« on: March 23, 2009, 12:49:36 pm »
Thanks for the advice Russ.
100 miles a day is what we are aiming for. For work and family reasons, we can only devote about four weeks to it so that's an incentive to get on with it. We can average a comportable 15mph on middle-distance rides. Given the extra stuff (esp water in early stages) we will have to carry, I think an minimum average of 12mph is easily within our range. Possibly higher. Actual time in the saddle 8-9 hours a day and, other things being equal, we'll do 100-120. We just need to avoid major incidents such as illness, injury, major malfunction and having our bikes stolen, as these could throw our times out quite severely.
It wouldn't be a problem doing some road testing of particular bikes, gearsets etc in the UK and then order the required stuff well in advance. There seem to be plenty of decent bike shops within 5 miles of the place where we are starting. Also, I have read of cyclists being charged $200 each way to fly with their bikes, and then there is the time and money to buy two cases to pack the bike in. However, I am leaning towards taking my own bike. We have no serious hills in my area, and I have a gear-set that is more suited to flat/rolling terrain and not serious climbs. So I will need to get that sorted out.
Thanks once again.