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JustinCredible
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2747 posts since 11/6/08

1 Jul 2013 15:48
Feel absolutely fine, first 102 miles were a piece of piss but then straight after the third and final feed station was about 9 miles of solid climbing and I suffered pretty badly. Had to stop to take my heart rate monitor strap off at about 115 miles as was getting bad pains & chest felt tight. Think it was mostly down to dehydration as the gap between feed stop 2 and 3 was 42.5 miles which is a good 2 or 3 hours in the sun and was too long, everyone I passed had completely ran out of water (I ran out at about 90 miles and ended up doing the last of my 3 gels in the space of 12 miles). Setting off at 2am after about 3 hours sleep didn't help either.

The feed stations were supposed to have gels but there weren't any at station 1 and 3 and you were only supposed to take 1 from station 2 so if i ever do another sportive I'll take more of my own gels as I ran out.

Although there was loads of climbing it wasn't as bad as I expected, they were mostly long gradual hills rather than nasty short sharp ones which would have been a pig. Roads were shocking condition but the scenery was amazing, really beautiful part of the UK.

Will deffo be doing more sportives & longer rides now I've proved to myself I can get round in a respectable time. Not sure if you've tried them but I can't recommend the High 5 gels and energy drinks etc. highly enough, dunno how much of it is placebo effect but they made a massive difference to me
aitch
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8925 posts since 19/8/07

1 Jul 2013 16:10
Yeah that hill climb that goes past the sculpture park can be nasty, seems to go on forever. Never done anything more than 70 miles myself so I need to get myself sorted before October, what's the furthest you had gone before the sportive?
JustinCredible
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2747 posts since 11/6/08

1 Jul 2013 16:14
Did 78 miles a fortnight before (mostly flat) at an average of 18mph and 62 miles a week before at the same sort of speed (again flat) which were my longest ever 2 rides so was a big step up but I'd never tried any of these energy drinks / bars / gels before the sportive so I think they contributed!
aitch
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8925 posts since 19/8/07

1 Jul 2013 16:19
Good to know, cheers!
Goldie
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4840 posts since 17/10/07

3 Jul 2013 16:38
Great finish Cool
RickRude
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4199 posts since 13/1/12

4 Jul 2013 12:24

Getting back into cycling atm, thinking of doing JOG to Lands end next year for charity

Done London to Brighton couple years back
phikz
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3156 posts since 14/4/09

8 Jul 2013 22:48
Cheers for the advice GG and Swede. Guess a Plug it is.
swede
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10511 posts since 21/3/09

8 Jul 2013 22:52
dat spesh Cool
phikz
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3156 posts since 14/4/09

8 Jul 2013 22:58
While you're on Swede, what's the difference between a plug prestige, racer, freestyler etc? Do want flat bars in particular.
swede
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10511 posts since 21/3/09

8 Jul 2013 23:03
to be honest im not fully up to date with the charge models. but the freestyler comes with riser bars and usually in a colouray, whereas the racer is a bit more tame with drop bars. not sure about the prestige. all the parts are the same essentially .. just the colours and bars that change (oh the forks on the freestyler are a bit beefier too)
generic_guy
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10230 posts since 16/9/02

8 Jul 2013 23:16
Don't let the bars sway you, flat Charge bars are about a tenner and easy to swap.
Plug 3 has 3 gears, so not fixed/SS
Prestige is Chromo, whereas normal Plug has Cromo sections but rest is steel. Plug is light anyway, if you've ridden a normal mountain bike before the Plug feels light as air in comparison.
I really don't think that's be an issue though. if I was spending enough for a Prestige I'd get this instead:
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/cinelli/gazzetta-2013-singlespeed-bike-large-soiled–ec051396#features
In fact I'm actually slightly tempted to get rid of my Plug and get this anyway! Not because of any bad point with the Plug, but I do have a thing for Cinelli bikes for some reason.
phikz
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3156 posts since 14/4/09

8 Jul 2013 23:23
Alright cheers, think I may recall someone mentioning that you can't run fat tyres on a charge frame though? That correct? It's one of the main things I want, used to ride a bmx around so want something with a similar amount of freedom, something I can bounce around on should I so please, but will also still comfortably get me from A to B without breaking my back. My daily commute is only around 3 miles which is from my flat into uni.

Edit: Cheers GG, making sense. Am I making it a bit more clearly from the above though what I'd ideally want ^ Not sure if a rigid commuter is exactly what I'm after.
generic_guy
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10230 posts since 16/9/02

8 Jul 2013 23:31
Depends how fat you want (/no Mob), the standard Plug comes with 32c tyres which are very wide for a single speed (I've gone down to 25c on mine).
Don't think they make the freestyler any more, you'll be fine jumping off the odd curb on a standard plug but if you want to start really throwing it around would probably be better off with a dedicated freestyle bike
Copper
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3082 posts since 29/11/11

8 Jul 2013 23:33
Anyone got any bianchi decals ?
quest
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3793 posts since 11/7/11

8 Jul 2013 23:42
There's a few on eBay, will probably be half decent
phikz
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3156 posts since 14/4/09

8 Jul 2013 23:43
Yeah man that's exactly what I want, something I can really fuck around on Like I say, primarily it'll be used for commuting, but it's such a short commute that for the sake of having the freedom to take it somewhere to throw around, I'd gladly compensate on any attributes of speed or whatever.
swede
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10511 posts since 21/3/09

8 Jul 2013 23:44
generic_guy wrote: Depends how fat you want (/no Mob), the standard Plug comes with 32c tyres which are very wide for a single speed (I've gone down to 25c on mine).
Don't think they make the freestyler any more, you'll be fine jumping off the odd curb on a standard plug but if you want to start really throwing it around would probably be better off with a dedicated freestyle bike

nail on the head. charges come with quite comfy 32c tyres (wider than most). probably wont clear much more though
swede
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10511 posts since 21/3/09

8 Jul 2013 23:45
on the subject of fat tyres on fixed gears….. my breakbrake17 serpent (prototype model) 29" x 2.2 tyres Laughing out loud

swede
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10511 posts since 21/3/09

8 Jul 2013 23:47
my vivalo



havent got any good pictures of my cervelo Sad
DuffMan
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14389 posts since 21/2/07

8 Jul 2013 23:50
those stickers Laughing out loud