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  1. Change of plan - me and Andy will meet you at ferry 0930
  2. Plan to join at Kilmacolm bridge 0845/0850
  3. Plan to join, health permitting. Andy - will be in touch tomorrow afternoon as might go via Largs if I'm out
  4. I have a compatible SRAM one - but it is 12-25. You can have it if any use.
  5. Just saw this Billy Yes for me, probably 5 days but maybe more Friday to Wednesday seemed to work well, will need to see flight situation nearer the time.
  6. Mark The modern wider rims are way better in my opinion, much more comfortable and stable and work well with bigger tyres of course. Also less susceptible to impact punctures. One word of caution - your frame may not have clearance for wider rims and 25c or 28c tyres if it is a 2012 frame. I have had 2 Scotts which took a max of 23c. That all said I would recommend new wheels and bigger tyres
  7. P McDonald

    ARRAN

    Latest news from Arran …. Me, Jan McT and my daughter Emma set out for an SA today on the 7am ferry. Knowing the relative form of the three of us I thought it was pretty much a sure thing. However, every day is a schoolday as they say. The wind was ENE and Jan and I conferred and concluded clockwise was the best option. In all these years neither of us have ever done it with an Easterly or similar wind and we discovered the hard way that it is pretty dang hard. We both produced higher normalised power than 4 weeks ago when we did a pretty comfortable SA and Emma worked with us toe to toe until the final 3 to 4k yet we were about 7 mins slower and were not allowed to embark the ferry as they had just locked the gates ! So it doesn't count I think I speak for Jan as well in that we knew it was a lot harder even before seeing the numbers, with the exception of the south side run it was basically head or cross head all the way and it felt like it. I was gutted for Emma as she really deserved the SA on her first attempt with a really strong ride. There will be plenty more opportunities
  8. P McDonald

    ARRAN

    Chapeau and good luck with the SSA 💪
  9. Hi Ian In my experience SRAM front shifting requires more force unless of course you go for etap. I have SRAM double tap on my cross bike and it works absolutely fine, I also had double tap on my road bike for a few years until I did LBL and I was unable to operate the left shifter due to a numb hand - this also happened to me on my winter bike a couple of times - but only on very cold and wet days. That said, this resulted in me changing wholesale back to Shimano. Bottom line - if you are doing pretty extreme cold weather rides then you best think Shimano - if you are doing more regular stuff then SRAM is just fine. You pays your money, you makes your choice
  10. It is from an article in Paisley Express about cycle lanes
  11. Is it you Robbie?
  12. P McDonald

    ARRAN

    Excellent research Mark. Meant to say the permitted time is 2h 50 mins - that's about the top end of time to still be able to get on the boat, I usually work with 2h 48 mins max which is exactly 20mph for 56 miles.
  13. P McDonald

    ARRAN

    Excellent idea Mark. I'm not up to speed on virtual riding at all so wouldn't know where to start ! The vital statistics, according to Strava, are 1024m of climbing and 89km. I reckon the one thing the virtual world might not replicate too well would be the twisting descents with gravel and pot holes which fairly hit the average speed ! Or can you make a VA route straight from the map? cheers
  14. P McDonald

    ARRAN

    So here is the updated Hall of Fame - just waiting for more names to be added to the illustrious list. I'm just thinking - 2021 will be the 10 year anniversary of the first SA - and also the 5 year anniversary of the first DA, so it would be fitting to get a load of new SA inductees next year and maybe even another DA if anyone was looking for a stretch target for next summer #SAforever
  15. P McDonald

    ARRAN

    Another very memorable Arran, in this case it was bigger than childbirth, bigger than wedding day, this was the mighty SA for my gal Laura. First female in Hall of Fame so pretty special one. I reckon with Jan and Andy we've got the pacing down to a T, this was the smoothest SA I've done, no rush, no stress just an incredibly even paced ride, and thanks to the guys for a fantastic day out and their total commit to the team effort. If she didn't make it abundantly clear, Laura is truly made up and very grateful for this life experience. The first hour in early morning was truly magical with very little wind and incredible views down to Ailsa Craig. Roll on the next guided tour of Arran from your dedicated hosts Jan, Andy and me, would be a pleasure to get more inductees through the summer. #SAforever #DAonthecardsagain #maybenextyearthough
  16. Well done Jann, the legend of Arran lives on. Handy to know there is no coffee on ferry, will need to pre load !!
  17. chapeau Jann, enjoy tomorrow, report please to whet our appetites !
  18. P McDonald

    ARRAN

    Nae luck George, cant believe it ! hopefully be going again soon ..
  19. Martin That's fantastic, thanks. Any chance you could text me (07939 733 146) or messenger me your address again and I will arrange a convenient pick up with you. cheers
  20. P McDonald

    ARRAN

    Planning an SA attempt this Saturday, departing 7am ferry and wondering if a 5th person wants to join the run - possibly a new candidate for the Hall of Fame or someone wanting to relive their finest hour As most will know the challenge is 2hours 45 mins at 20mph average on the coastal circuit which is 'lumpy' and 'interesting'. Reason I say 5th person is with current guidelines any more would be inappropriate. The normal return is 11.05am but we have booked the 12.30 in case we miss the boat and the later ones get fully booked. So far we have 4 tickets (you have to book the ferry in advance now), myself, Jan, Andy G and my daughter Laura. Plan is to start and finish as a team and I really appreciate Jan and Andy's support with the pacing strategy, ride at a pace fast enough to complete the challenge but not going for the segment type eyeballs out approach, and hopefully get Laura inducted as first female into the most Glorious Hall of Fame.
  21. That'd be great if they were workable Martin thanks
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