A (not too) quick Hello

Discussion in 'Intros & Welcomes' started by Shafiq, Oct 28, 2019.

  1. Shafiq

    Shafiq Trekker

    Hi all. I'm Shafiq (redefined_cycles off the bearbonesbiking forum) and just joined up...

    I'm not very good at walking the hills but mainly cos I'm a big fat softy and prefer to ride through em (the permitted sections off course) and grt home a little quicker. Been keeping an eye on TrekLites for a short while but mainly in the classifieds section as I've been looking for a light shelter for my cycle bivying forever.. Another note about my walking issue is that I've historically gotten hip pain whilst walking for too long off the beaten track (my one leg is, I'm pretty certain, longer than the other).

    So recently I applied and managed (thanks to God) to complete one of the staple rides of the bikepacking forum which is the bearbones200... For it (it involved some decent boggy/tussocky walking) I invested in som Arcteryx ankle boots - on super reduced sale they were - and they worked a treat and no hip pains for the extended ride/walk. Only problem being that the vibram soles (IME vibram has been a slippery material in the past and on the Arcteryx its no different... which maybe somepne migjt explain to me one day) weren't quite cut out for my flat stud-laden pedals.

    The outcome is that I've realised how 'oh so comfy' the Arcteyrx are and I refuse to let go. Even though its a military op to get em on and off, I've then managed to wear em for 24+ hours without a fault. That obviously means I need to ensure I start making use of them and hence told me nieghbour-but3 that I'm keen to go out hill walking (but not scrambling) with him in the not too distant future.

    Then today - remember I said I've been looking for that all elusive tent - I noticed the Japanese tent up for grabs on here and thought its time I registered and started lurking ;) and here I am.

    I've already checked the intro/rules page and nice to see its written by Shewie of whom I've briefly spoken to via forum messenger elsewhere...

    Anyway, greetings, erm, (lightweight walking) earthlings :)

    Shafiq
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  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Good to see you here Shaf :)
  3. MartinK9

    MartinK9 Section Hiker

    Hello and welcome to the Forum.:)

    Be careful.....

    I came here 4 years ago to get a lighter pack..... I start the Appalachian Trail in Feb. :rolleyes: :roflmao:
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  4. Michael_x

    Michael_x Ultralighter

    Hello and welcome
  5. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Welcome t'lite side Shaf :thumbsup: Arc'teryx are owned by salomon so they have their resources at hand for development etc.
    Just hiked prices as it is usually better materials they use.
  6. Shafiq

    Shafiq Trekker

    Hello Martin and Shewie (and everyone else)... I've already been watching some of the long distsnce trail runs etc (I know its not quite trekking but still... well maybe) like that one in the desert of 100 miles... Then the Leadville (race in the sky) 100 and a few other off road adventures of sorts. Add to the the fact that the 2018 winner of one of the long ditance bikepacking races (North Cape Epic i think) was a Doctor chap from Bristol who was previously a hunder miler marathon racer... Who knows :happy:
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  7. Shafiq

    Shafiq Trekker

    Just whilst we've got some useful ears. Can i ask (I think I already know the answer) the Locus HAPI tent in the classifieds... I dont think I'm really gonna get better than that in terms of value and availability am I... (for reference I'd previously settled on a trekkertent but only thing stopping me was the slow turnaround times aswell as counting my pennies etc etc)...
  8. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    There’s a Trailstar in the classifieds too, add one of Stu’s carbon poles and you’re away, entrance tied out to the saddle or bars
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  9. Shafiq

    Shafiq Trekker

    Good point Shewie. I've managed around 6 bivyAmonths with just my Alpkit XL hunka and just realised the Japanese (I keep forgetting their name) one in the classifieds is without the mesh which would add another fairFew grams on...

    Oh well, at least the classifieds got me to register and now hopefully the Arcteryx will get used as they should be...
  10. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    That would save him money and could lighten/reduce pack volume with the change?
  11. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Moderator Staff Member

  12. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Hello and welcome. :)

    I spent most of my teenage years racing mountain bikes, and then gave it all up. Much recent talk of cycling has perked the interest again and I feel a splurge coming on.
    These long distance off road events weren't on the radar back then, they sound great.
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  13. Shafiq

    Shafiq Trekker

    Yup... it was after much trepidation that I finally got myself to the start line of the Bearbones200... at tge time (pre event) I thought it'd just be the once and thats me done... Especially with the hike a bike sections. But now its been a couple of weeks post event I'm of the feeling that it will be my staple yearly event. Get yerself booked in (there's plenty of independent time trials availabel with group starts and the likes... much info to be found on the forum which to me just seems like a biking version of this... kindof).
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  14. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Hi and welcome ...
  15. Bopdude

    Bopdude Section Hiker

    Hi and welcome :)
  16. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    Hello and welcome to the forum Shafiq :)
  17. Shafiq

    Shafiq Trekker

    Thanks all once again for the lovely and warm welcome. Looking firward to getting sime inspiration, ideas and knowledge of you all... :)
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  18. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

    Hi and welcome :) Another bike packer...yay :) I run a Stooge mk1 for my bike packing trips.

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