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by Franky
Sat Oct 12, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 17
Views: 692

Re: Which Drysuit?

- Deleted post - contained inaccuracies.
by Franky
Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 21
Views: 1102

Re: Gone very quiet

I am a member of a couple of Facebook kayaking groups, but I don't often use them, as I find FB a pig to navigate, and it always seems harder than it should be to find a comment that I want to re-read. Plus, when it comes to finding past recommendations for kit and opinions on boats etc. - you can't...
by Franky
Wed Oct 02, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 21
Views: 1102

Re: Gone very quiet

I figured it was largely Facebook, but FB's been going for decades and yet there seemed to be a sudden drop-off of UKRGB usage about 3 or 4 months ago. Problem with FB is it's difficult if not impossible to search archives or find something you posted, say, last week. Oh well, times change I guess.
by Franky
Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Gone very quiet
Replies: 21
Views: 1102

Gone very quiet

Now down to 2 posts a week in the WW and Touring forum... Where's everybody gone since the start of the summer?
by Franky
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Off side roll
Replies: 15
Views: 733

Re: Off side roll

If you’re doing a sweep roll you might try a c to c roll instead, it breaks the roll down into stages, which some people find helps as you can focus on the individual elements one at a time. I second this. I have to do c-to-c on my off side. It's never morphed into a sweep roll, as it did on my goo...
by Franky
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 714

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

I've tried using a 200 cm paddle and it felt much too wide for me. I'm shortish (5' 7") but have long arms. I use a 197 cm paddle and it feels just right. I find a shorter paddle is better for vertical power strokes. My grip is quite wide most of the time - I feel I have more control that way. Somet...
by Franky
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?
Replies: 15
Views: 799

Re: Tryweryn - where does the water come from?

Population of Liverpool is over half a million, whilst Leeds is just under. Main factor is it's a much smaller reservoir that was designed to dewater the river... Actually, Leeds has a population of 700 000, and that's just the city. The whole of West Yorkshire has a population of 2.3 million. The ...
by Franky
Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: 9r II Thoughts
Replies: 7
Views: 632

Re: 9r II Thoughts

As an alternative to the 9R, you might consider demoing a Jackson Nirvana. Over the past year, I've demoed several creek boats on the Lee Valley Olympic, and the Nirvana was the only one that didn't feel too big for me (I'm 5' 7" and 80 kg). It's 9 feet long, like the 9R, but I found it surprisingly...
by Franky
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Weird and unusual rapids
Replies: 4
Views: 839

Re: Weird and unusual rapids

"No photo of Bum Crack Rock?" I thought. "Impossible." So I googled it. Don't repeat my mistake! I'll just have to use my imagination (and I've got plenty to go on after that search).
by Franky
Tue May 21, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Bl**dy Rolling
Replies: 369
Views: 37698

Re: Bl**dy Rolling

Not directly related to gpgirl's efforts, but I was reminded on Saturday how much rolling is a head game. I wasn't in the zone at all, my head full of work-related schijt. I surfed waves and, as usual, capsized a fair bit - and when I was upside-down, all I could think was, "What if I can't roll?" S...
by Franky
Tue May 07, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?
Replies: 6
Views: 1067

Re: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?

People will always buy new stuff if it's marketed appropriately. It doesn't have to be "right", it just has to be different. Consider the 9R and Machno, both radical new designs that found their market in people looking for a change. I'm of a "when I find something I like, I stick with it" cast of m...
by Franky
Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 1049

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

Well, I bought some Aquasure, and so far it seems to have fixed that particular leak... But unfortunately, I've now found 3 or 4 more. Last weekend at Lee Valley I was so wet and cold towards the end of my 2-hour session that I ended it early. I've now applied Aquasure to the new holes, but I'm not ...
by Franky
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Suitable Playboat/Freestyle kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 663

Re: Suitable Playboat/Freestyle kayak

Just been looking around would dagger jitsu or Pyranha Jed. Which is better for me or are neither suitable? Nobody can answer that question for you. You need either to (a) try them both out, or (b) take a chance on one of them. Whatever you buy, you will probably get used to it unless it is totally...
by Franky
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 1049

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

The Multisport is a cracking bit of kit, I've got the none hinge version and one of the club coaches has the hinged one and swears by it - he's got a couple of them. The one thing he did say was he had to change where he put items in his clothing to reduce internal wear on the drysuit; example he u...
by Franky
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 1049

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

If you are getting wet without even capsizing, perhaps you have worn through the fabric rather than the seams themselves leaking. Well yes, as it turns out. The hole I found was in the fabric just below the seam. I was thinking of applying a seam "extension", sticking-plaster style. Obviously not a...
by Franky
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 1049

