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John o’ groats-Lands End

John o’ groats-Lands End

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When people talk about iconic rides in the UK there really is only one for a touring cyclist. Lands end to John o’ groats is probably one of the most famous rides the uk has to offer, with thousands of riders travelling from far and wide to complete it every year!

This year Myself, Lee and Hayden took on the challenge, Riding from John O’ Groats to Lands end in 10 days. We travelled just under 950miles, covering around 80-110miles a day. We tended to ride hard in the morning, have a nice pub lunch and then ride until our stomachs told us to stop. Camping is essential to give you the most flexibility in terms of your schedule.

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When attempting a tour like this you end up reading stuff about packing only the essentials. We all tried to keep the weight down on our bikes, carrying little in the way of clothes and luxuries. We each had a lightweight tent, which makes a lot of sense as they pack down small and weight next to nothing. Sleeping is always easy on a ride like this as you are pretty tired at the end of most days and in the summer months the sun sets late in the day, so we normally ended up going to sleep as the sun set and waking up with it. It is always nice to have some luxuries, I chose to carry fresh coffee and a lightweight way of making it as mine and also a book that maybe was a little too heavy.

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In terms of cycling gear and tools the basics worked, Cycling jerseys and bib shorts keep our bodies warm and comfortable. Of course a good set of water proofs is always essential, however we only needed them for half a day in the 10 day trip which was lucky. Tools I took the following and didn’t use any of it!

2x Tubes

1x quick patches

1 x allen key set

1 x High pressure pump

1 x adjustable spanner

1 x quick link

The bikes worked perfectly, we all rode different set ups, but we all had compact chain sets and larger ratios cassettes. They are as follows-

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My ride- Surly Long haul trucker -

Sram rival groupset with Paul touring cantis, Velo orange noir mudguards, HplusSon Archetype rims,  Son dyno hub with Schmidt light set, Surly nice guy front rack (I just had a top bag and front panniers) Brooks cambium.

 

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Lee’s ride – Van Nicholas Yukon – Shimano 8 speed with bar end shifters, Tb14 rims, Son hub with Schmidt light and home made usb charing unit, Selle italia flite saddle and Blackburn stainless rackScreenshot 2015-09-25 09.54.36

 

Hayden’s ride – Roberts custom road frame – Campagnolo 10 speed, Mavic open pros, Son hub with The Plug usb charging unit, Brooks Cambium.

The three things that I would highly recommend that we all used are the Son dynamo front hub, Ortlieb panniers and the awesome Brooks Cambium! Nothing beats having a dynamo powered light set and charger, dry clothes and a comfortable saddle!

If your thinking about a touring build or need some advice on parts or ways to make your current set up work for touring swing by the shop or give us a call.

Cinelli/Deus Track bikes……WHAT!!!

Cinelli/Deus Track bikes……WHAT!!!

At Bicycle Ambulance we don’t only love nice bikes, we also love nice clothes. So when Cinelli recently announced they were doing a collaboration with the awesome brand Deus, we were super excited to see what they had come up with. Deus have become well know for there uber cool sleek designs and cutting edge styleRead more

Bombtrack Bikes

Bombtrack Bikes

The New Bombtrack bikes have landed and they look awesome! New colour ways and designs, new parts and upgrades to existing frame styles mean cooler, faster and stronger bikes. Check out the new styles now available in the shop or on order. THE SCRIPT – 2TONE AND BLACK FRAME: 6061 ALLOY, TAPERED TOP AND DOWN TUBE,Read more

Didi Senft “El Diablo”

Didi Senft “El Diablo”

If you have watched the Tour or the Giro in the last oh say 30 years then you no doubt will have seen Didi Senft. He famously dresses as the devil every year to encourage riders and supporters alike. Check out this short documentary all about him and his crazy ways.

L’Eroica Britannia and Italia, ready your ride!

L’Eroica Britannia and Italia, ready your ride!

