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Forum: Touring
05-31-24, 03:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 935
Posted By rivers

It depends what style of riding you want to do...

It depends what style of riding you want to do really. There is an extensive network of National Cycle Routes, but the terrain varies. It could be quiet roads, old railway paths (either paved or...
Forum: Touring
05-02-24, 06:25 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,314
Posted By rivers

Not sure why it broke, but apparently, reading...

Not sure why it broke, but apparently, reading the comments, Tailfin sent out a replacement absurdly quickly. Their customer service is excellent.
their offices are based in Bristol,where I live....
Forum: Touring
04-28-24, 06:24 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 13,984
Posted By rivers

I can fit more water in a frame bag. I have 1 x...

I can fit more water in a frame bag. I have 1 x bottle cage mount in my triangle. I can fit a 3 litre bladder (and not much else) in my frame bag. Or a 1.5 litre bladder and several other bits in my...
Forum: Touring
04-28-24, 06:20 AM
Replies: 4,855
Views: 2,664,035
Posted By rivers

Gearing up for the first trip of the year. A...

Gearing up for the first trip of the year. A couple of new bags, new remote dropper post lever position, and a packing rearrangement.
I can't wait....
03-04-24, 03:02 PM
Replies: 2,013
Views: 461,945
Posted By rivers

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02-27-24, 03:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 888
Posted By rivers

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02-27-24, 10:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,395
Posted By rivers

I ran 40mm Cinturato M at a gravel race over...

I ran 40mm Cinturato M at a gravel race over weekend here in the UK- it's pretty much been raining for 6 months straight and the ground is very, very wet. Gravel in the UK also includes fields,...
Forum: Touring
12-02-23, 12:44 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 11,349
Posted By rivers

I think it's the perception of some that in order...

I think it's the perception of some that in order to go bikepacking you must shun panniers at all costs. But more manufacturers are making small "gravel" panniers, and then there are the like of the...
Forum: Touring
11-30-23, 10:01 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,996
Posted By rivers

Myself and 2 friends bought some cheap...

Myself and 2 friends bought some cheap bikepacking bags, way overpacked, and decided to follow National Cycle Route 3 from Bristol to Bude and back over 4 days (roughly 380 miles). It was a bit of a...
Forum: Touring
10-22-23, 02:50 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,531
Posted By rivers

I don't necessarily think it's in decline, but...

I don't necessarily think it's in decline, but has just changed. Instead of people doing long tours, they're much shorter and maybe slightly closer to home. I know for myself and my friends, we can't...
Forum: Touring
08-21-23, 12:24 PM
Replies: 4,855
Views: 2,664,035
Posted By rivers

I took my son (age 20 months) for his first...

I took my son (age 20 months) for his first bikepacking/touring trip. We had a blast...
Forum: Touring
08-02-23, 02:27 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 13,984
Posted By rivers

Full frame bag means I can carry 3 litres of...

Full frame bag means I can carry 3 litres of water as opposed to a single bottle as I only have one bottle cage mount in the frame (the joys if an XS frame). My custom frame bag can fit a 3 litre...
Forum: Touring
06-15-23, 07:03 PM
Replies: 2,126
Views: 440,603
Posted By rivers

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Forum: Touring
06-07-23, 12:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,585
Posted By rivers

So you're short and you want to go bikepacking...

This is just a little post to highlight what works for me, as someone who's 5'2" and rides a 46cm gravel bike, with drop bars. I've tried a few different variations over the past couple of years, and...
Forum: Touring
04-24-23, 01:58 PM
Replies: 4,855
Views: 2,664,035
Posted By rivers

My gravel bike, currently set up for bikepacking-...

My gravel bike, currently set up for bikepacking- though not completely loaded. I still have a few things to add to the bags, but I've made a few mods recently so needed to check fit of bags....
04-24-23, 01:55 PM
Replies: 5,472
Views: 3,946,212
Posted By rivers

My gravel bike, currently set up for bikepacking....

My gravel bike, currently set up for bikepacking.
Orro Terra C with 40mm pirelli cinturato m tyres with fulcrum rapid red wheels
FSA 46/30 chainset, deore rear mech with 11-42 cassette and jtek...
Forum: Touring
03-11-23, 02:57 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,717
Posted By rivers

I think the lines between traditional touring and...

