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mustardbeak

Member since Mar 2010 • Last active Jan 2020

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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    25k split or 25k per flat? Either way yikes

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    She looks lovely, it's great that you do this, i'm sure helping socialise them in a home very much increases their chances of being taken by someone.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Those are 45mm guards with 32mm tyres, I've had 35's under there too.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    I had blumels on mine, they are fine with the disc brakes on the rear. On the front Only a small bend required to get round the disc - that's on the aftermarket carbon fork though.

  • in Rides & Races
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    It's a brilliant ride, I didn't finish it due to some bad errors - which I'm happy to share, I'd read a few ride reports before and barely anyone mentioned how tough the Ardennes section was!

    Sleep- stop and sleep on the first night even if it feels to soon, most sensible people booked the F1 in Roubaix, the second day is hard with loads of climbing, if you haven't slept the next sleep stop is a long long way.

    The nights are really cold, in the Ardennes it can drop to zero degrees and below, so carrying warm stuff is essential, it will be probably be to cold to bivvy if you are tired.

    Food, carry more food than you normally would at all times, particularly the night there are big stretches where there is nothing open, even in the day options can be limited.

    Water- fill your bottles at every opportunity, otherwise you will be running round church graveyards in the dark desperate for water. Lots of properties and shops have outdoor taps - buy a tap lockshield key and take it with you, this will make life much easier!

    It's really well organised and a friendly event, the arrivee is excellent, once I'd bailed and had a sleep I spent the day there waiting for riders to return and had a great time!

  • in Rides & Races
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    I had the same thought r.e. LEJOG, i'd also rather tour it and see everything in daylight, rather than riding through the night

  • in Rides & Races
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    Yeah it's kinda a club right of passage for ACH, which I've avoided so far

  • in Rides & Races
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    Haha winner, riding in Scotland is ace

  • in Rides & Races
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    It's a completely different route, we started in Edinburgh and rode over to Oban, did a west coast loop and then back to Edinburgh, loved the riding up there though hence the temptation.

  • in Rides & Races
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    I've decided against Crackpot. For the lands end ride I don't need to take any additional time off or pay for hotels, as I'll be home when I finish.

    Also frankly, finishing the Wessex SR will be a massive achievement for me, and I don't know if I'll get round that, so entering Crackpot before that feels a bit risky.

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