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by puffin
23 Oct 2021, 11:19am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 2021 LEJOG
Replies: 146
Views: 11149

Re: 2021 LEJOG

Jamesh wrote: 21 Oct 2021, 10:56pm
puffin wrote: 4 Jul 2021, 10:33pm There were TWO breaks??? I didn't even see that, I only saw one break....sheez.
Put it down to the worst thing that happened so can't be bad!

Same with my frame bag zip busting on day 2.

Cheers James
Ouch!
by puffin
23 Oct 2021, 11:17am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 2021 LEJOG
Replies: 146
Views: 11149

Re: 2021 LEJOG

Jamesh wrote: 23 Oct 2021, 10:49am Mick F's support team require half a travel lodge, he books the whole hotel to guarantee privacy......

The Moulton and Mercian get separate rooms!!!!

Cheers James
Good points, but I was thinking of accomodating his fan base.
by puffin
23 Oct 2021, 10:06am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 2021 LEJOG
Replies: 146
Views: 11149

Re: 2021 LEJOG

rareposter wrote: 22 Oct 2021, 10:30am
puffin wrote: 21 Oct 2021, 6:22pm Just starting to look at bookings for next year, so far the first two hotels are a bit pricier: 1) last year £56 this year £100, hotel 2) Last year £83 this year £110. I will wait a bit before booking.
Have you checked that whenever you're travelling is not half term or tying in with some big event locally?
I'm a big fan of waiting until absolutely last minute (sometimes even same day) to book stuff. You can end up with a restricted choice of accommodation or perhaps pedalling a bit further than expected sometimes but equally you can often find last minute cancellations, hotels desperate to get anyone into a room.

During the World Road Race Championships in Harrogate, the atrocious weather meant a lot of people cancelled - I picked up a room in a hotel overlooking the start/finish line (just for one night) for £30, breakfast included. Those same rooms a few months previously had been going for £300+.
Good point, checked half terms (slight clash) sporting events, stadium rock concerts, Mick F out and about, royal weddings.... all clear.
by puffin
21 Oct 2021, 6:22pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 2021 LEJOG
Replies: 146
Views: 11149

Re: 2021 LEJOG

Just starting to look at bookings for next year, so far the first two hotels are a bit pricier: 1) last year £56 this year £100, hotel 2) Last year £83 this year £110. I will wait a bit before booking.
by puffin
11 Oct 2021, 9:44am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What To Wear In Winter
Replies: 50
Views: 1546

Re: What To Wear In Winter

This thread has been gold dust, many thanks for all the contributions. Here's to a much better winter of cycling! Thanks again.
by puffin
10 Oct 2021, 6:56pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Return of the WIMPS
Replies: 50
Views: 2493

Re: Return of the WIMPS

Nickeveson wrote: 10 Oct 2021, 2:16pm That would be good Puffin. We can arrange that I'm sure
Yea!!!
by puffin
10 Oct 2021, 10:11am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: What To Wear In Winter
Replies: 50
Views: 1546

What To Wear In Winter

I've never really nailed cycle clothing, especially Winter attire. This year I'm going to get on top of it.

Reading through previous posts, Winter riding is dealt with by layers.

Can anyone give me pointers on what I need? Thanks in advance.
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by puffin
10 Oct 2021, 9:36am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Return of the WIMPS
Replies: 50
Views: 2493

Re: Return of the WIMPS

Nickeveson wrote: 4 Oct 2021, 7:14pm We set off on 25 June 2022 from JOG, hoping to arrive at LE on 10 July
Can I meet you half way? (I coming in the other direction).
by puffin
10 Oct 2021, 9:33am
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Return of the WIMPS
Replies: 50
Views: 2493

Re: Return of the WIMPS

robgul wrote: 25 Sep 2021, 3:12pm
Jamesh wrote: 25 Sep 2021, 7:54am Why jogle?

Unless you like headwinds!

Cheers James
That's a myth.

I actually thought JOGLE was better/easier than LEJOG - with JOGLE you start at the back end of nowhere and civilisation unrolls before you :D
...And by time you get to the Hell we call Dorset and Cornwall you are fit and ready. Who designed Devon and what were they thinking????
by puffin
3 Oct 2021, 6:21pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Return of the WIMPS
Replies: 50
Views: 2493

Re: Return of the WIMPS

Hi Wimps, when are you going?
by puffin
30 Sep 2021, 12:20pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Return of the WIMPS
Replies: 50
Views: 2493

Re: Return of the WIMPS

philvantwo wrote: 29 Sep 2021, 12:38pm Did you sort your creaking push fit bottom bracket out in the end?
Hi Phil, was that a question for me? If so, yep, I sold the bike. :)
by puffin
28 Sep 2021, 5:09pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Return of the WIMPS
Replies: 50
Views: 2493

Re: Return of the WIMPS

LEJOG vs JOGLE

I've done both ways and I can say they are both horrible. Really horrible. Exhaustingly really horrible.

Hope that helps.
by puffin
24 Jul 2021, 12:57pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: Training for lejog
Replies: 22
Views: 1252

Re: Training for lejog

Hi Suzie
Good luck with your ride, and you've asked some great questions.

At 18 you're probably going to finish come what may :) .

Two things to make it easier
1) Definitely train with loaded panniers (I used a couple of bricks which was great though they put a hole in one of my panniers), it makes you more confident about your ability to cope.
2) Definitely go up as many hills as you can, it will help. I've only got one hill near me, so i ride circuits to climb the hill quite a few times. So remember, hills.

My advice is don't over think it. Just make sure you are past getting saddle sores...which training will do. Remember that Cornwall and Devon are two of the toughest counties so don't be dispirited in the first few days. Share your route on here for finessing (I am so grateful for the local advice I've been given over the years). Remember you are credit card touring, which means don't overpack as you can buy stuff if you need it on the way (extra clothes). First thing each night is chuck your clothes in the sink, pre dry them by using a towel as a mangle, then hang 'em up. Stop every so often for a break...before you get tired, well.... too tired. OK, now the tough bit; John O Groats is a huge anticlimax...but you won't care one iota!! In the shop there is a book for LEJOG'ers to sign. Enjoy the ride, it is a wonderful adventure.
by puffin
21 Jul 2021, 8:21am
Forum: Family Cycling
Topic: Wye Valley Greenway
Replies: 12
Views: 1637

Re: Wye Valley Greenway

Here's a photo I took in the tunnel in June. The camera has made it a bit lighter than my eyes did. The lights are about 3 foot high.
by puffin
4 Jul 2021, 10:33pm
Forum: Lands End to John O'Groats
Topic: 2021 LEJOG
Replies: 146
Views: 11149

Re: 2021 LEJOG

There were TWO breaks??? I didn't even see that, I only saw one break....sheez.