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ad441

Member since Aug 2007 • Last active Oct 2019

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    Yes, very probably. 'Enjoying' third consecutive damp Kent cycle since I got back from doing Torino-Nice. It's a been a bit of a come down...

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    Yes, that was what my first set was like.

    Actually being too cheap to buy any more tyres for a while, I've stuck a thick puncture repair patch on the inside of the tyre under the cut and this seems to have sorted it. The last time I tried this failed totally, but I went to a bit more effort cleaning up the inside of the tyre first this time and it held without any issues for the whole of the ride I did yesterday.

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    On the other hand I've pretty much run out of patience with G-One speed 30c (I think - their tyre naming is so confusing). Ruined a nearly new one yesterday by rolling over a piece of glass at end of my road. Which is the second one in a row that's not lasted more than a few rides. Don't know if they changed the compound or something. My first set (when they were called S-Ones or something) lasted for ages.

    The lesson is probably just not to ride bikes in the UK.

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    I vaguely remember saying I'd report back on G-One Bites 2.1 after Torino-Nice rally. They were pretty great overall - no punctures whatsoever, despite a lot of the gravel being borderline MTB terrain & they didn't feel too sluggish on the road bits. Overall would recommend.

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    Hopefully you've got all your bad luck out the way and the rest of the ride will be great.

    Plus I suppose at least it didn't happen on the ride when it would have been much harder to sort a replacement bike.

    Good luck everyone doing pbp.

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    Based on my experience of failing to finish LEL, don't make too definite plans about average speeds or anything. I went into it thinking of it being a straightforward series of 300k day rides with sleeps inbetween. The reality worked out very differently. My average speed plumeted as the ride went on and I wasted a load of time trying and failing to sleep early on. In retrospect I'd have been much better to ride as far as possible without sleep initially, building up more of a time buffer to cover me for later in the ride.
    This isn't to be discouraging or pessimistic - you'll be fine. Just don't expect things to go exactly as planned. Weather, sleep stops, etc are all a bit unpredictable.
    (no idea why I'm giving advice having failed to finish anything over 600k, but have spent a lot of time thinking about where I went wrong on LEL. Though it's quite a different ride as well of course).

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    G-one Bites are 2.1 so reckon should be ok on those rims.

    This is a lot more MTB than I originally intended for Torino-Nice. I was nearly going to do it on my audax bike with largest tyres I could cram on, but I think this should be more fun if a bit slower.

    Plus I really can't complain about being lent such a nice bike.

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    Will report back in a few week's time.
    Hopefully not while wrestling with flat tyres halfway up a mountain.

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    Quite opposite suggestions there.
    It's gravel, but I believe it's pretty large gravel at points. I'm more excited about the offroad stuff, so i'd rather sacrifice a bit of speed on road for making the offroad bits more enjoyable I think.
    Anyway, the question is now irrelevant because it turns out I have some g-one bites on the way, so I am spared having to make a choice. Which will hopefully be a decent compromise. I've used g-one speed 30s on my audax bike for ages and they've (mostly) stood up to a lot of offroad stuff.

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