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by ssmith184
Tue May 04, 2010 9:21 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sidewinder Cag Cuffs
Replies: 7
Views: 435

Re: Sidewinder Cag Cuffs

I have exactly the same problem on mine. Have ended up unpicking the stitching on one sleeve as it was giving me wrist problems.
by ssmith184
Sun Apr 11, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: For Sale: Inazone 240 (London)
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: For Sale: Inazone 240 (London)

My pride and joy, a red Inazone 240 has to go to make room for the new river runner. It's got the usual scratches from average use on rivers, the Nene, Nottingham, the Alps, surfing etc. (yes the Inazone does it all) I've added a ratchet backband which can be converted back to the old fixed backban...
by ssmith184
Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:38 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: For Sale: Inazone 240 (London)
Replies: 4
Views: 191

For Sale: Inazone 240 (London)

My pride and joy, a red Inazone 240 has to go to make room for the new river runner. It's got the usual scratches from average use on rivers, the Nene, Nottingham, the Alps, surfing etc. (yes the Inazone does it all) I've added a ratchet backband which can be converted back to the old fixed backband...
by ssmith184
Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: All adults are paedos
Replies: 116
Views: 5132

Re: All adults are paedos

I'm with Pete and the others on this one. It's not the CRB itself (relatively painless), it's the mistrust that it represents, and the hysterical way it has been misused (numerous examples above). It's the whole media hysteria that breeds mistrust and creates the kind of situation that started the t...
by ssmith184
Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Rumours from the river - ban canoeing
Replies: 30
Views: 2487

Re: Rumours from the river - ban canoeing

The sad thing is it might just work. The anglers have some powerful friends, and our media and politicians aren't exactly well known for demanding or listening to evidence are they?
by ssmith184
Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tucking away a Canoe Club Nest Egg
Replies: 15
Views: 2150

Re: Tucking away a Canoe Club Nest Egg

Ralph Wilson wrote:In the meantime, avoid Icelandic banks. Greek ones probably aren't a great bet either, right now.
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British ones aren't too hot either! What about BOM (Bank of Matress)? Or more seriously GOLD?
by ssmith184
Wed Feb 10, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Responses required
Replies: 304
Views: 19108

Re: Responses required

if there is a market for providing services for paddlers then they could tap into it. If I could park my car securely for the day where it would not be damaged, use clean toilet and changing facilities, launch from and easy platform that did not damage my boat, the enviroment or wildlife, enjoy som...
by ssmith184
Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: music for kayaking
Replies: 46
Views: 2081

Re: music for kayaking

A few months ago it didn't matter what I listened to on the way to the river, when I got *on* the river all I could hear was..... Toddler TV theme tunes like "Timmy Time" and "In The Night Garden". Over and over and over and over again arrrrggghhh! I'm over it now, but have to be very careful about ...
by ssmith184
Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dartmeet kayak launch
Replies: 75
Views: 5712

Re: Dartmeet kayak launch

Is it just me or does anybody else keep seeing "Dartmeet kayak LUNCH"? ;-) (Badger's Holt pensioner's special mmmm)

(Brilliant work Simon, with your [and many others] efforts the Dart is turning into a model example of paddlers & others getting along on the river!)
by ssmith184
Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Knees
Replies: 17
Views: 1174

Re: Knees

Having just undergone an ACL reconstruction two weeks ago & feeling quite good about the whole op. I have about 75% ROM back and I'm able to walk unaided without any pain. The question that I am asking have any of you others been in a similar situation to myself & how long was it till you were back...
by ssmith184
Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Strength, rehab or prevention
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Re: Strength, rehab or prevention

Out of interest, is there a difference between "too strong" muscles and "tight" muscles? I've been told that my shoulder issues are made worse by tight chest muscles. However, kayaking is generally a pulling from the shoulder activity, so logically an imbalance would be caused by too weak a chest? ...
by ssmith184
Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Summer WW paddling in the UK?
Replies: 22
Views: 1267

Re: Summer WW paddling in the UK?

Liam Kirkham wrote: Even if your at the stage where your stil swimming....

That stage doesn't really ever END you know ;-) I like the way the boat is used as a mask to protect the guilty :D
by ssmith184
Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Camera Question.
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: Camera Question.

Shall I video this on my video camera, for you too Mark I could run a bet to see what lasts longer the camera or the micro wave. Cheers for the info will have a phone round tomorow, see if I can find it cheeper from one of the service centers. My major dilema with buying a new body would be Do my l...
by ssmith184
Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:51 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Cranks?
Replies: 22
Views: 714

Re: Cranks?

