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by hoppy58
5 Oct 2019, 11:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike built from bits
Replies: 29
Views: 890

Re: Bike built from bits

Thanks..that’s the problem. It looks too nice for a university bike!! Hopefully any potential thieves will pass over it in favour of something a bit more up-to-date!!
by hoppy58
5 Oct 2019, 10:40am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Bike built from bits
Replies: 29
Views: 890

Re: Bike built from bits

I’ve built a few mtb-all purpose bikes, most recently for my daughter to use at University. It’s based upon a true-temper cromo steel Diamondback of 1991 vintage, which was in fantastic condition and cost £50. Like you, I bought some Vittoria hypers at £8 each from Planet X. I also bought a new chai...
by hoppy58
19 Aug 2019, 10:17am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Changing gearing setup for mtbs for bikepacking
Replies: 35
Views: 1064

Re: Changing gearing setup for mtbs for bikepacking

whoof - I agree it’s not worthwhile converting the existing bike as it wouldn’t be cost-effective..I was building my Longitude from fresh anyway and had the chance of a 1 x 10 set up at a knock down price so I thought I’d give it a go!!
by hoppy58
19 Aug 2019, 10:00am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Changing gearing setup for mtbs for bikepacking
Replies: 35
Views: 1064

Re: Changing gearing setup for mtbs for bikepacking

Paulatic... but the placement of the front chainring is central, ie. the same as the middle ring of a triple which is also used for the whole rear gear range, so I don’t think the extreme chain lines are as great as you make out..certainly I haven’t found this to be the case!
by hoppy58
19 Aug 2019, 9:24am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Changing gearing setup for mtbs for bikepacking
Replies: 35
Views: 1064

Re: Changing gearing setup for mtbs for bikepacking

Ha ha, well that got a good response! All I can say is that having set my bike up as a 1x, I wouldn’t want to change it as it runs so reliably and with minimum maintenance. It works for me. I usually cycle to my off road trails from the doorstep and yes, there are hills where you spin out in top, bu...
by hoppy58
19 Aug 2019, 12:09am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Changing gearing setup for mtbs for bikepacking
Replies: 35
Views: 1064

Re: Changing gearing setup for mtbs for bikepacking

I recently built up a genesis longitude with a 1 x 10 gearing, lowest gear being 30 x 42, high gear 30 x 11. ...and I really like the set up, especially off road where a higher gear isn’t so necessary. The advantage is the simplicity and reliability of the set up, not a weight advantage. I don’t thi...
by hoppy58
10 Jul 2019, 7:38pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Tent and sleeping bag
Replies: 24
Views: 1218

Re: Tent and sleeping bag

Have a look at the msr elixir 1 (see the review https://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/gear/msr_elixir_1_tent-695250 ) I have the elixir 2 which is bigger ( it’s a true 2 person tent), the quality is fantastic and it can be freestanding, if ground conditions are poor. Although not ultra lightweight, it i...
by hoppy58
24 Jun 2019, 7:26pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: MSR Windburner/Jetboil/ *edit - Alpkit Brukit*
Replies: 35
Views: 1952

Re: MSR Windburner/Jetboil

We went (car) camping for 2 nights at the weekend and took our new Alpkit Brukit as our only cooker, so this is the feedback! It boils a mug full of water (approx 0.25 litre) very fast - although I didn't time it! ..probably 2 minutes or just under. Very fast and efficient although there was no wind...
by hoppy58
7 Jun 2019, 10:16pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: MSR Windburner/Jetboil/ *edit - Alpkit Brukit*
Replies: 35
Views: 1952

Re: MSR Windburner/Jetboil

Have ordered the Alpkit Brukit and will report back when I've tested it! The latest version has a pot stand which you can lock in place instead of the brew pot and also a canister stand to make the whole assembly more stable on rough ground.
by hoppy58
6 Jun 2019, 2:40pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Campsites Pembrokeshire/Gower
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: Campsites Pembrokeshire/Gower

West hook farm, near Marloes is lovely although I haven't been there for a few years. I should think it will be quiet before the summer holidays. Marloes beach is amazing and there are great views of Skomer. Our favourite is a bit further north just across the border into Cardigan - Nant y Croi, Mwn...
by hoppy58
4 Jun 2019, 10:37am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: MSR Windburner/Jetboil/ *edit - Alpkit Brukit*
Replies: 35
Views: 1952

MSR Windburner/Jetboil/ *edit - Alpkit Brukit*

Does anybody have experience of these..or similar jetboil cookers. for simple meals and making a brew they seem quite efficient and a lot less hassle than other stoves, particularly when its a windy day!
by hoppy58
31 May 2019, 4:07pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Bike trailers (for little ones) advice
Replies: 16
Views: 833

Re: Bike trailers (for little ones) advice

Danny Macaskill's got one for sale, now he's finished with this one!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj0CmnxuTaQ
by hoppy58
27 May 2019, 7:56pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Vango spirit 200+ 2 person tent.
Replies: 0
Views: 207

Vango spirit 200+ 2 person tent.

...for sale - see classifieds

viewtopic.php?f=32&t=130242
by hoppy58
27 May 2019, 7:16pm
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Naturehike Taga 2, lightweight tent
Replies: 0
Views: 181

Naturehike Taga 2, lightweight tent

...for sale in classifieds section...viewtopic.php?f=32&t=130239
by hoppy58
8 May 2019, 2:03pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Genesis Vagabond - Anybody got one ?
Replies: 29
Views: 5628

Re: Genesis Vagabond - Anybody got one ?

I'm 5' 7 1/2" and ride a small vagabond. Reach is spot on for me and the height of the bars is also right (they are set high so that you maintain good control off-road and this also encourages riding on the drops), having said that I have the stem with a couple of spacers above, so not at full ...