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Hi everyone, Roy here.

I ride quite regularly around the gentle hills of Suffolk in the east of England but I have ambitions to do more!

Last week, four of us crossed the North of England from coast to coast, while two of us did it both ways in five days. That was about 300 miles and something like 4-5000 metres of climbing. Brilliant fun!

All this is in preparation for next year when we plan to do Paris to Venice, including the Alps, over about 10-12 days.

I do a little bit of off-roading but mostly keep to the roads on my old mountain bike or my road bike. I use the mtb more because it's harder work and makes me stronger, while my road bike isn't geared for the big hills I find outside Suffolk.

Looking forward to sharing stories on here :)

Roy
 

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Welcome, and glad to have you!! Good people here and look forward to your stories.

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Welcome, Roy! good to hear you like a good mountain bike ride over a road bike! (just kidding)

Hope you enjoy the forum. Poke around and see what you like!
 

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Hi and welcome, I love England! Do you have any pictures to share from your ride? That would be an awesome ride!
 

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Roy, sounds great.

Welcome.

Maybe a little smaller chain ring or a larger cluster, set up two clusters then you can change as needed
 

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Hi Burr

Yes I could change the chainring or cluster but it's a short arm derailleur, levers are on the downtube, etc. It's a quality bike but an old one, with no lugs for a rack, and so on.

That's why I rode an MTB on our coast to coast and used a rucksack, but it's not ideal :)

(A bit slow on the flat and a bit hard on the saddle region :))

Truth is I'll be looking for a more versatile road bike with a triple front and bigger spread at the back. A tourer or a 'cross bike, probably. Two of our party have Specialised Tricrosses and they do a brilliant job.

Roy
 

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My small chain ring my touring bike is "Bio" oblong for climbing
 

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Yes, I've noticed they seem to be coming back into fashion. Do you notice the effect and what size chainring is it? We climbed some 15-20% hills and I was down to (I think) 30 front/28 rear on the steepest parts.
 
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