nosmarbaj wrote:A lot of replies suggest carrying minimal luggage. While you certainly don't want to carry more than you need, at 70-100 miles/day you'll probably have at least as much waking time off the bike as on it. So depending on what you like to do of an evening, you may wish to carry a selection of non-cycling clothes, suitable for wearing in restaurants, pubs etc. - of course you could wear your cycling stuff in such places but personally I like to have a couple of tops, trousers, non-cycling shorts (in summer), and non-cycling shoes. Also consider how often you want to be washing your cycling kit, which dictates how many spares you need. And what about reading matter, tablet computer (I find my phone's screen is too small for relaxed viewing), camera, etc.?. When I did LEJoG in 2008 I had a bar bag and a pair of panniers for a 12-day B&B trip; if I did it again I'd take about the same amount of luggage.
I'm not saying this is the "right" approach, but it is one way of doing it, and a sporty road bike wouldn't be suitable. Your current bike would work fine. The suggestions regarding tyres are good.
By the way, you say you're planning on doing it in a couple of years - I assume this is because doing it sooner doesn't fit in with other plans. Otherwise with your existing level of fitness and current bike, you could start as soon as the Covid-19 restrictions are eased.
I was trying to be realistic regarding my mileage for the day, but may up it depending on my capability nearer the time. However, I don't want to put myself in a position where I'm still on the bike struggling to get to my destination late into the evening. Currently I'm planning to cycle this on my own, so conversely I don't want to have loads of time off the bike unless there is something of interest near where I'm staying.
Will be travelling as light as I can and will try to take as many clothes that can be warn in the evening as well as on the bike (changing in the evening obviously). Maybe 4 different sets? Will wash either every evening or every other evening depending on how smelly/dirty they are, but will have a new set on everyday. Was thinking on just taking shower gel and using that to have a shower and wash clothes by hand. No clothes that I take will need ironing.
As for reading material, I am planning to replace my mobile phone and will get one with a larger screen so that I can do everything on it, this will also be my camera. I don't want to take a small laptop as I have read others have done as I don't want the extra weight. If the weather is bad in the evening then I will probably just write up my diary or blog and watch a bit of TV. Some B&Bs have books to read, so I would take advantage of that. I would probably be too tired for anything else.
I couldn't really consider doing this ride much sooner than in 2 years time as my job wouldn't allow. I also have children that I wouldn't want to leave for 2 weeks at the expense on going on holiday with them. If something changes with my job situation then I will look at doing this sooner, but at the moment I can only take my holiday at certain times of year. In 2 years time I will be looking at either changing my hours of the job or changing jobs.
Following the suggestions made by you and others, I will upgrade my existing bike first including a butterfly handlebar, replacement peddles for bike shoes and trainers and new tyres. If I can get a small improvement in speed then I will stick with this bike.