puffin wrote:If you're going in May I can lend you a Dawes Vantage (I'm 5ft 11) or at a push my 1990's Galaxy. We live about 20 miles from Oxford so not near either start line. The Vantage has done LEJOG once and the Galaxy three times so they are broken in.
Wow, all these nice offers! Great bunch of kind and helpful people 'round here!
I decided to spend the money and ordered a Surly Long Haul Trucker, which I'm going to have S&S couplers put on, buy one of their overpriced cases that let you check it as regular luggage, and go from there. I could have had the Bruce Gordon chopped up like that without spending money on a new bike, but the thought terrifies me (I know it's been done before, though, as I've seen a few examples online).
So I'm set for the bike; now I just have to learn how to set up an S&S coupled bike. But it also means I needn't worry about this any other time in the future, which is nice.
I might buy racks for it in the UK, and leave THOSE there, as they do add to the bulk and wouldn't fit in the bike case.