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  • Thx Jeff look forward to your report
    Especially interested in how easy or hard it is to mount the tyre and get a tyre lever in there to get it off as the air liner would appear to press the tyre bead against the rim wall so removing any slack gap from sitting in the middle of the rim U to get the rest of the bead over.

    in reply to: Is the old fart in shape? #241975

    Yep totally agree with all the above. Have fun. And don’t let other people think and tell you your activities are ‘dangerous’ or ‘impossible’ or silly and put you off – the general social norm. Do what you think you can handle.

    I am proud to be fitter than people my age. And eat my cake and have beer.

    When I was a kid I was told to act my age. Now I don’t! “Going down hill fast” lol

    in reply to: Where do you ride? #233206

    Mickey Young: yes created the video myself. Used 2 static GoPro and GoPro karma stabiliser  hence the big back pack

    in reply to: Where do you ride? #233185

    Ride a lot in the Cairngorms National Park mainly around Aviemore. Started to explore trails in the east around Ballater.  Here is a video of some unique terrain for Scotland.

    Scott USA Strike Pro front hub. Been transferred to two other wheel sets from 2004. Still runs smooth. The rest of of the bike is probably deceased by now. Admit the wheel is not used much these days but BUT it could be. That is what I tell myself.

    Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres have a smooth tread

    I used to have a pair of Cannondale Roam shoes. Agree totally and yes looked for a replacement but no longer available.

    in reply to: What gearing do you use for bikepacking: 1x or 2x? #229650

    Interested hear was people would say here too. IMHO for what I ride in Scotland a 2x is a must to give to range. With a 706% gear range a 60lb bike with kit and me it can be pretty tough going on a 10 – 20% gradient with rocks and roots  on soft ground grinding away. On the other side of the hill push up a gear to gain time going down. Rarely travel on tarmac. A mix of double track in all conditions mixed with Singletrack.

    It was beautiful blue day 2 days earlier honest. I did exaggerate the cloud in a few cuts to add menace and foreboding.

    You can get sun burnt in Scotland. It’s true lol see this video

    in reply to: Bikepacking Glen Edendon Scotland #224822

    Thanks guys. We rode a glen a few miles east and it’s quite different again.

    Glen Tilt–> Glen Feshie –>

    Mind the best looking glens are ones with a few trees imho.

    in reply to: Bikepacking Glen Edendon Scotland #224584

    Yes we do but not enough imho. Says the Englishman now living in Scotland. The scenery makes up for it and so does the riding.

    in reply to: Dropper Posts #222978

    I resisted for a long time for many reasons then one day I lowered my post for a descent and I could see how this could work and never looked back since.  Eyes opened.

    Dropper posts have other advantages too like mounting bikes on bike racks or putting in the boot of your car. It can be lowered to make room.

    in reply to: Dropper post cable through bottle cage screw hole #222977

    Go with the external routed cable. The angle with which the cable coming through the bottle cage bolt hole would be at 90° to the frame and the diameter to small for the cable any way probably which will cause other routing issues. You would need to hack the bottle cage hole which I expect you do not want to do.

    I would agree with Jeff. If you set out to find trails yourself and unfamiliar with the area then asking on the day can result in disappointment. Booking a guide can also be a disappointment too. Do some research. Does the area already have a MTB setup if not can be hard work.

    in reply to: Chain lube – mixed your own formula? #221160

    I was talking about lubing the chain not cleaning the chain. “Ga damm this chain is not clean enough!” Lol

    Yes agree mixing stuff have to be careful and aware.

    in reply to: Chain lube – mixed your own formula? #220931

    Interesting mix of experiences. I’ve tried purple extreme (“used on oil rigs at sea”), dry lubes, teflon, wet lines, water based lubes, white lightning (yes got hooked by the name) etc

    One of the better lubes was by Scotoiler which is a water based lubricant + feed system onto the lower gear jockey. A bit unsightly but showed a little and often squirt (squeeze a little reservoir of lube) kept the chain running smoothly.  They still do a system (electronic version for motorcycles).

    Now I am using

    Very thin but does cling to the chain




    in reply to: Paper topo maps vs. smartphone maps for MTB #220831

    Waterproof paper map backed up by gps app to find the track we should be on but obscured by heather. Draw the route on mapping software then print off.

    in reply to: Bikepacking Glen Tilt Scotland #220395

    Trying to get a better idea of how this works. Two things:

    1. Submitted this video via this site’s add a video.  It seems to have disappeared into the ether. No feed back as to it being shown or accepted.

    2. Information/how to to delete a thread (not that I want to until get feedback from 1).

    What is the proper best way to submit a video on Singletrack’s?  🙂



    in reply to: Dealing with flying insects when biking #220098

    Hah not seen anything until you have encounter the Scottish midge. May be a wee 2mm in size it is a <insert swear words here> nightmare and they bite leaving you itchy and with a chicken pox look.  Keep moving or ride on a windy day. Plenty of lotions to help  some are better than others.

    The video is extreme

    in reply to: Is Afan Forest the best place for MTB in the UK? #220097

    I have not been to Wales Afan for a long time so maybe they have added new trails. It was good and enjoyed going there but not the best. Now in Scotland Kirroughtree, Dalbeattie, and the busiest by far of the 7 Stanes MTB centres Glentress are all better each with unique features, trails and terrain. Drumlanrig Castle’s red and 8 ball trails are fun too.

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