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Next up for the excellent Jamis Quest is a 300km Audax, how will it fare? Dave's made a few tweaks...

I reviewed the Jamis Quest not so long ago; if you're looking for a steel machine for long distance riding then it's a fantastic ride, comfortable and fast. I've managed to keep hold of it to dome some of the kind of riding it's perfect for; first up is the 300km Old Roads Audax (www.ukcyclist.org.uk/oldroads) heading out from Honiton on Saturday.

Straight out of the box the Jamis is more or less perfect for long rides, but I've tweaked it a bit for Saturday's ride. Here's how:

1) SKS Chromoplastic mudguards (www.madison.co.uk)
It's not a proper Audax if you're not running Chromoplastics, is it? They're the benchmark mudguard for Audax and touring bikes. It's meant to be sunny on Saturday. You never can tell though eh?

2) Carradice Barley Harris Tweed saddlebag (www.carradice.co.uk)
Enough room for 300kms worth of stuff (hopefully) and a lovely thing to boot.

The Harris Tweed one was a limited edition, mine's number 4 of 16 and was made by Sue. Thanks Sue!

This pocket is now full of home-made energy bars to keep me going round the Devon and Somerset lanes.

3) Carbon seatpost
Actually this is more by luck than judgement: the 'post that came with the Jamis wasn't long enough and the only one I had to swap it out with was Carbon. Can't hurt though, eh.

4) Charge Spoon Ti saddle (www.chargebikes.com)
My favourite saddle ever. I've done longer rides than this Saturday's jaunt (356km from Bath to Colchester last year) on the Spoon with no issues at all. By lucky hap it was attached to the Carbon seatpost so I didn't even nee to get the 6mm Allen key out.

5) Brooks leather bar tape (www.brooksengland.com)
Collar and cuffs must match, say the rules. So brown bar tape it is. I've actually wrapped the Brooks tape over the existing tape, I've got big hands so I like the bars double wrapped. Also, the Brooks tape is hard wearing (this is the third bike it's been on) but not especially comfortable, having some normal tape underneath adds a bit of give.

6) Bryton Rider 40 computer (www.zyro.co.uk)
I'm currently testing this little gadget, and it should be ideal for the ride (although it should also be a good test of the battery life; I'm expecting to be out for about 16 hours…) The Bryton Sport website allows you to plan out a route and follow it on the Rider 40 so I've dutifully mapped out the 300kms and sent it over as backup in case I misread the route notes.

The Rider 40 comes with an HRM strap and cadence and speed sensors; I've fitted the cadence sensor more because it needs testing than because I'm desperate to know my cadence over the day.

7) Shimano M520 SPD pedals (www.madison.co.uk)
A firm favourite: they last for ever and you can walk in the shoes if you get touring or MTB ones. I've never really suffered for the contact area being smaller on the SPD cleat, and I tend to use SPDs for everything.

8) Two bottles
I nicked these ones off a test bike. That Carbon will make all the difference.

That's it. Did I miss anything? We'll be finishing in the dark, so I'll stick some lights on the Jamis too; probably a Magicshine or Gemini front light and a Nite Rider Cherry Bomb on the back. Next up after this is the night-then-day Avalon Sunrise 400km, and for that I'll be adding a dynamo system to this setup. Anyway, wish me luck!

Dave is a founding father of road.cc and responsible for kicking the server when it breaks. In a previous life he was a graphic designer but he's also a three-time Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling world champion, and remains unbeaten through the bog. Dave rides all sorts of bikes but tends to prefer metal ones. He's getting old is why.

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othello [370 posts] 4 years ago
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Blimey Dave. Keep this up and you'll be doing Paris-Brest-Paris next.  1

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dave atkinson [6208 posts] 4 years ago
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That's the very tentative plan  1

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alotronic [456 posts] 4 years ago
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Or London Edinburgh London which is next year, and easier to get into, easier to get to, longer and slightly less demanding on time. Why wait 3 years to PBP?!?!  3

You're well into Audax geek territory here Dave - have a good ride!

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dave atkinson [6208 posts] 4 years ago
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Why wait three years? because i might be in some kind of shape by then  4

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alotronic [456 posts] 4 years ago
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Come on Dave, even I'm talking myself into LEL - I've done a lot of cycling in my life but I haven't even done a 300 yet, you're well ahead.

Think of LEL as training for PBP...

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dave atkinson [6208 posts] 4 years ago
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Chuffy's trying to make me do LEL next year too. you never know, i might cave  1

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vorsprung [279 posts] 4 years ago
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I'll see you at the finish in Honiton. I am collecting the cards at the end.

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dave atkinson [6208 posts] 4 years ago
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I'll try not to make you stay up too late. no promises mind  1

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SideBurn [890 posts] 4 years ago
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I am loving the mixture of steel and carbon. Would have to squeeze a stove/saucepan into the kitbag somehow. Weather is looking perfect  16 if a bit windy  2

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SideBurn [890 posts] 4 years ago
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How did it go? Did North Devon do it for you?

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dave atkinson [6208 posts] 4 years ago
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It was ace. sunny, great route, good company. long day though  1