strap them to the frame. Length was the issue. Bag should fit in there too now. Still a tight fit for everything else in the front.

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Tent & sleeping mat currently in the saddle pack, space for a very few items of clothing.
    Nothing in the frame bag
    Sleeping bag in the front - no space for anything else due to narrow bars

    I need to increase space a bit and have a few options:

    1. Ideally I would like to fit the tent in the frame bag, but im not sure even with a full frame bag it would fit leght wise (x-small frame), need to measure up. I could also currently put a tool bottle in the second cage mount.

    2. Somehow mount a second drybag to the top of the rear saddle pack for all clothing

    3. Buy stem with rise and wider (flared?) bars to increase space up front.

    Thoughts? It needs to be enough for long weekend excursions.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    premium looks right with that era caad

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    interesting, this could be a solution for a front bar bag on a small frame..

  • in COVID-19
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    if I've learnt anything from this the vast majority do actually listen to the government, which further highlights how disappointing and unclear the messaging has been.

    Government says you can go on holiday, 600,000 pack their bags

    Government says wear a mask in shops and i've seen at least 90% abiding to that, at least in supermarkets.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    pretty sure they're 'in' right now so you should be fine

  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    The 12 year old cut off is a little extreme though.

    So long as you are obviously as a family I'm sure you wouldn't be stopped, better to set it to 13 and get 15,16 year olds than set it at 16 and get adults 'sneaking in'

    Just done a couple of laps, seemed a nice vibe mix of families who you wouldn't normally see and 'lycra's' not being overly aggressive.

    One thing I don't get is the people walking in the middle of the road, it doesn't really bother me, just slow down and safely overtake but surely the grass or trails is nicer?

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