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frank9755

Member since Nov 2008 • Last active Sep 2020
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    I'm planning my 300 tomorrow: should be a nice sunny day to go to the seaside. Aiming for an early start so I get back for dinner

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34152619

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    Haha, misread that as month 4, wow!

    I remember the off road bit you will have done, grassy lane, then across a field and over the road which led to a gravelly bit. The lane was wet chalk a couple of weeks ago, should be better when completely dry. The gravel was a bit loose.

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    Interesting - I had a quick scan of her route and was surprised to see that she had a control point in the middle of Carlisle. I can't imagine she will follow her route through there.

    Minor detail or a sign of less-thorough prep than, say, @wheels_of_fire did for his ride?

    Last I saw (on WoF's twitter) she was slightly down on schedule after having a sleep stop through night.

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    I go through phases. Listen to music sometimes but then don't bother for a few days, especially if it's interesting or pretty scenery.

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    Sorry, fixed.

    I made it round, but did have to think about the time limits, and walk a little bit on hardknott

    https://strava.app.link/e1sBoi2TI9

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    This is my plan for tomorrow.
    Unfortunately it's going to be a lot chillier up there than here, but shouldn't rain, much.

    https://ridewithgps.com/routes/33977738

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    That was my club's event, but I did the 200 on the day which shares the last bit. That hill out of Tring (can't remember the name) is quite a steep one.

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    Presuming you were on a slightly bigger tyre setup?

    I kind of prefer solo DIYs a lot of the time

    I actually put smaller tyres on, not for good reasons, just I needed to swap wheels and that was what I had, so I was on 25mm Schwalbe Ones, so basically no grip on slippery off-road sections!

    Psychologically, it was interesting. My first all day ride for a year, and I really got into it once I'd done about 200km. Had a wobble around 140 when lots of things were hurting and the sunk cost wasn't too great. At about 300km I was only about 30km from home so recognised beforehand that was a danger point, but there was no way I was quitting then. And I wasn't looking forward to it getting dark when I was still on the lanes. But I really enjoyed it, much more looking back than at the time, of course!

    I love tubeless. On the second last big climb in the dark lanes, I had just realised that I was in danger of running out of battery power for lights and GPS (it was ok), then I heard the rush of air from a puncture. I just said to myself, 'fuck that - no way am I getting off to sort that out - I'll let it seal at whatever pressure it wants to and just ride on it, 20psi or whatever'. It would have been really horrible to have to get off then and have to change a tube.

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    The southern bits, it's nice around Henley, and the big climbs are around Princes Risborough

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