Is there a down side to paddling with cranks The other downside (I'm a crank user and love em BTW!) is that it's very difficult to paddle with 2 paddles if you have to rescue someone elses paddle (unless you are incredibly lucky and the rescued paddle is exactly the same as yours). Obviously you co...
by ssmith184
Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:47 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Palm Gradient Shoes
Replies: 91
Views: 12639

Re: Palm Gradient Shoes

Good sole which enables long walks (no thin soles where stones are felt through the sole) I have a partial solution to this one. I have to wear orthotic insoles in my shoes (made of a high density foam), so an old pair of these in a pair of wetsuit slipper (or thicker) style boots really helps with...
by ssmith184
Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Customised kit.
Replies: 24
Views: 1543

Re: Customised kit.

I think you hagve just come up with a amazing new product there, which I would certainly buy. mix n match drytrousers and top.... i.e they zip together. that way you get the use of the dry cag when you maybe dont want the trousers, it also offers up loads more options to people on sizing. i.e those...
by ssmith184
Fri Jan 29, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Customised kit.
Replies: 24
Views: 1543

Re: Customised kit.

So I was sitting in class avaoiding doing the work and trawling through dry suits and hating the fact I cant afford one. the previous post saying how he had made some dry trousers out of some gore tex trousers and it got me thinking would it be possible to attach my sidewinder dry trousers and cag ...
by ssmith184
Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Customised kit.
Replies: 24
Views: 1543

Re: Customised kit.

Not exactly customizing but I made my dry trousers from a pair of gortex army trousers, a old spraydeck tube and a pair of latex socks... cost me £25, plus some knackered old kit and there still dry 6 months on... Excellent! I considered doing that, but didn't know if it'd work very well (and I alr...
by ssmith184
Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Customised kit.
Replies: 24
Views: 1543

Re: Customised kit.

Fairly simple I know but I added a "Convenience Zip" and latex socks to a set of dry trousers.

I've always been very into customizing kit, as the perfect kit doesn't exist.
by ssmith184
Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking strength building
Replies: 26
Views: 1582

Re: Kayaking strength building

Weights, low weights lots of repetitions, of more endurance strength rather than muscle mass, and stretches make yourself as flexible as possible to avoid injuries. Whitewater kayaking is not an endurance activity, it generally consists of long periods of low intensity interspersed with short perio...
by ssmith184
Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loose those drain bung woes
Replies: 16
Views: 1250

Re: Loose those drain bung woes

Is the OED description of a Drain bung..: Drain Bung: A method of draining water from your boat that takes ten times longer than tipping it end to end and always leaves an annoying bit in the recess below the hole. Last year I watched a novice emptying a boat (post swim, no airbags,) through the dr...
by ssmith184
Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Prussik identification?
Replies: 90
Views: 7217

Re: Prussik identification?

But a the thickness of your prussik is dependant on how well it grips the rope to stop it slipping. Obviously, if you carry a Tibloc you'll know how to use it, will have messed about with set us with it and know how well it will, or won't grip your throwline and have a crab which you know it works ...
by ssmith184
Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loose those drain bung woes
Replies: 16
Views: 1250

Re: Loose those drain bung woes

Plus the ease of finding a replacement. Of course boat makers all agreeing on a standard thread would make life a lot easier. Cheers Simon Sort of on this topic I've mentioned Polymorph plastic before on the forum (you can get it from Maplins or much cheaper from ebay). Basically it's a plastic tha...
by ssmith184
Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Prussik identification?
Replies: 90
Views: 7217

Re: Prussik identification?

The tibloc is only half the job, the Karabineer your using is the other half, use the correct shape and it will not strip a rope. I can also use a tibloc to get in and out of a gorge if required or when portaging arround something, it's a rare occurance, but thats the nature of carrying this sort o...
by ssmith184
Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loose those drain bung woes
Replies: 16
Views: 1250

Re: Loose those drain bung woes

At first I thought GENIUS!... then I thought a bit more and I thought NIGHTMARE! The problem is that although with this you could replace the drain bung with a coke bottle cap... the "bottle end" in this case is very exposed, if the boat gets dragged upside down, or the back of the boat hits some ro...
by ssmith184
Fri Jan 22, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Prussik identification?
Replies: 90
Views: 7217

Re: Prussik identification?

It is indeed!
And the conclusion is interesting too... forget all those fancy new materials, good old Nylon is best all round! :D Cheapskates (like me) rejoice!
by ssmith184
Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:36 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Fish Have Rights
Replies: 33
Views: 2246

Re: Fish Have Rights

More in the Daily Post today. http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2010/01/20/canoeists-react-to-proposed-river-ban-to-protect-fish-55578-25637767/ The thing that worried me about this article was the implicit acceptance that paddling caused damage to fish stocks. It just didn't questio...