I think the lines between traditional touring and bikepacking are getting blurred more and more these days. I think what draws people to bikepacking is that it can be done on any bike. You just buy...
02-28-23, 01:07 PM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 324,055
Posted By rivers

A Tailfin Aeropack ...

A Tailfin Aeropack
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Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-23, 02:47 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,686
Posted By rivers

I have a 13 month old. Up until he was about 6-7...

I have a 13 month old. Up until he was about 6-7 months old, it was really easy to get some time in on the trainer. I used to just pop him in his pram next to me so I could give my wife a break, and...
01-14-23, 10:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,001
Posted By rivers

Indoor trainer and bodyweight strength work

Indoor trainer and bodyweight strength work
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-22, 09:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 642
Posted By rivers

The easiest way to get velotoze on is to put it a...

The easiest way to get velotoze on is to put it a sock inside the veltoze first, put the sock on, push your foot all the way through so the velotoze is around your shin, then put your shoe on and put...
Forum: Commuting
11-08-22, 09:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,514
Posted By rivers

I currently do a bike-train-bike commute...

I currently do a bike-train-bike commute (finishes this week, and will be working a more palatable 12 miles from work instead of 25 at the new job). I just use one bike for the entire journey, and...
Forum: Commuting
10-26-22, 06:48 AM
Replies: 15,727
Views: 12,532,892
Posted By rivers

I don't have a dedicated commuter and just use...

I don't have a dedicated commuter and just use what I feel like for the day. My Orro Terra C gets the most use for commuting I guess. Below is it set-up for wet weather/winter riding with 32mm...
Forum: Touring
09-13-22, 02:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,063
Posted By rivers

Bikepacking style bags is the way to go. My first...

Bikepacking style bags is the way to go. My first bikepacking trip was road based and we stayed at B&Bs.
Carbon bike with carbon seat post. Gearing was a bit high however. I also overpacked. ...
Forum: Touring
09-06-22, 06:42 AM
Replies: 2,126
Views: 440,603
Posted By rivers

That was just warning sign of 25%, it was a bit...

That was just warning sign of 25%, it was a bit further down the road and around some bends before it dropped off. The photos were taken on Dartmoor and Exmoor (Devon and Somerset in the UK)....
Forum: Touring
09-01-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 4,855
Views: 2,664,035
Posted By rivers

It's massive, isn't it? 15 litres, but with a...

It's massive, isn't it? 15 litres, but with a 46cm bike, I will take storage where I can fit it. It had tent, towel, cook set, down jacket, and a few other small bits in it.
Forum: Touring
09-01-22, 04:10 AM
Replies: 4,855
Views: 2,664,035
Posted By rivers

First day of my most recent bikepacking trip....

First day of my most recent bikepacking trip. Just waiting for the train. And of course, I have my obligatory first day lunch of pizza attached to the top of my saddlebag.
...
Forum: Commuting
08-05-22, 02:10 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,523
Posted By rivers

Depends on which bike I take, the route I take,...

Depends on which bike I take, the route I take, how I'm feeling, and the weather. If I'm on my road or TT bike (sometimes I have a TT after work) and decide to commute all the way from home to work...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-22, 02:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,513
Posted By rivers

Decathalon are a pretty major European sporting...

Decathalon are a pretty major European sporting goods store and their bikes are well regarded in the UK and Europe. That's a pretty decent deal for the RC120. As above, maybe get an independent bike...
Forum: Touring
05-25-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,341
Posted By rivers

Don't go 1x for a tour like that! You're going...

Don't go 1x for a tour like that! You're going definitely going to want some lower gearing for the terrain/length of tour. I'm in the midst of swapping out pretty much everything but the brifters and...
05-20-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,443
Posted By rivers

It's be about 10 months since I posted this...

It's be about 10 months since I posted this thread, and I have finally gotten around to installing a 2 x mullet drivetrain on my gravel bike. I have a 46/30 chainset in the front and an 11-42 in the...
Forum: Commuting
03-18-22, 06:10 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,131
Posted By rivers

Yet a large number of cyclists in the UK still...

Yet a large number of cyclists in the UK still have strobing/flashing lights
12-27-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 17,932
Views: 1,588,046
Posted By rivers

yep. 12 days in and he's still alive!

yep. 12 days in and he's still alive!
12-27-21, 03:15 PM
Replies: 17,932
Views: 1,588,046
Posted By rivers

Training has taken a bit of a backseat the past...