With the L’eroica Britannia and Italia around the corner everyone is readying there bikes for these epic rides ahead. It seems to be harder and harder to get the correct vintage components though. So the alternative to getting the vintage parts, people are turning to the modern equivalents. With the strict rules and marshals monitoringRead more

Hiplok

Hiplok

We just took stock of a whole bunch of Hiplok’s. Designed to be worn when off the bike and be as strong as any other competitive chain lock when locking your bike. Sold secure level silver and the Editors choice in Cycling Plus as well as being a recommended product. They are a perfect solutionRead more

Ric’s Vivalo Pro

Ric’s Vivalo Pro

Ric’s Vivalo Pro is a thing of Beauty. He finally got a replacement Vivalo frame set after an incident a few years back which wrote his original off. He picked this one up a couple weeks back and put his rare Suntour Superbe Pro NJS group set on it. Hubs, cranks, seat post all matching,Read more

Bespoked 2014 and Spin London

Bespoked 2014 and Spin London

Every year Bespoked is the go-to show for any bike lover. With classic, cool bikes and revolutionary new design there is something for everyone. This year was no exception, with track bikes and road bikes still being the most prevalent at the show, it was good to see an echo back to the archetypal cleanRead more

We Love the new Cinelli Hobo

We Love the new Cinelli Hobo

When it comes to touring/everyday bikes I think it is pretty hard to get a style points and also have a great functional bike. I have been riding a Surly Long Haul trucker for just over 2 years now and although it is not the best looking bike out there, it is highly functional andRead more

The Infinity Pedal

The Infinity Pedal

So I was recently made aware of this new Kickstarter project from Sam Hunter. Hunter is a small time engineer based in the US, his goal was to design a simple pedal with ease of engagement. The Infinity pedal has a simple one moving part design that is easily replaceable. His I.E.P. (Infinite Engagement Positions) design meansRead more

Blinder Arc 5.5

Blinder Arc 5.5

Here at Bicycle Ambulance we love re-using and recycling things, making things last longer and work better. So when it comes to lights we want them shine bright and not have to replace the batteries every week. We’ve all struggled to find batteries in a draw somewhere to put in our lights before we rushRead more

Velocity Rims

Velocity Rims

I was really interested to see this video from velocity, their rims have always been a go for me. When you are looking for a rim that has strength and will go for years it’s velocity every time. When playing bike polo I go for the Chukker, a wide 24mm rim, with the strength toRead more

What is the best Urban cycling shoe?

What is the best Urban cycling shoe?

Last week I was in the shop and someone came in and asked me about the shoes I was wearing, they were just a standard pair of Nike mids, but with the twist of also being homemade clip less shoes. Making your own Clip less shoe is nothing new, people have been doing it forRead more

Brooks Cambium, we got it!

Brooks Cambium, we got it!

When Brooks released this highly anticipated Vegan/Rubber saddle late last year we couldn’t wait to get them in and give them a try. We got our shipment of new saddles in early last week and our eyes popped, as these are beautifully crafted vulcanised rubber saddles. Brooks a company famous for there hand made leather saddles, haveRead more

A new breed of Mountain bike – The Thomson Elite 275

A new breed of Mountain bike – The Thomson Elite 275

This week saw the release of the new Thomson Elite 275 Titanium mountain bike frame. Thomson have been developing new products for years, pushing the boundaries of design, function and form. Their stems have been a go to product for anyone looking for something hard wearing and strong enough to take any pressure put onRead more

Mont Ventoux on a Boris bike?

Mont Ventoux on a Boris bike?

Mont Ventoux in the south of France is one of the hardest climbs in Tour De France history. With a gradient of 7.43 per cent it would be no mean feat to complete this ride on a normal geared road bike, but Rob Holden from London decided to ride it on a Boris bike for Charity. RobRead more

Skycycle gimmick or the real deal?

Skycycle gimmick or the real deal?

At the very end of last year plans emerged for a potential cycle ‘sky’ way in London. The idea is the brain child of London’s world famous architect and designer Norman Foster. He has designed a cycle-path that enables cyclists to ride above the traffic, cutting down on travel time and improve on personal safety.Read more

Racks Racks Racks

Racks Racks Racks

I have to admit I am a bit of a rack geek, there are so many different styles and makes of rack it is hard to know what you want and what you need it for. Most people have had a bike rack on there bike at some point, be it to take your stuffRead more

Did you go AWOL this New years?

Did you go AWOL this New years?

Happy new year everybody! Like most this Christmas break I ate too much, enjoyed many good times with friends and family and went for the odd cold bike ride here and there. The Christmas weather was a big factor to-not-get-out on the bike very much, with the wind and wet as a big put off!Read more

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