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by composite
Thu Dec 31, 2020 6:35 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Your top 3 ITT tips.
Replies: 32
Views: 1152

Re: Your top 3 ITT tips.

Split the event into mentally manageable chunks, each having their own little goal. If you get delayed and need to catch up time for any reason, getting to a resupply before it closes, ferry etc. don't try to ride faster as you most likely won't make up the time anyway and you are more likely to jus...
by composite
Sat Dec 26, 2020 12:45 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Merry Xmas all
Replies: 11
Views: 330

Re: Merry Xmas all

Merry Christmas all. :smile:
by composite
Mon Dec 14, 2020 11:59 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Any winter under-helmet hat deals spotted?
Replies: 38
Views: 925

Re: Any winter under-helmet hat deals spotted?

SeannyD wrote:
Mon Dec 14, 2020 11:04 pm
It was the large and my head is 61cm if thats any help. I’ll drop you a couple of photos.
I normally need a 61 or 62 depending on how the size comes up.
by composite
Mon Dec 14, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Any winter under-helmet hat deals spotted?
Replies: 38
Views: 925

Re: Any winter under-helmet hat deals spotted?

https://www.torm.cc/store/Reflective-Merino-SportWool-Mid-Winter-Cap-p189896394 You could try one of these, (I’m a sucker for their clothing :wink: ) its a bit on the snug side but a nice bit of kit :-bd Was the large snug and do you know what size cap you would normally wear? The fact that they sa...
by composite
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 721
Views: 73380

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

I'm 3 rides off 55x55 and after that I'm at the stage where all the rides are 1hr 20m or so away. Regularly driving big distances to ride a bike doesn't sit entirely right with me tbh. Although I'll probably still do it... Yeah, this is somewhat my dilemma at the moment and probably the reason that...
by composite
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:24 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles
Replies: 721
Views: 73380

Re: Veloviewer map - explorer tiles

I'm actually still at 40x40. The purple square marked on this image, I believe is 51x51, which could be as little as 5 rides away depending on what I decide to do.

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by composite
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: My biggest worry about doing a French stage race.
Replies: 23
Views: 540

Re: My biggest worry about doing a French stage race.

I would tell myself that I would try to do 1, but then just end up doing 2... I have been quite into online gaming over the last 10-15years and played with a number of regulars groups that have consisted of players from all over Europe. I have done quite a few meetups and my normal experience of mix...
by composite
Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Your favourite moments?
Replies: 54
Views: 1116

Re: Your favourite moments?

I really like when riding through the night, coming out of a long stretch of very quiet dark lanes into a small town that is lit but deserted. Having 5 minutes or so of seeing civilisation a different way to normal and with different eyes, then blasting out the other side back into the dark lanes.
by composite
Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: ever wish you were strong enough to ride single speed ?
Replies: 62
Views: 1614

Re: ever wish you were strong enough to ride single speed ?

I snapped a gear cable last Sunday after 130km and had to ride the last 75km basically single speed.

Single-speed is never having the right gear... I really don't understand the attraction for anything other than a city bike.
by composite
Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Is next year a write off already?
Replies: 63
Views: 1492

Re: Is next year a write off already?

London-Edinburgh-London has been pushed to 2022 now which was going to be one of my big ones for next year. LEJOG1400 has been rescheduled from 2020 to 2021 but I have no idea if that will end up happening. I suppose we had thought about trying to do the trip to Canada that was cancelled this year b...
by composite
Tue Oct 27, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Festive 500 in a oner?
Replies: 40
Views: 1159

Re: Festive 500 in a oner?

I was thinking of doing it as a oner this year between Christmas and New Year. Not sure yet if that is my own route as a DIY Audax or doing one of the GWR Festive500 Audax events. I think maybe something similar to the "Pint 2" route but starting/ending in Birmingham. Will has arranged 3 different r...
by composite
Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: the toughest road climb in the uk is.......... ?
Replies: 65
Views: 1889

Re: the toughest road climb in the uk is.......... ?

