Author Topic: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch 400  (Read 2024 times)

Re: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch 400
« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2019, 08:11:29 am »
Although I've not done this ride on fixed, I've done this ride and a lot of miles on fixed.  You might well find 63" very spinny indeed.  Something in the high 70s would be my suggestion.
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Re: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch 400
« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2019, 09:00:17 am »
I'm in B & B booked, only train to sort now. First 400, longest ride on fixed :D

You'll be fine.  But you might have to walk up to Halkyn.  It's worth it, though  :thumbsup:

There are flat alternatives for the 2 climbs over Halkyn and Sychnant, but these climbs are only short and not particularly steep and are very much recommended.  I can't comment on whether you'd get up them on fixed because I always use gears.  The steepest climb on the Llanfair PG 400 is probably on the dedicated Sustrans path between Pensarn and Colwyn Bay, and you'll need to have a good run at that (dog walkers permitting).  There is also a nice bit of zigzagging up from PenMaenmawr promenade for those avoiding the Sychnant climb.

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Re: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch 400
« Reply #27 on: February 22, 2019, 11:47:33 am »
Although I've not done this ride on fixed, I've done this ride and a lot of miles on fixed.  You might well find 63" very spinny indeed.  Something in the high 70s would be my suggestion.

As I've NEVER ridden high 70s for very long, but have ridden standard medium 72-inches for 600s and the like, it will come down to your preference. 

If you think of it as gently rolling then you'll need something you can honk up short climbs and spin down the other side, leaving you plenty of legs for the flat stuff — if that's high-70s for you then you've better legs than me ;)

Having 60-inches on the other side would help lift you up to the scenery, twice — well worth it.

The steepest climb on the Llanfair PG 400 is probably on the dedicated Sustrans path between Pensarn and Colwyn Bay, and you'll need to have a good run at that (dog walkers permitting).

That ramp on the Sustrans coastal path always makes me smile — it's short and VERY sharp.  If you start in the wrong gear (non-fixies) then you'll be walking by the top.  Not wide enough to tack.  It's only about 10m up, though :)
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Re: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch 400
« Reply #28 on: February 22, 2019, 09:14:57 pm »
Wilkyboy is correct - it is very much a preference thing.  I stand in awe of those who can really spin it and have never ridden less than 77".  I'd rather walk a couple of sections and have the benefit on the flat/downhill.  Just out of interest, my first 400 without gears  was 'The Lincoln' which I can recommend for fixed riders.  I later did Mike's 'Pair of Kirtons' on fixed, which I can recommend as a first 600, if you should ever want to step up to that distance.
Lakes Audaxes on again in May 2019 (200km and 300km with hall accomodation).  Also an October running of The Tour of Rheged from S Lakes.

Re: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch 400
« Reply #29 on: March 01, 2019, 10:44:49 am »
Entry list now full.

The ride is still available as a Perm but not to be ridden on 4th May 2019.  The Perm doesn't qualify for PBP obviously.

Re: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch 400
« Reply #30 on: March 03, 2019, 06:18:31 pm »
Wilkyboy is correct - it is very much a preference thing.  I stand in awe of those who can really spin it and have never ridden less than 77".  I'd rather walk a couple of sections and have the benefit on the flat/downhill.  Just out of interest, my first 400 without gears  was 'The Lincoln' which I can recommend for fixed riders.  I later did Mike's 'Pair of Kirtons' on fixed, which I can recommend as a first 600, if you should ever want to step up to that distance.
Hi Revellinho, looked at the Kirtons, however, I was accepted into W-C-W on the 1st. Pretty sure I wouldn't have the legs for the two in one month. Plans are for an SR on Fixed in my Seventieth year. So a 600 is definitely on the cards.
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