Training has taken a bit of a backseat the past couple of weeks due to my wife giving birth to our son. Now that everyone is home and we've settled into a routine, I'm back on the bike- well the...
12-06-21, 01:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,509
Posted By rivers

I would probably run GP5000s if you want a...

I would probably run GP5000s if you want a balance between fast and decent puncture protection. I have had good luck with them on my summer bike. I have schwalbe Pro ones on my TT bike and am running...
Forum: Commuting
12-02-21, 04:57 AM
Replies: 15,727
Views: 12,532,892
Posted By rivers

Here's my commuter. Also doubles up as my winter...

Here's my commuter. Also doubles up as my winter road bike and gravel bike (separate wheels)....
11-21-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 17,932
Views: 1,588,046
Posted By rivers

Winter training is in full swing. I had an hour...

Winter training is in full swing. I had an hour and 10 minutes turbo session yesterday that was 2 x 15 minutes at high end sweetspot/lower end of threshold sandwiched between 2 minutes at threshold...
11-18-21, 04:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,994
Posted By rivers

This. If I have a road based work-out to do, I do...

This. If I have a road based work-out to do, I do it on my own. I might do it with another friend if she has a similar workout that needs doing. But group rides are for the social aspect (for me and...
11-11-21, 02:58 AM
Replies: 17,932
Views: 1,588,046
Posted By rivers

First zoom turbo session of the winter last...

First zoom turbo session of the winter last night. My coach started these over lockdown- they were 3 days/week, just to give people something to do and a bit of structure. Now, with lockdown over and...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,132
Posted By rivers

It rains for a past time in England in the winter...

It rains for a past time in England in the winter (and sometimes during other parts of the year). If I didn't ride to work in the rain, I would barely commute by bike. Work clothes in my waterproof...
11-05-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,960
Posted By rivers

I use Zwift, but I load my training sessions from...

I use Zwift, but I load my training sessions from my coach into it. I usually do a few races on it over winter, and some meet-ups with friends when the weather is shocking. My coach will also set-up...
11-01-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 17,932
Views: 1,588,046
Posted By rivers

I'm slowly getting back into it post-Covid. My...

I'm slowly getting back into it post-Covid. My coach has been easing me back into sessions, which at the minute are mostly endurance-tempo based, with the occasional short threshold-VO2 max interval...
10-23-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 17,932
Views: 1,588,046
Posted By rivers

Starting to, thanks. I had a very mild case,...

Starting to, thanks. I had a very mild case, almost asymptomatic. A headache that lasted about a week, taste and smell went weird (didn't disappear, it just wasn't right) for a couple of days, and...
10-04-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 17,932
Views: 1,588,046
Posted By rivers

Last race of the season this weekend (4-up TT),...

Last race of the season this weekend (4-up TT), so a fairly easy training week after 4 fairly tough weeks. I'm looking forward to next week's "Do what you fancy week" before settling into whatever my...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-21, 04:38 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,321
Posted By rivers

Perhaps an aero road bike would have been more...

Perhaps an aero road bike would have been more suitable than a TT bike for your needs.
09-21-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 39,430
Posted By rivers

I had my first ever crit race over the weekend...

I had my first ever crit race over the weekend (thank you to those who commented on my tips thread), and it went pretty well all things considered. It was a small field (20 riders), so was an...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-21, 02:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,003
Posted By rivers

No issue with rubbing. It's an Altura Vortex...

No issue with rubbing. It's an Altura Vortex saddle bag. Waterproof and a decent price.
09-04-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,761
Posted By rivers

Clipping in won't be an issue. We haven't had...

Clipping in won't be an issue. We haven't had held standing starts in the UK because of Covid, and even though all the rules have been lifted, most club events don't have a pusher-offer just because...
09-03-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,761
Posted By rivers

It happens to me for time trials, so I fully...

It happens to me for time trials, so I fully expect it will be the same for this race. Luckily, it's located at a sports field/pavilion and there are full on locker rooms, toilets, and a cafe.

I...
08-20-21, 12:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,443
Posted By rivers

No, as I didn't know such things existed- hence...

No, as I didn't know such things existed- hence the reason for my post. Thank you, will look into it.
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