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  1. Unfortunately due to SANParks and their ridiculous rules, a wildcard will not grant you access when on a bicycle, only in a car! Activity permit is required if you're entering on a bicycle. Just another nonsensical rule orchestrated by the rocket scientists in Pretoria.
  2. Seriously, contact BEN bikes (Bicycle Empowerment network). They have local container based workshops in a few local communities where trained mechanics refurbish and sell the exact kind of commuter bike you're looking for. Bikes are fully serviced and ready to go. Plus you're then stimulating a great business model. Last year I organised 2 bikes for staff costing around R1200 each, helmet included. DM me and I'll send you contact details for Meshack who runs the Westlake setup. (I'd be happy to help but unfortunately am immobile with a fractured elbow after being the victim of a hit & run in Simonstown 2 weekends ago)
  3. Yup, but 5.44pm CEST is also 5.44pm in SA... hopefully someone at DStv figures out how to tell the time otherwise they're going to miss the first half of the field.
  4. Not sure how tall you are, but warning that most of these tents are built for midgets...at 1.85m I found myself with my head against the one wall while my feet pressed against the other. The lengths quoted are floor length, but with such low head heights the angle of the walls mean actual length is a lot less. Another thing to consider is the length of the poles. Depending on how you're intending on carrying the tent you might have limitations on pole length (when packed). After returning my first purchase which was an Oztrail I eventually decided to go with the more expensive Naturehike Cloud Up 2: https://www.naturehike.co.za/products/cloud-up-2-ultralight-2-person-tent-upgrade
  5. As mentioned by others, a level 3 activity permit isn't only used for biking. The card is simple, pop it in your pocket & you're done whether you're riding, walking your dog, paragliding, climbing etc The real issue is that renewals should be possible online. However that would require a card that didn't expire, which would likewise require an electronic device to check it's current status. Having said that, an easy solution nowadays would be for each card to have a QR code which could be scanned by any mobile device linking to a basic web form displaying basic card status (active/expired)....of course that still would require sanparks to issue all rangers with smartphones. Plus there's the connectivity issues in parts of the park... In the end, sanparks is a government institution. Any solution they implement is going to be implemented via a tender process & picked on criteria not at all linked to actual service delivery.
  6. Looks interesting, will try them - thanks. I make these chickpea balls as snacks but they're not great for on the bike as they tend to get a bit soft when warm. I throw in coconut & dates instead of the chocolate. Plus always use the no sugar, no salt peanut butter. https://www.rhodesquality.com/recipes/chickpea-and-oat-energy-ball/
  7. Any clarity as to the extent of his injuries? Hopefully nothing too serious? I haven't seen anything in the media since the crash so was wondering what he'd injured.
  8. Anyone else having issues with Virgin Active gym visits not reflecting as Vitality points events? Issue seems to have cropped up since Virgin's systems went offline due to their ransomware attack. They've been back up for weeks now though. Never noticed it before as I normally don't need the gym points to meet my weekly goal, but had a lazy bike week 2wks ago & just realised I never made my activity goal. Checked back & my gym visits haven't generated points for more than a month.
  9. I'm going to assume you didn't mean it to be as derogatory as it unfortunately came out. "..this Eritrean" is only 26 and is riding his 5th Grand Tour. Personally I think that marks him as a fairly seasoned professional. https://racing.trekbikes.com/stories/trek-segafredo-men/amanuel-ghebreigzabhier-from-eritrea-to-europe
  10. If she's never been to Cape Town she should tick off all the classic road routes around the peninsula including a trip into Cape Point reserve plus a ride up Signal Hill & Tafelberg rd. Hacking around the greenbelt on a gravel bike if you've never ridden Chappies would be sacrilege!
  11. Just finished it, highly recommend it.If you enjoyed Mindhunter, this is a must! The Serpent, trailer: https://youtu.be/TgB7rMuxY-s
  12. Looks epic, I remember friends mentioning a way to get over in this area, must be this pass.However much I enjoy the advantages of my gravel bike, that looks like a route that would be more enjoyable on a FS mtb. (Partially because I'm too lazy to walk) Did a loop yesterday over Gysmanshoek pass near Riversdal, parts of the descent into the interior left me wishing I was on my mtb!
  13. Yeah, did but it doesn't load the streaming service in full window, just a "mobile phone" view down the middle.Old media box, still running something ridiculous like android 5. Probably time for a new one!
  14. I had a similar experience on my TV watching via the browser on my android media box, regularly appeared to buffering, thought it might be my connection but when I tried via the app on my phone, no issues at all.
  15. I've got one for you, I'm in CT in the south. No payment necessary, just pay it forward.
  16. Did you come right? If so I'd be keen to know where/how.I'm looking for the 12mm TA to QR adapter's..
  17. The assumption would be that your position on the road bike is more "racy" than on the mtb. So in theory (I think..) your hips will be rotated further forward on the road bike as you'll sit more upright on the mtb.Hence possibly needing a slightly wider saddle on the mtb than the road bike. So you might find putting the "mtb comfy" saddle on the roadie won't work as well. (Note widespread use of very subjective language ????)
  18. Does the bike you're looking at have a compact crankset? Running a 50/32 up front would definitely decrease the chances of needing a 32 at the back.
  19. Post on the salvage thread, someone might have something lying around for you. https://community.bikehub.co.za/topic/152006-the-salvage-thread/page-40
  20. It's not a 4 seasons, but then we're in SA.. I'm 1.85m so some of the ultralight tents are a little cramped, but this one works very well, especially at only 1.7kg. https://www.naturehike.co.za/collections/tents/products/cloud-up-2-ultralight-2-person-tent-upgrade
  21. I'd say the Diverge is more a Fortuner...common and less practical than a Hilux...but it climbs pavements well ;-)
  22. I was looking for a steel frame gravel touring bike & Benky just happened to be unloading some of the Sequoia's that he'd been using for his KZN tours company & the price was certainly right! Besides price, I wanted a bike that I don't have to be precious about when touring. Carbon definitely doesn't fit that requirement (my opinion). Reviews seemed to suggest aluminium gives a much harsher ride than steel. To me the Diverge is more of a Specialized road racing gravel bike to be seen on....whereas the Sequoia has old school classic style. If I was looking for a winter road bike to do some gravel races on, then sure something like the Diverge might've got a look in.
  23. I really do need to write that trip report.. My fork has water bottle cage mounts, so I manufactured some plastic brackets using sewer piping (unused..) & bolted those on. I then purchased lightweight drybags and taped them up to a more long & thin profile. Bags were then attached to the brackets using webbing straps I got made. I taped the forks where the straps could run just in case. Think it cost me about R550 for the complete setup (both bags) - drybags were R200 each, being the majority of the cost. Rather surprisingly (I'm not the most gifted DIYer) they held up really well. 4 days of corrugations did cause one small hole to be worn through the one bag, but that was caused by me not checking the straps were tight enough to prevent chafe on the one day.
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