Thanks Pete, what an excellent and simple idea, will order one. Thanks again.
Mike Mine came from Avanti Salisbury basically the same thing I think around $20 fitted, have not slipped achain since fitted last August
Yes, a good ride, hard --
Hot cross buns were a treat. Hot cross bun and banana sandwich.
Yes, good having the roads closed. Lets newbies try Hills cycling at its best. Nice to drop down from Lofty without worrying, about cars tail-gating or driving half way on your side of the road. Very nice indeed.
Yes, fun riding through the Heysen Tunnel, with the music playing down it. Anyone else remember the ride when they were just built? they had speakers the length of the tunnels, playing Enya! But you had to stop just the other side & turn round.
The headwind made it quite a hard ride.
Odd things? Coming down Montacute late, another flat. While fixing, 4 young kids with skateboards were walking up the hill. They came skateboarding down 5 mins later. The one in front, had a yellow mop handle held out in front of him, like a jousting pole ... I wondered what he was hoping to unseat - but then saw, the mop had a small camera sticky-taped to the end, pointing back at him and his mates! They're probably on Youtube now.
The first puncture at Woodside, tore a hole in the outer tyre. The legendary bush repair is, create an instant "Mr Tuffy" tyre liner, to go over the hole protect the inner - by folding up a $5 note. Fortunately, someone had lost their water bottle just where I was stopped, and a car had conveniently flattened it. So I cut strip of that for tyre liner, and saved myself $5.
yes, good ride - I liked it, I'd pay to go on it again. (next year).
Did the 80km. A very well organised event. Music in the tunnel added to the atmosphere.
Had a spot of bother on the crafers exit. Went over something and my front tyre was flat within a second. Had to walk to the end of the exit as there was no way i could change the tube without getting cleaned up. Thanks to the gentleman who offered his CO2. Then mechanical help arrived and on inspection of the tyre it blew a small tear in the sidewall of the Conti GP4000S. I thought my day was over. Never fear because he had a piece of canvas that will protect the tube from pinching thru the tear. Pumped up the front and I was off again. He said that will last me for the rest of my ride no problems. I couldnt thank him enough. Any other weekend ride and it would have been a phone call to the missus.
So its off to the LBS this week to get another tyre :(
Mt Lofty Challenge? For the 80km and 110km riders it should be called the 'Verdun to Crafers' challenge. I struggled up each and every one of those hills.
Agree with the sentiments of the chicken wraps.
like it has been said i found it hard in places and totally different to the Coast to Coast I had the worse case of SHUT UP LEGS ... Too bad we cant have both rides . It was my birthday today and I was soo please I did something that I really wanted to do ... Just loving my new bike ...
I did the 80k's, and probably should not have got on the bike at all this morning, due to a cold that refuses to go away (and that I somehow doubt doing my longest single ride ever would have helped) I ended up doing 90k's all up, with some commuting later in the day to bring up just over a hundred, but alas, no century for me yet.
The headwind up the freeway was a killer, I remember coming round that corner and watching as I, and everyone around me just dropped by about 5 or 6 k's an hour.
I thought Germantown Hill was alright, after taking a decent rest at Verdun, but was not prepared for Old Mt Barker Road. That was the hardest part of the whole ride!
I was a bit slow all day though, Strava reckons I averaged 23 k's an hour over all, and my lungs were suffering from my cold. Next time I'll try and be healthy and do the big loop!
Old Mt Barker Rd sucked... both quads cramped on the steepest part of the climb. Got off, stretched it out but it was so steep I couldn't safely get clipped in for the last 20m so walked it.. Stoopid hill!
Here , here , that hill was my toughest test in cycling so far !! and I failed !!
All considered a great day, 129km total. Verdun to Summertown was certainly a challenge. Hope the riders involved in the incident prior to Inverbrakie and on the Montacute decent are ok
Keith - yes the inverbrackie/woodside-nairn one was nasty. See my earlier post.
I totally forgot about that road from Bridgewater to Stirling East. That came as a bit of a surprise...