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by Mike G
19 Jan 2012, 3:27pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Milestones
Replies: 17
Views: 1647

Re: Milestones

We knew we would succeed once we got to Tiverton on day 3. That was all the worst of the hills behind us, and a daily routine established that we felt we could probably maintain indefinately. Other milestones along the way were: -deciding to do the ride in one go rather than two halves as we had ori...
by Mike G
29 Nov 2011, 9:01pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Food advice sought
Replies: 28
Views: 3383

Re: Food advice sought

Flapjacks! They are the original cycling rocket-fuel. Loads of sugariness, easy to eat one handed if you want to eat on the go, and full of oats as well. Horsey people know that you only feed oats to a horse when you want it hyped up and ready for anything........ We baked up tons of the stuff, parc...
by Mike G
3 Nov 2011, 2:58pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help us choose a fast hybrid
Replies: 23
Views: 1553

Re: Help us choose a fast hybrid

That's very kind of you......and that is a sensational bike. We've been drooling over that one for a while, and it is the reason we've got the budget we have. I'll drop you a PM in a few weeks once Ofsted is out of the way and we'll make a plan. It'd be great for L. to have a decent test ride. Many ...
by Mike G
2 Nov 2011, 10:51am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Extremes of Mainland UK and GPS Tracking
Replies: 5
Views: 1180

Re: Extremes of Mainland UK and GPS Tracking

That's not much time for that undertaking, and I'm skeptical of your mileage estimate. You could add the exact centre of the British mainland to your list.........and waste days trying to visit about 15 different claimants to the title!

Anyway, best of luck to you.

Mike
by Mike G
2 Nov 2011, 10:46am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help us choose a fast hybrid
Replies: 23
Views: 1553

Re: Help us choose a fast hybrid

.....because I'm not sure there is much point buying a bike then chucking away the handlebars, the shifters and the brake levers only to replace them with some new, expensive alternatives. We've looked at the Trek, and it is seriously nice. :D However, suspension forks and chunky wheels & tyres ...
by Mike G
1 Nov 2011, 9:43pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help us choose a fast hybrid
Replies: 23
Views: 1553

Re: Help us choose a fast hybrid

Essex/ Suffolk border........15 miles from Colchester, 22 from Chelmsford.

You are dead right about test riding.........but you really need to do 30 or 40 miles to get any sort of an idea. Not 3 or 4 laps of the car park.

Mike
by Mike G
1 Nov 2011, 9:33pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help us choose a fast hybrid
Replies: 23
Views: 1553

Re: Help us choose a fast hybrid

Cheers Russell.....appreciated.

Funnily enough, someone else mentioned the Boardman's as being surprisingly good. I'll have a look at all the ones you mention.

Mike
by Mike G
1 Nov 2011, 9:25pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help us choose a fast hybrid
Replies: 23
Views: 1553

Re: Help us choose a fast hybrid

No mudguards, and the thinnest wheels/ tyres possible. That Cannondale looks too heavy..........she really needs a racer with straight bars. Lorraine does two or three triathlons a year, so wants something pretty quick and light.
by Mike G
1 Nov 2011, 9:13pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help us choose a fast hybrid
Replies: 23
Views: 1553

Re: Help us choose a fast hybrid

I like the look of a lot of Planet-X's offerings. http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/CBPXKAFF/planet_x_kaffenback_flat_bar_hybrid_bike Hmmmm....interesting! That looks the kind of thing. How ignorant is it for me to say "I've never heard of Kaffenback"? We also got a suggestion about a G...
by Mike G
1 Nov 2011, 9:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help us choose a fast hybrid
Replies: 23
Views: 1553

Re: Help us choose a fast hybrid

What did she think of the bikes she has had test rides on so far? Around here we seem to have bike shops who only stock big names, and limited choices from within the range. So, test riding a Specialised something or other for 400 yards with the suggestion "imagine it has got straight bars&quo...
by Mike G
1 Nov 2011, 8:19pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help us choose a fast hybrid
Replies: 23
Views: 1553

Re: Help us choose a fast hybrid

No-one? Oh well, I'll have to rely on a spotty 17 year old mountain-biker in my local bike shop. Thanks anyway.........
by Mike G
1 Nov 2011, 3:35pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Help us choose a fast hybrid
Replies: 23
Views: 1553

Help us choose a fast hybrid

I hope this is the right section for this query........I have only ever posted in the Land's End to John O'Groats section previously. My wife and I rode it last year. My wife rode end to end on an old Ridgeback that looked as though it was welded from old scaffold poles, and she deserves something b...
by Mike G
4 Aug 2011, 8:35am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Lejog report with a difference
Replies: 45
Views: 262910

Re: Lejog report with a difference

A year ago today we were setting off from Penzance. We sat and nattered about it for an hour or two yesterday, and I'll tell you, if you've never done anything like this before you'll be mighty proud of yourself for a long time afterwards. I'd rather be sitting at the foot of Porthtowan Hill or Berr...
by Mike G
29 Jun 2011, 9:24am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Training habits and average speeds
Replies: 17
Views: 2262

Re: Training habits and average speeds

I can confirm that Mick and the others are saying..........10mph is what you will do. It worked out like that almost every day for us, although towpaths can be a little slower, as can finding your way around towns. Essentially, however, whatever your planned daily mileage is, divide it by ten and th...
by Mike G
10 May 2011, 5:44pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: All JoGLE'ed Out! and missing it already!! PICS!!!
Replies: 46
Views: 3704

Re: All JoGLE'ed Out! and missing it already!!

Well done Vicky.....it was never in doubt! You ask "What now?". Well, I reckon that part of the pay-back for all the advice and help you get from this Forum in preparing for and end-to-end ride is that you must stick with the forum........come back regularly and help the next lot tackle it...