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  1. I should really read these properly....turned up at 0900 hrs and thought there was a no show....still had a good ride all the same and coffee and cake at Dalgarven Mill a great wee spot when the sun is shining.
  2. DavieB

    Tubeless Mechanical

    Shwalbe pro one
  3. In case running late r u coming into kilbirnie via dipple road.
  4. Excellent effort getting back over the Moffat to Selkirk section that is one looooong 30 odd miles and hope your various ailments are ok today. . In a perverse type of way I quite enjoyed the effort with the worst thing being the constant crap food the quiche at the old school cafe being quite simply one of the worst things I've ever eaten...luckily I had made some pieces up for the night sections so had something decent to eat at Moffat. It got cold at the end. Looking at the times if I had 3 hrs kip I would have been leaving galashiels at 730 so even trying to keep a good pace it would have been late afternoon by the time I would have finished so no go for me and would have been in bits for the rest of the day. To cap it all no steak at the black bull and burger and chips were crap..having had excellent food here before it was something I was looking forward to but at least the wine was red. Would I audax again ..maybe as a cheap 200 sportive in nice weather. Seem to have some ability to hit a sweet spot I can pretty much maintain as an effort through the day and the fact that I had distance on the computer made it mentally easier than the 400 but fundamentally I don't get it.
  5. Aye...would be interested but can't confirm just yet.....cycling holidays somewhat of a vexed topic right now...
  6. Hi all ....my expectation was to go round Arran in balmy high teens and stay dry...looking at forecast this is not going to happen....so I will be staying on the mainland this weekend. I should really do some audax prep anyhows... If you do go over ...have a great ride... Cheers, Davie
  7. Davie, Would be up for a short tour with minimal bike packing and not that keen on camping, the less you take luggage wise the more you will enjoy riding the bike. With regards to future foreign trip ...given my experience of a couple of days in Netherlands it's a great way to spend time on the bike. I would happily do another trip either in the Netherlands - the bike lanes are better than you could ever imagine - or further afield. Goggle maps if set for bike lanes / bike routes proved pretty much idiot proof for my short trip.,
  8. Apologies to road captain Elaine but I think intermediates is the right place to put this. Ages since I took a bike round Arran and the last time was part of a beat the ferries challenge. It's very weather dependant i.e. it can be cancelled if weather forecast is bad and an alternate run arranged but is anybody interested in a sociable run round the island (or figure of 8)? As far as I'm concerned if we miss a ferry it is only a good thing because I would intend to retire to the nearest pub to wait for the next one. Obviously have nominated Saturday as there is more frequent ferries but if it suits the majority or the weather forecast is more favourable I would be able to do Sunday also. Post up if interested.
  9. You were not the only ones who went into the wrong service station, me and Duncan wet into one after which he confidently declared we only had 80kms to go and 20k to Moffat after riding hard for 40 odd minutes we still had no sight of signs for Moffat and see just about to turn back when John arrived with old skool technology (a map) and told us we had not even made it to Johnstone bridge yet. Last 65kms I hated, don't know if this is a function of not having distance or time on my computer as it seemed that no matter how hard I pushed Selkirk would never appear. Physically ok for me but don't know if I want to do it enough to actually get enjoyment out of the challenge. Weather was actually ok and rode in shorts throughout. You pair deserve a lot of credit for finishing I could not have spent that much time suffering on the bike, I would have chucked I. and your right if you just look at maintaining a low average speed it might look physically achievable with little prep neede but there is more to it than that.
  10. DavieB

    Exustar cleats

    OK....good luck with the 10...I'm sure you would be in the mix wearing a pair of trainers......
  11. DavieB

    Exustar cleats

    Richard - if these are the same (copies of?) as LOOK cleats then I have a brand new set of red cleats going free, and I reckon I have a set of grey as well. Now that I use SPD on road and cross I have no use for them other than more clutter. If you want I can pass onto Chung next time he is out.
  12. Hopefully ..just need to shake off post holiday cold. Looks decent weather.
  13. Crikey...that's fantastic! Well done Cedric.
  14. If you do it in reverse you get far better views of the Irvine valley.
  15. Hi Elaine, I am going on the Wednesday ferry and riding down to Gulpen over the Thursday and Friday, would imagine I will hit Gulpen late afternoon and hopefully get Air BnB sorted out without any hassles.
  16. Buy decent tools ..something like Bahco Allen keys and Torx heads. Do not buy a set of torx keys, buy the one or two sizes you need in the form of torx screwdrivers they ensure you apply a direct torque force to prevent rounding off the bolt. Cheap tools are false economy. Remove all dome headed allen bolts and consign them to the bin, replace with decent bolts, they are far less likely to end up stuck in your £1000 frame.
  17. A tenner...its like the Pinkertons are on the case, it's yours ...If the coffee does not get me first ..
  18. P.S can we try another coffee shop in Largs, one that can actually make coffee and doesn't stink of stale chip fat. Just saying....
  19. Aye thought that ......I was really worried, as opposed to just worried, when the additional 400 was added on.
  20. After last years 300 I was so wired I barely slept so I would say the 400 should be an achievable day in the saddle followed by a wee night cap before I shut my eyes. You've already signed up to do a 2 x 600 plus a 400 in 90hrs........ ...but then again so have I... Aye.....
  21. You're actually taking lights...impressed.
  22. Aye Greg that's exactly what the main bunch should be, best discipline I've seen for years.