Avatar for ad441

ad441

Member since Aug 2007 • Last active Sep 2021

Most recent activity

  • in Current Projects
    Avatar for ad441

    Talk to Winston Vaz https://www.varonha.co.uk
    Bound to be cheaper than a new frame.

  • in Rides & Races
    Avatar for ad441

    I did that route over a couple of very hot days this summer. 10 hours-ish sounds about right. Just looked at my strava and I was moving for approx 12 hours. But assume you'll be faster than me, even at relaxed pace.

    Speed is very uneven though - the Downs link bit is almost all flat gravel paths and is really quick (though not hugely exciting). But then some of the South Downs sections are pretty slow going.
    If it's muddy I'd allow considerably more time for all the offroad bits. Plus extra time for mechanicals, etc.

    If you've got 2 whole days to do it then it will be very relaxed - I didn't leave London until after lunch on the first day and had assumed I'd be easily back to collect kids from school on second day, but ended up taking much longer.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/565987­1512
    https://www.strava.com/activities/566363­5848

  • in Bikes & Bits
    Avatar for ad441

    I discovered this on Saturday as well - is good but ideally would like to be able to zoom in and out of it, which I couldn't find a way to do, so was often a bit useless beyond giving you a broad idea of climbing to come.

  • in Bikes & Bits
    Avatar for ad441

    Seeing as people were talking about Bolt V2 a few pages back - I got one the other week after finally killing my Bolt v1 by getting leaving it in a wet bag for several days. Used it on a 300k audax at the weekend and seems good. Screen definitely nicer than V1, it automatically routed me to start of ride, etc. Turn by turn directions seemed slightly late, but basically worked fine. Only issue I've found so far is it seems to only like some charging cables, other ones say they're charging but battery level doesn't go up. But USB 3 is now same cable as phone, etc, which is definitely useful. I charged it a couple of times while stopped on the ride, for no more than 15 mins each time and it had around 50% battery left after 17 hours or so.

  • in Rides & Races
    Avatar for ad441

    That spd sandal picture is a such a great audax photo. Should be the next cover of Arrivee.

  • in Rides & Races
    Avatar for ad441

    I assume you still automatically qualify for a place if you've been an AUK member for X amounts of years?
    The later stages of the last one (before having to abandon at Barnards Castle) is probably the worst time I've ever had on a bike. Part of me wants to do it next year just to have a go at completing it. Another part of me thinks of all the much more enjoyable rides I could do instead.

  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
    Avatar for ad441

    Radius is supposedly their model for more upright riding. It's pretty confusing... unfortunately Shallow (their inbetween model) is the one that seems to suit me.

  • in Components, clothing and miscellany
    Avatar for ad441

    Which scoop is it? Interested if shallow.

  • Avatar for ad441

    Thanks - the 15kg weight of the case seems like it might be an issue on top of the weight of the bike.
    But it is tempting even though I don't actually have any clear purpose for it yet. Let me have a think about it.

Actions