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Kayaks That Are 30 This Year

We are launching a new series for 2022 looking back at some of the kayak designs from the last 30 years. This is the first in the series.

Back in 1992 Dagger released the the AQII. The AQII was derived from the Noah Aeroquatic. The design came from the mind of Vladimir Vanha, founder of Noah Kayaks.

Dagger AQII
Kayaks That Are 30 This Year – Dagger AQII

The super stable AQII surfed well and could pull enders at the drop of a hat.

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The Darren Clarkson Podcast

He has made it to 45. That is 45 editions of the podcast. Lots of paddling talk and general ramblings.

The Darren Clarkson Podcast
The Darren Clarkson Podcast

Check out Darren’s podcast here.

Wahoo Kickr – Removing The Pulley Wheel

After a repair almost two years ago my Kickr has started to make a click every few rotations. This seems to start once the trainer is warmed up.

When I took the trainer apart to check out the potential issue I found that the pulley wheel was not going to be removed as easily before. This has been mentioned a few times in the comment section of my repair guide – Wahoo Kickr Repair Guide.

Disappointingly this component has been created from the softest alloy in the world and isn’t available as a spare. Therefore using any metal based tool to pry the part away would result in serious damage.

Wahoo Kickr - Removing The Pulley Wheel
Wahoo Kickr – Removing The Pulley Wheel

Thankfully some years ago I purchased a set of car trim removal tools from Amazon. They were originally bought for a car job but they have been invaluable for bike work as well.

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Social Media Saturday 29 January 2022

Welcome to Unsponsored and Social Media Saturday 29 January 2022.

Social Media Saturday 29 January 2022 hi
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Social Media Saturday 22 January 2022

Welcome to Unsponsored and Social Media Saturday 22 January 2022. We have a bunch of great Instagram clips, reels and videos for you to check out.

Social Media Saturday 22 January 2022

Enjoy!

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Social Media Saturday 25 December 2021

Welcome To Unsponsored and Social Media Saturday 25 December 2021.

This is a Christmas special so we have loaded it with some corkers.

Social Media Saturday 25 December 2021
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2021 Unsponsored Gift Guide Part 1

As we did in 2020 every week during December we’ll be presenting a brand new list of gifts for the paddler in your life.  If the paddler in your life is you, then think of it as suggestions to expand your gear list. As always the items listed are a range of gear we use and/or love.

2021 Unsponsored Gift Guide Part 1
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Movie Monday 29 November 2021

Welcome to Unsponsored and Movie Monday 29 November 2021. We hope you are all staying well and warm.

Movie Monday 29 November 2021
Movie Monday 29 November 2021

Unsponsored HQ is into day three of no power following Storm Arwen hitting the UK on Friday.

Please take a few moments to share Movie Monday with your paddling mates via your socials.

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Social Media Saturday 13 November 2021

Welcome to Unsponsored and Social Media Saturday 13 November 2021.

Social Media Saturday 13 November 2021
Social Media Saturday 13 November 2021

Enjoy!

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Social Media Saturday 30 October 2021

Welcome to Social Media Saturday 30 October 2021 at Unsponsored. A little later than usual but it has been raining!

Social Media Saturday 30 October 2021

Enjoy!

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Adidas Five Ten Trailcross Gore-Tex – First Look

We’ve been waiting on these to land for almost a year. Now that they are here we are going to take a quick look at the features and specifications.

Adidas Five Ten Trailcross Gore-Tex - First Look
Five Ten Trailcross Gore-Tex alongside the Trailcross Mid
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Ard Rock Reunion – 2021

The Ard Rock is a mountain bike enduro event and is based near the beautiful village of Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales National Park (UK).

Here are a few images from the weekend.

Day 1 – Friday

An early start Friday saw me on Stage 1 of the Ard Rock.

Stage 1 at the top of Fremington Edge
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