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

Thanks for the replies. I will check out Aquasure - this sounds like the way forward for me.
by Franky
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 1049

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

If your only problem is a leaking seam, then it's definitely worth buying some tape and doing it yourself. However, my experience has been that heat-applied tape doesn't work unless you've got some specialist kit to heat it. Instead, just use good-quality 2-part drysuit repair glue to stick new tap...
by Franky
Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 1049

Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

My drysuit has started leaking again. Last time it happened (a year ago), the suit was still under warranty. I sent it back to Typhoon, and they did a thorough job of replacing the tape along the seams. However, a new small leak has developed, and I see this as likely to be a recurrent problem. Good...
by Franky
Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Left-handed paddlers
Replies: 29
Views: 1946

Re: Left-handed paddlers

I eat fruit with my right hand but sandwiches with my left. What's that about?

I reckon paddling other-handed is like driving on the right - you can adapt pretty easily if you have to. Muscle memory can go a long way in overcoming natural "handedness".
by Franky
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?
Replies: 23
Views: 1325

Re: Should a 4* Leader be a 5* Follower?

It seems to me that when you assume the role of leader, you are assuming responsibility. That's the essence of leadership. It applies whether you are a good leader or a bad one. No one in a group has the responsibility to be a "good follower". In general, a good leader makes good followers. If a "fo...
by Franky
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1744

Re: Do we even need a grading system any more?

I've yet to hear a good argument t'other way. Dave, you don't want to hear a good argument the other way, admit it :) Videos and photos aren't always a good indicator of how difficult a river is. GoPro footage misrepresents the real character of a river because of the fisheye lens. I'd watched lots...
by Franky
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do we even need a grading system any more?
Replies: 30
Views: 1744

Re: Do we even need a grading system any more?

Grading is probably more useful to intermediate paddlers than advanced ones. I paddled the Grand Eyvia in Italy last year. I was with a guided group and I didn't get wind of what grade it was before we got on. I had somehow formed the impression it was Grade 2! I wasn't prepared for continuous, fast...
by Franky
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What degree WW paddle
Replies: 24
Views: 1443

Re: What degree WW paddle

I hate to rise to the provocation of the previous post, but if no one responds to it, the OP might end up getting the wrong paddle.

My own paddle is 197 cm and I borrowed a 200 cm paddle on holiday last year. I didn't get on with it at all. I'm not a midget or an idiot.
by Franky
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which pfd ?
Replies: 4
Views: 539

Re: Which pfd ?

Something to bear in mind is that touring and sea BAs can accidentally come undone on white water. I first used a Yak sea BA on white water, but the zip on the side kept coming undone. You move your body about a lot on WW, and this places strain on the fastenings that a touring or sea BA isn't desig...
by Franky
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Palm Orbit
Replies: 4
Views: 691

Re: Palm Orbit

Does it have to be Palm or IR? Playboater decks have a good reputation and are a lot cheaper than the Orbit. I currently have a Work Deck. It has a reinforced rim that grips very tight, and I've never had a problem with it popping on anything up to grade 4, if that's your concern. My previous sprayd...
by Franky
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 2389

Re: Warm When Wet

I can only agree with Dave B. I don't know about the physics, but before I bought a dry suit I paddled in temperatures of < 5 degrees with a fleece top and fleece trousers and was pretty comfortable. Wet or dry, fleece traps heat from your body. This seems to more than offset loss of heat through ev...
by Franky
Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.
Replies: 20
Views: 1447

Re: WHAT BOAT!!! For my better half.

Do women like different boats from men? I suppose body shape means some boats are a better fit than others, but then there is as much difference in body shape within the sexes as between them. The issue seems more, "What's a good boat for a beginner?", and my answer would be that any boat other than...
by Franky
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:53 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nice vid
Replies: 12
Views: 1061

Re: Nice vid

I enjoy watching paddling of rivers I can only dream about, and I agree that the absence of a death metal soundtrack is to be applauded! My one gripe is the short cuts. I like to watch paddling videos, wondering what's coming up next. This video switches to the next clip just when you're getting int...
by Franky
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1891

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

But you have no problems paying the £7 (£14) charge for the Tryweryn per paddler, why does £3 bother you? It doesn't bother me at all. I was just expressing sympathy with the misunderstandings. I will pay the parking fee in future regardless of of how little time I spend there and regardless of whe...
by Franky
Sun Nov 25, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Charges at Mile End Mill
Replies: 20
Views: 1891

Re: Charges at Mile End Mill

Is it a charge for access when it applies even if you are only parking to use the cafe or picnic tables? It doesn't seem clear what it's a charge for, or who has to pay it. I'd been assuming from reading the first posts here, and in the parallel thread, that it was a de facto access charge - which ...