Author: NoPies

Xmas Garburn

You need to get out at Christmas.  Escape from the routine of slothfulness and gluttony and blow the cobwebs away. Where better than the Lakes? The forecast was good and the reality even better.  Bright sunshine from a sun at a blindingly low angle leaving a pattern of long shadows across the land.  There was a nip in the air and a bunch of frozen puddles on the ground. We looped out of Staveley and up past Dubbs Reservoir.  I normally just head straight past, but today we stopped to admire the view. We aren’t the only riders out...

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Cleaning Bikes

Sometimes it just has to be done. That is one grubby bike.  It got worse after getting covered in grit after the recent cold snap. It was weeping a reddy brown goo from it’s very pores. Two hours later it’s like a new bike! (Although at this point I have to come clean (sorry about the pun – IGMC) – I have fitted a shiny new chain and a very smart front ring. All that’s left is a fancy ENO freewheel from White Industries and it’s complete. Mmmmn!...

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New Boots and Panties

Actually, I’m not going to review the panties here, that’s for another web site, but I will review the boots. They’re Shimano MW 60 boots by the way. I was out yesterday in the rain for a few hours.  There’s a lot of water about and it rained for about half the time.  At the finish of the ride my feet felt damp but warm – I had a pair of Sealskinz socks on inside them, which may help keep my feet dry but which I don’t think are very warm. They have a pretty nondescript sole, a bit...

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Icebreaker 200 Baselayer

Ever had a Helly Hansen base layer? They’re not too bad at first, fairly warm and comfortable. Unfortunately after a few washes they become a little unpleasant.  They start to smell.  and then they begin to stink.  You wash the thing and you only have to wear it for half an hour and it reeks.  It’s a breeding ground for noxious bacteria and there’s no way of killing it off, no magic disinfectant you can add to the wash to kill the smell. Bring on the Icebreaker Merino baselayer.  They’re from New Zealand and made from sheep.  And they’re very comfy, toasty, and more importantly, they don’t smell.  No longer does your commute to work consist of hiding from colleagues on arrival in case they catch a scent before you change, and hiding on your way out because it still smells from the morning. Merino doesn’t smell.  Actually, that last statement is not true.  When you’re really sweaty after battling with the traffic on the way in, or you’re overheating because you misjudged the temperature they do have an aroma.  They smell of damp sheep (don’t ask, I just know).  Which is actually quite tolerable.  And once they’ve dried, they no longer smell. Icebreaker’s come in three thickness’s – the light at 160, normal at 200 and extra warm at 260.  I have a 260 and it’s really too...

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