I did have a thread on here some years ago about "missing bits" on Garmin routing even though the internal map was appearing ok.
My Montana does what it wants.
But boy is it hot out there.
44 Deg' C yesterday.
The "Racer" is very poorly named as it is more of a slick road touring tyre and only available in bigger widths. It's not armour plated like the M+, so is a much more supple ride. It's not a tyre for a full on road bike.....
I'd agree with the above. I've been running Marathon Racer's in 700x30mm on my old Nigel Dean World Tour for a year or so, much nicer ride than the 28mm tyres I used to use. Seem to run very well, comfortable and quick. I seem to remember that they came from one of the German online retailers, and they didn't seem to be common in UK shops. I'll be buying again when I need some new tyres.
I have another quicker/lighter bike which uses thinner tyres.
Red letter day today because for the first time in more than 30 years my BMI was under 25.
Many people use bikes as practical transport, for which the benefit of speed is obvious.
Some people traverse the country by bike, and high efficiency is needed just to cover the vast distances in the available daylight/holiday time/allocated timespan.
A few even race and claim to enjoy it!
No harm in any of this, just as there’s no harm in enjoying a leisurely ride at a civilised pace.
I've never been what I'd call a fast rider,moderate yes and when I was younger perhaps quick would be nearer the mark,but distance I can cover in a day is and always has been a source of constant joy and amazement
But then one step back again with http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-28972176
Route North to South, Holyhead to Abergavenny, 527km, with a loop around Snowdon and a detour around the Llyn peninsula, then mostly following NCN8 around Criccieth, Porthmadog, the diversion avoiding the still broken bridge near Harlech, the hill route above Harlech, then down the coast to Barmouth, staying on the coast till Tywyn, inland to Machynlleth, Llanidloes, Llangurig, Rhayader, Llandrindod Wells, Builth Wells, Glasbury, then NCN42 to Hay-on-Wye, Llanthony, Abergavenny, planned to get to Chepstow but got lazy and got the train home.
- the weather, sunshine and showers but got lucky and it stayed mostly dry, except half a day of downpour but that was OK as waterproofs sufficed. Still it was far wetter and cooler than Portugal and Italy.
- the traffic: away from the A roads which I either had to or chose to go on a few times, there was hardly any - 95% of the route is on roads, just quiet roads - not many people in Wales!
- the views: some stunning ones. Gospel pass between Hay and Llanthony, the 500m or so high point on the road from Machynlleth to Llanidloes, the hills above Harlech, Mynydd Mawr the 200m high headland at the extreme west of the Llyn peninsula, around Pen-y-Pass in Snowdonia.. Not quite on the same scale as the 2100m Passo Falzarego in northern Italy but still nice.
- the Llyn Peninsula, IMO should be an obligatory extension to NCN8, probably one of the most remote parts of England and Wales, at least its the northern side, really beautiful, very nice quiet roads, everyone speaks Welsh.. Remarkably hilly!
- the narrow gauge steam trains in north Wales - felt like a trip back in time
- the direction: despite the headwinds it felt like the ascents were steeper and shorter, and the descents shallower and much longer, going north to south.
- orientation: despite the sign makers' best efforts to lead me astray (route signs really are minimalist in this country), with the help of a GPS app with a cycle route layer (pocket earth) I only went the wrong way 5 times.
- the language: good to be in a country where they speak your language (though I should really learn some Welsh).
- Tubus rack (Cargo): huge difference compared to the cheap alu rack I relied on last time.
- Brooks saddle: pretty uncomfortable at one point but now I think I've finally dialled in the right tilt..
- Shimano sandals: my favourite piece of kit owing to their versatility and hassle-free nature, plus no clipless falls this time..
- the beer: discovered ales from the Purple Moose Brewery, really good.
- the helmet mirror: my handlebar mirror works pretty well but I was going to test out a Cycle Aware reflex helmet-mounted mirror, unfortunately it got unstuck on the train on the way up and I lost it..
- the wild camp in the pine wood above Nefyn on the Llyn.. everything was farmland and this looked like the only option - it said no trespassing and live shooting so I stuck to the edge the wood, on a pronounced slope I tried to find a flat bit till I realised it was under a tree which was half bent so I had to move to the side onto the slope, it was very windy and I was worried my tent would get blown away or a tree would fall.. but it was alright in the morning..
