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giofox

Member since Jul 2014 • Last active Jan 2020

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  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    Not to be that guy, but this is available for £220 new on CRC

  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    Is this straight steerer?

  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
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    Dibs, pm-ing now

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    Can these be tried? Interest in the:

    56 cm Tarmac SL 5 Comp, Torch edition. Fully Ultegra. £850

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    The part of Europe you're shooting for is usually wetter than UK

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    I am on the same boat don't you worry, but you'd be surprised to hear, as I was, that after a couple of days in the flatness of Saarland, she was happy to climb some hills in the Black Forest, so much so that when we reached the Alps she proposed to climb up Stelvio, with loaded bikes. Hope you guys have an awesome time!

  • in Cycle Touring and Bikepacking
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    Fascinating to see different people's perspective, on such a long route I'd be far more aware of and put off by long flat stretches than hilly terrain.

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    The majority are segregated and flat to my experience, also much more suitable than NCN in terms of being flat, rather evenly surfaced and mostly well thought out. EV12 looks especially flat, a lot, make sure you factor that in (and the potentially induced boredom it might lead to)

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    Just seen this! Nice one. How remote is it?

    There are plenty of thru-hiking I'd recommend, mostly in South America as I loved our 4 months in Patagonia, but have unfinished business there. Huaraz, with the Huascarán National Park and Huayhuash around the corner is really suited for some long treks as well.

    On the other hand of the spectrum also plenty of stuff in Europe sounds amazing, like the different high routes in the Alps and Pyrenees, probably more drawn to the latter of the two because usually less busy.

    A bit less popular to the East, but there are loads of bothies in the Tatras that could be linked in a big trek and the Caucasus has definitely got my attention too.

    My current dream is Tajikistan though.

  • in Rides & Races
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    After a long time with the Woodchippers I switched to the Cowchippers.

    Wide drop bars are ace for mixed terrain, but only if you really are doing silly offroad shit with 2" tires and a lot of long fast technical desceding. Basically just a step before a front suspension and a flat bar. The hoods are so wide that you feel like a kite in the wind for normal road diring, loads of drag.

    Normal CX/adventure drop bars with a minimum of flare are good for everything else, 44 width probably. I am really happy with the Cowchipper for the mixed riding I do.

    Also, have a look here

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