Hard Day in January '21 - Reliability Ride - POSTPONED

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  • Hard Day in January 2021 - Reliability Ride

    Reliability Ride format for 2021
    Indefinitely postponed
    This ride will go ahead once pandemic conditions improve and government restrictions ease. It's obviously not going ahead with London in Covid Emergency state.

    I would like to offer the following insight to riders: if you are on the road and end up requiring an ambulance you are highly unlikely to get one. So take this into consideration for any riding you do in the next few weeks.

    I'm keeping the text below when we're able to ride:

    But the spirit remains the same! @clubman did a 90 mile fixed wheel ride in January 1959 and that provides the inspiration and format for the ride. This is the 10th edition since starting in 2008. It's is intended as a fixed gear / single-speed ride. The route is nearly the same as last year, however this year it goes out via Featherbed and up to the ridge via the Woldingham Girls School, and then return via Knatts Valley. I haven't decided whether you should go up Exedown - I would encourage it although Old Terry's Lodge Road is a lovely climb and Exedown is quite hard.



    Shorter Route
    I have also added a shorter 50 mile loop that takes in the first part 25 or so miles and then heads back into town. As it's the 10th anniversary and a strange year, it'd be nice to have as many people take part as possible. It's a bit bumpy to get home but you gotta get over the ridges, no way around them. The shorter route takes you past the Ide Hill Cafe which should be open if you need to get supplies. Otherwise you could head straight up Toys Hill and rejoin the route. Also instead of taking a left on Downe Lane you can stay on Cudham Lane until the A21 and smashfestina your way home.

    1st ed
    2nd ed
    3rd ed
    4th ed
    5th ed and winners
    6th ed and pictures from the winner
    7th ed and winner
    8th ed and winner
    9th ed and winner

  • Pencilled in. Might be optimistic of to me to think that travelling 170 miles to ride my bike will be ok by then but WTH, I need something to look forward to.

  • I was thinking about this ride last week. I think we should run a Wests route as well, on the same Saturday, following the old route starting in Staines. I doubt I’ll be in good enough shape to do the whole 90 miles, but I’ll be up for the first 40-50 miles.

  • If I can sweet talk @Hovis into letting me ride his fixed again after last years little spill, I’m definitely in.

  • I'm down for this, really enjoyed it last year.ive been riding a similar route over lockdown, on a geared bike mind.which has included the infamous Exedown, not sure I could do it fixed. it's that hard left hander a quarter of the way up that's the killer.

  • Oh yeah im keen for sure if we can do it! Was sad i missed last year. I may have a spare bike as well if someone around 1.70/1.80m needs

  • I could be up for this possibly, although I would probably have to do on 70 year old bike with tubular tyres as I'm not sure I could manage to ride my other fixed bike for 90 miles, the gearing's a little harsh I'd think.

  • @Jameo should do this ride

  • obvs @Klar

  • Excellent - fixie bike loans all around!

    @Jonny69 feel free to organise something your way if SE isn't doable for you. I think a little time away from the Staines loop is nice, but will probably return to it in a year or so.

    I think it's pretty cool this is the 10th anniversary of the ride (in 12 years). I would love to make a bigger deal about it really, but it's a bit premature considering the lockdown landscape. But still thanks to everyone who has taken part over the years, showing up on bikes in the spirit of the ride and happy to have long day out.

  • It would be good to see you there @jeff80. There was an assortment of bikes last year ranging from 50s track running tubulars to contemporary all out touring bikes so you should be fine.
    I guess it's all weather dependent but you should be fine and Old Terry's Lodge road should be fun as I'm sure it's just a track.

  • i'm up for that.
    be good to hear about gearing !

  • 50x16 has been known to be successful in the past. But I guess usually anyghing around 70gi will be fine? (Disclaimer - I haven't ridden the Kent version)

  • 50x16!?! That's a @Thuekr gear only please. I think 66 -72gi is fine. I'm about 66gi and it's a bit spinny on the flat but I enjoy the hills a bit more, and it makes cruising speed about 15/16mph which is a fine average speed for fixed in the winter.

    @Ruserius and @rhowe get around in larger gearing but they are exceptions rather than the rule

  • right ! thanks. i am on 50x16 now but not sure that's applicable for that type of ride, much grinding uphill, i would add a or 2 teeth at the back i believe.
    disclaimer : i don't have massive experience riding fixed

  • Yeah I'd say you would want to stick a 19 or 20t cog on the rear, might mean you need a new chain for the extra links. 50x16 is a funny ratio to choose though, that's a gearing choice for youth velodrome racing or ultra low cadence cycling / grinding around town. You don't have brklss installed do you? You'll need at least a front brake.

  • i use it in CLM fashion, mostly for solo regents laps, with TT cockpit and obviously brake !

  • Sub’d - and if I’m not able to join I might be able to lay on some food/refreshment around the section closest to Tunbridge Wells where I’m based

  • Hoping to ride this year @youramericanlover, if @Rod_Munch leaves zwift island to ride in a socially distanced fashion (like I believe he did last year) then I'm in.

    Will be geared tho, the fruit salad stays in Wales until I can afford a proper bike shed.

  • I’m in. Work permitting.

  • Can someone please let me a genesis flyer 54cm for this. thanks.

  • someone like @amey ?

  • I was gonna say out due to knee etc. but! It looks like I have a path to improvement. So maybe in for some of it, maybe on gears. I'll be at the pub at the end in any case, if there's a pub at the end.

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Hard Day in January '21 - Reliability Ride - POSTPONED

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