Louri Frame Strap Review

It was really nice to meet Sian and Thomas at the Cycle Show last week and to get a look at the many products that Cyclorise distribute in the UK.  Getting a close up look at the Louri frame strap and getting my own in a bike colour matching orange was a bonus.

The strap allows you to attach some essentials to your bike for races or when you want to travel a little lighter. Its really useful and easy to use – watch my video for the full low down.

The Louri strap costs £18.99 for the frame version and £17.99 for the saddle mount version.

Finally – the pronunciation – its looo-reee  as in

not lahow-rey ?  as in

For more information visit the Cyclorise and/or the Louri websites.

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YouTube – How What Why?

TimFromWales on YouTube
TimFromWales on YouTube

I’ve given YouTube a fair stab this last month or 2.

My efforts have doubled my subscriber count from an insignificant 60 or so to a marginally small 141 (as of today)..  Its not meteoric and its not going to make me a millionaire but its growth.

I’ve tried a few different types of videos with varying success as my confidence and happiness in hearing my own voice and seeing these moving selfies has grown. But now what?

Its fair to say

  • I don’t live in a part of the world that has bucket list trails
  • I’m not famous
  • I can’t shred like Ben Deakin
  • I don’t have balls as big as Sam Pilgrim
  • I’m not a Red Bull athlete like Matt Jones
  • etc etc

So why would you watch my “channel”?  What’s different about it?

Well, my aim is to produce content that you can relate to, it might not go viral or make you jealous but it might just make you realise that (if you didn’t already know) you can have fun on a bike just about anywhere and on any budget.

I want to grow the subscribers and I’m going to keep trying to figure out just what it is that will make my channel tick, with out forcing it and by continuing to be me.  However Youtube, like all social media platforms, has its peculiarities and you have to know how to work it to make it work for you…  That’s the tough part.

Anyway, watch this space. Maybe by the time you read this the channel will have 142 subscribers!

But while you are here, why not go and watch this video and please tell me what you thought of it… Please??

 

 

 

Day & Night – Sam Pilgrim

Sam Pilgrim and this edit deserves more likes, views, shares so I’m going to do my little bit.

If this edit had featured Brandon Semenuk doing EXACTLY the same stuff, it would have had way more views, and that’s not right.

Sam is a talented rider and works hard on social media and does so much for his bike sponsor.

To the sky Sam!

Great edit – and cool behind the scenes too.

Bit of blue for the Dads

Do people still say that?

Its a bit click baity, but I have to try anything these days to get views!

If you haven’t been to BikePark Wales in a while you might not know they’ve made some new trails – 7 in all. Well I rode 5 of them on Monday and in the video above you can see montage of my day.

I’ve put a shortcut below to each trail and highlighted the 5 new ones with an asterisk. I have also colour coded the trails Blue and Red.

Please note that ACDC and Watts Occurring are graded as RED below but are a bit of a step up in some ways.  Any other trail centre and they might be considered BLACK as they have some features that require commitment and in some parts of the trail there is no obvious line choice.

Anyway, i hope you enjoy the video and your next visit to BikePark Wales

Trails in order :
Sixtapod https://youtu.be/q5QcDA7MxqY?t=14s
Willy Waver https://youtu.be/q5QcDA7MxqY?t=47s
Melted Welly https://youtu.be/q5QcDA7MxqY?t=1m19s
* Off Grid https://youtu.be/q5QcDA7MxqY?t=1m37s
* Fforest Bump https://youtu.be/q5QcDA7MxqY?t=1m59s
* Roller Disco https://youtu.be/q5QcDA7MxqY?t=2m17s
Blue Belle https://youtu.be/q5QcDA7MxqY?t=2m32s
Terry’s Belly https://youtu.be/q5QcDA7MxqY?t=2m53s
Hot Stepper https://youtu.be/q5QcDA7MxqY?t=3m8s
Vicious Valley https://youtu.be/q5QcDA7MxqY?t=3m33s
Surfin Bird https://youtu.be/q5QcDA7MxqY?t=4m13s
Bushwacker https://youtu.be/q5QcDA7MxqY?t=4m46s
* ACDC https://youtu.be/q5QcDA7MxqY?t=5m8s
* Watts Occurring https://youtu.be/q5QcDA7MxqY?t=6m10s

All filmed using a GoPro Hero Session 4 (link for session 5) – https://amzn.to/2wnTqum

My first Bike and Bivvy

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Silbury Hill Bivi Spot

I have been threatening to do this for ages and I eventually plucked up the courage to get out and do a solo bivvy camp out.

I didn’t go far, about an hour from home and had a return home plan via the A4 if need be, which I think would take me about 30 mins.  I had no bike lights but a pretty decent torch and gorilla tape that I could use to strap it to my bike helmet or bars.

My original plan was to head for the West Woods, but my disliking of strange noises in the night got the better of me and I thought the fewer rustling trees the better. This spot in a field next to Silbury Hill was sheltered from the rain that looked likely by a large tree and was low enough to be out of the wind.  At least I thought it was!

I made the shelter by using the top of the barbed wire as support and tied the corners with guy rope.  I pinned the other end to the ground with 2 tent pegs and laid my bike on it for good measure.

Shelter Kit List:

  • Tarpaulin – approx 3m by 2m from Amazon £8.00
  • Bivvy Bag – Mountain Warehouse approx £20-25
  • Paracord/guy rope – £5
  • Tent pegs x 4 (only used 2)

The long grass provided some cushion from the remarkably bumpy ground, but also scraped and scratched against the tarp all night spooking me every few minutes.

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Cosy – Tarp Shelter

I had bivvy bag and a 2 season sleeping bag from Mountain Warehouse and was plenty warm enough at night.

My bike bag was loaded with every usual spare, tools and first aid, as well as some extra layers and clothes in case I got wet and a variety of last minute food snatched from the cupboards at home.  Baked Beans, cuppa soup, tinned soup, few biscuits, cereal and tea bags.

I had 2 litres of water specifically for boiling for tea (on top of 2 that was in my hydration bladder) and about a half a pint of milk.

My cooking set up consisted of my Alpkit Jackal Brukit and smaller Kraku stove – the idea was to have the two so I didn’t have to worry about cleaning out the cooking one to boil water in for tea.  I’ve previously done a short review of the Kraku – check the link on my Youtube channel.  The Brukit might need some treatment also soon.

Thoughts and conclusions

This was my first bivvy and by default my first solo bivvy too – so what did I think? What would I do different next time?  Would there be a next time?

In the whole I enjoyed it once I settled (or got too tired to worry about the noises), and I’d love to do this again. I am now hoping for a warm September and looking for some other spots within an hours or so from home.

Sleep – I was perfectly comfortable and warm enough maybe by the end of September I’d need a warmer sleeping bag, but for a coolish August night this was perfect.

Shelter – The tarp fixed over the fence was ideal.  Maybe I could use something to protect it from the barbed wire (some old inner tube or something), but otherwise this was perfect.  I need to try some sort of free standing shelter next, maybe some poles are required.

Food – One night is easy. I took a tin of soup, a crusty roll, some biscuits and tea for the evening. And took a portion of cereal (mixed up some granola, choco pillows and raisens) and more tea and biscuits for breakfast.  I also had a couple of bananas and cereal bars.

Clothing – As it was August and I wasn’t far from home I had my riding shorts and jersey on. And i took a spare jersey, socks and a water proof – as well as a woolly hat.

Lighting – I could do with recommendations for a night light / lamp of some sort. I had a pretty decent mini torch with me and spare battery, but could have done with some sort of lantern.

Time for some research.

I’d be keen to hear any advice on your set up.

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