- sticking to the route: got a little tiresome in the end, kept wanting to take me on the scenic route.. now I don't like cars either but when you see there is a good road from A to B following a straight line along the valley floor with a good surface and probably a pavement for some of it, and you, looking forward to breakfast in the next town, are taking the alternative route around the side of the valley, up and down, left and right, on a pretty rough track with gates you have to open and close every mile, sheep in the way, somehow the scenic aspects of it start to feel like a bit of a sacrifice. The good thing about cycle routes is that you don't have to think too much but I'm not sure I'm sold..
- the extra unexpected 5 miles just before Llangurig.. after mentally having already reached the target of that long stretch, the last thing I needed was more pointless hills.. I like honest ascents but this was probably my lowest moment.
- cooking kit: took along my DIY beer can stove as not yet sure what I want in a camping stove that a free one doesn't do.. but I still don't have a suitable lid for it to put out the fire, probably an empty tin will do, but been using large yoghurt pots which it melts through.. also not yet confident enough about safety to be sure that I won't set something on fire..
- the gears: definitely need lower than my 25 gear inches to get up some of those ascents! Currently max can do is 10% (steady) and 15% (for a short time) depending on the quality of road but anything above that (altimeter measured up to 23%) is impossible as well as feeling dangerous as the bike is rear heavy.. need to try adding front panniers.
- go back and do the section of NCN8 through Coed y Brenin forest "unsuitable for loaded touring bikes / road bikes" to see how bad it can get.
- do it again in winter to see how bad it can get.
- will probably do another trip in the UK, but somehow abroad just seems much more interesting.. thoughts of Corsica, southern Spain, France, the Balkans..
- longer trip.. 2 weeks or even just 7 consecutive days.. at the moment I'm finding the first couple of days feels a bit weird, like what am I doing here, and hills are a pain, but from day 3 onwards I really start to get into it.. not sure if further down it will start to feel repetitive.. with a short schedule I'm finding I need quite fixed plans, more time would allow something more freeform, just a general direction being enough..
- this is all kind of preparation for the "really big one" which I've not yet set a date for, but will happen..
(*) Wales was the goal of one of my first ever forays into long distance cycling, when as a 15yr old I set off from east Cheshire at 6am on a Sunday morning with five pounds pocket money and no spares or maps, and got to somewhere near Mold, accidentally ending up on a dual carriageway before turning round. I got a puncture about 20 or 30 miles from home and had to walk, at least the uphills, the rest of the way..
What you really need is a sturdy Dutch type 'ding/dong'
I've got a 'pinger' bell and have no problem being heard. Bit of a novelty purchase but looks top notch and does the business.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/13 ... in-the-usa
A spare layer hat and long fingered gloves are very useful. Even at this time of year it can get very nippy.
2 lights front and back in case the worst happens to one of them.
Gatwick airport may make a good coffee stop. It's on the way, there is 24 hour coffee and food and if you feel the need you can bail out and be back in London with ease. (And if yoiu forgot the gloves and it is cold the 24 hpour Tesco's in Horley is close by)
Getting back. If you are riding , chapeau!, if you intend taking the train check for engineering works
Getting out of London, the nightlife of Sutton or Epsom (to name but two places that spring to mind) can be rather lively. 60 bikes down the High Street usually leads to people stopping and staring. On your own do what you feel confortable with.
As for route planning put "FNRttC GPS Brighton" into your prefered search engine and you will get a choice plus some other useful bits and pieces.
I hope you have a great night out
The plus material is lighter than the classic, but maybe not as durable - after 6-7 years, I have a small split in mind where they've been contantly stretched in the same place. It was easy enuff to repare with a innertube patch tho. I'm happy with them otherwise, the classic material seems a bit OTT on the durability.
The guys at the Bike Station have turned Dr Frankenstein and created a (beautiful) monster….Wee McWheelie lives!
As first prize for the mascot competition, Mia Coppin won the opportunity to have her mascot logo transformed into a bike and last week she visited the Bike Station to complete the final touches to her new wheels.
Here are some fantastic photos of her unique, custom made Wee McWheelie….
Watch this space as to whether he will be cloned so you can see him cycling the streets of Glasgow over the coming year……