Pretty sure neither of these would really constitute the toughest but... Bushcoomb Lane in the Cotswolds is a bit of a stinker at 25%. The Burway on the Long Mynd can be tough if the wind is in the wrong direction as particularly the last section is very exposed. It's also one of those that keeps ap...
by composite
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: SPOT Flex Plan
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Re: SPOT Flex Plan

I had always been waiting for this type of plan before getting a SPOT. Hadn't noticed that they had finally got around to offering one.

7 months switched on you save money compared to the yearly subscription.
8 months break even.
9 months and it would be cheaper to go for the yearly subscription.
by composite
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Diary of a Randonneur
Replies: 84
Views: 10565

Re: Diary of a Randonneur

Diary of a Randonneur - Episode 17 - My First 600 https://www.composite-projects.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/episode17_video_thumbnail_template-1024x576.jpg Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JopMa0a7ksg https://www.composite-projects.co.uk/2020/09/diary-of-a-randonneur-episode-17-my-fir...
by composite
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:56 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Guiding on the Slate trails (Video)
Replies: 24
Views: 1005

Re: Guiding on the Slate trails

Those stunningly big views are what I always go to Wales for. They just don't exist in the Midlands, I guess the Long Mynd is the closest we have here.
by composite
Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Bar bag test
Replies: 2
Views: 423

Re: Bar bag test

I've found that drop bar handlebar roll packing is far more of a dark art than flat bars.
by composite
Tue Aug 18, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Diary of a Randonneur
Replies: 84
Views: 10565

Re: Diary of a Randonneur

THE MARCH EAST/THE MARCH WEST (2 X 200 DIY) Decided I couldn't be doing with filming this trip either, so I have done another write-up. Plenty of photos though. https://www.composite-projects.co.uk/2020/08/the-march-east-the-march-west-2-x-200-diy/ https://www.composite-projects.co.uk/wp-content/upl...
by composite
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Diary of a Randonneur
Replies: 84
Views: 10565

Re: Diary of a Randonneur

Audax returns: The first ride back
A write up with no video this time. I need a little break from the editing. :grin:
https://www.composite-projects.co.uk/20 ... ride-back/

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by composite
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: General banter
Topic: Old Deore 3x9 ... just lovely
Replies: 9
Views: 420

Re: Old Deore 3x9 ... just lovely

Still running 9 speed on The Mutt (Singular Kite). It's a bastardised mix of XT, SLX, and Sora! Works great!
by composite
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Hot ... innit?
Replies: 21
Views: 941

Re: Hot ... innit?

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by composite
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: gpx analyser
Replies: 19
Views: 753

Re: gpx analyser

Strava does it for subscribers. It's not bad as far as I've been able to tell. Chuck your route up and I'll put it in if you like. In my experience the Strava one is terrible. I even plotted a route that was all A/B road to just be the fastest way to get somewhere after work and roughly a third was...
by composite
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: What's The Furthest You've Had To Walk Back Due To A Mechanical?
Replies: 23
Views: 1034

Re: What's The Furthest You've Had To Walk Back Due To A Mechanical?

Does body mechanal count?

Pushed out for an hour and a half in the pissing rain, at night with a broken arm. Made a make shift sling with a spare tube. Spent another hour on the platform shivering and going into shock. It was a testing evening.
by composite
Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: General banter
Topic: Coffee bags or other options
Replies: 33
Views: 1614

Re: Coffee bags or other options

I guess this doesn't really answer the question but I use the Orleib coffee filter holder.
My quick review.
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by composite
Thu Aug 06, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Your Trips & Adventures
Topic: Diary of a Randonneur
Replies: 84
Views: 10565

Re: Diary of a Randonneur

Episode 16 - The Mortimer Round Mike, Steve and I do the Cross Cartel Mortimer Round route. We did it a week late so it was quieter and given the type of event it is, I'm not even sure there is that much point doing it on the "given" date. Anyway, it was great to see the lads and actually ride with ...