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    Nearly turned around and went home after 5 miles today as I was freezing. I had under estimated the wind chill by at least one layer. I have not felt such a cold southerly wind since I was in Tasmania!

    Anyway, I stuck with it and the sun came out taking the edge off. My usual out ride to Earl Sterndale and then down to Crowdicote before steeply up to Longnor. A glorious ride along the ridge that separates the Dove and Manifold valleys to Sheen and then on to Brund. For change I headed out to Wetton before dropping steeply into the Manifold past Thor's Cave and then up the other side to Wardslow.

    I called into Hulme End where a Latte and slice of treacle tart gave me some energy to enjoy the return leg home via Hartington, up Long Dale with a tailwind, Earl Sterndale (again), Flagg and Monyash.

    A total distance of 45 miles with 4'255 feet of ascent in 3hrs 15 min. Apart from the Manifold Trail at Hulme End I only saw 2 other cyclists.

    I sometimes think I should vary my rides and set off in an Easterly direction but the roads are busier that way and I do love the remoteness and big skies of the White Peak and the Staffordshire Moorlands.
    It also means that the last few miles of my rides are mostly downhill
    Visibility good except in Hill Fog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llani Boy View Post
    It also means that the last few miles of my rides are mostly downhill
    Oh yes! The last few miles into Ilkley can always be arranged for taking at leisure!
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Did Fausto Coppi ride tubeless? No.

    Did Fausto Coppi ride Bianchi? Oh yes!
    Does LB ride tubeless? No.

    Does LB ride Bianchi? No.

    One or two of my cycling acquaintances swear by tubeless and keep telling me to change, but why fix something that is not broken.
    I have not had a puncture this year (shouldn't have said that) and only had one last year. I think if you run decent tyres and tubes, I use Continental for road and gravel, then you won't go far wrong.

    Having said that, if I lived in the flatlands of Eastern England where the roads contain shards of flint or did a Sportive in North Wales where the locals have trouble storing their tin tacks and drawing pins I might have a different view!
    Visibility good except in Hill Fog

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llani Boy View Post
    Does LB ride tubeless? No.

    Does LB ride Bianchi? No.

    One or two of my cycling acquaintances swear by tubeless and keep telling me to change, but why fix something that is not broken.
    I have not had a puncture this year (shouldn't have said that) and only had one last year. I think if you run decent tyres and tubes, I use Continental for road and gravel, then you won't go far wrong.

    Having said that, if I lived in the flatlands of Eastern England where the roads contain shards of flint or did a Sportive in North Wales where the locals have trouble storing their tin tacks and drawing pins I might have a different view!
    The old-time dealer who sold me the bike-that-dare-not-say-its-name said that the bike industry is a fashion industry constantly looking for new ways to get customers to part with their money for basically the same old - same old product and when I look at the bike porn in Cycling Weekly I am inclined to agree.
    "...as dry as the Atacama desert".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llani Boy View Post
    I sometimes think I should vary my rides and set off in an Easterly direction but the roads are busier that way and I do love the remoteness and big skies of the White Peak and the Staffordshire Moorlands.
    It also means that the last few miles of my rides are mostly downhill
    It had just occurred to me that you never seem to cross the Derwent onto the Eastern Edges. There are some pleasant little lanes up there. I was wondering if you were worried about facing a westerly wind on your way home, or maybe terrified that you might catch sight of Sheffield on a clear day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Did Fausto Coppi ride tubeless? No.

    Did Fausto Coppi ride Bianchi? Oh yes!
    Graham, you know why Costante Girardengo, Fausto Coppi, Felice Gimondi, Silvano Contini and Marco Pantani didn't ride tubeless - they hadn't been invented then! They all rode on tubular tyres however, the spiritual predecessor to tubeless, so is your Bianchi shod with tubs???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    My view is if you ever received a blow to the head and even dreamed of fitting mudguards - you should return the Bianchi to its heated custom garage and go buy a Bottechia for the winter.
    We're on the same page with this one

    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Breeze View Post
    Btw my dealer told me that Bianchi are actually made in Italy whereas Pinarello (which, along with De Rosa, he also sells) are made in Taiwan.
    The new Vittoria tyres I bought, with the Graphene 2.0, were made in Thailand btw

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    Quote Originally Posted by molehill View Post
    Not sure about fettling them? But I wouldn't be without them on the gravel bike. Round here when they are hedge cutting the roads are near unrideable for weeks - constant punctures from thorns - not to mention the gravel tracks which are pretty rough and sharp.
    I did manage to change my tyres round, front to back to prolong wear and got them to bed back in and inflate(a neat trick from youtube) then added more stuff inside, they are running well. Heaven knows how many punctures those tyres had as I pulled some thorns out!
    Thanks for that. Real facts from real cycling life

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambatte View Post
    Bit of an off-topic please this is the bestest friendliest internet forum, and the thread is about cycling, so please forgive me....

    Any of you guys know this?
    https://gran-canaria-bike-rental.com/

    Already thinking of the next family holiday, thanks COVID last holiday was December 2019. Daughter aiming at Sardinia, gorgeous sea, plus it's good occasionally to take her to Italy where I'm from. But although Sardinia has the bestest sea ever, it's not a good place for cycling, maybe I can make her change from Sardinia to Gran Canaria which is supposedly very good for cycling in the mountains.
    The link above is very promising. They also deliver a bike to wherever you are on the island...
    You know?
    Haven't been to Gran Canaria, but 120 Euros a week for the base level road bike didn't excite me - it would be cheaper taking your own wouldn't it?

    If your daughter is aiming at Sardinia, you could tell her that you've booked a holiday on an Italian island beginning with an 'S' and then take her to Sicilia; warmer, cheaper and you could ride this year's Giro d'Italia route up Etna!

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    The Canary Islands are well known for triathlon and therefore cycling. Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

    I stayed at

    https://www.oasisfuerteventura.com/e...-fuerteventura

    Good for sports. Cycle hire... mountain bike and road bike. Olympic swimming pool. Gym. Running routes.

    Maybe not so many mountains near this resort compared to Gran Canaria, and other parts of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, but great roads for cycling and still plenty of hills.

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