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1  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Scottish Highlands May 2018. Trip Report on: June 02, 2018, 05:12:48 AM
Really enjoyed your report.  What a beautiful place.  It is so very different than California.  Thank you!
Thanks.  I always enjoy sharing just in case it inspires other's to go and ride :-)
2  Forums / Bikepacking / Scottish Highlands May 2018. Trip Report on: May 12, 2018, 06:49:00 AM
Below is my trip report for my recent 8 day touring trip of the Scottish Highlands.

https://onemanandhisbike.com/north-coast-500/

Feel free to ask any questions if you are considering doing it too.

Thanks


Justin
3  Forums / Trip Planning / Need a partner / Pamir Highway? on: May 05, 2017, 01:30:31 PM
Having cycled 1200 miles of the Divide and the TA in NZ I fancy trying something a bit more off the beaten track and one with a real cultural difference.  The Pamir Highway looks amazing and so too does the Karakoram.  Has anyone else investigated either of these or actually cycled either of them?

 
4  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: inner tubes on: May 02, 2017, 01:10:41 PM
I made a chain stay protector with one.  Looked pretty cool.
5  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: What fabric is this? on: April 24, 2017, 01:34:41 PM
If anyone is interested, this article shows some bags made with hypalon.  I had never heard of it before mjvk mentioned it.

https://tacticalreviews.co.uk/wp/?p=885

Not bike bag related, but came up in a google search and has some good images of the stuff.
6  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: What fabric is this? on: April 24, 2017, 01:25:55 PM
Pretty sure that's hypalon fabric, which is now known as CSM. It is a rubberized polyester.
Perfect.  Thanks!
7  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: What fabric is this? on: April 23, 2017, 11:01:37 PM
I am after the material that the strap is made from.  That does not look like xpac. 
8  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / What fabric is this? on: April 23, 2017, 11:16:01 AM
Can anyone tell what the material is in this picture.  It is the material that is sewn into the side of the bag that the velcro is stitched too.

9  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: XPAC VX21 vs 1000 Cordura? on: April 17, 2017, 01:18:56 AM
Here in the UK suppliers of vx21 are in short supply.  In fact, I can only find one and they only have limited colours.   No red or blue.
10  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: New Version Revelate Gas Tank on: April 13, 2017, 02:29:52 PM
I got it now.

11  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: New Version Revelate Gas Tank on: April 13, 2017, 08:56:02 AM
I had one of my frame bag zippers replaced yesterday. It was a #8 or something quite large. Will never have a zippered frame bag again. Roll top closure is the way to go.
I didn't think I'd be alone in having suffered zipper failure frustration.  A roll top closure?
12  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / Re: XPAC VX21 vs 1000 Cordura? on: April 13, 2017, 08:54:39 AM
In my experience, the biggest difference is stiffness and give. The cordura conforms more, while the vx21 is more rigid, presumably because it contains laminated layers rather than a coating
I have done a bit more research on VX21 and it appears as though it is actually a material for making sails.  Maybe I am mistaken, but I have not seen VX21 used in any other bag industry so find it surprising why it is being used for bike packing gear.  Yes, it looks great, but is it not just "fashion over function"

 
13  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: New Version Revelate Gas Tank on: April 13, 2017, 02:13:09 AM
I am currently in the process of replacing a failed water resistant coil zipper on my frame bag.  Plan is to move towards a standard heavy 8mm / 10mm tooth zipper, but I too was contemplating binning the zipper on the frame bag and trying to come up with a different closing mechanism.  Velcro / poppers ...

Seems to me that the zipper is the weakest link on many a bike bag related item.  I have a perfectly good gas tank bag, but which has a failed coil zipper and the way it has been manufactured makes replacing the zipper virtually impossible.

When I make my bags now, I anticipate how you replace the zipper if it fails without effectively unpicking and remaking the bag.

Keen to hear from other closing mechanism ideas that people have come up with.

14  Forums / DIY / Make Your Own Gear (MYOG) / XPAC VX21 vs 1000 Cordura? on: April 12, 2017, 11:08:09 PM
VX21 seems to be all the rage these days for frame bag side panels.  I made my own using 1000 cordura and whilst it is heavier g/m2 it has lasted over 3 years and is really tough.  Just wonder what others on here use and whether VX21 is worth using.  It is quite hard to find here in the UK and I am yet to find a supplier of red.

Thanks
15  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Bikepacking the highest roads in Norway. on: April 12, 2017, 12:21:42 PM
Jeez Joe  icon_salut

Day 2 : 79.5mi / 12,958ft

That's a hilly ride.
16  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Bikepacking the highest roads in Norway. on: April 12, 2017, 06:36:52 AM
I don't have a GPX route, but you can find me on Strava and download each day's route from there.

Early September would be a great time to visit. Less crowded, no bugs and before the snow. Autumnal colours might be starting to come through at the higher elevations.

I will take a look at your Strava account :-)
17  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Bikepacking the highest roads in Norway. on: April 12, 2017, 06:06:04 AM
Hey Justin,

Thanks.

1) Yes, Norway can be expensive for a visitor. Some things really catch people by surprise, like 10 pints. I'm used to it now, I've been living here for several years.
2) Midges and mosquitoes can be a huge problem in certain areas and in certain years. Thankfully on this trip they weren't really a problem. A shelter with good bug protection is recommended.
3) Drivers here are far more thoughtful than those in the UK. The problem can be that 'major' roads in Norway are often single lane highways, twisting through the countryside. Lights, hi-viz clothing and good route planning will keep you safer.

Thanks Joe. 

a) Do you have a GPX route that I can have so I can see the actual route?
b) You mention you went in the summer.  Would a cycle trip to Norway be ok in early September or do you think this is getting a little too late in the season?   My thought process here is that there will be less tourism / less bugs and and could be quite a beutiful time in early Autumn.
18  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: Bikepacking the highest roads in Norway. on: April 12, 2017, 05:29:07 AM
Back in the summer we rode a route linking the 5 highest roads in Norway. I've just got around to putting some words and images together:

https://thunderinthenight.exposure.co/high-five-ride

Enjoy!

Great write up and thanks for sharing.  A few questions.

1) Did you find Norway expensive?
2) Were the midges and mosquitos a problem?
3) Aside from the one 'arsehole' driver, were the majority of drivers ok?

Certainly looked very beautiful and remote!
19  Forums / Bikepacking / Re: My 2017 Tour Aotearoa trip report on: March 23, 2017, 11:34:21 AM
fun report! Thanks for sharing.
Pleasure

You did it. Great read Justin.

Gee, that's a nice looking anti-sway device on your seatbag. Smiley
Sure did RonK.  After a great deal of contemplating though!

The anti sway device worked like a charm!   
20  Forums / Bikepacking / My 2017 Tour Aotearoa trip report on: March 21, 2017, 11:16:42 AM
If anyone fancies a read

https://onemanandhisbike.com/ta-2017/
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