First timer, anyone want to put me off?

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First timer, anyone want to put me off?

Postby scaredaddy » 22 May 2017, 12:24pm

Hi everyone.

Firstly thanks for this brilliant resource theres a wealth of knowledge im slowly getting through.

Ive managed to convince a friend to give this a shot. Ive had it in my head for a good 10 years and for me it tops the bucket list. We're not tourers in any way, at my peak for cycling i was doing a daily 20 mile commute (2 x 10 mile) with the occasional ~50 mile day at the weekend. Lifes taken over recently so its nearing 12 months since ive rode my bike in anger. Not quite sure where i would categorise myself as a cyclist, theres some miles there but mainly commuting. Ive got a good handle of the maintenance side of things but theres some terminology etc that im oblivious too (basically i dont know what i dont know).

Ive got quite a rugged hybrid and my road bike, however my friend will more than likely be using his road bike. My bike is towards the budget end (btwin triban 500) his is a bit more expensive similar spec but a better brand (cant rememeber what it is). I suppose my first question is can you foresee major issues using these bikes?

Ive thought i would like to camp but the bikes arent exactly built to carry so in all likelihood we will be going youth hostels/b&b/airbnb. That leads us on to the next of the 'problems'. We're not exactly well off. So there will be a restricted budget (hence the budget bike). The good thing is we've set ourself what i think is a good timescale, about this time next year, so it should give us some time to plan and budget, not to mention getting in better shape.

Our thoughts are to aim for around 10 days, going light and fast (not too fast that we cant enjoy it but fast enough so we dont run over two weeks annual leave). Its mainly a self indulgent trip to satisfy our goals but we're hoping it will be enough to encourage people to donate some money for a charity too. Any experience or hints for fundraising will be gratefully accepted as ive only ever been part of organised events before.

Sorry i know this thread is a bit wishy washy but just wanted to put it down in writing, so i cant back out.

Thanks again to all forum members, your journeys and experiences have inspired and encouraged us to take on the challenge.

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Re: First timer, anyone want to put me off?

Postby oldmanonabike » 22 May 2017, 4:13pm

Welcome to the forum
You're a braver man than me I wouldn't like to ride about a hundred miles a day for 10 days.
The only advice I could give is choose which bike you are going to use and get some serious training in.
I see no problem with your Triban they are good quality reasonably priced bikes
I'm not getting older,just gaining more experience

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Re: First timer, anyone want to put me off?

Postby hilloverthehill » 22 May 2017, 4:21pm

You could join warmshower. We regularly host cyclists passing through the inverness area and give them a good feed and free bed for the night.
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Re: First timer, anyone want to put me off?

Postby ferrit worrier » 23 May 2017, 7:27pm

Have a look at my blog from 2009. Get some good training in, as long as you can pull 100 milers back to back you'll enjoy it and have a great time. Have a look at robs website see the header on this topic. If you've read post on the forum you'll have seen Mick F's alternative to the A30 round wadebridge and Camelford a much nicer route I've used it three times now. Also look for Robs passage to avoid the Cadbury hills, ...........sorry Mick stealing your thunder here :oops:

post your route you'll get good advice for accomodation and ways round.
good luck.
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Re: First timer, anyone want to put me off?

Postby RickH » 24 May 2017, 5:58pm

My Advice - Don't Do it!...

...You'll only find yourself getting hooked on these long rides & wanting to do more. :D

I did LEJOG as a target to aim for when I got back into cycling after a break. Then I did a French end-to-end...

... & Bordeaux to Barcelona

... & Lowestoft to St David's.

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Re: First timer, anyone want to put me off?

Postby ferrit worrier » 24 May 2017, 7:10pm

RickH wrote:My Advice - Don't Do it!...

...You'll only find yourself getting hooked on these long rides & wanting to do more. :D

I did LEJOG as a target to aim for when I got back into cycling after a break. Then I did a French end-to-end...

... & Bordeaux to Barcelona

... & Lowestoft to St David's.


thats avery good bit of advice I tried a double in 2011 after my first e2e in 2009. Then I did LeJoG again in 2014. Ah for the open road. :lol:
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Re: First timer, anyone want to put me off?

Postby Rds220 » 23 Dec 2017, 1:33am

Pretty much the same situation as me, will be watching this thread with interest

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Re: First timer, anyone want to put me off?

Postby PH » 23 Dec 2017, 9:34am

Rds220 wrote:Pretty much the same situation as me, will be watching this thread with interest

Maybe not watch too closely, no one has contributed to it for half a year, with a bit of luck scaredaddy's preparations are well under way, but they haven't been back with updates.
Rather than follow this thread, you might be better off starting your own, there's always people happy to help.

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Re: First timer, anyone want to put me off?

Postby Rds220 » 22 Jan 2018, 9:44pm

PH wrote:
Rds220 wrote:Pretty much the same situation as me, will be watching this thread with interest

Maybe not watch too closely, no one has contributed to it for half a year, with a bit of luck scaredaddy's preparations are well under way, but they haven't been back with updates.
Rather than follow this thread, you might be better off starting your own, there's always people happy to help.


Good point, I didn’t notice that - thank you! Unfortunately my preparations have been hampered by injury, delayed till the end of summer now :|

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Re: First timer, anyone want to put me off?

Postby Alan58 » 30 Jan 2018, 1:10pm

I am a first timer also: setting off on the 6 May - 28 days approximately using the Sustrans Route in the main. Using an Adventure Trike which I pick up on Thursday of this week. Can’t wait. Camping as much as I can. Just taking my time. :D

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Re: First timer, anyone want to put me off?

Postby Si » 30 Jan 2018, 2:54pm

I'd say - ask yourself what you want to get out of it the most: if you want a big challenge, raise money for charity etc then 10 days sounds good (assuming you'll get a bit of training in first). But if you want to really experience places, stop often and interact with people, explore things you meet along the way then 10 days may not leave you much chance to do this. I did 16 days @ 75mpd average and still felt a bit rushed / didn't get enough time to see everything I wanted to.